The Rodder's Journal Issue #38
The Rodder's Journal has recently completed Issue #38, and our staff has put together another fantastic magazine. The new issue, scheduled for a mid-November release, features 200 pages of the best and most interesting Hot Rods, Customs, various types of race cars, and the culture that follows these cars.
Issue #38 kicks off with a story about Bobby Green's Belly Tank Lakester. Green's Lakester looks as if it has been stored in his garage since 1952, but in fact, he recently completed it and debuted it at El Mirage last October. Green used a real 1944 P-38 Drop Tank, and equipped it with Milk Truck Wheels for an authentic look.
It has been nearly 60 years since Sam Barris chopped his first Merc in 1949, and that car still holds as much significance as ever. Out of the thousands of Mercs that have been chopped since then, this one could still be the best. The recently restored "Sam Barris Merc" spent much of the summer in our studio, and the story of the incredible car is as interesting as the car is beautiful.
The "Orange Crate" is a difficult car to describe in a couple of sentences. Wild 1932 Tudor Sedan is a start, but most people probably remember it best from the popular Revell scale model released in 1963. This was one of the best selling scale models ever produced. TRJ Issue #38 supplies in depth coverage of the car that won Oakland and graced the cover of Hot Rod Magazine in 1961, and has been hiding ever since. We have photos and interviews Ted Gord's "Orange Crate," past and present.
Two bare metal features are present in this issue. The first is a hand formed Track Roadster created by Jackie Howerton. Fred Fleet now owns this modern V-8 powered Roadster, and after 15 years, it is finally nearing completion. The second bare metal feature is the recreation of "TV" Tommy Ivo's first Top Fuel Dragster, the Barnstormer. An article accompanies the gorgeous photos, and tells the story of Tommy's departure from his TV career, and into a career as a drag racer.
TRJ ran into Dick Applegate and his '41 Willys in Louisville during the NSRA Street Rod Nationals. Unlike many Willys, his is neither Pro Street, nor a Gasser. His is just a nice car to drive around town, with a nearly 800 horsepower Hemi stuffed under the hood.
A celebration is in order for the L.A. Roadster's Car Club 50th Anniversary. Dick Wells and Neal Easton enlighten us with excerpts from "L.A. Roadsters- A Retrospective," on how the club came to be. Included in the feature are many historical photos from the club's archives.
George Lange (TRJ #35) of St. Louis, MO opens his garage for us again to show off his '32 Three Window, and '41 Mercury Convertible Custom. These cars are much more understated than the roadsters from issue #35, but are also our favorites.
As always, there is much more in The Rodder's Journal Issue #38. We answer the question: "Who the Hell Is Eddie Edmunds?" We also visit America's oldest speed shop. Parts is Parts reviews some Real Rodder Wheels, and Wearables features cool Car Club Coats. A feature is also done on Dave Kurz' 1928 Sedan Delivery that Hot Rod featured in 1965, and some of his artwork. The remainder of the features you will have to discover when you get your new edition of The Rodder's Journal.
The TRJ Staff