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A visit with Fullscale Hot-rods

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Just before Christmas, I dropped-by to see Troy at Full Scale Hot Rods & Customs. It's always a treat to see Troy's latest projects. Since it was day's end, the guys were out front working on one of the tech's hot rod projects setting-up the linkage. Troy took me inside the shop to check out what he's working on and filled me in on where he was with his '53 Ranch Wagon. Troy tells me he just got it back from paint and it's looking real good.

By the way, this isn't your normal Ford classic... Troy pulled the body off the original frame, widened-it by 4" then dropped it on a Z06 complete with power train. How does it handle, you might ask. Let's just say the guys at Laguna Seca ignored him right up until he took the car out for a couple of laps. Watch for a feature article with start-to-finish photos on this one!

I can't really talk too much about another project in the shop, but I can say they are restoring a 50's Ford to it's original appearance from a popular movie involving a race in a river bottom. The car was purchased several years after filming and went through a bit of transformation for the worse. Unfortunately, a donor car was necessary for this one. This is a low-priority project that expects to complete sometime in 2014.

Troy is known for unique mods, such as this 4th Gen. Mustang. We have a bunch of photos from several local shows and cruises we've been to; it draws a crowd at them all. Notice the back quarter panel. Troy used a donor quarter panel to fabricate this widened back end to create a unique wide-body.

Watch for this project in a future feature article as well!


So, let's talk about Bill's '33 Ford. We first met Bill a couple of years ago, while he was leaving a Collector Car Appreciation Day event in Simi Valley, Ca. As I was taking photos on his way out, we couldn't help to notice how unique the car was and couldn't let him roll out before a good inspection, so he pulled-over and gave us the tour. We wrote a short article on this car over at, but we're due for a full write-up on all the details.

Bill tells us that this coupe was once a rag-top, he did a great job with the conversion. But, the most interesting part of his tour was not just the 371 blower sitting on this V6, it was that he saw a school bus mechanic throwing the blower away. Apparently, this school's policy was to replace not repair the blower so Bill got permission to do a little dumpster diving for some go-fast parts. Unfortunately, the blower didn't match-up to his motor so he had to fabricate his own. Rumor has it, this little hot rod has seen low 10's in the 1/4.

We didn't get a chance to talk about this beauty, but Troy promised to stay in touch with periodic project updates... we'll be sure to get the details and report back here.





Check out the Full Scale Hot Rods & Customs website at or drop by to see Troy and tell him the crew at AutoAdix Magazine sent ya.

Photos courtesy of Full Scale HotRods

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Glenn Eldridge

Glenn focuses on automotive writing, photography, videography, and is a technology geek. Projects include AutoAdix Magazine and RV Adix Magazine. Everything he did in life revolved around working on cars, cruising, and racing. Favorite rides owned - a '66 Mustang, '69 Camaro, and a '72 Vette. He built his first engine (Ford 289) during high school, which powered his '66 Mustang through a high 12-second 1/4 mile pass. Glenn prefers the road course but, is into straight-line and playing off-road as well. Current toys include modified '07 GT/CS and '03 Cobra Mustangs. Future projects - '69 Camaro or '69 Mach I pro-touring build.

Be sure to say hi, when you see him at an event!

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