Ok guys, we are getting really close to launching Version 5 of The Jalopy Journal and the HAMB. It's the largest redesign we have done since 2001. It's a massive change of direction in both look and feel and functionality. So, what should you expect? Everybody hates change. I realize that. And this is going to be a BIG change. I expect many of you to hate it at first just like many of you have hated all of our redesigns in the past. You will, however, grow to love it I'll bet... or I wouldn't be doing this. The main goals of this were simple: 1. I wanted posting and image attachments to be easier than ever. Our current method is ancient and inefficient. 2. I wanted a cleaner and simpler look to everything. 3. I wanted to get away from Vbulletin (our current forum software) and on to a more modern and flexible platform so that all of our historical posts and threads were in a safer and more easily searched environment. 4. I wanted everything on the site to be more accessible from a mobile device. More on that later. Our redesign will reach each of the above goals and I'm really happy about that. Plus, I think it's just down right gorgeous if I don't say so myself. I'm tickled. There will be, however, some growing pains. Before the launch of the redesign, there is going to be a forum reorg as well. I've hinted at this the past few weeks, but here are the basics. The current split of forums will no longer be... We've tested it for six months now and I'm not happy with it at all. Instead, the forums will be laid out like this: Hokey Ass Message Board. This forum will host every thread - just like the HAMB used to be. - Traditional Customs. This forum will host only period perfect customs just like our current traditional custom forum. These threads will also appear in the main HAMB forum. - Traditional Hot Rods. This forum will host only period perfect hot rods just like our current traditional hot rod forum. These threads will also appear in the main HAMB forum. Note that the current "traditionally styled" forum is gone under this new arrangement. These threads will now go in the main HAMB forum. So all we are really doing is keeping the traditional perfect forums and using them as a way for fellas to filter the forum so that all they see is period perfect stuff if they want. That's our focus anyhow... In addition, we will also be getting rid of the "tech archive". All of those threads will be moved into the main HAMB forum so that they are more searchable. This forum reorg will most likely happen before the redesign is launched. ....... Finally... Mobile. The new design will be much more usable from your regular mobile browser. Which is good, because our TJJ App will most likely be down for a week or two after the redesign launch. However, it will be back up and running once the apps are approved. ..... I guess that's it for now... Get ready for a fun mess.