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Modern Rodding Volume 2, Issue 3 March 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

3 min
tiptoe control

Our hot rods are full of pretty cool stuff. Some of it is complex and some of it is simple. Here’s a quick look at a downright simple “touch” that virtually every hot rod has, or should have. It’s most frequently foot operated and it’s the headlight dimmer switch with accompanying carpet trim ring. What’s particularly cool about this product is the combination of dimmer switch and the dimmer switch bezel from NotcHead that gives your car’s interior a neatly finished look while maintaining full functionality of the switch. Switch and bezel can be ordered separately if so desired. NotcHead is a line of cool hardware offered by longtime hot rodder (and sometimes rock ’n’ roll bassist) Tim Divers of Divers Street Rods (DSR) in Sultan, Washington. You go to the…

11 min
chopping a previously chopped coupe

Chopping a vintage coupe body is a serious undertaking, one that takes a keen eye and skills to match. The all-important “eyeball” is why no two chops are exactly the same. The angle of the windshield, the radius of the quarter window corners, and the shape of the door glass are all judgment calls in the process we fondly refer to as chopping. Done correctly, the term “chopping” seems a bit too crude for the almost-surgical precision exercised in a fine chop. So, we have established that it takes skill, a critical eye, and pure guts to chop a top. The only thing more challenging than chopping a stock 1934 Ford five-window coupe is chopping a 1934 Ford five-window coupe that has already been chopped. It takes a real man…

5 min
artist tom fritz

For hot rodders with any amount of rubber on the road, you will readily remember and favorably recall the artwork of Tom Fritz. A SoCal born-and-raised kid of the ’60s and ’70s, he happily recalls his youth’s memories of all things motorcycle and automotive culture. Fortunately for us Tom is a gifted artist who applies brush to canvas at a level matching the builds of a Triple Crown of Rodding, America’s Most Beautiful Roadster, or a Ridler winner. This allows the rest of us to sit back and recall the great days of bygone rodding. Additionally, should you find yourself having read, or are still reading, car magazines, you might recall that Tom’s artwork has graced the covers of Street Rodder (Aug. ’96) and Hot Rod (July ’14). (Looks like…

13 min
isky and his roadster, part 2

Let’s wrap up our look at Isky … the man, the car, and the business in this issue’s closing feature. “Every time we went out and drove the car or ran it for top speed we learned a lot about what worked and what didn’t—remember we were still teenagers attending the colleges of hard knocks.” Style or styling wasn’t initially important, so he ran the car with no grille, only a radiator mounted up in front of the Flathead V-8, which is what it looked like when he road tripped to Mexico. He finally decided the car needed a face, but didn’t want to go the common routes of either a polished brass model T grille shell or 1932 Ford shell and grille; Isky wanted something totally unique for his car.…

1 min
parts department

1. THE PERFECT SEAL Steele Rubber Products is now offering front door vent window weatherstrips for the 1966-1969 Lincoln Continental that is designed from the original parts for superior fitment and sealing. This two-piece pair is fully molded as driver (left) side and passenger (right) side front door vent window weatherstrips and features the following: Fully molded from top-quality rubber with corrosion-resistant brass metal inserts to ensure durability and proper seal. Reproduction is designed from the original part to fit correctly. It installs into the vent window frame, replacing factory right hand (PN C6VY-5321448-A) and left hand (PN C6VY-5321449-A) weatherstripping. These pieces are made in the USA. For more info, check out Steele Rubber Products by calling (800) 544-8665 or visit steelerubber.com. 2. FRESH OFF THE PRESS Literally, Danchuk Manufacturing is offering 1956 front center…

3 min
1955 chevy

Lonny Moore is no stranger to hot rods, having grown up in a car family. Add to this the building of a number of his own rides and then throw in many more for clients through his shop, Lonny Moore’s Collision Repair, located in Wichita, Kansas, and there’s a world of experience and passion. His latest build is a 1955 Chevy 210 “post” car, a lifelong favorite being a Tri-Five fan. The foundation for this 1955 Chevy 210 sedan is an Art Morrison Enterprises (AME) GT Sport chassis (number 117) with a 1-inch sway bar in front and a larger bar in back, an AGR rack-and-pinion steering functioning through an ididit steering column, Strange Engineering rearend and adjustable coilover shocks, and chrome IFS A-arms. By utilizing the GT55 chassis, the Tri-Five…