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Street Rodder February 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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2018 road tour review

♦ As I write this we are wrapping up our 23rd season of the STREET RODDER Road Tour. This season our title sponsor was United Pacific Industries. They are the folks who manufactured the ’32 Ford pickup body and bed that was the basis for our Road Tour truck. Our presenting sponsor for the season has been Ford Performance Parts who provided us with the potent and reliable 347ci stroker motor that delivered all the power we needed during the summer. Our ’32 truck built by Hot Rods by Dean was well received everywhere we traveled. We started our summer in St. Paul, Minnesota, as we have for the last few years. The MSRA Back to the 50’s Week has become one of the most popular tours of the whole season.…

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for starters

♦ In the world of street rodding there’s nothing quite like the National Street Rod Association’s Street Rod Nationals. The event has been around since 1970 (Peoria, Illinois) and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary August 1-4, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky. The Nats has called Louisville home 24 times over its 50-year history and this will be its home at least through 2025. Held at the Kentucky Exposition Center with nearly 750,000 square feet under roof with arguably the world’s best air conditioning unit, it would be hard to imagine a better location. During the nearly 50-year history the registered number of participating street rods is right around 418,389 cars; we will probably add another 10,000-12,000 this summer. You can see attending the Nats is a time-honored tradition. I've made the…

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window shopper

★High-Flow Thermostat Tuff Stuff Performance Accessories announced the availability of high-performance/high-flow thermostats. Made of high-grade stainless steel, these thermostats have enlarged openings to provide increased coolant flow. These are true high-flow thermostats designed for high-performance engines. Standard thermostats flow about 37 gallons of coolant per minute. With Tuff Stuff’s High-Flow thermostat that number jumps to 56 gallons per minute. That’s almost a 50 percent increase in cooling system flow. Tuff Stuff Performance Accessories (800) 331-6562 tuffstuffperformance.com ★Reverse Glass Horn Button Art Another way you can create “Your Wheel Your Way,” CON2R now offers clear acrylic horn buttons printed on the reverse side with any design you want. Multiple printing methods, including full transparency, varying levels of opacity, and solid colors can be used while printing directly on the back of the lens. Once your artwork is…

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street corner

Hammer Time Will 2019 be the year you attend Ron Covell’s Metalworking Workshops? Covell, the author of STREET RODDER’s Professor Hammer department, holds seminars all over the country, teaching street rodders of all skill levels how to shape and repair sheetmetal. Covell will be traveling all over again in 2019, leading weekend seminars on a variety of metalworking topics. His workshops are offered for every skill level, from beginner to expert. Each full-day seminar (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lunch provided) follows a lecture/demonstration format and is loaded with practical instruction. Two different seminars are held at each location. Participants can register for Saturday or Sunday or both days. “You can expect a lively day,” Covell promises, “and some of the best learning may happen from questions the other participants…

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the thrill of the build … or the thrive of the drive?

Some people build them to drive; some may build them to sell. Others, well, they forgo the build process altogether and just drive them (more often than not, they’re the smart ones!). When it comes to the hot rod process, we each have our own niche we prefer—whether it’s hammering metal or hammering the throttle pedal. But there are some like Flip Hayes who have no preference whatsoever … they dig the entire process. From the initial hunt and subsequent acquisition to the construction and subsequent first opportunity to be driven, Flip’s what you might call an adventure seeker when it comes to hot rods—and the adventures aren’t always part of his master plan. I met the Santa Cruz/Watsonville tattoo artist back in the ’90s under the fluorescent lights of the…

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anatomy lesson

If you’re a guy who spends his days building first class, award-winning street rods for customers all over the country, what do you do in your spare time? If you’re Dean Livermore, of Hot Rods by Dean, you build yourself a killer fuel-injected '55 Chevrolet gasser. The project started innocently enough when an older lady asked Livermore if he’d be interested in an “old car” rotting away in her backyard. The good news was it turned out to be a '55 Chevy; the bad news is it was so rough it would almost take more work than it was worth to save it. On the other hand, given the coupe’s condition, it was an ideal candidate to turn into a gasser. Besides, Livermore wanted to build a small-block with stack injectors,…