It's Good to be the King – by Brad King

laid to rest at bonneville
It's Good to be the King

Three years ago, Roger Hickey lost his dad Harry. Wishing to offer a proper send-off for the man who so inspired him, Roger orchestrated a plan to properly lay his father to rest. In doing so, there was not only a fitting tribute, but a world record as well.

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A beautiful picture of the sun rising at the Bonneville Salt Flats
It's Good to be the King

The 2018 running of Speed Week may be the best Bonneville event in decades. The condition of the salt hasn’t been this good in years, and along with the great weather, speed records are being broken every day. One thing is for sure, no existing record is safe at the 2018 Bonneville Speed Week.

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streamliner
It's Good to be the King

Ever since I was a kid, I loved land speed racing. Guys like Gary Gabelich, Mickey Thompson, Craig Breedlove and Art Arfons seemed “otherworldly” in their quest to go faster than anyone. As I grew older, I decided there was some goals I needed to chase in this amazing form of “free-for-all” motorsports and this version definitely had my name written all over it. I decided to build a streamliner and go play with some crazy guys and girls and chase some crazy records.

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Bob
It's Good to be the King

I met Bob Bauder in 1984 in Hesperia California when he passed me going the opposite direction in his lowered 1947 Ford convertible. I did a quick u-turn, because I really wanted to check out the car. Little did I know, a simple u-turn would have such a profound effect on my life and a lot of my future friendships.

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Dusk 'Til Drawn – by Brian Stupski

special feature
Dusk 'Til Drawn

Round Six’s Brian explores the shocking parallel of custom car build stories and the motion picture special feature. Taking a look at a side of George Barris’ career that is often overlooked, Brian finds that the King of Kustomizers had a kindred spirit in Forrest J Ackerman, another Hollywood fixture bent on preserving the history of his passion.

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cube
Dusk 'Til Drawn

Throwback Thursday and Brian suspends rational thought, and toys with the idea of creating a cool custom from an overlooked ride.The Nissan Cube isn’t exactly the first thing that pops into many peoples’ minds when asked “what late-model cars have some potential, custom-wise?” We can’t imagine that it enters most sane people’s minds for any reason, really. Yet, back in 2009, this was precisely what he was considering. You’re welcome.

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rockumentary
Dusk 'Til Drawn

A long- (and probably for the best) forgotten Progressive Rock assemblage who drew inspiration from Astral projection accidents, purple nurples and pre-Columbian history, Helium Submarine’s story is one of a tragic rise and fall. Today, we’re going to explore the final days of the band as never before, drawing from the surviving pages of Ashton Mung’s personal journals, and discover how something so brilliant could tumble so awkwardly to number two.

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kustom of my people
Dusk 'Til Drawn

“The forbidden-ness of the place” is what made it “so compelling.” Greg Noll once said of his decision to surf Waimea Bay in November of 1957, around five years after Sam Barris chopped his 1950 Buick. How does surfing relate to a kustom car, much less have anything to do with designing hot rods?
Plenty more than you might think.

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Child Bearing Hibbs – by Eric Hibbs

Victoria and Bob discussing things about Victoria's '27 T roadster
Child Bearing Hibbs

Round Six’s Eric comes across a 1927 Model T roadster project at a price that’s too low to pass on, and begins to slowly accumulate the missing pieces to put it back together. At the same time, his wife Victoria lays claim to the car, and the build plans for the roadster quickly change. Victoria initially wanted a car that was a bit rough around the edges, but with the help of their good friend Bob, a nicely finished car begins to take shape.

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dad 1950 ford
Child Bearing Hibbs

Round Six’s Eric continues his great story about working on his late Father’s beloved 1950 Ford Shoebox. In this installment, the Shoebox gets it’s engine rebuilt and running. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned, and Eric is at a crossroads. Do I keep the finicky flathead or do I go with a different, more reliable drive train? Each choice has it’s pros and cons, and Eric is left with the daunting question, “What would Dad do in this situation?”

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shoebox dad
Child Bearing Hibbs

My early years were consumed with following my dad around the garage fetching wrenches and riding to car shows with him. I have pictures of many of his high school cars, almost all of which happened to be ’49 through ’51 Fords. A few coupes, several Fordors, a smattering of Tudors. Of course, I developed a love for the Shoebox Ford.

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2017 GMC
Child Bearing Hibbs

Round Six’s Eric continues his ownership review of his new 2017 GMC Sierra 4×4, exploring the good, the bad, the indifferent and the unexpected. And just how bad Android Auto really is.

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Through the Delescope – by Del Swanson

Off-road Aztec
He Who Del't It

Until bears start using lock picks or bump keys, I feel safer not being in the equivalent of a sandwich bag.
When you hear the word Aztec, you think of a beautiful, ancient and powerful civilization ripe with culture and riches. However, when you hear the name Pontiac Aztek, you can’t help but think of a fugly old wheezing heap ripe with PBR cans and someone’s stained underwear. We can fix that.

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Pandora
He Who Del't It

“The Craigslist ad I answered didn’t say, “Looking for someone to be a process engineer, a tooling engineer, a mechanical engineer, a welder, a painter and a sculptor for a huge opportunity to work with Disney.”
It just said “Looking for an artist.”

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He Who Del't It

“So while you guys are opening gifts, tolerating family and literally slapping the 8th highball out of drunk uncle Larry’s hand, just realize that I got my gifts early.”

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He Who Del't It

I hear all of the time that people are “doing it the traditional way”. No, you’re building an unsafe artcar. What people fail to realize with this Ratrod movement is, the hot rodders “back in the day” concentrated on the mechanics first and would get to the aesthetics as time and money allowed. They wanted nice looking cars, not rolling outhouses.

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Technically Speaking – by Alex Welsh

Technically Speaking

Part five of Project White Trash focuses on swapping out the antiquated Eaton HO52 rear axle out of the 1964 Chevy truck and installing a 12-bolt out of a 1979 Chevrolet Suburban. It also highlights the subtle differences between the axles in the 1960 to 1987 Chevy and GMC trucks, as well as giving some great tips on how to make a lowered truck ride much better.

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1964 Chevy truck, suspension removed
Technically Speaking

Part four of Project White Trash deals with upgrading the front suspension from 8-lug to 5-lug using a donor 1979 Chevy Suburban. The modification is very inexpensive and easy to do, and is a great option for anyone building a 1960 to 1966 Chevy or GMC truck on a budget.

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64 Chevy truck with thrashed original grille
Technically Speaking

Part Three of Project White Trash starts out with a visual assessment of the truck’s poor condition. Alex hates rust, so he scrubs the entire truck with CLR to remove it. The truck was missing many parts, and after some intense searching, they slowly start to appear. With each part added, the truck’s appearance changes dramatically.

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1964 Chevy truck known as White Trash sitting on the patio
Technically Speaking

Episode two of Project White Trash picks up with the truck being loaded up and brought home, and serving an eviction notice to some squatters and stowaways. Naturally, the bees and Black Widow spiders that have called the truck home for years don’t give up without putting up a fight. Once they’re gone, it’s time to steam clean the truck and get rid of hundreds of pounds of dirt and grease.

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1964 Chevy truck, driver's side
Technically Speaking

Follow along as Round Six’s Alex takes us on a multi-episode journey about the saving of a derelict 1964 Chevrolet truck that was literally minutes away from being sent to the crusher. Its a fun tale wth twists, turns and rare parts. And we’re not even getting into the bees. Yet.

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