The Rodder’s Journal #67 is filled with everything from historic drag cars to a freshly built custom. The subscriber cover features TRJ’s own Deuce roadster. Although it was originally built in the 1990s, it has all the hallmarks of a mid- to late- ’60s Deuce highboy. On the newsstand cover is Beau Boeckmann’s clone of the famed “Grasshopper” Model T roadster, built by Galpin Auto Sports. Complete with a fully chromed blown Olds engine and candy green paint, it’s a fully functional recreation of Geraghty and Crawford’s old hot rod from the ’50s.
Also in this issue are a quartet of chopped Model A coupes, a full custom ’51 Chevy, the late Jerry Magnuson’s last hot rod project in baremetal and much more.
When it comes to mechanical pursuits, Jerry Magnuson left no stone unturned. From working with Dan Gurney at the Indy 500 to supercharging anything with an engine, he truly was the consummate hot rodder. After selling his supercharging business, Magnuson Products, he set about building a limited number of race-inspired Model T roadsters. We feature the second TrackMaster T in baremetal alongside the bucks used to form the body.
Hot Rod Gang
Tucked among the rolling hills of Northern Virginia is Hilton Hotrods, a one-man shop turning out some downright wicked Model As. We followed the quartet of chopped, highboy-style coupes to the Lonestar Round Up in Austin, Texas, and witnessed their Ross Racing Engines in action. The lineup includes a Hemi and a nailhead—both 6×2 equipped—as well as a Y-Block and an Olds complete with 4-71 superchargers.
Mild Only at a Glance!
Jeff Whiteley’s ’51 Chevy has been customized with tasteful restraint. From the mild lowering and chopped top to the frenched headlights, clean shave and Cadillac grille, the Brandy Wine Chevy was built in an early custom style. The postwar flair continues into the interior, which was treated to an equally subtle cream tuck-and-roll. We photographed Jeff’s Chevy near his Houston, Texas, home.
It’s the “Grasshopper”…Too
Virtually every hot rodder remembers John Geraghty and John Crawford’s Grasshopper T roadster. It famously appeared on the cover of Hot Rod Magazine with its body removed and its fully chromed engine glistening in the sun. (It appeared as the Monogram “Green Hornet” shortly thereafter.) Although the original is long gone, Galpin’s Dave Shuten built a nut-and-bolt recreation complete with a blown Olds, lawn chair seat and extensive plating..
When We Smoked ‘Em
Interest in the nostalgia drag scene has exploded in recent years with the introduction of Cacklefests. But when the movement got its start in the 1980s, “cackling” wasn’t the object—smoking the tires was. Pat Ganahl was there for it all, and his retrospective takes a look at some of the heavy hitters. Included, among many others, are Art Chrisman’s “Hustler I,” Ed Cortopassi’s “Glass Slipper,” the “554” Fuel Coupe, and the Stone, Woods & Cook Willys Gasser.
The Rodder’s Journal Roadster
Our story on The Rodder’s Journal Roadster is part car feature and part wheel-and-tire study. We explore how different wheel and tire combinations influence the overall vibe. Along with our usual polished mags, we fitted a variety of rolling stock ranging from painted steel wheels with bias-plies to early Indy-style Rocket Solids with Excelsior radials. Studio and location photography highlight the various looks.
Hot Rod Detroit
Return of the Speed Merchant
Our “Parts is Parts” feature takes a look inside So-Cal Speed Shop Sacramento, a Northern California parts emporium owned by Joe Fazio and Roger O’Malley. We were drawn to its old school vibe and vast selection of new, vintage and N.O.S. speed equipment. We enjoyed checking it out, and we thought readers would too.