A Family Affair

A Family Affair

A buddy of mine sent over the above image early last week. His timing was impeccable. I don’t know any specifics regarding the photo or the car, but I see a hard working man with a flair for flash. Only a man with a good comprehension for lines would stand […]

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The Art of the Drop Top Chop… Part 3

The Art of the Drop Top Chop… Part 3

Welcome to the last installment of Keith Tardel’s chop on the ol’ 1939 Mercury convertible. Part I was all about the A pillars coming down a full 3 inches and massaging the posts to line back up. In Part II, Keith tackled the tricky top bows, not only getting the […]

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Hot Rod Girl

Hot Rod Girl

I’ve got a lot going on today and not much time for a post. So I figured today would be a good time for a motion picture… In 1956, the country was being swept by shitty movies evangelizing the seedy underworld of hot rodding. “Hot Rod Girl” is one of […]

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Period 1932-’34 Rollers

Period 1932-’34 Rollers

A thread based entirely on period ’32 to ’34 rollers… How could I have not thought of this? It’s brilliant. Nothing is more visceral that a properly setup hot rod foundation, so imagine a complete thread full of them! Yes please. Lets see your period perfect ’32 to ’34 rollers. […]

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Just a loaner…

Just a loaner…

In the early 60s, my dad worked at McClure-Norrington Chevrolet at 46th and Troost in Kansas City. He started out in the service department doing “New Car Get Ready”, which was a common starting position at the time. When the new Chevy’s would come off the transporter, they required a […]

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The Twenty-Third Of June

The Twenty-Third Of June

It’s official. On the twenty third of June, we will be hosting a release party for Issue #2 of The Jalopy Journal in print. Man, did that feel weird to type. In fact, I never really thought I would type anything close to that. Ever. Certainly not in a serious […]

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For Miles In Circles…

For Miles In Circles…

Josh Shaw sent me an email the other day with the title of, “Check this shit out!” And when he does something like that, I pay attention and you fellas reap the rewards… See, Josh has been recently corresponding with Rich Harmon – a 71 year old man that has […]

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A Transparent Error…

A Transparent Error…

The Mercury Sun Valley debuted as ‘America’s First Transparent-Top Car’, a Plexiglas dream machine put into regular production for 1954. That year, my dad Jerry was just another wide-eyed 13 year old drooling at these exciting new Mercs when they first hit the streets of his native Kansas City. One […]

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Spreading The Gospel…

Spreading The Gospel…

He sat on the hard wooden pew and wiped his brow nervously. Despite his best efforts, a bead of sweat rolled down his cheek. Never before had he felt so trapped, so confused, or so conflicted. In front of him sat a family of four dressed in their best Sundays. […]

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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 >>