Gorgeous ’53 Cadillac rolls into PowerBlock

It’s not a drive-in drink, but a one of a kind, drop dead gorgeous 1953 Cadillac! This weekend on PowerBlock Courtney welcomes the builder of this amazing custom, Chris Ryan of Ryan’s Rod & Kustom, located in Ninety Six, South Carolina. Owner Steve White brought Chris and his team literally baskets and boxes of parts, and not all for a ’53 Caddy.

They went to work and it’s nosed, decked, and shaved. It all sits on a Fat Man Fabrications chassis and is powered by a GM ZZ-383 crate motor with a wild fuel injection setup from Imagine Injection. The 20” wheels are extremely unique in that they look like a 15” Sabre wheel, but the outer 2 ½” of the aluminum wheel is painted to look like a whitewall. The interior is by Hot Rod Interiors in Mooresville, N.C. and it has a “Sand” colored glove-soft leather interior, Mercedes ‘Root Beer” carpet and a dash that has been smoothed and filled using the original gauges, updated with new electronics. The striking color is PPG “Light Candy Root Beer”.

Chris is practically family as he hand his guys have volunteered on Search & Restore and MuscleCar.

See “Root Beer Float” on PowerBlock October 19 & 20. For more on Chris and his other works of art check out RyansRodandKustom.com

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’41 Willys on PowerBlock!

Check out this gorgeous 1941 Willys custom on PowerBlock this weekend. Courtney welcomes yet another awesome build by Jason Graham Hot Rods of Portland, Tennessee. He started with just a bare body and built a custom chassis under it with a full air ride suspension for owner David Trent. Jason did extensive body mods including a 3 1/2” chop, custom fender skirts in the rear, hand-built running boards, suicide doors, a side opening hood and reshaped the front fenders. It’s powered by a small block Chevy with 3 deuces and a 350 turbo tranny. The interior is killer with White tuck and roll and Green piping, plus a custom dash with a ’34 Plymouth gauge pod. Jason created his own custom color from PPG Green Pearl and Green Microflake. And it all rolls on ‘55 Pontiac hubcaps on Firestone bias-ply whitewalls.

See it on PowerBlock August 24th & 25th. For more JasonGrahamHotrods.com


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Sleeper Valiant on PowerBlock!

This weekend on PowerBlock Courtney welcomes builder Jesse Greening of Greening Auto Company and his killer creation, a sleeper ’69 Valiant. Jesse and his crew have won an astounding two Ridler Awards! This Valiant was built for owner Don Montgomery who wanted anything but a trailer queen, so it sports a 6.4 liter Hemi topped with a custom intake and 8 stack fuel injection. It sits on an Art Morrison chassis and rolls on custom Greening Auto wheels. The custom interior is from M & M upholstery in Holly Pine, Alabama. The exterior is interesting as Don wanted to keep the patina to add to the sleeper impression. We’ll also go to Jesse’s 15,000 sq.ft. shop in Nashville to see how they make custom one-off wheels, LS valve covers and intakes and other parts.

Check it out on PowerBlock August 17th & 18th. For more go to GreeningAutoCompany.com

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Mickey Thompson Mustang on PowerBlock!

This weekend on PowerBlock Courtney showcases the Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels prototype Mustang GT. It’s a platform to demonstrate their SC-5 Wheels and Street Comp Tires and how well they handle corners, especially in a supercharged 550 horsepower Pony car.

The company believes this is the ultimate wheel and tire package for American muscle cars. The tires are designed for better wet and dry handling, tight steering response, and faster braking from an increased contact patch. Don Sneddon, Advertising Manager joins Courtney as does designer Matt Lazich from Anvil Auto. The also make the carbon fiber pieces on the Mustang including the front and rear spoiler, rocker panel moldings, upper and lower wheel surrounds, interior pieces, hood vents, brake cooling ducts.

Check it out on PowerBlock August 10th & 11th

For more go to MickeyThompsonTires.com or AnvilAuto.com

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Orange Crush on PowerBlock!

Check out Courtney’s ride of the week, this gorgeous and rare ’67 Camaro Z-28. Chevy only made 600 of them. Owner George Hendrick found it after it had been sitting in storage for 19 years. He began the three-year resto by dropping in a Chevy 358 plus an Eagle rotating assembly, Edelbrock Air Gap intake and a Summit 750 carb.

This bow tie wonder makes about 436 horses and rolls on Foose Nitro Wheels and Sumitomo rubber. And it’s another amazing interior by Kaze Williams at Pope’s Hot Rods who did all the stitch-work in ultra-leather upholstery with orange inserts, and something you don’t see often, white upholstery inserts under the hood. George added a lot of billet touches with pedals, gauges and headliner. The whole package is wrapped in Corvette paint called “Atomic Orange”.

It’s on PowerBlock August 3 & 4.

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Really HOT Hotrod on PowerBlock!

Check out this radical hotrod Courtney features this weekend on PowerBlock. It’s a 1934 Ford pickup that owner Larry Tucker started with only the cab he found in Missouri. He turned to Jason Graham Hotrods in Cleveland, Tennessee, to finish the build off. It’s got a blown 454 Chevy engine with 6 deuces and Wieand 6-71 blower. This baby makes 600 horses!

That’s a Model-A grill sandwiched between 1934 Ford commercial headlights. It rolls on custom Model-A wheels and classic whitewalls, 20” in the front, 19” in the rear. The color is a custom color Jason named “Chocolate Brown”. You have to see the rear bed and how the 9” rear and straight axle is mounted above the bed. The interior is just as cool in a “Saddleback Tan” with a 1940 Ford steering wheel and Genie shifter. One very wild hotrod!

It’s on PowerBlock July 27 & 28. For more on his other builds visit JasonGrahamHotrods.com

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545 HP Nissan Juke on PowerBlock!

This weekend Courtney will introduce you to the 545 horsepower Nissan Juke-R. Jeff Skalisky, Nissan’s Juke Product Planning Manager is her guest with the back story. It started out as marketing idea by Nissan Europe and built by RML in England. In a nutshell they took a Nissan GT-R and shoehorned it into a Juke! Remember, the GT-R wheelbase is 10” longer, so it was a huge effort of engineering. The Juke-R has the same 3.8 liter V-6 twin turbo, 545 horsepower engine, the same transmission with paddle shifters, an all-wheel drive system, 20” wheels and Brembo Brakes.  It took 22 weeks and about 7000 man hours. The exciting news is you can get one just like it. The new NISMO Juke has 197 horsepower on the same 1.6 liter turbo engine. It also includes high end suspension, 18” wheels and a comfortable interior with bolstered sport seats. The NISMO Juke starts at $22,990 for the front wheel drive manual transmission and goes up to $25,290 for the CVT all-wheel drive.

See it on PowerBlock July 6 & 7. For more visit NissanUSA.com

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Ol’ Ranch Truck on PowerBlock!

This weekend Courtney shows off one gorgeous custom truck that’s going to live on a Montana ranch. Owners David and Helena Seiver wanted a four-wheel-drive custom truck that was ranch-worthy so they turned to T.C. Penick and the crew at Bay One Customs. The problem: this was a two wheel drive 1954 F-100. No problem for Bay One!

The New Process transfer case found a home, and they dropped in a Mercury 410 engine with C6 transmission. The rear bed is a unique material made out of recycled plastic. The interior is retro but updated with a killer stereo, iPod connections and other creature comforts including a Lokar digital shifter readout. It’s got a 10,000-pound Warn winch in the front and a 10,000 pound Warn hitch in the rear hidden behind the license plate. All in all the team has 600 man-hours in this project!

See it on PowerBlock June 29 & 30. For more check out BayOneCustoms.com

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’49 Ford Custom on PowerBlock!

This weekend on PowerBlock Courtney showcases this gorgeous ’49 Ford sedan. It’s nosed, decked and shaved with Frenched headlights. Owner Tony Collins dropped in a modern three valve 370 horsepower Ford V-8 that sits on a Mustang Two front clip. It packs a five speed and he narrowed the rear end ten inches and it rolls on Foose wheels with Nitto tires. The interior is equally cool with Beige ultra-leather seats with two-tone inserts by Kaze Williams at Pope’s Hot Rods. Tony uncluttered the dash which now houses only the Haneline gauge cluster and Vintage Air. He also shaved the drip rails before wrapping it all in PPG “Hellfire Red”.

See it on PowerBlock June 22nd & 23rd!

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