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The Rodder's Journal Issue #41
This issue begins with Dave Simard's 60's style Deuce roadster. A quick glance at this East Coast '32 will immediately evoke memories of Gary Kessler's heavily raked yellow hiboy. Under closer inspection, you will see the hundreds of hours that Dave spent crafting his roadster at his Massachusetts shop, East Coast Custom.
Spence Murray has again contributed two articles to Issue #41. In the first one, he examines the popularity of rippled Desoto bumpers on customs, and the occasional hot rod. The second story revisits our reprinted "50 Years of Rod & Custom." Spence speaks on how the book came to be, and includes photos of some of the more significant cars featured, including a stunning Olds powered '47 Ford.
All of the Buete Brothers drove Plymouth hot rods in their youth. Fifty years later, George Buete has a new one. This '47 Plymouth has been customized in the spirit of the '48 he did in 1951, and how he would've done it with more time and more money. It is pastel blue, with Lancer wheelcovers, and other tasteful mods such as '50 Pontiac taillights and shaved door handles.
The bare metal feature is a surprise birthday gift for Debra Kipp from her husband. After this issue comes out, it probably will not be much of a surprise anymore. She is getting a 1930 Ford Coupe built by So-Cal Speed Shop of Pomona, CA. Interesting features include a Ford Y-Block, '32 Frame rails, and a 1-inch channeled body.
On the front of the "B" Cover is the controversial restoration of the Lloyd Bakan Coupe. Bakan's coupe appeared on the cover of Hot Rod Magazine in 1957, along side a couple of bathing beauties. The controversy lies in contradicting reports of how much the top is chopped, and the color of the car, a debate that may never be settled. Don Orosco, of Monterey, CA, recently completed this gorgeous restoration.
David Grant has written a book chronicling the hot rods and customs from legendary builder, Gene Winfield. Entitled "Windy's Custom Shop," we sample this new book with some excerpts and photos.
Publisher Steve Coonan toured the Brookville Roadster's Ohio facility after the Nationals last year, and has published his photos from the tour in this issue. These black and white photos do a great job of giving us a taste of what one of Henry's factories may have looked like in 1932, although on a much smaller scale.
Our subscriber cover features James Austin's 1955 Chevy Pick-up. This mild custom has been in the works for many years, and recently was completed by Gary Howard of Austin, TX. James' pickup has all emblems and door handles shaved, rides on wide whites, and features a white tuck 'n' roll interior with green piping that matches the metallic light green exterior. A Chevy small-block provides the power, and is topped by a '51 Cadillac air cleaner.
There is much more to discover in The Rodder's Journal Issue #41, including some cool new products from mooneyes, and stories on famed hot rodders John Geraghty and Tony Nancy.
The TRJ Staff