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The Fastest in the West
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Come join the Mopar race, car show, and swap meet festivities this week (April 27 thru 29, 2018, in Las Vegas. Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the place to be and now features four-lane drag racing! And at night it will all be happening at the Downtown Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. For more info, go to www.matslv.com.

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2018 Corvettes at the Coker Tire Cruise-in
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Chattanooga, Tennessee is a vibrant city filled with great things to see and do. It is also home to Coker Tire and Honest Charley Speed Shop.  To anyone who loves Corvettes, old cars, trucks and hot rods, Coker Tire and Honest Charley Speed Shop are synonymous with vintage wheels and tires and speed equipment. That includes Corvettes, because not only can you get the period perfect wheel and tire combination for virtually any year Corvette, if you choose to modify that Vette Honest Charley Speed Shop can help with everything from suspension and brakes to engine performance upgrades.

The two companies share a vintage brick building on the south side of Chattanooga and we like to think of this compound as ?The house that Corky built? and we?d be referring to Corky Coker. Actually Coker Tire is 50 years old this year. The company was established in 1958 by Harold Coker selling retail tires out of the front of a somewhat typical tire store, but there was one special back room dedicated to selling tires for vintage cars. Harold Coker?s love of old cars was in his DNA and passed on to his son, Corky Coker. Corky took over the family tire company in 1974, and as they say, ?The rest is history.? Actually for a full history, a listing of vintage wheels and tires go to www.cokertire.com.

As the company grew they became more and more involved with enthusiast events ranging from The Great Race, to the Coker Tire Challenge and the huge Coker Tire Cruise-in held every spring. The good news is your Corvette is welcome at all of these events. The one day Coker cruise-in draws upwards of 2,000 cars of every description and well over 10,000 spectators. Cars fill every nook and cranny for blocks around the Coker Tire/ Honest Charley Speed Shop complex. As if hanging out with a couple thousand fellow automotive enthusiasts isn?t enough fun, there is also a swap meet, food vendors, music and of course touring the Coker Tire facility, including the Coker Museum that houses a great collection of vintage cars and vintage motorcycles.

This year the threat of bad weather was hanging over the cruise-in but happily the rain held off until the event was over and once again a good time was had by all. We really enjoy this event because of the diversity of the cars in attendance. You?ll find everything from a restored Model-T to traditional hot rods to muscle cars and sports cars in attendance.  We saw Corvettes from C1-C7 in attendance and that makes this event special because everyone in your local Corvette community is welcomed, regardless of the year of the Corvette. The only qualification to get into the cruise-in is the owner must be driving a collectible car and have an appreciation for all things automotive. Because of the open format modern muscle cars are parked with Deuce roadsters, Fox body Mustangs, Corvettes of all ages and even some European cars, there truly is something for everyone here and it is a great way to get introduced to other segments of the great vintage car hobby.

The event begins early in morning and is wrapping up by 3 o-clock in the afternoon. Thanks to the hard work and welcoming attitude of all the Coker employees this event goes of smooth as silk every year and this is one huge undertaking. It will happen again next year, but until then we thought it would be fun to show some our favorite Corvettes attending the 2018 Coker Tire Cruise-in in Chattanooga Tennessee. Vette

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The 2018 Car Craft Summernationals Presented By Holley!
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Since 1977, the Car Craft Street Machine Nationals?now the Car Craft Summer Nationals?has been the standard by which all major outdoor hot rod shows have been judged. Long before Hot Rod Power Tour and others, Car Craft was serving up the baddest street machines from around the country in one giant event. These shows were memorable and the exploits are now legendary. Those who want to walk down memory lane can read then young staffer Jeff Smith?s account of the 1979 Car Craft Street Machine Nats in Indy here: hotrod.com)

In this photo from the 1979 Car Craft Street Machine Nationals in Indy, you can see Camaros were just as popular then as they are today. (Photo by Scott Sullivan)

In an era when there was no internet, no Facebook, and no imitators, the notoriety surrounding the Car Craft Street Machine Nationals made it the go-to event for folks with gasoline in their veins. It was Woodstock on wheels. It is Woodstock on wheels.

And yet, I?ve never been.

That shameful fact can only be rationalized by the fact that I?ve been running other magazines, so I?m sort of off the hook, but not anymore. I am switching chairs with John McGann starting with the Sept. 2018 print issue. He will be at Hot Rod, and I?ll be here at Car Craft. In the business, that kind of thing isn?t uncommon, and since we?re both car guys, it?s not a huge leap for either of us. It keeps the work interesting too. If you are a McGann fan, you?ll be happy to know he?s still around. That said, my bucket list of important car-guy things left to do is really short, and CCSN is one of ?em!

Josh Munson?s 1966 Suburban was part of the Undiscovered Builder?s competition in 2017. The striking, fun machine features a turbocharged 5.4L Ford Mod motor with Holley Sniper fuel injection.

The venue for CCSN?Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky?is one of my favorites. The quarter-mile there is prepped to perfection by a seasoned crew, and there?s the unheard-of convenience of shade for spectators. The manicured, well-shaded grounds of Beech Bend Park are also perfect for the car show and cruising. Another couple of things I know about the place from previous visits: The oval track behind the dragstrip will play host to death-defying drifters, an open autocross, and the famous Car Craft Real Street Eliminator. Also, the manufacturer?s midway will be off the hook?due in no small part to our presenting sponsor, Holley Performance, which calls Bowling Green home.

1980s Thunderbirds like this make excellent low-buck drag platforms, and this guy didn?t disappoint the drag fan chilling in the covered grandstands.

Like last year, CCSN will hold the Midnight Drags on Friday and Saturday night, where the temps will be cool, but the racing will be hot. You can also bring your street machine to the portable chassis dyno for bragging rights or a little inspiration, depending on how deep down the rabbit hole you?ve already gone. Of course, one of the biggest reasons to go to CCSN is to get spotted by Car Craft for possible consideration for a feature. Naturally, we?ll be checking out the car show, drag racing, and Undiscovered Builders display for outstanding examples of the breed, and you should not be afraid to make yourself known to the staff if you have something remarkable.

Colorful 1964 Plymouth reaches for the night sky during the Midnight Drags, the CCSN?s minimum-rule, street-style, heads-up eliminator for small-tired cars.

So when does all this goodness transpire? Please mark your calendars for the weekend of July 20?21, 2018, and check out the schedule and participant details at hotrod.com/events/summer-nationals. If you?re a hot rodder and have never been to CCSN, please join me this July and we can experience it together for the first time. After all, how many truly big car-guy bucket-list items are still around?

At the 2017 Car Craft Summer Nats, Car Craft editor John McGann got to check off one of his biggest bucket-list items: meeting his idol, Al Unser Jr., who was at Bowling Green with Speedway Motors.

Throwback image to the 1979 Car Craft Street Machine Nationals. With more build styles represented, the name was eventually changed in later years to represent a more inclusive group.
The manufacturer?s midway at the Car Craft Summer Nats features a lot of vehicles brought by vendors to showcase their wares, and the projects of customers. Near the front, you?ll notice Scott Birdsall?s Cummins turbodiesel-powered F-1 Ford truck from the cover of the May 2018 issue.
There?s plenty of shade at Beech Bend Park to enjoy the fans that stroll by to look at the iron. We caught this sweet Pro Street Opel GT at CCSN last year.
On the oval track, drifting will be laying a sweet tire haze over the festivities?
?and another drift shot for those of you who appreciate Bowling Green?s unique Corvette heritage!
For those more into grip handling, the autocross and Real Street Eliminator will be open to all participants.

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Krass & Bernie Get Burned By The Cops! How They Get Even!
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Who among us hasn?t been caught by the cops? Speeding? Burnouts? Racing? Donuts in the parking lot? It just goes with the territory of being a hot rodder. This time, however, the boys use a little ingenuity to not only escape the authorities in their blown C-10, but to stymie the Department of Defense!

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Rusty C3 Corvette windshield frames can be fixed
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Corvettes built from 1968-?82 share the same steel birdcage frame that supports the surrounding body panels. The upper windshield frame is constructed with five major components and each was spot-welded together to form the windshield frame. These various parts include two main pillar posts, the upper header and two reinforcing corners. The pillar posts and the header are constructed from hollow steel and only the outside surfaces were usually painted. If a hole develops from rust in the header, water will flow down the frame and into the footwell kick panels on both sides of the passenger compartment.

Several things?over time?can cause this part of the frame to rust and deteriorate. It is easy for debris and leaves to wedge themselves underneath the chrome trim around the windshield. They hold moisture and cause rust to begin forming on the metal. Cars that have spent their years in wet, moist climates are prone to having large buildups of rust on the surfaces of their windshield frames.

The frames were originally constructed by spot-welding the ends of the pillar posts. Then the corners were spot-welded to both sections. These overlapping joints were never sealed. The windshield frame is covered with metal trim and there is enough of a gap to allow the leaves and debris to be trapped in the channel underneath the chrome trim. It takes a while for moisture in this area to dry out. The most troubling is water will run down the side of the windshield frame and collect in the lower #2 body mount area in wells beside the driver and passenger compartments. Unless these leaks are corrected immediately the windshield frame will rust beyond repair and will need to be replaced.

If you find that your windshield frame is in this condition there are two options we recommend. The first requires a ton of patience and time. This method is to chisel and hammer out all of the spot welds that were used to construct the windshield frame at the factory. In addition, you can purchase a spot-weld cutter at the hardware store. The spot-weld cutter is a center bit with an outer cutting tip built into one drill bit. This will enable you to drill out all of the original welds. You will still have to use your hammer and chisel to cut the frame apart. Corvette aftermarket suppliers sell reproduction windshield frame replacement pieces to restore this critical part on your Corvette. You will need access to a MIG welder and someone to operate it if you cannot perform this task. The second way to make this repair is to let a professional shop like VanSteel perform this work.

The company encountered a non-repairable windshield frame after a customer commissioned them to restore their Corvette. Its windshield frame was so deteriorated it could not be repaired and needed replacement. An undamaged windshield frame was located at a swap meet at a local Corvette show. The VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) was carefully removed from the rusted birdcage and set aside until the repair was finished. Measurements were carefully recorded on a piece of tape so the new frame would fit perfectly. A powered saw was used to cut the old frame out of the car and after about three hours of labor the replacement frame was completely welded in place. The seams were ground smooth and repainted in black to keep them from rusting. The original VIN number plate was installed and the new frame looked good as new. So if your Corvette birdcage is badly rusted, take heart that it can be repaired. Vette

1. A customer commissioned VanSteel to restore his Corvette coupe. The restoration included refurbishing the frame, body and interior.
2. All C3 Corvettes, from 1968-?82, were fitted with this steel birdcage. Body panels were bonded to this frame to hold them in place. The convertible birdcage did not have the T-bar or the rollover hoop behind the driver and passenger compartment. The rest of the structure was identical to the coupe.
3. When VanSteel removed the windshield and trim this is how the badly the windshield frame was rusted. Rust had weakened the entire structure and it had to be replaced. If your windshield is unbroken and free of nicks you have three choices. Leave it alone, take it out yourself or let a professional perform the task.
4. Measuring the existing frame is a critical step in the replacement process. A test windshield was set (not secured) onto the frame to add shape and minimize flexing.
5. The best way to measure a convertible frame is from the rear bulkhead to the top of the windshield frame. On coupes, measure from the edge of the rear roof to the top of the windshield frame. You also want to measure from the floor to the top of the windshield frame for both coupe and convertibles. Remove the test windshield when the measurements are completed.
6. Besides putting the measurements in a notepad for future reference, they were scribed onto pieces of tape and placed on the left and right side of the body near the work area. This is a secure way to remember any variations between the left and right side of the windshield frame.
7. Use a saw to cut through the windshield frame on either side of the T-bar on coupes. The T-bar support will need to be chiseled off once the remainder of the windshield frame is removed. This step is not necessary on convertibles.
The remainder of the old windshield frame needs to be removed to gain access to the welds that hold the T-bar support to the windshield frame. A saw was used to gain access to the T-bar welds that hold it in place.
9. Once the T-bar welds are exposed, a rotary grinder was used to grind the welds so the old frame could be pried off the T-bar.
10. This used windshield frame was found at a Corvette swap meet and was in excellent condition. It even had the VIN number plate attached. However, it was removed and discarded. The VIN plate on the rusted frame will be removed and reattached to the replacement frame.
11. The replacement frame was measured against the existing frame to ensure ample room was available prior to cutting the old frame off the car. The new frame extended below the lower weld joint and this joint was selected to saw and remove the old frame.
12. This is what remains of the old frame after it was cut off of the remainder of the birdcage.
13. The T-bar attachment is carefully removed from the replacement windshield frame. All remnants of the T-bar mounting must be ground away in order to fit the parts together successfully.
14. Use clamps to hold the replacement frame in place and compare your measurements from the original frame. Make any adjustments before welding the frame in place. It is a good idea to tack-weld the frame so you can recheck your fit. It is a good idea to lay the test windshield into the frame to confirm the fit.
15. Once your measurements are confirmed, remove the test windshield and line up the T-bar with the windshield frame. It is a good idea to tack-weld everything first so you can recheck your fit.
16. A long clamp is attached to the windshield frame with an extension down to the rear bulkhead. This keeps the frame from moving during the final welding step. Once everything is rechecked, complete the welds.
17. The test windshield and T-tops were set in place and the frame was re-measured to confirm everything fits correctly. The measurements were the same on this car.
18. Once the paint and bodywork are completed the windshield and trim were installed. The trim along the top is held in place with 8 to 10 clips. The side trim on the windshield frame is held in place with Philips screws.
19. The completed windshield frame is free of leaks and with proper care should be good for many years of trouble-free ownership.

 

Sources

CarTech

www.cartechbooks.com

 VanSteel Corvette Brakes & Suspension Parts

www.vansteel.com

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Barn Find 1932 Ford Roadster Hidden for 60 Years
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You would think with all the car collectors and automotive prospectors out there scouring the world?s barns, garages, storage sheds, fields, and the like for hidden automotive treasure, that the supply of ?barn find? cars would, at some point, dry up.

Maybe so, but as this car proves, they are still out there.

The known history of this roadster starts with a 1946 California pink slip, the year a Eureka, California, rancher bought it. Mike guesses that, like a lot of young men in those days, he bought it right after returning to civilian life after the war.

And unlike some of the ?barn finds? we hear about these days that really aren?t?Mom?s old Mustang that?s been in the garage since the 1980s doesn?t count?this ?32 standard roadster was found in an actual barn, parked since 1955.

?It?s amazing to find a ?32 roadster at all, but to find one like this?,? said Mike McGrath, who with his father, Bill, are the car?s current caretakers.

If you?re into old Fords, you likely know the McGraths as the proprietors of the Early Ford Store in Southern California?s picturesque San Dimas. They live and breathe FoMoCo products from the 1920s to the late 1950s and knew exactly what they were looking at when they first laid eyes on the roadster.

When its black paint still shined, the roadster was powered by a Model B four-banger with two twos. Note that the ?33 Ford pickup radiator cap seen on the car in these photos is still on it. ?It?s amazing it wasn?t stolen over all those years,? Mike says.

Mike?s ?like this? comment describes the old Ford on several levels. That it?s a Deuce roadster makes it the Holy Grail for many hot rodders. It?s also an early ?32 roadster, with details that ?real sickos,? as Mike described himself, will just geek out over. It has the early single-finger-hold hood hooks, for example, very desirable pieces for period-correct rod builders. ?We just sold a set like them for $700,? Mike says. It also has early doors, with extra holes to attach the side curtains.

The curtains and the top are original. ?They?ve never been off, I?m sure,? Mike states. ?They?re bolted to the doors, and you couldn?t get them off if you wanted to.?

Shot from remarkably similar angles, these two photos illustrate the roadster in its late-1940s/early-1950s heyday, and as it was pulled from its 60-year slumber.

The leather upholstery, or what?s left of it, is original, too. The car?s hot rod roots show in the old Stewart-Warner gauges in the dash. It also has a gasoline-fueled Southwind heater under the dash, and a Firestone aftermarket radio, something Mike says he?s never seen before.

?Like this? also describes what is a largely intact car. Though it was a hot rod back in the 1940s, it was a mild one. Its fenders are still on; and though the cowl vent is filled, the grille shell is not. The grille is still topped by the ?33 Ford pickup radiator cap visible in old photos of the car. The front axle and rearend are ?bone stock,? Bill says. The windshield stanchions are unchopped, though they have been rotated to allow the windshield to lay back some. That change, plus the laidback top bows, gives the roof line a chopped look.

It took a full day?s work, and a forklift, to free the roadster from its tomb-like barn.

The photos of the hot rod ?when it still shined,? as Bill describes it, show the car with a four-banger under the hood, topped by a pair of two-barrel carbs. At some point in its life, the roadster was upgraded with a bunch of parts from a ?39 Ford, including its hydraulic brakes, transmission, pedals, taillights, and even the horns underhood. The engine in it now is a 59A flathead, too new to have come out of the donor ?39 but probably transplanted at the same time.

?It?s free, it turns, the oil in it is clean, and it?ll likely start, though we haven?t tried to yet,? Mike says about the flathead.

So much for the storied ?dry? California climate, right? Eureka sits right on the Pacific Ocean, and the salt air did the car?s sheetmetal no favors over the years. Yet the car is remarkably intact, still wearing its ?32 big-truck front bumper, ?33 truck radiator cap, and even the original headlights. ?That?s probably the strangest thing about the car,? Mike says. ?Everyone updated their lights to sealed beams.?

The roadster also exhibits some clues to its use prior to going into Rip Van Winkle mode. It lived on a ranch in Eureka, a rural town along Northern California?s coast. A crude angle-iron bumper hitch is fixed to the back, likely used to tow a trailer hauling wood, dirt, or other ranch debris. The tailpanel below the rumble seat lid was cut out of the body, and the rumble seat removed, making more room to haul some sort of payload.

The McGraths have the 1946 pink slip the Eureka rancher got when he bought the car. The roadster still wears its license plates, the rear one showing a 1955 tag?the last time it was registered.

The one-finger hood hooks are among the details that indicate this was an early-build ?32 Ford. It also has more holes in the doors to secure the side curtains than later ?32 doors.

That the car had outlived its usefulness to the rancher is evident on a note written on the bill of sale he gave to the man who took possession from him: ?Vehicle given to new owner for disposal.?

That new owner was Ron Cochran, a Central California collector who had heard of the car and became its new owner in 2015. As it turned out, he was a customer of the McGraths, ?and he knew we?d be really into it,? Mike says. ?We?re appreciative that he called us. He knew it?s junk we like.?

The front axle and rearend are bone stock but wear upgrades that include ?39 hydraulic brakes and tube shocks. Those tires are not the ones found on the car but an ancient set of rollers from the McGrath?s inventory that hold air?sort of.

Freeing the car from its 60-year hibernation was quite a chore. ?Took us all day,? Bill remembers. The tires were a ruin and the brake shoes locked solid, so there was no rolling it. ?We used a forklift with 10-foot forks,? Bill says. Once they got the car to their shop, they took the wheels off and found the brake drums so full of mud they had to use hammers to knock the gunk out. Remarkably, though, ?the brake shoes were brand new,? Mike says. ?You wouldn?t even need to reline them.?

The roadster now sits on wheels the McGraths had in the shop ?with tires good enough to roll,? Bill says.

The top and side curtains are the originals seen in the vintage photos. As to why the condition of the curtains is so different side to side, we can only speculate from the photos of the car in the barn that the passenger side was more protected from the elements.

Is a restoration in the car?s future? No. ?I wouldn?t want to restore it,? Bill says. ?I want to enjoy it as it is.? Mike even joked?we think it was a joke, anyway?about misting the car with hairspray before they displayed it at the Grand National Roadster Show?where we first saw it, in the Suede Palace?so passersby wouldn?t rub off the dirt accumulated on the sheetmetal?s crusty surface.

As luck would have it, within two weeks of buying the roadster, the McGraths bought another survivor Deuce, this one an unchopped three-window that was last registered in 1954 and has been garage-bound since 1961. ?It?s a perfect body, the nicest I?ve ever seen,? Bill says. Evidence of its hot rod past shows up in a white Naugahyde roof insert and chromed window frames. Mike believes it was parked during the middle of an OHV conversion that was never finished.

That car is currently blown apart, and the father-son team hopes to display it at next year?s GNRS. It paired with the roadster in arrested decay would make quite the showstopper.

This survivor ?32 Ford standard roadster looks right at home in the McGrath?s Early Ford Store, surrounded by the vintage parts and memorabilia Bill and Mike have collected over the years.
This high-angle view of the roadster?s interior shows off its original leather upholstery, steering wheel, and dashboard. We didn?t want to look too close to the detritus on the floor; Mike says they?re still finding rodent carcasses in tiny spaces in the car.

On either side of the steering column are these early (and now much-sought-after) Stewart-Warner gauges and the controls for the 1930s-vintage Firestone radio, an aftermarket accessory Mike admits he?s never seen before. The radio receiver is mounted under the dash and wired to the controller and an antenna, the remains of which are visible mounted on the left side of the cowl.
The instrument panel didn?t survive the elements as well as the painted dashboard. Peeking out beneath the right side of the dash is the Southwind heater.
Mike figures around the same time the car was upgraded with its ?39 equipment (note the ?39 horns and ?39 voltage regulator on the firewall), it also received this 59A flathead. It?s basically a stock engine, though it is fitted with headers. The hardline running from the firewall to the carburetor is the fuel source for the Southwind heater.
Note how the taillight panel was cut away from the body. It and the rumble-seat lid were removed to improve the roadster?s hauling capacity when it was put into service at the ranch. The angle-iron trailer hitch would indicate the car towed, too.
Someone strung a wire from the trailing edge of the left rear fender to the hitch. That one?s a head-scratcher, though Mike believes it was done to lash down the rattling fender. ?It looks like the car was used around the ranch as a farm implement,? Mike says. ?And that?s what started to kill it.?
The McGraths have no plans for the relic roadster other than to appreciate the time capsule that it is, and display it occasionally so others can travel back in time, too.

 

The Source

We?ve lost count of how many car stories we?ve printed that have mentioned the Early Ford Store as the source for some hard-to-find part or another. Once you?ve been to the store, you?ll see why, as it is literally stacked floor to ceiling with a remarkable assortment of original, N.O.S., and reproduction Ford parts. The car-part inventory spans model years from 1928 to 1959; truck parts run all the way up to 1972.

?We have everything but upholstery,? Mike says. He estimates there are 8,500 reproduction parts listed on the company?s website (earlyfordstore.com) and some 10,000 stocked in the store. Those numbers don?t include the vintage parts. ?We have storages full of used parts all over.?

The building that houses the store couldn?t be more apt: Built in 1910, the San Dimas Garage became the town?s first Ford agency in the 1920s. It was later home to two Ford dealerships, Bill Knapp Ford and Liberty Ford, before the McGraths moved in nearly 20 years ago.

The business caters to restorers and hot rodders alike. Not far away from stock fenders, grilles, and window frames hung in the rafters is a cabinet topped with a row of very rare Thickstun intake manifolds, capped at one end by an Italmeccanica flathead supercharger. The blower dates to the time before the Supercharger Company of Turin bought the tooling and put its S.Co.T. name on it.

?We are always buying and selling hard-to-find 1928-1959 original parts,? Mike says. ?And we buy beat-up ?32 roadsters, too.?

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Rad Rides by Troy Conceals the Deal on the Mariani Bros.? Tudor
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I recall, quite a few moons ago, a particular closed-cab pickup in bare metal that was the talk of the town (this was well before the advent of social media, so people were actually talking ?). This was back when that rodent rod infestation was in its infancy, and thus the chopped 1934 became both the antithesis for those who understood and the poster child for the misguided perception of those who didn?t, but latched onto a catch phrase and applied it to anything without shiny paint. It?s just a hot rod in the buff, folks, pure and simple.

This was also a turning point in time when so-called unfinished (but finished) hot rods became more socially acceptable within the hobby?especially when examples started appearing on the covers of magazines. Builders started taking advantage of the trend by having fresh projects photographed in the raw for a feature prior to paint and upholstery?and generally speaking, that transition from naked to clothed (finished) was usually swift in order to meet deadlines with paying customers, and that meant the average person would only get to see the bare version in print (or digital format in this day and age). But Troy Trepanier and his Rad Rides by Troy team apparently have a different approach to that transition process on certain builds, one that takes the interactive out of the virtual-reality world and puts it back where it belongs?in the real-reality world.

Rather than take the Mariani Bros.? Tudor straight back to the shop in Illinois for its final build stages following the 2016 SEMA debut, Trepanier thought it might be a good idea for the shop to have it on display at some of the bigger national events, starting with the Grand National Roadster Show. This obviously gave spectators the opportunity to see the Model A in all its bare-metal glory?but it also allowed them to meet some of the build crew and find out all the particular hows, whys, and what fors they?d been dying to know. Rad Rides? Adam Banks summarizes the process like so: ?As a shop we get to take a car, still in construction, and discuss all the details pertaining to that aspect of the build. Then we get to take it around again once finished and discuss a whole new set of details. Whether someone likes it better before or after, or both, makes no difference to us ? we just enjoy sharing the process with others.? Of course people want to learn about the fabrication, the mechanical aspects, and where they can buy those one-off wheels; they were also inquired about the manner in which the raw metal surface was being preserved, and if they were going to paint it at some point, just what would it take to prepare the bare metal, as more often than not a penetrating oil of sorts was introduced to the surface ? the same types of questions every owner of bare metal hot rods can relate to.

After six months of show ?n? tell, Rad Rides finally put the Mariani sedan back on build schedule, as the upcoming 2017 SEMA Show?its follow-up debut deadline?was just around the corner. That meant the shop had a short window of opportunity to blow the Tudor completely apart to begin the transition process of concealing/refinishing all the exposed metal, as well, simultaneously creating the entire interior to suit. Adam, our insider info provider, had this to say about that: ?The interior for the Model A was all done in-house at Rad Rides by myself ? I also did the majority of the fabrication on the car. I mention this only because doing both the fabrication and interior in the shop ensures components are in place that greatly improve the quality and ease of installation when it comes time to fabricate the interior?items such as headliner bow location, tack strip recesses for windlace, and tabs for interior panels are all integrated into the car during the fabrication stages.

?The dash, all interior panels, seat frame and foam, garnish moldings, and interior trim are all built from scratch. The dash features a 1949 Packard instrument cluster with custom machining by Lawrence Laughlin of Rad Rides and gauges by Classic Instruments. Laughlin also machined the air conditioning vents, finishing out the Vintage Air Gen II A/C system, and the unique crown-shaped knob on the top of the dash that controls the functional cowl vent. The steering wheel that Laughlin and I designed features hand-stitched leather grips and a four-spoke Indycar centersection. The steering wheel also features a unique quick-release hub and tilt roadster column, allowing for easier entry and exit of the car as well as improving driving position. The seat and all interior panels are covered with a hand-tipped tobacco brown Italian leather, with perforated inserts and cream-colored contrasting stitching. The floor, lower door panels, and package tray all use a brown German square-weave carpet bound with leather matching the interior. The headliner bows were custom made and the headliner patterned to align the seams with the roof insert?s raised beads. Doing so effectively gave the driver as much headroom as possible.?

Figured since he was on a roll, I?d see what Adam had to say regarding the exterior: ?That too was all executed in-house at Rad Rides?the bodywork on the Model A was done by Warren Lewis and Gary Childers, while the painting was done by Lewis, as well as final wet sanding and buff with the help of Zach Ingram and Ed Robinson of Zrods in Knox, Indiana. The striping on the body, wheels, air cleaner, and dash were done by local sign painter Tom Evans, who has done all of our striping for years. The paint is a custom mix Glasurit Bronze Metallic on the main portion of the body and a modified version of the same base with satin clear on the accent pieces and roof insert. The drivetrain components were all deburred and prepped for paint by Rad Rides’ Brian Ferguson. The engine, transmission, and rear axle were also painted with a custom mix dark gold Glasurit satin. Many suspension components were blasted heavy with steel shot and powdercoated with a gold-bronze texture to give them a cast look. Other steering, suspension, and drivetrain components were also powdercoated with a darker soft bronze metallic for durability. Plating on the car is all bright nickel, done by Sherm?s Custom Chrome Plating in Sacramento, California. All the sound deadening and carpet underlayment are products from Dynamat, keeping heat and unwanted sound to a minimum, while the windows in the car are bronze acrylic from AM Hot Rod Glass. Final assembly of our cars is a group effort led by Troy; Alex Marion did all the wiring and much of the mechanical assembly on the car, with help from Dale Cherry from Injection Connection for tuning; Casey Modert, Ian Walton, Brian Ferguson, and Gary Childers are all involved in various aspects of final construction as well.?

It?s now 2018. The Mariani Bros.? Tudor sedan has made its SEMA debut in full dress, with a following appearance in Pomona, where I finally see it in finished form for the first time. My initial thoughts? I?m not sure which version I like better. Without having a chance to express my views, Adam had one last thing to say: ?What we hear quite often about the car at this point are not always questions but comments about the finished car versus bare metal; because it was featured in print unfinished, as well as the Velocity Channel?s hour-long special about it winning SEMA?s Battle of the Builders?which was quite an honor to win and humbling that our peers choose us out of so many amazing vehicles?people are familiar with it both before and after. We get comments about how much they liked it raw, or how they were nervous about seeing it finished, concerned we would make some ?bad? choices on color. That?s actually a very enjoyable part of doing a car this way.? Constructive criticism is one thing I can truly relate to?not that I ever get much. But I do get what Rad Rides by Troy is doing, and like or not, hope you do too.

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Win Two Dream Corvettes 1965 Sting Ray 2018 Grand Sport
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One ticket is all it takes to win two stunning Lingenfelter powered Corvettes each finished in Artic White and packed with loads of extra horsepower. Or increase your odds of winning by 7,200 percent for $5,000. It?s up to you, but as they say, ?you can?t win if you don?t play.?

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If you?re new to the restomod craze, it?s the fastest growing segment of the classic-car hobby. In fact, restomod Corvettes are now more valuable than numbers-matching classics. Watch any televised auction like Barrett-Jackson and you?ll see finely restored restomod Corvettes?like this grand-prize Sting Ray?selling for serious, six-figure hammer prices.

When you enter and win the 2018 Corvette Dream Giveaway, you?ll bring home a genuine 1965 Corvette Sting Ray bathed in Arctic White, adorned with a red leather interior and decked out with a five-speed manual transmission, air-conditioning, power steering and brakes, power windows, and a whole lot of Corvette attitude.

This restomod Sting Ray will make your lifelong dream of driving and enjoying a carefree, classic Corvette come true. Remember, you can?t buy it, but you can win it in the 2018 Corvette Dream Giveaway.

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The 68th Annual Sacramento Autorama
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While it?s kind of hard to dispute that hot rodding was born and raised on the streets and dried up lakebeds of Southern California, the same can?t really be said for customs. However, when it comes to Sacramento laying claim that it?s the Custom Capital, I can?t and won?t argue that. With a lineage dating back to one of the earliest recognized customizers, Harry Westergard?who helped light the lead torch flame of Dick Bertolucci and George Barris?that still continues to this day with Paul Garland (Garland?s Sacramento) and Scott Mugford (Blue Collar Customs), among others, they?re not saying it just because it?s the state?s capital as well. And for the last six decades, the venue in which this has been showcased?and now highly honored?is the one and only Sacramento Autorama, where custom car owners and builders go for the gold ? or sterling silver, whichever the gorgeous awards are made out of.

Regardless of the competition it was up against at the 68th Annual Sacramento Autorama, the 1941 Buick Sedanette?Dillinger?crafted by Marcos Garcia and his crew at Lucky 7 Customs for Clifford Mattis was, in my eyes, the clear winner from the get go ? and the judges seemed to agree, bestowing it not only the 2018 H.A. Bagdasarian Memorial World?s Most Beautiful Custom award, but the cherished Custom D?Elegance award. Now, I may be a bit biased, what having personally known Garcia for the better part of the past 25 years, but I also know a drop-dead gorgeous custom when I see it?and Dillinger is it, hands down. From every aspect, Lucky 7 nailed it: from the exterior makeover (chopped with a sectioned deck, frenched 1941 Chevy headlights, narrowed 1941 Cad bumpers, flush-fit skirts, and Garcia?s signature stunning paintwork, in this case a tri-stage pearl olive) to the interior (leather and print fabric upholstery by Gabe?s with a mix of period touches, such as a reduced-diameter 1946 Buick steering wheel, 1951 Merc speaker grille integrated into the package tray) and especially the stance (modern IFS with air-assist and one-off 16-inch Buick-inspired wheels carved by EVOD and wrapped in Firestone bias-ply rubber). In other words, they served up a full-course custom which, in turn, quite deservedly earned it top honors this weekend in Sacramento.

Beyond the top honors, what really made this year?s show rich with custom heritage was a not-so-little display devoted to the one organization and its members solely responsible for keeping customs and cruising alive and well in all of California since 1992: Rich and Penny Pichette?s West Coast Kustoms. WCK?s Cruisin? Nationals, a name which at one time was synonymous with Paso Robles, California, is unquestionably the nation?s largest gathering of custom cars from its peak years in Paso clear to this day, where it?s now held just south in Santa Maria. This year?s Autorama honorably paid tribute to Penny et al who?ve made the organization what it is today with the West Coast Kustoms Gathering?a 30-car display featuring WCK members? cars from up and down the coast on the floor of Cal Expo Building C. Thank you, Penny, for continuing to do what you do for the past 35-plus years?and thank you John Buck/Rod Shows for acknowledging those tireless efforts accordingly. (In 2014, Penny was inducted into the GNRS Hall of Fame; Rich was inducted back in 1995.)

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Detroit Speed Acquires C&R Racing Driveline Division as GearFX
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Mooresville, North Carolina Automotive performance entrepreneur and long-time racer Kyle Tucker announced today his acquisition of the driveline division of C&R Racing (South), known for performance-quality radiators, transmissions and driveline components. Located in Mooresville, NC, with headquarters in Indianapolis, IN, C&R Racing (South) is a division of PWR Performance Products. Tucker is the owner and co-founder of automotive aftermarket chassis and suspension parts manufacturer Detroit Speed Inc., an industry leader for nearly two decades.

Now under the same leadership of the trusted Detroit Speed family of products and services, C&R Racing?s driveline division has been renamed GearFX Driveline, LLC, effective immediately. While holding the same ownership and high-quality standards of the Detroit Speed brand, GearFX will operate independently and retain its original C&R Racing staff.

?Throughout my relationship with C&R Racing, they have proven their reliability and commitment to quality through their long-time racing expertise,? stated Kyle Tucker, president of Detroit Speed. ?Now, I?m excited to bring that knowledge and racing technology to the street market.?

GearFX will strive to produce the industry?s quietest, high quality rear gears, by offering dyno break-in and testing them for the highest performance and customer satisfaction. The company also handpicks each component based on track-tested quality and function and assigns a unique serial number and ?birth certificate? to each new unit. This one-of-a-kind origin-labeling process allows the customer to know exactly when and who built the component.

While maintaining the foundation of service, quality and people that C&R Racing built, GearFX plans to expand its current menu of services by offering REM polishing, dyno break-in and quiet, durable gears. The company also has plans to begin expanding its reach into the off-road market and other new areas of the industry.

?Detroit Speed has always been known for pushing the envelope in the high performance aftermarket,? said Jeff ?Fuzzy? Horton, general manager and technical director for GearFX. ?This new combination of driveline specialization is just another great addition to the Detroit Speed arsenal, and we couldn?t be more excited to be a part of it.?

About Detroit Speed Inc.
Co-founded in 2001 by automotive performance entrepreneur and racing veteran Kyle Tucker, Detroit Speed, Inc. provides products and services to transform classic muscle cars into all- around versatile vehicles with distinct design and performance. Based in Mooresville, NC, the company has been recognized for its keen attention to detail and engineering excellence using American-made components. Detroit Speed helps drivers, car enthusiasts and the industry?s top automotive experts put the muscle back into their cars.

About GearFX Driveline, LLC
GearFX Driveline, LLC is the industry?s premier provider of gears and driveline components. Relying on the staff?s years of racing experience and attention to detail, all GearFX components are handpicked, inspected and verified before going to market. GearFX is based in Mooresville, NC.

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