The wait is over—we’ve selected the winners of our Great Big $10k Giveaway! At the end of last year, we partnered up with our sponsors to give away more than $10,000 worth of hot rod and custom car parts.
The response was simply overwhelming. Throughout the month of December, we received thousands of entries on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Between printing the new TRJ #74 and traveling south for the Grand National Roadster Show, the last few weeks have been a whirlwind. Even with a jam-packed schedule, we managed to sort through the entries and pick our 28 winners.
Before we announce them, we’d like to thank our sponsors who graciously provided products. They are: Classic Instruments, H&H Flatheads, Jamco Parts, Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop, Jon Wright’s CustomChrome Plating, Lokar, Mooneyes, Pete and Jake’s, Powermaster Performance, RideTech, Rocket Racing Wheels, Ross Racing Engines, Specialty Motor Cams and Vintage Air.
Today we’ll announce the “parts” winners, Wednesday we’ll share the TRJ gift package winners, and Friday we’ll name the four lucky subscribers who won complete sets of The Rodder’s Journal.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in this massive contest. It gave us a glimpse into your garages and workshops to check out your hot rods, customs and future projects. Best of all, we saw a number of cars that we may feature down the road.
*A Note to Our Winners*
If your car was selected, please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with your social media name, full name, home address, email address and phone number. Without all this information, you will not receive your prize.
After Scott Sheehan’s friend and mentor Frank Burrell passed away in early 2015, Scott became the caretaker of Frank’s chopped ’32 Ford sedan. Although he’s been driving the wheels off of it around Michigan for the past year and a half, summer cruising is about to get a lot more comfortable with a new air conditioning system from Vintage Air.
It doesn’t get much more traditional than an A-V8, and Alex Steelsmith’s flathead-powered roadster will keep its early look but have modern charging capabilities thanks to a Powermaster Performance PowerGEN. Alex calls Indianapolis, Indiana, home.
Geoff Mehler’s 1950 Chevy Sport Coupe sits low, but it’s about to ride much better with new lowered coil springs and lowering blocks from Jamco Parts. Geoff and his mild custom Chevy are based out of Tacoma, Washington.
Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop
Brett Ackley’s ’32 Ford has been a hot rod for decades. The red lacquer dates back to the ’80s, although the wheels and tires are constantly being swapped between steelies with whitewalls and the five-spoke/blackwall combo you see here. Brett lives in Hudson, Massachusetts, and he’ll be receiving a new Bell-inspired four-spoke “Modern Vintage” steering wheel from Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop.
Bryan Harris of Henderson Speed Shop said his ’33 Ford has been on the back burner for far too long. We know how difficult that can be, but we’re pretty sure some new Sharp 59A-style heads and a Sharp 2×2 intake from H&H Flatheads will get the project fired back up.
Specialty Motor Cams
Minnesota hot rodder Josh Braun built his ’31 Model A pickup with a wide selection of early parts, including a Model B diamond block four banger, a cast iron high-compression head, an Evans intake and a pair of Stromberg 81 carbs. With a high-performance cam, a high-volume oil pump and a set of reproduction Houdaille-style shocks from Specialty Motor Cams, the little hauler will be running and riding better than ever.
Hakan Lindberg built his ’37 Ford with all the right cues, including a hot flathead and inky black paint. To make things even better, he’ll be getting a dash full of custom Rodder’s Journal gauges from Classic Instruments.
Bob Wells of Louisville, Kentucky, finished assembling his ’33 five-window 35 years ago, and he’s been enjoying it ever since. The chopped coupe will be ready for thousands more miles with a new pair of RideTech’s Hot Rod Shocks, which are designed specifically for straight axle-equipped hot rods.
Jon Wright’s CustomChrome Plating
Mike Fairservice is a young hot rodder from Poconos, Pennsylvania, who has been building, rebuilding and improving his ’29 Model A in his home garage with the help of his family for the past several years. After talking with Jon Wright of CustomChrome Plating, we decided the dark red roadster would be a perfect match for the $1,000 CCP gift certificate. (An example CCP’s show-winning plating and polishing is seen on the Winters quickchange below.)
Rocket Racing Wheels
We’ve long been fans of David Adams’ Alpine, California-based ’35 Ford, which has an unmistakable early-’60s appearance. Thanks to our friends at Rocket Racing Wheels, the five-window will be getting new wheels on all four corners.
Ross Racing Engines
Andrew Parish of Paterson, Australia, was planning to add a blower to the Hemi in his chopped ’34 Ford. We liked the sound of that plan, so he’ll be getting a $1,000 gift certificate to Ross Racing Engines to help get the coupe back on the road again.
Pete & Jake’s
Dock Merritt of Mount Airy, North Carolina, has been hard at work on his ’35 Ford five-window since he took this picture; it now has a 283 Chevy backed by a ’39 Ford trans as well as ’40 Ford brakes. Thanks to Pete & Jake’s Hot Rod Parts, the nose will be coming down to earth with a Super Bell four-inch dropped and drilled axle.
Ryan Clarke of Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, transformed his ’51 Chevy Business Coupe into a ground-scraping mild custom. The engine bay will soon match the sanitary exterior, thanks to a set of Moon finned aluminum valve covers for the freshly painted smallblock Chevy.
Lokar Performance Products
With its DuVall-style windshield and clean factory sheetmetal, the Labandowsky family has a great 1936 Ford roadster project in the works. It won’t be long before it’ll be hitting the streets with a brand new shifter from Lokar Performance Products.
Giveaway Week Special
To add one last piece to the Great Big Giveaway, we’re having a sale from now until Friday, February 10th at 11:59 p.m. Use the following codes at checkout:
GIVEAWAY10 – 10% off orders over $50
GIVEAWAY15 – 15% off orders over $75
GIVEAWAY20 – 20% off orders over $100
To place an order, click here, or give us a call at (800) 750-9550 in the United States, (877) 246-8920 in Canada or (650) 246-8920 internationally.