This issue features two impeccable Deuce Tudors, each one spotlight-worthy in their own right. Additionally, we highlight the resurgence of an iconic, historically-important ’40 Ford coupe, a Bellflower-era Chevy custom cruiser and a portfolio of historic drag racing photos. Here’s a look at those, and some of the other highlights from TRJ #58.
Issue #58 features Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Jeff Beck’s Deuce Tudor on the newsstand cover. Some of you may recall the “Carriage House Collection” feature we did on Jeff Beck’s hot rods in TRJ #18. It’s been over 35 years since Jeff acquired the Tudor body for $1,100 in the late-1970s, and began building it from the ground up. Since then, it has undergone a couple of interesting chops and paint jobs, and now wears the Orange-Crate inspired Dupont orange hue—an exotic characteristic that is appreciated by its current owner, Charlie Nearburg. You can read more about how the Deuce came to change hands and the fortuitous connection that bridged the transaction between Jeff and Charlie by way of master-craftsman, Roy Brizio. And ever since the Deuce arrived stateside last year, we’ve been eager to get it into the studio for a full-feature.
We first saw Henry Richard’s Deuce Tudor last September at our first-ever event, The Rodder’s Journal Revival in Baltimore, Maryland. What we quickly learned from our interview with Henry was that he comes from a long lineage of metalworkers in the automotive business. He is one of those people that possess an innate understanding of what a traditionally styled hot rod should look like. Having a customizer’s eye for proportion has served him right in perfecting the overall aesthetic and metalwork in this timeless Deuce. Henry’s Tudor is motivated by a smallblock Chevy engine and is featured on the subscriber cover of TRJ #58.
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Bob Nelson’s ’50 Chevy Fleetline DeLuxe is anything but flashy—in fact a self-proclaimed fan of early-styled customs, Bob’s Chevy remains nearly stock. To complete the look of Bob’s lowrider aesthetic, Bob’s son Darin Nelson completed the fabrication and sheetmetal work, followed by a few custom touches. This robins egg blue factory four-door is anything but conventional, as seen in issue #58. You won’t want to miss reading about Bob’s quest to recapture the appeal of this just-right mild custom.
In the spring 2013 issue, we visit Mel in his Grants Pass, Oregon, home where he shares a few of his favorite scrapbook photos—and we get an inside look at Mel’s choice “keepers”—the Tex Smith ’34 Ford Phaeton and a ’29 Model A roadster pickup he’s had since he was 12 years old. At 73 years of age, Mel Taormino was recently inducted into the NHRA Hall of Fame this past January at the Grand National Roadster show. He’s somewhat of a legend in the hot rodding community—and with a reputation for not just collecting, but hanging onto his hot rods for the long haul.
Pat Ganahl delves into his vast photo archives to bring us these historic portraits, taking us back to hot rodding’s depression-era roots. A smattering of black and white images depicting modifieds and lakesters running across El Mirage evoke the excitement that came from spending weekends at the dry lakes. The upcoming issue, TRJ #58, features this pictorial collection from some of the earlier days of hot rodding.