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Rev It Up RPM Nationals
During these strange and uncertain pandemic-driven times, car enthusiasts based on the West Coast have come to the realization that the 2020 show season stopped somewhere around March 15. Yet rodders resolved to find alternate ways to get their “car
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Rodding Products
LOKAR adds to their LS Classic line with the introduction of their new retro-styled LS plug wires. These high-quality plug wires feature 7 mm Kevlar spiral core suppression wire, high-temp EPDM jacketing, and silicone boots. The wires are 9 feet long
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Rodding News
Henry Dana grew up in Staten Island, NY, and began drag racing in 1961. He went on to gain drag racing fame on the East Coast running a ’56 Chevy wagon in the Junior Stock class. Henry left N.Y. for sunny Florida in 1969 and eventually opened Dana’s
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Carson Tops The Final Chapter
If you’ve been involved in the custom or hot rod scene for any amount of time, you have most likely heard the term “Carson Top.” Little did I know at the time that the final Carson Top by a family member of the originators would be restored right her
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Driven Hard
Stepping back to October 1981, I was in my first couple of months of employment at Street Rodder magazine, and I received an assignment to photograph the Oak Creek Rod Run in Sedona, Arizona. I jumped into my ‘34 Ford coupe and drove the 450 plus mil
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1928 Ford Sedan
OWNER: Garry White – Richmond B.C. CHASSIS: Custom by Jim Weimer. FRONT SUSPENSION: Super Bell 4-inch dropped axle, Mullins Vega steering box, Super Bell springs, Viking shocks, Wilwood disc brakes. REAR SUSPENSION: John’s Industries 31 Spline 9-i
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A Forty-Year Dream is Now Reality
In the early to mid-’60s, Garry White of Richmond BC, was one of the numerous junior high guys who didn’t have a full-time job after school, which meant no money to buy a car. So helping his high school buddy keep his ‘46 Ford on the road was as clos
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1934 Ford Coupe
OWNER: Larry Way – Phoenix, Arizona CHASSIS: Original, 1934, boxed. Chassis work by Joe Brusaschetti, San Jose, CA. FRONT SUSPENSION: Dropped Super Bell tube axle, mono leaf spring, 4-bar, Vega steering, RideTech shocks. REAR SUSPENSION: 8-inch Fo
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Solid Gold Henry Would Be Proud
As a teenager in the late ‘60s, I loved hot rods. I grew up in several small towns in Oregon, so hot rods were few and far between. But I saw many when I went on a trip to Los Angeles with my parents in 1964. Through the ‘60s, I cut pictures from hot
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Rodding USA
Publisher/Executive Editor: Paul Martinez paulm@roddingusa.com President: Paul Grace paulg@roddingusa.com Feature Editors: Dale Moreau, Ken Sanders Contributors: Tommy Lee Byrd, Dennis W. Parks, Sherm Porter, Charlie Hughes, Alan Zusman, Lil’ John
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Goodguys Scottsdale, Az
As 2020 comes to an end, custom car enthusiasts across the U.S. have become accustomed to hearing that their favorite event has been postponed or, as in most cases, canceled. As we headed into November, COVID cases continued to climb, and we were ant
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Happy New Year 2021
2020 is in the rearview mirror, and we’re sure glad it is. 2021 has no choice but to be better for everyone, and hopefully, our coveted car shows come back stronger than ever and that all of you get to enjoy plenty of seat time behind the steering wh
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1932 Ford 3-window Coupe
OWNER: Richard Carroll - Lake Oswego, Oregon. CHASSIS: SoCal step boxed with late ‘40s ford components and Borgeson Vega steering. FRONT SUSPENSION: ’48 Ford dropped axel with Ford bendix drum brakes, chrome backing plates, and split wishbones. RE
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Tabletop Rodding
I have built 100’s of hot rods in my life, and I’ve done it at up to 1/25 the cost of most cars. Some have had chopped tops, and some had a big block or Hemi power. There were a few with tuck n roll interiors, and I have had 20 or 30 of them at one t
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The People That Made It All Possible:
PAINT AND METALWORK: Vintage Metal Works, Rod Benko, Camas, WA. INTERIOR: CSC Upholstery, Christian Staenke, Oregon City, OR. SKETCHES AND RENDERINGS: Eric Black, Portland, OR. PLATING: NW Chrome, New Plymouth, Idaho PINSTRIPING: Paul Comeau, Van
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Grasstrack Deuce
I had previously bought a deuce roadster in the early seventies, which had been raced on the grass tracks around Auckland back in the early sixties. I turned that car into a resto rod, which is now owned by Steve Sharpe. But the photos of the day whe
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Dual Purpose Banger
Since a young (14 years old) teenager in 1950, Max McLain has been building hot rods while growing up in California’s oil-rich southern San Joaquin Valley. With his meager tools in the shed, Max channeled the Model A Roadster, laying the groundwork f
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Plain & Simple
Lee Sesler was born in North Denver, Colorado, in 1943 and has been into custom cars and racing all his life, thanks to his dad’s involvement in the hobby. At the young age of 15, he purchased his first ride, a 1948 Ford sedan for the hefty sum of $6
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1929 Ford Roadster
OWNER: Max McLain CHASSIS: Model A. FRONT SUSPENSION: 4-inch dropped and drilled Dago axle, 1940 Ford brakes, 1940 Ford steering box. REAR SUSPENSION: Early ‘29 Ford rear end with Halibrand quick-change, ‘40 Ford brakes. TIRES/WHEELS: Firestone 4
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1956 Ford F100
OWNER: Lee Sesler – Tucson, Arizona CHASSIS: Stock. FRONT SUSPENSION: Volare independent, disc brakes, power steering, Monroe shocks. REAR SUSPENSION: Mustang 8-inch, 3.00 gears, leaf springs, drum brakes, Monroe shocks. TIRES & WHEELS: Front – P
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Dealer Network
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Grasstrack Deuce
OWNER: Paul & Liz Grace – Waipu, New Zealand. CHASSIS: American Stamping rails step-boxed using Ionia Hot Rod Shop swaged boxing plates and a ’33-’34-style center X-member by Vendetta Auto Fab. Chassis rails, Model A front cross member, a custom rea
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Home Built Engine And A Custom Air Cleaner Too!
(Editor’s Note: Keith Daleen is an avid hot rodder and hill climb racer in his spare time. His full-time job is the General Manager of Burr King in Warsaw, MO.) This is for home builders or enthusiast that like to make parts at home. It isn’t about
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Twelve Pack
Jerry Mlady has been into custom cars and motorcycles since he was a kid. In the third grade, he wrote a letter to Ford Motor Company asking what it would take to be a car designer for them and got a friendly letter back from a Ford Vice President te
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The Early Years
January always features two of the best back-to-back shows in the country, in the Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson Auction and the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona. R-USA covered them both with extended features in this issue. While at the GNRS, we p
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1932 Ford Phaeton
OWNER: Charlie Sumrall – Peoria, Arizona CHASSIS: Original, modified by Lime Works. Tube center section, boxed, bobbed rear. FRONT SUSPENSION: Dropped I-beam axle, F1 drum brakes, hairpins, and a Vega steering box. REAR SUSPENSION: Halibrand quick
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Atomic Deuce
The 1932 Ford coupe has been in our family for over 70 years. The car was initially purchased by my wife Becky’s father, Jacob J. Wechsler (Jay), in November 1944. It was his daily driver when he was in the military service. The car is more than just
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Rockabilly Ruckus
There’s a secret in the Steel Valley of the USA that needs to be told. It’s the Rockabilly Ruckus at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds in Cortland, Ohio, near the OH/PA border. With only a few years under its belt, this still-growing show is already we
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1932 Ford Five-window Coupe
OWNER: John & Becky Oertel – Los Alamos, New Mexico CHASSIS: Original frame modified for T5 transmission, Model A front & rear cross members. FRONT SUSPENSION: Dropped ’32 axle, split wishbones, Lincoln drum brakes, Vega steering box, SoCal shocks.
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Washer Guidance
When it comes to fasteners, the proverbial “red-headed stepchild” is the washer. It’s sometimes overlooked and often misused. So for a little guidance on the subject, we turned to the folks at Automotive Racing Products, Inc. —better known as ARP— th
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