Cars & Motorcycles
NZ Hot Rod

NZ Hot Rod September 2018

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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₹ 247.42
₹ 1,288.65
12 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
publisher’s podium

Doing Our Bit WE seemed to have dodged a bullet with the NZ government’s ruling on the banning of single-use plastic bags, at least for now, and the reason why is the inclusion of one very important word “shopping” in the rollout of the final legislation. Someone in the chain of political command must have had an epiphany and decided it should read “the banning of single-use plastic shopping bags”. Phew! The bottom line is this: all readers who subscribe to NZHRM will continue to receive their magazines in plastic bags. This is a welcome relief and a reversal of my comments in last month’s editorial where I suggested we may have to return to using paper envelopes, depending on how the new legislation rolled out. Going forward we will continue…

5 min.
box 573 orewa letters

Mystery ‘59 HI PAUL, I’ve been trying to solve the origin and ‘mystery’, of this ‘59 Ford custom for many years now. I took the photo of the car at the Alexandra (Fox’s) Motor Camp, during Xmas, 1968. I was 16 years old at the time. The car was painted purple with red flames. The car was being driven by a dark-haired lady around 30 years old. In the passenger’s seat in the front was a blonde-headed lady around the same age. In the rear of the car was a blonde-haired boy aged 9-10 years old. I came across the car while walking in the camp one day. These ladies were having trouble getting the car started. I approached them and asked if I could help. The blonde lady told me…

9 min.
just in passing

• The Waco Kid AT the end of World War 2, a young soldier Tom Orren was discharged from the military in San Diego, CA. Anxious to return home to Waco, Texas he bought a stock 1929 Ford Model A roadster: A week later he arrived in Waco. While serving in the military his mechanical skills were honed, like many soldiers, and he began modifying the old car. He bought a donor car a 1939 Ford and built what you see here..... a very early version of a channelled car with a V8 and a chopped screen. With all the modifications and added power by the late forties or early fifties, he had the fastest car in Waco. One day in 1955 a brand new Chevy pulled up next to him at the…

1 min.
new arrivals

• Street Rod WAYNE Holmes, from Stateside Streeters in Dunedin always has nice cars. His latest addition is this amazing ‘glass-bodied 1932 Ford Victoria which arrived recently via Kiwi Shipping. It features a stroked, blown 383 smallblock, auto, Kugel stainless front end and a trick Jag rear. Originally built in Arizona in 1988 and painted red then subsequently repainted in the early nineties in yellow with a full leather interior. From Craig Stare. • Packard Panache ALL the superlatives in the English language would be needed to accurately describe a 1932 Packard Sports Phaeton 905 Twin Six. (twin-cowl) Stately and elegant would head up the list to describe them and this particular example arrived via GT Logistics recently consigned to its new Auckland-based owner. Supposedly it’s one of eight or nine known to…

2 min.
golden sunset michael stewart 1952 chevrolet custom, bannockburn, central otago

YOU may remember the name Stewart from a little place called Bannockburn which was an old gold mining town of the 1800s. That was Michael’s dad Johnny with his 1930 Essex we featured several months back and the one Michael did all the bodywork and paint on. Michael left school at just 15 years old. He’d outgrown school but was particularly good at hands-on projects. An apprenticeship was first up at Vincent Holdings in Alexandra. Having grown up around a hot rodding family, Michael ventured into the panel beating and painting trade. Itchy feet saw Michael go and work in Brisbane, eventually being taken on by MSR Kustoms in Brisbane, a well-known restoration and custom shop. He eventually hung out with some of the “Beatniks” and purchased a very rough 1952…

1 min.
features & specifications

Chassis: original 1952 Chevrolet, notched 6” in the rear. Front-end : HT Holden independent, HQ discs and calipers. Rear end : Commodore VS independent rear end, Commodore discs and calipers. Suspension : Michael installed a Helix airbag system which can lift the whole car or rest on the ground when parked. Steering : VB Commodore rack and pinion. Engine : 350 smallblock Chevrolet, vintage dress-up gear including repro Cadillac air cleaner and finned rocker covers, Holley 600cfm carb, MSD HEI distributor, Holley red fuel pump, custom headers and exhaust system. Transmission – Turbo 350 with shift kit. Cooling : Custom alloy radiator – Ebay. Wheels: 15”x7” steel all round. Tyres: BF Goodrich 225/70 15” with 2” whitewalls. Body : Originated as a rough 1952 Chev 4 door sedan but converted to a 2 door sedan. Michael chopped it 2-½”…