NZ Hot Rod

January 2022

Published since 1967, N.Z. HOT ROD is dedicated to portraying every sphere of Hot Rodding. From traditional and modern Hot Rods to Street Machines, Muscle Cars and Race Cars, NZ Hot Rod features them all. Plus there's coverage of many of the 100 or so hot rod events, including Drag meets from around New Zealand and overseas.

New Zealand
Hot Rod Publishing Ltd
kr 30,13
kr 156,91
12 Utgaver

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4 min
publisher’s podium

BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE I’VE recently concluded that electric vehicles won’t go the distance, and that’s in more ways than one. Hobbled by range anxiety is the least of the electric car’s woes. Here’s why! A long-time reader sent me a research paper compiled by an electrical engineer friend in Australia. That report broke new ground and, in a nutshell, said this: There’s more opportunity to gain further energy thermal efficiency from internal combustion engines than to bin them and replace them with electric-powered vehicles. For one: it’s trillions of dollars cheaper to retain internal combustion engines and their refuelling infrastructure than to throw them out, like the baby with the bathwater and start again from scratch with electric power. The writer based the retention of the internal combustion engine…

2 min
box 8 waipu letters

Cabriolet Crunch No 2 A WHILE back (maybe the late 1960s), while reading the NZ Herald one Saturday night, I saw an ad for a ‘32 Ford convertible. I borrowed dad’s 1954 Vauxhall Wyvern and drove through the night from Te Kuiti to Levin to knock on the owner’s door at daybreak. He took me down to his restaurant on the Main Street, where the Cabriolet was stored out the back. Alas, someone from Christchurch had already bought it over the phone unseen, and a cheque was on its way. It ended being nicely restored then bought by Roy Rowe in Hamilton, who, like me, has had a few ‘32 Fords over the years. I believed it was eventually exported to the USA. – See the following letter and photo below.…

6 min
just in passing

• Flashback – 50 years ago OUR January 1971 issue saw a full-colour pinup of Rob Jarvis’ TNT Dodge bucket plus an extended road test of a ’67 Shelby Mustang GT500. Event coverage featured the ’70 Waikato Hot Rod Show and the opening round of drag racing at Kerrs Road in Wiri shot by Allan Porter. Fine art featured Owen Campbell’s Sketch Pad and Stovebolt Gallery Part 3 by Rob Campbell. Advertisers were already finding a ready market for Metalflake paint, Jolly wide wheels, Castrol Oil, T-Shirts and Spears Speed Shop opening. • Baloo has a new home THE Fiat-based altered with a blown Hemi of Pete Lodge was a household name in the late sixties and seventies before Lodge moved on to Hombre. Pete ran the first 10-second pass in New Zealand.…

1 min
new  arrivals

• The King of Cool MUSCLE car aficionado and collector Ron Cave recently landed this 1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS via Chucks. It’s only ever had one family owner in Arizona before Ron. The timeless bodywork is painted in Astro blue complemented by a white vinyl top and stripes. Lift that cowl induction hood and you’ll find the desirable 396ci big block backed by a Turbo 400 trans giving Ron’s retro workhorse some serious punch for what it is. It rides on a set of 14x7-inch Super Sport wheels while driver treats include a bench seat, factory air, power steering and brakes. • Old Rod Nod JUSTIN Orpwood just landed this tidy old rod from the San Diego area via Kiwi Shipping. It is a 1948 Ford Clubman coupe with a good body,…

2 min
homegrown tradition my way

GRANT Earnshaw has a unique hot rod story yet follows in the footstep of many others before him. In his youth he worked in a grocery store after college, just for pocket money. It was in the grocery store that Grant came across copies of NZHRM on the shelves which sparked his interest in hot rods. He attended shows and says Allan Hare’s hot rodded ’34 Ford coupe and a ’32 roadster owned by Terry Clark were a huge influence on him and he’d loved to have owned a hot rod just like them. He married young and couldn’t afford a full-house hot rod back then, so he settled for Mk2 Zephyr and a Mk2 Ford Cortina GT as daily drivers. His first foray into rodding was the purchase of…

1 min
features & specifications

YEAR/MAKE: 1932 Ford MODEL: 5-window coupe OWNER: Grant & Shareen Earnshaw BODY: Arnie Parker ENGINE: 350ci Chevrolet MODIFICATIONS: Dual Edelbrock carbs, MSD6 ignition, coil and dizzy EXHAUST: Ramshorn cast iron manifolds to owner made system COOLING: Walker radiator and electric fan with shroud TRANSMISSION: Turbo Hydro 400 - rebuilt REAR END: Ford 8” CHASSIS: Reproduction 1932 Ford by American Stamping Rails MODIFICATIONS: Model A front crossmember and custom centre crossmember by Magoos STEERING: HQ Holden cross-steer, SoCal steering damper, Flaming River column topped with a ’40 Ford steering wheel FRONT SUSPENSION: I-beam axle suspended by a transverse spring, located by hairpins and bumps are smoothed by SoCal shorty shocks REAR SUSPENSION: QA1 coil-overs, sway bar and triangulated 4-bars BRAKES: FRONT: Speedway Motors 11” discs, Leeds Brakes electric vacuum pump with booster and GM tandem master cylinder mounted underfloor REAR: Ford 12” brake drums WHEELS / TYRES: FRONT:…