“Sun Cammer,” – the exquisitely awesome 1956 Ford Sunliner Convertible of Bruce and Judy Ricks from Sapula, Oklahoma has been named the Goodguys 2011 Vintage Air Custom Rod of the Year. If the car looks familiar to you it should. It was the 2011 Don Ridler Memorial Award winner and a regular participant at Goodguys events across the country this spring, summer and fall.
The mighty machine was a six-year project at Steve Cook Creations in Oklahoma City. One look at the list of carefully executed body modifications gives you some idea of why it was a long and well thought out build. The body has been wedge-sectioned and channeled. The hood was pancaked and the front fenders were slumped and re-peaked! All four wheel openings have been reshaped and a full belly pan was hand fabricated. There are literally hundreds of one-off hand made parts on this car. The handsome plating is nickel and two-toned nickel.
The cars interior started with a set of Ford Thunderbird seats, artfully transformed and trimmed by the late Boyd Coddington’s go-to guy Gabe Lopez. The steering wheel and dash were handmade.
The 600hp 427ci S.O.H.C. Ford Cammer, which sports custom headers, MSD ignition and 2 Autolite 4 barrel carbs on a custom made intake looks like jewelry resting snugly on the custom built chassis (yes a one off unit) produced by Art Morrison. It features a TKO-500 5 speed transmission, Tiger quick-change rear on a four bar and Ridetech’s RidePro E-3 on all four corners. Baer 6-piston brakes get the heavy hitter stopped quickly. The wheels were custom made by Schott.
Nobody can quite remember a car like this coming down the pike. It’s a game changer – a trendsetting custom rod which blends state of the art technology with old world class and refinement. The Ricks and Cook Creations together have built something that has raised the bar yet again.
You can see this car up close along with all 2011 Goodguys “Terrific 12” award winners in the Champions Arena presented by Street Rod Headquarters at the 14th Southwest Nationals, November 18-20 at Westworld in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Fellow award finalists (this year’s crop was outstanding!) were: Lynn Peterson, Lakeville, MN (’55 Chevy), Dennis and Daryl Ducommun, Cherokee, IA (’50 Ford), Ken Nestor, Rockville, VA (’61 Chevy), Doyle Thomas, Longview, TX (’55 Buick), Dan Coleman, Arvada, CO ’56 Ford