Hot Rod February 2021

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United States
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
california coastal road trip

Editor-in-Chief @john.mcgann Like many people around the country, we have had little occasion to travel this year. With car shows and events like the Power Tour and Drag Week postponed and rescheduled due to the coronavirus, we’ve mostly been stuck at home. I recently had occasion to travel to Santa Rosa, California, for a photo shoot with Scott Birdsall, owner/builder of Old Smokey, the Cummins-powered Ford F1 that beat the diesel-engine record at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb. Motor Trend’s William Walker was the shooter, with me serving as assistant and camera car driver. It seemed like as good excuse as any to make a trip out of it. Santa Rosa is about an hour north of San Francisco and 436 miles from our offices in Los Angeles, by the most direct route.…

3 min
the hot rod archives

20 Years Ago February 2001: 132 pages, $3.99 EFI was the name of the game 20 years ago. Twenty pages in this issue were devoted to the subjects of building a high-pressure fuel system, a wiring kit buyers’ guide, computer-controlled emissions controls, and an accounting of a carburetor to EFI conversion. Likewise, the cars featured within the issue were fuel injected—one was a 1965 Nova SS wagon with Holley’s ProJection 4.0 system on a 327 small-block. There was also a ’72 Challenger with a Magnum 360 engine and Hillborn mechanical injection converted to electronic control with a Speed Pro ECM. We also liked the ’49 Mercury with a 32V 4.6L Modular engine snatched from a Lincoln Mark VIII. The cover car, a ’40 Ford Deluxe Business Coupe was not fuel injected, however.…

4 min
when chevrolet introduced the “all new” 1958 impala, it really was!

To contemporary eyes, nothing seems small about 1958 Chevrolets. But put the car next to the imposing figure that was HOT ROD’S technical editor Ray Brock (all 6 feet, 2 inches of him), and the magazine can rightly say the all-new Chevy Impala “displays a low silhouette,” even with a roof height of 4½ feet. Automakers like to throw around the phrase “all new” every time they make even a few refinements to a model. But in this case, Chevrolet’s sedans were truly redesigned from the frame up. The previous ladder-style chassis was replaced by framerails with a central X-member that was “very resistant to the twisting forces that are transmitted to it,” wrote Brock in HOT ROD’s December 1957 issue. In addition, the new frame’s “low-slung design permits minimum overall…

9 min
solid & striped

You’ve probably been following the progress of the Lokar/Street Rodder Road Tour 1934 Ford coupe throughout the year. The stunning black and gray 1934 Ford 3-window is finally finished, photographed, and revealed right here. “It seems like just yesterday that we set out on the highway in a blue 1933 Ford coupe with white racing stripes.” –Jerry Dixey, Road Tour director, 1996-2020 In 1996, the idea of building a street rod and driving it all over the country wasn’t really that radical; that’s been the point of the street rodding since the earliest days. But Street Rodder magazine commissioning a car built entirely from aftermarket parts and then putting it on the road for three months was definitely ambitious. That very first Street Rodder Road Tour car was a beauty—a Redneck fiberglass-bodied 1933…

8 min
2020 road tour buyer’s guide

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4 min
ebony icon

There is a list of cars that epitomize the idealized notion of the American muscle car, and a 1970 Chevelle is definitely at or very near the top. This one was built by the skilled craftsmen at Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop (AHRS), near Knoxville, Tennessee, and shows what can be done when careful planning, solid execution, and subtle modifications are applied to any vintage car. For those who know their 1970 Chevelles, you can immediately see some of this work. The front bumper was smoothed, removing the license plate relief, making it much more appealing. The front and rear bumpers were also narrowed and tucked tightly to the body, making the bumper-to-body appearance much more pleasing. Instead of the vacuum-operated pop-up air inlet on the stock cowl induction hood, Alloway’s crew…