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Modern Rodding Volume 2, Issue 3 March 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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
In The Garage Media
Frequency:
Monthly
$12.04
$20.18
12 Issues

in this issue

4 min
starting over editorial

To say all of us have been through the ringer throughout 2020 and into the early days of 2021 may be the all-time understatement. I’m often reminded of a quote by John Wooden. He was nicknamed the “Wizard of Westwood” for his coaching prowess, having brought numerous NCAA basketball titles to the UCLA campus. He was once quoted as saying: “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” There’s no denying he was a masterful coach. I believe, however, his true ability rested in his leading young men through the pitfalls of college life, thus providing a solid footing for them to take after school and “roundball.” I see a correlation between Coach Wooden’s quote and how each of us handles our…

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4 min
rodding around industry news

This is a new monthly column for Modern Rodding that deals with what’s happening today throughout our hobby. We will take a quick look at professional shops, hometown garages, industry news, event news, anything that would be of interest to all of us rodders. If you would like to have your latest project featured or show us what’s happening in your shop, be it professional or homebuilt, please contact Brian Brennan at bbrennan@inthegaragemedia.com. Steve’s Auto Restorations There are numerous projects going on at Steve’s Auto Restorations (SAR) in Portland, Oregon, and here are a few. SAR has several Corvettes in the works. There’s a 1962 custom Corvette nearly complete that’s maroon and pewter in color, features an LS motor with a TREMEC, and a handful of custom items. There’s a 1957 Corvette that’s…

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1 min
parts department

1. THE PERFECT SEAL Steele Rubber Products is now offering front door vent window weatherstrips for the 1966-1969 Lincoln Continental that is designed from the original parts for superior fitment and sealing. This two-piece pair is fully molded as driver (left) side and passenger (right) side front door vent window weatherstrips and features the following: Fully molded from top-quality rubber with corrosion-resistant brass metal inserts to ensure durability and proper seal. Reproduction is designed from the original part to fit correctly. It installs into the vent window frame, replacing factory right hand (PN C6VY-5321448-A) and left hand (PN C6VY-5321449-A) weatherstripping. These pieces are made in the USA. For more info, check out Steele Rubber Products by calling (800) 544-8665 or visit steelerubber.com. 2. FRESH OFF THE PRESS Literally, Danchuk Manufacturing is offering 1956 front center…

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4 min
1933 ford

Having spent a lifetime enjoying the car hobby from the curb, Jeff High (Shoreline, Washington) thought it was time to drive onto the onramp and have some fun of his own. In the back of his mind he knew there was a way to get involved and all it would take was a friendly family conversation. As it turns out his wife’s uncle had a 1933 Ford five-window coupe tucked away in Grandma’s garage since 1975. Jeff was able to purchase the neatly stored coupe in 2013 and thus began the journey toward turning this piece of original “Henry’s Tin” into a modern-day street rod. The car was complete and required very little in the way of sheetmetal work to make it pristine. In fact, a few minor patch panels was…

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11 min
chopping a previously chopped coupe

Chopping a vintage coupe body is a serious undertaking, one that takes a keen eye and skills to match. The all-important “eyeball” is why no two chops are exactly the same. The angle of the windshield, the radius of the quarter window corners, and the shape of the door glass are all judgment calls in the process we fondly refer to as chopping. Done correctly, the term “chopping” seems a bit too crude for the almost-surgical precision exercised in a fine chop. So, we have established that it takes skill, a critical eye, and pure guts to chop a top. The only thing more challenging than chopping a stock 1934 Ford five-window coupe is chopping a 1934 Ford five-window coupe that has already been chopped. It takes a real man…

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5 min
artist tom fritz

For hot rodders with any amount of rubber on the road, you will readily remember and favorably recall the artwork of Tom Fritz. A SoCal born-and-raised kid of the ’60s and ’70s, he happily recalls his youth’s memories of all things motorcycle and automotive culture. Fortunately for us Tom is a gifted artist who applies brush to canvas at a level matching the builds of a Triple Crown of Rodding, America’s Most Beautiful Roadster, or a Ridler winner. This allows the rest of us to sit back and recall the great days of bygone rodding. Additionally, should you find yourself having read, or are still reading, car magazines, you might recall that Tom’s artwork has graced the covers of Street Rodder (Aug. ’96) and Hot Rod (July ’14). (Looks like…

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