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01 Vintage car fender restoration process showing original and reproduction fenders

Vintage Sheetmetal: Repair Or Replace?

An age-old question for DIY Hot Rodders By Gerry Burger   -   Photography By Chadly Johnson Original or repro? It’s a longtime hot rodder’s battle with no...
01 Adam Banks drawing setting the direction of the project build

Intricate Fabrication On Myers’ Fenderless Ford Roadster

Part 3: Custom Fabricated Decklid, Wheel Wells & Floor By Ron Covell    -   Photography By Adam Banks Construction is moving at a rapid pace at Rad...
00 Myers’ Fenderless 1936 Ford Roadster

Myers’ Fenderless 1936 Ford Roadster

Part 2: Rad Rides by Troy Meticulous Chassis Work By Ron Covell   -   Photography By Adam Banks We previously looked at how the crew at Rad...
01 Adam Banks working on a concept sketch for a custom car project

Building a One Of A Kind Roadster

Part 1: Rad Rides by Troy Builds a One of a Kind 1936 Ford Roadster By Ron Covell - Photography By Adam Banks Unless you’re new...
03 Geoff Jones using a pneumatic die grinder with a thin cut off wheel to cut away rusty metal

How To Fix Quarter Panel Rust

Patch Panel Install For Rust Repair on Your Vintage Project Car By Ron Covell   -   Photography By Brian Brennan Rust repair is often a part of...
01 part 2 how to sand for professional bodywork

More DIY Tips on How to Sand a Car for Painting

Part 2: You Can Do it Yourself Part 2: Nick Sinoris’ Sanding Techniques for Proper Paintwork Results By Chris Shelton    -   Photography By Brian Brennan If...
01 Nick Hubcap Sinoris demonstrating long block panel preparation

DIY Tips On How To Sand a Car For Painting

You can do it Yourself, Part 1: Nick Sinoris’ Sanding Techniques For Proper Paintwork Results By Chris Shelton   -   Photography By Brian Brennan They may not...
01 marking the center of the bell housing on the firewall

How To Make Custom Mounts For An Engine Swap

Some Custom Fabrication On the Firewall and Floorboard May Be Required By Ron Covell   -   Photography By Jason Scudellari There are often some adjustments needed when...
01 Concept rendering of the complete vehicle by Tavis Highlander

ISK Ford Ranch Wagon Gets Custom Wheels, Hood, & Wrap Up

Ford Ranch Wagon Project Part 3: Ironworks Speed & Kustom Hood & One Of A Kind Of Custom Wheels From EVOD Industries By Ron Covell...
01 Out with the Tri Five Chevy s old sheetmetal and in with the new Golden Star Classic Auto Parts tailpan

Replacing the Tail Pan on a Tri Five Chevy

Getting Rid of Decades of Deteriorating Metal By Eric Geisert   -   Photography By The Author As you get into any metal repair or replacement work on...
01 Close up view of the Old Anvil Speed Shop team working on the AV8 chassis modifications

Old Anvil Speed Shop Built Scudellari’s 1929 Ford Roadster

Building a Traditional AV8 By Ryan Manson   -   Photography By Brian Brennan When it comes to building a traditional AV8 highboy roadster, one of the most...
01 Sparks flying at MetalWorks Speed Shop while fabricating a smooth firewall for a 55 Chevrolet

How To Modify Your Tri-Five Firewall To Accept An LS3 Engine

MetalWorks Modifies A Chevy Bel Air Firewall For An LS Swap By Gerry Burger   -   Photography By Chadly Johnson David Goodwin and the team at MetalWorks...
01 A close up shows just how seamlessly this detail flows into the panel

How To Make A Recessed License Plate Holder

Tin Man’s Garage’s Custom License Plate By Ron Covell   -   Photography By Brian Limberg Brian Limberg, the founder of Tin Man’s Garage in Sycamore, Illinois, is...
01 Here the radiator is mocked up and a strip of steel is being bent to check the desired profile

How To Make A Custom Hood and Nose

Custom Fabrication On A Shadow Rods XL27 Chassis By Ron Covell   -   Photography By Jon Hall & Dave Autin Track roadsters have been popular since the...
01 It is also particularly true when you are cutting and buffing the final paint

How To Cut and Buff Like a Professional

DIY Guide To Cutting and Buffing Paint To Perfection By John Gilbert   -   Photography By the Author There are two types of hot rodders: the DIY...
00 lead The Art Of Shaping A Roll Pan

The Art Of Shaping A Roll Pan

Shadow Rods’ Perfectly Proportioned Roll Pan Method By Ron Covell   -   Photography By Jon Hall & Dave Autin Jon Hall is the founder of Shadow Rods,...
01 prepping a 1965 Chevelle before it receives its PPG black paint

How To Prep Your Car For Paint

Paint Preparation Prevents The Need For Costly Paint Correction By Chris Shelton   -   Photography By Brian Brennan, Glenn Sinon & Chadly Johnson If you’re like me,...
16 Sullivan finally buried everything in VC5700 mixed as a conventional final clearcoat

Finishing The Tribute 1959 Thunderbird

Part 2: Marcus “Shaky” Sullivan and “PPG Paul” Finish The Custom Paint Job On Larry Watson’s Tribute ‘59 Thunderbird By Chris Shelton    -   Photography By...
06 Notice the openings cut in the hood side in preparation for fitting the precisely contoured vent doors

New Levels of Precision; Custom ‘35 Chevy Coupe

Ironworks Speed and Kustom Use The Latest Tech When Making Custom Parts By Ron Covell   -   Photography by the Author & Rodger Lee Videographer Rodger Lee  ...
01 Cody Walls started with a solid foundation in his wife’s original low mile 1949 Buick

How To Section a Car

The Art of Sectioning: Tackling Hot Rodding’s Most Audacious Technique By Curt Iseli   -  Photography By Cody Walls When it comes to traditional customizing techniques, sectioning...
01 Here we are mapping out how we will go about laying down the paint on the 1959 Thunderbird

A Legendary Candy Paint Job On This Special 1959 Thunderbird

Part 1: “Wild Bill” Carter Left a Paint Legacy and an Unfinished Larry Watson Tribute. Here’s How Marcus “Shaky” Sullivan & “PPG Paul” Stoll...
01 With the firewall in place it is time to tackle the upper and lower cowl panels

How To Replace Upper and Lower Cowl On A Classic Car

New Sheetmetal From Auto Metal Direct For This 1964 Ford Galaxie By Brian Brennan   -   Photography By Jubee Mays Our 1964 Ford Galaxie (named “Project...
01 Eric Blacks concept drawing of the coupe gives us a view into the future and what we can expect this 35 Chevy coupe

Truly Custom 1935 Chevy Coupe

Part Two: Ironworks Speed & Kustom Got It Just Right By Ron Covell   -   Photography & Videography By Rodger Lee   -   Artwork By e. Black...
01 The Master Of Metal Brings Back Originality To The Ford Model A

Donn Lowe’s 1929 Ford Model A Roadster

The Master Of Metal Brings Originality To The Ford Model A By Dale Moreau   -   Photography by the Author Donn Lowe started out hammering on metal...
18 Thanks to the self aligning technique its a chop that a well heeled enthusiast can pull off

How To Chop A Top With Minimal Effort and Maximum Accuracy Part 2

Hot Rods by Dean’s Easier Method For Chopping On 1933 Ford DeLuxe coupe By Chris Shelton    -   Photography By Brian Brennan Missed Part 1? Check it...

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