Hot Rod - 2009

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January
Feature Stories - Old Speed Shop (Enter a time warp with our visit to Salem Speed in Oregon, one of the remaining original speed emporiums); The Recharger (XV Motorsports throws the book at a '68 Dodge Charger, making it handle like a dream and win trophies on the show circuit); Hemi Heaven (The All-Hemi Reunion was the place to be if you're into Mopar's most legendary engine, cars and people); 60 Yeaars Of Salt (This was the 60th year that hot rodders have trekked to northern Nevada to race on the holy ground of hot rodding, the Bonneville Salt Flats) Departments - Starting Line (Who's the president?); Second Opinion (You are the champions); Bench Racing (Solving the oddball engine riddle); Where It All Began (This month's cover, 30 years ago); Roddin' At Random (The Orbitron lives and an 8-second G.T. 500); Test And Tune (Neat stuff you need now); Pit Stop (All you ever wanted to know about Chevy crankshafts); World (The '09 HOT ROD Power Tour route); Finish Line (Hog heaven in Milwaukee) Hot Rod Garage - 101 Tech Tips (We send the HOT ROD staff out in search of the latest tech tips and tricks, plus show some oldies but goodies); 50HP Bolt-Ons (We bold Edelbrock's new XT cylinder heads and top end kits on a weak 351W in a Ranchero and see what it's worth); Get Rid Of Rust (We test out the latest environmentally friendly ways to remove rust from your car. Some work well and others, not so well)
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March
Feature Stories - The Razor (Inside Razor, the spectacular Ringbrothers Camaro that won the '08 Goodguys Street Machine of the Year); Ultimate Street Cars (HOT ROD, Uptima Batteries and Air Ride Technologies bring together some of the world's best street machines and make them do battle on the road course and in autocross. Who was best?); State Of Trad / Rat Rods (Bill McGuire goes undercover at the Hunnert Car Pileup to reveal the latest in today's rat rod / traditional rod scene); Low-Buck Salt Car (The saga of the Montana Dodge Boys, a group of buddies who built an oddball, low-buck Bonneville racer using more ingenuity and elbow grease than cash); Son Of The Surfers (The story of Adam Sorokin, the only son of the legendary Surfers top Fuel team) Departments - Starting Line (Budget is the word); Second Opinion (Beaters are neater); Bench Racing (Gotta love those old speed shops); Where It All Began (The HOT ROD Drags returns!); Roddin' At Random (The LSX Shootout and the Slant Six Nationals); Test And Tune (All kinds of neat stuff you need); Pit Stop (Man, we get a lot of FE questions); World Of Hot Rod (Power Tour '09 info); Finish Line (Miller Cup season recap) Hot Rod Garage - Blower For The ZZ4 (Last month we hopped up the most popular crate motor of all time, the GMPP ZZ4 350. This month we go for the gusto and strap a supercharger to it for well above 500 hp); 11-Second Challenger (Vortech Superchargers and Speedfactory work together to build a 560hp SRT8 Challenger, and we test it); How To Mini-Tub (Mini-tubbing will provide a lot more room to stick fat meats under the rear of your muscle car. Here's how to do it yourself)
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April
Feature Stories - First Cars (Most of us have a story about "the one that got away." Not these folks, they held onto their first hot rods); Toyota Camaro (Call it sacrilege, but Ted Nguyen stuffed an 800hp, 183ci Toyota straight-six into a bright-red '67 Camaro. This should irritate the import guys as much as the domestic lovers); Shirley Muldowney (The most successful woman in racing opens up and spills the dirt on some of our favorite photos. It's Shirley, uncensored) Departments - Starting Line (The first, first car); Second Opinion (Ranchero racing with Dad); Bench Racing (Readers sound off); Where It All Began (Hot Rodding with Lloyd Bridges); Roddin' At Random (The shakedown at E-Town); Test And Tune (Your Christmas bills should be paid off, so spend more); Pit Stop (Mariah answers your tech questions); World Of Hot Rod (New episodes of Hot Rod TV); Finish Line (Go top speed racing this April) Hot Rod Garage - Mopar Bolt-Ons (We take a fairly stock 340 Satellite and add power the old fashioned way, one part at a time); 802CI Pump Gas Motor (Known for his full-on racing monster motors, Sonny Leonard puts his skills into a huge street engine that runs on pump gas. Can you say 1,400 hp naturally aspirated?); 1,000 HP At The Wheels (Hellion Power Systems has turbo kits for late-model Mustangs that will shock and awe anyone who drives one. These are street cars with insane power)
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June
Cover Stories - Speed Parts (We beat the bushes to find the latest and hottest high-performance parts from the aftermarket); The Cover Engine (Nelson Racing Engine's latest 1,700hp, billet-laden, twin-turbo, 427ci eye candy) Feature Stories - Bolt-On Corvette (Jeff Schwartz was finally talked into building a nice, bolt-on Corvette for weekend cruising); Detroit Job Shops (With their DE work slowing down to a snail's pace, Detroit's hottest hot rod shops are looking for your business); Shelby's In India (Call the loony bin, but we did in fact take a bunch of real, vintage Shelby-Mustangs and drive them through India for two weeks); Cobra Jets Return (Forty-one years after their triumphant debut at the Winternationals, Ford's factory race cars do it again in Pomona); Hot Rod Drag Week V (Sign up now for the coolest automotive event of the year) Departments - Starting Line (Driving in India versus the U.S.); Second Opinion (Freilburger's back!); Bench Racing (Pros and cons on the Toyomaro); Where It All Began (A look back at Bristol Dragway); Roddin' At Random (The return of the HOT ROD Drags, sponsored by Flowmaster); Pit Stop (How to keep your cool); World Of Hot Rod (More Power Tour news); Finish Line (Taking out the Tree) Hot Rod Garage - Build A Muscle Truck (Pickups have V-8s and rear-wheel drive, and they can still be had cheap, making them perfect hot rod material. We build one and race it, showing how to have fun with trucks); 420 HP For $2,996.44 (We put last month's dirt cheap, parts store 350 Chevy back on the dyno with more compression, better heads, and a new cam and kick the grunt up to 420 hp); Water Injection (Thanks to modern electronics, water/methanol injection is the hottest thing to hit blown/turbocharged engines in years)
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August
Hot Rods - Dare To Be Different; '48 Plymouth; Drag AMCs; Street Jet Truck; Slo Touring Buick; Three Wild Rides; Boss 429 Ranchero; Gilmore Roadster Feature Stories - Gearhead Rewards (HOT ROD and its advertisers cook up a plan to save you real money, right now. So go buy stuff); Top Speed Challenge (From a standing start, go wide open and as fast as possible in a mile. Then reap the glory and a jacket); Rock Racing (Yes, it's hard-core, off-road stuff, but these guys are true hot rodders building rigs at home and then bashing them) Tech - Variable Valve Timing (Nearly every new engine coming out of Detroit has variable valve timing. Here's what it is and how to deal with it); Build A SOHC Motor (The Ford 427 SOHC engine is back in style, thanks to all new parts. And we built one); Edelbrock Head Test (We test Edelbrock's affordable cylinder head for small Chevys and Fords) Departments - Starting Line (Save the high school shop classes); Hole Shot (Perfect and fashionable versus different); Roddin' At Random (A violent Fuel digger explosion and the death of Pontiac); Where It All Began (Revisiting the Fat Attack, an AMC dealer back in the day and Jay Brown's awesome Mach 1); Test And Tune (Handling hardware for Mopars, and Summit sells paints); Pit Stop (How to tune a Quick Fuel carburetor); World Of Hot Rod (Flatheads forever and stuff for your garage); Coming Next Month (101 gearhead things to do before you die)
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September
Contents - Cover Story - Muscle Car Legends (Pontiac will be no more as of 2010. Here's a look back at the history of the brand and it's greatest hits) Feature Stories - New Looks For Chevys (From the fertile mind of Steve Stanford comes several new takes on classic Chevy body styles. Will anyone build them?), 101 Car-Guy Things To Do Before You Die (Take the test: How many of these 101 must-do gearhead activities have you done?) Hot Rods - Twin-Engine Buggy, Slo Touring T-Bird, Slo Touring Buick, Shelby Mustang, Hot Rod's Ford Flex, Mark Stielow's LS9 Engine-Swap Camaro Tech - Mopar Suspension Bolt-Ons (We test, part by part, Hotchkis Performance's new suspension system for E- and B-body Mopars), Proven: The Four Most Popular LS Cams (We test Comp Cams' five best selling camshafts for late-model GM engines and see how they compare), Direct Injection (In a few years every new engine will feature Direct Injection. Here's what it is, how it works and why it's a good thing for hot rodding) Departments - Starting Line (Pontiac and the government), Holeshot (Thoughts on E. Rick Mann), Roddin' At Random (The World's Fastest Mustang runs again...and crashes), Where It All Began (A belated tribute to Oldsmobile and more), Test And Tune (Sweet new parts you need to buy to keep the hot rodding economy going), Pit Stop (Solid roller lifters on a hydraulic roller cam), Coming Next (The ghosts of Detroit)
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October
Hot Rods - Peterbilt Rod; 300-MPH Lakester Feature Stories - Power Tour (Eighty-plus readers' rides from the 15th HOT ROD Power Tour. This was the biggest one yet); I Did Run 5s! (Mike Moran predicted a 5-second quarter-mile e.t. from his turbocharged door slammer five years ago. Here's how he finally did it); Ghosts Of Detroit (A tour through the shuttered factories of the once-mighty Motor City is a haunting experience) Tech - This Ain't Paint (Instead of painting a car, we wrap it with vinyl, complete with flames. Here's what you need to know about wrapping a car); Multifuel Conversion (White Racing's multifuel kit allows you to effortlessly switch from gasoline to alcohol-blended fuels); What's New In Rings (Marlan goes undercover to find out the latest technology and progressive thought when it comes to piston rings) Departments - Starting Line (Bringing back cruising); Holeshot (The latest car-crushing program sucks); Roddin' At Random (Mustangs in NASCAR? We hope so); Where It All Began (Revisiting HOT ROD in the '90s); Test And Tune (A Weber EFI system and a really trick beltdrive setup); Pit Stop (How to install piston rings); Coming Next Month (Are you sick of '10 Camaro stories yet?)
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November
Hot Rods - Two '67 Chevelles; '69 Chevelle; Diesel Rat Rod; Pro Street Vette; Sullivan's Henry J; Various Hot Rods; Hot Rod Of The Year Feature Stories - Hennessey Camaros (Hennessey Performance serves up three hot-rodded '10 Camaros, one of them with an LS9 engine); Thunderbolt Reunion (Lightening strikes twice at the 45th Anniversary Thunderbolt Celebration at Ford's Dearborn Proving Grounds) Tech - New Camaro Bolt-Ons (With only 187 miles on the clock, we take a brand-new Camaro to the track and run it. Then we knock more than a second off the e.t. with bolt-on parts and some nitrous); New Project Car (Introducing Factory Five Racing's latest kit, a kick-ass '33 Ford that handles. This month, we paint the fiberglass body); Chevy 348 Buildup (Joe Sherman goes crazy with the smaller W motor, stroking it up to 437 ci and making 650 hp); The New Cup Engines (Inside the brand new Ford and Dodge engines for NASCAR Spring Cup competition) Departments - Starting Line (A level of tolerance); Holeshot (Where is the Cheap Thrills Dart?); Roddin' At Random (Iacocca's back at it with a new Mustang); Where It All Began (Retro nostalgia and Project Mileagemaker. Wow); Test And Tune (Support the industry and help the economy by buying these parts); Pit Stop (Nitrous on an LS1); World Of Hot Rod (The latest HOT ROD guitar from Gibson); Coming Next Month (Disco, Disco Duck. And Metalflake of Death)
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December
Contents - Cover Story - Street Machines (The late '70s and early '80s are hip again, especially as they apply to street machine styling. Here are examples of the era done right) Feature Stories - Bonneville '09 (What happened at the 61st running of the fastest show on wheels. Plus, we explain how Bonneville racing works and what all those funky class designation letters mean), Ford Vs. Chevy Vs. Mopar (After a 40 year absence, the Hot Rod Magazine Drags returns to promote late-model muscle) Hot Rods - Wild '27 Buick Rod, Chopped Riveria, The Depot Hack, 61L Hemi Kuda Tech - Return Of The Crusher Camaro (Revamping our famous project car from the mid '90s with a gnarly late '70s/early '80s vibe. Groovy), More '10 Camaro Bolt-Ons (Revisiting the Hot Rod Test Car Camaro with ported heads, a bigger cam and long-tube headers), Building The Race Rod (The story of how roughly 20 people attacked a Factory Five Racing '33 Ford kit and built the entire thing in five days. Really), Self-Tuning Fuel Injection (We test the new EZ-EFI from FAST) Departments - Starting Line (Street machine styling hits and misses), Holeshot (The "in your face" story of Bonneville '08), Roddin' At Random (Could the Firebird return? Here's evidence of maybe), Where It All Began (Phil Cool's roadster and the original Hot Rod Magazine Drags), Test And Tune (Sweet new parts you need to buy to keep the hot rodding economy going), Pit Stop (A distributor that looks like a magneto), World Of Hot Rod (Cool new retro-styled drag signs and more), Coming Next (Hot Rod Drag Week)
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