Hot Rod September 2020

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4 min.
contemplating the gen iii hemi swap

Editor-in-Chief @john.mcgann I received a press release a few days ago that sparked an interesting line of thought. Holley recently announced a new line of products for Gen III Hemi swaps into older vehicles, namely D100/D150 pickups and 1966 to 1972 B–Body cars. The products include engine and transmission-mount adapters, headers, and exhaust and fuel systems. These parts are in addition to their various stand-alone engine management systems that can control the engine, should you wish to keep it running on EFI. A friend who works at Holley says the company is going “all in” on the Gen III Hemi-swap stuff, so expect a lot more parts to be rolling out of Bowling Green, Kentucky, soon. That got me thinking—with the backing of Holley and their massive catalog of parts, will the Gen…

3 min.
hot rod’s first primered cover car

It was a bold move to put a primered car on the cover of HOT ROD in 1982. That prime piece of car magazine real estate was supposed to be reserved for the hobby’s brightest, most pristine stars. Cars with nice paint, anyway—like a 1972 ’Cuda with a retina-sizzling color combination. But check out the other car on HRM’s cover from November 1982. There it is in the back—the Eastwood & Barakat 1932 Ford sedan, sucking up light with its flat red oxide primer finish. The main cover blurb says “Graffiti Nights,” but it could have said “Primered Low-Dollar Deuce Gets More Attention Than Wildly Painted Mopar.” To be fair, those people in the picture are models, posing the way the photographer told them to. And Allen Owens’ ’Cuda deserved its…

2 min.
the hot rod archives

20 YEARS AGO September 2000: 156 pages, $3.99 As obvious as the blazing yellow headline on the cover, bodywork was the theme back in 2000, and if that wasn’t enough, Jeff Smith’s 1965 El Camino, sporting flames by Pete Santini, sealed the deal. Jeff was at the helm of Chevy High Performance at the time when HRM editor Ro McGonegal needed a “nice” car for the cover, and Jeff was happy to oblige. Jeff said the shoot took several hours of driving back and forth through the 3rd Street Tunnel in downtown Los Angeles. Jeff still owns this ElCo and recently added Edelbrock’s Pro-Flow 4 to the small-block under the hood. It still looks as good today as it did 20 years ago. Inside the issue, front sheetmetal replacement on Terry McGean’s…

5 min.
rare x 6

The big news at the Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS) in January was the revamped Slonaker Award. Named for the man who established the GNRS back in 1949, the Al Slonaker Memorial Award has been presented to the professionally judged best non-roadster at the GNRS ever since 1974. Previously, this prestigious award hasn’t received as much attention as the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) award, but with a new trophy, new sponsor, and a big cash prize, that’s changing. Like the AMBR award, the Slonaker Award involves a regular-sized trophy presented to the winner, and a larger perpetual award that will feature the names of all winners. Automotive Racing Products is the new sponsor of AMBR and the Slonaker Award. Both awards now include a prize purse of $12,500. The Willy Wins The…

6 min.
defcon 3

It started as most projects do, a simple to-do list of some bodywork, paint, and a mild 350 engine. Then everything changed. The mild got mean, and this little 1963 Chevy II was soon on the fast track to Pro Touring, supercharged, LS madness. Jason Scudellari, Motor Trend’s long-time tech center manager, is no stranger to building cars. This car is the end result of years of wrenching, welding, metal working, and every other skill honed as our go-to fabricator in the heart of the magazine world. The Nova had a tumultuous life before finding its way into Jason’s welcoming arms. It was purchased out of a field by a former Super Chevy editor, and it was equal parts climbing vines and car. Once in a garage, it was stripped to a…

3 min.
inspired by greatness

The ’80s Pro Street look is making a resurgence. The subculture of fat tires and big burnouts share one common adjective: ridiculous. Then there’s the meshing of cars explicitly built for events like Power Tour—slim on excuses and big on driving. Jeremy Hart’s ’78 Mercury Zephyr is the perfect meshing of both: a Pro Street build that’s meant to drive. When Jeremy turned 14, his dad said it was time for a father-son project. “I just wanted a Fox-body Mustang,” said Jeremy. “Like every 14-year-old kid.” Then his dad showed him a Ford Fairmont. “I told him it was the ugliest car I’d ever seen.” Despite his protest, his parents purchased the Zephyr and gifted it to Jeremy on Christmas Day, 1993. For those unfamiliar, the Fairmont and Zephyr share the…