InspirationThanks again to you, your staff, and especially Thom Taylor for the "Dream Car" artwork. When you have a project waiting in the garage, you naturally keep an eye out for rodded versions of that car at shows, rod runs, and in the magazines. The '36 Chevy sedan deliveries I have found over the years are less than you can count on one hand. The most notable is Darrell Mayabb's bright yellow masterpiece.
Just days after the April issue of your mag came in the mail, I got a call from someone located in the same state who has the same project-in-waiting as mine! Hopefully the day will come when two '36 deliveries from Kansas will be doing the Americruise.Dan FriesenMeade, KS
Weeding through the hundreds of submissions we received from our readers detailing their thoughts for their ultimate dream car was a lot of fun, but narrowing it down to just two wasn't easy. I'm glad we were able to provide you with some inspiration to hang on your wall. I look forward to seeing the '36 when it hits the street. The real challenge will be to build it as low as Thom drew it! Looks like you have a good start!
Faulty WiringI thought I'd go straight to the top and cut out the middlemen. This is concerning the article on "Ignition Timing" in the April issue. It's a very good article, but it's what you are saying without saying that bothers me.
We strive to build safe drivers and jump through a lot if hoops so our cars can go through and pass state inspections. Take a look at the picture on page 28; you will see a #10 wire coming from a GM "one-wire" alternator. Who in their right mind would route a wire over the top on the upper A-arm and then fasten it to the bolt with a tie strap?
I sure hope the builder used a fusible link, etc, because this could be a fire just waiting to happen. Just how many times per minute does that A-arm articulate on a bumpy road? This is just an observation from a street rod enthusiast, not a pro builder or an electrician. This kind of rigging is what we rodders have to overcome.Dennis BingamanVia E-mail
The focus of the photo was meant to be the timing light, but I agree with you that in too many cases builders don't consider how they routed a wire or take into account the amount of movement of the items around that wire that could short in the future. Hopefully your letter will get a few more people thinking about it.
Measuring UpIn the article "The Hardtop Chop" in the April issue, you said the roof sloped up from the back and you had to make several cuts to make it right. I think you should have told the readers the right way to chop a top instead of telling them to cut a little bit, then if it's not right, cut a little bit more. The way to cut the A-pillar or any other leaning pillar is NOT to measure 4 inches along the pillar. By doing it that way, it'll always be wrong. The right way is to put a ruler straight up and down on the windowsill and then put a T-square on it. Then mark a spot on the A-pillar and move the T-square up 4 inches on the ruler and mark another spot. If you measure the distance between these two marks, you'll see that it's more than 4 inches, but it'll be right and also be level.
I like the way you're showing more of the guy in his garage doing the best he can on the money his wife will let him spend.Ted FosterVia E-mail
We were showing how that guy chopped that top. No doubt, there are different and maybe better ways to do it. That's the great thing about custom work-it's a personal expression and every chop will take on a feel of its own. Just as we stated in the article, we don't think anyone should follow a formula when cutting a top; they should stand back and drop it until it looks right to their eye.
Black Can Be BeautifulHoly smokes! An absolutely jaw-dropping cover. That '34 on the May cover is pretty much every car I drew on my notebooks from the early '60s until now. And the cover itself, a close tie for First with the February 2001 cover featuring Idzardi's Purple People Eater. It's been a while since a car magazine cover made me exclaim out loud. Thanks.Sam TateSan Diego, CA
Great-looking three-window and I was very pleasantly surprised to find that it is running an early Cad engine instead of a bellybutton engine like most rodders run. I love it when I find a car that's running a Cad, Olds, or Nailhead. Keep up the great work; my renewal will be mailed tomorrow.Lee SchelinLong Beach, CA
The May issue has become one of my favorites as well. We liked Robert's coupe so much we couldn't decide which shot we liked best, so we did two covers for the May issue.