Archive for June, 2011

Building a Ford 9-Inch Rearend

Monday, June 27th, 2011

The Perfect Rearend for Your Next Truck Project

The Ford 9-inch rearend is by far the most popular choice for custom truckers, racers, hot rodders and muscle car devotees. Used in most Ford cars and trucks from 1957 through the ‘80s, it’s abundant at salvage yards nationwide. (more…)


Monday, June 20th, 2011

Direct Sheetmetal Shows us How

How many of us have rummaged through hundreds of cabs or bodies for one that will need the least amount of rust repair only to discover that we have to cut it up to recess the firewall or put in a bigger transmission tunnel. My significant other calls that “me outsmarting myself,” and I hate to admit it, but she is right. I could have saved hundreds of dollars buying a body that needed some repair in places that I was going have to modify anyway. (more…)

Two-Lane Blacktop ’55 Coming to the Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

We all have pivotal moments in our lives when we remember exactly what we were doing and where we were when something dramatic happened: the attack on Pearl Harbor, where we were when JFK was shot and our first drag race. I clearly remember going to see the movie Two Lane Blacktop. Starring singer James Taylor (with hair), late Beach Boy drummer Dennis Wilson, Laurie Bird and the late-but-cool Warren Oates, TLB was a cult hit 40 years ago. Of course, the real star for us car guys was the ’55 Chevy—old school before it was cool. (more…)

High Desert Hoedown

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Windfield and Watson Custom Car and Hot Rod Gathering 2010

The Windfield and Watson Custom Car and Hot Rod Gathering actually started as a low-key show hosted by Gene Windfield and Larry Watson at Gene’s shop in Mojave, California, in October 2008. As all good things do, it grew and continues to grow, so much so that in 2010 it was a two-day event, Oct. 23-24, 2010. Unfortunately, 2010 was also the first time that the show had been presented since Larry Watson’s passing, and there were plenty of people who used the event to pay their respects to the late car customizing legend. (more…)

NHRA to NASCAR, Racin’ is Racin’!

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

At the beginning on March, Robert Hight and I introduced my daughter Courtney to a whole new world of horsepower. She got her first experience with NASCAR at the Nationwide and Sprint Cup events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (more…)

Resto Low

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Mitch Henderson Could Give Lessons on How it’s Done

Getting a straight answer out of Mitch Henderson, the owner of these two ‘62 GM beauties, is like expecting not to find fish in the ocean. You can ask him why he built a pair of ‘62 GMs so closely related that they both feature the same 215-ci all-aluminum power plant backed by a Dyna Flow Transmission on a Wednesday and get a completely different answer than you did just 24 hours ago. We have heard at least a dozen different reasons, but we are willing to bet it came down to simple indecision. (more…)