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Street Rodder June 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.

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for starters

As I attend more indoor and outdoor car shows, visit more shops, examine more hot rods I am left asking myself: “Is the age of handmade craftsmanship behind us and are we now entering the dark ages of individual accomplishment?” For starters, let me forewarn everyone that I like to “shake things up” every now and then in my editorial. I do so in the hopes of getting myself to think and, hopefully, getting all of you to think along with me. Oftentimes I will receive emails from readers enlightening me the very day STREET RODDER hits your mailbox. “Brennan you’re an idiot!” “Brennan, I never thought of it that way.” Or, the very rare but oh-so rewarding moments, “Brennan you get it and I can see why you see it that way.” I have…

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on the road

The Back to the 50’s Weekend in St. Paul, Minnesota, has grown since 1974 to become the largest ’64-and-earlier car event in the nation. With almost 12,000 vehicles covering the grounds of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, it is a three-ring circus of hot rods, customs, and street cruisers. There are even some antiques thrown in just to show what the others looked like when they rolled off the assembly line. One of the most amazing things to keep in mind is that the entire event is organized by one car club. Obviously the Minnesota Street Rod Association is one special club. A visit to the MSRA website tells the story of how the club came about and what it takes to put the Back to the 50’s Weekend together. The MSRA…

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street corner

New Date for Medford In the April issue, we announced that the Medford Rod & Custom Show in Medford, Oregon, has been added to the 2019 Painless Performance Products/STREET RODDER Top 100 awards schedule. Since then, the Jackson County Expo Center has moved the show to one week later than originally scheduled. The Medford Rod & Custom Show will now take place on April 20 and 21. This event attracts hundreds of extraordinary custom builds, restorations, and vintage motorcycles. STREET RODDER will be there to cover the action and to select 10 vehicles for Top 100 awards. Find the list of all 2019 Top 100 events at hotrod.com/articles/latest-news-street-rod-hobby. Look for us in Medford on April 20 and 21. Save California Gold In California, registered motor vehicles must pass an emissions inspection every two…

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window shopper

★650-Horse Rated 4L70E From Akron, Ohio, the super beefy Gearstar Level 4 4L70E is capable of supporting up to 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. Each Gearstar Level 4 4L70E is upgraded with a 300M input and output shaft along with a high-capacity pump with durable Torrington bearings. A hardened sun gear shell and drum are fit with premium Kolene clutch packs and a special carbon-fiber 2-4 band is integrated. Each are built by one technician from start to finish, and dyno-tested to the equivalent of 100 miles before being shipped. Gearstar Performance Transmissions (330) 434-5216 gearstar.com ★Good as Gold Wilwood is thrilled to introduce a new 4-psi rated residual pressure valve (RPV) to their line of pressure and flow controls. The 4 PSI Gold valve adds an option between the existing 2 PSI Blue…

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the pilot of luxury

Smack-dab between Ford Motor Company’s River Rouge Complex and Dearborn facilities in Allen Park, Michigan, is the New Model Programs Development Center where Ford performs precisely what the name suggests: tests new vehicle models. But that’s not what the center was originally constructed for way back in 1956. Referred to as the Allen Park Body and Assembly Plant, Ford’s Pilot Plant as it was officially named at the onset, was formed as an exclusive facility with one purpose: assemble the all-new Continental Mark II—by hand. Under the direction of Henry Ford’s grandson, William Clay Ford Sr., Ford Motor Company set out to take over the luxury market segment with its newly created, non-Lincoln–affiliated Continental Division with the no-holds-barred Mark II … and failed miserably, losing an estimated $1,000 per vehicle. Poor…

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stamped collection

If you are like us you often find yourself in the midst of a good old-fashioned bench racing session about your favorite muscle car or vintage hot rod and talk will often turn to reproduction steel parts and even complete reproduction steel bodies. By the end of the session one thing has been agreed upon, the new steel parts on the market today are far superior to earlier replacement panels. Modern-day steel replacement panels carry crisp body lines, great detail, and are direct replacement panels. Any naysayer in our group was quickly converted when we mentioned that both the '57 Chevrolet convertible and our ongoing '55 Chevrolet Gasser project used reproduction steel panels. The team at Woody’s Hot Rodz utilized a complete '57 convertible body in the process of building…