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45th NSRA Street Rod Nationals Plus Part II: The Cam Wars 2015 Body Buyers Guide

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THE 60s REVISITED
THE CAM WARS: PART 2

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Not Again!
xIts my nature; I need to know whats going onand why! I was recently reading monthly
information that came my way from SEMA through its SEMA Action Network (SAN) and it has prompted
me to get on my soap boxreal or otherwise. I recognize legislation, laws, and so on, vary from state to
state, and while each state is different they do share. Especially when one comes up with a way to generate
new revenue, you can rest assured other states will be watchingand soon to follow.
For starters, the good ol State of California, my home state, or at least the one I have lived and
hot-rodded during the overwhelming years of my life, is at it again. While you say, This doesnt
matter to me cause I dont live in California, you can rest assured the legislators in your home state
are watching. Its too tempting, another way to separate you and I from more of our money. The taxes
come under the disguise of generating income to help pay for the roads (especially in California) that
are in a sad state of repair.

It wasnt that many decades ago


when living in California meant
we had lots of roads and they were
all wonderfully paved, which
made driving a real pleasure
even fun. Not so much anymore.
Nowadays when you go for a
ride bring along your toolbox
so that you can stop and tighten
up bolts and check to see if you
have rattled anything loose that
has fallen along the roadside.
One of the most interesting and
fascinating pick-a-part locations in
California is the side of the road.
Have you actually stopped and
looked to see whats there?
By the time you read this
editorial the Governor of
California, Jerry Brown, will have
either signed or opted to veto the
bill. (Insiders believe he will sign
the pilot program into law.) And
what has my boxers in such a
bunch? This piece of legislation
is designated as Senate Bill 1077,
referred to as the Road Usage Fee,
which will establish an advisory
committee to study a road usage
fee that was already approved
by the California Assembly and
Senate. (This is where other states
are now paying attention to see if
this can be a cash windfallonce
again, at our expense.)
The intent behind this bill
would be to propose a tax as an
alternative to the gas tax and make
10 JANUARY 2015 I STREET RODDER

recommendations on the design of a


permanent program.
It is said that the upside of this
bill would be, a road usage fee
has the potential to distribute the
gas tax burden across all vehicles,
regardless of fuel source and to
minimize the impact of the current
regressive gas tax structure.
The flip side says, the bill
seeks to penalize national efforts to
create a more fuel-efficient vehicle
fleet by taxing drivers based on
vehicle mileage, as gas tax revenues
decrease due to hybrid and electric
vehicle ownership.
You can see how this would
impact those of us who drive
gas-powered hot rods and not to
mention our everyday drivers that
are gasoline powered. I can see
where many of us do not drive that
much and the gasoline road use
tax may not be much of an increase.
But there are many more of us
where the additional tax can be a
real burden. Especially for those
who have long commutes to and
from work and who like to drive as
part of their recreation. You might

think the upside would be those


of us who drive gas powered or
electric powered would be taxed
accordingly and the result would
be an equal taxation. But anyone
who is old enough to vote knows
that giving state legislators the
opportunity to tax us will do so
over and above the actual needs.
Why is this happening? We see
it every day in California, and
other states are beginning to see
the same thing, that there needs
to be new sources of funding for
pet projects. Personally I believe
there are enough fuel taxes as
well as numerous other taxes. The
real dilemma is how these taxes
are used or, is a more truthful
representation, misused.
What does the future hold?
Time will tell but if experience is
any indicatorhang on. It will
cost you more to drive, your hot
rod just got more expensive to
operate.

Brian Brennan
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BY BRIAN BRENNAN

WHATS A STREET ROD?

The answer given to Whats A Street Rod? is false. When the NSRA
formed, a street rod was a specific type of car, not a build style. The 1948
cutoff date was chosen as that was the year Ford went from a solid axle to
IFS, Ford went to an open driveshaft, and it was when Ford eliminated the
outer fenders and went to inner fenders and quarter-panels. Cars became
visibly different at this point. Other makes of cars may have made the
changes at other years, but Ford was the car of choice for hot rodding, and
it was used as the standard. The 1948 cutoff date is even recognized by
many states government agenciesin issuing Street Rod license plates.
The real reason for the change in the definition is money. For the NSRA,
it means expanding membership and participation to bring in more money.
For magazines, it means increasing circulation to bring in more money.
I find it interesting that after STREET RODDER magazine has changed
what it recognizes as the definition, the size of the magazine has decreased
by one-third.
I also enjoy later model cars, but any old-time street rodder, such as
myself, knows a Camaro or a Mustang are not street rods. Its too bad we
have to sacrifice principles for profit.
Forest Rogers
Via Email

Forest, the NSRA has (had)


used 1948 cutoff for years. But the
term and the initial cutoff year was
brought about by Tom Medley and
Tex Smith. (Others I recall involved
at the time were Bruce Miller,
Cotton Werksman, Gilbert Bugg Sr.,
and Vernon Walker.) And you are
correct, the cutoff was used because
of postwar cars doing away with
bolt-on fenders and running boards.
Although I suppose technically
fenders still bolt on to this day,
although the running board seems to
be a thing of the past.
Rod & Custom and its staff were
some of the individuals behind the
first Nats. The second and third
Nats were sponsored by Hot Rod
magazine but by then the NSRA
was gaining a foothold. Beginning
with the 4th NSRA Nationals, the
NSRA took the naming and sole
management.
We at STREET RODDER view all
years of cars as potentially a street
rod. Look at early issues of STREET
RODDER and you will see there is
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no recognized year cutoff. Although


for clarification we call pre-48 street
rods and post-49 street cruisers.
Today because of the mixing of
terms, build styles, and many new
rodders who make no differentiation
in years, we at the magazine consider
a street rod today more of a build
style and less of a year cutoff.
As for STREET RODDER page
numbers dropping, you are correct.
There are a handful of reasons for this,
not the least of which is the number of
advertisers. SR is based on an ad/edit
ratio. Subscriptions are at an all-time
high and electronic subscriptions are
growing monthly. Currently STREET
RODDER has 1.4 million Facebook
followers and our website has nearly
250,000 monthly visitors.
As for dollars having an impact:
Yes. We sell magazines with the
hopes of making money so that all of
us can continue to receive paychecks.
Thats how it worked with the first
issue of Hot Rod through Rod &
Custom onto STREET RODDER and
it will always work.

INSPIRATION IN
FUNNY PLACES

Your article The Lost Garage inspired me very much, most of your
articles do. I am taking some writing courses and what better way to
indulge myself into three things I
enjoywriting, hot rods, and my garagewhich I dont have yet or the
hot rod but, very soon I hope.
My garage is a dream I have had all
the 29 years we have been married.
The hot rod on the other hand is a
dream I have had since 1976. Thats
when I bought my 32 Ford Tudor.
It has been patiently waiting for me
for 38 years. People ask me What
are you gonna do with it? Are you
ever gonna work on it? Of course
I am! My plan was to put it on the
road soon after I bought it and the
plan was to build a garage after we
were married but, life happens, kids
happen, and plans get changed.
So to put it plain and simple, I dont
have a garage or a hot rod yet but I
have without a doubt built my 32
Tudor 13,870 times and my garage
10,585 times. I know every bolt, nut,
screw, and wire, where they go and
what they do. As for the garage, I
do have some experience in that
category. I can and probably will
know how much it will cost within
a few hundred dollars, give or take,
to complete that project with heated
floor and a lift. And thanks to your
article I really like the shelves behind
the floor to ceiling cabinets and I will
provide the better half with room for
Moms precious items, even though
she already has all of the basement.
Brett Maurer
Via Email

Brett, your story isnt all that


uncommon. For some of us it takes
longer but the journey is just as sweet
and the outcome will be everything you
have hoped forhang in there and
keep wishin and hopin.

WINDOW SHOPPER
BY JOEL STOCKSDALE

Check out these awesome goodies we spotted at the NSRA Nationals


x Work of Art

Art Morrison Enterprises (AME) has produced


top-tier components for hot rods and classic cars to
improve and modernize their performance for years.
At this years NSRA Nationals, AME continued
the trend, taking home a Best Products award
for its new bolt-in multilink IRS. The IRS,
because of its cradle design, can be fitted
to an array of vintage machines, and its
also available as an option on AMEs GT Sport chassis. The design
offers improvements in performance, comfort, and adjustability over
fixed control-arm designs, accommodates brake rotors as large as 14.4
inches, and comes with a Strange Engineering centersection that fits
a 9-1/2-inch ring gear. AME offers a number of options with this suspension,
including gear ratios ranging from 3.54:1 to 5.13:1, as well as different track
widths in 2-inch increments from 55.5 inches to 61.5.

Art Morrison Enterprises


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xForging Ahead

Wheels are key to the look of any car, but since theyre also what your
ride rolls on, they can be key to performance as well. Billet Specialties has
added a new design to their Pro Touring line of performance wheels with
the Daytona. Its a two-piece wheel manufactured in America with a center
consisting of forged 6061-T6 aluminum. Its designed to not only be a
strong, good looking wheel, but also to accommodate large brakes so
you can fit the best stoppers you can. Its available with diameters
ranging from 18 to 20 inches with a variety of widths and backspacing.
It is also available in a polished finish or a number of powdercoated colors
to provide the perfect accent to your ride.
xGuess No More

When it comes to gauges, car guys love their speedometers


and tachometers because theyre what indicate the fun things
about cars. But when it comes down to it, one of the most
useful gauges is the gas gauge, and having a good fuel sender
is vital. Classic Instruments now offers a tube-style fuel sender
that provides accuracy and convenience for your build. Its
design allows it to fit in places where typical swing-arm fuel
senders wont, and its design also helps it resist inaccurate
readings when fuel sloshes around in the tank. Many options
are available with this fuel sender as well. Sizes are available
from 6 to 36 inches in 1-inch increments, as well as a variety
of ohm ranges. The senders are compatible with diesel and
gasoline with up to 10 percent ethanol content, and E85
compatible senders can be special ordered. On top of all these
options, this sender was a Best Products award winner at this
years NSRA Nationals, making this an excellent choice for
your fuel monitoring needs.
Classic Instruments
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Billet Specialties
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xSee and Be Seen

Classic cars tend to have headlights that come up a


bit short in the light department. Sure they light up,
but the amount of road that actually is illuminated is
pretty minimal compared with modern lights. Watsons
StreetWorks aims to change that with a new 7-inch LED
headlight. The light is designed as a direct replacement
for 7-inch sealed beam units for classic style and easy
installation. It features standard mounting tabs for correct
and simple fitment, and, although theres modern tech
inside, it still uses traditional-style sealed beam connectors
to plug into the existing electrics. Its low electric draw
also means you dont have to replace wires. The lights also
feature H4-style LED bulbs to provide large amounts of
light. These lights also won the best safety product award at
this years NSRA Nationals. With these lights, youll have
all the classic style with none of the compromise.

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xBlown Away

There may not be a replacement for displacement, but


forced induction sure comes close, and combinations
of the two are matches made in heaven. Thats why so
many street rodders supercharge their big V-8s, and
why TorqStorm has expanded its offerings to more V-8s.
One of their latest additions is their Vintage Line system
for Ford Flatheads. This American-made supercharger
kit combines TorqStorms standard billet aluminum
supercharger, with ceramic bearings and self-contained
oiling system, and infuses it with vintage style. It comes
with a brass tag on the front of the case and is driven
by an old-school V-belt. This classic-looking unit still
provides modern performance, supporting over 600
hp, and even features a limited lifetime warranty. The
standard supercharger housing comes in black but can be
ordered with optional polished or simulated cast finishes.

The publishing of products in Window Shopper is not an endorsement of these items by the STREET RODDER staff or by Source Interlink Media,
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STREET CORNER
EDITED BY TIM BERNSAU, PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN BRENNAN

)Tom and Zoa Mays all-steel Deuce features


a healthy chop and a small-block engine with
two four-barrels. Editors Pick Award.

)This gorgeous 40 coupe sits on a TCI


Engineering chassis and runs a 350 with
tri-power.

Classic Instruments Host NSRA Appreciation Day


x Maybe youve never heard of Boyne City. The Northern Michigan
city of approximately 4,000 people is the home of Classic Instruments. We
know youve heard of them. Boyne City is also the site of the annual NSRA
Appreciation Day Car Show, hosted by the team at Classic Instruments.
Open to hot rods, custom cars, classics, rat rods, motorcycles (essentially,
anything cool with wheels and an engine), NSRA Appreciation Day has
previously been held in various locations around town over the years. In
2014, Classic Instruments was proud to invite the show to its new state-ofthe-industry manufacturing, custom, and R&D facilities.
Approximately 70 specialty
Another highlight of the day was
vehicles and several hundred
a demonstration of Grabber, the
attendees showed up for the 2014
latest robotics project from high
show. In addition to enjoying all of
school students in the Boyne City
the vehicles on display, and behind- Blaze Robotics Team.
the-scenes tours of the Classic
As in years past, a raffle for
Instruments manufacturing facility, hundreds of automotive-related
participants could put their vehicles items from approximately 75
through a free safety inspection from companies raised money for the
the National Street Rod Association. Boyne City Police Department.

)We love the look of this


satin-black 30 Model A sedan.

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)Classic Instruments owner John Mcleod


is surrounded by treats, including a pair of
birthday cakes and a few of the hundreds of
items donated for the NSRA Appreciation Day
charity rafe.
)Boyne City high
school students
participating in the
Blaze Robotics
Team program
demonstrated their
Grabber robot,
capable of moving
around and picking
up and tossing that
large blue ball.

In 2014, $2,253 was donated for the


purchase of a specially outfitted police
bike and officer training.
STREET RODDER Editor Brian
Brennan was at the event to
photograph the fun and to select
one deserving vehicle for the
Editors Pick Award. Brennans
selection was a sweet 32 Ford coupe
owned by Tom and Zoa May from
Midland, Michigan.
Thanks to Classic Instruments for
continued support of this great event.

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LIEBEL
STATEMENT
Pat Liebels 57 Chevy 150
By ERIC GEISERT [ Photography by THE AUTHOR

t should be self evident to anyone that the 32 Ford is the most popular
base vehicle from which to build a hot rod, followed closely by the 57
Chevy. Having one or the other parked in your garage might be enough
for some folks but, after Pat Liebel already owned a Dearborn 32
convertible, he wanted to make a statement with his next hot rod and
bookend the Deuce in his garage with a 57 Chevrolet.
Pat had Roy Brizio Street Rods
and passenger-side quarter-panel
in South San Francisco assemble
should be replaced.
his Deuce for him and, in 2012,
Steve Lord, who has worked for
at the open house Brizio throws
Brizios for the last eight years, ran
every year at his shop, Brizio asked the build project for the shop when it
Pat a somewhat leading question:
came back, as he is one of the experts
Whats next? Pat,
there who really knows
since about the age
their way around the
of 15, had always
55-57 Chevys. Once
appreciated cars and
the body was set on a
what people can do to
new chassis from Art
them to create their own
Morrison Enterprises
piece of art. Hed also
(AME), a Ford 9-inch
always loved Tri-Five
(3.70:1) rear, set up with
Chevys, and Pat asked
31-spline axles, was set
if the shop knew of any
in place with four-bar
around for sale.
suspension, Strange
As it happened, they
shocks, and Wilwood
didnt have to look far,
12-inch disc brakes.
as Dave Cattalini, Brizio Street Rods AMEs independent front suspension
sales manager, had for years been
was also added and dialed in with
collecting parts for his 57 Chevy 150. another set of Wilwood 12-inch disc
Cattalini agreed to sell it, and soon
brakes. An ididit steering column also
it was off to the media blaster to see
went in, along with a power steering
what was under the paint. Back in
rack and a stainless steel gas tank
the 70s the car had been a hot rod,
fabd by Ricks Tanks.
and only slightly abused, so after
Schott Performance Wheels
stripping it was decided the floorpans makes both two- and three-piece

PREMIUM ROD OF THE MONTH


24 JANUARY 2015 I STREET RODDER

aluminum wheels, and Pat wanted


their eXL (exposed lug, two-piece)
Challenger wheels for his ride. A set
of 17x7 and 18x9 wheels were made
up and then shod in 225/55R17 and
255/60R18 Falken rubber.
Don Hardy Race Cars in Floydada,
Texas, assembled the LS3-based
376-inch motor for Pats ride and
used a nodular iron crankshaft,
powdered metal rods, and
hypereutectic aluminum pistons set
up with a 10.7:1 compression ratio.
A GM hydraulic roller camshaft was

JUST THE FACTS

YEAR: 1957
MAKE: CHEVROLET
MODEL: 150
OWNER: PAT LIEBEL
STATE: CALIFORNIA

also used, as were aluminum GM


heads topped with GM injection.
Other bolt-on items include
an Edelbrock water pump, a
Mattson aluminum radiator, and
an alternator and Billet Specialties
Tru Trac serpentine belt system.
The 2.5-inch exhaust, fabd at
Brizios, makes use of AME headers
and DynoMax mufflers. Once
the engine was backed up to the
TREMEC TKO 600 five-speed
transmission (equipped with a
10.5-inch McLeod Racing clutch

LIEBEL STATEMENT
and flywheel), the package delivers
480 hp at 5,750 rpm.
For paint, the car was delivered
to Darryl Hollenbeck at Vintage
Color Studio in Concord, California.
Hollenbecks expertise at painting
has helped his customers win many
awards, and he applied his talents to
Pats Chevy using PPG Envirobase
waterborne paints. The silver and
platinum tones combine for an
elegant appearance, especially when
coupled with the newly chromed
pieces from Sherms Custom Plating.
Once the paint was dry, the car
was taken to Sid Chavers Company,
located in Santa Clara, California,
for its threads. Chavers is another

26 JANUARY 2015 I STREET RODDER

hot rod fixture in NorCal, and


has stitched up the interiors for
probably more cars than anyone can
count. Always clean and precise,
Chavers interiors lean toward the
traditional look, but he can do
anything required.
For Pats Chevy, a simple charcoal
German-loop carpet was laid
down before the split-back bench
seat from Glide Engineering was
installed. Chavers used a pleated
black leather on both front and rear
benches as well as the door panels
he fabd for the project.
The final assembly of the car
happened back at Brizios shop,
where wiring wizard Jim Vickery

linked up the Classic Instruments


gauges to the rest of the cars
electronics. After the Vintage Air
A/C system was installed, the car
was ready for its debut, which
happened at the 2014 Grand
National Roadster Show in SoCal.
Besides a lot of spectators, the judges
must have liked the car, too, as they
bestowed a First Place finish in the
Semi Hardtop class, as well as an
Outstanding Overall Custom award.
Pat, who lives in Brier, Washington,
is very happy with his latest ride,
and he realizes having a very nice
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The Idlers Of March


Switching From V-Belts to Serpentine
By Kev Elliott \Photography by Jason Scudellari

You know how a simple upgrade project can snowball and suddenly you have half the car in pieces and a maxed-out
credit card? This 40 Chevy was in serious danger of becoming just such an example when the owner wanted to upgrade to
power steering and A/C on the B&M-blown 355ci Chevy small-block under the hood of this sedan, which was built back in
the 80s using a 69 Camaro front chassis clip with a quick-ratio manual steering box.
For starters, the whole front sheetmetal clip had to
clearance for the blower snout and drive belt.
come off for access, plus the fact the radiator was going
Then it was discovered that the early heads on the old
to be changed too. The decision was made to switch to a
small-block had no tapped holes for accessory brackets,
serpentine belt system rather than continue with V-belts, and so new heads were purchased and installed before the
conversion could begin. Talk about one step forward and two
a serpentine kit was ordered from March Performance to
suit, complete with bracketry for A/C compressor, alternator, back! It all worked out in the end though, and the sedan now
runs cool, steers beautifully, and works as it should.
and power steering pump. This would offer sufcient
1-2. The A/C
compressor
and alternator
brackets were
bolted to the heads
rst. It should be
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bolts as mounts, with spacers, and have to be
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13. With all ancillaries mounted, the belt was installed and tensioned
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THE WILD BLUE


A chance encounter that nearly kept Mary and Joe Wallaces
road-bound jet from stalling before takeoff only made it better in the end.
By CHRIS SHELTON [ Photography by THE AUTHOR

Life John Lennon famously wrote, is what happens


to you when were busy making other plans. Like any pertinent quote
it takes on all forms, like the SUV that T-boned Joe Wallaces 60 Impala
convertible while he was on his way to a show-and-shine. Id already
started working on this Buick but I got screwed up pretty bad, he recalls.
And it was just the start of his tribulations; after suffering a wracked back
for several years he underwent surgery to fix the damage only to get
rear-ended six months later. It was several years before Joe touched another
wrench to his 60 Electra.
He actually made headway prior
to the crash. Early in the game
he removed the body and sent
the chassis to Bob Sbarbaro. His
objective: Modify the back half
for RideTechs Tri-Link four-bar
suspension. That end rides on
RideTechs 9,000-series ShockWaves.
Sbarbaro also dispensed with the
Nailhead moorings for Chevrolet

36 JANUARY 2015 I STREET RODDER

brackets. They mount an LT1


prepped by Street & Performance.
That feeds a 4L60E transmission,
which ultimately spins a 3.7:1 gear in
the Ford 9-inch axle.
The front suspension remains stock
save for RideTechs ShockWaves. The
brakes were the big hang-up, he
laments. It took me two years to find
someone who could build a disc brake

kit for the front. I might as well have


been speaking Chinese whenever
I said 60 Buick. He finally found
salvation at Master Power Brakes. I
sent my spindles and arms and he
returned a turnkey disc brake setup,
he praises. Both ends roll on Foose
Legend wheels, the front 18x7 and the
rear 20x8.5. They wear 225/40R18 and
255/35R20 Federal Super Steel hides.

E YONDER
Though he made progress he
still had a long row to hoe. So Im
plugging along until 2011, he notes.
I was hurting so bad that I went
to Dan Weaver to get some help
putting this firewall in. Dan told me
about this guy, Derek. I thought Id
have him come over and give me

a hand with the firewall and hood


hinges. Well turns out he was such
a good fabricator I asked him if hed
finish the car.
You could call it a calculated
move on Derek Halls part; he
calls the shop OCD Customs, a nod
to his obsessive and compulsive
tendencies. Though hes quite
capable of radical work he finds bliss
in seemingly invisible modifications
that make people look twice. And
this cars full of them.
Hall and the late Jeremy Caban
finished mounting the Ring Brothers
hood hinges, a job that required
rounding the hood corners to
eliminate an interference. The duo
also fabricated the flat firewall that
spans the gap between them. And

JUST THE FACTS

YEAR: 1960
MAKE: BUICK
MODEL: CONVERTIBLE
OWNER: JOE WALLACE
STATE: WASHINGTON

that was just the start of the subtle


shenanigans; Derek came up with
an idea to make inner fender panels
from quarters stripped from one of
Ken Spigers donor Buicks. He also
trimmed the panels that form the
leading edge of the hood and welded
them together along the seam.
Travis Thornburg helped sort the
laundry list of details.

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THE WILD BLUE YONDER


To accommodate the wider firstgeneration Acura Legend seats
Hall flattened the floors, a task
that required reshaping the frames
K-member. He also raised the
driveshaft tunnel to make room for
the driveshaft at the cars proposed
ride height. The console began as a
64 Thunderbird piece but where it
meets the dash is unique by Halls
design. Using the hood spear to
divide the rear seats is another OCD
Customs hallmark.

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Naturally Joe had ideas of his own.


Even before I got the car I had a
plan for the rocker panels because I
couldnt stand the idea of that frame
hanging down below them, he
says. The ones he had came from
a 59 Thunderbird, Hall adds. For
starters he extended the rockers
2-1/4 inches lower to conceal the
rails. Then we had one of the local
sheetmetal guys break us a strip for
a molding. I cut the stainless wheel
lip trim about 2-1/2 inches from the

bottoms and shaped some bar stock


to blend into them.
Buick made its rear bumpers from
three pieces, two bumperettes with
a full-width blade beneath them.
Hall prepped the lower bumper for
paint, visibly turning it into a roll
pan. The exhaust outlets were pure
serendipity: Theyre 70 Corvette
bezels, he admits. Joe happened to
have one of those sittin in the shop. I
was laying on the floor one day when
I looked over and noticed them. Its
like they were made to go there.
Hall shaved the trunklid seam by the
same method he used on the hood.
Hall used another 60s Thunderbird
cue, the hard tonneau cover, only
instead of giving it headrests he gave
this one wings. Specifically he used
the remnants of the donor quarters for
the overall shape and shortened door
trim to create the leading edges. Lee
Hopkins brought the roughed-in panel
and tail section to finish quality and
gapped the trunklid as Hall worked on
the front; when Hall moved to the back
Hopkins tidied up the rest of the nose.
Probably the most extensive
work on the car is the least visible.
Ordinarily the line that runs down
the side of the car is a little washed

out, Hall notes. So I accentuated


that line and a few others to really
make the shapes obvious. He
also shaved the beltline trim but
instead of leaving the panel soft he
sharpened it to resemble the shape of
the trim that once existed there.
Hall, Andy Dunham, and Bryce
Emch reassembled the car; Lee
Hopkins buttoned up a lot of work
and brought the car to triggerready condition at which point Joe
took it to Marcos Garcia at Lucky 7
Customs. Mary (Joes wife) always
wanted a blue car, Joe notes, and
because that car was going to be
blue, its hers. We told him that was
the color we were going for and just
let him make it happen. Garcia did
it with House of Kolor materials but
dont expect him to give details.
You can derive something about
the quality by the metal finishing:
Sherms Custom Plating dipped
everything, stainless included.
Bob Devine Custom Interior in
Pittsburg, California, fabricated
new interior panels and clad
everything, the early Acura Integra
seats included, in Palomino-colored
MB-Tex leatherette. He clad the floor
in Wilton wool, another material

favored by Mercedes-Benz.
Joe Wallace and Derek Halls
faith in others ability to spot their
extensive subtlety paid off pretty
much instantly by winning one
of the five coveted Mild Kustom
picks at West Coast Kustoms
Cruisin Nationals. At this past Hot
August Nights it won Best of Show
at the Atlantis and made finalist
at the Peppermill. But it was the
Best of Show and accompanying
sweepstakes at the Grand Marshal
Awards held at the non-participating

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino that


really drove the point home.
It started out a real labor of love
but it turned out a real hard job, Joe
says. Im glad I met Derek because
he was my savior. Everything he did
Id normally do myself but he did it so
much better than I wouldve done it.
Life may get in the way of our
plansit certainly interfered with
Joe Wallacesbut its not always a
bad thing as his 60 Electra shows. In
fact one look at it and its obvious: life
can be pretty damn grand.

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While there are several other cities that have enjoyed large car counts, its
Louisville that has the distinction of having played host to mega-rodding
events since 1988. Since then the NSRA Nationals was hosted 20 times in
Louisville and it has topped the 10,000-car mark every time. It was in 1994
that the lofty number of 13,871 entrants partook in the citys hospitality and
the NSRA event, and to that impressive number add nearly 70,000 spectators
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for hours on end. (Since the new
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This year the Nats Plus topped the


mythical number at 10,211 and as
has been the recent history enjoyed
very good weather. (OK, its a bit
hot and maybe a little humid but
its Louisville and theres always the
exhibit building, which arguably has
the greatest air-conditioning system
known to man a few steps away to
recharge your internal batteries.)
The format for the Nats Plus hasnt
changed all that much over the
years, but in 2011 the NSRA did
see fit to expand coverage of cars
recognized as part of the event.
The Nats now accepts participating
vehicles of 1985 and earlier for
2015a sliding 25-year span.
This expansion in years has done
wonders to breathe new life into

taken from the award-winning


products from the Nats. In the $201 to
$1,000 category and Safety Category,
Watsons StreetWorks took home the
honors for their new 7-inch headlight.
Following is Classic Instruments for
their tube-style fuel sender in the up
to $200 category, and in the $1,001
and up category it was Art Morrison
Enterprises for their showstopping
independent rear suspension.
Nice going to all the participating
companies for developing and
introducing products that are safety
conscious, well thought out, and
useful to our industry.
UPS Commercial Way, a great place
to have your car weighed, yielding
total and corner weight, was on hand
arming you with useful information

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n the world of street rodding any one of us would be hard pressed to think
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that can be translated into a better
chassis setup for improved ride and
handling. Follow this with the Rod
Repair Shop hosted by the Michigan
Hot Rod Association who have been
helping rodders in need for decades
with a place to work, technical
expertise, and tools to get the job
done. This may very well be the
most successful attraction at any and
all rod events across the country.
(Its well supported by the industry
and should you have a company you
might think about becoming one of
their supporters.)
Another eye-candy special exhibit
is the Builders Showcase located
in the Grand Lobby as well as the
South Wing lobbies A, B, and C.
Here this area featured 30-plus

street rods in every conveyable build style one could imagine. To this add
the Classic Instruments Pros Pick, where a parking lot full of street rods line
up and are judged. The winner here is titled the Classic Instruments Team
Pick, this year going to Oscar Gamble from Paducah, Kentucky, for his 32
Ford highboy roadster. Other fun attractions included the Mopar Country for
Mopar-powered or produced cars and trucks, and the Vintage Air 29 Below

)If you are going to cruise the


Nats grounds then what better
way than to do it in either a
32 Ford full-fendered roadster
or a highboy roadsterthats
iconic hot rodding at its best.

)This slick looking 37 Chevy coupe comes


from the garage of Hudsons Rod & Custom in
Strawberry Plains, TN.

)From the efforts of Street Rods by Michael


comes this very cool looking 32 Ford highboy
coupe with a Motor City Flathead, 10 spokes
in front, and slotted mags in back.

)Do you like customs? How about this 65


Pontiac Catalina with thin whites, with scallop
paint and ghost ames from Tommy Johnson
of Sherwood, AR.

)Joe Dannenfelser of Borden, IN, brought out his chopped 51 Merc custom and we are glad he
did. You can never have enough louvers, lakes pipes, fender skirts, and skinny whitewalls.

42 JANUARY 2015 I STREET RODDER

)Another good looking custom on hand at


the Nats was this shaved hardtop 54 Chevy
complete with multi-bar front grille from
Danville, KY, belonging to William McAuly.

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gathering where rodders under the
age of 30 have a chance to show off
their talents and receive recognition
via a special dash plaque and T-shirt,
courtesy of Vintage Air.
One of the longest running
recognition awards (no pun intended)
and one that tells you a lot about
the rodder and his ride is the long
distance award of which there are
two: continental United States and
outside continental United States.
The Long Distance Continental
USA award went to Andy and
Sandy Barcheck from Bremerton,
Washington, with their 36 Ford
sedan. The Long Distance Outside
the Continental USA award went
to Hawkan and Maria Karlen from

Stockholm, Sweden, with their 32 Ford roadster. (A hearty congratulations to


all for their efforts to come to the Nationals with their street rods.)
The Nats are always the first full weekend in August so put down the 6-9,
2015. We will see you there.

)Looks brand new but at the time this photo was taken the AMSOIL/STREET RODDER
Road Tour 59 Chevy had nearly 14,000 miles on the odometer. Received lots of attention
in the STREET RODDER Nats booth.

)As 40 Willys Gasser types go this is pretty


mild looking and suits our tastes just ne. Nice
job by Bing Simmers of Warsaw, IN.

)Kirby Roger of Baraboo, WI, brought along his 56 Chevy two-door wagon on the AMSOIL/
STREET RODDER Road Tour leg to the Nats, giving him plenty of seat time to enjoy his ride.

)This slant windshield Model A (31) Ford


belongs to David and Kim Pruitt of Cincinnati
was present. They are members of the Hill
Toppers Car Club.

)We found this good looking 41 Ford pickup in the Classic Instruments Pros Pick area.
It belongs to Ray Schuler of Elkhart, IN. We really like the pinstriping and subtle use of
louvers on hood and below bed.

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)From Hillsboro, TN, is this Deuce vewindow coupe belonging to Billy Jenkins. The
mild-mannered presentation with at black
paint, painted steelies, and grille shell give this
hot rod just the right look and stance.

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)You dont see many Merc woodies so this 51 was a real pleasure to
spot. Scott and Annette Helmbeck from Sherwood, AR, drove out their
ve-spoke and wide white equipped ride to the Nats.

)Station wagons are always a cool ride


and 59s are the coolest so a 59 Chevy
wagon has got to be the way to go. Mellow
ride belongs to Larry and Judy Brewer of
Benton, KY.

)This 49 Chevy pickup 3100 series is impeccably done by Trent Blue


of Madisonville, KY, complete with inline-six.

)Dont see many Henry Js anymore


but when we do it will always bring back
memories of some very cool gasser hot rods.
Such is the case with Mike Allison of Yorkville,
IL, and his lil red ride. Bet it has a Hemi!

)This 55 DeSoto belongs to Dustin Cooper


of Avon, IN, and he is a member of the
Road Rockets Car Club. Again, mild custom
with shaved sheetmetal, skinny whites, and
chromed wheels makes for a very kool ride.

)Michigan Hot Rod Association was once


again present and accounted for with their
Rod Repair Shop. We cant even begin to
count how many hot rodders these guys
have helped over the years but we know
everyone is so grateful.

)Ricky Bobbys Rod Shop of Manchester, TN, was on site at the Classic Instruments Pros Pick
with their 29 Ford Tudor that is hammered and channeled. Beautiful craftsmanship throughout.
Complete with Flathead and Firestone/Coker rubber and wires.

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SHANNON MCMAHAN | KEVIL, KY | 1952 FORD PICKUP


Designing a mild custom is all about creative restraint. To dial in the stance, a 90 Ford Crown Victoria IFS was grafted in place along
PHOTOGRAPHY BY THE AUTHOR with a triangulated four-link out back combined with RideTech bags. Rolling stock includes Coker wide whites with Caddy caps
for a perfect look. The body was treated to custom updates, including dual frenched 59 Caddy taillights and dual antennas. It was
then doused in Axalta Hot Hues Pot O Gold vibe with custom aked scallops. Power comes from a detailed 351ci Ford mill breathing
through an Edelbrock 750-cfm carb.

BRIAN FRANK | SCOTTSBLUFF, NE | 1957 BUICK RIVERA ESTATE WAGON


Customs by Kilkeary slammed the wagon with a Fatman IFS matched to RideTech
bags. Billet Specialties 20-inch rollers are capped with Hankook rubber. A
dual-quad-fed 383ci small-block Chevy moves power through a 700-R4 trans.
The body was coated in Glasurit black with a classic red leather interior.

WAYNE PUGH | LOGANVILLE, GA | 1932 FORD FIVE-WINDOW COUPE


Traditional elements include 50 Pontiac taillights and a PPG jet black finish.
Suspension bits include a dropped Pete & Jakes axle with hairpins matched to
16-inch steelies with Excelsior/Coker rubber. A 425ci Buick Nailhead V-8 wears an
Offenhauser dual-quad intake topped with Edelbrock quads linked to a TH400 trans.

RODNEY & LINDA SINGLETON | BRIGHTON, IL | 1932 FORD SEDAN


A 401ci Buick Nailhead V-8 wears a custom intake fabricated by the owner and
Mike Schuenke topped by Rochester carbs. Shifts move through a TH400 trans to
a Jag rear with rollers by Rally America wearing Excelsior/Coker rubber. The roof
was chopped 3-1/4 inches and doused with PPG maroon.

ROB JOWSAY | FREMONT, IN | 1931 FORD COUPE


The coupe was chopped, channeled, and hammered to the ground. For power,
a Ford 460ci V-8 has a dual-quad intake wearing a pair of 450-cfm Holley carbs.
Stance comes through 18- and 20-inch steelies wearing blackwall rubber with
custom caps while Sikkens maroon gloss brings it to life.

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JASON & NICKI BLEVENS | LOUISVILLE, KY | 1931 CHEVY WOODIE WAGON


Builder Dave Giles started with a 31 Chevy truck cow. Chassis features a Heidts
Superride IFS; the owner added RideTech bags with Schott wheels and Toyo rubber.
The body features maple and birch combined with basswood for the roof. A 350ci
Chevy small-block adds pep while PPG Shamrock Green vibrance seals the deal.

MARTIN LUNDQVIST | STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN | 1932 FORD FIVE-WINDOW COUPE


This hot rod came all the way from Sweden! Signature items include hand-cast
wheels, door handles, taillights, license plate frame, gas cap, and grille insert. The
body features Standox paints as well as a perfect chop, while power comes from
a hopped-up 350ci GM mill topped with an MSD Atomic EFI.

BERNIE CONRAD | WEAVERVILLE, NC | 1932 STUDEBAKER ST. REGIS BROUGHAM


A 2-inch chop and sectioning, suicide doors, custom-fabbed running boards and
trunk are all coated in British Racing Green. For power, a 289ci Studebaker V-8 with
a McCulloch supercharger wears an Avanti R2 intake and Studebaker R2 AFB carbs.
Dayton wire wheels are shod with Kumho rubber with a Kugel IFS for handling.

MITCH BOCK | GARDEN CITY, KS | 1957 CHEVY 210


Bright Built Hot Rods added a Roadster Shop Fast Track chassis with IFS and a
triangulated four-bar rear suspension and Ford 9-inch. Schott wheels were capped
with rubber from Continental with an LS9 6.2L Supercharged V-8 putting out 705
hp to a TREMEC T56 Magnum six-speed trans. The paint is Axalta Starry Night.
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TIM WEBER | CEDAR FALLS, IA | 1941 WILLYS COUPE


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detailed LS2 V-8 links to a 4L65E trans. The body received custom ush-t glass, pie-cut hood, one-off
hood scoop, and Mini Cooper headlights and was dipped in PPG Mango Orange Pearl. Foose Nitrous-model
big-inch wheels capped with BFGoodrich rubber make a statement. Inside Boss Custom Interiors stitched up a
combination of cream and taupe vinyl accented by Haneline gauges.

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A LOOK AT SOME
OF THE SPECIAL
AREAS AT THE
STREET ROD
NATIONALS
BY RON CERIDONO [ PHOTOGRAPHY BY THE AUTHOR

Along with tons of participants cars,


the builders showcase, row after row
of vendors, and seminars galore, each
year there are special events within
the special event that is the Street Rod
Nationals. Heres a look at them:
+Pros Picks
Sponsored by Classic
Instruments, the Pros Pick area is
for those who want to compete for
1 of 12 very prestigious awards.
Entrants were judged on Saturday
by a panel of professionals from
within the industry, with a total of
12 vehicles recognized at Sundays
awards ceremony.
This year the judging was said to
be difficult, but then it always is with
street rods of this caliber.
)Ron Smith from Fairchance, PA, owns this
super-slick 49 Ford. Nosed, decked, shaved,
and smoothed, the stock parking lights have
also been removed. Under the root beer
brown sheetmetal is a 383 Chevy small-block
and an Art Morrison chassis.
)From Clyde, NC, came Randy Best and his
37 Ford pickup. Over the awless metalwork
is a mile-deep black paintjob. Power comes
from a fully detailed Roush small-block Ford
with electronic stack fuel injection.
)Kevin Svaradas 41 Willys was a race car
in the 60s. It now has Hilborn-injected 440
Chrysler wedge motor underhood. Inside the
aluminum paneled interior are a pair of black
vinyl bucket seats and a full rollcage.
)This 35 Ford three-window coupe is owned
by Mike Johnston of Livonia, NY. It took some
stretching but underhood is a 428 FE Ford
backed by a TREMEC five-speed. The custom
grille is protected by contoured nerf bar.
)Doug Kennys 34 Ford ve-window coupe
has been a hot rod for many, many decades.
The top has been chopped and lled; front
suspension is from a pre-55 Chevy. Running
gear consists of a 283 Chevy, three-speed
trans, and an Olds rearend.

50 JANUARY 2015 I STREET RODDER

)This slick 32 Ford highboy roadster belongs to Oscar Gamble from Paducah, KY. Underhood
is a dual-quad Carter carbed small-block Chevy with camel hump heads and seven-n Corvette
valve covers backed by ve-speed trans. This received the Classic Instruments Team Pick.

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Sponsored by UPS , on Thursday
vehicles originally designed as
commercial vehicles could be entered
in the competition from which three
vehicles would be selected to receive
awards on Sunday.
)Robert Wymans bright yellow 55 Chevy
pickup is powered by an LTI/700-R4
combo. The stock frame was boxed, the
front suspension is Mustang II and out back
is a Currie 9-inch. Red leather was used to
upholster the interior.

)Paul and Carla Roys Louisville-based


55 Ford F-100 is so subtle that many
modications can be missedsuch as the
frenched emblem in the grille, pancaked hood,
mild chop, smooth door handles, widened
running boards and rear fenders, and the list
goes on.

)This 33 Ford sedan delivery is owned by


Gary and Mary Blauvelt from Kuttawa, KY. On
the outside there are a host of resto-rod addons, including foglights, a greyhound radiator
cap, an unusual set of fender skirts, and out
back is an accessory trunk. Underhood is an
LT1 Chevy.

)Based in Louisville, Kevin Laffertys 40


Chevy pickup has been stripped of nonessential items, like fenders and running
boards. Power comes from a big-block Chevy,
while the air cleaner is a unique use of a
nned aluminum Buick brake drum.

)Anyone wanting to weigh their street


rod could pull up on the UPS scales.

+Mopar Country
On Saturday there was a special judging area for Mopar-built or powered vehicles. Five were selected from those
participating and were recognized during the Sunday awards program.

)Not the run-of-the-mill street rod, this 37 DeSoto is the pride and joy
of Ten Novicki from Greenwood, IN. Underhood is a detailed Chrysler
Spitre athead six with twin carbs.

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While the air-conditioned buildings are full of vendors, those looking for cars and vintage parts head for the
outdoor swap meet.

)One of the more interesting cars for sale


in the swap meet was this 41 Buick Super.
Underhood was a neatly installed GM LS.
Paint was nice as was the chrome, although
the rocker trim was missing. Asking price for
the big cruiser was $28,500.

)Theres always plenty of vintage speed


equipment to choose from. We had our eyes
on the Chrysler 6x2 log manifold and the
factory dual quads.

)This 55 Ford Victoria had lots of lookers


and the $12,500 or OBO seemed to indicate
there was some wiggle room on the price.

)For those looking for something different


we offer this 51 Plymouth wagon. The long
list of modications includes a 3-inch chop,
Olds headlight assemblies, and Mercury front
fender ares. Power comes from a atheadsix with dual carbs and a split exhaust
manifold. Price tag was $38,000.

)This 36 Ford three-window body appeared


to have much of the initial bodywork done. It
came with a frame and probably even more
importantly, a title, for $9,500.

)Bring this 49 Dodge Wayfarer home and


theres a good chance it will be the only one
in your neighborhood. Said to be a barn nd,
the interior and top were new. Asking price
was $22,500.

+MHRA Rod Repair Shop


Since 1972 the Michigan Hot Rod Associations Rod Repair Shop has traveled over 200,000 miles to provide repair
services at national events. The seasonal operation expenses are offset by donations of sponsors and street rodders.

)The latest MHRA trailer tips the scales at 9,000 pounds and has
everything to make repairs to a street rods basic systems to get it back
on the road.

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)This is a common sight in the repair area, a street rodder and an


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+29 Below
Sponsored by Vintage Air, 29 Below recognizes younger rodders under the
age of 30 who have vehicles registered at the event. A special T-shirt and dash
plaque is given to each participant. In addition drawings are held for some
very cool prizes from some of the biggest (and most generous) companies in
the industry, including Vintage Air, Classic Instruments, Painless Performance
Products, and ididit.

)Nathan and Rob Pederson and their 56 Chevy pickup are from Atlanta, GA. John McLeod
presented them with a gift certicate from Classic Instruments.

)Drew Wenninger brought his 67 Chevelle


from Emden, IL. He was the recipient of a gift
certicate from the good folks at ididit.

)Dennis Overholser of Painless Performance


Products presented a gift certicate for
a wiring harness to Ben Smithson. The
chopped and channeled 32 Chevy coupe is
out of Toney, AL.

)Rick Love presented a Vintage Air gift


certicate to Ken Shoop from Chelsea, AL. His
ride is a 69 Camaro convertible.

)Another recipient of a Classic Instruments


gift certicate from John McLeod was Kyle
Schneider, shown here with his 37 Pontiac.

)Katie Kaulfuss, from Hugo, MN, didnt take


home a prize but she was having a good time
with her 62 Chevy and her dad, Mike, an
NSRA state representative.

56 JANUARY 2015 I STREET RODDER

)Miranda Thomas, who drives a 65 Chevy, politely declined when asked to draw a name for a
Vintage Air gift certicate so she would have a chance to win. No one was more surprised than
Miranda when her name was drawn for a complete Vintage Air system. Brandon Ott (far left)
and Rick Love (far right) made the presentation.

+NSRA Safety Inspection


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eyes check things outits surprising
what you dont see on your own
car. Passing all 23 points on the
inspection gets your car an NSRA
safety sticker
)The NSRA safety inspectors continuously
nd potential problems that come as a
complete surprise to the cars owners.

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This 40 Ford is ALL Ford
While honoring the 45th anniversary of the NSRA Street Rod Nationals
Plus, it was the perfect time for STREET RODDER and Ford Racing to
recognize street rodders who install a late-model Ford engine in a Ford hot
rod or custom. Canvassing the massive confines of the Kentucky Exposition
Center we found Meade Baldwin Sr. of Millersville, Maryland, who is our
latest award recipient with his stunning 40 Ford coupe.

BY CHUCK VRANAS [PHOTOGRAPHY BY THE AUTHOR

JUST THE FACTS


YEAR: 1940
MAKE: FORD
MODEL: COUPE
OWNER: MEADE BALDWIN SR.
STATE: MARYLAND

)For a perfect stance The East Coast Hot Rod Garage used a
custom chassis from Precision Hot Rods & Fabrication, featuring
a Heidts IFS for great handling combined with classic American
Racing Torque Thrust D wheels wearing Diamond Back rubber.

It didnt take long for the youngster from Maryland


to get into hot rods when he purchased his first hop-up,
a 53 Ford coupe at the age of 16, in 1955 to serve as
transportation to school and as a test bed of performance
parts. As the time passed he moved onto a 57 Ford
Fairlane 500 with a dual-quad-fed V-8, and then onto
bigger and better things. Those included a partnership
in a rear-engine belly tank packed with a 4-71 blown
Chevy small-block, which he ran at Aquasco Speedways
dragstrip in Aquasco, Maryland. Partnering with his
brother, Bill, the pair then successfully fielded a pair
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of blown dragsters, first one with a Bilbow chassis,


the second with a Chassis Research spine; both with
blown Chevy power. The years that followed found him
once again deep in the culture, owning a number of
traditionally designed rides.
Having always enjoyed the style of 40 Ford coupes
Baldwin set out to locate a suitable base for the project.
Having worked with Ray Bartlett and Dean Alexander
of The East Coast Hot Rod Garage in Denton, Maryland,
on prior projects the coupe was delivered to their shop
to get started. Once torn down to basics, a new chassis

was ordered from Precision Hot Rods & Fabrication in


Macedonia, Ohio, to provide a rock-solid base. Out back
a Ford 9-inch rear with 3.25:1 gears is suspended in
place with Chassis Engineering leaf springs and Monroe
tube shocks. To dial in the stance and handling up front
a Heidts Mustang II IFS does the deed while stopping
power comes from 11-inch GM discs and calipers up
front and Ford drums out back. To roll in style, 15-inch
American Racing Torque Thrust D wheels capped with
Diamond Back blackwalls to complete the look.
When it came to power, it was important to keep this
hot rod all Ford. Baldwin selected a stout 351ci Windsor
crate V-8 packed with 385 hp featuring a nodular iron
crank, forged pistons, and aluminum GT-40 cylinder
heads. For induction an Edelbrock Performer intake and
Holley 750-cfm carb sparks to life by MSD and dumps
spent gases through Street & Performance headers to

)The vintage steel body was given new life


and sprayed with PPG Envirobase medium
moss metallic to give it a slick vibe. Special
updates include Studebaker taillights and
silky smooth stainless bumpers from Rock
Valley for added allure. The 351ci Windsor
crate V-8 looks right at home in the engine
bay and comes packed with go-fast goods
generating 385 hp. Starting with a nodular
iron crank, forged steel cap screw connecting
rods link to forged pistons with plenty of
thump coming from a hydraulic roller cam.

Flowmaster mufflers. The goods move through a Ford C6


trans via a custom driveshaft.
The team then smoothed the driprails on the body and
followed by massaging the vintage steel to perfection.
From there Jason Lester laid down a lustrous coating of
PPG Envirobase medium moss metallic, bringing it all
to life. Sexy bits include Rock Valley smooth stainless
bumpers, Studebaker taillights, SO-CAL Speed Shop
mirrors, and plating by Jon Wrights Custom Chrome
Plating. Inside Dean Alexander worked his magic with
yards of soft light green leather, accenting a custom
bench with complementing panels and color-matched
wool carpets. Classic Instruments dials live in a custom
dash insert while breezes come from Vintage Air and a
Lecarra Mark XIII wheel navigates. Congratulations to
Baldwin who will receive a limited-edition jacket as the
award winner.

GT40 aluminum heads add power and MSD


lights the re while fuel ows through an
Edelbrock Performer intake topped with a
Holley 750-cfm carb. Its all in the details
and The East Coast Hot Rod Garage added
plenty, including the chromed Ford Racing
valve covers, fuel pressure gauge, headers by
Street & Performance, and neatly run wires.
Dean Alexander added plenty of butter soft
light green leather, covering a custom bench
seat with classic pleats while also creating
the stylish door panels and comfy armrests.

Complementing light green wool carpet


completes the business ofce. A Flaming
River tilt column wears a Lecarra Mark XIII
wheel wrapped in green leather for navigation
while the restored dash houses a custom
designed gauge insert featuring Classic
Instruments gauges monitoring the vitals.
Vintage Air keeps the cabin comfy for those
long drives. Big congratulations Baldwin and
welcome to the exclusive group of rodders
who have received special honors for their
accomplishment.
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Coker Tire Presents the Rod & Custom


Fab 5 at the 45th NSRA Street Rod Nationals
BY CHUCK VRANAS [PHOTOGRAPHY BY THE AUTHOR

With Rod & Custom magazines merger with STREET RODDER,


its fabled Rod & Custom Fab 5 presented by Coker Tire continued
on with the latest stop at the NSRAs 45th Annual Street Rod
Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky. Within the massive confines of
the fairgrounds we canvassed each and every corner of the facility
to come up with a wicked combination of hot rods living up to the
classic tradition of the Fab 5.
xJo Kerrs coupe is the real deal.
With a 5-inch chop while sitting on
Deuce rails, it personifies the type of
cars he builds at JoKerr Fabrication.
A dropped beam axle with split
bones in front complements a Ford
9-inch rear with spilt bones. Power
comes from a 401ci Buick Nailhead
V-8 with dual quads and an Isky
stick keeping the beat. Shifts move
through a T5 trans to 16-inch 40
Ford steelies wearing Coker Classics.
Signature homespun aluminum bits,
including carb stacks, fuel block,
shifter handle, pedals, and interior
panels. Its doused in SherwinWilliams jet black by Ryan Schon
with striping by Josh Shaw.

FAB

5
2014

JO KERR | BROWNSBURG, IN | 1930 FORD COUPE

FAB

5
2014

MIKAEL BJORK | ANKARSVIK, SWEDEN | 1928 FORD PICKUP


xIt takes commitment to transport your 28 Ford all the way from Sweden
for a five-week cross-country excursion. Mikael Bjork started with an
un-chopped body wearing full fenders. For stance a 5-inch dropped axle
with hairpins and a 9-inch Ford rear suspended by a four-link were used.
Fifteen-inch steelies with V-8 caps complete the look, rolling on Firestone/
Coker wide whites. A Ford 302ci mill moves power through a Ford AOD
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trans. The body was coated in a


combination of dark brown and
light brown metallic with a roll
pan out back. Inside features a
brown leather pleated bench with
Mooneyes gauges.

MOTORS

FAB

5
2014

PATRICK HAMPTON | HEBRON, IN | 1930 FORD COUPE


xYou easily heard this coupe long before you saw it! A World Products
Motown II 400ci small-block was bored and stroked to 420 ci by Patrick
and Scott Schaffer who filled it with 14:1 JE forged pistons, Carrillo rods,

FAB

5
2014

and a COMP cam. An Edelbrock X1


intake wears Holley 94-series carbs,
dumping gases through lake pipes
by Gear Drive while power moves
through a TREMEC T5 trans. The
lid was chopped 6-1/2 inches and
body coated custom-blended Matrix
mint green. The frame is kicked 2
inches out back with a dropped and
drilled front axle and a Ford 9-inch
rear. Finally, 16-inch Ford steelies
are wrapped in Firestone/Coker
pie-crust blackwalls.
dropped floor all in PPG single-stage
black gloss. It rolls on custom Rally
America 18-inch wire wheels capped
with Firestone/Coker rubber. A 304ci
49 Ford Flathead has an Isky stick,
Offy heads and intake, Speedway
Motors 9Super7 carbs, and custom
headers linked to a T5 trans. Inside,
diamond pleats and plush carpet by
S&W Seat Recovery complete it.

WAYNE MORGAN | MONTEREY, TN | 1929 FORD TUDOR


xRicky Bobbys Rod Shops frame features a 10-inch front kick with a
24-inch rear kick and a Ford 9-inch rear. Up front a SO-CAL Speed Shop
4-inch dropped axle meets 46 Ford split bones. The body sports a wild
9-inch chop, 4-inch channel, 3-inch shortened rear window area, and 4-inch

FAB

5
2014

RONNIE GOODWIN | SMITHVILLE, TN | 1932 FORD ROADSTER


xFor the perfect vibe Ronnie Goodwin went to Street Rods by Michael. Their
custom frame has a Super Bell I-beam with hairpins and tube shocks while a
Ford 9-inch is suspended with quarter-elliptic springs and tube shocks. The
16- and 18-inch Wheel Vintiques Smoothies are topped with Excelsior/Coker
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blackwalls. Power comes from a


383ci Chevy V-8 that wears an Offy
intake with Stromberg carbs linked
to a Gearstar 700-R4. The Brookville
body in PPG Washington Blue is
complemented by a Sid Chavers Bop
Top. B&B Auto Trim nailed the blue
tuck n roll, and a Ford Crestliner
steering wheel from LimeWorks
Speed Shop with a 53 Ford F-100
dash panel complete the look.

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UNDERCOATING

Good All Under


Bulletproof beautification for the Model As B side
By Rotten Rodney Bauman \Photography by the Author

According to my own calculations, Ive spent close to 40 years pounding and painting old cars. With retirement unrealistic,
even semi-retirement seems illusive, but believe it or not, the nish line is now within sight and Im excited by the prospect of
graduating to garage hobbyist. Granted, that wont pay, but now that Im raking in the dough as a freelance technical writer, Ill
be happily helping friends with their projects on the sideor in this particular instance, on the B side.
The John Martin Special is a tribute car of sorts. This
its going where its needed. With those things said, its time
Brookville-bodied 29 roadster is a clone of the car that our
to put our experience to workjust for friends, just for fun,
friend Guardrail Willie Martins father and grandfather raced and youre all invited to follow along as we bulletproof and
together in the 40s. The project has provided subjects for
beautify what few will ever see.
tech in the past and at the time of this writing the body is
being prepared for color, beginning with the area that most
folks wont seethe oors underside.
This is our rst experience with a Brookville body. So far
the new steel is a pleasure to work with and if time was
money, this could be cost-effective compared to working
with bulletholes and rust. Even so, this may be the only
Brookville body well ever afford. For that reason, were going
the extra mile to ensure that this one will last.
So right about now, some might be thinking that
bulletproong and beautifying the underside of a brand-new
body might be too much about too little for tech. If thats you,
bear with us. Here in our home-based hobby shop we can
make a big deal out of just about anything, as youll see.
During the demonstration to follow, the pros may notice
1. Today, Brookville bodies come in bare steel only. Willies, however,
an older non-California-compliant product thats no longer
is an older body, delivered years ago with a thin preservative coating
available to shops in our area. As hobbyists were able to
of questionable red-oxide primer. We dont know exactly what it is, or
donate surplus materials from jobs-gone-by, and toward
whats underneath, therefore the primer will not be trusted as a stable
the end of my run in the autobody trade, Im just tickled that
substrate for paint.

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2. At this stage of
construction the body
has already been tted to
the frame, shimmed, and
trimmed as necessary
for better-than-new gaps
and panel alignment. In an
effort to retain reference,
the body-to-frame shims
are indexed and stored in
proper order to speed nal
tment of the bodywhen
its time.

3. Like its predecessor, this clone


is banger powered and it had been
street drivenat least until the rst
banger went bang. During that
short period the bodys underside
accumulated grimy goo that must
be dealt with before any paintrelated procedures can begin. Right
about now, my little sisters swing
set makes a handy tool, indeed.

4. The following step will involve the use of


hot water under pressure. During warmup, ordinary household cleaning products
are applied to the bodys underside where
necessary in order to soften the grimy goo.
From here its full steam ahead. Knowing
thisll require two hands, its time to ditch the
camera and start steaming.

5-6. The remaining red-oxide primer is now


very clean. However, were in deep with a
serious adhesion problem. Whatever wont
feather will be stripped away, which is pretty
much standard procedure anyway. Following
instinct here, well avoid chemical strippers
as excess could become trapped in the gaps,
triggering failure later.

11. Were not sure what


happened here, but
somewhere between
Brookville and our own
concrete oor, the lower
quarter reveal area where
quarter meets rocker has
become misshapen. In fact,
its slightly concave, which
wont look rightno matter
what color this soon-to-be
black body becomes.
7. For the larger, easily accessible expanses,
80-grit on a 6-inch DA (dual-action) sander
does the job. This particular DA is a Hutchins,
purchased in 1980. If tools could talk, this one
would say, oil, oil, oil, but since we do a little
painting here from time to time, we dont oil
pneumatic tools.

8. The Speed Blaster is an Eastwood item,


or at least thats where I got mine years ago.
The Hot Spot attachment came later, and the
combo works bitchin for stripping around
rivets without spewing abrasive all over the
shop. Todays abrasive comes straight from
the beach, and of these three rivets, the center
one is done.

9-10. Inevitably it comes to this. We have


many areas that cannot be accessed with
DAs, die grinders, and such. So far, the
red-oxide primer surrenders quickly to folded
pieces of spent 80-grit DA paper and ScotchBritetype scouring pads. These dark green
pads are the household variety and theyre
courser than what we generally use.

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12. From Brookville the lower quarter skins


come crimped over, but not welded to the
rocker panels, which is ordinarily ne.
Because of our damage, however, welding
will be required to hold position. A 3M Clean
n Strip disc on a Central Pneumatic die
grinder reaches what it can, before folded bits
of 80-grit again come into play.

13. Proper G-clamps secure the corners as


the previously concave midsection is gently
ushered outward with an autobody friction
jackaka monkey on a stick amongst those
in the trade.

14. These days Id rather watch than weld,


so whenever my welder-wielding wife is
available to do such jobs, Ill take a break.
With just a few zaps from Mrs. Rottens MIG,
this quarter skin becomes securely set, right
where we want it to stay.

15. After a little grinding and a lot more sanding, masking can begin
and with the right materials, its easier than it used to be. There are
numerous brands of static clingtype masking materials on the market
today. Here were using the Carborundum brand to protect against
overspray and looming splatter.
16. At this stage our masking
is nalizedfor now. It will
be modied as we go, as
youll see. From here once
weve chased away remaining
dust particles well be ready
for epoxy primer, and dont
worry, were not ash-rusting
this bare metal. Even at the
home-based hobby shop, our
compressed air is very clean
and dry.

17-18. In our area, the earlier DP epoxy primers are no longer used
by shops, but only because its the law. As garage hobbyists, we can
legally use what weve bought and paid for. This can has been shelved
for years, but a short ride on a Central Pneumatic shaker from Harbor
Freight makes the old primer good as new and good to go.

19. Although this spray gun is seasoned, it is a California-compliant


HVLP. In fact, its my very rst HVLPa 1995 Sharpe SGF, which in
all honesty, I only purchased to stay out of trouble as a California shop
owner at the time. Since then, higher-tech HVLPs have assumed their
positions in the gun safe, but Old Blue here is still my little buddy.
20. Two coats of black DP90LF epoxy primer later, were satised that
weve reached into the undersides crooks n nannies. Somehow the
brand-new beat-up oor doesnt look so beat-up now, but we worked
for that too. The older DP primers are very forgiving with a two-week
chemical-bond window for recoating with no abrading required.

TECH

21. But since were coloring outside the lines with mismatch donation
materials, were abrading for a solid mechanical-bond to ensure
adhesion for the upcoming textured coating. Here the areas where
additional build is not welcome are masked. Remember the shims? We
dont want to change their relationships now.

22-23. Now ordinarily Im quick with the catalogs, but this time we have
a gift opportunity that must at least be considered. Our friend, Jimmy
Benitez of Coastal Auto Restoration & Performance has offered surplus
SKS Stoneguard. At his own shop, Benitez uses a fancy, high-end
shutz gun. This isnt it, but for the small job at hand itll work just ne.

24. So right about now, some might wonder


why Benitez would spray sans respirator. We
dont recommend it, but for the record, SKS
Stoneguard is a waterborne product, which
smells as mild as latex house paint to my own
sensitized olfactory. Does that mean its OK
to inhale? Not according to label instructions.
Dont try this at home.
25. Benitez knows from previous experience
that masking should be removed as soon
as possible while the SKS Stoneguard is
still soft. Being a waterborne product, SKS
Stoneguard requires time before taping or

optional topcoats. Moving air helps to speed


the process, as does summer heat. Well allow
a couple days before the next step.

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27. Lets use


up some more
leftovers! For the
underside of this
Model A, well
save some dough
with Advantagebrand, single-stage
urethane. This
affordable-yetdurable coating
comes from our
local paint supplier.
Its not in every
paint store, but
suitable substitutes
are available
through the usual
sources.

26. SKS Stoneguard can be painted if desired,


but its bulletproof enough as is. The color
darkens as it dries and were satised with
the look, so well mask the textured areas
and topcoat the remaining DP90LF. With only
three days between these applications, were
well within our chemical-bond window.

28-29. From here well apply our gloss-black


topcoats, with this cute little Walcom-brand,
HVLP detail gun. This one is also Californiacompliant. Its a good t for tight spots and
it too has been my little buddy for years.
Application steps are fairly straightforward:
two medium-wet coats with a 15-minute
ash-time between coats.

30. Heres the


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seam-sealed, sound
deadened and well
protected from
the elements. With
masking removed,
this may be the last
clear view well get,
but well always
know we went the
extra mile. Now that
weve bulletproofed
and beautied
what few will ever
see, lets turn our
attention to parts
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JUST THE FACTS

YEAR: 1940
MAKE: CHEVROLET
MODEL: MASTER DELUXE
OWNER: JANEEN DRINKARD
STATE: OREGON

feature

WHOLE NEW
IDENTITY
This 40 Chevy sedan got more than a makeover
By TIM BERNSAU [ Photography by THE AUTHOR

eighbors must have come streaming out of their front doors the day Margaret
Mary Lunda pulled up to her house in Portland, Oregon, driving her brandnew 40 Chevy Master Deluxe two-door sedan. Seventy-five years later, people
still come running over to see the car, now owned and driven by Janeen Drinkard,
Margarets great-granddaughter.
Margaret gave the Chevy to Janeens parents, Joe and Nancy Lu Drinkard, when
they got married so that the young family would have a second car. By the time
Janeen was born, Old Maggie (as the car was called), was part of her family. Some
of Janeens earliest memories are of riding in the back seat of Old Maggie with her
brother, Billy. While driving down the back roads of Wasco County, Oregon, we
would beg Mom to Go faster! Go faster! There were towel straps attached to the
back of the front seats; we would hang on for dear life, laughing hysterically as we
bounced around!
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WHOLE NEW IDENTITY


When Janeens family moved to
Idaho in the early 70s, the Chevy
moved too, but its years of service
were overor so it seemed. A new
Chevy Impala took the old Chevys
place on the road. When she turned
21, Janeen inherited the Chevy,
which by then was undriveable.
Janeen went on to finish college,
married her sweetheart, Jeff, and
started a family, but the car didnt
move until Janeen and Jeff and
relocated their family to Austin,
Texas, taking Old Maggie with them.
In Texas, the car rested in another
field, lost the rest of its glass, picked
up a few more dents, and sheltered
an army of rodents and bugs.
Things started changing in 2008
when Janeen asked her friend
Harold Chapman to take a look at the
long-neglected car. Chapman is the
owner of Customs and Hot Rods of
Andice, near Austin (his 33 roadster
was one of our 2013 Street Rod of the
Year finalists). According to Janeen,
Harold was very optimistic and the
restoration began.

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Updating the undercarriage started


by beefing up the factory frame
with handbuilt front rails and rear
kick-ups. The Mustang IIstyle
control arms, spindles, and front
and rear antiroll bars are from Art
Morrison Enterprises. A 2-inch
stretch to the wheelbasealong with
RideTechs ShockWave air shocks
at both endshelps smooth out the
ride. A triangulated four-link locates
the Ford 9-inch rear, loaded with 3.73
gears and an Eaton Posi, spinning
Currie 31-spline axles.
Customs and Hot Rods of Andice
made all the right moves to make the
40 two-door sedan lower, smoother,
and sleeker. The profile is enhanced
by a 3-3/4-inch top chop. The body
is still factory steel, except for the
scratch-built replacement fenders
and running boards. All trim was
removed from the hood and sides
and headlight housings. Door handles
were shaved, but the distinctive
split windshield was preserved.
Frenching the headlights, eliminating
the parking lights, and adding a

billet replacement grille and smooth


stainless bumper went far to clean
up the front of the 40. The Merlot
paintjob suits the cars classic and
classy personality.
Billet Specialties 20-inch Rat Tail
wheels are paired with 275/30R20
and 255/30R20 low-profile
BFGoodrich performance radials.
Brakes are 14-inch Wilwood
discs at all points. Somehow, the
contemporary look of the tires and
wheels fits perfectly with the period
style of the body.
By this time, it had been three
decades since the crank had turned
in the original Stovebolt engine.
If she ever hoped to run again,
Old Maggie was going to need a
heart transplant; a Corvette C5 Z06
seemed like the perfect donor, so
the immaculately rebuilt engine
compartment was loaded with
an LS6 engine. No modifications
were necessary to the factory
configuration, but the engine
was dressed up with custom coil
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MSD ignition and wires, providing
spark, plus a Walker radiator, SPAL
fan, and Edelbrock water pump to
keep things cool.
The LS6 was rated at 405 hp, and
the Lokar-shifted 4L60E transmission
and custom aluminum driveshaft from
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find their way to the rear wheels.
The interior was redone at CHRA,
where the factory dash was mildly

modified to fit the Classic Instruments


gauges. A new lower dash and
console house the vents and controls
for the Vintage Air system and the
Kenwood head unit (an Alpine amp
and JL Audio speakers complete the
sound system). The original steering
wheel was swapped for a more stylish
56 version, mounted on a Flaming
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formed on Glide Engineering frames
and covered in tan leather, along with
the custom aluminum door panels.
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Shes too sexy for that. Janeen asked
him for suggestions. A few days
later, he came up with Norma Jeane,
after Norma Jeane Mortenson, who
changed her own name to Marilyn
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Cool & Quiet

Real hot rods arent really hot, part 2


By Jim Rizzo \Photography by Brian Brennan

As youll recall, last issue Gerry Burger gave us a little background on the evolution of interior sound deadening and heat
insulation, as well as introducing us to Dynamat s year- and model-specic precut insulation kits. That example installation
was performed on a Tri-Five Chevy Gasser project going together at Woodys Hot Rodz using the aforementioned Dynamat
precut kit. Burger had also mentioned a second project weve got in the works as well, an all-steel Model A closed-cab pickup.
The A pickup (shown here) was
great looking durable replacement for
rod, vintage sports car, or Jeep. That
assembled and readied by Hot Rods
carpet as well. DynaDeck goes great
said, lets follow along while this pickup
by Dean to receive a new layer of
in a traditional hot rod as in this case
gets the full Dynamat treatment, a
Dynamat noise and vibration deadening
(especially when treated to carpet-like
Frank Wallic bomber-style bench seat,
material as well as another awesome
stitching as Kramer did) but would be
and newly stitched custom upholstery
Dynamic Control product we think youd
just the ticket in any early pickup, street by Glenn Kramer.
be interested in seeing. After being
handed off to Hot Rod Interiors by Glenn
1. Prior to heading out to Hot
Kramer the installation will begin with
Rod Interiors by Glenn Kramer,
Dean Livermore and the crew
the standard bulk cut-to-fit Dynamat
at Hot Rods by Dean handled
most of us are familiar with, but Kramer
the pickups assembly.
wont stop there. The Dynamat will then
be covered with a layer of a relatively
new Dynamic Control product called
DynaDeck. The combination of Dynamat
sound-deadening material layered with
DynaDeck flooring will ensure the hot
rod pickup will stay way cooler and much
quieter than one would ever imagine.
DynaDeck is a heavy-duty vinyl
ooring product that not only blocks
engine and exhaust heat and acts as
a barrier against road noise, but is a

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Hot Rods by Dean


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Frank Wallic
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2015 BODY BUYERS GUIDE


Real Deal Steel assembles all-new steel 55-57 Chevy,
67-69 Camaro coupe, and 40 Ford coupe bodies at their
plant in Sanford, Florida. All bodies are assembled on a
rotating body platform using precise in-car xtures for exact
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original factories used. Each body style uses a unique set of
xtures for assembly. Each body is painstakingly test-tted
to be certain that all panels t properly to reduce tment
and bodywork time for the end user. In addition, Real Deal
offers body skeletons without skins for the DIYer, as well as a
full line of reproduction body panels. Real Deals Chevy and
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The Dearborn Deuce convertible was awarded Best New


Product at SEMA in 2004. The stylized 32 roadster body was
redesigned around a fully disappearing convertible top and
a larger cockpit. It also has more legroom and will t on
any chassis built to stock dimensions. The Dearborn Deuce
body, built in Detroit, comes complete with a convertible top
fully nished, power windows installed, polished stainless
windshield and stanchions, oor, rewall, dash, transmission
cover, and complete weatherseal kit.
Traditional styling with the modern convenience of side
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JW Rod Garages unique steel reinforced composite


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these bodies and others offered on the market. JW Rod
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2. Frank Wallics design and metalworking talents are apparent in this


awesome bomber-style bench seat. Here, the guys at Deans worked to
mock up the proper seat height for the matching aluminum seat riser.

3. Once the pickup made it over to Kramers shop the insulation job
began. As we mentioned in the rst installment, Dynamats sticky butyl
layer not only isolates noise and vibration but it sticks to a vehicle oor
like glue. The best way to begin laying out any sheet of Dynamat is to
peal the backing paper just a few inches from the starting edge of the
sheetthis way if you need to reposition it for any reason all youll
need to ght is just the starting edge of the sticky butyl rather than a full
sheets worth of it.

4. Full contact of the Dynamat with the panel is important. Air bubbles
between the oor and the butyl will hinder Dynamats vibration
damping ability. The use of roller helps to ensure good contact to a
panel.

5. The Dynamat installation began by covering the oorpan and rewall


rst. Notice the complete coverage here versus the partial coverage
used in the Chevy Gasser project from part ones install from last
month.

6. The inner doors also received Dynamat. When installing inside the
door be certain to get good adhesion. You dont want water to get
between the insulation and the door panel so roll it out smooth with no
air bubbles.

7. Sheets of Dynamat were cut to t both the vertical surfaces of


the cab as well. Note the perfect t of each panel, the bulk sheets of
Dynamat can be trimmed using a razor knife or scissors.

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The 32 Ford three-window coupe with 3-inch chop is a
hand-laid berglass body of premium quality. All bodies
come with the seams veed out, epoxied, sanded, buffed,
and nished with Duratec primer, bringing you one step
closer to paint. Base features include extensive oak and
steel reinforcement; power windows with glass installed;
doors hung, hinged, and latched; decklid hung and hinged;
oorpan fully bonded; garnish moldings; and dash. Base
price is $6,160. A full line of parts and accessories are
available to complete this build.
Downs Custom Performance Automotive
(616) 259-9395
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The 33-34 Ford ve-window coupe with 3-inch chop is a


hand-laid berglass body of premium quality. All bodies
come with the seams veed out, epoxied, sanded, buffed,
and nished with Duratec primer, bringing you one step
closer to paint. Base features include extensive oak and
steel reinforcement; power windows with glass installed;
doors hung, hinged, and latched; decklid hung and hinged;
oorpan fully bonded; garnish moldings; and dash. Base
price is $6,545. A full line of parts and accessories are
available to complete this build.
Downs Custom Performance Automotive
(616) 259-9395
downscars.com

The 59 Corvette roadster is a hand-laid berglass body of


premium quality. All bodies come with the seams veed out,
epoxied, sanded, buffed, and nished with Duratec primer,
bringing you one step closer to paint. Base features include
extensive oak and steel reinforcement; doors hung, hinged,
and latched; decklid hung and hinged; tonneau cover
hinged; oorpan fully bonded; dash; and console. Base price
is $14,900. A full line of parts and accessories are available to
complete this build.
Downs Custom Performance Automotive
(616) 259-9395
downscars.com

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8. The roof of the Model A pickup is virtually a heat sink when it is


out in the sun so it is important to install a layer of Dynamat on the
roof panels. These long at panels will vibrate and resonate like crazy
without proper sound damping material; Dynamat will handle all the
sound problems effectively. Notice the material has been worked
carefully into the recesses on the panel.

9. Once the Dynamat installation was complete the bomber seat (notice
the fresh seat cushions and upholstery) and seat riser were test-t in
the cab.

10. With the seat location and height dialed in the next step was the
tting of the DynaDeck vinyl ooring. DynaDeck is a great alternative
to carpeting, especially in a more traditional-style vehicle. Not only
does DynaDeck harken back to pre-carpeting days looks-wise but its
1/8-inch embossed vinyl top layer makes it much more durable than
any carpet would be.

11. Once Kramer spent the time to measure, cut, and pre-t the
DynaDeck material he liked the look of the DynaDeck better than he
initially suspected he would, but Kramer hit on an idea that would take
the DynaDeck installation to the next step. What Kramer did was bind
and stitch the DynaDeck edges just as he would when crafting customt carpeting.

12. Wow, its amazing how much taking the time and effort to cut, t,
and stitch the DynaDeck improved the appearance of an already goodlooking product. Its attention to details such as this that sets Kramer
apart from the crowd.

13. The Model As interior installation was then made complete with
the balance of the new upholstery cut, stitched, and installed. The
combined efforts of Kramer, Wallic, and Livermore and his crew and
high-quality Dynamat family of sound, heat, and vibration barrier
products the A pickup project is well on its way to providing a great
looking, comfortable, and quiet hot rod thatll be a pleasure to drive.

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2015 BODY BUYERS GUIDE


Specializing in replica bodies, rolling
chassis, and complete rollers for 32 Ford threewindow coupes, 32 Ford ve-window coupes,
37 Ford pickup trucks, and 65 Cobras, Wicked
Fiberglass also offers grille shells, running
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panels. Contact Wicked Fiberglass for all of
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Fool all your friends at the cruise night with the


unbelievable authenticity of a New Age Motorsports (NAM)
berglass body. With accurate original features like driprails,
bead lines, and reveals, hot rodders at any experience level
will think youre the proud owner of an original Deuce.
Ruggedly built, these bodies will take chassis-twisting torque
with ease, and can be trusted to last for generations.
Deuce roadster and coupe bodies come equipped with a
1-1/2-inch round tube internal structure to support hinges
and latches for the life of the car. Poplar hardwood is used
as a solid base for easy upholstery attachment. NAM offers
no shortage of available bells and whistles to complement
the bodys substantial constructive qualities. Their bodies
are easily tailored to meet the styling demands of the most
particular rodder, or to replicate the American Graffiti coupe
to the greatest possible extent.
New Age Motorsports
(203) 268-1999
newage-motorsports.com

Steel 32 Ford ve-window coupe body shells are now


available from United Pacic Industries!
These Officially Ford Licensed reproduction bodies are
built with quality and authenticity in mind. Beginning with
steel of equal or greater thickness as original, each panel
is stamped on handcrafted permanent steel dies to ensure
every detail is preserved. These completely assembled
bodies come coated with EDP (Electro Deposit Primer) inside
and out.
Bodies are stock height and supplied with doors, door
latches, trunklid, interior garnish moldings, windshield
frame, and complete hardwood assemblies pre-installed.
Bodies are available in four congurations, including solid
roof and cowl vent deleted.
Panels and components also available individually for
those restoring an original ve-window.
United Pacific Industries Inc.
(866) 327-5288
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Dynamic Control makes different products ...


Which is best for me?
Dynamic Control provides solutions for most vibration, noise,
and heat isolation problems.
How does Dynamat stop road noise?
As a car operates, it generates noise. This noise is caused by the
transference of energy (vibration) from the internal components and
from the road to the chassis of the vehicle. The chassis (doors, oors,
roof) transforms this vibration into audible noise. Dynamat transforms
the energy (vibration) into silent energy.
How much will Dynamat quiet my car?
Even a small amount of Dynamat can cause a profound noise
reduction. For example, applying Dynamat to the doors of your vehicle
can reduce road noise from 3-6 dB! Complete coverage of an average
vehicle can reduce road noise 9, 12, even as much as 18 dB.

Dynamat Vibration, Noise, and Heat Barrier Products


Dynamat (a Dynamic Control brand), is recognized by hot rodders
around the world as the go-to product for solutions to unwanted
noise, vibration, and heat. The Dynamat brand encompasses a family
of products for the automotive enthusiast, the most recognizable
for many of us being the Dynamat/Dynamat Xtreme, which most of
us use in our hot rod, classic truck, and muscle car projects. That
said, there are a few more members of the Dynamat family were
sure youd be interested in checking out so wed suggest a visit their
website (dynamat.com) for more detailed descriptions and images.
Meanwhile, for those not familiar with Dynamat, heres a bit of info
thatll get you up to speed and on your way to a much more enjoyable
hot rod experience.

How much Dynamat do I need to use to be effective?


You can apply Dynamat in patches (25-50 percent area coverage) to
keep a specic panel from resonating or you can apply it over an entire
area (such as the oor, doors, or trunk) to create a sound barrier and
vibrational damper.
What is Dynamat?
Dynamat is a thin, exible, easy to cut and mold sheet that actually
stops noise-causing resonance and vibration by using visco-elastic
qualities that promote vibro-acoustic energy conversion. In short, that
means noise becomes silent energy.

2015 BODY BUYERS GUIDE


The multi-award-winning Speed33 all-steel body of Michigan-based
American Speed Company is a rod like few others. The Speed33 features
a number of innovative hot rod features, including the rst modern, fully
integrated convertible top in a 33, the rst full substructural design for
maximum body rigidity, and is conducive to traditional hot rod appeal
in both fenderless and full-fendered congurations. Other distinctive
features include power door glass windows and a polished stainless
curved windshield assembly. The all-steel convertible has a larger
passenger cabin over the stock original version and can be mounted on
any original 33-34 chassis. American Speeds latest line of off-the-shelf
components now includes grilles, IP clusters, and interior trim kits, among
other components. Our turnkey builds feature classic hot rod looks, yet
provide the reliability and convenience of everyday modern vehicles. Prior
to the start of your project, look up American Speed. The shop is open.
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Woodys Hot Rodz is proud to announce that the original Hot


One is once again HOT! For generations the Tri-Five Chevy has
helped shape the landscape of American car culture. These iconic
cars have continued to be in the spotlight since they rst rolled off
the assembly lines in the 50s. The Hot One is once again available
as an all-new steel body that is assembled in the United States.
The 55 and 57 bodies are now available in convertibles, hardtops,
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doors pre-hung and tted, decklid pre-hung and tted. Both 55
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Woodys Hot Rodz. Bodies start at around $14,000, while complete
fenders-to-ns packages are only $19,700 (includes body, doors,
decklid, and complete front end). Woodys has also developed full
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Gasser straight-axle chassis or their A-Arm Cruiser chassis.
Woodys Hot Rodz
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woodyshotrodz.com

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feature

DEUCE

Redo in Blue

ver built a car and a short while after completionor even when
rolling it out of the garage for the first timedecided its not really
what you wanted, so you redo it completely? Mark Freeborn did
just that. While there was absolutely nothing wrong with his
full-fendered, unchopped 32 three-window, by his own admission
it looked pretty much like every other full-fendered 32 out there. The
workmanship, by Matt Pendergast of MP Coachworks, and chassis by Al
Clark at Deuces Northwest, was impeccable, but Mark had something of
an epiphany, and realized that my desire to respect the roots of this car
by making it relatively stock bodied were rapidly being overridden by the
realization that it wasnt the car I really wanted.

The Deuces Northwest frame was


fitted with a drilled and dropped
Superbell axle on hairpin radius
rods, with finned backing plates
covering the Wilwood discs, and a
Winters quick-change rearend, also
with Wilwood discs. LimeWorks
supplied the steering column, repro
Crestliner steering wheel, e-brake
handle, and column shifter.
The 331ci Chrysler Hemi was also

But were getting way ahead of


ourselves, so lets backtrack a little.
Mark is a TV and film production
designer by occupation, and as such
led a pretty nomadic lifestyle for many
years, which meant he never had a
permanent workspace in which to
tackle projects. After getting married
and working on a film on Mayne
Island, off the British Columbia coast,
Mark and his wife, Rose Marie, who
incidentally shares his love of old
things, bought a house there and
immediately built a studio/shop. Now,
getting to the island involves taking
a ferry, and pretty soon Mark struck
up a conversation with one of the
deckhands, a result of always driving
oddball vehicles. Said deckhand had
been offered a 32 coupe and asked
what it might be worth. Some nine
months later, it turned out the guy
had bought the car, but circumstances
had changed and it was for sale.
The rest is history; Mark became
the owner of what once had been a
show car. The package consisted of
the body, doors, windshield, rumble
seat lid, a badly recessed firewall and
a stock Ford one, grille shell, a genie
frame, and a Ford 8-1/2-inch rearend.

installed during the first build. Says


Mark, Ever since I was almost killed
in a 300C, I knew something I would
build would have an early Hemi,
and as soon as I started this project,
I started the search. I found three
engines, but only the last was any
good. A 331 Industrial engine from a
lumber mill emergency generator, it
had but 500 hours on it. On a visit to
my hometown of Kingston, Ontario,
I tracked down Jim and Dan Rini,
who Id seen race in the past. They
were Fuel dragster builders, who

It sported the remains of a tangerine


flake paintjob, with all work in lead.
It also had a torched-out floor to
channel the body, with the rumble
seat lid and cowl vent welded shut
and leaded.
This was what Mark delivered to
MP Coachworks, who, over the next
year, straightened the body, replaced
damaged metal, stretched and
contoured the Rootlieb hood, built
the hood blisters, custom-formed
the louvers, replaced the cowl
vent and made a louvered decklid.

By KEV ELLIOTT [ Photography by STEPHAN SZANTAI and TIM BERNSAU

JUST THE FACTS

YEAR: 1932
MAKE: FORD
MODEL: 3-WINDOW COUPE
OWNER: MARK FREEBORN
STATE: BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

had crewed for Tommy Ivo on the


circuit back in the day, and, now in
their seventies were about ready to
close up their shop, but they agreed
to build my motor. What the Rinis
delivered was a 0.030-inch bored
Hemi with a more efficient Mopar
340 oil system, and most rotating
parts replaced. It has a Vertex
magneto, Hotheads intake with a
Holley four-barrel (the multi-97
lookalike TPI system on a Weiand
Drag Star manifold suffered continual
computer problems and remains
unused), and a Hotheads adaptor to
fit the Mopar 727 trans.
All of which brings us back to
where we came in, with Marks
realization that his car wasnt exactly
what he wanted. This tied in with
longtime friend Laurie Peterson
announcing that he was closing his
auto repair shop to build hot rods
full time as Canada Customs. It also
coincided with Marks workload
increasing, bouncing back and forth
between Albuquerque, working on
Breaking Bad, and Vancouver doing
Alcatraz and Bates Motel (yes, you
really did recognize the building
behind the car in the pictures, its
the Bates Motel set). This meant five
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people got in line with Peterson before
him, though it did mean he had plenty
of time to plan the project.
Says Mark, I began accumulating
parts, like the 46 Olds taillights. Id
only ever seen them used on Blackie
Gejeians roadster pickup. Or the
headlights, which are a combination
of 37 Buick buckets and 36 Ford
lenses. They mirror the hood blisters,
but it took 12 pie cuts to make the
buckets match the headlight rings.
I had a 37 truck grille hanging on
the wall that the swap meet seller I
bought it from griped about because
it wasnt stock. Turns out it was
sectioned vertically sometime and
every bar was brazed and hand filed.
As the 32 and 37 grilles are similar
widths, Peterson sliced the front of a
32 grille, tweaked the 37 a little, and

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welded the two together, using the


Griffin radiator wed used in the first
build! The headlight brackets were
made to match the drilled I-beam,
and at first glance, on the bench, I
wasnt wild about them, but on the
car, plated and polished, theyre
outstanding.
In addition to losing the fenders and
running boards (OK, the Brookville
rears were bobbed) part of the new
look was a roof chop, 3 inches in the
rear and 3-1/2 in front, with all three
door hinges retained. The front and
rear framehorns were bobbed, and the
gas tank relocated inside the trunk,
using a Vision Metalwerks flip-top
filler frenched into the body.
Inside the coupe, a pair of 40s
seats, possibly from a Suburban, were
found, and upholstered by John at

BenRay, with chromed frames and


aluminum bases by Peterson. The
tach is actually a 56 DeSoto clock
from an old car of Marks, converted
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spinner-equipped steel wheels, the
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WHO
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Part 2: The 60s Were A/Gas
By DAVE WALLACE \PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE PETERSEN ARCHIVES

ast month, we tracked the Camgrinder Wars innocent beginnings to a


series of confrontational hero and antihero advertisements placed
by a trio of Southern California camshaft companies. Not long after arch
rivals Ed Iskenderian and Howard Johansen fired the first shots in 1956,
Jack Engle opened a third front. By demonstrating that a shop neednt be big
to competeeven dominateon this playing field, Engle Cams inspired a
second wave of strategic advertising by small competitors, including Hubbard,
Herbert, Weber, Dempsey Wilson, Moon, and Crane. Most of their collective
ink was spilled on a newsprint tabloid that debuted just in time to catch and
ride this wave. In fact, had Drag News (1955-78) not presented fledgling
manufacturers with an inexpensive,
timely, anything-goes alternative to
Robert E. Petersens slick, civilized
monthlies, this war mightve never
been fought at all.
Now, lets examine the classes
capable of generating such intense
attention, loyalty, and controversy.
Weve seen that open-wheeled
or hot cars starred in the vast
majority of mid-to-late-50s ads.
Besides being far faster than so-called
stockers, crowd-pleasing rails,
competition coupes and sedans,
modified roadsters, and altereds
burning nitromethane and/or
alcohol were basically banished from
Petersen publications during NHRAs
1957-63 fuel ban. Not coincidentally,
Petersens editorial director for the
duration was none other than NHRA
president Wally Parks. If not for
occasional nitro-hero ads in Hot Rod
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)Fueled by camgrinders hero ads, class


competition in both A/ and B/GS commanded
as much or more attention by 1965 than
most NHRA eliminator categories. A
much-anticipated Indy showdown saw Dick
Bourgeois foul away Big Johns chances.
Doug Cook went on to take the A/GS trophy
with best times of 9.53/152.54.

)June 6, 1959 Drag News

)Regionalism mightve played a role in the starkly different cover treatments immediately
following reports of unprecedented performances by the fuelers of Jocko Johnson at Riverside,
right in Drag News own backyard, and Chris Karamesines in far-off Alton, IL. Then again,
though neither record run was backed up, the Greeks announced 204.54 was more than 10
mphfully 5 percentfaster than any credible speed to date. Further, his next-closest Alton
pass clocked just 180.00, despite a comparable e.t. (8.84 versus 8.87). The blank cover space
normally devoted to a record-breaking number reects the skepticism in California.

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and Car Crafttypically small and stuck in the back
magazine readers mightve thought that the entire drag
racing world ran on pump gas.
Meanwhile, Drag News not only embraced fuel cars,
but celebrated them on most covers and front pages. The
newspaper even maintained its own set of Standard 1320
national records for all popular fuel and gas classes, plus
jets (Unlimited Dragster). Earning a top 10 spot on
Drag News Mr. Eliminator Top Fuel or Top Gas lists was
the match-racing equivalent of winning a major NHRA,
AHRA, NASCAR, or independent event. Free editorial
space was made available to all track operators submitting
race results and photos, whether sanctioned or outlaw.
Moreover, among all national media, only Drag News
delivered fresh drag news each Wednesday, within days
of weekend meets. Many of us turned to camgrinders ads
before reading a single articlethe pleasurable experience
of every print advertiser, then and now.
As documented by early-60s HRM and Drag

)Apr. 30, 1960 Drag News


Leave it to Isky to capitalize on and legitimize a
sensational time slip, ofcial or otherwise. Drag
News cover photo reappeared inside the issue
in this atypically simple Isky ad, almost certainly
designed and pasted together by the newspapers
staff the day after the controversial run, just in time
for Tuesday mornings press run. Not for another
four years would 200-mph speeds achieve
universal acceptance.

News ads, the camshaft industrys focus shifted from


dragsters to full-bodied cars, particularly gas coupes
and sedans, around the turn of the decade. Though
the terms Camgrinder Wars and Gasser Wars are often
erroneously interchanged, the latter was an outgrowth
of the former, conducted simultaneously. As hydrostick manufacturers and other gasser sponsors began
copying the hero/antihero promotional tactics pioneered
by camgrinders, local racers became national heroesand
publishers became wealthy and powerful.
While both wars would sputter into the next decade,
public interest probably peaked with the gassers
mid-60s popularity. The reasons why are still being
debated in bleachers and bars worldwide. Among other
causes, Detroits factory hot rods, European-bodied
gassers with tube frames, the first Funny Cars, and a
return to traditional product ads are blamed for ending
the wars that raged on paper battlefields during the
Golden Age of drag racing.

)Dec. 7, 1963 Drag News


After a couple of low-buck college kids upset
SoCals dominant B/Gas Supercharged
car twice in the same day, Isky seized the
opportunity to jab both Jack Engle and his
unidentied-but-unmistakable standard bearers,
Stone, Woods & Cook.

)Dec. 21, 1963 Drag News


Yes, youve seen this one before,
but we cant resist reprinting
the classic Pete Millar cartoon
commemorating the Mallicoat
twins unlikely double defeat of
Pebble, Pulp & Chef at Lions.

)Oct. 1963 Hot Rod Parts Illustrated


The Grist familys scrapbook contributed
this photo of a Dempsey Wilson hero ad.
Note the handwritten update added by
either Ralph or Floyd Grist.

WHO STARTED THE CAMGRINDER WARS?


)Jan. 25, 1964 Drag News
In their last full season before sharing the
stage with exhibition stockers, traditional gas
coupes achieved unprecedented publicity and
popularity. Switching from conventional Olds,
Cadillac, and Chevy powerplants to Chrysler
Top Gas Dragster engines shoved top teams
through the long-sacred 9-second and 150mph doorslammer barriers. Lucrative match
racing turned little guys into touring pros
able to command fees previously reserved
for fuel dragster superstars. Although the
media battles didnt end with 1964, their
tone gradually changed. The good-natured
humor of camgrinders clever challenges
was replaced by personal attacks by and
against individual racers; ads contrived to sell
match-race bookings, instead of camshafts.
One by one, the old combatants resorted to
conventional product ads. The fun was gone.
The Camgrinder Wars were effectively over.

)Only the tow bar hints that this is not just another pretty face on any
Los Angeles street in 1957. HRMs Eric Rickman shot a quickie feature
in front of Doug Cooks house.

)The late Doug Cook made a career out of changing camshafts,


literally. He was either the main hero or antihero, depending on ones
brand loyalties, to gasser fans nationwide who faithfully followed
his wins and (infrequent) losses weekly through camgrinders Drag
News ads. Ed Iskenderian cites Cookies 1958 defection to arch-rival
Howards Cams for dragging full-bodied cars into the Camgrinder
Wars. Still later, Cook left Howards to become Engles main man.

)At a time when a supercharger automatically advanced a gasser


one class, blown and unblown gassers ran together. Doug Cooks
economical combination of small displacement, low weight, and TriPower regularly upset more-powerful blower cars, endearing him to
Chevy fans worldwide.

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)Has any cam customer ever been as loyal to a single speedequipment manufacturer as Gene Adams? His blown 50 Olds was
ying Engles colors at NHRAs second Oklahoma City Nationals. Fiftyseven years later, Jack Engle is gone and the company has changed
hands, yet Lean Gene still slides Engle cams into nostalgia racings
dominant injected-nitro A/Fuel Dragsters.

)Yes, thats the required windshield wiper on NHRAs Olds-powered


C/GS winner at Indys rst Nationals in late 1961. Driver KS Pittman and
builder Bill Edwards, SoCal stars even before the Gasser Wars, had
the nations quickest and fastest C/Super car all season, owning both
ends of the national record at 11.28/126.22.

)For 1964, with two major drag racing barriers in their sights, owners John Mazmanian and Fred Stone both upgraded to blown Chryslers.
Bones Balogh broke into the 9s at the season-opening United Drag Racers Association meet at Lions, following up at the NHRA Winternationals
with an NHRA-ofciated 9.99 seconds at an unprecedented 149.00 mph. By midseason, both cars were touring nationally, cracking 150 mph in
match races, and earning some of the rst guaranties paid to doorslammer racers.
)Interestingly, the most-dominating single gasser of this entire golden
age was rarely targeted by rival camgrinders. Besides the fact that
George Montgomery operated far from their SoCal playground, how
could any advertiser credibly ridicule a homebuilt coupe that won U.S.
Nationals eliminator titles in 1959, 1960, and 1963?

)Note the at hood. After a couple of college kids, still living here at
home, and their little 327 came out of nowhere to shock SW&C at
Lions in late 1963 (see cartoon ad), then sweep B/GS trophies at both
1964 NHRA national events, Jerry and Gary Mallicoat unleashed a
twin-turbocharged combination that upset Mazmanians Willys in the
65 Winternationals B/GS nal. Their homebuilt, Rochester-injected
approach reportedly produced 720 hp (versus 580 with a conventional
GMC 6-71.) The twins remain active with a blown Barracuda on the
National Muscle Car Association circuit.

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feature

JUST WHAT THE


DOCTOR ORDERED
Youve heard of a doctors coupe, well, heres his roadster

ost of us realize that car building gets in your blood, and once there, is a
Mopened
hard habit to kick. Patrick Reisingers father and mother, Steve and Judy,
Reisinger Custom Rebuilding in 1964, thus exposing the young

brakes and hairpin radius rods to


complete the front suspension, with
a 9-inch rearend hung on ladder bars
Reisinger to cars at an early age. However, he went on to become a doctor,
and more RideTech shocks at the rear.
and the family business eventually closed, but that didnt stop Patrick, a
Chromed transverse springs were
huge enthusiast, from owning and restoring a string of cars over the years.
used at each end.
In 2008, he decided he wanted to resurrect the family business, which has
SPEC Racing Engines in St Henry,
since grown phenomenally.
Idaho, machined and assembled
the French Flathead, adding
By KEV ELLIOTT [ Photography by ROBERT MCGAFFIN
Navarro cylinder heads, customlater, while painstakingly explain
made headers by Reisinger Custom
Hed always wanted a Model A
to his family that the car needed a
(sans mufflers) and a Powermaster
roadster, but never got around to
name, his eldest daughter, whom hed PowerGen. The crowning glory is
building one. A couple of years ago
thought was ignoring him, piped up
a prototype Engler fuel injection
his wife, Melissa, approached the
with Seorita. No further discussion system on a one-off manifold by the
guys at the shop and asked them
was needed, Seorita it would be.
same company. Bowler Transmission
to purchase a Brookville Roadster
Patrick knew the style he was after, built the GM T5 trans, which is
body and frame for her, going on
and the parts pile grew steadily larger,
to ask if they would get it to their
original 18-inch Ford wire wheels,
house on Christmas Eve while they
E&J headlights, a new French
were at church. Despite the fact this
Flathead V-8 and T5 transmission,
was the night of one of those rare
Southern Indiana blizzards, the guys while the crew at the shop set to
work smoothing and tweaking the
made it happen. Apparently Patrick
Brookville 32 frame and beginning
responded with more enthusiasm
assembly. A drilled Superbell dropped
than an entire high school
I-beam and RideTech smooth body
cheerleading squad while winning
shocks were coupled with 39 Zephyr
the homecoming game. A few days
shifted by a custom-built Reisinger
shifter, and feeds power to the
rearend via a driveshaft from the
Driveline Shop in Chandler, Indiana.
Though the body was a new
Brookville item, the guys couldnt
resist making some modifications,
such as welding the seams on the
cowl, as well as smoothing some
others, adding a cowl vent, and
fitting the aircraft-style fuel filler in
the left side of the rear deck panel.
With this taken care of, Ty Hauer
sprayed the PPG black and reassembly
could begin, with one-off Reisingerbuilt taillights and rear bumper
complementing the E&Js up front.

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JUST THE FACTS

YEAR: 1930
MAKE: FORD
MODEL: ROADSTER
OWNER: PATRICK REISINGER
STATE: INDIANA

JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED

That 140-mph speedometer and


four-in-one gauge cluster came from
New Vintage USA, the 39 Ford
steering wheel connecting to the box
via an ididit column. Bobby Dean
Customs in Spottsville, Kentucky,
handled the dark brown leather
upholstery and brown carpet, the
latter extending into the trunk, which
is flanked by louvered painted panels,
and contains the fuel tank, battery,
and aptly enough, a doctors bag!
Reisinger Custom installed the wiring
and added a Vintage Air heater hidden
inside a 50 Ford heater box.
With his long-anticipated roadster
finished, Patrick took it to Brookville
Roadsters event, where they were
humbled when Seorita was chosen
for the Ray Award, something Kenny
from Brookville started in honor of
his dad. Brookville then asked if the
roadster would be part of their display
at SEMA, the first time anything
other than a 32 had done so. A pretty
neat honor for a car that Reisinger
admits he wishes hed built sooner.
Hey, better late than never!

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TECH
HOOD
Gotta Love
a
Louver
Making and mounting
louvered hood sides
By Kev Elliott \Photography by the Author

While not all early hot rods run hoods, and even fewer run
hood sides, fabricating the latter is denitely within the realms
of a weekend project. While many parts and even panels are
available in todays aftermarket, if you have a non-stock length
engine bay, youre going to be on your own, or at the mercy of
a skilled fabricator.
Our lakes race car project is a case in point, as the engine
bay is several inches longer than a stock Model A, despite the
cowl being in the stock location. We already had the hood top,
fabricated by Jeb Scolman at Jebs Metal & Speed (see http://
www.rodandcustommagazine.com/techarticles/1302rc_
custom_hood_fabrication/), but having switched from a V-8
with headers exiting each side to a turbocharged four-cylinder,
we decided to add hood sides. As this car runs a turbo, and all
the components under the hood are quite tightly packed in, we
wanted to ensure the heat could escape as much as possible.
This meant louvers, and lots of them, which are not something
you can do at home. Luckily, we count Fabian Valdez at Vintage

Hammer Garage (vintagehammergarage.com) amongst our


friends, and once he could fit us into his busy schedule, we took
him a couple of flat sheets of 3003 0.050 aluminum, already
marked for our hood sides, and watched him work his magic.
We used type 3003 as it is stronger than 1100 pure
aluminum, and is more easily workable, weldable, and
corrosion resistant, since its alloyed with 1.2 percent
manganese. Valdezs louver press was built in the late 70s by
Larry Braga from Highland, California, with the hood from his

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Dads 50s lakes race car used as a pattern to shape the dies
for the 3-inch louvers, resulting in traditional-looking louvers
with a great shape to them.
With the louvered panels back in our shop, we set to cutting,
drilling, bending, ling, and sanding them to shape. Despite
swapping a four-banger in where a V-8 previously lived, it
ended up being like squeezing a quart into a pint pot once we
added the turbo plumbing, intercooler, scavenge pump, large
intake and radiator, and well be needing a few hood blisters

1-2. With the position of the lower edge of the hood top marked on the
grille shell and cowl, we used Masonite to make templates for the hood
sides, including the cutouts for the Garrett turbo and Golden Eagle
Manufacturing intake plenum. We also guesstimated the clearance
required for the intercooler plumbing at the lower front of each panel,
actually aligning the top of the cutout with the existing cutout on the
Speedway Motors grille shell. The templates were then used to trace
the shape of the panels onto the aluminum.

to cover the protrusions but more on that next month.


Meanwhile, heres how we made and mounted the hood sides,
adding louvers and clearance holes.

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3. With the panels marked for where any


cutouts and edges will be (the panels need to
be as at as possible to t in the louver press,
so louvers should be stamped before forming
the panels), Valdez uses these louvered
sample panels to determine spacing.

4. With the spacing calculated, the distance


from the edge of the panel to the start of the
louvers was determined and then marked,
allowing space for the Dzus fasteners wed
be using.

5. The centerline of each row of louvers


was then marked on the aluminum. Note the
panels are marked on the backside, as louvers
are punched from behind.

6. This is the time to make any changes! As


the passenger side panel had a cutout in its
top edge for the intake plenum, the three rows
of louvers had to be moved down to allow
clearance for a hood blister, which meant I
had to choose between the rows being closer
together, or to have all three rows lower
than those on the other side. This shows the
former, we chose the latter.

7. With the centerlines marked, Valdez makes


perpendicular marks to ensure once he starts
punching louvers they remain vertically and
horizontally identical.

8. Heres the press and our panel. We really like


the rounded corners of this particular louver
style. Note the carpeted bench at the same
height as the die, which supports the panel.

9. Alignment of the rst louver is critical, as each successive louver is


positioned off of this one. The cutting edge of the die is carefully aligned
with the rst mark perpendicular to the centerline. Theres also a mark
on the front of the upper die to align with the centerline.

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10. Once the rst louver is punched, the lower die butts up to the
front of that louver to locate the next one, meaning Valdez only has to
align the centerline. Of course, its not that simple, as the louvers can
wander off course, which is where those perpendicular marks help
keep everything arrow straight.

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12. On the driver-side
panel, the louvers
stop then start again
on either side of the
clearance hole for the
turbo. Valdez ensured
the louvers aligned
with the row above
before continuing.

11. Heres that centerline mark on the upper die


(arrow).

13. Wed originally marked our panels on the


front side, then used the Masonite patterns to
also mark their outline on the backside prior
to punching the louvers. Heres the driver-side
panel seen from the front, with the required
cutouts and edges clearly shown. After taking
this picture, we opted to continue the middle
row to match the top row, and add a couple
more to the lower row between the cutouts.

14. Back at our shop, we used the templates


again to ensure we marked and cut the panels
correctly.

15. A holesaw was used in a drill press to


cut the clearance sections for the intercooler
tubing, followed by an Eastwood throatless
shear and good old tin snips for the straight
sections. Note a piece of scrap aluminum
was used under the C-clamp, to protect the
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16. Again a holesaw was used to cut the


majority of the turbo clearance hole, but for
the 4-1/2-inch-diameter hole for the exhaust,
we used this compass and blue dye to mark
the cut, trimming it with tin snips.

17. Once all edges were trimmed and led, we


sanded them with 220-grit paper on a block
to remove any remaining burrs.

18. It was at this point that we formed the


90-degree bends on the upper and lower
edges of the driver-side panel using a brake.
A local metal fabrication shop should be able
to handle this for you. Wed advise against
hammering the edges over between two
lengths of angle iron, as aluminum is soft,
and any ripples, dents, or hammer marks will
show in the nal product.

19. Wanting to trim our hood top as close to the intake plenum as
possible, we used tape to form the opening on the hood side (with the
top removed) then placed the side panel against the edge of the top on
the bench, and transferred the outline of the cutout.

20. This gives an idea of the turbo intercooler and intake plumbing and
why the hood sides require cutouts in them!

21. With the lower edge bent to 90 degrees, we clamped the panel in
place to mark where to bend the top edge. The panel also requires nal
trimming to length here. Note the masking tape on the edges of the
adjacent panels, to protect the paint.

22. Both panels, formed and nished, ready to be installed using


quarter-turn Dzus fasteners.

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23. There are two things to notice here; all corners are rounded, and though the end of the lip is
stepped to clear the grille shell, a small section of lip is retained to give the corner of the panel
some strength, especially as it will be mounted here using a Dzus fastener.

24. We trimmed the lower edges of the panel


at an angle prior to bending them, so theyd
follow the inner edge of the chassis rails.
25. We sourced the fasteners and brackets
from Speedway Motors, as well as this trick
little tool that allows one to determine where
to drill the panel to align with the bracket. With
the tool inserted in the bracket, the panel is held
against it and tapped with a hammer. The tool
leaves a small indentation, like a center punch.

26. We used a 3/8-inch Roto-broach to form


a perfect hole, then used this neat dimple-die
tool to countersink the panel for the fasteners.
This is available at most places that sell the
fasteners.

27. The dimple-die allows the fasteners to


sit ush with the panel, and allows them to
be used without the rivet-on spring-loaded
brackets.

28. The nished and mounted hood. Now to form some blisters to cover the holes!

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NOSE ART
1. Since this little pickup is
powered by a more than muscular
small-block Ford and destined
to be a real driver rather than a
pampered weekend cruiser it was
important to outt it with a quality
cooling system thatd stand up to
the rigors of everyday trafc. To
that end we chose to utilize the
best radiator, cooling fan, and fan
controller we could.

Nose
Art
Fitting a Deuce grille shell, radiator, and hood to a Model A
By Jim Rizzo \Photography by Brian Brennan

As we all know, using a Deuce grille shell on a Model A is a time-honored and extremely popular hot rod modicationa
practice that I have to believe owes its roots to the days when replacing an As banger with a Flathead V-8 was a nearly universal.
Obviously dropping those V-8s in place of the original four-cylinder engines required the use of the larger V-8-specic radiator,
which in turn necessitated the use of the 32 shell and grille as well. As time passed and the much more powerful overhead-valve
V-8s became available, hot rodders found that the Deuce grille shell afforded enough room to house modied Flathead V-8 and/
or early custom-made radiators thatd work at keeping the new higher displacement engines cool as well.
Following this time-honored tradition
(and to ensure adequate cooling) well
be outtting a muscular small-block,
Ford-powered, Model A, closed-cab
pickup with a new radiator from U.S.
Radiator, a cooling fan and control
assembly from Derale, a Deuce grille
shell, insert, hood top from Brookville
Roadster, and installation hardware
from Speedway Motors. Its an easy
and good-looking bit of traditionalstyle alteration for any Model A, so
follow along.
2. When it comes to mounting a radiator
in a hot rod like we have here its a very
good idea to utilize an OEM-style mounting
assembly. Here were using a stainless
radiator mounting kit from Speedway
Motors (PN 91132056). Using factory-style
spring and pad hardware eliminates radiator
Damage due to frame exing. Rigid mounting
exposes a radiator to quite a bit of stress
thatll take its toll in short order.

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3. When mounting the radiator using
hardware such as this, the rubber pad goes
between the frame and the radiator mounting
ange. The spring can sit either above the
radiator mounting tab or down below the lip
of the frame, whichever one prefers. The
bolt and applicable washer go through the
mounting hole and spring and is retained by
the included lock nut. The nut is tightened
enough to put tension on the spring in the
desired amount and thus letting the radiator
absorb frame ex or twist by compression of
the spring.

4. Once the radiator is in place, the next order


of business is installing the support rods. The
stainless support rods and rewall brackets
were sourced from Speedway Motors as well
(PNs 91124001 and 91104015, respectively).
The stainless support rods used were for 3236 Ford, measuring 32 inches long. Standard
28-31 support rods measure up at 26 inches
and because the small-block Ford engines are
longer than their Chevy brethren (from water
pump to back of the block) the longer rods
worked out in this case.

7. This illustration shows an overall view of


a standard support rod setup. The design of
the radiator rod mounting bracket assembly is
such that it provides a good indication of the
rod spread from the radiator to the rewall.

5-6. Radiator support rod installation is pretty


straightforward. Ive found that attaching the
rewall mounting plates to the rear of the
support rods and then attaching the front
of the rods (one side at a time of course)
on the radiator bracket (hand snugging the
retaining nuts on both ends) will pretty much
self-locate the rearends of the rod(s) at the
correct angle for marking the position of the
rewall brackets. Once the rod(s) are in the
correct position and the rewall marked, you
remove the rods from the radiator and the
brackets from the opposite ends and check
to make sure the rewall marks are equally
located on both sides of the rewall. With
bracket positions checked for symmetry you
can center the rewall bracket(s) at the marks
(as shown) and mark, drill, and install the
bracket(s) to the rewall.


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rods in place the next step was mounting the
Brookville Deuce grille shell assembly.

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9. The U.S./Cool Craft
radiator provides the
OEM-style radiator
shell mounting brackets
for a hassle-free shell
installation.

10-11. After the grille shell came tting the Brookville 32 hood top. Fitting the hood to the Model A cowl took a bit of re-forming but the guys at
Hot Rods by Dean handled it in short order. As you can see, the length of the Deuce hood top needed a bit of attention as well. Since the rear of
the hood top had already been re-arched to match the Model A cowl the trimming would be performed on the front. After a bit of measuring and
marking, the appropriate amount of metal was trimmed and the hood tted to the grille shell.

12. With all of the metalwork on the hood top handled it was time to nish off the job by installing
the new cooling fan assembly. Rather than using a standard mechanical cooling fan a powerful
electric unit was chosen. And here you can see why. The lower stance of the engine located the
water pump pulley much lower than the center of the radiator, a Derale electric fan and shroud
assembly handled that problem easily. Now we are one more step toward the completion of one
heck of a cool hot rod and a good looking conversion for any hot rod Model A.

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Ron & Chuck Wendts 56 Chevy


Gasser Shakes the Ground
xThink back to the long hot summer days spent on your front porch.
Remember how you snapped up to attention when your AM radio crackled
when the voice of the announcer belted out the legendary Sundaaaaay.
It was a time when dragstrips across the country came alive with nitro-fed
thunder as hot rails, Funny Cars, and gassers ripped off blazing times on
the quarter-mile.

For young brothers Ron and Chuck


Wendt of Meriden, Connecticut,
it was easy to fall into this world
since their parents took them to
Connecticut Dragway every time
the action-packed events rolled into
town. It was there they saw idols
they worshipped, like The Snake
and Mongoose, Don Garlits, and
wheel-stander favorite Jim Barillaro
lay down hot e.t.s. It was the gassers,
however, who always gave the pair
their biggest thrills. They built
countless kit models at the kitchen
table with the all-time favorite being
the Badman 55 Chevy.
As they grew older it wasnt long
till the models morphed into actual
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projects in the driveway with


everything from a 65 Mustang
packed with a hopped-up 289ci
V-8 to a 40 Willys and 33 Ford
coupe as years progressed.
Somehow though they never
forgot the thrill they got when
watching the gassers run on the
quarter-mile. This prompted a
search for a Tri-Five Chevy to use
as a base to build their ultimate
street gasser. It didnt take long till
they located a rust-free 56 Chevy
210 sedan at an online auction.
After sealing the deal the car was
delivered and they began to tear
the car down to the basics to get
started.

Since the original spine was rock


solid it was first handed over to
Prior Brothers Fabricating in Berlin,
Connecticut, to move the rear leaf
springs inboard and back 2 inches to
accommodate wider rims and tires.
A 9-inch Ford rear with 3.50:1 gears
and 31-spline Moser Engineering
axles is suspended in place by a
combination of leaf springs with
Lakewood traction bars and Monroe
air shocks. To get the nosebleed
stance just right a straight front axle
from Checkered Racing is anchored
in place with a combination of leaf
springs and Pete & Jakes tube shocks
along with early Ford spindles. To
tame the beast fluid pushes through a
CPP master to steel lines with 11-inch
GM discs up front and Ford drums
out back. Classic wheels from Rocket
Racing feature their Launcher-model
with Hankook blackwalls up front
and Hot Rod Igniter-model wheels
with Radir whitewall slicks out back.
To bring plenty of edginess to the
mix youd better have big power.
Dalena Auto Machine in New Britain
assembled a wicked 427ci Rat packed

Tech Tips

with gusto starting with a steel


crank linked to Scat rods wearing
10:1 Keith Black slugs. A COMP
Cams stick sets the beat, combined
with warmed-over stock heads
generating plenty of power while
fuel flows through a pair of 450-cfm
Holley carbs perched on a Weiand
tunnel ram dual-quad intake. Fire
lights through a Mallory Unilite
distributor and gases dump through
Hooker headers to 2-1/2-inch custom
exhaust and Flowmaster mufflers.
Shifts move through a 69 Muncie
M21 four-speed by Ray Whitney of
Wallingford to a custom driveshaft.
Since the body was virtually rust
free, it was first treated to a number

of updates, including a custom frontmounted tank from Mooneyes as well


as a Simpson drag chute and obligatory
wheelie bars. The duo then focused
on the hood, wanting to give their car
a distinct look. A decision was made
to retain only the front section and
to also make it hinged for easy access
to the radiator. With these updates
completed they then stripped the body
down and prepared it for a coating of
custom-mixed PPG gold vibe, which
was applied by Chuck. To bring the
car to life they went to Unique Graphix
in Meriden to have it lettered as a
nod to the dragstrip warriors of the
past. The final icing came through the
brush strokes of Jim Jimbo Tyrrell
of Meriden who laid down just enough
lines to make the look complete.
For a wicked business office CZs
Auto Upholstery of Southington got
busy stitching up a combination
of bright white vinyl seats with
gold diamond pleat inserts and
matching door panels accented
by black carpeting. To monitor
the vitals Stewart-Warner Custom
Deluxe Green Line gauges do the
deal while shifts move through a

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Break in Valvesprings the Right Way
It is important for new springs to take a heat
set. Never abuse or run the engine at high rpm
when the springs are new. Upon initial startup,
limit rpm to 1,500 to 2,000 until the temperature
has reached operating levels. Shut off the
engine and allow the springs to cool to room
temperature. This usually will eliminate early
breakage and prolong spring life. After the spring
has been broken in, it is common for it to lose
a slight amount of pressure. Once this initial
pressure loss occurs, the spring pressure should
remain constant unless the engine is abused
and the spring becomes overstressed. Then the
springs must either be replaced or shimmed to
the correct pressure.
FAST
Whats the difference between
batch ring or bank-to-bank vs.
sequential systems? Which do I need?
Batch re systems re all the injectors
simultaneously. Bank-to-bank systems re the
fuel injectors in banks; half of them re on
one engine revolution and the other half re
the next engine revolution. A sequential system
res the fuel injector for each individual cylinder
in the ring order of the engine. In most cases,
bank ring will be ne, but if youre using an
extremely radical camshaft, high boost or over
600 hp, you might nd sequential to be a slightly
better t. It will usually make marginally more
power and help some radical engines idle better.
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Recently it has become popular to convert
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EFI induction. As there currently is no Cleveland
manifold on the market designed for electronic
fuel injection, Inglese will need to build a vacuum
box to run the computer in these applications.
Customers will not have to do anything special to
the engine, however.

Hurst stick and the course is set


with a neat white steering wheel
from Mooneyes. Finally red tinted
glass adds the last bit of nostalgia
to the build. Hearing the car come
to life and take off down the street
confirms just how bitchin it really is
and we dig it.
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EARLY IRON
BY JOHN GILBERT

... SHOWCASING READERS RIDES

Ronnie wired the 47 from scratch


and installed a high-amp alternator,
anticipating the increased demands
of air conditioning. For convenience
Ronnie built in cup holders and
cabinets, then JRs Top & Upholstery
covered the trunk and interior in
light gray tweed.
This car was a labor of love for me
and my wife; its won over a dozen
trophies around our area at the local
car shows and cruise nights.
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Ronnie Hogan 1947 Ford DeLuxe Hammond, Indiana
Im a 64-year-old Vietnam veteran whos always had a love for cars.
This 47 Ford DeLuxe is a three-year project. When I found the car it was
almost stock.
We asked Ronnie Hogan if he was sure its a 47 because his Ford has
parking lights like a 46. Ronnie assured us it was an early 47 Ford DeLuxe
and then proceeded to tell all about the modifications hed made. The
stock straight axle was swapped for a Mustang II IFS, giving it power
steering and power disc brakes. In place of the stock 47 Ford Flathead
V-8 theres a 300hp, 350-inch
Chevy crate motor sourced from
NAPA with a Lokar-shifted TH350
automatic transmission. The 9-inch
Ford rearend has 3.00 gears with
11-inch drum brakes. Speed Pro
gauges stuffed into a fully chromed
dashboard monitor water temp, oil
pressure, voltage, revs, and speed.

CLASSIC INSTRUMENTS TECH TIP


When installing a temperature sender, make sure
to install it in a location away from heat sources
(i.e. exhaust), preferably in the intake manifold
or thermostat housing. Also, make sure to use the
temperature sender with the correct thread size.
Using bushings to adapt the thread of the sender to
the engine will not allow the senders probe be fully
submerged in the coolant and a vapor pocket will form.
The vapor will be much hotter than the coolant (since
it is not being cooled by the radiator) and cause high
readings on the temperature gauge.
Mounting the temperature sender close to the exhaust
will also cause high temperature gauge readings.
This is because the exhaust reaches very high
temperatures that will inuence a nearby sender
causing readings of up to 10 degrees high.

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Linking the two cars are custom hand-formed hoods
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)The rst step before working or brushing sheet aluminum is the


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)The second step is to buzz the entire area with a Rhynalox 120-grit
DA disc (PN 19616). A particle mask should be worn at all times and in
between steps the area should be blown clean.
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holding the 220-grit
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BY RON CERIDONO

A Pointless
Question
Q Im building a 30 Model A
roadster with a 48 Ford Flathead
V-8. The car is being built to look
like it was assembled in the early
50s. The engine has been rebuilt
and has been mildly ported, it has
an Offenhauser standard dual-carb
manifold so the generator mounts
in the stock location, and it has the
stock cast-iron heads.
Id like to keep the original
distributor and convert it to
electronic operation. Is there a way
to do that and keep the appearance
of the original? If the distributor
can be converted to electronic, will
the ignition timing and vacuum
brake functions remain the same?

)Typical of Ford Flathead frontmount distributors, ignition timing


is adjusted by moving the small
rectangular plate that is secured
by the hex-head screw (bottom
arrow). The vacuum brake, which
is sort of a reverse vacuum
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screw and locknut at the top of the
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original breaker cam for the points
triggers the electronic pickup.
126 JANUARY 2015 I STREET RODDER

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)The distributor shaft has a tang that ts into a slot in the end of
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one way.

)These are the components of the vacuum brake. A spring-loaded


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low vacuum, low-rpm situations to prevent detonation. The adjustable
preload on the spring is used to adjust the advance curve up to
approximately 2,200 rpm.
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the small diameter portion rides in the shaft support attached to the
breaker plate, the advance mechanism is in the middle, and the large
diameter portion of the shaft rides in a bushing in the housing.

)The PerTronix assembly drops in place and is held in there by the


stock wire retainer. Note the bushing that provides support for the
distributor shaft.

128 JANUARY 2015 I STREET RODDER

)As with the points system initial timing is with the screw and plate
on the right of the vacuum brakethe screw slides in a slot rotating the
pickup, which alters the timing. From the outside the only clues to the
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Follow along as
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Building
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A trendsetting guide
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rod scene
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Sandersons
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Sanderson headers
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Flanges designs vary, so
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Publication Title: Street Rodder


Publication Number: 0277-5735
Filing Date: 10/01/2014
Issue Frequency: Monthly
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Contact Person: Brian Laboe Telephone: (212) 915-4182
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or General Business Office of Publisher:
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831 S. Douglas St. El Segundo, CA 90245
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Editor, and Managing Editor:
Publisher: Tim Foss, 1733 Alton Pkwy. Ste. 100, Irvine, CA 92606
Editor: Brian Brennan, 1733 Alton Pkwy. Ste. 100, Irvine, CA 92606
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or Holding 1 Percent or More of Total Amount of Bonds, Mortgages
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of this organization and the exempt status for federal income tax purposes:
x Has Not Changed During Preceding 12 Months
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Average No.
No. of Copies
Copies Each Issue of Single Issue
During Preceding
Published
12 Months
Nearest to
Filing date
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202,201
221,654
b. Paid Circulation (By Mail and Outside
the Mail)
(1) Mailed Outside-County Paid
Subscriptions Stated on PS Form 3541
(Include paid distribution above nominal
rate, advertisers proof copies, and
exchange copies)
107,307
142,656
(2) Mailed In-County Subscriptions Stated
on PS Form 3541 (Include paid
distribution above nominal rate,
advertisers proof copies, and
exchange copies)
0
0
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Including Sales Through Dealers and Carriers,
Street Vendors, Counter Sales,
and Other Paid Distribution Outside USPS
23,945
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Copies Included on PS Form 3541
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Other Classes Through the USPS (e.g.
First-Class Mail)
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the Mail (carriers of other means)
40
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[Sum of 15d (1), (2), (3) and (4)]
8,729
8,676
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(Sum of 15c And 15e)
139,981
175,437
g. Copies not Distributed [See
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62,221
46,217
h. Total (Sum of 15f and 15g)
202,201
221,654
i. Percent Paid
(15c divided by 15f times 100)
93.8%
95.1%
16. Electronic Copy Circulation:
Average No. Copies No. Copies of Single
Each Issue During
Issue Published
Preceding 12 Months Nearest to Filing Date
a. Paid Electronic Copies
6,620
10,912
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+ Paid Electronic Copies (Line 16A)
137,872
177,673
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(Line 15F) + Paid Electronic Copies (Line 16A) 146,601
186,349
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(16b divided by 16c x 100)
94.0%
95.3%
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a nominal price.
17. Publication of Statement of Ownership:
x If the publication is a general publication, publication of this statement is
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required. Will be printed in the January 2015 issue of this publication.
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I certify that all information furnished on this form is true and complete.
I understand that anyone who furnishes false or misleading information
on this form or who omits material or information requested on the form
may be subject to criminal sanctions (including fines and imprisonment)
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2014

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BILLET SPECIALTIES............................................................51
BORGESON UNIVERSAL COMPANY ..........................89
BOWLER PERFORMANCE TRANSMISSION..........149
BROOKVILLE ROADSTERS ...........................................146
BUTCHS COOL STUFF ....................................................144
CALIFORNIA CAR COVERS.............................................20
CAROLINA CUSTOM HOT ROD PARTS .................... 117
CHASSIS ENGINEERING..................................................145
CHEVS OF THE 40S .....................................................70-71
CLASSIC INSTRUMENTS .....................................................11
CLASSIC PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS ...............22-23
CLASSIC TUBE..................................................................... 155
CLASSICCARSTEREOS.COM.........................................103
CLAYTON MACHINE ......................................................... 153
COACH CONTROLS INC...................................................157
COKER TIRE.....................................................................68-69
COMPETITION CAMS INC..................................................13
CON2R.....................................................................................154
CUSTOM AUTOSOUND.................................................... 153
DAGELS ROD TRUCK SUPERSTORE.........................156
DAKOTA DIGITAL ................................................................ C3
DEARBORN DEUCE LLC ...........................................79, 151
DENNIS CARPENTER FORD RESTORATION
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DESIGN ENGINEERING..................................................... 151
DIRECT LIFT..........................................................................142
DOWNS CUSTOM PERFORMANCE..............................81
DROP EM AND STOP EM ............................................... 151
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DYNOTECH DRIVESHAFTS ........................................... 153
E Z WIRING ..............................................................................91
EASTWOOD COMPANY, THE ........................................127
EDDIE MOTORSPORTS....................................................143
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ENGINEERING MFG SERVICES .................................... 152
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FAST ............................................................................................41
FAT MAN FABRICATIONS.......................................4-5, 113
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GOTTA SHOW......................................................................139
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HONEST CHARLEY INC................................................... 155
HOT HEADS RESEARCH RACING INC......................159
HOT ROD SUPERSITE.......................................................105
HOT RODS BY DEAN ..........................................................95
IDIDIT...........................................................................................21
IN LINE TUBE........................................................................ 132
INGLESE...................................................................................157
JAMCO SUSPENSION....................................................... 135
JIM LINDSAY .........................................................................148
JOHNNY LAW .................................................................28-29
JULIANOS INTERIOR PRODUCTS .............................107
JW ROD GARAGE................................................................79
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KUGELS KOMPONENTS ...................................................157
KWIK LIFT ..............................................................................149
LAFONTAINE PERFORMANCE CENTER.................144
LEGENS HOT ROD SHOP................................................ 158
LIMEWORKS ......................................................................... 123
LINDBLAD CHASSIS........................................................... 151
LOKAR MOTORSPORTS...............................................C2, 3
LUNATI CAMS INC................................................................34
MACS ANTIQUE AUTO PARTS .....................................150

MAGNUM SUSPENSION AND HOT ROD ...................43


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MCMILLAN ROD AND CUSTOM .................................. 153
MILLER ELECTRIC MFG. CO. ...........................................47
NEW AGE .................................................................................83
NEWPORT ENGINEERING .............................................145
OBRIEN TRUCKERS .........................................................160
ODYSSEY BATTERY ............................................................67
OLD DOG STREET RODS................................................ 133
OPTIMA BATTERIES.............................................................19
OTB GEAR..............................................................................154
PACIFIC WESTERN DESIGN .......................................... 152
PAINLESS PERFORMANCE PARTS ..............................77
PERF COATING..................................................................... 151
PERFORMANCE ONLINE................................................ 125
PERTRONIX INC...................................................................114
PHOENIX TRANSMISSION PRODUCTS....................159
PML INC................................................................................... 152
POSIES.....................................................................................149
POWERMASTER PERFORMANCE .............................154
POWERTRAIN CONTROL SOLUTIONS.................... 152
PRO PLUS MEDICAL .......................................................... 161
PROS PICK.............................................................................141
QA1 PRECISION PRODUCTS .........................................106
QUICK FUEL TECHNOLOGY INC ................................. 161
RACING POWER COMPANY .........................................150
RADIR CUSTOM WHEELS INC .....................................149
RATECH................................................................................... 153
REAL DEAL STEEL...............................................................79
RESTO MOD ............................................................................63
RHOADS LIFTERS ..............................................................156
RIDETECH ..............................................................................140
ROAD TOUR PROGRAM .................................................134
ROADSTER SHOP............................................................... 135
ROCK VALLEY ANTIQUE AUTO PARTS ...................137
ROCKY HINGE CO..............................................................140
ROD GARAGE ...................................................................... 147
ROD TOPS..............................................................................148
RODDERS JOURNAL.........................................................75
RODSHOWS.COM ..............................................................129
RON FRANCIS WIRE WORKS ......................................160
ROYAL PURPLE LTD............................................................55
RUTTERS ROD SHOP .......................................................150
SACHSE ROD SHOP ..........................................................156
SANDERSON HEADERS................................................... 131
SCAT ENTERPRISES...........................................................137
SEMA........................................................................................ 147
SHADOW RODS.................................................................. 153
SKOAL.........................................................................................15
SMART SHOPPERS ............................................................142
SOUTHERN RODS & PARTS ...........................................101
SPECIALTY POWER WINDOWS ..................................141
SPEED HUT............................................................................139
SPEEDWAY MOTORS.........................................................119
STAINLESS SPECIALTIES ................................................150
STEELE RUBBER PRODUCTS....................................... 158
STREET ROD BRACKETRY ............................................ 158
SUMMIT RACING...................................................................53
SUPERIOR GLASS WORKS............................................159
TANKS INC.............................................................................143
TP TOOLS EQUIPMENT ...................................................146
TRACKMASTER PRODUCTS ......................................... 138
TREMEC .....................................................................................31
TRIQUE MFG.........................................................................146
UNISTEER PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS .................136
UNITED PACIFIC....................................................................83
U.S. RADIATOR ....................................................................148
VIAMEDIC............................................................................... 155
VINTAGE AIR ........................................................................136
WATSONS STREETWORKS ...........................................156
WHEEL SMITH ..................................................................... 133
WHEEL VINTIQUES..............................................................12
WICKED FIBERGLASS .......................................................83
WILSON WELDING ...........................................................156
WILWOOD ENGINEERING .............................................109
WIRING PRODUCTS LTD ................................................154
WOODYS HOT RODZ ........................................................85
YOGIS STREET ROD ACCESSORIES...........................35
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V51

PROFESSORHAMMER
BY RON COVELL

Q.

I just read the letter from Richard in your Aug. 14 Professor


Hammer column. I have been repairing stainless trim for a while,
and I never hammer on-dolly. As you said, it stretches the metal
more often than not.
I use a pair of lifting pliers, and hold the piece toward me so I can
see how far it is moving. These pliers are available at a good metal
supply shop and are not expensive. After some careful work with
the pliers it is time to le and sand, then take to the buffer. I hope
this will be helpful to anybody who is repairing small parts.
Edward C. Swartz
Via the Internet
A. Since I was not familiar with the pliers that Edward was referring
to, he was kind enough to mail his personal ones to me, all the way
from Canada to California. This is a great tool for many purposes, not only for
straightening stainless trim, and you could make your own from a pair of pliers.
Q. Ron, I need some guidance on the
repair of the A-pillar on the 36 and
37 Ford pickup cabs. Between rust
and a heavy impact on the top of the
cab, there is a separation in the post
where it is seamed together, and this
area is leaded. To weld the area, the
lead must be removed. I have led
some off, but Im not sure how much
I dare le. Also, how do I get the tight
bend areas safely cleaned and ready
for welding? If I heat it with a torch
will I cause a larger contaminated
area? I will be MIG welding this joint
once I have it clean enough for repair.
Jim Hagen
Via the Internet
A. To remove the solder, Id start by
carefully heating the metal and the
majority of the lead will simply melt
and roll off. Use a wire brush to scrub
the metal while its still hot, and you
will get even more of the solder off the
metal. You should expect to throw the
wire brush away afterward, since youll
probably never get all of the lead off
of it, and it could cause contamination
on other projects. A propane torch is

good to use for heating, since it has


a soft ame. If you attempt to do the
heating with an oxy-acetylene torch, be
extremely careful not to heat the base
metal to the point that it starts to change
color, or it will be difcult to clean well
enough to get the new solder to stick.
While heat and a wire brush will get
95 percent of the solder off, the remaining
lead must be scrupulously removed or
it will interfere with the welding. These
days, nearly everyone is aware of the
toxicity of lead, so reasonable care is
needed at this stage to prevent problems.
I like using the 3M Clean and Strip discs,
since they do a great job of removing
solder, paint, and light rust without
thinning the base metal like sanding discs
may. The only problem is that the lead
dust must be properly managed. You
should denitely wear a good, tight-tting
respirator, and carefully clean the oor
and all horizontal surfaces after using the
disc, and responsibly dispose of all traces
of the lead dust.
After using the Clean and Strip disc
to get the last traces of solder off, and
carefully wiping down the post with
a degreaser like acetone, you will be
ready to re-weld the damaged post.

)This is a special tool that is great for taking


minor damage out of stainless trim.

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