Articles written by: Dan Michaud

Armed with decades of under-the-hood knowledge and a good set of tools, Dave transformed this long-neglected 5-window farm truck into something truly special—all in his home garage!

“I set up my garage in stages,” Dave explains. “When I’m building and fabricating I have my welder and cutting tools. When it’s time to paint, I wheel everything out, wipe everything down, and now it’s my paint shop. I save a ton of money doing the work myself, but I have about a gazillion hours of labor in the truck—but I’m proud of it!”
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The Real Deal: Dave Plickert’s 1949 Chevy Pickup

Dave Plickert’s garage hides a rare and exquisite treasure. Squeeze past the beautifully resto-modded 1969 Camaro and the factory-fresh 1978 Corvette, slip by the classic Model A street rod, then […]

As a teenager, the baddest ride in Wilkins' hometown was an L79 Nova sporting Marina Blue paint over Bright Blue vinyl. When this lookalike showed up on Ebay more than 40 years later, he knew he had to have it
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True Blue: Jim Wilkins’ 1967 Chevy Nova SS

Very few of us can remember a time before we were car guys. Ever since that first ride home from the hospital, cars have helped define who we are. And […]

A true diamond from the heart of coal country, Danielle displays the Impala as The Coal Miner’s Daughter—a tribute to her father, who has since retired from the industry.
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The Scenic Route: Danielle Tackett’s 1964 Chevy Impala SS

Photography: Todd Biss Productions “Done.” Ask a dozen builders for the definition, and you’ll get a dozen different answers. For some, their car is done when it runs. For others, […]

CHEV-XXL: Chris Redman’s 1966 Chevy Chevelle
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CHEV-XXL: Chris Redman’s 1966 Chevy Chevelle

It’s a great time to be a car guy. Cut a modest check to your local dealership and you can drive off the lot today in a brand new, 200 […]

No air ride here! Hot Rod Charlie’s shop truck gets its aggressive stance the old-fashioned way—metalwork. Up front, the frame has been Z’d 4" and features a Super Bell 4" dropped axle. The chassis is Z’d a massive 12" out back and is finished with a slick 4-link suspension setup from Pete & Jake’s Hot Rod Parts, complete with QA1 coil-overs. 

The vintage drag-racing inspired wheels are actually the pickup’s second set of shoes. “My original sketches had it wearing powdercoated wire wheels with whitewall tires,” said owner Charlie Mounce. “But when we got them on the car, it just didn’t look right.” We think the truck’s polished aluminum rollers (18-inch Radir 12-spoke fronts/16-inch E/T Fuelers rear) look spot on.
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Hot Rodder, ink: Charlie Mounce’s 1932 Ford Pickup (Story and Video)

Shop trucks have it rough. Instead of lowering springs, they get ladder racks; cool paint jobs and pinstripes take a backseat to nasty dents and dings; and opportunities for self-expression […]

Every piece of the Nova’s original chrome trim has been brushed to a satin finish 
for a sleek, stealthy look. “It killed me to have to do that to the door handles,” 
says Ed. “The original ones were so pitted that I had to buy a new pair, then I 
immediately scuff them up!”

The added color depth in the bumpers comes courtesy of a nickel coating (rather 
than traditional chrome), and the whole look is finished off with a custom billet fuel filler cap.
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Future/Classic: Ed Greaves’ 1965 Chevy Nova

Retro is all the rage. Visit your friendly neighborhood car lot and see for yourself: mile-long hoods hiding powerful V8 engines, outlandish horsepower and torque-twisting fat rear tires, evocative aesthetics […]

Big Business: Mark Briscoe’s 1969 Ford Bronco
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Big Business: Mark Briscoe’s 1969 Ford Bronco

Mark Briscoe likes things big. 72-ounce steak dinner big. Cadillac Coupe de Ville big. Alaska big. And in that grand tradition, he’s beefed up this 1969 Ford Bronco to similarly […]

From a straight-on view, hot rod tradition meets pure intimidation. Check out the 
383’s unique twin intake scoops and the coupe’s increasingly rare un-chopped top. “I had the pillars marked with tape where we were going to make the cuts, but the guy who agreed to help me never showed up!” Snode said.  “And I’m glad he didn’t, because I think it looks right like this.”
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Timeless: Mike Snode’s 1930 Ford Coupe

  Every hot rod build has its story: some are basket case barn finds, and others are passed down through the family. But in the case of Mike Snode’s 1930 […]

Tire Decoder: How to Translate Your Tires’ Sidewalls
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Tire Decoder: How to Translate Your Tires’ Sidewalls

Zoomy. Stove bolt. T-bucket. Gearhead vocabulary is a colorful collection of terms that’s nearly impossible to understand for the flatheads out there who don’t talk the talk. But how many […]

Beautiful Noise: Al Nosse’s 1933 Willys 77 Coupe
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Beautiful Noise: Al Nosse’s 1933 Willys 77 Coupe

Cracklin’ Rosie get on board, we’re gonna ride till there ain’t no more to go… In the fall of 1970, Neil Diamond’s “Cracklin’ Rosie” topped the Billboard Hot 100. That […]