Flat Tire

Flat Tire

I found this video randomly on YouTube. The premise is charming and simple – a group of kids hop on their bikes and go to the drag races for the day. One of them was thoughtful enough to bring along his Super 8. What he captures is a glimpse into […]

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Just In Time For Christmas?

Just In Time For Christmas?

I’ve been working on a few little projects here lately just to keep my “design mind” fresh. Three of those projects are now finished and the output is ready for retail. If I were a calculated man with a mind for profit, I would have timed this release a little […]

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The Flathead Rebuild: Part 3

The Flathead Rebuild: Part 3

There is nothing rational about trailering a car 2000 miles to Northern California, pulling the motor, rebuilding it, and then trailering it back 2000 miles – all in the span of 10 days. There are so many damned variables working against such a timeline that I thought it best not […]

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LIFE Images of Bonneville 1954

LIFE Images of Bonneville 1954

Ryan’s Bonneville photography post got me thinking about race cars documented at the salt over the past 60 years. The early Kodachrome era of photography is my hands down favorite, and I remembered some Bonneville shots I had seen in this unique color film that were also shot by a […]

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Christopher Wilson Photography

Christopher Wilson Photography

I’m home… I’ve been so busy with the road trip that I haven’t had time to finish writing up our experience with the flathead project. With any luck, I’ll get that done this week. I”ll also get right on shipping out merch and Alliance tags. Thank you all for being […]

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Les Dragsters 1966!!

Les Dragsters 1966!!

Ryan is on the long road home from a successful flathead built, so I’m on duty for this morning. A big thanks goes to our good pal Cole Foster, who sent along this great French documentary film shot at Lions Dragstrip in 1966, at the height of the Gasser and […]

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Sectioned Shoebox Fords

Sectioned Shoebox Fords

Of all the custom bodywork performed on a car in the 1950s, sectioning had to be the most radical and difficult treatment out there. Slicing a ‘section’ out of the entire body made it look skinny and sleek (if not a bit squashed when the top was usually left un-chopped), […]

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Santa Ana Drags: 1952 footage

Santa Ana Drags: 1952 footage

I love coming across clips like this. Someone’s early color 8mm silent film footage just documenting the cars and bikes running down the Santa Ana airstrip all afternoon. Although the film is slightly damaged and lacking contrast, its a great glimpse back into the golden days of “run what you […]

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The Flathead Rebuild: Part 2

The Flathead Rebuild: Part 2

Our first day here on the ranch was spent pulling the motor out of my ’39 sedan and tearing it down for inspection. Today was all about the aftermath. Unfortunately, we found quite a bit of damage in the little motor. One of the aforementioned “lash caps” came loose from […]

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Through the years we’ve had some pretty amazing articles pop up here on The Jalopy Journal. The following is just a few of them:

  • Tom Cobbs

    The story of Tom Cobbs, his legacy, and his hot rod roadster. Read: Part 1, Part 2, or Part 3.

  • The Bob Roddick Story

    The story of a set of lost photos that literally take us all back into time. Read: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, or Part 4.

  • The Ferrari Shoot

    Comparing and contrasting three very different cars with three very different purposes in life. Read It >>

  • Inspiration

    This post is actually a continuation of two other posts that were written in 2006 (Part 1 & 2). The stuff you guys came up with is breathtaking.

  • Gary Howard

    Gary is one of my heroes and after interviewing him, I got to check off an item from my dream list. Read It >>