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Elite Streets Magazine Presents - Fast Eddy's Hot Rod Art!
Copyright Fast Eddy's Hot Rod Art 2009

So you want to get your custom ride featured in a magazine? Chances are that you will have to spend a lot of time, money, and imagination to reach that lofty goal. You're on your own when it comes to how you spend your time and money, but ESM can at least give you a little boost in the right direction. It takes a lot of thinking to come up with an original idea. To simply pull that idea out of the back of your brain housing and throw it onto the pavement in real time is even more challenging! ESM personally believes it helps to see a rendering of that original idea on paper, so then it becomes a blueprint that guides the buildup process.

One of the most highly sought after rendering artists is Ed White of Fast Eddy's Hot Rod Art. Ed is a regular feature here at Elite Streets Magazine and for a good reason... he's damn good with a pencil! Ed leaves no stone unturned when it comes to custom auto concepts. The low down on Ed and how he got into his current profession can be traced back to when he was wearing short pants. Little did his family realize that Ed's desire to write on walls was more than just a phase that would follow him into his adult life. Now, Fast Eddy lays down some of the sickest automotive ideas around on fine canvass!

So, if you are in the middle of a project or just starting one, Ed can help you make your dreams a reality by laying it out on paper long before you start bustin' a few knuckles, just give him a ring at: 281.455.2883. Also, keep in mind that Ed can paint the real deal, too! If you want a wicked paint job on your ride, Ed can get the party started for you, provided you have enough greenbacks to cover his talented services.

To catch a glimpse of more examples of Fast Eddy's radical artwork, visit: www.fehrarules.com. Oh yeah, be sure to tell him that ESM sent ya!

Ed told us a friend of his has a 1976 Datsun 280Z with a V8 6-speed out of a Trans Am. Apparently when Ed's friend took him for a ride one day, it influenced Ed to a certain degree--to the point of actually wanting one, too. Ed decided to do a rendering to keep his idea fresh in his mind's garage for future reference. Ed discovered a body kit that looks like a 1962 Ferrari GTO. So, this one is made from an early 1970s 280Z, the top is gone, the body kit is on and the engine will probably be an earlier, carbureted 350 with a 6-speed. It's Porsche India Red with a tan interior. The seats are late model with the head rests removed and the rest of the interior (door panels, etc.) are stitched up to match the seats. Of course, Ed had to give it some side pipes (it's too Cobra-ish not to.)

The saying goes "they came in droves" well, here is the car they're talking about. Ed actually did two versions of the Drove; a woodie and a top-of-the-line model. The Drove takes design elements from all over the place, mainly 50s cars, '50 Ford, '57 Buick, '57 Chevy, there's some Plymouth in there too. This would compete in the Ford Flex category except Ed always keeps the end user in mind when he designs. You can haul the kids, the dog, your folks and all their gear, or just haul some ass! The Drove has a typical V8, 6-speed (optional automatic), with rear wheel drive layout. The engine is not pushed back into the firewall (legroom), the tranny has a 2-speed OD bolted to it (for cross country cruising) and the rear is independent, so the floor can be as low as possible. When the hood goes up, it takes the grille with it. It is only a two door, hardtop with a lift gate, the four side windows roll all the way down, the rear-most quarter glass-3/4 the way. Notice the shaved door handles. They operate electronically on a separate circuit, so if the battery is dead, you can still get in. The lift gate is the same way. Their batteries are always charged by a solar panel in the roof. There are two: one to operate and one in infinite "storage" mode so when the primary goes dead, a light shows on the dash and the stored one does the job temporarily, so you have time to get the dead one replaced. The key fob is the same way only it lights up when you press it to tell you to replace the battery. The Drove is longer than, but not as tall as the Flex. Think of it as a fat station wagon or chopped and sectioned Suburban.

Drove Top-of-the-Line
This is the Drove top-of-the-line model as mentioned above. This Drove shares the same body lines and overall design as its woodie counterpart, but with a different paint scheme and wheels. This version of the Drove sports a two-tone hot rod inspired paint scheme and the wheels are split spoke. More than likely, this particular Drove would sport plenty of luxurious interior upgrades.

Amphicar model 722
Ed likes boats, almost as much as he likes cars. A while back Ed designed an Amphicar, basing the design off a 1968 Vette (featured in ESM's January-March 2007 issue). This new version is based off a 1966 Vette and is the hot rod of Amphis! It has a rear mounted Northstar based running gear with a jet pump from a cigarette boat hidden behind the license plate, torsion bar suspension that retracts up into the body, and the wheel openings have escape routes for water to get out. A bilge pump removes water that gets in by pumping it into the exhaust pipes, which exit where the third taillights would go. The engine is a 450hp version that should get her to around 95 mph safely on land (before air blows the front end up off the ground) and about 60 across the water.

1970 Chevy C-10: Master Chief
In ESM's October-December 2008 issue another version of the Eddy and Sons project was featured and with most things in the custom world... things change! This 1970 Chevy C-10 has been named the "Master Chief" by Eddy, due to a paint scheme similar to that of the lead character's suit in the Xbox 360 video game called HALO. The truck is the less sought after longbed and it is an automatic. Ed and his boys are going "muscle truck" all the way, but he decided to also go a little classy. Since all the chrome was stolen from it before he bought it and replacing such items on a classic rig can cost thousands of dollars, Ed decided that filling all the holes and airbrushing the chrome on it would be the least expensive and at the same time adds a custom touch. Once complete, the "chrome siding" will look close to stock 1967 around the taillight area, but down the side it will look like 1964 Impala SS trim on the upper and a "similar-to-stock-but-not" on the lower.... actually, it will resemble the border design on the original door panel. Ed has no idea what wheels they will use as it has 6-lug hubs. The grille will be customized, using smoked late model lighting, and the taillights will be custom made and flush mounted. The tonneau topper will be made out of laminated wood, covering it in polyurethane and painting it with a design that leaves some wood showing. Ed is trying to see how much "show" he and his sons can get for the least amount of "dough" and so far, the whole thing is covered in black primer and almost ready for paint, add that to the cost of the truck and Ed and his boys are up to about $390. Yep, you read that correctly. Ed has promised to keep ESM posted on the final tally.

1989 Chevy S-10
Along with building the 1970 C-10, Ed is getting prepared to redo his S-10 after 12 years and 325,000 miles. There's more he wants to do with it, but to get it done quicker, Ed decided to keep things on the simple side. This design is really an update to the old one (featured in ESM's October-December 2004 issue), but with a Trans Am flavor... umm, that would be Trans Am racing, not the Pontiac. Ed had to tread a fine line so as to not do a NASCAR rendition of his truck. The S-10 still has the 2-inch drop, 15-inch Street Star wheels, and the factory air dam, but the hood will be replaced by a fuctional fiberglass cowl hood that will be painted in different shades of tampered-with-silver to look like carbon fiber and be held down with hood pins. The bed will have another home built cover with a small spoiler and the whole thing will be painted in Jet black with candy flames.

Cadillac STS-V
ESM featured Ed's 2-door hot rod CTS-V last year in the October-December 2008 issue, so this year Ed decided to re-think Caddy's big car, too. Ed's version of the Cadillac STS-V is a convertible powered by a supercharged 4.4L DOHC V8 with a 6-speed. Aside from the obvious drop top and 2-door modification, other mods include a CTS-V hood bulge, stainless mesh grillework, new front bumper with integrated chin spoiler, widened quarters, extended rear bumper and spoiler, and smoked lighting. VROOM-VROOM!

Fast Eddy's Hot Rod Art

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