Modern Rodding Volume 2, Issue 4 April 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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3 min.
the future according to brian

I confess I may have borrowed the title for this editorial directly from the late LeRoi “Tex” Smith. To be on topic it was from his editorial as it appeared in the Nov. ’89 issue of Hot Rod Mechanix. The title and, maybe, the premise of the editorial may be borrowed but the collection of words and ideas to follow are sorta mine. I’m guessing in some ways I’m no different than any number of hot rodders who peruse old magazines. It’s fun to see what was popular back then and how our hobby has morphed into what it is today. Frankly, much hasn’t changed, yet a great deal has. That brings me to the crystal ball segment—trying to guess what’s next. In gathering my thoughts (and Tex’s) I sought another ancient…

2 min.
rodding around

Art Morrison Enterprises No stranger to our hobby is this company celebrating its 50th anniversary: Art Morrison Enterprises (AME) in Fife, Washington. What started out as a race shop under the direction of Art Morrison has grown into a noted chassis and suspension components manufacturer now under the direction of Art and his son Craig. (Although we are guessing the days of Art driving an exhibition wheel stander are long gone.) Known for their very popular GT Sport line of “bolt-on” chassis, this line has expanded to a dozen popular series of cars and trucks. They allow the builder to essentially unbolt the vehicle body from the stock frame and slide in a sophisticated new chassis that provides improved ride, handling, and stance. With an eye to the do-it-yourself homebuilder, AME’s catalog…

2 min.
modern rodding new products

1. THE GEAR SELECTION IS YOURS Clayton Machine Works’ gated shifter for automatic transmissions allows for virtually any shifter lever and knob combination. The gated, side detent feature eliminates the need for a shifter button, making gear selection easy. Each shifter also features a neutral safety switch, has a lifetime warranty, and is made in the USA. The shifters are available as complete assemblies (with lever and knob) or can be purchased separately to work with aftermarket levers that have a 7/8-inch bolt spacing mounting scheme, such as TREMEC-style shifter levers. The floor mount gated shifters can be case mounted or converted to cable operation with optional conversion kits and are available for most common GM, Ford, and Chrysler transmissions. For more info, check out Clayton Machine Works by calling (877) 469-7440 or visit…

7 min.
built to perfection

It was September of 1968 and the end of an era for the first-gen Camaro was in sight. The 1969 Camaro would, in a matter of time, be the longest production run of any of the early Camaros. There were 243,085 1969 Camaros manufactured, making it the most produced of the first-gens. “But that was then and this is now,” as the saying goes. Tim and Angie Wheeler are the very proud owners of this one-of-a-kind 1969 Camaro and are gratified with the work performed by the craftsmen under the watchful eye of Steve Cook at Steve Cook Creations (SCC), both located in Oklahoma. The team at SCC developed the style and performance by skillfully blending the fabrication, construction, body- and paintwork, wiring, and final assembly into a rolling piece of…

7 min.
ultimate underpinnings

It’s often said there’s a right way and a wrong way to do everything. While that may hold true in many instances, when it comes to building hot rods there is a third option, the Dennis and Matt Lesky way at Ionia Hot Rod Shop (IHRS). We first met Dennis in 1994 at the National Hot Rod Association’s 40th U.S. Nationals. He had driven his chopped 1932 sedan to the event, the former B/Gas drag race car was unmistakable with its vintage orange finish and the name “Regret” emblazoned on both doors. Over the next few years we followed some of the hot rod projects Dennis was involved with while still working at General Motors as a journeyman welder and realized he was creative and immensely talented. Perhaps owing to his…

8 min.
hollywood hot rods

Hollywood Hot Rods’ mantra “Respect Tradition” doesn’t mean hot rods the Burbank, California, shop builds have to adhere solely to the way things were once done; to the contrary, it’s a mission statement to guide the future. The handcrafted steel bodies of Hollywood Hot Rods’ creations exude nostalgia with styling cues evoking an era gone by—but focus on the underpinnings and it’s a story of modern upgrades concealed in a traditional-appearing package. The saga of Hollywood Hot Rods is one that began for Troy Ladd at age 16 when he was given a 1966 Ford Mustang that needed a lot of work. At this point in Troy’s life he wasn’t a gearhead, but that was soon to change. Had Troy’s first car been something along the lines of a stodgy Rambler…