Issue #69

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This 170-page issue is our largest in years, and it takes an in-depth look at everything from homebuilt traditional hot rods to the 1st Annual Bayou Round Up and the career of acclaimed metalman Ron Covell. The newsstand cover features the Ardun-powered Miller/Wusz ’23 Dodge roadster pickup from Portland, Oregon. Scott Perrott restored two iterations of the car, and we examine them both in this issue. Veteran hot rod and custom car painter Darryl Hollenbeck’s “Rotten Avocado Green” ’32 Ford roadster is the subject of the subscriber cover, which we shot in Concord, California.

Also in TRJ #69, we have a father-and-son-built mild custom Mercury, a chopped, channeled and tire frying ’34 Ford pickup, and a whole lot more.

Little Thumper Hops Again

Like many other hot rods, the “Little Thumper” ’23 Dodge was changed constantly throughout its lifetime. The roadster pickup started as a Ford-powered hot rod built to roam the streets of Portland, Oregon, and it was eventually transformed into a high-riding dragstrip terror with Hemi motivation. We included a full-size foldout of the Ardun-powered roadster as an added bonus to the double-feature.

Higher Aspirations

Austin, Texas-based hot rodder Chris Casny built his ’50s-style A-V8 almost entirely by himself. The Root Beer Brown roadster features a wealth of well-executed details from the subtly lengthened hood to the frenched ’41 Hudson taillights. We photographed the car on the Blackham Coliseum grounds in Lafayette, Louisiana.

The Continuing Education of a Metal Man

Ron Covell shares the story of his ever-evolving craft in “The Continuing Education of a Metal Man.” In Covell’s own words, the article explores everything from his earliest days forming slingshot dragster bodies in California through his present profession teaching metalworking workshops.

Rise of the Rare Bird

Longtime hot rod and custom car painter Darryl Hollenbeck designed his ’32 Ford roadster with a hint of art deco flavor. The roadster is an exercise in restraint that is centered around Darryl’s custom-mixed paint and carefully selected DeSoto Airflow door handles. We photographed the car on location near Darryl’s home in Concord, California.

Born on the Bayou

This fall, close to 400 hot rods and custom cars made their way to Lafayette, Louisiana, for the 1st Annual Bayou Round Up. Because we rarely pass up a good road trip, we flew to Austin and made the trek from Texas’ capital to the Round Up in a pack of hot rods and customs. We have the full story in TRJ #69.

Coffee Shop Pickup

Ever since the earliest days of The Rodder’s Journal, we have strongly supported the practice of driving hot rods. Ian Loska took that mantra to a new level when he built his nailhead-powered ’34 Ford pickup to do donuts and burnouts whenever possible. Complete with a fully integrated roll cage and skinny Model A wire wheels, this pickup is nothing short of radical.

Running Mild

Rich Spanovich of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, worked with his son Rick to build an understated ’51 Mercury with a variety of ’50s mild custom touches. The Rock Moss Green Merc looks like it could have rolled right out of the little pages with its frenched lights, rounded corners, lowered stance and custom grille.

Let It Ride

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For this installment of Parts Is Parts, we headed to Fife, Washington, for a full tour of the Art Morrison Enterprises facilities. In addition to looking at their cutting-edge fabrication processes, we also spoke with Art about his wild drag racing past. To view this article, as well as the list of parts used, click here.

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