Hot Rod February 2019

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2 min.
can anyone top the hellephant?

Network Content Director @douglas.glad I don’t even know if anyone expected Mopar to introduce a 1,000hp crate engine. Everyone I spoke to was still sufficiently shocked by the 6.2L Hellcrate and its 707 hp. Who would need more than that? Mopar thinks you do. Ignoring most of the existing crate-engine parts, Mother outdid herself by finishing development of the new Gen III–based 7.0L Hemi block, then exhumed the Elephant nickname from 1964. Then stuffed all the parts into a crate and called it the Hellephant. The Hellephant is based on a reworked aluminum Gen III 426ci block that has additional castings in the lifter valley and crankcase, heavy-duty internals, and 3.0L supercharger. The dyno said 1,000 hp and 950 lb-ft of torque, so be prepared to upgrade the transmission and maybe the…

4 min.
narrowing the focus

Executive Editor @john.mcgann I recently returned from the Engine Masters Challenge, held this year in a new location at Wiseco Pistons’ headquarters in Mentor, Ohio. It was a sentimental trip for me, because I grew up in Cleveland about 25 miles away. I worked for a while in Mentor at Classic Chevrolet in the body shop, and that’s the singular job in my past I can point to that led me to where I am now. At the time, I was about 25 years old and floundering in life. I had been in and out of college and couldn’t figure out what to do for a living. I had worked a variety of different jobs, ranging from janitor to parts-store counter person. I wasn’t happy. I knew I wanted to do something…

2 min.
how the cheetah got cheated

Through no fault of his own, Bill Thomas never got a fair chance to match his Cheetah against the man, machine, and factory that Chevrolet had secretly contracted him to unseat: Carroll Shelby and the Cobra, whose backdoor support from Ford was helping spoil the new Stingray’s expected domination of production sports-car classes. Although Bill Thomas Race Cars had undertaken various skunkworks projects for Chevrolet since the Automobile Manufacturers Association racing ban took effect in 1957, he’d never built a car from scratch. When he visited Detroit in 1962, one of the projects Bill pitched was a Chevy-engined, Indy-influenced “sport special” street coupe that Thomas and in-house fabricator Don Edmunds, the retired Indy-car driver, had barely begun planning. All he had to show the factory were crude drawings, yet officials…

2 min.
the hot rod archives

20 YEARS AGO February 1999 (144 pages, $3.50): Way back before technology became a replacement for displacement, big street power on unleaded fuel still called for “Big Cubes”—the title of Tech Editor Terry McGean’s guide to aftermarket stroker kits. Large rat motors and wedges of the era ranged up to the mid-500s, with small-block Chevys and Fords topping out around 435 ci. Ray Barton swung the biggest stick of all: a 4.625-inch-stroke, 4340-billet crank expanding the 426 Hemi to a monstrous 604. Musicians Dick Dale and Paul Rodgers showed up in coverage of our first Power Tour East (Joan Jett also performed). 40 YEARS AGO February 1979 (108 pages, $1.25): “The Last American Musclecar” tested a 1979 Trans Am with one of the last 10,000 or so 6.6L/400ci, genuine-Pontiac V8s. Of those, 7,500…

8 min.
take 5 with steve stanford

Steve Stanford speaks in a way that his enthusiasm is a half-beat ahead of his words. And his ideas are another half-beat ahead of that. He takes a gulp of air before he answers a question, often giggles a bit, and heads into stream-of-consciousness sentences that are impossible to punctuate. At 64, Stanford has been a fixture in the Southern California rodding and custom scenes since the early 1980s. But he’s not a metal-bender, an engine-assembler, or check-writer. Instead, he’s a guy with a sketchpad, an eye for exploiting the beauty of vehicles others can’t imagine, and an obsession with car magazines. He’s designed or contributed to hundreds of different car projects, but the one he seems destined to be best remembered for is “Eleanor,” the exaggeration of the 1967 Shelby GT500…

1 min.
automotive archaeology forgotten junkyard in the back

We responded to a tip from a reader about a group of cars sitting behind a truck-repair shop. It had been the collection of the previous property owner, who had passed away, and the new owners allowed us to take a look around. Looking through some crazy vines, there were rows of cars. Though nothing was especially rare, a few Dusters, Darts, and third-generation Chargers stood out. In addition, there were Mopar parts everywhere: trunks full of 1969–1970 Dodge Charger taillights and Challenger taillights, grilles, and air cleaners. Everything was covered in vines—we needed a machete to cut through the vegetation! CONTACT RYAN! Want Ryan to visit your stash? Drop him a line on the cool stuff you know about, and he might go on an expedition with you! His email is…