Here at Kingpin Car and Marine Audio we love street rod customizations. What we love about them the most is the personalization. Every street rod has aspects that personify the builder and owner. There is no right or wrong, only differences of opinion. That is what makes these vehicles special to us since we love to build unique, one off vehicles. We have built multiple street rods over the years, and I guess you could say we caught the bug. So Jason Kranitz, our owner, decided to build one himself. Jason is never one to follow in someone else’s footsteps, so the vehicle had to be out of the ordinary. A rat rod seemed a good place to start. But not any normal rat rod would suffice. He went looking for something that could properly represent the Kingpin frame of mind. He found it in a 1928 Hudson Essex Super 6: The “Rat Rod.” This vehicle screams different. It has a full air ride suspension and is powered by a 1957 Chrysler Hemi. What a great interior to use as a blank canvas!
Showcasing What We Bring To The Table
Jason wanted this vehicle to showcase what Kingpin Car and Marine Audio brings to the street rod customization market in custom car audio, interior fabrication and functionality. We learn a lot from the owners of these vehicles. If a person takes their street rod and wins a high profile event, they often can’t enter again as the vehicle has not changed. Jason started thinking about modular design ideas that could transform the look of a vehicle in a short time span. If you look closely at the pictures, you will notice the beautiful orange panels in the interior. The grooves in the panels were all hand done on a router. What makes these panels unique is that they can all be swapped out in twenty minutes. They are held in place by hidden magnets. In fact, the only reason it takes twenty minutes to swap out the panels is the need to lower the steering column to remove the dash panel. The carpeted floor panels are modular as well and can easily be changed out. This allows easy access on the driver’s side to the brake booster and master cylinder.
Modular Design, iPad Mini and High Resolution Audio
Imagine this scenario: You come to us and have us build out your interior and install your sound system. You drive the car for a year or two and take it to several shows. You then swap out all the modular interior parts and change the wheels on the vehicle. Viola! You now have a very different looking vehicle. You can start over showing off all the “changes” you have made to the vehicle. Think about how much more affordable this will be for you. Especially if you have us build out the two interiors on the first go round.
Jason knew this street rod customization had to have an incredible sounding car audio system, and he wanted to integrate it, so it looked like a part of the build, not an afterthought. He chose to use all Audison equipment. Audison is a very well respected Italian manufacturer. The source unit or car “radio” as it is commonly called, is an iPad Mini that is flushed into the center console. An Audison BitPlay was also installed in the Hudson. The BitPlay is a hideaway device that includes a 500 gig solid state hard drive that acts as a music server for you vehicle. It allows playback of high-resolution audio files, which are vastly superior in musical detail and sound quality.
Audison BitOne Is the “Brains” Of This Street Rod Customization
The music is fed into an Audison BitOne processor, which is one of the most advanced audio processors on the market. Each of the eight speakers gets thirty bands of equalization, so the music can be tuned for the unique acoustics of this vehicle. The music is then digitally delayed, or ” time aligned”, so all of the sound arrives at the driver at the exact same time. Now, when you are sitting in the driver’s seat you are no longer at a musical disadvantage. The BitOne processor can be tuned for both the driver and passenger, and up to four different presets can be stored into the system. Recalling them is easy using the digital controller that is flushed into the center console right behind the iPad Mini.
Audison Amplifiers Hidden With Motorized Racks
The music now travels to the back of the vehicle where it meets up with two hidden amplifiers: An Audison AV5.1k and an Audison Due. What makes this part of the installation special is with a push of a button both amplifiers motorize up out of the rear deck in the vehicle. The AV5.1K supplies 1000 watts of clean power to the pair of AV10 subwoofers mounted into a custom enclosure behind the seats.
Kick Panel Speaker Placement Is Out Of Sight
Speaker choice, placement and power is critical in any high end street rod customization. The “Rat Rod” was certainly no exception. Up front in the kick panels, you will find three speakers on each side hidden behind a custom made, acoustically transparent grill. When you remove the grill to expose the speakers at an event, the mounting baffle for the speakers is completely finished. There is no exposed mounting hardware, resulting in a beautiful, clean look. This is the sort of attention to detail that Kingpin Car and Marine Audio is known for. In each kick panel is an Audison AV5, 5.25″ woofer which receives 260 watts of clean power from the Due amplifier. An Audison AV3.0 3″ driver receives 140 watts of power from the AV5.1k and and AV1.1 tweeter gets 70 watts of power from the AV5.1k.
Interior Lighting Provides Subtle Attention To Detail
One of the simplest, but most elegant touches to the vehicle is the interior lighting. To be blunt, interior lights look out of place in a beautifully thought out and properly sculpted interior. But they are a necessity. Throughout the vehicle, there are hidden white LED’s strategically placed behind the brown panels, and when illuminated, provide plenty of beautiful, cascading light. This is just the kind of attention to detail that separates Jason and the staff of Kingpin Car and Marine Audio from their competitors. (Did you know that they are the only shop in the region to have won both Retailer of the Year and Install of the Year from Mobile Electronics Magazine?)
When you look at the finished street rod customization, it is breathtaking, bringing modern electronics and incredible sound quality to a class of vehicle usually reserved for bargain basement equipment at best.
If you own a street rod and like what you see here, we invite you to contact us. We will set up a dedicated, one on one consultation and get to know you better. We will take a close look at your vehicle and talk with you about your goals and the objectives you have for your build. We will then come back to you with our presentation of what we think will work best for your vehicle. And after deciding on the build objectives, we will work with you to create the street rod you have always dreamed of owning.
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