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A Year in Review

A Year in Review

Annuals were a staple of our hobby’s golden age. Think Custom Cars Annual, Hot Rod Yearbooks, Pictorials and things of that nature. In this article’s initial form, it was geared in that direction. It’s a simple concept. Take a year’s worth of content and condense it into one streamlined, all-inclusive […]

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The Lost Speed Shop

The Lost Speed Shop

Well actually, the speed shop isn’t completely lost. It’s located at 1036 Fifth Ave. in the town of Aurora, Ill. The structure itself isn’t particularly unique — just a small, cinderblock building painted in a grey, red and blue motif. Out front, a pair of garage doors consumes two-thirds of […]

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Frenzel Speed

Frenzel Speed

“That’s what was great about the golden era of hot rodding. If we needed a cam, a carb, or even a complete running motor, we’d just head down to the Speed Shop and pick it up. There were no ‘parts clerks’ like we have today. Usually the guy behind the […]

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The Ranchero that got away

The Ranchero that got away

Some things are just meant to be. At any given moment, planning, skill and plain old luck may just collide to produce an outcome that is borderline unworldly. But sometimes we zig when we’re supposed to zag and jump when we’re supposed to duck — leaving us flat footed at […]

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The Dick Williams Roadster

The Dick Williams Roadster

Last night, I was brainstorming with a friend of mine. I couldn’t think of a worthwhile post for today and he was helping me out by coming up with questions to rattle my noodle. One of those was a simple one and one I can’t believe I haven’t asked myself […]

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Chain Driven

Chain Driven

Tooling around the hard drive this morning and found this fantastic drag roadster featuring a 4-71 blown 283. It’s all pretty standard affair for a early-to-mid-1960′s drag car, but the chain drive set up is what really caught my attention. From what I can tell, it’s a Howard chain drive […]

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The Stance

The Stance

It’s common knowledge that a car’s stance can either make or break the overall look. For the most part, there aren’t any written rules deeming a rod too high or a custom too low. But when you see one that sits just right, it’ll draw you in from across the […]

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Love The Bomb

Love The Bomb

Ray Lisea’s roadster as featured in the January, 1959 issue of Rob Builder & Customizer… It’s hard to ignore the fact that this is really an awkward car. It’s proportions are just a tad off, the front-end feels incredibly heavy, the caps don’t work all that well, the interior color […]

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The Top Five Non-Ford Flathead V’s…

The Top Five Non-Ford Flathead V’s…

I love the Flathead Ford V-8 (and if your on the HAMB most likely you appreciate it too.). It is with little doubt the most iconic traditional hot rod V motor of all time, and for many it’s the only choice for an early style Ford roadster or coupe. And […]

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