Wind Gap, Pennsylvania
1932 Chevy Coupe
What's a hot rod without a bunch of homemade modifications and a whole load of character? Add the "alternative" element (see also: not a Ford, abbreviated rear fenders, Moon discs, big ol' IFS setup, bloodhound rake, and primer from before primer was cool) and you've got something as original as George Rogers' Chevy coupe. The 366ci Olds engine is wearing a single four-barrel in the photo, but now runs three deuces. The trans is a Turbo 400 and the Chrysler rear has 3.23:1 gears with a Posi. "I wanted you to see a hot rod that was 100 percent homebuilt. My car was born a hot rod in the early '60s and went through a lot of changes, but it's been like this since 1976. I still have the oil in my veins that I've had since 1958 when I was reading mags that were the size of a TV Guide."
Rocky Point, New York
1951 Ford Tudor
"I have owned this car since I was a young lad of 15 in 1964. Starting with a hot Flattie, the car now has a stroker SBC. I converted it to Chevy power following a 'how-to' article in the Jan. '68 issue of Rod & Custom. Though it has a four-speed and 9-inch, the basic setup is from that article and still works fine. I also learned how to weld my own headers by following Tom McMullen's article in the Oct. '65 issue. The hood scoop is an oil cooler vent off a World War II bomber. I tell the import crowd, 'That scoop might've bombed Tokyo!' Built to '66 NHRA D/Gas specs and to current NHRA 11-second specs, the car is also fully street-legal, and has been driven and raced continually. Its best e.t. is 12.27 seconds. These days, I attend most nostalgia races in the Northeast. Not many guys have the car they drove to high school, or made their first quarter-mile pass in, but I do."
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