Rodder’s Journal #70 covers everything from historic and in-progress hot rods to the saga of a long-lost Barris custom. For the newsstand cover, we photographed Mickey Himsl’s freshly restored ’29 Model A pickup that he originally built when he was 15 years old. Subscribers are treated to a head-on angle of Dave and Deana Thomas’ Pennsylvania-based ’35 Chevy in baremetal.
In the new issue, we also have a tour of TRJ garages, a survivor Moonshine runner, a Northern California drag racing retrospective, a canyon-carving ’50 Ford, a profile on famed cutaway artist David Kimble and much more.
Longtime Northern California hot rodder Mickey Himsl enlisted the East Bay Speed & Custom team to bring the Model A he purchased in the late-’50s back to its early-’60s guise. The Concord, California-based pickup was originally painted and pinstriped by his brother Art while they were teenagers, and it served as Mickey’s daily transportation in high school. With its complex paintwork, dual-carb flathead and immaculate detailing, the Metallic Green ’29 has brought home a number of awards since its debut at the 2016 Grand National Roadster Show, including the West Coast Kustoms Nostalgia Award and the Von Dutch Pinstriping Award.
The Rodder’s Journal Garage
Garages have always been special places for hot rodders, and we rarely pass up an opportunity to go behind the scenes to see where projects come together. In this article, we turn the cameras on ourselves and take a glimpse into The Rodder’s Journal staff and contributors’ workspaces. Although they’re scattered across the United States, each is filled with hot rods, customs, racecars and automobilia as unique as the folks who create the magazine. We start the tour with this shot of Senior Contributing Writer Pat Ganahl’s Ike Iacono slingshot that he restored in his home garage.
The Anti-Depression Standard
You don’t often see hot rodded ’35 Chevrolets, let alone those as nice as Dave and Deana Thomas’ Standard coupe. The West Chester, Pennsylvania-based Chevy has been through several iterations during the Thomas’ 30-plus year ownership, and for the latest rebuild they turned to Delaware-based metalman Cody Walls. With a chopped top, knock-off Halibrands and dual-quad Chevy smallblock beneath the hood, the car blends traditional hot rod elements with a hint of racing flair.
The Man Behind the Cutaway
Technical illustrator David Kimble has spent the past half-century mastering the art of the cutaway drawing. His subjects have included everything from Bud Bryan’s Rod & Custom “Project ’29” (seen here) to spaceships, and he is best known for his work with Car and Driver, Road & Track and Detroit’s Big Three. In this article, we take a look back at some of his earlier hot rod-oriented work that hasn’t seen the light of day since the 1960s.
Moonshiner John Phillips purchased his ’39 Ford Standard coupe new and built it to run liquor in Alabama and Georgia. Much like early stock cars, the Standard was stripped of all its nonessential components and fitted with a radical full-race flathead. Throughout the coupe’s storied career, Phillips corresponded with some of hot rodding’s biggest speed manufacturers—including Vic Edelbrock Sr.—for speed equipment and go-fast advice. Miraculously, the car hasn’t changed since it rolled into storage in 1953, and we have the full feature on the survivor in TRJ #70.
Malibu, California, hot rodder Scott Gillen wanted his ’50 Ford Business Coupe to have a classic look and exceptional performance. With the help of half a dozen of the best Southern California hot rod shops, he got exactly what he wanted when he combined a custom Art Morrison chassis, dual-carb Ford FE 427 side-oiler and a Tremec five-speed to create a ground pounding, hard cornering Shoebox.
Donuts and Diggers
Over the winter, Pat Ganahl came across a collection of 1960s racing photos on the wall of Half Moon Bay Bakery in Northern California. He tracked down Mark Andermahr, the bakery owner, and spoke with him about the photos as well as the now-defunct Half Moon Bay drag strip that was located across town. Pat also interviewed Andy Brizio and Don Smith, both of which were major contributors to Half Moon Bay’s success during its heyday.