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Modern Rodding Volume 2, Issue 11 August 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.

United States
In The Garage Media
12 Issues

in this issue

7 min
starting over editorial

I’ve always said the best reason to be a hot rodder comes from the true friends you garner. Make sure to hold them close because they are special and rare, and enjoy their company whether behind the wheel, under the hood, or at the dinner table. For me, to find myself sitting in a parking lot ingesting a pizza and a few cold ones after a hot day of tramping around blistering asphalt is a blessing come true. One such “special and rare” individual was Craig Morrison from Art Morrison Enterprises out of Washington. Craig was my friend and a friend to countless others. Having good friends to enjoy is hard enough to come by but losing one has proven to be very painful. I’ve said this before when writing about…

2 min
parts department

1. SOMETHING NEW FOR 1933–1934 FORD GAUGES Classic Instruments has released 1933–1934 Ford car electronic-operation gauges. The cluster will include a speedometer, fuel level, temperature, oil pressure, and volt gauges, along with indicator lights. A matching 3-3/8-inch tachometer in a chrome mounting cup is also available. The fuel gauge is programmable for any ohm range with a selector switch on the back of the cluster, meaning the fuel gauge will work with the stock sending unit, any other factory sending units, or any Classic Instruments fuel sending unit. The package includes a machined, chrome-plated bezel and engine-turned aluminum faceplate. The standard sending unit kit included is Classic Instruments’ SNFD. For more info, check out Classic Instruments by calling (800) 575-0461 or visit classicinstruments.com. 2. AN OLD DOG WITH A NEW TRICK With the popularity…

3 min
1970 chevy el camino

The Chevrolet El Camino for all of its popularity was late coming to market and suffered through fits and starts. It was as early as 1952 that GM’s own Harley Earl suggested a “coupe pickup.” Yet the El Camino didn’t enter the market segment until 1959, two years after the Ford Ranchero, and then initially it lasted for only two seasons in 1959 and 1960. The El Camino began with the 1959-1960 years, followed by the 1964-1967s, the 1968-1972s, 1973-1977s, and 1978-1987s. It should be noted that 1959-1960 was based on the B-body platform. From 1964-1977 the El Camino was based on the Chevelle platform, while 1978-1987 was based in the G-body platform. FEATURE OF THE MONTH SPONSORED BY OPTIMA BATTERIES Based on the new-for-1959 Brookwood two-door station wagon, it benefited from…

10 min
cpp modular brake kit and spindles

There’s an old expression that states: “You shouldn’t drive faster than you can stop.” Notice we wrote, “shouldn’t,” given the fact many rodders don’t always do what they should do when they should do it! But the smart ones realize getting out in front of a problem is the best way to avoid a problem. Something all of us should always closely watch is our hot rod’s braking capacity. Knowing this we thought it a good idea to take a look at what’s offered from Classic Performance Products (CPP) in the way of stopping power for one of the most popular brake systems used in our world. One of if not the most popular swap in our hobby is the Mustang II front crossmember with IFS. It has shown up under…

7 min
1971 ford ranchero

How often have any, or maybe all, of us started in one direction only to make an unsuspecting turn midway through our journey. Such was the case for Mike and Lynn Connor of Tennessee and their 1971 Ford Ranchero. It was back in 2013 that the Connors were alerted a friend was selling his 1971 Ranchero, piquing Mike’s interest. It seemed like a cool project, so a deal was struck and to its new home went the Ranchero. What was to be a mild-mannered rebuild turned into something more—but that wasn’t the end of the story. Another friend of Mike’s was a longtime dirt track racer and metal fabricator. This led to a series of suspension upgrades, including a fresh Mustang II IFS, a narrowed rearend filled with Strange Engineering goodies, and…

6 min
aluminum paneling and a custom dash

We have been following along with the construction of the Bill Sather 1934 Ford five-window coupe at BBT Fabrications for the past year. With the exterior of the car flawlessly metal-finished it was time to take a look inside. With a traditional hot rod profile on the exterior, the interior consists of current-day metal shaping while maintaining the hot rod flavor. Actually, that has been the theme throughout the build, forming a traditional hot rod but with the fit and finish of a show-worthy, modern-day hot rod. Even the powerplant is a blend of both worlds, with a big GMC 6-71 blower pumping wind into a modern LS motor that lies below. The interior design draws heavily on the original 1934 Ford five-window coupe shapes but it’s also cleaner, better fitting,…