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Street Rodder

January 2020

STREET RODDER is the #1 authoritative source for how to and technical information, event coverage, the latest features and emerging trends all devoted to the world of street rodding.

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12 Issues


2 min.
the road to the nsra nationals: the speedway motors tour

One of the 2019 ARP/STREET RODDER Road Tours, the Speedway Motors Tour, is especially well-attended every year and this year was really special. Our destination was one of the best-attended and significant events in decades: the 50th NSRA Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky. Both the Tour and the Nationals lived up to expectations. We kicked off the Speedway Motors Tour in its hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska. It was a short drive to Omaha where we visited Gas Pump Heaven and the CAL Creations shop of pro builder Andy Leach. On Friday evening the West Coast Road Tour, led by Dave Cahal, joined us at the Smith Collection Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed. With the group now at about 50 vehicles and 100 people, we had quite a crowd. Local…

1 min.
street rodder

EDITORIAL Network Content Director Douglas Glad Network Director, Street Rod and Super Chevy Groups/Editor Brian Brennanbrian_brennan@motortrend.com Senior Managing Editor Sarah Gonzales Feature Editor Tim Bernsautim_bernsau@motortrend.com Tech Editor John Gilbertjohn_gilbert@motortrend.com Tech Editor Rob Fortierrob_fortier@motortrend.com Contributing Tech Writer Ron Ceridono Contributing Writer, East Coast Chuck Vranas Contributors Rodney Bauman, Tommy Lee Byrd, Gerry Burger, Ron Covell, Jerry Dixey, Joshua Elzey, Eric Geisert, Ken Gross, Barry Kluczyk, Robert McGaffin, Josh Mishler, Dale Moreau, Greg Sharp, Chris Shelton, Jeff Smith, Tim Sutton Contributing Artists Bob Hovorka, Jeff Norwell, George Trosley Web Content Editor Veronica Beltran DESIGN Design Director Markas Platt mplatt@enthusiastnetwork.com ADVERTISING Network Sales Director Angela Schoof-Ousley Eastern Sales Director Michael Essex, (863) 860-6023 Western Sales Director Scott Timberlake, (310) 531-5969 Advertising Operations Manager Monica Hernandez Advertising Operations Coordinator Patricia Ludi TEN: PUBLISHING MEDIA, LLC President Kevin Mullan SVP, Editorial & Advertising Operations Amy Diamond General Manager, Automotive Network Tim Foss Senior Director, Finance Catherine Temkin CONSUMER MARKETING, ENTHUSIAST MEDIA…

3 min.
triple crown of rodding rounds up its fourth year

It’s been four years since the beginning of the Triple Crown of Rodding and I must write, “Where does the time fly?” What started out as an idea among Bobby Alloway (Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop), John McLeod (Classic Instruments), Rick Love (Vintage Air), and Steve Tracy (Advanced Plating) to see what could be done to bring the best of the best together and see what happens has proven itself. For starters, along with the founding companies, the current list of sponsors includes PPG, ARP, Art Morrison Enterprises, Wilwood, and Schott Wheels, with each contributing gift certificates to the winners, allowing them to begin assembling their next project. STREET RODDER presents each winner with a $5,000 check to also help with their next build. For those who have seen the trophies and…

2 min.
street corner

Sneak Peek at Tommy Otis’ Oilzum Roadster Pinstriper, hot rod designer, and builder Tommy Otis has been working with Randy Clark at Hot Rods & Custom Stuff on a ’28 Ford roadster pickup he calls “The Oilzum Roadster.” Elements of the in-progress rod include the ’28 Model A body, track nose, Duke Hallock windshield, and a pickup bed created from a ’38 Mullins Red Cap trailer. Like every project Otis has been involved with, this one is out of the ordinary in its concept and its process. Before showing up at Clark’s Ridler award–winning shop in Escondido, California, the car spent two years in a studio apartment in Van Nuys, California, being mocked up on a wooden frame and tweaked as ideas were formulated. The Hot Rods & Custom Stuff website says…

2 min.
window shopper

Beefy LS Rods MGP Connecting Rods reports, “With LS-based horsepower at an all-time high, MGP’s line of PRO 2500 series 6.125-inch aluminum rods for LS applications (PN MGP-LS-6125) are ready to take the abuse.” Machined from a proprietary billet aluminum material, MGP LS rods feature massive strength, durability, and precision in a lightweight package. Unique features, like the full radial serrations, ensure zero cap movement in the most demanding environments, and a proprietary MGP “hard bore” small-end process reduces wear and bore deformation. MGP Connecting Rods (719) 219-3107 mgpconnectingrods.com Calling All Impalas Aldan Impala Road Comp Series suspension kits (’58-’70 Chevy) are now available from Aldan American. Made in the U.S., Aldan Impala fullsize suspension kits include everything needed to fully convert front factory suspension to adjustable coilover shocks and springs with adjustable shock…

2 min.
the right stuff

The saying “the right stuff” can be applied to practically any topic you throw at it, but when it comes to traditional hot rods, “the right stuff” isn’t always easy to come by … in execution as well as preparation (that being the initial collecting of the stuff). Anyone can build a Deuce roadster and call it traditional; but while the ’32 Ford may just be the most iconic hot rod of all time, it’s not the only fish in the traditional waters—not by a longshot. For me, you can’t get much more right than a properly built Model A on Deuce ’rails—the good ol’ A-V8. Or can you? Tom Walsh has provided the right answer for that. With the help of his family (son Justin and wife Cindy), NorCal restauranteur Tom…