2011 Ridler Winner -50′s Ford Wins

2011 Ridler Winner – It’s Official

Picture by: Dan Baker of Alumicraft

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Well if you were watching Facebook, you’da found out 30 minutes early, but the results are in and this 1956 Ford Sunliner Convertible owned by Bruce & Judy Ricks of Sapulpa, OK is the Ridler winner for 2011 from Detroit Autorama.

I couldn’t agree more and, in fact, I picked this car to win it on Friday night!

Here’s what we know about this bad Henry Ford from the Oh-kay:

In the custom engine compartment, there’s my favorite, the 427 SOHC. Why’s it my fave? Have you ever heard one? They rev-up nearly instantly and make a sound like no other. (There’s a 60′s Sunliner running around Phoenix with one that I need to do a story on!)

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According the the build card, this is an original 427 SOC “Cammer” motor. (Thus the name, “Suncammer”) Sitting on top of  a one-off, custom made, cross ram intake manifold that even has a “Ford prototype” casting number on it (super cool touch!). Feeding fuel are these rare of rare Autolite inline four barrel carbs.  Back in the 60′s when SCCA Trans-AM racing was hot, Ford wanted to stretch the “single four-barrel” rules some and line-up all four barrels to equally distribute fuel to each cylinder.  These race only carbs (some without an idle circuit!) were dead with the racing program by the 70′s.

Needless to say, this trick engine must have rev’d this car to the top amidst some great contenders.

I’ll ad more info as I get it, but here’s a few more details about the “Suncammer”:

  • Interior by Gabe’s
  • All nickel plating by Jon Wright Custom Chrome Plating
  • Custom mixed Dupont Hot Hues
  • Tremec TKO-500 transmission
  • Tiger Quick change reare axle
  • Baer 6 piston disc brakes
  • Air ride by Ridetech
  • Custom Schott performance 18′s and 20′s with Pirelli 225 and 295′s
  • Body Mods: I’ll need more room… here’s what Dan from Alumicraft said:

Man there were so many unnoticed mods on this car, from being pie sectioned from zero at the rear wheel well to 4″ at the front fender, custom rocker panels, custom made CNC milled side trim, a “One off” custom made cross ram style intake complete with experimental Ford part numbers, firing order and the Ford logo cast into the intake. Custom made grille to match the reworked grille opening, both bumped rec’d a nip/tuck/flip. This car just “worked”

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Well, if you agree or not, I’d like to hear… but this is the 2011 Ridler winner.

Vote with me or against me here: 2011 Ridler Award Contenders – You Vote

Anyone got pictures of this car outside? Please email moc.emsiedirymnull@nimda

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