Hot Rod August 2020

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2 min.
looking forward

Editor-in-Chief @john.mcgann Last month, I wrote about ways people can cope under a quarantine situation, and it’s my hope that all who read this are safe and well. This is a very difficult time, and it’s impossible to see what the outcome will be. Personally, I’ve tried to distance myself from much of the back-and-forth squabbling in the media about the politics of the current situation. Bickering won’t help. We will have to assess the outcome as people start to reemerge from isolation and adjust our behavior accordingly. I’m fortunate enough to have a job that allows me to work from home (or basically anywhere with decent internet access), so this situation is more of an inconvenience for me. I feel for those who have lost their jobs, and I have much respect…

4 min.
wrap your ass in fiberglass I love fiberglass—it’s easy to work with and it smells really good. I’m okay as a steel fabricator, but when it comes to gluing a car together, my experience goes back to 1960 when I was 8 years old and built AMT’s 1⁄25 scale 1932 Ford 3-in-1 kit as a fenderless highboy with a blown 392 Chrysler for power—Hemi Firepower that is. I still have a memento from building that Deuce roadster. I received a deep cut on my right index finger while cutting parts off the plastic trees, and it left a deep, enduring scar. The ’32 Ford has always been the ultimate hot rod to me and HOT ROD the ultimate car magazine. I’ve owned more than 200 cars in my life and worked for more than 30 car…

2 min.
flashback 1964

This was an exciting time, as the speed-equipment aftermarket’s penetration of Motor City really began to take off. The classic example is Hurst, whose floor-shift-conversion business exploded after Pontiac anointed the four-speed shifter as standard equipment on 1961 Super Duty Catalinas. Not coincidentally, cofounder George Hurst worked harder at self-promotion, and was better at it than any of his peers. Frequently, the only identifiable background signage in images of 1960s racetracks and show floors is the Pennsylvania company’s signature H-pattern logo. While the Jaws of Life tool would become George’s greatest contribution to society, his most crowd-pleasing invention remains the giant handle-and-knob assembly rising above some convertible’s trunk. The accompanying Miss Hurst Performance rose well above any trophy girl on the same premises, both literally and figuratively. (George invited countless…

2 min.
the hot rod archives

20 YEARS AGO August 2000: 154 pages, $3.99 Fans of the Gasser style would have loved this issue, which was brimming with feature. Gray Baskerville shot and wrote the cover feature on the banana-yellow 1957 Chevy 210. It was built from a shell of a body and a pile of parts in a shipping container. Tech editor and A/FX enthusiast Steve Magnante followed that with a seven-page feature on local gasser-style builds that included two ’55 Chevys, a ’50 Plymouth, a ’50 Hillman, and the progenitor of the style: the ’49 Plymouth business couple known as High & Mighty that was built by the Ramchargers. Later in the issue, Jeff Koch penned a feature on a killer-looking Hemi-powered ’63 Belvedere with the same vibe. 40 YEARS AGO August 1980: 112 pages, $1.50 Baskerville was behind…

8 min.
three mopar survivor cars back on the road: two have hemis, the other is a 6bbl!

Jerry Breznicky followed a hot rodding trail that led him to his first job right after high school. “I attended vocational school, majoring in auto mechanics, and at that time I was driving my brother’s hand-me-down Road Runner,” he says. “I luckily landed a job at my local Plymouth dealership right after graduation. It was a dream come true.” At the dealership, Jerry got the chance to work alongside Ted Robinson, a longtime Plymouth employee who oozed Pentastar knowledge. “From the start, Ted taught me the right way to work on these cars,” Jerry says. “Though he was a great teacher, Ted was quiet and didn’t talk about himself much.” One day, when Jerry decided to add some new gears to his Road Runner for drag racing, Ted gave the young gun…

8 min.
scarlett noir

Nick Weber fell in love with the first-generation Corvette design back when he was a kid. “I saw a ’58 Corvette at a house where I was helping my dad redo a kitchen. I was around 12 or 13, I think. That’s when I fell for this body style,” he says. Nick and his father, Nick, Sr., are Chevy guys through and through, so it’s only natural that, since then, there has been a constant parade of Bowtie builds in and out of the family garage. One of Nick’s builds, the killer unibody Chevelle, was featured in the November, 2016 issue of HOT ROD. It showed that Nick had further solidified his propensity for doing things outside the box, all while working inside “The Box”, his dad’s one-bay garage where…