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April 14  2011

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Big  News at Hotrodhotline !  
Starting next week,  we’ll be entertaining you with 2 columns per month by Rodding Icon 
Le Roi “Tex” Smith.  
Tex has a wealth of rodding stories and experiences under his belt, and a “take” on our hobby like no other.   We know you’ll enjoy hearing from Tex ...  we just got his first article and it was really a kick.   Look for his  first column next week.

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Joe Mondello passes.   On April 6, we lost a man who epitomized the term “Persistence and Determination”, and Drag Racing and the Performance Aftermarket lost one of its brightest lights. Joseph A. (Joe) Mondello passed on at  in Cookville , Tennessee.   Joe’s accomplishments both on and off the track are legendary, and he will be sorely missed.  Read more here

Official LAUNCH of the Hotrodhotline Employment Ads...

    Here at  you can now Place either a  “Help Wanted” Ad or a  “Seeking Employment” ad.   Our  Help Wanted Ads are a mere $50 per month and the “Seeking Employment” ads are FREE.   What better place to find workers who are dedicated to this industry than among our readers ??
      We have the largest pool of talented industry workers right here....  reading Hotrodhotline every day.  
     To “sweeten” the pot,  we’re going to give “Help Wanted” ad placers two months for the price of one through April.  You can have unlimited words, and even  photos if you like. But Wait... There’s more...  Anyone placing a  Help Wanted Ad will get a  FREE  Hotrodhotline  blueprint Calendar.Job seekers can have photos and unlimited words as well.        Find the job of your dreams...... or the perfect employee for your shop or business right here....    You can place an ad yourself online or we’re happy to help or even place the ad for you if you call or email us.   Email [email protected] or call us at 877-700-2468.

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We’ve added two  Help Wanted Ads and we have Two People seeking employment... Check out these listings here .... then use our classifieds to help fill your open position or to find a job. 

We’re SELLING CARS  at Hotrodhotline  !
We’ve been online since 1999 and offer the best results and great service !

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And we can Sell YOUR Car too....

Did you know that you can see the most recent “SOLD” cars in our classifieds ?  Just go to the Classifieds,  Click on  Pre 76 Vehicles where you’ll see  Ford, Chev, categories etc... well there is a category  named  “Solds”  When we are notified of a sale we move the ad over to the solds where it stays until the term of the ad runs out. It’s a good way to see recent sales. 

This is the time of year when we are working on our cars ... and we need many products ...  this is a great place to find the new products and services you need, and we have lots more in our  News Section and our New Products Section

Wheel Vintiques  Hot off the line is Wheel Vintiques new 18" Steel Rally, yes you heard right an 18" Steel Rally!  Awesome right?  The 18" diameter Rally is available in 7" and 8" widths with a variety of standard and custom backspaces.  Don't forget about caps, Wheel Vintiques has many of the popular styles available such as derby, police, disc brake, and even truck caps.  Get details here

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Now available from Steele Rubber Products is a quality crafted tailgate gasket for 1965-1968 Chevrolet Wagons, including Biscayne, Bel-Air, Impala, Caprice, Catalina, Bonneville and Executive.  This part was crafted from original parts and manufactured in the United States, helping to protect your wagon from water, noise and weather.  Get details here

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Classic Performance Products is excited to be the first to introduce an all NEW Power Rack & Pinion
for Mustang II front suspension. CPP’s power rack features all new parts, NOT remanufactured. No need to worry about rebuilt cores with stripped fitting threads and bent tie rods. Will work with Mustang II type independent front suspensions. CPP’s NEW power rack comes with AN fitting adapters and hardware.  See it here

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ENGINE FACTORY has been building quality engines since 1969.  .. You can see and  hear over  75 of our Engines actually RUNNING  on Video... Go to  and click on the VIDEOS  link...then pick your engine !  You can also see our quality machine work and all of the engines we have available.  Take a look here


Holley CFM Four Barrel Street Carburetor
Features Vacuum secondaries allow use on wide variety of vehicles Electric choke for easy warm up
Single feed fuel inlet.   Get a closer look and all of the specs here.


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Speedway Motors has a huge variety of products... like this  Electric Hidden License Plate Kit for your Street Rod or Muscle Car. Whether you like it or not, the law says you need a license plate on your car when driving. But they don't say you need one when it's parked.  Check it out here

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ACCU AIR  e-Level™ Air Suspension Controller.  The e-levelTM controller offers the ability to save three unique vehicle heights into memory at the touch of a button using TruPositionTM Height Sensors installed in each corner of your suspension. These three heights are then instantly accessible from the TouchPadTM or Rocker Switch Interface.  This is really slick.... check it out here

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B & M Racing Street Bandit Shifter Hard Core The Hard Core Street Bandit comes with an edgy “blade” style grip for that extra racecar like feel. All the same advanced features as the other Street Bandit series of shifters, such as the narrow styling, street-able drive-ability, and milled from a solid 7-pound billet aluminum  Take a look here

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Brice Thomas Radiators  Special
Custom Dodge Radiator
   1970 TO 1972 DODGE Charger  6.2, 6.6, 7.0, 7.2 MODINE 375, 1970 TO 1972 Challenger
Take a closer look here and get all of the details on this special

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  Coy's Equipped LLC. is a custom wheel manufacturer specializing in the production of the highest quality cast aluminum wheels for hot rods and muscle cars on the planet. Coy's has been building its own wheels since the early 2000's and has brought many new sizes and innovations to the muscle car wheel market.    Check it out

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EZ Wire  Manufacturer of Wiring Harnesses, Switches, & Power Windows   also has some great Billet    Wiper Arms .      Get the sizes and details here

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Our most economical big-block crate engine delivers muscle car-era performance GM Performance Parts’ 454 HO crate engine is a classic in its own time. It offers enthusiasts an affordable Big-Block combination with performance specs that will make you think it’s 1970 all over again—with 425 horsepower and 500 asphalt-wrinkling pound-feet of torque. Take a look

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Heidts is introducing its NEW Line of Chassis for Street Rods & Muscle Cars. The new chassis will feature our Superide™, Superide II™ or PRO-G Front Suspension. The rear suspension will feature our parallel or triangulated 4-Link kit, the optional Street Rod IRS or High-Performance, High-Horsepower Pro-G™ IRS rear suspension is also available. Take a look

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See it Before You Paint It    With HOK Digital Paint Booth you can select from a catalog of over 252 popular vehicles and paint them digitally on your computer screen. Choose colors from a vibrant and vast collection from the House of Kolor swatches, generate fades, create two-tones, and pick from a wide variety of graphics.   See it work here

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Another HushMat innovation that makes the electronic installs easier. Get rid of the duct tape that doesn’t stay stuck. HushMat Quiet Tape is a soft, pliable foam tape with guaranteed adhesion. Use quiet tape to secure wire harnesses and cables to door panels, floor, trim panels, back of the headliner and vehicle side walls.  Check it out here

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J & B Microfinish     "Highway Star" Series "G" Shifter       With the popularity of the 5 and 6 speed manual transmissions being set up and installed in hot rods of the current era, we have decided to design and manufacture an adjustable billet shifter handle .   This is really cool  take a look

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Modulines modular 100% aluminum cabinets are the car enthusiasts top choice for fashionable yet rugged tool and storage cabinets. Designed by racers and all around car buffs, their evolution is the result of years of use in their personal garages as well as in over-the-road vehicles. The modular design allows freedom of choice in selecting just the right pieces for your particular needs, from bulk storage to high density tool storage drawer units.   Check it out

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Monster Transmission’s  New  GM Transmissions    700R4 HD Transmission Master Conversion Package   The Master Conversion Package was designed for customers that are looking to convert their old 2 or 3 speed to the popular 700R4 Automatic Overdrive.
For details on the complete package

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O’Brien Truckers  4” Finned and Smooth Round Air Cleaners This O'Brien Truckers original has a smooth domed cover to blend with any engine compartment theme. They come with a subtle gray colored lifetime cotton gauze washable element contained in a never-rust wire mesh. No cheap paper element here!
They are available with a base with a  2 5/16" carb neck opening for 1 barrel carbs or with 2 5/8" and 3 1/8" carb neck openings for two barrel carbs. Measures 4" round x 3 5/8" tall.     Take a look here

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The Universal HURRICANE® Custom A/C, Heat and Defrost system from Old Air Products,  offers a variety of vent and switching options as well as the ability to choose components to create a custom A/C, Heat and Defrost unit that will fit virtually any "Hot Rod" or "Custom" vehicle.  Check it out here

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Got Power ??    The OPTIMA® RedTop® high-performance AGM battery is the ultimate high-CCA starting battery designed to deliver the strongest 5-second ignition power for a reliable start-up every time. The RedTop will outperform and outlast traditional batteries in demanding cranking/starting applications..  Learn why the Optima is ideal for you

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Are you restoring a ’50’s era (or earlier) 6 Volt model and ready for 12 Volt power, but still want to keep some of those 6 Volt features? Do you have some cool factory gauges, or want to keep some power-hungry options such as power windows or seats in 6 Volt, but haven’t found a voltage reducer that can handle it? Take a look at this from Ron Francis Wiring

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SRD Parts   On Sale!
Control Arms 1st & 2nd Gen Camaros & 2nd Gen Nova  Original Price $949 Now  a Blowout price of $795.00  Check out the quality at this great price.

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Wabbits Woodworks....   nothing finishes off a classic or street rod like a classy wood dash.   Wabbits will make your dash custom made for you... you choose the wood and finish and we put our craftsmen to work.  Take a look at all of the options available ... we can make a dash for almost any car ...  Look here

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Zig's street rod center offers the finest parts and accessories for your classic car, street rod, 55 thru 57 Chevy, and classic truck. Handling over 50 product lines gives us the ability to find the exact product to fit your needs.  Check out our killer deals on  Chassis and Suspension packages  here

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We add lots of NEWS articles every day Check out our NEWS SECTION HERE.

Hotrodhotline has a HUGE Event Listing Section....
 Check it out here for a show near you.

Carlisle Events  added several new events to their schedule  when they teamed up with Auctions America in  Auburn, IN.   The big  Kickoff of course is the April Swapmeet at Carlisle....   an event ALL of us love...  this is the premier swapmeet in the country.  So make your plans now for   April 27- May 1  Check it out here 


 Somernites Cruise has announced their 2011 Cruise Events schedule and they have a fantastic lineup planned.  Every month from April until October you can joins thousands of fellow rodders for this FREE weekend of fun.  April is  Buick , Olds, Pontiac month.... Check it out here.

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The Right Coast Association has three great shows lined up for 2011.May 27-29 will be the inaugural King of Trucks with a show field open to all makes/years and a full line up of activities for the performance enthusiast.  The12th Annual Syracuse Nationals, July 15-17 (the largest show in the Northeast) accepting all vehicles up to1980 and the 2nd Annual Winfield Award, presented by Meguiar’s, to the hottest custom on the planet.The 9th Annual Granite State Nationals, Aug 20-21 in one of the most picturesque towns in New England. For details look here

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What could beat  Hot Rods and Muscle Cars at the beach ?? Pretty soon, this May, you could be  Cruisin the coast of Alabama and hanging out at the beach with fellow rodders ....  What a way to spend the weekend.  You can do it all at the Bama Coast Cruise in  May    


NSRA has announced it’s  2011 Schedule and as always they have a fabulous year planned.  From the first show in  April in Oklahoma City to Louisville, to  York and beyond... Check out the new schedule and mark your calendars for next year.


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Good Guys Rod & Custom has announced their schedule for 2011... and it looks like a winner to us ! . The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association will stage twenty-one dynamic events in 2011. The event lineup features eighteen national events for rods, customs, classics and muscle cars through 1972 vintage as well as three “Get-Together's” in Northern California which welcome all years For the complete schedule click

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The Custom Scene is really big now and Lead Scene East is a great show to bring your custom ride to. Since 1989, a custom car show has been held at Oakside Community Park on the second weekend in June.  This year we are pleased to announce that Oakside Park and Video Bob have teamed up to sponsor the show and make it bigger and better than ever.  For the details look here


The East Coast Indoor Nats is already gearing up for this years show in December. Over 300 cars are expected for an event full of fun for the family. This is the time to get in on the ground floor for planning to show your car, or to participate as a vendor or sponsor... One of the most popular events in the East Coast lineup... this is always a WINNER... Check it out here


If you have a show or event coming up in 2011... please email us and we’ll be happy to post them in our Event Listings for FREE ! Email details to [email protected]

We have another new Guest Columnist here at  ....  we met Chadly Johnson at the Sacramento Autorama and immediately knew we would want to work with him.  Chadly’s first assignment for us was  to give us a sneak peek of the build job on the new Raybestos  GTO 7  Giveaway Car...  wait until you see this car....  we’ll have the article online next week for you along with details of the contest.    We’re looking forward to lot’s more from Chadly.

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When it comes to Adrian Vergot’s ’68 customized Corvette, a double take doesn’t cut it. The stop-and-stare seems to come up short. In fact, you’d be best served to block off an hour on your calendar, snap a few photos for documentation, and prepare to take notes. Stop, stare, and drool.  Read more here

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Congratulations to this week's winner of the My Cool Ride Contest from American Collectors Insurance.  James Warren’s ‘72 Pontiac Le Mans Sport    If you would like to enter your cool ride (car, truck or motorcycle) in the My Cool Ride contest please click here

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FastTimes Rods Inc. is the largest street rod chassis manufacturer in New York State. It is the offspring of Pete Clark's Nite Owl Welding which was started in 1999.   There’s always something going on at FastTimes Rods....  and this  55 T Bird Gasser is just one of their awesome and unique projects...    Check out the build here.

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Hot Rod Interiors   '55 Chevy - Grey UltraLeather, Mercedes Loop Carpet We used a set of our StreamLine Bucket Seats in this car, and built kustom rear bucket seats. A full length console was fabricated that stretches from the dash, all the way back on top of the package tray. The console has a sliding door inbetween the seats to access switches and a storage area.   Take a look at this project

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Timeless Rods & Customs   We specialize in Turn Key Street Rods as well as 100% Complete Packages, Partial Packages, Bodies and Chassis. For your convenience we have developed Build Sheet software which enables you to actually design your car and obtain a cost online.  For a look at their  Driver Series take a look here

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NHRA launches 60th Anniversary Sweepstakes
   NHRA’s season-long celebration of its 60th anniversary took another step forward today with the announcement that it had partnered with Ford to give away a '12 Ford Focus Titanium five-door.  Look here to see how you can enter to win.

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We continue to add many new businesses to providing you with the only place online you need to find the products and services you need..

Car Thieves Work fast.... but so does  LOJACK for CLASSICS ...    It’s the only Stolen Vehicle Recovery System  with a 24 hour guarantee !
Learn more about how Lojack can recover your car or trailer if it’s stolen... Check it out here.


The Mighty Mount Engine Test Running Stand is a great way to break in, leak check and tune an engine so it's ready to go when you install it in your Street Rod.   The Mighty Mount engine test running stand is a very sturdy, user friendly tool. The Mighty Mount includes standard features that cost extra on more expensive engine test running stands.  There is no better engine test running stand at any price.  Take a look here


Stainless Specialties custom fabricates exhaust components including header collector adapters, both round and oval mufflers and a variety of exhaust tips in various shapes and sizes. . The mufflers and most of the tips can be made in any length needed. We also carry a compliment of hangers and clamps,. Our Mega Oval Muffler, with its 2.5 x 6.5 inch dimensions, is designed for vehicles with extreme clearance issues and can be fabricated with any inlet/outlet configuration. The possibilities are endless.....


Wise Guys Seats  has tried to take an innovative approach to the seating needs of the industry, i.e. 3 point seat frames, tilt pedestal, swivel pedestal to mention a few. We are always looking for new products and ways to improve the existing items not in our product line up. We always welcome ideas from our customers, they are the ones on the front lines so to speak. Wise Guys provides seating components and accessories for Street Rods / Hot Rods / Corvettes and Muscle Cars  Take a look here


Since 1992, Headwinds has proudly offered the finest quality lighting to Motorcycle and Hot Rod builders who demand the best. Our headlights feature smooth, non-wavy surfaces with mirror finishes. Innovations that do away with exposed rivets, bolts, and flanges like threaded housings with screw-in bezels and billet brackets with hidden fasteners are only part of what makes our product line the finest available anywhere.  See our products here


Centerforce® currently holds 9 exclusive patents pertaining to automotive performance clutches. Centerforce uses their patented processes and over 25 years of experience to create the best clutch & flywheel package for your application. Some of these processes include the famous Centerforce weight system, Dual-Friction discs, and ball bearing actuated pressure plates, precision billet flywheels and more. Each application is developed to provide you with the right amount of clamp load, friction, durability and ease of use.  See their latest technology DYAD  here


Classic Rods and More...   where you’ll find a HUGE selection of the best quality parts in the industry... from  Suspension,  to Brake Kits,  to Billet and Chrome... and it’s ALL with a Guaranteed 24 Hour Shipping Promise....  How’s that for service ?   See what they have for your spring  project here.

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Motorbooks    The best known supplier of books to our industry for years... is now offering a SPECIAL Discount of  25% to Hotrodhotline  Visitors...  All you have to do is enter the Promo Code  HTRD11 when you check out.... What a great deal...


O'Brien Truckers was established in 1978  Being rodders ourselves, we like to convert our Customers into Friends. If you like a personal touch when you place an order, you will enjoy doing business with O’Brien Truckers. We specialize in manufacturing custom-made Car Club Plaques, Toppers, Buckles, and Key chains for clubs and organizations throughout the world.  In addition, we are the leading manufacturer of functionally improved versions of traditional air cleaners and custom engine accessories provided to the rod and custom market.  Learn all about us here


The OPTIMA RedTop high-performance AGM battery is the ultimate high-CCA starting battery designed to deliver the strongest 5-second ignition power for a reliable start-up every time. The RedTop will outperform and outlast traditional batteries in demanding cranking/starting applications. With unparalleled high power delivery and extreme resistance to the most common causes of battery failure, the RedTop is idea for trucks, SUV's, luxury cars, hot rods, off-road vehicles and other applications that require a leak-proof starting-only battery.  Get more details here


The SHOW SEASON HAS BEGUN.... and the Hotrodhotline roving reporters are out in FULL Force ....  Lot’s of show coverage this week....  .   It’s so cool to see these shows all over the country and the world  If you take pictures at car shows and would like to share them... let us know   Email   [email protected]  

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B & M Racing show was this last weekend ....  it was great

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Beeville Texas  had a show covered by Dale Davidzar

The Best of Times races and show in Virginia from Big Al and Bing Gatewood

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Roger Rohrdanz covered the Larry Beck Memorial Show

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Everyone loves Mopars at the Strip.

This is just a FRACTION of the shows that came in this week
We add new shows every day so keep checking back for the latest.
See this weeks shows here !   We list the shows by the date we have posted them but do have the show date in the description. so they are not in order by the date of the show, but by the date we posted them.  .

We’re starting off setting records this spring ....  This was the busiest MARCH in our history and April is off  with a big BANG....    Check out the new listings every day and if you have a car to selll.....   We can help you

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We continue to sell more cars and list more private party cars than any other online venue... You can see new featured ads


Florida Home with great car facilities.  Great brick home on corner lot, meticulously maintained and fantastic condition with attached 24x20 garage, detached 30x30 garage, 34x30 3 car carport, 20x12 storage shed, metal roof

This is just one of our recent Car Guy Homes...  Check them all out now... and if you have a home or commercial property that is looking for a  Car Guy Owner... we can show it off for you.

If you have a commercial automotive property for sale or lease, we have a huge audience for you and it’s only $150. for six  months to run an ad.  

  We’ve  ALL Got Parts.... and we all NEED Parts...  that’s why you should be checking  out the Parts Section of our Classifieds ... AND .. those parts you’ve been tripping over all winter...  the ones that you keep moving out of the way when you’re working in the garage ???   Yes... THOSE ONES....  You can sell them right here. The Ads are FREE ....  and there’s probably someone a few miles away who needs those parts... but they don’t know your HAVE THEM....  Unless you advertise them here.

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This is a great time to clear out your garage of those old parts you won’t be using this year... because  someone else NEEDS them !   People all over the country cruise through these parts ads...  there could be a guy a few miles away who needs those parts you want to sell... and they don’t know you have them.... so LIST YOUR PARTS FREE !  Help a fellow rodders and get some extra $$$ in your pocket.


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Don’t Forget....  has  TWENTY THREE different section with New Articles Added Every DAY....  Check out the categories below to find some great stories and pictures.

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[Blast to the Past]   [Book Reviews]  [Build Articles]  [Buyers Guide]   [Classifieds]  [Club Directory]   [Event Listings]   [From our Friends]   [Garage Shots]                  [Guest  Columnists]    Hot Rod M.D.    New Products]    [Newsletter Archive]
[Order a Catalog]    [Our Heroes]    [Rodders Forum]    [Rodders Row] [Shop Tours] [Vendor Directory]    Young Rodders]  [Advertising Information] [Modern Rods

 Almost all of what we have at Hotrodhotline is sent in by our Readers... so if you  have show pictures,  a story,  something interesting to share... we’d LOVE to post it for you... Just send to  [email protected]


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Until Next Time
 Keep Rodd’n  and we  hope to see you on the road  this year...
Jack, Mary Ann
and the Staff at Hotrodhotline


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