Detroit Street Rods’ president...
Detroit Street Rods’ president Robert Smith said: “Our goal is to offer a limited number of these hot rods in honor of SO-CAL Speed Shop and the 80th anniversary of Henry Ford’s ’32 roadster.”
Inspired by SO-CAL, Built by Detroit
Detroit Street Rods is working with SO-CAL Speed Shop to build a series of high-tech hot rods. Nicknamed the Coyote 5.0, the roadster pays homage to SO-CAL Speed Shop’s founder, Alex Xydias, and his company’s legacy—from the shop to the dragstrip, from the lakebeds of Southern California to the Salt Flats of Bonneville.
The body is an all-steel Dearborn Deuce ’32 roadster. The chassis is a SO-CAL Speed Shop New Traditionalist chassis, featuring SO-CAL’s new line of forged steel components. The engine is a Ford Racing Parts 412hp Coyote 5.0L crate engine, backed up by a six-speed manual transmission. The paint scheme is inspired by the SO-CAL ’48 belly tank lakester. Alternative Automotive Technologies in Troy, Michigan, will paint and assemble the car under the supervision of Detroit Street Rods. “Judging from DSR’s huge success with the 75th anniversary Deuce program, it just made good sense for us to do the Coyote 5.0 project in the Motor City,” Pete Chapouris, president of SO-CAL Speed Shop, said.
Street Rodder is looking forward to covering this project as it progresses.
Dan DeBlasio, Howard Cook,...
Dan DeBlasio, Howard Cook, and Robert Woods joined John Barkley with the ’57 Chevy Barkley drag raced in the ’60s.
For Street Rodder account executive, John Barkley, one of the highlights of the NSRA Street Rod Nationals in Louisville was a surprise reunion with the ’57 Chevy he drag raced in the ’60s.
Barkley had raced a few other Chevys in Junior Stock when he bought the 210 two-door sedan, minus engine and trans, for $10 in 1967. Racing partner Joe Allread provided a Power Pack 283 and Powerglide. At the NHRA World Finals in Tulsa, Allread made it all the way to the semifinals. At the 1968 Winternationals a few months later, Barkley raced the ’57 into the winner’s circle, beating the Sox & Martin team in the finals.
When his National Guard unit was activated that spring, Barkley loaned (later sold) the Chevy to Marv Ripes. That summer, it appeared on the cover of Car Craft magazine and Barkley went AWOL in order to race the ’57 at the U.S. Nationals.
In December 1968, Barkley went to Vietnam. Ripes continued to race the record-setting Chevy, winning the Spring Nationals in 1969. Barkley watched the car race at the U.S. Nats in 1970. Not long after, it was sold. He wouldn’t see it until the Hot Rod Reunion 35 years later.
This past summer, Howard Cook from Cragar was looking for a car with their wheels to display in their vendor booth at the Street Rod Nats. Billy Wooten from Woody’s Hot Rodz found the ’57, now owned by David Aldridge of Clarksville, Tennessee, and arranged to get it to Louisville. The tricky part was keeping the news from Barkley, who didn’t find out until he got to the Cragar display, where the ’57 was looking as good as ever with the name of its original driver lettered prominently on the doors.
Edelbrock Buys SX Performance
Edelbrock recently announced the acquisition of SX Performance. That name might not sound familiar, but SX Performance has been designing and manufacturing advanced fluid delivery systems for aerospace, military, and automotive applications for more than 60 years—and has been manufacturing Edelbrock electric Quiet-Flo fuel pumps, inline fuel pumps, and regulators since 2003.
Acquiring the company and moving the entire operation from St. Louis to Edelbrock’s facility in Torrance, California, is intended to reduce production lead times, improve quality, and allow Edelbrock to become more price competitive with race and street fuel delivery products. Edelbrock will continue to support all of SX Performance’s existing customers.
WD-40 and Foose Team up for Charity
For the second year in a row, WD-40 Company and Chip Foose are working together for a good cause. Their collaboration on a pair of truck projects, built to celebrate WD-40 Company’s history and products, will benefit SEMA Cares charities.
The ’53 Ford F-100 pickup features an updated drivetrain, suspension, wheels, tires, and paint—and resembles the truck used to deliver the first case of the WD-40 product 60 years ago, when the company was called Rocket Chemical Company. The ’12 Ford F-350 Super Duty work truck features custom wheel flares, side rockers, and front chin spoiler, among other upgrades—and represents the new line of WD-40 Specialist products.
After their debut at the recent SEMA Show, both trucks will make appearances around the country before being auctioned. Proceeds will benefit the SEMA Cares scholarship program and two SEMA Cares charities: Childhelp, an organization that provides services to abused and neglected children, and The Victory Junction Gang Camp, which provides life-changing camping experiences to special needs and chronically ill children. Previous WD-40 Company project vehicles raised $400,000 for SEMA Cares charities.
For more information on the charity trucks as well as new, limited-edition WD-40 Smart Straw cans featuring Chip Foose’s designs, visit www.wd40.com.
Running With the Big Dogs
We knew if we failed, we would fail with everyone watching. But we couldn’t resist the fun. And we knew we wouldn’t fail.
The occasion was the 2012 Super Chevy Magazine Suspension & Handling Challenge. Every year our Chevy-only performance-oriented sister magazine invites the leading aftermarket suspension companies to send their best-handling street-legal cars to our testing facility in El Toro, California, where they compete in the slalom, on the skidpad, through the autocross, and on the street.
These companies came to El Toro with their highly prepped, reputation-defending cars. We crashed the party with our 2011 AMSOIL/STREET RODDER Road Tour ’55 Chevy. The ’55, built by Woody’s Hot Rodz, is loaded with a 409 W-block, hot-rodded to 474 ci. It rides on an Art Morrison Engineering chassis. It was the only Tri-Five in the bunch, the only car with a bench seat, the only one wearing traditional flames, and the only car with a Moon tank in its grille. So we already had the intimidation advantage.
Craig Morrison and Matt Jones, senior mechanical engineer, tuned the suspension on our Chevy, and test driver Mary Pozzi (11-time SCCA Solo national champion) drove the stuffing out of it in competition. We didn’t win the event (which would have been rude) but the ’55 made us proud. Below are our best times in skidpad, slalom, and autocross, compared with the times for the 2012 Grand Sport Vette, which served as a benchmark.
The ’55 already proved its streetability by covering almost 25,000 miles in one season during the 2011 Road Tour, an impressive challenge for any car.
||Road Tour ’55
||2012 Grand Sport ’Vette
||11.29 seconds (0.98g)
||11.12 seconds (0.99g)