Rodders Journal #77

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On Sale December 2017

On the cover, a baremetal studio shot of the Eddie Dye roadster—a historic ’29 Ford Model A with one of the best streamlined track noses of all time. It’s now owned by New Jersey’s Tom Bobowski and is being restored by the Circle City Hot Rods team.

And that’s only the beginning. Flipping through the 160+ pages, you’ll find everything from an ultra-traditional A-V8 built by Vern Tardel to a collection of early-style customs from Ohio. In addition to a batch of extraordinary car features, we have an in-depth look at the Petersen Publishing archives, a mid-’60s Detroit Autorama photo portfolio and a gallery of ground-scraping customs based on mid-century automobile advertisements. There's also Richard Rawlings’ Hemi-powered ’34 Ford, which he built Fuel Coupe-style with Brian Bass at Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas, Texas.

With a pair of three-page foldouts and traditional hot rod and custom car content from cover to cover, it’s an issue you don’t want to miss.

Features include:

Blue Velvet - It’s been more than half a century since Fuel Coupes terrorized drag strips far and wide, and Richard Rawlings teamed up with Brian Bass to build a ’34 Ford five-window that emulates those unforgettable ground pounders. Heavily inspired by the Mooneyham & Sharp 554, the chopped, all-steel coupe boasts a 6-71-blown early Chrysler Hemi, custom-made weedburners and a full-on ’60s show car interior. You may have seen the car under construction at the Gas Monkey Garage on Discovery Channel’s “Fast N’ Loud” this fall. For our article we paired our low-light location photos with Brian’s account of the coupe’s construction.

A Roadster Reunited - Like so many other early hot rods, the Eddie Dye roadster lost its identity when it was updated to keep up with the times. More than half a century later, the pieces are back together again, thanks to New Jersey’s Tom and Jim Bobowski and Jimmy White of Circle City Hot Rods in Orange, California. In “A Roadster Reunited,” we tell the complete tale of the mysterious track-nosed ’29 Ford using historical photos, magazine articles and interviews with past owners—all of which nicely augment the baremetal studio feature.

Wheels are Everything - Mark Kawano is a graphic designer with an eye for tasteful mild customs. In “Wheels Are Everything,” we delve into his portfolio, which contains a colorful collection of cars plucked from mid-century automobile advertisements that he has smoothed, lowered and outfitted with period-perfect rolling stock. It’s a colorful mix of Mopars, Chevys, Cadillacs, Oldsmobiles, Pontiacs and more. With Astro Supremes, narrow whitewalls and Metalflake, this article is a window into Atomic Age bliss.

Restoration Redux - Early Ford expert Vern Tardel has been building hot rods for close to 60 years, and he recently finished this ’29 Model A Tudor with flathead motivation for Dave Hunt of Santa Rosa, California. Although Vern has assembled dozens of similar A-V8s, this one was the subject of his newest “How To” book: Hot Rod Your Model A, which documents the sedan’s build process from start to finish.

The Petersen Photo Archive - In this TRJ exclusive, contributing writer Dave Wallace worked with Petersen Photo Archivist Thomas Voehringer to give an inside look into Petersen Publishing’s snapshots of the mid-’50s through mid-’60s. Year by year, Thomas shares never-before-published treasures from the Hot Rod, Car Craft and Rod & Custom archives that include everything from fuel burning Competition Coupes to Ed Roth in his element at a wild beatnik party.

Customs Revisited - Jim Walker of Dayton, Ohio, has been building his collection of Barris-influenced customs for nearly 40 years. TRJ Publisher Steve Coonan ventured to his garage to photograph them a quarter century ago. In “Customs Revisited,” we take a look back at these early-style classics and explore Jim’s customizing roots. Although decades have passed since these photos were taken, the old adage still rings true—elegance truly never does go out of style.

and more!