Through the years we’ve had the opportunity to photograph a wide range of cars for The Rodder’s Journal. As the action-packed Holiday Season grows closer with each passing day, we figured we’d mix it up and show you a few outtakes from our previous issues.
We’re kicking things off with a group of hot rod photos from our TRJ archives. Don’t fret custom fans, we’ll have a second installment with everything from lead sleds to candy-painted cruisers coming your way in the future. Until then, let’s take a trip down memory lane…
Here’s a shot of the Doyle Gammell ’32 Ford that didn’t make it into the article back in TRJ #29. The mix of the hard chop, deep Cordova Brown paint, polished mags and piecrust slicks create an unforgettable combination that’s inspired countless Deuce three-windows over the past half-century. Thanks to the Corvette-injected smallblock Chevy, the coupe had more than enough power to back up its no-nonsense look. Bruce Meyer had Bob Bauder restore the iconic coupe in the mid-2000s.
Although we photographed Von Franco’s tribute to Ray Anderegg’s T roadster in the studio for TRJ #17, we couldn’t help but share this snapshot of his spot-on sidewalk parking. Von Franco cloned both versions of the late Norm Grabowski’s famous T: the “Lightnin’ Bug” and the “Kookie Kar,” which appeared on the covers of TRJ #36.
Emerson Glazer’s Beverley Hills, California-based black-on-black ’33 Ford sedan is nothing short of impressive. The So-Cal Speed Shop-built four-door features a 2 1/2-inch chop and a nasty 550hp smallblock beneath the stock hood. This photo is an outtake from TRJ #48.
Longtime Ohio hot rodder Elton “Sonny” Hunt has long been known for his collection of ’38 Chevys as well as his sanitary ’32 Fords. His stock-bodied three-window coupe was given a tasteful altitude adjustment in the suspension department and runs a ported, polished, and relieved 59AB flathead.
Decades after it was first assembled, Bill Vinther’s ’34 Ford still screams “Hot Rod.” The bright orange three-window was truly homebuilt: Bill put together the chopped, raked and liberally louvered coupe in his Temple City, California, garage. We featured it along with his survivor ’32 three-window in TRJ #8. Bill has moved to Arizona and sold the ’34, but he remains active in the hot rodding scene.
Four-door sedans can make excellent hot rods, just ask Montana’s Brandon Mead. We photographed his chopped, Chevy-powered ’32 Ford out on the salt nearly 20 years ago for TRJ #7. Although he was only 19 at the time, he’s still in Montana and has built a handful of neat projects since then—including a chopped ’31 DeSoto.
The Kugel name has long been associated with both performance suspension components and Bonneville records. Jerry Kugel first assembled this fiberglass-bodied ’29 in 1975 and raced into the late-’90s with smallblock Chevy power. Prior to its retirement, Jerry and his sons pushed the roadster to 236mph on gas and 250mph on alcohol.