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Street Rodder December 2018

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

♦ I found myself reading an article the other day about the best car shows in the country. Now, this article dealt with more than rod runs the way you and I might think of a car show. It was about car shows in general, such as indoor, outdoor, restoration, modified, and new car shows. For starters, I was pleasantly surprised to find this readers’ poll had a Top 10 dedicated to the Best Car Shows in the country. The judging panel was derived from USA Today readers’ choices. Since I wasn’t one of the readers who voted I’m not sure where, when, or how these readers were accumulated and how or why they voted. But the fact remains the world of hot rodding did very well. Of the Top 10 list…

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on the road

♦ The 2018 edition of the United Pacific/STREET RODDER Road Tour wraps up with the Sherm’s Custom Plating Tour. The Sherm’s Tour is always one of the most popular of the summer. For many, it is a family reunion as the Road Tour West Coast regulars have made Sherm’s an annual event. The Sherm’s Tour begins as the AMSOIL Tour wraps up its cross-country trip from Cruisin’ the Coast in Biloxi, Mississippi, to Huntington Beach. Our first night on the Tour will be Friday, October 12, with a party at the Motor Trend Tech Center in Santa Ana, California. On Saturday we will visit United Pacific’s facility in Long Beach, followed by a tour of the Queen Mary. Sunday we will head to Pomona with a stop at the Petersen Automotive Museum…

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what’s on demand this month?

10/5/18 Motorsport Mundial 10/6/18 LIVE! Virgin Australia Supercars 10/7/18 LIVE! Virgin Australia Supercars 10/8/18 Roadkill Garage 7.11 (36) 10/10/18 Engine Masters Ep. 7.10 (40) 10/12/18 Auto Mundial Motorsport Mundial 10/13/18 LIVE! 24H GT Series/24H Touring Car Endurance Series 12H Spa LIVE! DTM Championship LIVE! FIA Formula 3 Championship LIVE! Formula Drift 10/14/18 LIVE! FIA Formula 3 Championship 10/15/18 Dirt Every Day Ep. 7.10 (82) 10/17/18 Mobil 1 The Grid Program 18 10/18/18 British Touring Car Championship Brands Hatch FIA World Rallycross 10/19/18 Auto Mundial Motorsport Mundial 10/20/18 LIVE! Virgin Australia Supercars Gold Coast 10/21/18 LIVE! Virgin Australia Supercars Gold Coast 10/22/18 Hot Rod Garage Ep. 7.9 (69) 10/26/18 Auto Mundial Motorsport Mundial 10/27/18 LIVE! European Le Mans Series - Qualifying LIVE! Intercontinental GT Challenge-Practice & Qualifying LIVE! Michelin Le Mans Cup 10/28/18 LIVE! European Le Mans Series LIVE! Intercontinental GT Challenge LIVE! Michelin Le Mans Cup Race 1 10/29/18 Roadkill Ep. 7.6 (77) 10/31/18 Mobil 1 The Grid Program 19 Put…

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window shopper

★ Not Mustang II IFS Kugel Komponents has manufactured its own IFS systems since the early ’80s. According to Kugel, their IFS systems are of their own design and manufacture—they are not Mustang II or Camaro-based frontends. They make all their own cast stainless spindle assemblies and their own cast or fabricated A-arms and are designed for any model car from 1928 to the late ’40s. All Kugel Komponents suspension systems are custom built to order and come complete with a crossmember, rack-and-pinion steering, and sway bar. Kugel Komponents (562) 691-7006 kugelkomponents.com ★ Healthy, Stealthy, and Wise The new Gen II Stealth tank utilizes Aeromotive’s patented and award-winning Phantom technology that enables a quiet, high-flow EFI pump and baffle to maintain an ample fuel supply while ensuring consistent fuel delivery and driveability even in low fuel…

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street corner

2019 Road Tour Car First Look As the 2018 United Pacific/STREET RODDER Road Tour ’32 Ford pickup cruises across America, work is underway on the 2019 car. We called Troy Ladd at Hollywood Hot Rods, builder of two previous Road Tour cars, to discuss building another, maybe a ’55 or ’56 Ford. “Funny you should mention it,” he said. Not long before, Troy had purchased several neglected cars from an estate in Pasadena, including this stock ’55 Ford Customline Tudor sedan. The Y-block engine ran, but the car hadn’t moved since it went into hibernation 50 years ago. As this is written, the Customline is at Roadster Shop in Illinois, where a custom chassis is being fabricated. Other project choices haven’t been made yet, but STREET RODDER readers will be treated to every…

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four-cam conquest

More than 70 years ago, Zora Arkus-Duntov and his brother, Yura, developed the hemispherical overhead-valve cylinder head for the Ford Flathead. Known as the ARDUN head, it radically altered the performance capability of the engine, offering a dramatic increase in horsepower that was due not only to greater airflow, but an increase in the effective engine speed, which allowed it to make more power at high rpm. It’s that same quest for high-rpm horsepower that pushed Mercury Racing (a division of Mercury Marine) to develop the SB4 7.0 engine; an automotive crate engine that, in a nutshell, uses a GM LS foundation (the LS7 cylinder block) with an all-new, custom-designed set of four-valve, dual overhead camshaft cylinder heads. The result is a naturally aspirated LS-based engine that spins to 8,000 rpm and…