The Rodders Journal

printed with pride in the United States.Although we have changed where were printing, we have worked hard to maintainand exceedthe quality you have come to expect from us. On the newsstand cover of this milestone issue, we showcase a bright red roadster that may be familiar to many: Gray Baskervilles full-fendered 32 Ford. For the subscribers, we photographed Jon Wrights timeless 36 Ford as the sun was setting over the Nevada desert.

Working your way through the magazines 160-plus pages, youll find everything from the Rolling Bones newest chopped 34 Ford and an early custom scrapbook to the definitive story ofPopular Hot RoddingsProject X 57 Chevy. We also have an artist profile on Jeff Norwell, a supercharged drag roadster in baremetal and much more.

With traditional hot rods and custom cars from cover to cover,TRJ78 is an issue you wont want to miss!

The late Gray Baskerville championed traditional hot rodding throughout his 30-plus year career as a stellar writer and photographer at Rod & Custom and Hot Rod Magazine, and he logged hundreds of thousands of miles behind the wheel of his Deuce roadster. In this article, we dig into the cars backstory, which includes everything from drag strip passes to cross-country road trips. The car is well used, well loved and is now owned by Jim Shelton of Las Vegas, Nevada. He drives it often.

Jon Wright of Grafton, Ohio, first laid eyes on this 36 Ford cruising through his hometown of Irwin, Pennsylvania, in the late-50s. In the years that followed, it was customized, wrecked, revived, taken apart and almost restored back to stock. Jon purchased the car as a basketcase in the 90s and rebuilt it into this modern classic custom with the help of his friendsincluding famed customizer Squeeg Jerger.

Canadian illustrator Jeff Norwells work is all about motion, and we take an in-depth look at his portfolio in the new issue. Throughout his professional career, he has drawn everything from post-war poster art to Roth Studios-style street freaks. In this article, we showcase some of our favorite illustrations and talk to Jeff about his background, influences and garage filled with old Fords and blown Hemis.

Darren Moeller was eight years old when his dad brought the Shreve Automotive 333 Model A home to Taylor, Texas. Although it didnt stay in the family for long, it sparked Darrens lifelong automotive obsession. More than 30 years later, he tracked down the original chassis and restored the roadster to its early-60s form, complete with a supercharged Oldsmobile between the rails. A Roadster to Remember shares the tale of this father-son project and includes a wealth of historic images and a baremetal photo shoot by John Jackson.

You would be hard pressed to find a more influential project car than Project X. Initially instated as Popular Hot Roddings rolling research laboratory, the famed 57 Chevy grew from a salmon pink stocker to a supercharged movie star. In Project X, we catch up with past caretakers Lenny Emanuelson and George Elliott to discuss the 57s best years. Its a story filled with trial, error, testing, tuning, stolen cars, movie stars, wheelstands, and hundredsif not thousandsof drag strip passes.

InTRJ77, we highlighted some of the cars in Jim Walkers expansive early custom collection. Were back with Part II, An Early Custom Scrapbook, which focuses on the state of the customizing scene during the 40s and early-50s. The article is loaded with previously unpublished snapshots of customs in Jims hometown of Dayton, Ohio, as well as images taken by his friends on their annual pilgrimages to Southern California. With chopped and smoothed 35-41 Fords, Mercs, pictures of the Carson Top Shop and more, its one of the most comprehensive collections of early customs weve ever encountered.

Over the past two decades, the New York-based Rolling Bones have forged a reputation for building no-nonsense early Fords with plenty of attitude. Their latest, a 34 Ford three-window that theyre putting together for English hot rodder Jon Suckling, is no exception. Chopped tells the story of this heavily hammered competition coupe and delves into the Rolling Bones colorful history.