Modern Rodding Volume 2, Issue 2 February 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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4 min
starting over editorial

Ed“Isky” Iskenderian represents one of the cornerstones that our industry was built upon. The mere mention of his name elicits a flood of rodding history. I often see Isky at the SEMA Show where he will remove a pen or a pair of calipers from his pocket protector to jot down a note or measure something mechanical. His mind is as inquisitive today as it was decades ago and he represents the hot rodder’s need to know, to tinker, to make our own mark in our chosen hobby. I always look forward to seeing him at the Grand National Roadster Show or the L.A. Roadsters Father’s Day Show as he carefully walks down each aisle absorbing the visible craftsmanship. He looks at what today’s builders have accomplished while fully understanding and…

2 min
the next chapter editorial

Ford versus Chevy. It’s not an “Us vs. Them” thing, rather, it’s just a thing. But despite being on the latter side, preferentially speaking, my role at the helm of a publication that caters equally to both sides requires me being impartial, which, to be honest, I am, despite my Bowtie favoritism. Nonetheless, when it comes to subject matter covered in Modern Rodding’s sister publication, Classic Truck Performance, no matter where I stand, the scales always seem to tip heavily toward the GM crowd. It’s no secret that 1967-1972 C10s are hotter than ever—and due to the extreme popularity, the earlier C10s are on the rise … and Squarebodies, well, they’re nearly untouchable now. (It doesn’t seem all that long ago that 1973-1987 C10s were not only plentiful, but very affordable…

2 min
parts department

01. AS SMOOTH AS CAN BE Wheelsmith, known for their made-to-order traditional and modern wheels, is now offering a 17-inch two-piece steel smoothie wheel. The popular “smoothie” design is a superclean full-dish style with no slots or holes. The wheel is constructed with a centerpiece and a 17-inch rim with a hub cap ridge with the nubs on the inside to accept a standard hubcap. You can order a smaller hubcap with Wheelsmith’s hubcap adapter. Wheelsmith makes all their wheels to order, so you can order any backspacing you prefer. The wheels fit popular bolt patterns and come in 7-, 8- and 9-inch widths. For an extra-deep look on the wider applications, Wheelsmith can mount the centers in reverse position. The wheels come in bare steel, chrome, or powdercoated to your…

5 min
1937 chevy business coupe

How many times have any of us, or maybe it’s all of us, uttered these famous words: “This is my last project.”? Such is the case for Steve Leon and his 1937 Chevy business coupe. Prior to this Chevy there were two other “last builds,” but that’s how the life of a hot rodder goes. It’s interesting to listen to Steve tell the story, so we thought we would share his words: “I needed another project and came upon a stock rebuilt 1949 Chevy pickup. I enjoyed this truck for a good while, using it to do yard work and just driving it around town. I got the itch to do another project and sold the truck. Then I found a 1958 Chevy Fleetside. With the help of John Danner, we rebuilt…

8 min
1969 dodge coronet convertible

Any of us who have undertaken a major project, especially one that undergoes midstream changes, knows all too well how fast time can fly by. Dennis Hanke, of Algonquin, Illinois, fully understands how and why his 1969 Dodge Coronet convertible took the time it did. Seven years is a long time; during this time our likes, dislikes, and new ideas “trick” us into making changes. Anyone who has built a ground-up project will tell you: “Don’t make changes once you’ve begun, otherwise it will cost you dearly in time and money.” Dennis “survived” his project and he will tell you he couldn’t be happier. As is the case with so many rodders the Coronet was a boyhood favorite, having had one. Then came life and time passed. There comes a point…

7 min
lokar’s new axishift and axishift pro

Engine swaps are at the very core of hot rodding. Without the engine swap you didn’t have the first hot rods and as part of that swap a transmission was sure to be close behind. Engine swaps were really engine and trans swaps with the engine getting all the glory. I remember my first engine swap. Out came the 265 with a three-speed and in went the 327 with a four-speed transmission. Life couldn’t get any better, as driving my hot rod suddenly became a great deal more fun—but there was a hiccup. “Say, where exactly did the shifter come up through the floor and why isn’t it where I need or want it?” That’s a question heard often and with rarely a simple answer. Clearly, we are talking about manual…