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Hot Rod December 2020

Start running with HOT ROD - the biggest, baddest, car-guy magazine in the business! We bring you the broadest performance car coverage you'll find anywhere. From one end of the smoking¹ rubber road to the other. Barn finds, hot rods, rat rods, race cars, home-built super cars, land speed racers, the latest Detroit iron, and classic muscle - if it¹s hitting the streets, you¹ll read about it here first!

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in this issue

4 min
stinging snake

Hudsons aren’t cars that most people think of as standard street rodding raw material—which is what makes building one so cool. When we saw this amazing custom Viper-V10 powered 1951 Hudson Wasp at the 2019 Hot August Nights event, it was one of the Elite Reno Five, a finalist for the Hot August Nights Cup, one of hot rodding’s most impressive awards. For all the accolades the Hudson earned in 2019, it wasn’t built to collect trophies. Owner Mike Dennison is a lifelong car enthusiast who owns them to drive them, so from now on, you’re more likely to spot his custom cruising into the local donut shop show than at a big-time event. KRS made a lot of modifications to fine-tune the Wasp body without any extreme cutting or changing.…

2 min

They say patience is a virtue, and if this is true, Tony Agnello has an abundance of it. The term “barn find” doesn’t mean it had to literally come from a barn; it’s used today any time someone finds a classic car that’s been hidden away or forgotten. Sometimes they are stuffed in garages, but oftentimes they are slowly decomposing in the great outdoors and somewhat sheltered under a tarp. Tony’s 1972 Chevelle Malibu was purchased new on September 25, 1972 from Eddie Hopper Chevrolet in Garden Grove, California. From then until 2000, it belonged to the original owner who spun 54,000 miles onto the odometer before she passed away. During this time it lived under a carport. The Malibu was then passed to her daughter and son-in-law who moved it to…

4 min
the ones that got away

Roadkill @davidfreiburger I have owned 175 vehicles, which means I’ve sold or otherwise disposed of 155 of them, because yes, I currently have 20 cars, trucks, and Jeeps. It’s better (or worse?) than my lifetime high of 40 simultaneously. In the past three weeks I’ve shed five, which reminds me of a question that people ask me frequently: What car do I most regret selling? The answer is “virtually all of them,” because at one time or another I’ve sought to replace something that I sold, only to discover that the intervening years have seen the same vehicle become worth ten times as much. I’ll never again buy an El Camino for $400, a Duster for $700, a Squarebody for $1,500, or an early Bronco for $4,500. I’ve been priced out…

5 min
cool it!

The more power you make, the more heat your engine generates. A stock radiator is fine for a stock engine, but add power, and eventually that radiator can’t shed the heat as fast as the engine makes it. Of course, adding a bigger radiator or larger fans to your car can help you tackle the problem, but at some point, it’s limited by the opening on the stock core support. That’s because the opening on the core support was for a stock-sized radiator. There was room for a bigger one, but for factory mills a bigger one wasn’t necessary. Rather than just tackle a bigger radiator AutoRad opted to address the core support as well so they could go as big as possible on the radiator side of the equation. Follow along…

5 min
unearthing a time-forgotten fleet of rare muscle cars

Check out this exceptional find, recently exhumed in Tucson, Arizona. This “Fab Five” belonged to Mark Spear, a gearhead with a taste for muscle cars, who passed away last April at the age of 71. His love of cars came from his father who worked at a local Ford dealership in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When Mark turned 21 in 1970, the elder Spear turned his son on to quite a bargain. A customer had traded in a ’68 Shelby GT500 KR, a soon-to-become iconic Mustang equipped with a stout 428ci V8. The KR was rated at 335 hp, although later independent tests reported that the engine made well over 400 hp. Mark had to have it, and so started a lifelong journey with the four-speed car, one of a little over 1,000…

6 min
be seen

Trickle-down tech is just about how everything works these days. First the high-end rides get it, and over time it migrates to even the cheaper cars. Remember ABS? It started in the exotics, and now every car has it. The same is true of LED lighting. At first it was on the top-shelf cars, but now it’s commonplace. And for good reason—it just works better than incandescent bulbs. Today, the aftermarket makes it easy to get modern LED lights into your classic car. In general, cars today travel at higher average speeds compared to the good old days, and more speed means people have less time to react to the car in front of them. This makes installing LED lights in a classic car a really good idea.…