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Hot Rod June 2018

Start running with HOT ROD - the biggest, baddest, car-guy magazine in the business! We bring you the broadest performance car coverage you'll find anywhere. From one end of the smoking¹ rubber road to the other. Barn finds, hot rods, rat rods, race cars, home-built super cars, land speed racers, the latest Detroit iron, and classic muscle - if it¹s hitting the streets, you¹ll read about it here first!

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4 min.
restoration or modification?

Here we are about 50 years out from the initial muscle-car boom of the 1960s. What we see is a pretty interesting divide right down the center of the hobby, with restored cars on one side and modified cars on the other. Of course, when it all started, there was no one on the restoration side; you simply had guys who drove their stuff as built from the factory, and hot rodders who souped up their rides to suit their tastes. The balance changed with the passage of time, with more cars getting modified and still more finding their way to the junkyard. The balance between restoration and modification—I’m happy to say—is actually a fairly even split nowadays. You have one camp that enjoys preserving the past and discovering the interesting…

1 min.
the $3 dyno test (or was it?)

Is Vic Edelbrock Sr. (right) elated by the rear-wheel horsepower produced by Ford’s brand-new Thunderbird, or are he and employee Murray Jensen just feeling sheepish about staging a series of April 1955 photos for Technical Editor Racer Brown without turning any tires? We’ll likely never know, since all three are long gone. Another enduring mystery is why the trio went to such trouble to set up a dyno-testing scene—realistic right down to heavy junk in the trunk (an anvil and crankshaft)—that we can’t find in HOT ROD or any other Petersen Publishing Co. monthly. Nor have we seen this particular car in print. Historian Greg Sharp, the NHRA Motorsports Museum’s curator, believes it to be the personal T-bird that Vic bought new and drove on the street. It briefly served as a…

1 min.
automotive archaeology

Following up on a lead about a bunch of survivor muscle cars in Iowa, I met Bob, who showed me his drag cars and parts. My eye was immediately drawn to a red 1988 Pontiac Firebird Formula 350 with only 22,000 miles. Next to the Firebird was a 1970 Plymouth Duster 340 with a four-speed that was bought by Bob and his father in February 1973. He raced the car, then put it away in 1976. Bob’s brother bought the 1973 Duster 340 four-speed car next to the ’70 after driving Bob’s. He racked up 17,000 miles, then put it away. Bob says it’s original, right down to the air in the tires. He’s coming up on retirement and plans on getting the 340s going again.…

2 min.
the hot rod archives

20 YEARS AGO June 1998 (164 pages, $3.50): The ZL1 might’ve been HRM’s first black-and-white cover car since Bob Petersen upgraded to color printing (Apr. 1951). The photo itself must’ve been our oldest cover shot ever. Dickie Harrell was captured in action by hungry freelancer Ro McGonegal 29 years earlier, in 1969, on assignment from Super Stock & Drag Illustrated. “Mr. Chevrolet” was one of two test drivers that winter day in Kansas City; the other was young McGonegal, who had since risen through the publishing ranks to become HOT ROD’s editor. Ro shared some previously unpublished photos and described sliding to an 11.89 at 119.06 on KCIR’s cold asphalt (versus Harrell’s 11.64/122.15 best). The bottom image, another golden-oldie outtake, came from National Truck-In 1975. 40 YEARS AGO June 1978 (132 pages, $1.25):…

7 min.
take 5 with aaron kaufman

Many of you know Aaron Kaufman only for his antics from the Fast & Loud TV show (and maybe for that glorious beard), but if you ask Aaron what he is, he will be quick to tell you he’s just a guy who likes cars. Largely a self-taught mechanic and fabricator, Aaron has worked his way up to a prominent position as a custom car builder and has created some truly incredible hot rods over the years, and because he’s so passionate about vehicles, he has never really held a job outside of the automotive arena. We got the chance to talk to Aaron for a Take 5 that turned into more of a Take 50; Aaron gets a little excited when you get him talking cars, but we didn’t mind…

11 min.
saved from   the crusher!

It seems that everywhere you look—TV, social media, and print—old cars are continuously being discovered that have been stored in barns, basements, garages, sheds, or from any number of other forgotten resting places. No matter where they’ve been extracted from, the common term for all these finds has been deemed the “barn find.” The question is, when was the last time you saw a really good junkyard find? Well, we have one for you and it involves one of Chrysler’s finest examples from the muscle-car era, a 1969 Dodge Daytona, and its rescue from the grim reaper at the junkyard—the dreaded crusher. While we’re going to focus on this particular Charger Red Daytona, we’ll also tell you about some of the other cars in the yard at the time. How…