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Hot Rod September 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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3 min.
the rat machine

My daily driver is a boring Home Depot truck. It’s that mid-2000s, white, 5.3L Silverado with the extra-cab half-door and a longbed that you see everywhere. Go to Home Depot this weekend if you want to see 50 of them parked in a row. The reason I am telling you this is because my other two vehicles are something you might be interested in and represent a shift in car culture. First is a 1971 Dodge Demon. It’s what used to be called Pro Street or a door car, but now it would be described as a nice—but slow—version of a big-tire no-prep or grudge car. It’s on 31/13.0s with a four-link and has an EFI twin-turbo 6.4L Hemi that makes 1,000 hp. The Demon is square in the center of the…

1 min.
tough stuff, tough staff

When the company truck wasn’t hauling magazines, photographic equipment, or speed parts around Los Angeles in the 1950s, our first rolling billboard flew the HOT ROD and Car Craft flags nationwide at races and shows. Robert E. Petersen’s acquisition of the 1949 or 1950 Ford panel actually predated the entity Petersen Publishing Company. When these photos were shot by staff photographers Bob D’Olivo in soggy Great Bend, Kansas (1955 NHRA Nationals), and Eric Rickman in San Gabriel, California (1956 NHRA West Coast Regional Championships), the Hollywood firm that “Pete” and ex-partner Robert Lindsay founded in late-1947 to launch HRM was still called Trend, Inc. The red-on-white scheme is thought to be the second custom job sprayed by George Barris and striped by Dean Jeffries. This total repaint—along with considerable panel beating…

1 min.
automotive archaeology buried bee in the barn

When a friend told us about a Dodge Travco motorhome in a farmer’s yard, we got lost on the way and stumbled upon a garage full of nice Mopars instead. The family who owned the property invited us to see the rest of their collection. In one of their barns was a 1969 Dodge Superbee that was 1 of 9,346 produced that year with a 383 and an automatic transmission. Work on this car was put on hold while the couple focused their efforts on a his/her pair of 1970 Plymouth Superbirds. Their son also owns a Super Bee—a 1970 440 Six Pack car, 1 of 499 produced with a four-speed manual. CONTACT RYAN! Want Ryan to visit your stash? Drop him a line on the cool stuff you know about, and…

2 min.
the hot rod archives

20 YEARS AGO September 1998 (176 pages, $3.95): Ro McGonegal just might be hot rodding’s best writer of the past half-century, and counting. “Ro Dawg,” who now freelances from Florida, also ranks among our best editors. Anyone wondering what hot rodding looked like near the end of the 20th century needn’t search beyond eBay for a fat package that covers all bases: Our fourth Power Tour® (250 Long Haulers), the return of the legendary Hirohata 1951 Merc custom, collectibles (11 pages!), and engine tech galore, plus Joe Gibbs’s memories of dragster driving and a medley of Tom Medley’s cartoons since Stroker McGurk debuted in our third issue. 40 YEARS AGO September 1978 (116 pages, $1.25): Ever since the 265 debuted in 1955 models, cover-blurbing the words “Chevy” or “Chevrolet” practically guaranteed magazines a…

5 min.
the $500k   ’55 chevy

You might have already seen the headlines on your Facebook feed, “A $500,000 dollar 1955 Chevy built by Tom Nelson at Nelson Racing Engines (NRE)!” It’s not fake news—owner Matt Swanson “poured the hours into this thing” to get every detail perfect and match his son Jack’s vision for a street sleeper that looks like something from 1955. After we heard about the re-chromes, the changes, the repaints, and hundreds of hours of metalwork, we began to see where the money went. Then we heard about how they knocked down the crowns on the fenders, doors, and quarters just to get light line perfect, then built a screaming, big-inch LS that looks old but makes 700hp. Now we are believers. Matt Swanson is from Turlock, California, a small town south of Modesto…

8 min.
doris has her day

Brian Schnuck just wanted to build a car, something he’s done at least a dozen times during his hot rod–infested life. “I’ve constructed everything from muscle cars to hot rods. But then life throws in a bunch of obstacles, and things don’t go the way you planned. This last project—this one almost made me quit being a car guy. Well, almost,” Brian says. Brian’s adventure started one night after some online hot rod hunting. What he found was his next project: a needy, sunburnt 1962 Chrysler 300. All he had to do now was win the auction. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned. Though he was outbid, things worked out somehow. “I ended up making a deal with the seller when the original auction winner couldn’t pay up. I was more than…