After he started building this former drag racer into a Ridler Award winning show car with fabricator Andy Leach, owner Ron Cizek was so encouraged by the initial results that he started up Cal Automotive Creations, with Leach as lead fabricator and flathead Ford expert Erik Hansen as an in-house engine builder. The 1940 Ford coupe became a three and a half year build that is named Checkered Past in honor of the car’s racing provenance. The roof has been chopped, the hood and fenders re-contoured and a custom grille and hand-shaped running boards are only some modifications to the body that was then sprayed flawlessly by former Boyd Coddington painter Charlie Hutton at his Color Studio in a three stage finish with red, gold and brown layers. The result is sort of a deep cranberry color with gold highlights.
Appropriately for a car that has won the 50th Ridler Award the pinstriping is also gold, as is the anodized finish on the custom wheels and the engine intake components. The flathead Ford V8 that Hansen built for the project is blown with a GMC 4-71 supercharger in a custom housing that’s also anodized gold, fed through a custom intake manifold with a bespoke fuel injection setup. The underside of the car is as clean as what’s on top, with custom pans for the engine and transmission along with a custom billet machined bellhousing, set off by a pinstriped, two-tone paint job.