Modern Rodding Volume 2, Issue 13 October 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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1 min
staff list

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR/EDITOR BRIAN BRENNAN SENIOR EDITORS ROB FORTIER NICK LICATA PUBLISHER TIM FOSS ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER & OPERATIONS MANAGER YASMIN FAJATIN MANAGING EDITOR & AD COORDINATOR SARAH GONZALES ART DIRECTOR ROB MUNOZ EDITORIAL TEAM Wes Allison, Rodney Bauman, Gerry Burger, Tommy Lee Byrd, Ron Ceridono, Michael Christensen, Ron Covell, Grant Cox, Dominic Damato, John Drummond, Eric Geisert, John Gilbert, Joe Greeves, Ken Gross, John Jackson, Chadly Johnson, Barry Kluczyk, Scotty Lachenauer, Ryan Manson, Josh Mishler, Dale Moreau, Todd Ryden, Jason Scudellari, Chris Shelton, Tim Sutton, Chuck Vranas, John Winter — Writers and Photographers ADVERTISING Mark Dewey National Sales Manager Patrick Walsh Sales Representative Travis Weeks Sales Representative…

3 min
starting over editorial

I have always had a particular soft spot for roadsters, especially topless highboys. (Tops are for rental cars.) Hot rods can be any make, year, or model (there, that should get the drums beating) but for now that means cars/trucks well into the ’70s. But I have always thought that a true hot rod shouldn’t have a top. I should also point out that ’32s, ’33s, and ’34s are all very cool but they are “newer” cars. To me a hot rod should feature an engine swap, a modified chassis, and be sans top. To me an early hot rod revolves around the Model A on Deuce ’rails with at the very minimum a Flathead but ideally a small-block Chevy. In this day and age something from the ’70s is…

2 min
rodding around

Mick’s Paint Grows Established in 1995, Mick’s Paint, in Pomona, California, is excited to announce a major restructuring of the business to meet the demands of an ever-changing environment. Located in Southern California (if you remember the location of SO-CAL Speed Shop you know where Mick’s Paint is located) and one of the leading, award-winning fabrication and body and paint shops, owner Mick Jenkins has expanded his business. The team has grown, square footage has increased, and the latest in refinishing technology is added. Mick’s Paint, the foundation of the business, will continue to fabricate, build, and paint customs, hot rods, muscle cars, and race cars to the highest level. Mick’s has won three prestigious America’s Most Beautiful Roadster awards and will continue that work. “We have numerous projects in the works,” Jenkins…

2 min
parts department

1. OLD-SCHOOL LOOK BUT NEW-SCHOOL EFI You want an induction system that maintains the look of a carbureted motor? FiTech’s Go EFI Classic 650hp EFI system (PN FIF-30020) is what you want. FiTech designed the throttle body with hidden injectors and a remote-mount ECU so it looks like your favorite four-barrel carburetor. It even has that classic “carburetor gold” finish. The FiTech system will support up to 650 hp; is designed for use with a distributor, factory throttle linkage, and most four-barrel manifolds; high-flow aluminum throttle body with 45mm-diameter venturis to increase airflow; integrated ignition timing control and coil driver; Bosch LSU 4.2 wideband oxygen sensor for real-time fuel mapping; high-resolution, full-color touch screen for setup, tuning, and gauge display; dual bolt pattern to fit both the spread bore and 4150 square…

7 min
1950 plymouth business coupe

A’50 Plymouth business coupe may not be the genesis of buildable hot rod material for most of us but it is for Brian Baker of Ohio. Turns out this business coupe was in his family (Uncle Robert “Bob” Burke) as far back as the ’60s when its driving days were cut short thanks to a stake bed truck using the coupe as a bumpstop. It would be repaired but not immediately. As it turns out Brian is no stranger to having built all makes and years of hot rods. Some of his builds have made it to the highest levels, with his ’29 Ford sports coupe appearing on the Feb. ’92 cover of Rod & Custom and a ’55 Chevy that was a finalist for Goodguys Custom Rod and Street Machine…

6 min
replacing rusted-out wheelhouse and trunk floor

We’re back! Our ’69 Ford Torino Fastback Q-code continues to have its “skin” refurbished. This time we take a look at the wheelhouse and trunk floor extension. It should be noted that while we are working on a ’69 Ford Torino Fastback the parts and the work required will be the same for ’66-’69 Ford Fairlanes and Torinos and other years and models … but more on that later. We find ourselves once again back at The Installation Center (TIC) in Cleveland, Georgia, watching Craig Hopkins continue the resurrection of our Torino while using Auto Metal Direct (AMD) sheetmetal. In the past two articles we have looked at replacing entire rear quarter-panels and the core support. Both of those projects required a good bit of effort and expertise. This time we…