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Checkered Past: A Closer Look at the 2013 Ridler Award Winner (and Pirelli Great 8)

 

Ron and Deb Cizek’s 1940 Ford Coupe may be named “Checkered Past,” but the Ridler Award-winning vehicle is more likely an indication of a bright future for custom car builder Andy Leach.

The coupe is the very first car built by Leach’s new hot rod shop, Cal Automotive Creations of Omaha, NE.

A veteran of Troy Trepanier’s Rad Rides by Troy, Leach set the bar high with the shop’s first creation. Named “Checkered Past” for its history as a race car, the 1940 Ford Coupe includes an impressive list of modifications and mechanical goodies–enough to stand above the other seven finalists for the Ridler (see more pics of the Pirelli Great 8 below) at last weekend’s Detroit AutoRama:

Engine & Drivetrain

Suspension

  • Independent rear suspension with control arms and coil-over shocks
  • A-arm front suspension
  • Disc brakes

Body Modifications

  • Hood shortened four inches from stock
  • Custom 1940-style grille shortened five inches from stock
  • Re-contoured front/rear fenders and wheel openings
  • Hand-formed running boards
  • One-off custom wheels
  • Checkered Past Red paint by Charley Hutton’s Color Studio

Interior

  • Two-tone leather seats with distressed leather inserts
  • Mercedes cognac wool carpeting
  • Classic Instruments gauges

Special thanks to TMG Event Marketing for these images.

The Finalists (Pirelli Great 8)

1972 Chevrolet Pickup Reaper
1972 Chevrolet Pickup Reaper
1972 Chevrolet Pickup Reaper
1934 Ford Archetype
1934 Ford Archetype
1934 Ford Archetype
1956 Chevrolet Pickup Quicksilver
1956 Chevrolet Pickup Quicksilver
1956 Chevrolet Pickup Quicksilver
1934 Ford Tudor Sedan
1934 Ford Tudor Sedan
1934 Ford Tudor Sedan
1965 Corvette Coupe C2/SS
1965 Corvette Coupe C2/SS
1965 Corvette Coupe C2/SS
1956 Buick Special
1956 Buick Special
1956 Buick Special
1935 Ford Phaeton Fearless
1935 Ford Phaeton Fearless
1935 Ford Phaeton Fearless

1972 Chevrolet Pickup Reaper

1972 Chevrolet Pickup Reaper

1972 Chevrolet Pickup Reaper

1934 Ford Archetype

1934 Ford Archetype

1934 Ford Archetype

1956 Chevrolet Pickup Quicksilver

1956 Chevrolet Pickup Quicksilver

1956 Chevrolet Pickup Quicksilver

1934 Ford Tudor Sedan

1934 Ford Tudor Sedan

1934 Ford Tudor Sedan

1965 Corvette Coupe C2/SS

1965 Corvette Coupe C2/SS

1965 Corvette Coupe C2/SS

1956 Buick Special

1956 Buick Special

1956 Buick Special

1935 Ford Phaeton Fearless

1935 Ford Phaeton Fearless

1935 Ford Phaeton Fearless

 

 

 

 

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