With so many amazing vehicles in the industry, it takes a lot for one to stand out enough to take a title like America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod, given by the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association. But just last weekend, Kevin and Angie Bischoff’s ’36 Dodge took that very title at the 28th West Coast National in Pleasanton, California.
A hot rod builder by trade, Kevin Bischoff started in on the project of making “an ugly car beautiful” 13 years ago, with the result being this completely custom ’36 Dodge known as Rampage. Working out of his shop, Kevin’s Restoration of Vancouver, Washington, Bischoff and his team chopped the car’s roof by two inches, took over five inches off the trunk back and added five inches to the bottom of the doors.
Bischoff also narrowed the grille shell and laid it back one and a half inches and laid the trunk and rear window forward. Adding to the car’s unique design are molded fenders and running boards.
Topping off the street rod’s unique look is a coat of House of Kolor Apple Red paint, which flows effortlessly into the cabin of the vehicle. Inside, you’ll find a reworked stock dash displaying gauges from Classic Instruments, a Billet Specialties steering wheel, leather-trimmed seats with stitching by B&R Auto Upholstery and a matching leather-booted Lokar shifter.
Sitting atop a Morrison air spring chassis with a Thunderbird steering rack, Rampage is powered by a GM 350 ci engine highly disguised with components like custom Hedman headers and Chrylser HEMI valve covers.
This is backed by a manual transmission and a 9-inch rearend, while 5-spoke Billet Specialties Magnitude wheels and Wilwood brakes take care of the final push of power to the pavement.
In order to take the title of America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod for 2014, Rampage had to beat out four other amazing contenders, including Justin and Randy Semadini’s ’34 Dodge, Larry Carter’s ’33 Ford, Dave Hall’s ’39 Ford, and Janeen Dinkard’s ’40 Chevy.
Because of their title win, the Bischoffs have received travel accommodations to display their car at the 17th Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale, Arizona November 14th through the 16th. There, the car will join 11 other vehicles in the Goodguys Top 12 Cars of the Year display.
Congratulations goes out to the Bischoffs for receiving this coveted award and we can’t wait to see the car on display in Arizona in a couple months!
Article courtesy of Rod Authority, written by Lindsey Fisher.