Bruce Leven’s GT51, a vintage racecar inspired 1951 Ford Coupe, took home some hardware at the recent Goodguys Spring Nationals in Scottsdale, Arizona. Bruce’s success was especially meaningful to us because the car was prepped with products from Griot’s Garage.
Leading up to the Spring Nats the paint was perfected with our Best Of Show System® (BOSS) and maintained at the event with Best of Show® Detailer. We’d like to thank Bruce for stopping by the booth and giving us a rundown on the highlights of his weekend.
He and his 51 Blue Oval took home two prestigious awards at the Goodguys show, the Builder’s Choice award and the Custom Rod of the Year Finalist award, which puts the pair in the running for one of the biggest awards in rodding. Congrats Bruce.
Wicked Fabrication built the beast with a mix of modern and vintage components. The foundation is made up of Art Morrison bent frame rails and front suspension and a Wicked Fabrication custom rear setup featuring trick control arms and a quick-change rear end from Speedway Engineering. Motivation is provided by a 1956-vintage Continental Mark II 368-inch V8 backed by a Borg Warner T5 transmission. The carbs were tossed and when it comes to induction the V8 now relies on a modified period-correct Hilborn fuel injection that’s been converted to modern EFI.
You can tell at first glance the proportions of the ’51 have been altered tremendously. Wicked Fabrication sectioned the body, taking 2-1/2″ out of the back and 5″ out of the front. With all that nipping and tucking there is plenty of metal work in the doors, fenders and quarters. As the welders cooled after putting the body was back in one piece, Wicked Fabrication radiused the wheel wells, deleted the bumpers, and built custom roll pans. At this point, the body was sent to Byers Custom & Restoration where the sheet metal was fine-tuned and sprayed with PPG Gray Blue.
Bruce’s car was a Goodguys Top 5 SEMA Gold winner at the 2016 SEMA Show as well as being selected as a SEMA Gran Turismo winner, which means you will be able to drive this car yourself on your Sony PlayStation in the near future.
Have fun in your garage!