Hot Rod October 2020

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3 min.
the junkyard circle of life

Editor-in-Chief @john.mcgann Though the notion is strange to my non–car-enthusiast friends, HOT ROD readers will appreciate this—I like to go to junkyards, whether or not I’m actually looking for a specific part. There are a number of reasons why. First, it’s a good way to spend a couple hours on a weekend. Second, walking the aisles in a big junkyard is pretty good exercise, though I don’t suspect any fitness gurus will be making any workout videos in this particular setting. Third, and the main reason why I like going, is that you never know what you’ll find there. Yes, the self-service junkyards can be a great learning experience. Seeing cars in various states of disassembly, laid bare in front of you, shows the inner workings of all kinds of systems, from…

4 min.
this 150 mph hot rod changed history

Stu Hilborn (1917-2013) was one of the pioneers of hot rodding and the performance parts industry. He is best known for developing mechanical fuel-injection systems for race cars. Before he was famous, however, he was just a young hot rodder trying to go as fast as he could on the dry lakes of Southern California. Several kinds of hot rods were racing on the lakes in the 1940s. Open-wheel cars with purpose-built custom streamlined bodies were classified as “streamliners” by the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA). Today, they are referred to as “lakesters”. Stu Hilborn’s streamliner was one of the best known, best looking, and most successful on the lakes—and served as Hilborn’s mule car for testing his fuel-injection technology. It was the first streamliner to run 150 mph—and it almost…

2 min.
the hot rod archives

20 Years Ago October 2000: 148 pages, $3.99 Though it’s not even mentioned on the cover, coverage of the 2000 Power Tour dominated this issue, with Feature Editor Jeff Koch compiling the travel notes of six different Long Haulers in an article that spanned 14 pages of this issue. The Tour started in San Bernardino, California, and ended at Panama Beach, Florida, 10 days later. The cover car, a 1957 Ford Ranch Wagon, was built by Troy Trepanier for customer George Poteet. Gray Baskerville nabbed the image, which was shot on the Tour somewhere outside of Phoenix. It’s 500 hp came courtesy of a centrifugally supercharged 351 Windsor, and it survived the Tour in style with a “Borg Warner six speed” (now known as a Tremec T56), and a massive radiator that…

12 min.
the kookie t is back!

There are few hot rods or individuals that have garnered as much attention or generated as much excitement as this 1922 Ford Model T and the guy who originally built it. If you are a fan of all things cool, and know a little about rodding history, then the name Norm Grabowski will be familiar to you. The 1959 hit song inspired by the car, “Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb,” might be forgotten by everyone except oldies fans, but the car is still wildly popular and is still inspiring everybody who sees it—pretty amazing considering that the car was virtually nonexistent for almost 60 years. In its day, the flamed roadster pickup that would become famous as the Kookie T was one of the most groundbreaking hot rods around, and since…

4 min.

This stunning 2016 Cadillac built at Larson Race Cars in Oak Grove, Missouri, can be seen regularly on Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings (NPK) on Discovery. NPK is a spinoff of the original Street Outlaws, a show that began in 2013. No Prep racing quickly gained favor with fans and racers, and NPK is now in its fourth season. Larry Larson began competing on NPK during its inaugural year in 2016 behind the wheel of his big tire S10. Because the truck did not fit the rules of No Prep racing, Larry was told by the sanctioning body to make changes to the bed in order to comply. Larry famously spliced a bed section onto his truck and was permitted to compete in the latter part of the first season and…

4 min.
two decade devotion

Among hardcore brand stalwarts, Stan Johnson is about as blue-blooded as they come. His first Ford was a 1957 Ford Custom 300 with a 272 engine and a three-speed he had when he was 16. He’s also owned a ’70 Mustang Boss 302, several K-code Mustangs, every year vintage Shelby, a Pantera, a Tiger, Cougar Eliminators and GTEs, and a few Starliners. Today, the tradition continues with this 1963½ Ford Galaxie 500. Keep in mind that Stan is a hard-working Regular Joe, and that most of these cars came and went at a time when muscle cars didn’t cost a small fortune. Currently, his garage holds the Boss 302 he bought in ’71 and this R-code Galaxie he acquired 20 years ago. In 1984, Stan opened Ford Powertrain Applications (FPA) and…