Hot Rod - 1985

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January
Features - Hot Trucks! (Pickups spell F-U=N for hot-rodders and customizers._, What's New in Street Cams (Variable duration cams, street rollers and high-intensity performance.), The Drawing Board (Four more artists rethink the hot rod.), The W2 Connection (Prepping the 360 MoPar for Super/Gas.), Speed Reading (A 140 mph clock for your Camaro.), '70 Hemi 'Cuda (Sal Consalves' blown, injected, alcohol-turning pavement polisher.), '50 Thames (Chris Cherry drives 150 miles per day in this panel truck.), '47 Ford (A fat-fendered ragtop that converts from custom to rod by merely popping off the hubcaps.), '83 Camaro Z28 (Straight from the showroom to the shop took a lot of cash and gumption.), Tuxedo Junction (Part 1: Tony Nancy brings Beverly Hills chic to trucks for the common man.), A Roadster For Oakland ("Black Fog": a hot rod street roadster for the '60s.), GTO Musclecars (New horizons for Detroit.), Fiero Express (Testing the '85 Pontiac Fiero GT and the Rod Shop;s Super Duty Super Gaser.) Departments - Starting Line (The auto manufacturers will play a larger role in out sport than ever before.), Reaction Time, New Stuff, Roddin' at Random (Hot Rod Super Nats are underway, hot rods under construction, a Sierra XR8? and more.), Pit Stop (Building 400 Chevys, brake burnishing, go-kart hop and more.), In January (Calendar of events.), Swap Meet, Finish Line (NHRA keeps quarter, drag boat course shortened, Trans Am musclecars and at World's Finals it's Garlits again.)
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February
Features - Lo-Buck Lo-Boy (Part 1: The $3995 revolutionary street rod kit building begins.), Hot On-Board Computers (Computer Class: A short prerequisite course in automotive computers. Computer Hot: A look at all the good stuff that's available.), The Boss 429 (Milestone Musclecars: Ford builds a Timex with Rolex guts.), IROC Z28's (Inside the best race/street Camaros ever built.), 12-Bolt Hop-Up Tips (Bulletproofing the 12-bolt to withstand even the horsepowers on the mighty Hemi.), Beverly Hills Jimmy & Club Coupe (Part 2: GMC trucks hit high society as Tony Nancy merges black and Bow Ties.), Bonneville is Back (Despite rain, gloomy forecasts and a short course, Bonneville '84 was better than ever!.), '23 T-Bucket (Jack Dooney recreates the look of the very first "Kookie" car.), '71 Pinto (This not-so-subtle sedan has been totally owner-altered for looks and per-FORD-mance.), '68 Camaro (Harry Miller rolls out the 12-barrel.), A Roadster For Oakland (Phase 2 in the construction of the "Black Fog" roadster.), Motorcycle Buyer's Guide (Twelve of the hottest muscle bikes for 1985.) Departments - Starting Line (Hot Rod's Lo-Buck Lo-Boy project is affordable to the masses.), Reaction Time, Roddin' at Random (Toyota;s new sports car, The Aero Camaro revisited, Super Nats update and cruise news.), New Stuff, Pit Stop (Increasing horsepower, Ford Turbo intercooler kits, and the right way to lower a pickup.), In February (Calendar of events.), Swap Meet, Finish Line (Drag racing in Sweden, a 180 mph unblown small block and the quarter-mile superteam.)
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March
Features - How To Paint Your Car (Chapter 1: Where to start.), Trick Shift (Inside a Super Shifter.), Factory Wars (The Detroit arms race - unleashing the wheels of fortune.), '85 Mustang GT (Hot Pursuit: In search of the ultimate Mustang.), Dago Red Dragster (Frank Taylor's Top Fuel unlimited ground racer.), Lo-Buck Lo-Boy (Part 2: Completing the Lo-Boy's rolling chassis.), Computer Check (Testing the Papile Performance computer.), Oswego Super Modifieds (467 inches of alky-burning big-block thunder.), Affordable Aluminum V8's (The old 215 Buick and Olds engines are junkyard gems.), '85 Hot Rod Super Nationals (Finally the entry form. Sign up for a hot time in Jume.), '39 LaSalle (Bob Fouts tastefully mixes a little rod of interest into a lot of LaSalle.), '70 LS6 Chevelle SS (Chevy builds the baddest tire smoker of all time.), Real Hot Rods (They turn heads, shake the ground and leap buildings in a single bound.), Kawasaki ZL900 Eliminator (The heart of Kawasaki's sportbike Ninja, wrapped in a chassis custom-built for Burnout Boulevard.) Departments - Starting Line (Introducing Hot Rod's newest staffer, Lil' John Butters.), Lil' John's Place (The good and bad of hot rodding.), Reaction Time (Mixing rods and machines in Sweden, classic GTO and more.), Roddin' at Random, New Stuff, Pit Stop (Metric fastener I.D. and more.), In March (Calendar of events.), Swap Meet, Finish Line (IMSA sanctional Street Stock and Eddie Hill retires.)
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April
Features - New Breed (Racecar chassis hit the street.), Top Fuel 1985 (The quickest and fastest, but will it survive.), 305x2 (Doubling the 305 Chevy's horsepower.), Profilin' (*Richard Boyd's '75 Z28 Camaro, *Charles Cheshier's '69 Charger, *Jim Brandau's '69 Olds 442, *Jamie Musselman's '82 Blazer, *Rick Grundmeier;s '73 Mustang.), Drawing Board (Larry Wood's wild rear-engine '34 Ford coupe and Duane Kuchar's '85 Chevy (Celebrity) El Camino.), Installment Plan (Improve power and economy - bolt on an aftermarket intake.), How To Paint Your Car (Chapter 2: What you need and where to do it.), Goatbuster (The Hot Rod Super Nationals giveaway GTO gets born.), Lo-Buck Lo-Boy (Part 3: Mounting and fitting the body, doors, hood, trunk and grille.), Hot Rod Supernationals '85 (For fun with the car, it's where it are.), Novette (Part 1: Chris and Lil' John build a swapper's dream.), In The Clutch (Inside a performance clutch.), Hot Rod Super Cruise South (Street rods and street machines - get your application in.), '39 LaSalle (Bob Fout's Australian-born luxo-rod in its finished glory.), Harley's FXRS (The real thing: Harley Davidson's high-tech cruiser.) Departments - Starting Line, Lil' John's Place (The three most important tools you can own.), Reaction Time (More I/M response, Arntz "aren't" anymore and drag art.), New Stuff, Roddin' at Random (Drag race drivers Ed and Don Garlits gets a major sponsor.), Pit Stop (Hemi vs Wedge combination, Mustang/Capri wheelhop and more.), Swap Meet, April Events, Finish Line (Hot rally cars, thunderless boats and NHRA adds races.)
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May
Features - Engine Swaps 1 (How to swap an engine - the right way); Engine Swaps 2 (Aftermarket parts companies that help make swaps easy); Engine Swaps 3 (Dropping a blown, injected small-block Chevy into the new HOT ROD/Super Shops project 240Z); Winternationals (For 25 years, it's been the preview of coming attractions); Novette (Part 2: Four subtle modifications bring the 20-year-old body into the '80s); Superjection (Street fuel injection bolt-on); '69 V8 VW (Roy and Mitch Walter turn a low-dollar learning experience into a goblin that eats up the unsuspecting); How To Paint Your Car (Chapter 3: Stripping old paint); The IROC Series (An inside look at the International Race of Champions); Lo-Buck Lo-Boy (Part 4: Installing the steering column, windshield, pedals and parking brake); '85 Turbo Shelby (A Charger with a dash of cayenne); '85 Corolla GT-S (Toyota's Ninja-inspired econobox); Bolt-On Customizing (A Buick Gran National with limited-edition parts); Profilin' (* Chauvin Emmons' T * Dave Wockley's '73 Mustang * The Glaspie's '73 Mustang * Matty DeVicenzo's '49 Merc * Robert Boen's '78 Monza); Yamaha V-Max (The quickest, most powerful motorcycle ever built) Departments - Starting Line; Lil' John's Place (Safety is far more important than speed or good looks); Reaction Time; New Stuff; Roddin' At Random (The HOT ROD Victory Tour, Black Fog up in smoke, and more); Pit Stop (The ultimate Z28 fix, radial tire rotation tips, and more); May Events; Swap Meet; Finish Line (The Garlits story continues, Bearfoot vs Bigfoot, and Floyd's photo contest)
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June
Features - Lo-Buck Lo-Boy (Part 5: Finished, fast & fun); Novette (Part 3: Loook out. Chris Buttera is on the road again in the finished nifty Nova); Magoo's Rod-Kit (Dick Megugorac is selling a real pre-fabulous '29 highboy roadster); How To Lower Your Car (Safe and sane ways to get your ride sittin' low); The Shelby Sanction (Chrysler has given Carroll Shelby the green light to build excitement, Shelby style! What are we in for?); Against All Odds (HOT ROD takes on Phil Hill, Car and Driver, and a few SCCA Rally Champs in the Cannonball One Lap of America); The Oakland Roadster Show (A fantasy world of candy colors, chrome, gold plating, and more); How To Paint Your Car - Chapter 4 (Stuff that comes in cans); Project 240Z28 (Part 2: Building a B&M-blown Chevy 360 for the Super Shops Datsun Z-car); Goat Buster (The HOT ROD Super Nationals giveaway GTO); Yamaha FZ750 (The most advanced motorcycle engine for sale, anywhere); Profilin' (* Celeste DeMilt's '41 Willys * The Deeds' 4x4 B-Ville '29 * Gary Case's '34 Ford * Jack Pochvatilla's '65 Chevy II) Departments - Starting Line (Cheri, get ready to pack up the Lo-Boy for HOT ROD's Victory Tour); Lil' John's Place (The trials and tribulations of finishing a project); Reaction Time; Roddin' At Random (Chrysler's V6, a third brakelight, the Victory Tour to the Super Sale, and more One Lap tidbits); Pit Stop (Radial-tuned suspension, a crank-trigger ignition system, and more); New Stuff, June Events; Swap Meet; Finish Line (A B-Ville Hardy Firebird, the quickest launch, and an NHRA drag racing museum)
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July
Features - Fat Attack (The round rods have landed); Haul Of Flames (Pete Chapouris' '39); Porky's Six (Part 1: Fat Jack's '46); The Soft Head (A startling new concept in cylinder head and engine design); Drawing Board (John Bell and Ed Newton); '85 Corvettes (America's sports car is back and taking on the world); Kit Kar Komparison (Magoo's '29 highboy and Speedway's '22 Lo Boy); Hot Wheels (The custom wheel biz is undergoing a dynamic revolution); How To Paint (Chapter 5: Dent and door dings); Project 240Z28 (Part 3: Bodywork and paint on the Super Shops' Datsun Z car); Profilin' (*Loring Solender's '59 Corvette * Bill Plank's '69 Beetle * Jerry Heichelbech's '65 Mustang * Paul Robinson's '69 Camaro); Goatbusters (HOT ROD's giveaway GTO gets a new mill and a set of threads); Honda VT1100 (Made in America for America - By Honda) Departments - Starting Line (The fat-fendered phenomenom); Lil' John's Place (What to build?); Reaction Time (Low-buck home-built projects, flying hot rods, and computer tech); Roddin' At Random (Pontiac's new performance handbook, driving your dream car, and the Academy Awards of drag racing); New Stuff; Pit Stop (Switch-pitch converters, mixing gas and more); Calendar; Swap Meet; Finish Line (Top Fuel news, the world's fastest stock car, and "pocket" bike racing)
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August
Features - Street Racing (What it is, what it isn't, and why); Popularity Pole (Inside the stock-block Buick V-6 that won the pole at Indy); Pontiac Fiero GT vs. Toyota MR2 (Not all two-seaters are created equal - it takes rpm, not cubic inches, to make the difference); Porky's Six (Part 2: Fat Jack's fat fendered '46 Ford coupe begins taking shape with body panels, paint and tin); Goat Buster (HOT ROD's giveaway '66 GTO); Musclecar Restoration Parts Guide (A complete source list for Detroit's performance cars, 1966 and later); How To Paint (Chapter 6: Sand and shoot, match and spot); Power Teams (HOT ROD talks to four of the flashiest teams in drag racing); Bulletproof (The trick inside Pete Chapouris' 12-second '39 convertible is a 600-hp Chevy which puts out 400 ponies all day long); Old New-Stalgia (The 5th Annual Nostalgia Nationals) Departments - Starting Line ("I did my share of street racing"); Reaction Time ("New Breed", "Engine Swapping" and "Drawing Board" kudos); Roddin' At Random (Engine you can Bank(s) on, Pontiac's IMSA Grand Am, Goodyear's Frontrunners, and the Feds regs); Lil' John's Place ("Pride of accomplishment lasts a lifetime"); Pit Stop (Horsepower and top speed, low-buck fusebox, Chevelle rear suspension fix and more); Swap Meet; August Events; Finish Line (The hottest thing in road racing, Floyd's photo contest continues, Bill Elliott and Don Garlits sizzle and more)
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September
Features - Project 240Z28 (Part 4: Finishing at last - and it's dynamite.), Ford vs. Chevy - The 30-Year War, '86 Mustang GT vs. '86 Camaro IROC Z28, Super Regal (Electronics, boost and final inspection puts Buick's Turbo Regal in the 12s.), Mountain High School Drags (Teenage hot rodding is alive and well in Colorado.), The Great Cam Comparison (How lift and duration affect your engine.), Street Hemi (The final frontier: A street hemi that doesn't burn oil or rattle.), How To Paint (Chapter 7: Block that paint.), Indy 500 (The Race Is Just The Final Act.), Profilin' (*Steve Williams '66 Chevelle, *Joe MacPhearson's '79 Seville, *Ron Major's '36 Five-Window, *Bruce Harris's '38 Chevy coupe, *Mike Harper's '33 Coupe.), Suzuki VS700GL Intruder (The real thing, Japanese style.) Departments - Starting Line ("The Chevy/Ford controversy...was never a question of who was best".), Reaction Time (Mounting problems, teen hot rodders and more.), New Stuff, Roddin' at Random (Chrysler's new California Turbo Lancers, NASCAR's new restrictions and the Chevrolet vs Ford musclecar scorecard.), September Events, Pit Stop (De-rusting old blocks, Chevy lightweight heads, ether, propane and more.), Swap Meet, Finish Line (Racer's powerplant positioning preference, a new kind of racing - Pro Solo Autocross and more.)
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November
Features - Pro Street: Who's Kidding Who? (A no-win duel in the desert.), The B-1 Attack (New aluminum cylinder head for the Chrysler B/RB big-block could make it a potent force in today's drag wars.), SEMA Parts Preview (Quality hardware for the contemporary hot rodder.), Middleweight Muscle (The 700-class performance cruisers.), Gearing For Go (Inside a heavy-duty 4-speed.), Hot Rod Super Cruise South (Hot cars and even hotter weather make cruise south a barn-burner.), Carb Exotica (They look like overkill...but could be just the ticket for a torkin' street motor.), Pro-Kit (Total Performances multi-stage Pro Kit-T is slick, trick and very quick.), The "Smart" Lifter (We put the Rhoads vari-duration lifters to the test.), Auto-Sound '85 (Tips and tricks for selecting and installing auto stereo systems.), Pro Street Profilin' (*Jim Gordon's '56 Chevy, *Tim Blevin's '75 Corvette, *Jack Bliss' '32 Ford, *Mike Swan's '77 Sierra Classic.), Birth of the Super Duty (The '61 Pontiac 421 SD Ventura.) Departments - Starting Line (How do you top Pro Stock?), Reaction Time (Street racing (or not), inspired readers and more.), Roddin' at Random (Restoration Parts Guide update, The Baja 1000 Endurance Safari, Ford's '86 Turbo Ranger.), Pit Stop (Precise carburetor adjustments, restoring low-end response, and more.), November Events, Swap Meet, Finish Line (Top Fuel drag bikes, a Mercedes Funny Car and more.)
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December
Features - Top Ten Cars (1985 marks the ribirth of a once great idea and recognition that is truly deserving.), Ten Most Overlooked Street Machines (Here's 10 examples that prove that any late-model can be a street machine.), Little Guy Racers (Hot-lapping Racesports Formula Micro mini-racecars.), Nas-Tee (Warren Brogie's '27 T Pro Gas.), Red SOHC (Dave Carlson's '34 three-window Ford.), Pro Streak (The old pros take the gold in one of the best drag races ever held - the U.S. Nationals.), Decoding The Dakota (A sneak peek at Chrysler's performance mini-truck.), Joe Amato Racing (His fueler was the first car to run over 260 mph - will it be the first over 270.), How To Paint (After careful and correct preparation, your ready to spray.), Blast-Phemous (Farrell & Martell's '70 Challenger is really a "Mousepar".), Fuelie '57 (America's first port-injected passenger car.), Bike Test (The Untouchables: Grand Prix replicas - and you can't have them.), Super Cruise Fast (A cross-sectional photographic collection of the rods that inhabit the Northeast.) Departments - Starting Line (What does it take to have a Top Ten Car.), Reaction Time, New Stuff, Roddin' at Random (Don Garlit's on video, the Banks/Pacemaker turbocharged Top Fueler, three-wheeling Ed Roth and holiday wishes from the Hot Rod staff.), Pit Stop (Converting to methanol, beefing up a C4 and more.), December Events, Swap Meet, Finish Line (The Nostalgia Drag Racing Association is formed, Swedish fuel bracket racing, and Bill Elliott wins a million.)
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