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Hemmings Motor News April 2019

Every issue is packed with hundreds of pages of auction news, car profi les, buyer's guides, restoration profiles, technical advice, event coverage, and a classified section that is THE PLACE to find high quality listings of cars, parts, and services for sale.

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choice words for car people

mmcnessor@hemmings.com Here’s a secret, just between you and me: Some car people can be a little persnickety. I’m not referring to us of course. Ha! No, we’re the most normal people we know. I’m talking about those people. The kooky ones. It’s not just the way they maintain their old vehicles: brushing and flossing the spark plug electrodes, tightening the cap on the washer fluid jug to correct factory torque specs, or carnauba waxing the insides of the valve stems. It’s also the unique words and phrases they use to describe their vehicles. Recently, for example, I’ve heard people refer to the factory original parts of their cars as “born-with” components. To use that in a sentence, I guess one might say, “My Chrysler Cordoba was ‘born with’ a carnauba allergy,…

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winter projects

rlentinello@hemmings.com As I write this column, it’s the last day of January, and the current outside temperature is a balmy 4 degrees. But that’s winter. As I count down the days until spring arrives, I keep busy putzing around the house doing this and that, mainly little tasks to pass the time until the return of warm weather. My garage is not heated so there’s no way I’m going to spend any time in there; I truly hate it when frozen wrenches give my hands frostbite. Just before the ice age hit New England, I made sure all my cars had their radiators topped off with antifreeze, each car was protected with a cover and additional blankets, and I set several mousetraps to prevent the little suckers from messing with my cars.…

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As a Hudson owner, I read Richard Lentinello’s article on the 1956 Hudson in the February Hemmings Motor News with great interest. The ’56 Hudson is likely the least known of the post-’54 AMC Hudsons, because it existed between the first (’55) version with its optional first-ever Packard V-8 and the last example of the marque with the new AMC V-8 in 1957. The 1956 Hudson is notable, however, in that it was the last year of the venerable and storied 308-cubic-inch flathead six. The ’56 308 engine did not go out with a whimper as it included in its construction many features developed earlier in the invincible “7X” racing version. The 1956 308 boasted the highest advertised horsepower of any of its predecessors (175). Twin-H power was standard in the…

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'36 ford scores at the grand national roadster show

A ’36 Ford dubbed “Three Penny Roadster,” owned by Bonneville record holder George Poteet, took home the top prize at Pomona, California’s 2019 Grand National Roadster Show. The car was built by Pinkee’s Rod Shop in Windsor, Colorado, and its name comes from the price of chocolate milk when Poteet was a youngster. The Three Penny Roadster is finished in a creamy shade of light brown that looks almost gray in certain light. Changes to the car are subtle, but substantial. Pinkee’s kicked out the bottom of the radiator shell by 2 inches to angle it back without shortening the length of the hood. The raked windshield was chopped by about 2.5 inches, while the interior was stretched 3 inches in the rear. The Ford’s wheelbase was stretched, too, from 112…

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coker acquires vintage wheel works, ps engineering

The Coker Group, parent company of Coker Tire, announced in January its purchase of wheel manufacturers Vintage Wheel Works and PS Engineering. “Both brands are a natural fit for the Coker Group portfolio, and they represent a continued focus on the restoration market while allowing us to give our customers a broader spectrum of choices,” Coker Group President and CEO Wade Kawasaki said. “We can now offer customers everything from a period-correct 15-inch five-spoke mag-style wheel to a 17-inch pro-touring wheel.” Vintage Wheel Works began offering products for the domestic muscle car market in 1991, initially focusing its efforts on early Mustangs, Camaros, and Corvettes. From the beginning, its goal was to offer wheels that looked period-correct, but were manufactured with modern materials (and modern processes) in sizes to accommodate larger contemporary…

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glen wood dies at 93

Glen Wood, NASCAR Hall of Famer, team owner, mechanic, and driver, died in January at age 93, following a prolonged illness. Wood Brothers Racing announced Wood’s death — January 18 in Stuart, Virginia — on its Facebook page: “It’s with profound sadness that we mourn the passing of team founder and family patriarch Glen Wood this morning. We want to thank family, friends, our small-town Virginia community of Patrick County, as well as everyone in the NASCAR community for their unwavering support of him, his life, his legacy and everything ‘Pa’ represented. We’ve had some very challenging days but the uplifting words you all have sent truly meant a lot and we thank every one of you for thinking of our family during this difficult time. Funeral arrangements are still pending…