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Modern Rodding Volume 2, Issue 2 February 2021

Modern Rodding is dedicated to early and late hot rodes - from Model Ts to GTOs and everything in-between. It features the latest in custom builds, technical articles, new products, and special features.

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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
parts department

01. AS SMOOTH AS CAN BE Wheelsmith, known for their made-to-order traditional and modern wheels, is now offering a 17-inch two-piece steel smoothie wheel. The popular “smoothie” design is a superclean full-dish style with no slots or holes. The wheel is constructed with a centerpiece and a 17-inch rim with a hub cap ridge with the nubs on the inside to accept a standard hubcap. You can order a smaller hubcap with Wheelsmith’s hubcap adapter. Wheelsmith makes all their wheels to order, so you can order any backspacing you prefer. The wheels fit popular bolt patterns and come in 7-, 8- and 9-inch widths. For an extra-deep look on the wider applications, Wheelsmith can mount the centers in reverse position. The wheels come in bare steel, chrome, or powdercoated to your…

7 min
lokar’s new axishift and axishift pro

Engine swaps are at the very core of hot rodding. Without the engine swap you didn’t have the first hot rods and as part of that swap a transmission was sure to be close behind. Engine swaps were really engine and trans swaps with the engine getting all the glory. I remember my first engine swap. Out came the 265 with a three-speed and in went the 327 with a four-speed transmission. Life couldn’t get any better, as driving my hot rod suddenly became a great deal more fun—but there was a hiccup. “Say, where exactly did the shifter come up through the floor and why isn’t it where I need or want it?” That’s a question heard often and with rarely a simple answer. Clearly, we are talking about manual…

14 min
all the right connections

Wiring has always been a point of contention with rodders and it probably explains why all of us try and keep our cars as simple as possible for as long as possible. Fortunately for us, the street rod industry over time has given rise to companies such as American Autowire that has designed parts to make our jobs easier. American Autowire offers a complete line of OEM restoration harnesses called Factory Fit and are replacement parts for original General Motors parts. From here, American Autowire also makes the Classic Update Kit that’s intended to fit ’50s, ’60s, and on up years of cars and trucks that allow customization to account for the modern-day mods we install in our projects. Next up, and the subject of this story, is the Universal…

7 min
1932 ford highboy roadster pickup

There’s a wide chasm between building a “shop truck” and an America’s Most Beautiful Roadster contender. We have a vision of what we want to build and how we want to use it. Some are drivers, some are show cars, and some are a combination of weekend driver and local car show competitor. Gary Devine (wanted the AMBR contender) had a chance meeting with Dennis Lesky (wanted a shop truck), which led to the “shop truck turned AMBR contender” in the 1932 Ford highboy roadster pickup splashed on these pages. To pull this off a third piece to the puzzle was needed, which was Dave Shuten. When Lesky began this project back in the ’90s he had a vision, but life has a way of giving us new visions and roads…

5 min
1966 olds 4-4-2

The mid-to-late ’60s were one of the most exhilarating times for performance enthusiasts since the horsepower wars were peaking between all of the domestic automakers to see who would dominate the streets and dragstrips. Regardless of whether you lived in a major metropolitan area or a small country town, the sounds of big cubic-inch mills echoed across the landscape. For Mark Thatcher of East Bangor, Pennsylvania, this was only part of the formula that led him to the wicked 1966 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 you see before you. For Mark, growing up in a family with a loyalty to the Oldsmobile marque, he was drawn to them from the beginning. Luck just so happened to be in his favor since he lived down the street from Stewart Chevrolet/Oldsmobile growing up in Belvidere, New…

2 min
the next chapter editorial

Ford versus Chevy. It’s not an “Us vs. Them” thing, rather, it’s just a thing. But despite being on the latter side, preferentially speaking, my role at the helm of a publication that caters equally to both sides requires me being impartial, which, to be honest, I am, despite my Bowtie favoritism. Nonetheless, when it comes to subject matter covered in Modern Rodding’s sister publication, Classic Truck Performance, no matter where I stand, the scales always seem to tip heavily toward the GM crowd. It’s no secret that 1967-1972 C10s are hotter than ever—and due to the extreme popularity, the earlier C10s are on the rise … and Squarebodies, well, they’re nearly untouchable now. (It doesn’t seem all that long ago that 1973-1987 C10s were not only plentiful, but very affordable…