Bob Icenogle's 1940 Ford pickup.

A '40 Ford with a light show under the hood.

Bob Icenogle's 1940 Ford pickup is a splendid street rod, with the good looks and appeal of a classic design, coupled with the comfort and performance of a modern automobile.

Beneath the 80-year-old sheet metal, there's a 350-cubic inch V8 engine, automatic transmission, power steering and brakes, air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, and even a back-up camera.

But its most remarkable feature shows up only when Bob opens the hood and fires up the engine; each spark plug wire is fitted with a neon tube that lights up every time that cylinder fires. A Ruskin inventor with more than 20 patents, he had a sign company fabricate neon tubes to his design, and installed them on the plug wires. The result: A light show that attracts and delights spectators by the dozen.