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NZ Hot Rod

NZ Hot Rod July 2020

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.

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12 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
publisher’s podium

The Rise of the Outlaws IT sounds like a movie title, but it’s not. I’m referring to the increasing number of hot rods being built which are diveable but not legally registered to be operated on NZ roads because they fall outside the requirements of a low volume vehicle. The question on the tip of my tongue, and I suspect yours too is: why is that? I guarantee you there is no single simple answer, but it does beg other questions too, like: why spend all that time money to build a car and then not enjoy the experience of driving it legally on the road? To tackle them head-on, I called a couple of hot rod Outlaws for their views and to get some facts behind the answers to my…

16 min.
box 8 waipu letters

From the Editor’s Desk THANK you to all readers who called, texted, emailed and wrote in this month. The response to the My Cert Pt 1 article, Letters to the Editor and Publisher’s Podium (Train Wreck) evoked a strong response from you. The verbal feedback I received led me to believe some professionals involved in the industry are clearly operating under a “Culture of Fear” (real or perceived) in regards to certification and don’t want to risk jeopardising future work by publicly stating in writing their true feelings which is understandable, but a real shame. Here’s a sample of some of the replies. These comments are from individuals and are not necessarily the view of this magazine. Certification Feedback HI PAUL, I, and probably most of those involved or who have ever had…

4 min.
just in passing

A Shining Light NZ Post Shop, Kamo’s owner Lin Scott-Davidson pulled a rabbit out of the hat for all NZHRM subscribers when she graciously accepted a van-load of bulk mail in Mid May which consisted of NZ Hot Rod magazine’s June issue bound for subscribers all over NZ and the world. NZ Post bulk mail depot closed it’s doors to all customers due to the backlog of mail waiting to be processed. That meant we couldn’t lodge our mail, but Lin called her boss who apologized for our treatment and arranged to have a van sent to pick up the mail from Lin’s Kamo Post Shop. It was like squeezing an elephant into a sardine can, but with Lin’s help we got it done and at 7 pm that night a…

1 min.
new arrivals

Delightful D100 GED at GEDZGARAGE recently landed this ’66 Dodge D100 from Virginia, USA. Under the hood is a 318-poly engine backed by a 4-speed manual and a Sure-Grip 8-3/4 diff. Ged is going to use it as the shop’s parts chaser. Cool! Fuel Coupe WE’RE not sure who the lucky owner is of this clone of the famed Mooneyham and Sharp ’34 Ford A/A fuel coupe. We reached out to a few prospective owners, but our messages we not returned so we, like you are in the dark. Never-the-less it’s great to see cars like this arrive on our shores and remain in anticipation of its arrival at the dragstrip and smokey nitro-laced burnouts in front to the tree. Shop Truck THIS patina’d ’68 Chevrolet C10 Fleetside long bed pickup arrived recently via Chuck’s.…

2 min.
chapter 8 the pickup line

EVER since I’ve known Don Hoff, I don’t think I have ever seen him without a 1936 Ford, and nothing seems to have changed since retiring from his certification job. It doesn’t seem that long ago we featured his 1936 Ford roadster (no 7) in our magazine, (NZHRM Jan 2018) but in the past 18 months, Don has managed to put together this rather neat 1936 Ford pickup. We do not know any history of it other than it seems to have done more than its fair share of hard work over its lifetime. Don purchased it through a Seattle auction house that appeared on Craig’s list and with the help of Dean Currie who just happened to be loading a container in Seattle, it all fell into place very easily.…

1 min.
features & specifications

Body: All steel cab and panels, Speedway motors fibreglass guards, reproduction deck and tailgate, Bob Drake fuel tank with an in-tank VY Holden fuel sender. Safety glass all round. Chassis: Modified original 1936 Ford, fully-boxed, new crossmembers and welded by “Honk” at Dart Engineering. Paint is satin black. Front End: Heidts Mustang 2 independent suspension Steering: Mustang 2 rack and pinion. Rear Suspension: EL Falcon ute diff narrowed 40mm , 3.3 ratio, Flatout engineering 4-bar mount kit with QA1 adjustable coil-over shocks and Panhard rod. Brakes: Front Ford Mustang vented discs and callipers, Rear Falcon disc and callipers. Flat out engineering pedals and pedal and pedal box. Engine: Stock Chevrolet LS1, fuel-injected with block hugger headers. Transmission: Stock GM 4L60E automatic. Cooling: Recored original 1936 Ford radiator and electric thermostat-controlled fan. Lights: Front 1936 Ford sedan with led internals…