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Street Rodder

November 2019

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.

United States
TEN: The Enthusiast Network
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12 Issues


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the cruisin’ the coast road tour

Cruisin’ The Coast began in 1996 as a festival to celebrate antique, classic, and hot rod vehicles along with nostalgic music and related events. The first year, 374 vehicles registered; in 2018 they had more than 8,000 registered vehicles. Car enthusiasts from 40 states plus Canada, Germany, and Puerto Rico arrive on the Mississippi Gulf Coast once a year to showcase their rides and to cruise the scenic 30-mile stretch of beachside highway, with designated stops in Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, D’Iberville, Gulfport, Pass Christian, Ocean Springs, and Pascagoula. It is known as “America’s Largest Block Party.” That title describes it perfectly. Each venue is set up like a mini festival with a stage for live bands, reserved parking for registered cruisers, spectator parking, and vendors for food and event merchandise.…

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street rodder

EDITORIAL Network Content Director Douglas Glad Network Director, Street Rod and Super Chevy Groups/Editor Brian Brennan, brian_brennan@motortrend.com Senior Managing Editor Sarah Gonzales Feature Editor Tim Bernsau tim_bernsau@motortrend.com Tech Editor John Gilbert john_gilbert@motortrend.com Tech Editor Rob Fortier rob_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, Eric Geisert, Ken Gross, Barry KluczykRobert 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 Chairman Greg Mays President Kevin Mullan SVP, Editorial & Advertising Operations Amy Diamond General Manager, Automotive Network Tim Foss Senior Director, Finance Catherine Temkin CONSUMER…

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the end of civilization began with the remote control

I can’t help but look around and see an individual or group arguing with another individual or group. To make matters worse there’s little or no attempt to find a middle ground. Wouldn’t it be nice for everyone to offer a little give and take so that we all could move on, happily I might add? This glance over my shoulder prompted me to take a look at what was going on in the world of street rodding decades ago when we almost lost our hobby before it started. Our hobby and myself are joined at the proverbial hip as I have spent a significant time span of my life thoroughly emerged. (I’ve clearly given up on the grownups world!) For starters, I have found where life went “off the tracks”…

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street corner

Rod Talk Brian Stupski, Brad King, and Alex Welsh are doing what every hot rod enthusiast dreams about. They get together with the heroes of this hobby to talk about whatever crosses their minds. Then they share it with the rest of us via the Round Six Podcast, delivering a fresh episode every Friday. The 65 completed programs (they’ll be into the 70s by the time you read this) have featured well-known builders like Chip Foose, Zane Cullen, and Dave Lane, all of whom bring their insight, humor, and enthusiasm to the microphone. The Round Six Gearheads (as they call themselves) aim to inspire, entertain, and enlighten their audience, not only by getting to know their guests but by discussing their careers, accomplishments, and challenges. Far from the typical question-and-answer variety interview,…

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window shopper

10-inch Brake Kit John’s Industries’ 10-inch drum brake kit is all about keeping it simple and affordable. These brake kits are comprised of current production and replacement parts available at any quality auto parts store. The 10-inch brake kit weighs 45 pounds, cutting 20 pounds of un-sprung weight in comparison to a comparable 11-inch kit, making for a better ride, handling, and stopping. The kit comes complete with two drums, customer-specified bolt pattern backing plates, shoes, wheel cylinders, emergency brake lever, and hardware. Ford small or big bearing style available. •John’s Industries (800) 332-3450s johnsindustries.com Pro Quality Vise Wilton, a manufacturer of professional quality vises since 1941, recently announced its new Wilton Mechanics Pro Vise, which features an exclusive needle roller thrust bearing design that they say no other vise employs. What sets their…

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custom all over

Twenty-five years ago, STREET RODDER created an annual on-road adventure called the Road Tour. The adventure always involves a freshly built street rod, a prominent pro shop, aftermarket manufacturers, popular events, someone crazy enough to spend months at a time driving all over America, and a whole bunch of enthusiasts eager to drive their own rods along with him. This year, the cool street rod is this ’55 Ford Customline and the shop is Hollywood Hot Rods in Burbank, California. The crazy person, as always, is Jerry Dixey and those eager enthusiasts are you. The story of the 2019 ARP/STREET RODDER Road Tour presented by Ford Performance is being told in these pages and on streetrodder.com. This is a brief profile on the car leading the way. It was Jerry himself…