Summer is always a busy time here at The Rodder’s Journal, and this year has been no exception. The past month has been a whirlwind; we’ve covered thousands of miles up and down California, visited old friends, made new ones and checked out more traditional hot rods and custom cars than you could imagine. Regardless of where we were in the world, you all made us feel at home.
We’re back at our South San Francisco headquarters, hard at work on our next issue. As we shoot photos, edit stories and get everything dialed in, we would like to take this opportunity to show you some snapshots from our summer travels.
Galpin Auto Sports
The Galpin Auto Sports showroom in Van Nuys houses what’s probably the world’s largest collection of Ed Roth vehicles on the planet. Here’s Dave Shuten’s “Mysterion” clone, “Tweedy Pie,” an “Outlaw” body (the first pulled from Jimmy C’s mold of the original), “Orbitron” and Roth’s F-100 shop truck, which we featured in TRJ #75. That’s “Rotar’s” rear fender in the foreground.
Lee Pratt’s Place
Longtime customizer Lee Pratt has moved back to California from Texas, and he’s hard at work on his ’32 Ford five-window. He’s building the chopped and channeled coupe ’50s style, complete with Olds motivation. Future plans call for flames, a 4×2 intake and lots of chrome.
A Summer Night in San Pedro
Earlier this summer, we met up with Dave Shuten and Don Lindfors to photograph their ’32 Fords on the waterfront in San Pedro for an upcoming issue. Dave’s sedan was first hot rodded in the ’50s, while Don’s RPU is a recently completed home build. No matter the task, you can’t beat the utility of a minivan.
A Quick Bowling Break
It’s wasn’t all work and no play during our trip down south. After a very full day in Van Nuys, we stopped in at Highland Park Bowl, which was restored by Bobby Green and his 1933 Group. Originally constructed in 1927, Highland Park Bowl is Los Angeles’ oldest operational bowling alley—and it’s the perfect backdrop for hot rods like Tom Branch’s ’46 Ford.
“Crafting a Rebellion” in Sacramento
After our So Cal trip came to a close, we made our way north to the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento to check out their “Crafting a Rebellion” exhibit. From the Eddie Dye Roadster (TRJ #77) and the Sam Barris Merc (TRJ #38) to cars customized by Sacramento’s Dick Bertolucci and Harry Westergard, we enjoyed seeing them all in one place. We’ll have the full story in an upcoming issue.
Back in the Bay—a New TRJ Project
A new Rodder’s Journal project car is in the works! This time it’s Associate Editor Geoff Miles’ ’52 Ford Crestline, which is seen here outside Ken Stephens’ shop in the East Bay after receiving an altitude adjustment. Mild de-chroming and new upholstery are coming next.