Scrapbook: A History of Hot Rodding and Customizing Told by Those Who Were There
The Rodder’s Journal announces the Scrapbook, a 480-page hardbound book that documents the evolution of hot rodding through the eyes of the people who experienced it firsthand. Chock full of previously unpublished historic photographs, each chapter highlights a different era and geographic region, including pre–World War II racing on California’s dry lakes, customizing and drag racing in the Northwest, ’50s and ’60s indoor car shows in the Mid-Atlantic, early drag racing in Georgia and Florida, racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats, and the dawn of modern street rodding in the Midwest. Hot rods, customs, and race cars from over 30 states are represented.
Extensive interviews of the original photographers, relatives, and close friends provide invaluable insights. In addition to featuring well-known rods and customs, many previously unknown machines and unsung heroes are captured in backyard garages and on hometown streets.
This must-have for any automotive enthusiast will be printed in limited quantities and is available exclusively through The Rodder’s Journal and the TRJ dealer network for $50, plus shipping and handling.
LimeWorks has an old-style column shifter for your modern automatic transmission and the first aftermarket column shifter with a neutral safety switch; vehicle only starts in Park, with lockouts in Park, Reverse, and Neutral.
Based on the popular ’40 Ford, LimeWorks’ safety shifter includes aluminum upper and lower housings with all working parts in stainless steel. Polished upper housing spring loads the shaft, lower housing has the detente plate, and neutral safety switch. The polished stainless steel lever and shaft even comes complete with a reproduction knob.
LimeWorks also offers a retro shifter kit for those who want to use their original column shifter and just need the shifting housings. You can also purchase the linkage kit separately in 14-18 inches.
Patriot Exhaust Products has designed something for the hot rod owner who wants the look of the Lakester-style header but without the downtubes for conventional exhaust hookup or rings on the end of the cones for that outlaw open header sound. The Traditional Lakesters feature Patriot’s unique primary tubes that sweep into the cones for a more aesthetically pleasing look and better flow. Made from 16-gauge tubing, the primary tubes are 1-5/8, 1-3/4, or 1-7/8 inches, depending on the application. The cones have a subtle taper with a 3-1/2-inch opening.
Patriot says that they are available now for Buick Nailheads, small-block Chevrolets, Flathead and small-block 260-351W Fords, and Chrysler 331-392 Hemis. They are offered in high-heat black coating or silver metallic ceramic and come with high-temp gaskets and special header bolts. For those who want to take away a little of the open-header bark, Patriot also offers optional slip-in baffles and short turnouts to keep the exhaust away from doors.
OTB Gear introduces a finned cover that will enhance the appearance of your ’39-40 style PowerGen alternators. Cast in A-356 aircraft aluminum alloy in the United States, and polished (or left unpolished) to show-quality standards, this sleeve simply slides on and secures with two setscrews on the bottom. (Not fit the original Ford generator with the wire poles on the side of the case.)