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April 21, 2011

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As we promised last week,  we are beginning a new series here at  with a Bi-Monthly column by legendary rodder,  LeRoi “Tex” Smith.   Tex has been around the block in rodding and has some interesting perspectives on our hobby and some great stories to tell.   This  “starter” is entitled  “I’m Baaack”  and gets you acquainted as to what you can look forward to from Tex ....   Read his first column here

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We love to see what our fellow rodders are driving and building....  like this very nice 30 Sedan owned by John Nusbaum, Jr ... check out Johns and other readers  rides in our “Rodders Row”  ... then send us a picture and story about your ride.   We’d love to see it.

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

HotRod Brakes   Zero Offset Chevy Disc Brake Conversion Kits Our Early Chevrolet zero offset disc brake conversion kits are engineered and designed to bolt on to your stock Chevrolet spindle. Absolutely no machine work is required. Installation is accomplished using simple hand tools and the components supplied in the kit.  Get the details here

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Dolphin Gauges  newest line, the Shark gauge line, brings even more stylish gauge sets to our offerings. One touch programming, digital display w/ trip meter, hour meter, max speed alarm, and max speed recall. High quality "performance look" gauges feature the finest air core movements available, glare free lighting, stylish flat glass lenses, red pointers and polished stainless steel or gold bezels.  Learn more here

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Eaton Detroit Spring When it comes to the special springs needed by Street Rodders, only a company that actually makes springs and owns Street Rods can truly understand the needs of fellow Rodders. See what they have for you

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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


Formulated for High Performance Steering Systems! This newly developed line of Synthetic Power Steering Fluid is a natural addition to Flaming River’s Power Rack and Pinions and Power Steering Accessory product lines.   Get the  details on how this specially formulated product will work for you.

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Garage Toys is   Your best source for Lifts !
Please call for specials on products without pricing!
We can't advertise our lowest price. Take a look at all of the different brands and types of lifts we have then call us to see what we can do for you ... Check it out


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Headwinds®, the leader in custom headlights, introduces their 5-3/4” Concours Rocket Headlight Housing. This headlight has been featured on many award winning cars, including America’s Most Beautiful Roadster!     The fully machined, spun-billet housing is threaded, featuring a screw-in bezel and a lamp retaining ring.  Get a closer look here and see all of the different styles that Headwinds  makes.  

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Trick Truck N Rod Rolling Chassis and Cab GREAT FOR THE HOME BUILDER Get a head start on your next project.   All welding & suspension set up is done, including motor mounts. Professionally Tig & Mig welded. You can practically bolt your truck together from here using used and/or new parts available from numerous vendors and catalogs. See it here

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ELITE Ultra-Duty Hedders  Hedman's ELITE Hedders are the best you can buy. They have thicker flanges. stronger wall tubing and a thermal coating that withstand full-throttle thrashing and torturous towing.   The extreme-duty construction protects against burnout and exhaust leaks caused by the excessive heat and vibration present in high performance and towing applications>  For complete details look here

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Since the invention of stainless braided rubber hose, racers and mechanics have been fighting the problem of installing it into the socket part of the assembly. If your lucky and get a clean cut on the end of that hose, you might get it in. Most of the time a little fuzz appears on the hose end and the battle begins. It is not only time consuming, it can get bloody. KOUL tools has delivered a solution that makes the assembly a snap.  See how this great tool works here

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The Car Lock, most commonly referred to as a Wheel Immobilizer is the ultimate theft protection for the true car enthusiast. Hot rods, muscle cars, classics and exotic rides are extremely vulnerable to theft when left unattended.   See how simply this system works to keep your car safe.

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This personalized Speed Shop oval metal sign measures 24 inches by 14 inches and weighs in at 3 lb(s). We hand make all of our oval metal signs in the USA using heavy gauge american steel and a process known as sublimation, where the image is baked into a powder coating for a durable and long lasting finish. .  Check it out ....  Fathers Day is coming soon

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Painless  Performance’s 12 Circuit Universal Streetrod Harness With GM Keyed Column     Our 12 Circuit kit can be used in just about any vehicle where basic wring is needed. This kit includes GM (column mounted) ignition switch connectors and a GM (column mounted) turn signal switch connector pre-terminated and ready to install.  Take a look here

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Introduced in 1980, the AOD has been used in nearly every model of Ford vehicle requiring a durable, compact overdrive transmission. The AOD is a good swap choice from the C-4, C-6 of FMX transmissions and shares many common dimensions with these units. Low gear ratio is 2:40 to 1 and overdrive is 0:67 to 1. This trans uses the small block bell housing pattern which fits 250 and 300 6 cyl., 289, 302, 351 Windsor and 351 Cleveland. Check it out at Phoenix Transmission

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Do you want ultimate power, aggressive looks, and the ability to drive down the expressway? Then your hot rod this 550 HP supercharged monster from Snug Harbor Hot Rod Engines. The beauty of this supercharged engine are the components that are used to assemble this motor.   Take a closer look here

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At Spirit Industries we’ll build you a TurnKey  Model  “T” ........or you can buy all you need to build your own !   We’re the “T” Bucket Experts and we’re happy to help you with your project.    We have all of the bodies and components you need.. Take a look here

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When you’re putting together your exhaust system and want to make it a perfect fit, you’ll need  tubing that is custom bent to your needs.Stainless Specialties  can provide you with the Custom sizes and bends you need.  Perfectly smooth bends are available from STAINLESS SPECIALTIES. Ideal for exhaust fabrication, these tight turn radius bends will get you through the tight spots with room to spare.  Look here

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Steves Auto Restorations SAR’s Tru-Fit fenders are stamped from brand new tooling patterned after original design and dimensions. Fitment to ’34 model cars should be exact while ’33 model cars will require very minor modifications, if in fact any.   For more details on these and other fabricated products from SAR look 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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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 9th annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA, June 16-18  at Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green, Ky., is a 3-day festival of speed, hot rods and American automotive enthusiasm.  Produced by the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum.  the Reunion is part of the museum’s “living history” philosophy, which works to bring to life the sights, sounds and people who made history in the early days of drag racing, land speed racing and the golden age of American car culture.  Make plans now


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]

American Collectors Insurance has many “Collectors Stories”  like this one from  Edward Kleinlein  Hesperia, CA.  When our son Eric was old enough to drive, we promised him a used car to drive to High School. Eric found a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air at a used car dealer. It was about 50% restored and something my wife and I could afford at the time. Eric drove the car through High School, then he married and his wife drove the car to her work at a supermarket..  Read more here

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We love to hear about the young guys in our hobby and what they are building... like young Quinton Addison and h is very cool Pickup.    What a great job he did on his project....  take a look ... and if you know a Young Rodder ... under  35 ... we’d love to Showcase their car here at ! AND  we’ll send the Young Rodder a Hotrodhotine shirt.     Take a look here

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Chrome Plating is a much more complicated and labor intensive process than you may imagine... so when we got a look at how  Classic Components does the great job they do .... we wanted to share that tour of the process.  Take a look here

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Book Reviews....   There are so many interesting books being written now in our industry !   So many rodders with a story to tell .... and what’s so great is that reading these stories really takes us back in time and brings back memories about things  that we have sometimes forgotten. 
Hot Rods, Pink Bellies and Hank Ballard is one such book..  Our in house editor,  Jim Clark,  read the book and has recommended it to our readers... Check out the review

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Ever think about getting your car upholstered .. but wondered what kind of work the guy did ???  Well there’s no doubt at FinishLine Interiors....  you can see dozens of finished cars in the Finishline Photo Gallery....  This is just a small sample of the 30’s cars gallery...  you’ll  also find  50’s and 60’s cars...
Take a look now...  it’s fantastic

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Dynamat XTreme Basic is a great product and really easy to install.... so easy ... that we can show  you the entire installation job in just 3 simple steps.

Take a look at the detailed photos showing how easy it is to install  Dynamat X Treme Basic...  look here

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Spring Carlisle jumpstarts the season April 27-May 1. This event serves as a springboard for the calendar with its classic car swap meet, car corral and auction presented by Auctions America by RM. Exploring the grounds is simple and with 8,100 vending spaces and over 2,000 vehicles, you will marvel at one of the largest automotive swap meets in the world. Another great feature with Spring Carlisle is the Junk-in-the-Trunk vending opportunity. This allows you to clean out the parts in your garage and make some money. For only $25, Get the details here.

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Rust Bullet has released a Product Comparison of Rust Bullet against Top Two Competitors in the Scientific Research Tests .  Rust Bullet simplifies rust prevention by eliminating the need for extensive surface preparation. The Rust Bullet products can be easily applied to the car surface either in the form of a paint, spray or even rolled. There is also no requirement of a top coat or an under coat which reduces the overall time.   Check it out here

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At Heinzman Street Rods, we feel the basis of a good car is the enginuity of a custom built chassis. We specialize in many designs and options for any Street Rod chassis.  Take a look at some of the work we do ...   and then call us with your needs..  Get more info here.

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BASF   and Carrizzma Colors put Chip Foose to work for you !   That’s right, the legend himself personally formulated the Foose Signature Collection of colors from BASF.  For complete details   look here

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The Main Street Malt Shop and Santa Ana Airport Drag Strip Reunion is set for Saturday, May 7, 2011 in Santiago Park.  The event will start at 10 AM and end around 3 PM.  The park is located on the border of Santa Ana and the City of Orange.  Directions: From Main Street, go east on East Memory Lane for two street lights, or about 1000 feet.  At the second light turn to your right and go down into the paved parking lot at the bottom of the creek.  The reunion is next to the parking lot in plain sight.  The reunion and parking are free.  This reunion celebrates the early drag racers and hot rodders who raced at the Santa Ana Airport drag strip in the 1950's.  These are the first drag racers anywhere and we are losing more of them every year.   I hope you will put this event on your calendar and bring your cameras and tape recorders.  Richard Parks, editor of the SLSRH  For more info contact Leslie  Long  714-921-1814  and to see last years event look here

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Landspeed Racing 200th Newsletter  It’s hard to believe that  Richard Parks and Jim Miller have put out 200 amazing newsletters full of information, history,  bios,   and great stories about  Land Speed Racing....  You can read all of them at      CONGRATS to Richard and Jim and a big  THANK YOU for all that you do !


Surf City Garage shows you how great their Hot Rod Protective Detailer works to protect your car in the sun  !    Check out this video showing the amazing results this detailer offers...  Check it out here.

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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...


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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Big Al was off to the races in NC last week...  and he also took pcs

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Ben Deutchman was at the Englishtown  show.

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Hot Rods and Harleys in Laughlin from Dennis Hemingway

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Roger Rohrdanz cgot a shot of Linda Vaughn at the Fabulous Fords show.

Dean Court and Bob Choisser were both at Winters Cruise

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Dale Satterlee was at the Pennyrile show

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Mike Bourg was at the Spring DUB Roast in Colorado

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

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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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 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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