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Modern Rodding Volume 2, Issue 4 April 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

5 min
20-year affair

Unless you just so happen to have a treasure trove of vintage parts stacked on shelves in your shop it’s more than likely you’ll have to go on a quest to source the period-perfect parts to build the traditional hot rod of your dreams. For Don Demers, of Rochester, New Hampshire, he stepped into a 20-year journey gathering all the bits to build the exceptional East Coast–styled 1932 Ford five-window channeled coupe displayed here. From waking up at dawn to canvas endless swap meets, following up on leads from friends, and avidly cruising the web, he persevered until he obtained everything needed to take on the build. It gets even better, as he was gathering parts for not one but two Deuces. They always say that there’s a trigger moment that…

8 min
persistence followed by determination

There are hot rods and then there are hot rods. What does that mean? Rick Love of New Braunfels, Texas, is no stranger to our hobby, its industry, nor driving his homebuilt 1939 Ford Deluxe coupe from event to event since 1984. The Grabber Blue and flamed 1939 Ford coupe has ushered Rick, whether it be coast-to-coast or state-to-state, numerous times as he covers the rodding world, helping car guys everywhere maintain their cool. Rick is the president of one of the oldest, largest, and most reputable manufacturers in our hobby, as the name Vintage Air is synonymous with air conditioning throughout our industry. A Little History Rick tells us: “Since I was young kid … in upstate New York, I had always thought the 1939-1940 Ford coupe was one of the best-looking…

7 min
built to perfection

It was September of 1968 and the end of an era for the first-gen Camaro was in sight. The 1969 Camaro would, in a matter of time, be the longest production run of any of the early Camaros. There were 243,085 1969 Camaros manufactured, making it the most produced of the first-gens. “But that was then and this is now,” as the saying goes. Tim and Angie Wheeler are the very proud owners of this one-of-a-kind 1969 Camaro and are gratified with the work performed by the craftsmen under the watchful eye of Steve Cook at Steve Cook Creations (SCC), both located in Oklahoma. The team at SCC developed the style and performance by skillfully blending the fabrication, construction, body- and paintwork, wiring, and final assembly into a rolling piece of…

3 min
the future according to brian

I confess I may have borrowed the title for this editorial directly from the late LeRoi “Tex” Smith. To be on topic it was from his editorial as it appeared in the Nov. ’89 issue of Hot Rod Mechanix. The title and, maybe, the premise of the editorial may be borrowed but the collection of words and ideas to follow are sorta mine. I’m guessing in some ways I’m no different than any number of hot rodders who peruse old magazines. It’s fun to see what was popular back then and how our hobby has morphed into what it is today. Frankly, much hasn’t changed, yet a great deal has. That brings me to the crystal ball segment—trying to guess what’s next. In gathering my thoughts (and Tex’s) I sought another ancient…

8 min
hollywood hot rods

Hollywood Hot Rods’ mantra “Respect Tradition” doesn’t mean hot rods the Burbank, California, shop builds have to adhere solely to the way things were once done; to the contrary, it’s a mission statement to guide the future. The handcrafted steel bodies of Hollywood Hot Rods’ creations exude nostalgia with styling cues evoking an era gone by—but focus on the underpinnings and it’s a story of modern upgrades concealed in a traditional-appearing package. The saga of Hollywood Hot Rods is one that began for Troy Ladd at age 16 when he was given a 1966 Ford Mustang that needed a lot of work. At this point in Troy’s life he wasn’t a gearhead, but that was soon to change. Had Troy’s first car been something along the lines of a stodgy Rambler…

2 min
rodding around

Art Morrison Enterprises No stranger to our hobby is this company celebrating its 50th anniversary: Art Morrison Enterprises (AME) in Fife, Washington. What started out as a race shop under the direction of Art Morrison has grown into a noted chassis and suspension components manufacturer now under the direction of Art and his son Craig. (Although we are guessing the days of Art driving an exhibition wheel stander are long gone.) Known for their very popular GT Sport line of “bolt-on” chassis, this line has expanded to a dozen popular series of cars and trucks. They allow the builder to essentially unbolt the vehicle body from the stock frame and slide in a sophisticated new chassis that provides improved ride, handling, and stance. With an eye to the do-it-yourself homebuilder, AME’s catalog…