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Hotrod Hotline Newsletter 04-04-2013

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Hot Rod Hotline Newsletter April 5, 2013
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This newsletter contains highlights from the car shows, stories, event listings, vendors, new products and classified ads that appeared this week on Visit us daily so you don’t miss anything!



Classified Tip of the Week - Photos

Make sure your vehicle is "camera ready" before you take a picture. If you're using the basic classsified ad, you get 1 photo, so make it count!  The picture should show the whole vehicle, and be clear, bright and high res. Think about a location that highlights the car, and then shoot it with the sun behind you.  If you're not a great photographer, find someone who is!  Smart phones take great pictures these days, but if you've a got buddy with a DSLR, enlist him to photograph your car! 


A Tribute to Art Malone by Don Garlits

We're sad to report that drag racing and motorsports legend, Art Malone, passed away this morning. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.His good friend Don Garlits, wrote the following triubte, and has allowed us to post it. Read more


Potential Scam Alert
We’ve received several calls from readers alerting us to a scam being sent to some of our sellers. It involves an unsolicited message from someone who seems to be responding to an ad. The response is convoluted, with poor English. Read more



Smart Parts 

Our product line includes fiberglass armrests, fiberglass speaker and light pods and map pockets, billet aluminum interior dome lights, interior courtesy lights, hood and trunk pulls, trunk props, door handles, accent trim, seat medallions, speaker grilles, and more coming soon. More Info


Dash Designs

Since 1983, Dash Designs, Inc, in Tempe, Arizona, has been a leading manufacturer of Custom Fabric Auto Accessories.  These innovative interior products are crafted for Cars, Trucks, SUV's, Van's and RV's. More Info


East Coast Indoor Nationals

The largest all American pre-1973 car and custom motorcycle show and marketplace on the East Coast takes place December at the Timonium fairgrounds in Timonium, MD. More Info



Chassis Tech /

All of our control arms are manufactured using state of the art CNC cutting, bending and forming processes with high strength steel plate and DOM Steel Tubing. Read more

Dash Designs

Custom Cut Floor Mats offer an outstanding blend of quality, durability and value. Read more 

Dolphin Gauges

Our line of great looking, high quality “Shark” gauges feature the finest air core movements available, glare free lighting, stylish curved glass lenses and polished stainless bezels. Read more


The ALL NEW Dynaliner is the perfect ultra light weight insulator to use on top of Dynamat. Read More 

Painless Performance

State-of-the-art stand-alone transmission controller for the General Motors 4-speed 4L60/65E and 4L80/85E automatics.  Read More

Steve's Auto Restorations

1933/34 door outer skin with no belt line. Repair your rusted or wavey outer door skin with SAR’s hand-shaped replacement skin.  Read More

Surf City Garage 

The clear choice In headlight restoration. No matter how cool your ride is or how great a job you've done detailing it, you've still got to see where you're driving! If your  headlights have become yellow and cloudy, you your visibility distance can be cut by 60% or more causing a nightime safety hazzard. Read More

Tanks Inc

Looking to convert your A-Body car to EFI?  Finally, there is an alternative to buying an expensive custom gas tank. Read More

Alan Grove Components

Our mounting brackets are crafted from steel plate and represent our commitment to quality. All welding is T.I.G. and all edges are smoothly finished.  Read More

Be Bop's

32 High Boy Roadster bodies come complete with Oak Reinforced Interior, Steel Reinforced 1" Boxed Tubing, Steel Plates in Floor Pan. Read More 


EZ Flip Light Load Securing D-Rings. The #1 source of show quality, custom manufactured, wooden truck bed parts and accessories released a new method of securing a light load to the bed floor of custom trucks. Read More

Clayton Machine Works

Fender Braces CNC machined, fender-to-core-support braces. Available for 1st & 2nd generation Camaro. Read More

Fatman Fabrications

1955-57 Classic Thunderbird owners now have another option available for their projects. Fatman Fabrications has developed a complete bolt-on chassis, to complement their already large list of components for these very popular Fords. Read More


No one wants a seat belt falling out the door every time you get out of the car, so Juliano’s offers a simple solution to the problem. Read More

Kwik Wire

Electrify Your Ride. The leading manufacturer and retailer of street rod wire harnesses and electrical components. Read More 


Hotrod TricKit Give hoses, tubing and wiring a custom braided look. Provides additional protection from abrasion, cuts, and cold. Read More

Pete and Jakes

Introducing our Newstalgia Gasser Front End  Complete Gasser kit for that nostalgia look. It will fit a variety of different applications. Read More

Radir Custom Wheels

On our site you will find our different selections of wheels, our nostalgic whitewall drag slicks and three different spinner designs along with cones and lug nuts to satisfy your custom wheel needs. Read More


Custom Trunk Panels 1955-56-57 Chevy Trunk Panel Kit.  No figuring, no cutting, no flimsy panels! CNC precision-cut, automotive-grade laminate panels install with no mounting hardware! Read More


Spal USA

4 Door Power Lock Kit. Using Italian-made 8lb rated actuators, our 4-door locking system offers a easy-to-install and inexpensive option for converting your old, manual door locks to power locks in just a few easy steps. Read More 

Specialty Power Windows

Custom kit for 1946-48 Ford Convertibles. This kit was designed just for the '46-48 Ford convertibles, using genuine GM motors. This kit has been developed for easier conversion to power windows. Read More




The Event Schedule is sponsored by Chrome Insurance. When you list your event, it will automatically be listed on Chrome's iPad app and  Event Listing page.

California Car Racers reunion cancelled - Hila Sweet notified me that the California Racers Reunion (CRR) has been cancelled by the Riverside International Automotive Museum (RIAM).   The event had been scheduled for April 13, 2013.  I contacted Norma Jordan, the events coordinator at the museum and she confirmed the cancellation and said that it will not be rescheduled.  Norma has left her position at the RIAM at this time.  Hila is trying to contact those who have said they were coming to let them know.  There has been no decision made as to whether another CRR will be held, but if I hear any news I will let you know. For details see


Ride along with Goodguys Rod & Custom Asociation as 19 blockbuster events highlight their 30th anniversary season! From coast to coast, border to border, Goodguys events are some of the most dynamic and exciting in the industry!
Click here to see their 2013 event schedule


The 2013 National Street Rod Association  schedule is full of street rod events across the country.  Check out the 2013 schedule and make your plans now.


GoodGuys Meguiar's 13th Del Mar Nationals
April 5-7, 2013

Over 2,500 Hot Rods, Customs, Classics, Muscle Cars and Trucks thru '72. All American Sunday. Goodguys Autocross. Vendor & Manufacturer Exhibits. Swap Meet. AutoTrader Classics Cars 4 Sale Corral. Goodguys Nitro Thunderfest. Contest, Clowns & More! More Info


NSRA Southwest Street Rod Nationals Plus. 
April 12th, 13th & 14th, 2013.

State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, OK. No mail-in entries accepted after Friday, March 22nd, 2013. Discount available through Friday, March 22nd, 2013.  Keep checking the web site for more information.


The Great Race Meets Back to the Fifties this Summer in St. Paul  June 22-30, 2013
The Great Race is a cross-country rally that pits driver and navigator teams against the clock and each other competing in vehicles built before 1969. Read more

Somernites Cruise in Somerset, KY
"The Ultimate Cool Car Cruise In The Heartland."
4th Saturday, Apr thru Oct, 1-7pm. Rain or Shine
Downtown Somerset, Kentucky. Read More

NHRA Motorsports Museum
June 13-15, 2013. Tickets on sale for the 11th annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA,  at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  More Info 

East Coast Indoor Nationals
The largest all American pre-1973 car and custom motorcycle show and marketplace on the East Coast in December at the Timonium fairgrounds in Timonium,MD. $7000 in cash awards for categories like "Best in Show", Best Paint, Best Muscle Car, Best Custom and many more. More Info




We receive vast amounts of show coverage everyday and we're so happy to be able to share it with you. Thank you so much to our great roving reporters. If you see one of them at a show give them a big thank you for all that they do. 


Havasu Street Scene Car Show
By John Stimac
Cruise-In at Virginia Barbeque
By Charles Shotwell

11th Annual Spring
Thaw-Rats in the Arena

By Butch Pate

4TH Annual Easter Car Show & Picnic
By Bob Lyman

5th Annual TMC Spring Mopar Show and Shine
By Rex Gibson

5th Annual TMC Spring Mopar Show and Shine
By Rex Gibson

Hot Rod Homecoming
By Les Bateman

Havasu Street Scene Car Show
By John Stimac
  Goodguys 31st All American Get-Together
By Fred Childers
  Click Here To see  Our Most Recent Car Show Coverage



If you take pictures at car shows and would like to share them with our readers, email [email protected]  or call us at 877-700-2468. 




Anpac Chrome
Specialty Car Insurance CA$HBACK. Our CA$HBACK FROM ANPAC® program rewards you by refunding a portion of your combined auto and homeowner premiums. Read More

Billet Custom Products
Bruce Santourian @ Jay Leno's Garage featuring Billet Custom Products. Read More

American Collectors Insurance
A car for the generations Read More

Northeast Rod & Custom Car Show BASF Glasurit Painted 1965 Corvette Read more

Classic Dash
6 Gauge Panel with Auto Meter Gauges – Dash Dazzle. In our special, coddled cars, the treatment or appearance of the dashboard and instrument panel becomes one of the prime focal points of the interior scheme. read more


MSD’s Atomic LS 
Award-Winning Atomic EFI for LS engines, ignition wires, coil, coil brackets and covers was featured on the LS RX-7 project on HorsePower. read more

Snug Harbor Hot Rods
1941 Willy's Coupe For Sale read more

E-Stopp E Brake System
E-Stopp® is the perfect e-brake for custom vehicles and winner of the NSRA new safety product of the year at the  43rd Street Rod Nationals in Louisville . It not only frees up room on the chassis and in the cab but doubles as an anti-theft device when the button is hidden. It works with any kind of brake system that can accept an e-brake cable. read more

Gear Vendors Under/Overdrive
There are two basic GM 4-Speed automatics: The light duty 700R4/4L60E found mainly in half ton and car applications, and the heavy duty 4L80E in the heavier applications. read more

Image Street Rods
Now offering CNC plasma cutting. We can make your parts to your specifications. From custom Hot Rod parts, brackets, tractor components to lawn art we can do it all. read more

Saldana Radiator
April 2013 Specials. All of Saldana Racing Products aluminum cores are oven brazed and never use epoxy. Street Rod radiators are available with 1 or 2 row cores and can be built as a single, double, or triple pass for maximum efficiency. read more

Chrome Plating & Polishing in Ohio - Superfine Shine
The leaders, in handling Custom Chrome Plating & Polishing in Central & Southern Ohio since 1990. Are you looking for "Show Quality" plating at an affordable price? Look no further.  read more

Mitch Ford’s 1933 Ford Vicky and 1947 Studebaker Pickup.

This is my 1933 Ford Vicky that my Dad and I built, along with the help of several friends. read more




Buy or sell your car, or find parts for a project or restoration in our Classifieds Section.  Here's a sample of the most recent "Sold" vehicles.



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