You’d be very hard-pressed to find a hot rodding magazine that loves and tries to promote building more off-the-radar cars than PHR. Suffice it to say that when we’re out and about looking for cars, we always gravitate toward the hot rodders who also appreciate the underappreciated and endeavor to elevate them. That’s how we ran across Wild Wes Adkins of Wild Wes Paintworks in Dover, OH. Tech Editor Campbell can sniff out a custom Cougar for miles and Wild Wes’ slick ’67 sent his senses tingling.

Dubbed the 427 Wildcat, this ’67 was Wild Wes’ daily driver for a few years while he made plans for his ultimate version of a Cougar. It had to stay true to the Cougar’s original concept; a gentleman’s muscle car, power combined with class and comfort perfect for long drives. They were basically pro touring before there was such a thing. The interior will be custom and wrapped in luxurious black leather with a high-end stereo system. The power comes on big with a 427ci Windsor force fed by twin TorqStorm superchargers. Wild Wes says even in street tune he’ll have 800hp on tap. Stylistically speaking, there are numerous subtle body mods, including the slight extension of the C-pillar, recessing of the bumpers, and a completely custom grille.

Click this link (www.facebook.com/427Wildcat) and ‘Like’ the Wildcat’s Facebook page to get more details and updates as Wild Wes finishes the paint and gets it reassembled in time to make SEMA 2013 in November. And watch PHR for a full write-up on the Wildcat once it’s all done and put back together!

After that, there’s another Cougar paintjob in his future; PHR’s own Max Effort is headed eastward to get Wild Wes’ touch. After what we’ve seen on his own car, we know he has the talent to make Max look as good as will perform. Watch for much more tech from Wild Wes in the pages of PHR