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Pinkee's Phantom 51
Goodguys "Custom Rod of the Year

Custom wagons have become quite popular in the rod and custom scene in recent years. The one displayed on this page grasps this trend and takes it to a new level. This 51 Ford, built by Eric Peratt and crew (Pinkees Rod Shop) and owned by Jim Fynes was one of a handfull of cars that took this years 50th Detroit Autorama by storm.

This car started life as a 49 Ford Tudor. Living a useful life, this car ended up at SoCal Speed Shop. This is where Eric located it, hauled it home and began the massive transformation. The first operation to perform was to cut out the trunk area and the roof of the 49. Then the wagon top and window surrounds were all hand made from flat sheet by Eric and Bobby Walden. The fit and finish on the completed car is superb. The front sheet metal on the car was not to be left untouched either. The fenders were stretched 4 inches, the hood pie cut, nose raked and the grille opening was modified. Other unique details include custom J&B Microfinish one-off fuel tank inlets and fuel caps, chrome plated brass side trim and one piece curved glass. The highly modified Art Morrison chassis is state of the art also. Complete with Air Ride components, the four-link rear and the tubular independant front utilizes Wildwood disc brakes and a Flaming River Rack. The car rolls on custom made Boyd Coddington 18's and 20's.

Check out the engine bay on this captivating custom. There is no mistaking the look of a Boss motor sitting in a 69 Mustang engine compartment. Now, put this engine in a Phantom 51 Ford Wagon and a statement is made. This shotgun motor has been punched out to 510 cubic inches. A Demon 750 carb feeds the large semi hemi heads, and a MSD electronic ignition lights the fire. Pinkees bent up the custom made headers that expel the spent gasses in a efficient manner. Pinkees also custom made all the slick tin work that surrounds the Boss and then painted it all pearl silver for a way out look. The interior is another work of art. The Rodney Hutcherson designed, Larry McDaniel stitched interior is a sight to behold. Pinkees performed many special touches here also. My personal favorite is the basswood slatted headliner. A 56 Ford dash and a custom made console round out the special affects of the interior. This custom creation has been featured on the front cover of Custom Rodder and the Goodguys Gazzette along with a full feature in both magazines. This Shoebox Custom was given a full feature in the April edition of Popular Hot Rodding. It has also been displayed in Street Rodder, Hot Rod, Northern Rodder, Southern Rodder, Custom Classic Trucks and Super Rod Magazines and also was featured on "Rides" a documentary program airing on The Discovery Channel. This way out wagon was awarded the Goodguys "Custom Rod of the Year" at the Des Moines event. Earlier this year, this Fab'd 51 was also awarded the "Alexander Brothers Award" at the Detroit Autorama.

Since we have always had blue oval blood pumping through our veins we have to give a "BIG THUMBS UP" to Eric Peratt and crew for creating a masterpiece that stands tall everywhere it is displayed.

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