TRJ #68 Out Now!

Issue #68

The freshly printed Rodder’s Journal #68 covers every aspect of the hot rodding spectrum from ’50s customs to nitro-burning front-engine dragsters. Subscribers are treated to a head-on shot of Keith Hill’s truck-nosed ’33 Ford, while the newsstand cover features Jack Chisenhall’s “Texas Longhorn II” cackling in front of his son John’s mild-custom ’59 El Camino push truck. Hill’s Hemi-powered coupe was chopped, channeled and given a competition look by the Pinkee’s Rod Shop crew. The Longhorn was campaigned in the mid-’60s AA/FD ranks and was recently restored by Chisenhall and original builders Woody Gilmore and Doug Kruse.

In this issue we also have a tire-frying Deuce three-window, a chopped and channeled Model A sedan, a baremetal Cord, an excerpt from the late Tex Smith’s autobiography and much more.

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Super Chief

Clyde Wooten’s ’58 Pontiac

By Pat Ganahl

The Federale Coupe

A Chopped Competition-style ’33 Ford

By Curt Iseli

Madras Speed Runs: 1951-1955

Early Speed Trials in the Pacific Northwest

By Albert Drake

The Texas Longhorn II

Texas Top Fueler Brought Back to Life

By Pat Ganahl

Deuce Development

The Evolution of an All-Steel ’32 Ford

By Joey Ukrop

Inside Hot Rodding

An Exclusive Look at Tex Smith’s Autobiography

By Joey Ukrop


A New Twist on an East Coast A

By Gerry Burger

Coffin-Nose Comeback

Hot Rod 1937 Cord in Baremetal

By Joey Ukrop

Evolution of Power

Improving SBC Looks and Performance

By Curt Iseli

TRJ Videos


Issue #66 is hot off the press and being shipped across the globe this spring. We’ve assembled a trailer filled with rare footage and behind-the-scenes action. Check it out below.

Make sure to head over to our store for a closer look at two of our box sets: The Rex Burnett print collection and the Vintage Catalog collection. We shot these short videos to give you an idea of what it’s like to see, hold and experience the products firsthand. We hope to bring you more product videos in the near future.

Learn more about the Vintage Catalog box set here.

Learn more about the Rex Burnett box set here.

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