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Modern Rodding Volume 2, Issue 8 May 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

6 min
1969 buick skylark

Nothing makes a better impression on a youngster than taking them to a car show. Regardless of whether it’s a local cruise night, large national event, or the yearly pilgrimage to the Auto Show, it’s a surefire way to influence their formative years. For a young Rob Ninkovich of Foxboro, Massachusetts, growing up near Joliet, Illinois, the yearly countdown to February when the Auto Show was in town became a rite of passage. It’s a place where he and his dad, Mike, would spend the day studying the latest designs being offered while also dreaming of what they’d bring home if the sky was the limit. Easily, the freshly completed 1969 Buick Skylark Sport Coupe displayed across our pages brings many of his dreams to life in this alluring presentation. Many…

7 min
1957 ford f-code

Doyle Thomas out of Texas is no stranger to hot rods of all years and makes. This time around he wanted something that was subtle to the eye yet potent when ordered. According to Doyle, “The car had to appear simple and plain and could slip through the night without drawing too much attention. Yet it had to handle the roads and definitely had to have enough power to motivate it when needed!” This 1957 Ford Custom is more than capable of fulfilling its bill of lading. According to builder Mike Rutter of Rutterz Rodz in Bristol, Tennessee, he knew exactly what was needed. In the beginning, the 1957 Ford Custom came from a Texas-based friend of Doyle’s and had been socked away for years in a barn. Yet it was…

10 min
l88-powered 1957 chevy 210

https://vimeo.com/532389924 Joe and Josh Bailey, a father and son team, are no strangers to hot rods of any make or year; when it comes to Chevys, especially Tri-Fives, these boys “stand tall.” Over the years they have built a number of them. Back in 2015 Joe’s 1956 210 took home the Tri-Five of the Year honors at the American Tri-Five Association’s inaugural event in Bowling Green. The 1956 was Joe’s dream, so this time around it was Josh’s turn to have his dream come true—a 1957 210. He’s always thought of this specific Tri-Five as his favorite. Back when Josh was 9, Joe bought three 1957 Chevy 150 two-door sedans and over the course of time sold two but kept one for Josh. To listen to Josh tell the story, “Well, that…

10 min
stretching a three-piece hot rod hood

Bill Sather has been around hot rods for a long time. Living in the Austin, Texas, area you just know he has an eye for traditional hot rods. Sather acquired this coupe a few years back as part of a trade. It was just an old 1934 five-window coupe body with typical battle scars but well worth saving. Sather purchased the chassis from a fellow in California, part of a stalled project, but Sather liked the magnesium Halibrand wheels, quick-change rearend, and the dropped front axle with hairpins. So, the coupe was mounted to a vintage hot rod chassis and with the top chopped it became the classic image of a bad-boy hot rod coupe. Oh, and did we mention Sather has a thing for blowers? Adding a BDS 6-71…

5 min
barn find 1957 chevy

If you’ve been involved with old cars and hot rods as long as I have, you no doubt have heard stories about the barn find Plymouth Superbird or the 1951 Bonneville racer or the Corvette with 200 miles on the odometer that had been in storage since 1955. I have heard my share of them; some believable, most not. What you are about to read is the absolute truth. I know because I am the one who found the cars and bought them. The saga started with a phone call on a cold November morning. Seems a business associate of mine had heard about a stash of old Chevys in a soon-to-be-demolished warehouse in Southern California. The story got more intriguing after a second phone call a few days later. As…

4 min
starting over editorial

All of us at some time or another have romped on the throttle and experienced an encounter with another hot rod on the street. It’s all fun and games and we considered it part and parcel of our youth, an integral part of growing up. At least that’s how we justified it. Times haven’t changed, it was as wrong and treacherous then as it is now. Street racing has long been a rite of passage. All of us reading this editorial know of what I speak, regardless of its lack of social responsibility. Our hot rods are more powerful on the whole than the cars driven by the general public. What does all this mean? Our hot rods are like tools: The more proficient you become with a tool the more…