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NZ Hot Rod

NZ Hot Rod August 2017

Published since 1967, N.Z. HOT ROD is dedicated to portraying every sphere of Hot Rodding. From traditional and modern Hot Rods to Street Machines, Muscle Cars and Race Cars, NZ Hot Rod features them all. Plus there's coverage of many of the 100 or so hot rod events, including Drag meets from around New Zealand and overseas.

New Zealand
Hot Rod Publishing Ltd
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12 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
publisher’s podium

IT’S with mixed emotions that I put pen to paper this month for my column and that’s because I’m going to tackle the subject of certification, going where perhaps only fools dare to tread. This has been on my mind for many years and has been sparked by the article published on page 20 titled, “The Man Who Said Yes” which deals with the roots of our certification system and structure. It’s well written and is an interesting synopsis of what took place right at the beginning. What is crystal clear is the certification system was envisioned and created by hot rodders for hot rodders. But there’s both good news and bad: Let’s start with the bad. Over the past 25 years the entire certification system has grown exponentially and now…

2 min.
box 573 orewa letters

The right stuff HI PAUL & LIZ, WOW! What a great read July 2017 issue. I feel NZ Hot Rod is the only true magazine which represents hot rodding and hot rodders in New Zealand, there’s not another mag which even comes close in my eyes. To see the names of legend hot rodders from the past really took me back in time: Kevin McGreal in his ‘32, Rhys Rogers’ ‘32 tudor and now still rodding in a ‘47 Merc tudor, Robin Unkovich; great hot rodder and drag racer, then master legend Sam Ferabend who’s been building rods since time began. It’s so great to finally see his efforts in your mag and my hand goes out to Craig Stare for making it happen. Who could forget our good friend Bob…

5 min.
just in passing

Pickup line THIS classic shot from Graham Rollo’s photo album shows a rare shot of three ’34 pickups plus Lenny (Blue) Jones’ deuce roadster in Graham’s driveway in Dunedin. The white pickup was a fresh buy out of Stroppy Mitchell’s early Ford wrecking yard in Christchurch for Doug Mellsop. (Auckland) Doug got it home okay and began work on a full hot rod chassis but it went the way of many projects and was unfinished. The platinum pickup in the centre belonged to Graham Rollo while the purple/magenta one of the right belonged to Larry Ferguson from Hamilton. Lenny Jones’ roadster was a show winner then spent many years in rebuild mode until sold to Noel Sutherland who’s just completed a new rebuild complete with fenders. Angria PURISTS and traditionalists will cringe and…

1 min.
new arrivals

Top Rod AN avid Auckland-based hot rodder has recently imported this 1934 Ford 5-window coupe tastefully done in resto-rod style from Canada. Originally from Texas it was bought from Arkansas in Feb 2004. It’s an all-steel original body using repro steel fenders, running boards, hood tops etc. Under the hood is a 1988/90 350ci smallblock which runs smoothly and is backed by a Camaro World Class T5 5-speed. It rides on a set of distinctive Wheelsmith Artillery Wheels shod with Coker Classic wide white radial tyres. Already certed and on the road this is another excellent top class hot rod for the collection, a pleasure to drive and great to see on our roads. Work it good CHUCK can’t get enough of these clean, dry, mid-sixties pickups: they’re hotter than an Arizona sidewalk…

2 min.
the evil one

TONY House knows how to put together hot rods with the right look and in particular Model A coupes. This one is my particular favourite due to its evil looks. It’s not just one feature which creates that look, it has to be all aspects of the car which go towards creating the complete picture. The foundations are fairly similar to most, with a Kiwi Konnection pinched 1932 Ford replica frame, a So Cal dropped, drilled I-beam axle with split, drilled and filled 1940 radius rods and hot rod shocks incorporating Lincoln drum brakes. The shiney stuff has been used to an absolute minimum in this build. The 9” Ford rear end (3.5 ratio) is held in position by a Posies Model A spring with Pete and Jake’s radius rods. Vintique steel…

15 min.
the man who said ‘yes’

1989 rumours IF you enjoy hot rodding, there’s a man who you should know, because he’s the prime reason you’re able to do it. Sadly, unless you’re one of a small group of hot rodders who dealt with him three decades ago, you’ll never have that chance, because he died on the 13th of February this year, aged 75. So, I’m going to introduce you to him now, as best I can. His name was Richard Leslie Reynolds, referred to by everyone at the time as ‘Dick’. In 1989, I’d just hung up my spray-gun and shifted from Wanganui to Auckland and taken up the role as Assistant Editor for NZ Hot Rod Magazine, and it looked as if this was to be my career. However, with hardly time to get my…