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America's Most Beautiful Roadster
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Replacing Inner Fender Panels
Lighting The Way
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Maintaining One’s Cool
Monster Fan Gets The Job Done
No Welding Required
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Lighting The Way
Vintage Look, Modern Lights
Maintaining One’s Cool
Monster Fan Gets The Job Done
Part 1: Life & Times of Blackie Gejeian
August 2022
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Industry News
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Those Supporting Our Industry
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Jeff Breault’s ’34 Chevy Roadster
By Brian Brennan, Photography by John Jackson
Tim Crowley’s ’70 Plymouth ‘Cuda
By Brian Brennan, Photography by Wes Allison
Ross Myers’ ’36 Ford Roadster & Aaron Myers’ ’32 Ford Tudor Sedan
By Brian Brennan, Photography by Michael Christensen
Simon Gluckman’s ’32 Ford Five-Window Coupe
By Brian Brennan, Photography by Wes Allison
Special Feature
Remembering Blackie Gejeian, Part 1
By Michael Dobrin, Photography by the Author, the Blackie Gejeian Collection & Tim Burman
Mounting Speedway Motors’ Guide 682-C 12V H4 Headlights With Turn Signals
By Brian Brennnan, Photography by the Author
It Happens All the Time in the World of Hot Rods
By Gerry Burger, Photography by the Author
OEM-Quality Cooling Temp Management
By John Gilbert, Photography by the Author
Inner Fender Panels Can Immediately Revive the Appearance of Your Project
By Brian Brennan, Photography by the Author
71st Autorama Sizzles in Sacramento
By Patrick Patterson
Photography by the Author & Michael Christensen
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One of the oldest and longest running awards of the indoor car show circuit is the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster 10-foot trophy. It is handed out at the Grand National Roadster Show and this year it went to the ’34 Chevy roadster you see before you belonging to Jeff Breault and built at Devlin Rod and Customs.
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By Brian Brennan
Gasoline … Fact vs. Fiction

hose of us who call ourselves hot rodders are the de facto “fountain of automotive knowledge” in each of our neighborhoods. I live in a “very nice” neighborhood. My definition of a very nice neighborhood is one where the cars in one’s driveway have four wheels and tires (with air). And, when there is an oil change, the discarded oil is taken to a recycle center rather then used to kill weeds along the fence line. (I know these things because I once lived there.)

There are any number of topics my neighbors continually seek me for advice. For instance: “What type of tires should I use?” “How often should I change my oil, and what oil should I use?” But the one that creates the greatest amount of conversation: “What brand and octane of gasoline should I use?” This topic has the least amount of clarity, has an immediate impact on one’s wallet, and is the current topic of conversation at every doughnut run, backyard barbecue, and weekday lunch gathering in the country. (Remember, I live in California, the land of exceptionally high gas taxes and the highest cost of a gallon of gasoline. It’s all any of us talk about.)

As to the brand of gasoline, that’s pretty much one of personal choice. There are some aspects that do make a difference. The biggest is purchasing a gasoline that is rated “Top Tier.” If you want a gasoline that is proven to work best with fuel-injected engines, then Top Tier is your choice. Many of today’s automotive manufacturers—such as General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis—recommend a Top Tier fuel. More and more discount gas stations are carrying Top Tier products. Oftentimes these stations receive some of their monthly shipments from Top Tier suppliers anyway.

Rodding Around
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red gear icon Danchuk Tri-Five Nationals & Golden Star Classic Auto Parts Giveaway ’55 Chevy

Since 2015 the American Tri-Five Association has produced the Danchuk Tri-Five Nationals hosted at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Coming soon is the seventh edition of the Tri-Five Nats that has plenty of drag racing, a show and shine area, large vendors and swap meet area, and plenty of awards. The event is now a three-day get-together covering Thursday, Friday, and Saturday … August 11-13, 2022. (Be careful, it’s a Thursday through Saturday event, which is a bit different than most summertime rodding events.)

Always one of the most paid-attention-to festivities at the event is the Tri-Five Giveaway that takes place on Saturday. In speaking with Chris Sondles of the American Tri-Five Association and promoter of the event, he tells all about what proved to be the catalyst for this year’s car. As a matter of course, Sondles starts with Eric Brockmeyer, having done the previous year’s cars, who then takes ideas and transfers them to paper.

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By Brian Brennan

1. AutoMeter A-Body Digital Dash

AutoMeter’s latest InVision Direct Fit Digital Dash System for ’72-76 Duster, Demon, Dart, Scamp, and Valiant (PN 7009) is a one-model solution for your entire dash. Monitor the speedometer, tachometer, fuel level, oil pressure, water temperature, and volts all in one place. The InVision Digital Dash features a 12.3-inch LCD with four user-selectable screens.

All kits include a wiring harness and sending units for water temperature and oil pressure. This dash features an adjustable RPM range and displays in imperial or metric units. An integrated joystick allows for easy programming.

The InVision Digital Dash will help protect your car with visual or audible alarms for low fuel level, low oil pressure, high water temperature, and low voltage. The speedometer easily calibrates to OEM or aftermarket vehicle speed sensors and the tachometer is capable of calibrating to many engine types.

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America's Most Beautiful Roadster
Winning the AMBR is an Amazing Feat, but for a Chevy to Win is Almost Unheard Of
By Brian Brennan Photography by JOHN JACKSON Illustrations By Eric Black/e. Black Design Co.

very year the rodding world waits to see who will win any one of the prestigious indoor or outdoor awards. Without question the longest running of the grouping is the Grand National Roadster Show’s (GNRS) America’s Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR). For 2022 it was the ’34 Chevy roadster belonging to Jeff Breault of Wichita, Kansas, who took home the top honors from the GNRS. This is only the second time in its history that the AMBR was given to a Chevy, making it even more impressive. (The first time was in 2014 when Wes Rydell took home the top honors with his ’35 Chevy phaeton.) The perpetual 10-foot trophy is something every roadster owner and builder secretly, or not-so secretly, aspires to.

The AMBR recognition and accompanying ARP sponsorship ($12,500 check) that accompanies it is sure to have everyone in the rodding world taking notice. The award does bring recognition. That’s what’s so great about any major award­—there are those who agree and some who don’t. Hot rodding is all about expressing one’s own imagination and creative abilities. The winner isn’t supposed to be a total crowd pleaser but rather make all of us think. We can appreciate the efforts and there are many ideas all of us can take from these types of hot rods and apply to our own builds.

Modern Rodding Tech

1. Well, you need headlights on a farm truck. So, we now have headlights on our highboy Model A closed-cab Ford pickup thanks to parts from Speedway Motors (SM) and Lokar Performance Products.

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1. Well, you need headlights on a farm truck. So, we now have headlights on our highboy Model A closed-cab Ford pickup thanks to parts from Speedway Motors (SM) and Lokar Performance Products.
Mounting Speedway Motors’ Guide 682-C 12V H4 Headlights With Turn Signals

By Brian Brennan Photography by THE AUTHOR


f you plan on driving your hot rod on the street there is a real good chance that you will need (and require) lighting comprised of headlights and taillights. Our ’28 Ford extended closed-cab pickup had its taillights installed (Nov. ’21 issue), so now it’s onto headlights.

To keep the early hot rod appearance of our pickup we opted for the Speedway Motors (SM) Guide 682-C 12V H4 Headlights with Turn Signals (PN 91101020). Since our truck’s sheetmetal will retain its primer appearance along with its black powdercoated frame, the addition of the black headlights and taillights finishes off the look. To continue the lowkey early look, we added the Lokar Performance Products Anchor-Tight Headlight Braid in black (PN XHL-1900).

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 Big winner of the Sacramento Autorama was the ’56 Olds belonging to Jeff Hess as he took home the Custom D’Elegance, sponsored by ARP and the Sam Barris Memorial Award.
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 This ’59 Chevy El Camino belonging to Jerry Monroe was awarded top honors in the Custom Pickup class.
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71st Autorama Sizzles in Sacramento

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 Marty Bettis took home top honors in Semi Hardtop/Sedan with his ’59 Chevy Impala.
By Patrick Patterson Photography by THE AUTHOR & Michael Christensen

he second longest running car show in the country didn’t disappoint after taking a two-year hiatus. The post-pandemic 71st edition of the Sacramento Autorama, presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts, with the Custom D’Elegance sponsored by ARP, was a home run as things idle back to normal in the high-performance world. Bolstered by full buildings and a robust drive-in turnout, the event was deemed a success by promoter and participants alike. A smashing success.

Custom car stylists come here far and wide to compete for the Custom D’Elegance Crown—an award steeped in prestige. There is also the coveted “Big B awards.” Paying homage to Sacramento custom legends H.A. “Baggy” Bagdasarian, Sam Barris, Joe Bailon, and Dick Bertolucci, the Big B awards are presented to the best of the best.

Displayed together in the upper concourse, this year’s Custom D’Elegance crop featured five heavy hitters: Dave Ciccante’s ’47 Buick Roadmaster out of the Lucky 7 stable, Joey Monaco’s ’40 Merc, Eddie Tovar’s ’40 Merc (a restyled Barris Kustom from 1951), Jeffrey Hess’ ’56 Olds out of the Pro Design Hot Rod Shop, and Joe Cusumano’s ’54 Merc. While all were turned out and polished to perfection, the Hess ’56 Olds Sled took home the D’Elegance crown (as well as the Sam Barris Memorial award), the big cup, and the cash that goes with it.

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By Brian BrennanPhotography by Wes Allison
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This ’70 ’Cuda is Stuffed With Today’s Power, and it Shows … Through the Seat of Your Pants
By Brian BrennanPhotography by Wes Allison

ne of the all-time muscle cars is the E-body platform that the ’Cuda was built on from 1966-71. Of this generation, the ’70 Hemi ’Cuda is often considered the most desirable and sought after of the run. Tim Crowley of Roseville, California, has always wanted a ’60s-era hot rod but to be outfitted with a modern suspension and powertrain. His ’70 ’Cuda fits the build sheet and his wishes have come to fruition. Keep in mind that there were only 652 ’71 Hemi ’Cudas built, making an original a highly valuable ride. Tim’s Plymouth ’70 ’Cuda, while not an original Hemi, is most assuredly a Hemi in its current configuration. To arrive at this street rocket, he teamed up with Ron Cambra of Cambra Speed Shop (CSS).

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Modern Rodding TECH
1. A bit of glovebox reduction will provide the required space for our new gauge layout. Some straight-forward metalwork gets the job done.
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1. A bit of glovebox reduction will provide the required space for our new gauge layout. Some straight-forward metalwork gets the job done.
Less is More
It Happens All the Time in the World of Hot Rods
By Gerry Burger Photography by THE AUTHOR

ur project ’36 Ford phaeton is making steady progress. After painting it at home (Modern Rodding Apr. ’22 issue; we cut, buffed, and started assembling the body. However, we had not addressed the dashboard, mostly because we were determined to be done with the bodywork and because the dash will be a different color than the body.

The dashboard would be our first step in building the interior. In my humble opinion, the ’36 Ford open-car dashboard is overly plain, heading toward ugly. It should be noted, closed cars had a better dash. Since the roadsters and phaetons had this plain-Jane look, it was perfect material for a little hot rod enhancement.

We decided to ditch the stock ’36 Ford gauges in favor of a ’47 Ford speedometer and clock. We liked the larger size and the art deco look of the later gauges. Since this is a very traditional car, we decided black Stewart-Warner gauges, fresh off, would be the perfect mate for our ’61 vintage, black face Stewart-Warner tach.

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Team Effort
Ross & Aaron Myers Produce Their Own Father-Son Builds
By Brian Brennan Photography by Michael Christensen

hen we hear of a father and son team building a hot rod, we can conjure up all sorts of builds. In this case we have Ross Myers (dad) and Aaron Myers (son) who each have their own ideas on what a hot rod should be. Ross has the ’36 Ford roadster that is built in a restomod look with a hint of its rodding heritage in the five-spoke Americans and Firestone rubber with plenty of sidewall showing. Aaron, on the other hand, shows off his ’32 Ford Tudor sedan with more of a hot rod appearance seen through the chopped top, plenty of louvers on the hood and rear pan, and the slotted mag-style wheel also from American. But the secret to both hot rods lies under the sheetmetal. There is plenty of modern-day hot rod hardware to be seen. And it is here that we see the “family” influence; but, as the old saying goes, “To each his own” comes into play.

'36 Ford Roadster and ’32 Ford Tudor Sedan

Modern Rodding Tech
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OEM-Quality Cooling Temp Management
1. Veteran custom car builder Don Lindfors demonstrated Vintage Air’s Monster CustomFit Fan assembly can be mounted on the radiator and then installed, or installed with the radiator left in the Chevelle. 
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OEM-Quality Cooling Temp Management

By John Gilbert Photography by THE AUTHOR


eginning at the dawn of the automobile, cars were among the first mass-produced products to be recycled and restored on a large scale. It’s a trend that continues to this day, thanks to the automotive aftermarket where car models long out of production are not only made serviceable again, but they are also upgraded and offer improved fuel mileage, lower emissions, peppier performance, and better creature comforts.

Computers and 12V electric motors have evolved and advanced significantly since 1966, the year our subject vehicle was brand new. In the second decade of the 21st century a classic car done restomod-style is oodles more sophisticated than meets the eye. A case in point is this ’66 Chevelle Malibu that took First Place in Restored Class at the 2022 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. 

Right from the get-go the plan was to make this Chevelle appear as stock as possible while incorporating little tweaks to the theme that would make it hard to finger why it looks better than a person’s recollection might be of a ’66 Chevelle—plus to create a car infinitely more refined than rolled off Chevrolet’s assembly line in 1966. 

Modern Rodding Special Feature
By Michael Dobrin Photography by THE AUTHOR, the Blackie Gejeian Collection & Tim Burman
Remembering Blackie Gejeian
The quintessential showman in his element, in this case the Grand National Oakland Roadster Show in 1992. Michael “Blackie” Gejeian attended every single day of every Oakland show since its inception in 1949.
Remembering Blackie Gejeian
Michael “Blackie” Gejeian
The quintessential showman in his element, in this case the Grand National Oakland Roadster Show in 1992. Michael “Blackie” Gejeian attended every single day of every Oakland show since its inception in 1949.

aulin’ north on the 99, November 1967. Headed for the last drag race, a Super Stock showdown between “Dandy” Dick Landy in his blueprinted Hemi Dodge and Butch “The California Flash” Leal in his Coronet street Hemi. The race would run at Fresno Dragway in Raisin City, California.

I was ending a long national tour as the advance man for Landy’s Dodge factory racing team, and I had a date with the Dragway promoter, one Michael Gejeian.

Landy handed me his phone number. “Call him Blackie.” The noonday meeting took place at a rural roadhouse with high ceilings, leather booths, and worn oaken veneers. The place was packed with dozens of working men in working clothes, eating, smoking, playing cards, and drinking red wine out of stubby glasses.

Modern Rodding FEATURE
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There’s Something Special About a Chopped-and-Channeled Deuce Coupe … Sans Fenders
By Brian BrennanPhotography by Wes Allison

n the world of hot rods there is something special about the ’32 Ford. Whether it be the roadster, phaeton, coupe, sedan, or truck, each has its fans. While the roadster will always rank at or near the top, the coupe, especially the three-windows, are special, too. But the five-window coupe has a look all its own, and when done properly it truly is an exceptional-looking “hot rod” in every sense. We think Simon Gluckman of Los Angeles has all the boxes checked with his ’32 Ford five-window coupe that is chopped, channeled, and sans fenders.

'32 Ford

Modern Rodding TECH

1. Geoff Jones of Hot Rods by Dean helped us with the Golden Star Classic Auto Parts front inner fender panels; both sides.
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Inner Fender Panels Can Immediately Revive the Appearance of Your Project
By Brian Brennan Photography by THE AUTHOR

nyone working with vintage sheetmetal, something that is more than 30 years old, will most likely have to deal with corrosion, packed-on dirt, cracks, dents, and other impacts. Our ’65 Chevelle is no different. While swapping out powerplants it became obvious that the inner fender panels needed help. So, a quick call to Golden Star Classic Auto Parts was a great solution to quickly solving our problem.

The Golden Star OEM-style inner fender panels (PNs IF03-64R-RH and IF03-64L-LH) are designed to protect the engine bay and other related sheetmetal from corrosion. These panels come stamped to match what was there from the factory and come with a protective coating that can be left as-is or can be prepped for painting.

’37 Chevy Master in Gold
’37 Chevy Master in Black

How About a Massaged ’37 Chevy?

By Brian Brennan Artwork By Bo Zolland design

ere’s your last chance to wrap up another issue packed with lots of ideas for your current or future projects. The ideas you will see here might just give you the spark you will need for that future build.

We thought it a good idea to tap the fertile mind and computer programs of Bo Zolland, a longtime hot rodder and friend. His business offers their customers many variations on all things cars (and trucks), whether they be for the street or racetrack. His first look for us is a ’37 Chevy presented in several iterations as to what could be done.

First a little background. In 1937, the Chevrolet was beginning to undergo some subtle but important changes. Designed as the Series GA and GB, the 113-inch wheelbase wrapped around a 206-inch OHV six-cylinder. It was also at this time that all GM cars began sharing the “corporate” appearance resulting from the efforts of Harley Earl (you know that name) who headed up a group referred to as the Art and Color Section.

There was the new master who now replaced the lower-priced Standard Six. The Master DeLuxe was loaded with accessories or upgrades that also drove the price upward. Outward the ’37 Chevy Master featured different external to trim and equipment it was the Master DeLuxe that ushered in the IFS while the Master retained the vintage beam front axle and leaf springs.

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