Hot Rod - 2011

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January
Hot Rods - Street Modified (A genuine NASCAR Modified racer converted for the street); Turbo Vette (Brent Jackson and sons build a bad, black '65 Corvette) Cover Story - Man vs. Metal (It's pain and suffering following by a lifetime of glory as competitors battle their hot rods and the elements on HOT ROD's Drag Week) Feature Stories - The Life Of A HOT ROD Photographer (HOT ROD and Petersen Publishing's photo director from 1950 to 1996 talks about an eclectic life behind the camera); Speed Parts Hall Of Fame (HOT ROD and SEMA members induct another five legendary high-performance parts into the HOT ROD Speed Parts Hall Of Fame. Congratulations to Ardun, B&M, Holleyh, Hooker and Moon) Tech - '79 Z28 Project (Introducting our new project car, a '79 Z28 with GM Performance Parts new E-Rod smog-legal engine package. Here are some tips on how anyone should approach a project car and how to actually get it done); Your First Track Day (Participating at open track days is an absolute riot but can be intimidating if you've never done it. Here's what you need to know to not look like a moron); Garage Mahal (Bill Goldberg and the Garage Mahal TV crew totally outfitted our shop and even built a bar in there. You'll be envious); Hose Tech (That pricey braided hose won't last forever. Here's why, along with tips on the different, modern hose you should be using on anything that really matters) Departments - Starting Line (Glory over adversity); Holeshot (What's your motivation?); Roddin' At Random (Reactions to "Vette Hack" and rat rods); Where It All Began (Da Grump launches his Camaro in 1970); Test And Tune (New small-block Ford crate engines and the world's smallest jack); Pit Stop (Marlan gives Ford 347 stroker advice); World Of Hot Rod (Behind the scenes of the business of Hot Rod); Coming Next Month (Yet more of Bob D'Olivo's magic)
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February
Hot Rods - '57 Ford Cobra (It's an old sedan with a late-model Mustang drivetrain. What's not to love?); Cover Car (Troy Ladd and Hollywood Hot Rods build the coolest giveaway car you've ever seen. And it has a new 5.0L Ford motor in it) Features - 25 Hot Powered LS-Powered Cars (At the Holley LS Fest, we found a bunch of neato LS engine swaps. Here's how they did it); The Life Of A HOT ROD Magazine Photographer (Part two of the archival history of Bob 'The Man' D'Olivo, our director of photography for more than 40 years); Hottie In The Funny (Leah Pruett-LeDuc is young and hot, and she's a vintage fuel Funny Car champion. You gotta love this chick) Tech - LS Engine Swap (How do you stick a smog-legal engine in a second-gen Camaro? Here's what you need to know: It's part two of our E-Rod Camaro project car); Huge LS Head Test (Making big power with the latest rectangular-port cylinder heads for LS3 engines) Departments - Starting Line (Finally, a cool daily driver); Holeshot (The LS engine rules); Roddin' At Random (Honoring Tom 'Stroker' Medley); Where It All Began (Early shots at Shirley 'Cha Cha' Muldowney); Test And Tune (We test Demon's new carb); Pit Stop (Rochester three-pot setup); Coming Next Month (Hot to hot rod any vintage engine)
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March
Hot Rods - LS3 Vegas (Is it the return of the V8 Vega? Yes, but this one has a modern LS motor and it's set up to kill on the autocross); Willys Gasser (A '42 Willys gasser built to honor on of the greats, Big John Mazmanian); Blown V12 Cobra (A Mercedes v12 and the country of origin make this more than your usual kit car) Features - Hot Rod's First Photographer (You may have never heard of him, but Lee Blaisdell was there for the birth of Hot Rod magazine and supplied most of the photos for the first few issues. Here's his story); How To Drive On Two Wheels (That's right, we got a pro to show us how to put a Fox Mustang up on two wheels and drive it around that way. Too much fun); Muscle Cars Of Baja (Back in the day, Baja was more of a road race on dirt than it is now, and muscle cars were plentiful. Here are some of them, plus a feature on James "Rockford" Garner's Olds 4-4-2 racer) Tech - How To Get Perfect Paint (Our E-Rod '79 Camaro gets what is known as "flat paint", but it's not suede. On the contrary, this may be the best paintjob ever applied to a magazine project car); How Bogus Is Your Local Chassis Dyno (We drag a car around to five different chassis dyno shops to see how different their numbers are. You'll be shocked at the outcome); Shock Testing (Should you really spend big bucks on high-end shocks? That depends. We put Ride Tech's complete line of shocks to the test); Hot Rod Any Engine (Have an oddball engine that nobody makes any parts for? Go back to the basics and hot rod it the old-fashioned way. Marlan shows you how) Departments - Starting Line (The brotherhood helps find a stolen car); Holeshot (Know where you've been); Roddin' At Random (Unseen photos of James Dean); Where It All Began (Inspiration point on Mulholland Drive, 1957); Test And Tune (Twin turbos for the new Camaro, and more); Pit Stop (How to stick a small-block in an early Nova); Coming Next Month (Girls, girls, girls)
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April
Hot Rods - Homebuilt Model A (The Granny S Model A shows you don't need to spend a bunch of money to have a cool, roadworthy hot rod); World's Greatest Beater (With a patina'd body it looks all the part of a beater, but underneath is a modern chassis and drivetrain to create one of the best and most unique daily drivers we've ever experienced); 572CI '61 Chevy (Brian Fuller builds a sinister '61 Impala that should run as mean as it looks. It won a GM award at SEMA) Feature Stories - Pinups! (Ten pages of vintage girlie photos from hot rodding's past, plus a few modern pinups); Metalworking Hero (Ron Fournier has studied under the masters and now passes his years of experience on to anyone who wants to learn the art of metalshaping) Tech - What Breaks On The New Mustang? (We ask the experts what parts fail, and why, when you start adding power and traction to the '05-and-later Mustang GT); The Crusher Camaro (Our '67 Camaro project car gets a new overdrive trans, fuel system and other goodies to get it ready for an epic road trip); 594 HP For $3,252 (We grab a 5.3 LS motor from the junkyard and fab up a truly low-buck turbocharger system to make big power for dirt cheap); Camaro Suspension Buildup (The Project E-Rod Camaro gets new underpinnings to make it drive and handle as good as it looks) Departments - Starting Line (Using import metal for its sheetmetal); Holeshot (Innoyed by technology); Roddin' At Random (New road racer Mustang and a decent car movie); Where It All Began (Found! Photos of the first March Meet); Test And Tune (New Hemi cams and a book on Larry Watson); Pit Stop (This month's Pit Stop answers drove us crazy!); Coming Up Next Month (Two very badass Corvettes)
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May
Hot Rods - Corvettes For The Road Course And Street (Brant Jarvis and his latest midyear Vettes, one for the track, one shiny and pretty, both very capable); 8-Second Truck (This '55 Chevy has patina to die for and dragstrip performance that shocks everyone who watches it in action) Cover Story - The Baddest Shelby Of All Time (Your gut impulse tells you it's the legendary 427 Cobra, but is the '11 Shelby GT500 Super Snake better? And truly badder? we put both cars to the test and find out) Features - 1,100 Miles With A 650HP Blown Camaro (The Crusher Camaro lives again and takes us on a road trip adventure from Los Angeles to Phoenix and back); Cover Firsts (A look back at some HOT ROD covers of the '40s and '50s) Tech - Low-Buck Turbo Ford (We dig a dirt-cheap Ford 4.6 mod motor out of the junkyard, bolt on a Chinese turbo, and make 592 hp for $2,298); What Breaks? (When you start making big power in one of the new Hemicars, stuff will eventually break. Here's what frags and how to fix it); $139 Superchargers! (Admittedly, this is about as dirtball as it gets. But it works); Interior Redo (The project E-Rod '79 Camaro Z-28 gets a spiffy new interior) Departments - Starting Line (The California DMV is torture); Holeshot (The singular pursuit of some strange guys); Roddin' At Random (Highlights from the Detroit Auto Show); Where It All Began (Wally Parks racing a tank. Really); Test And Tune (Wait'll you see Jon Kaase's stack EFI for the Boss 429); Pit Stop (Do you want to build a Ford 531C? Marlan provides some advice); World Of Hot Rod (Behind the scenes with HOT ROD); Coming Next Month (Neat and historic customs from the Grand National Roadster Show)
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June
Hot Rods - The Anvil (Pure Vision tops itself with the Anvil '69 Mustang, and we put it on the racetrack); '48 Plymouth Racer (Seventy-three-year-old Glen Dodd built a patina'd Plymouth for a neat street car, then raced it in the One Lap); Mustang And Jeep (Snow Performance's meth-injected '93 Cobra and a wheel-standing Jeep Cherokee) Cover Story - Ford vs. Chevy (The Mustang and Camaro battle has waged on and off for more than 40 years, and it's more brutal now than ever. Boss 302 vs Z28, GT500 vs. Z1, and this is your chance to tell Chevy what you think the Z28 should be) Features - Historic Customs (Top customs of the '50s and '60s converge on the Grand National Roadster Show to give us a glimpse of the big-car hot rodding culture); E-Rod Camaro Test (It's done! The E-Rod '78 Disco Camaro gets wrung out for its final test, and it does really well) Tech - Your First Welder (Every hot rodder should have a welder, and thankfully they're more affordable than ever. Here's what you need to know when buying your first burner); Rat Rod Engine (It's rare that we build an engine for show without a lot of go, but this little Mouse is respectable and perfect for a rat rod. Zoomies); 627 HP For $3,831 (Sticking a cheap turbo setup on a junkyard 5.7L Hemi makes big power for less than $4 grand. Why aren't more people doing this?); What Breaks On The '10-'11 Camaro? (When you add a blower, turbo or otherwise make big power, stuff breaks. Here's what goes when) Departments - Starting Line (Engineers are car guys too); Holeshot (Americans are a bunch of softies); Roddin' At Random (News on cars from the Dirty D); Where It All Began (The original Boss in action); Test And Tune (Turnkey blower motors and ported Viper intakes); Pit Stop (How to prelube a GM LS engine); World Of Hot Rod (HRTV visits the Wood Bros); Coming Next Month (Vans!)
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July
Cover Story - Project Cars (Need inspiration? Here are 14 pages of the neatest, most unique projects-in-progress across the country) Hot Rods - Chrysler Imperial Speedster (Murray Pfaff and a bunch of his pals, slice, dice, chop and drop a '59 Imperial to create a much smaller roadster) Feature Stories - Linda Vaughn (The iconic Miss Hurst Golden Shifter reminisces over a stack of photos from the Hot Rod archives); Vans! (Don't worry, Hot Rod is not getting stupid like we did in the '70s, but like it or not, the van craze never left some guys and is catching on again) Tech - Super Bee Project (With a freshly dyno'd Hemi, a new trans, and a million other parts, Freiburger and Finnegan thrash to get the '70 Dodge Super Bee on the road again); How To Weld (From how to set the welder to running a bead and everything else, we show you how to use your first welder like a pro) Departments - Starting Line (The inexplicable love we have for our cars); Holeshot (Digging the oddballs, even the four-doors); Where It All Began (Smokey and George Hurst's sidecar Indy car); Roddin' At Random (The legend of the Whambulance); Test And Tune (Check out a trick new billet supercharger bracket); Pit Stop (Cylinder head questions for a blower motor); World Of Hot Rod (Hot Rod cover cars converge on the Amelia Island Concours); Coming Next Month (The drama that will be the Unlimited Class in Drag Week)
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August
Hot Rods - Spectre Camaro (Spectre Performance turns a workhorse into a meaner workhorse and we drive it); Autocrossing Truck (No Limit Engineering makes a '55 Ford F-150 into an autocross terror. Trucks that handle are hot now); Clint Bowyer's Rod (A NASCAR driver uses the North Carolina talent pool to build a wicked cool '34 Chevy trad rod) Cover Story - D.I.Y. Bodywork (Major collision and bodywork is best left to the pros, but there is a lot of truck stuff you can do at home to make your truck smoother or get it ready for paint. Here are 11 pages of tips and tricks); Cheap & Easy Satin (The flat look is hot right now, and here's a quick and cheap way to get it with less than $130 in materials) Tech - Vette ABS Retrofit (How to pull Vette antilock brakes out of a junkyard and make them work on your Pro Touring muscle car) Features - Super Bee Road Trip (Our Rumble Bee finally hit the highway. And the track. And broke); 2,000HP Street Cars (Larry Larson has owned the Unlimited Class in HOT ROD's Drag Week, but there's a gang of serious guys gunning for him. Here's who they are and what they're bringing to the fight); Top Speed Challenge (This is the last year for the HOT ROD Top Speed Challenge, at Maxton anyway. Will there be another one somewhere else? The East Coast TIming Association is working on it, hard) Departments - Starting Line (Remembering the Petersen days and friends of old); Holeshot (Freiburger giggles like a toddler at a wheelstander); Roddin' At Random (These guys are not wimps, running their rods in the dirt); Where It All Began (Remembering Dick Landy); Test And Tune (An LS engine accessory drive and more); Pit Stop (Stroker Ford small-block ping tips); World Of HOT ROD (Amelia Island Concours D'Elegance); Coming Next Month (Insane engines!)
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September
Cover Section - Extreme Engines - 12 Blowers, One Engine (That's right, Mike Harrah's show truck engine has 24 cylinders and 12 - count 'em - 12 GMC superchargers! It's as far out there as we've ever seen, and we love it); A New V4 (Retech creates a brand-new V4 engine for a new Motus motorcycle, and we go in-depth to find out what's it all about); 1,005 CI! (Sonny Leonard goes beyond huge wilth a hemi-headed, big-block-based engine that displaces four digits...before the decimal point); 1,200 HP For Cheap (How much power can a GM LS engine really take? Well, we've thrown more than 1,200hp at one so far, many times, and it hasn't broken yet) Hot Rods - Pro Street Mustang (2011 meets 1989 via Melvin Skinner's '07 Mustang Pro Streeter complete with a huge blower and lots o' rubber); Low-Buck Road Race Truck (Built for next to nothing in two guy's garage, this little LeMons racer gets flogged on the track); Billet Cobra (Kirkham Motorsports builds the ultimate Cobras. And when we say ultimate, we mean it. One is billet, and the other is made of copper) Feature - Epic Buick Trip (Frelburger and Finnegan fly to Phoenix, resurrect a Buick convertible that's been sitting in the desert for 33 years, get it running, and drive it all the way back to Los Angeles. But not without drama) Departments - Starting Line (Technology at what cost?); Holeshot (Utility rods); Roddin' At Random (Neat old drag race photos and more Linda); Where It All Began (Rick Dobbertin's engine that changed the game); Test And Tune (A new banjo rear from Winters, and more); Pit Stop (How to make an early Camaro hook up on the dragstrip); World Of Hot Rod (Behind the scenes stuff and more HOT ROD TV shows); Coming Next Month (The world's biggest road trip)
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October
Built, Not Bought - Real-World Hot Rods (The Hot Rod Power Tour is all about getting out and driving your hot rod, not sitting on a lawn chair. Here's what went down on the '11 tour); Raybestos GTO (Raybestos and Hot Rod CHassis and Cycle built a bad-to-the-bone '64 GTO, and you can win it); Cover Mustang (Brian Grillot built his '65 Mustang at home. The guy even made his own English Wheel); Model T Cover Car (Dennis Strayer's period-perfect T coupe); Yellow Jacket (AMC Hornets don't get any cooler than this); Track T (Randy Nelson's Slant Six track roadster) Tech - Good Stance (The nicest car in the world can be fugly if the stance isn't right. Here are several that nailed it); Underhood Beauty (These Power Tour rides have perfected the art of looking good under the hood); Your First Time In An Autocross (Less intimidating than an open track day at a real road course, the autocross is also easier on the car. Here's what you need to know to do it) Departments - Starting Line (All our eggs in the Power Tour basket); Holeshot (The reach of Hot Rod); Roddin' At Random (The 100th anniversary of the Indy 500); Where It All Began (Indy back in the day); Test And Tune (Aluminim front clips for first-gen Camaros); PIt Stop (Is a radiator with a built-in transmission cooler more effecient than a universal radiator with an add-on transmission cooler?); Coming Next Month (General Lee versus Bandit Trans Am. Which one is cooler?
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November
Contents - Movie And TV Cars; The Rules Of Buying And Selling; Charger And Trans Am, New; Art Of The V8 Badge; Project Car Garage; 5 Questions With David Ragan; Father And Son Retro Rides; Swamp Rat I; 665hp '53 Suburban; 572ci '59 Jaguar; World's Best '62 Plymouth Valiant; Your First Action Camera; Our '32 Roaster Is Back And Smokin'; Holley's Most Updated Carb; Header Fabrication Made Easy; Proven: The Badass LS Hi-Ram; Proven: Ford's 5.0 Supercharger; Proven: Headlight Cleaner Kits; Proven: Edelbrock Air-Gap Intake; New Gen V Camaro Clutch Tech; New Products
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