Category: Hot Rodding

Hot Rod & Custom Hubcaps For Beginners – Hot Rodding 101 @IrontrapGarage

Hot Rod & Custom Hubcaps For Beginners – Hot Rodding 101 @IrontrapGarage


The next topic for our Hot Rodding 101 series is Hubcaps or Wheel Covers. Hubcaps are very important to the overall look of a build, because they can be very plain and subtle, or be wild and stand out. Ford used many different style of wheels from the lates 20s to the 60s, and all use different hubcaps. Matt sits down and briefly covers wire wheel, wide five, “poverty caps, and full wheel covers. Comment below with your favorite hubcap combination!!

Robert Williams Tells Some Crazy Hot Rod Stories! – @FourSpeedFilms


Robert Williams, is an American painter, cartoonist, and founder of Juxtapoz Magazine. Williams has been intertwined with hot rod culture since he was an adolescent. In this video, I take a look at his past and highlight the history behind his 1932 Ford roadster. He is known for working for Ed Roth and for his psychedelic artwork. He was also part of a group of artists who produced Zap Comix such as Robert Crumb, S. Clay Wilson, and Gilbert Shelton. He has left a huge impact in the art world and continues to paint to this day.

The Best Books You Should Own When Building A Traditional Hot Rod!!! – Matt Murray @IrontrapGarage


Another excellent and educational video from Matt, in this one he opens up his library to share some essential books to increase our knowledge of traditional hot rods. I have a good library myself, but some of these were new ones on me, and I’ll certainly be looking out for them!

Here’s Matt’s comments and list

We get a ton of comments and message about the ins and outs of building a traditional hot rod, and where to find the information. Well today Matt is going to share a few of the books he references the most when working on any of the projects. A vast majority of the information on traditional hot rods can be found on the internet, but it some times can be watered down and miss the mark. Obtaining this books that were written by the early hot rodders can be a great source of information and inspiration. Be sure to comment down below with other books that you would add to the list!! –

Ford “Green Bible” Reprint –…

Souping The Stock Engine Reprint –…

How To Build A Traditional Ford Hot Rod –…

The Fast Ford Handbook Reprint –…

Ford Speed Manual –…

The V8 Album –…

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Fuel injection isn’t new. Inventors of the internal combustion engine began toying with the concept in the late 1890s, and by the 1920s fuel injection had become common in diesel truck engines. During WW1 and WWII, aircraft engines employed mechanical fuel injection, as it was less sensitive to g-forces and changes in altitude.

That said, early hot rodders – the pre-WWII lakes runners, circle-track racers, and Indy 500 machines – relied exclusively on carburetor-fed power plants. It’s not that fuel injection was unknown, but there wasn’t a proven injection system that could usurp the traditional float-bowl, venturi-jet devices.

Read the full article here

Prewar Power – J Daniel Beaudry @Hemmings



Prewar Ford Profiles

“Hot rod”… “hop-up”… “gow-job”… People have been modifying cars for performance since they were horses (some sources believe the latter two terms derive from doping ponies). So, a special section dedicated to early Fords would be incomplete without touching upon hot rodding, as no automobile in history has been altered more frequently. It might be cliché to say, but literally open the dictionary to “hot rod,” and you’d not be surprised to see a picture of a Deuce roadster there.

Excellent article from a real expert in this area of the hobby, read on here

The Top 20 Parts that Changed Hot Rodding Forever (#4): B&M Torque Converter – Matt Griswold @OnAllCylinders


The fourth in the Top 20 Parts that Changed Hot Rodding Forever is the B&M Torque Converter

If you’re racing or driving a performance car with an automatic transmission, you have B&M Racing & Performance Products to thank for making it possible.

Read Matt Griswold’s article here