We can hear it now, all of the traditional hot rodders are standing on soapbox yelling “LS engines don’t belong in hot rods!”. But aren’t we the same group of guys who swapped in Buick, Oldsmobile, Cadillac, or of course, Chevrolet V8’s many years ago? Sure, we love a Ford Flathead and we know its purpose in the hot rod world, but if you want to build a contemporary car, LS engines are the hot ticket. These bad boys make a bunch of horsepower in a small package, and they are affordable with TONS of aftermarket support. Honest Charley offers a number of these parts, especially those that help you swap an LS engine into an old car. We also offer parts to take away some of the LS engine’s ugly features. We offer motor mounts, headers, intake piping kits, dress up items and more for your LS swap. Take a look at our selection of LS engine parts, and call us up if you need additional help with your project!
While some folks are winding down their car show and cruise in season, we’re just gearing up! Fall is always a busy time for us, between the annual trek to Pennsylvania for Carlisle and Hershey, and then of course, the Thanksgiving trip to Daytona for the Turkey Run. But, the week before Daytona, we throw a little party here in Chattanooga to raise money and collect toys for needy kids in the area. It’s called the Chattanooga Cruise In Toy Drive, and it is held on Saturday, November 18th from 8am until Noon Eastern time. We close off the streets, and fill them with hot rods, customs, muscle cars and more to benefit the local Toys for Tots chapter. It’s a great excuse to get the ol’ jalopy out of the garage and on the road one last time before winter sets in and we expect a couple hundred cars to participate. We hope you join us here on Chestnut Street for a day of hot rodding fun…Honest Charley Speed Shop will be open for business on Saturday, so come in and see what type of show specials are available. The main thing is to have fun and donate to the cause, but buying hot rod parts for your winter project is always a plus!
It’s that time of year once again! We always look forward to the NSRA Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky, because it gives us a chance to catch up with our hot rod family. It also helps that the vendor area is in a giant air conditioned building–that certainly lightens the mood for everyone involved. We had an awesome event from start to finish, and sent a hot rodder home with a brand new Model A rolling chassis. Outside the vendor building, more than 10,000 street rods, customs and muscle cars packed into the Kentucky Exposition Center to enjoy four days of fun with some excellent weather. Sure, a few showers passed through, but the temperatures were great, and everyone had a good time in the sun on Saturday. Take a look at some of our favorite hot rods from the show, and be sure to give us a call at 1-888-795-7077 if you forgot to pick up some parts in Louisville!
This year, the Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty is paying a visit to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the racers are stopping right here at our place on the Southside of town! This isn’t the first time that the Great Race has visited Chattanooga, but we’re going to pull out all the stops to make it the best evening stop on the event! The streets around Honest Charley Speed Shop will be closed (think Chattanooga Cruise In style), and we’re hoping to PACK the streets with hot rods, muscle cars, restored classics and more to welcome the 120 Great Race teams as they enter the Chattanooga evening stop. It all happens Sunday, June 25th from 4 to 8pm Eastern time, and the first Great Race cars should begin arriving at 5:30pm. We plan to have the Speed Shop open, just like our regular cruise in events, so it’s a great chance to check out what’s going on at the world’s first mail order speed shop. The event is FREE to the public, and we’re expecting a great turnout!
We encourage all cruise in participants to arrive from 4pm to 5pm, and stick around until the final Great Race cars roll into the area at 7pm. We’ll have plenty of fun stuff to do, so bring your old car and bring your family to welcome these racers into town. The Great Race features 120 teams, all driving vehicles built in 1972 or earlier. The oldest vehicles in the race are from 1916, and they’re tackling a 2,300-mile trek from Jacksonville, Florida to Traverse City, Michigan, using the Dixie Highway as a guide. You’ll see a nice mixture of pre-WWII vehicles and ’50s classics, with some muscle cars throw in, too! The Chattanooga stop comes on the second day of the race, after a tough drive that starts in Tifton, Georgia Sunday morning. The plan is to line Chestnut Street with as many cruise in cars as possible, leaving enough room for the Great Racers to pass through to their finish line for the day. Bring your chairs, bring American flags and bring a smile because this is going to be awesome! If you’d like more information, please check out the Facebook event page, which will be updated regularly with schedules and other important info!
It gets bigger and better every year! We just can’t believe how many people show up for the Chattanooga Cruise In, which started as a simple open house on a Saturday evening and has now escalated into one of the largest cruise in events in the Southeast. Estimates from local traffic control authorities suggest that we had 2,500 cars and upward of 25,000 people on the blocks surrounding Coker Tire and Honest Charley. This year, the event extended all the way down to the First Tennessee Pavilion, and it was one of the most awesome displays of hot rods, customs, muscle cars, rat rods and drag cars that you’ll ever see. This year was the first time the event crew has attempted a Swap Meet, and it was awesome…dozens of vendors, thousands of spectators and a HUGE turnout for Coker’s blemished tire and wheel sale. We stayed busy all day, so we didn’t get a chance to see it all, but here are some of our favorite pictures that the Coker boys let us borrow. Check ’em out!
It’s that time of year! We’re gearing up for the Chattanooga Cruise In, which is a yearly gathering that happens right here in the Southside of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This event started as an open house for Coker Tire and Honest Charley and now it is turning the Scenic City into a car guy destination! The 2017 event is held Saturday, April 1 (no foolin!) from 8am to 4pm Eastern time. There is some construction in the area, but the event staff has secured more parking areas than ever, to hopefully accommodate upward of 2,000 cars, trucks and motorcycles! This year, the event is growing even more with the addition of the Scenic City Swap Meet, which will be held inside the First Tennessee Pavilion, about two blocks away from our store front. Honest Charley Speed Shop is always busy on cruise in days, and we’re glad to help you with a project or simply sell you a souvenir! Come by and see us, and check out the Chattanooga Cruise In event page for more information.
Honest Charley Speed Shop has always been more than just a place to get hot rod parts. Many years ago, Honest Charley was a popular place to get parts for drag cars, round track cars and street cars, so we always like to remind our customers that we concentrate on more than just 1932 Fords. The fact of the matter is that 1932 Fords are the most popular platform that we deal with, but we have one of the best kept secrets in the automotive aftermarket with our comprehensive product lines for General Motors G-body parts. That’s right, the 1978 to 1988 rear wheel drive Chevy Monte Carlo, Malibu and El Camino, as well as Buick Regal (including T-Type, Grand affordable, and still offer the fun of an old school muscle car if they are properly equipped with parts from Honest Charley! Give it a few more horsepower, clean up the interior and maybe give it a fresh coat of paint with new decals, and you’re off to the races in what is now considered a collectable car.
We’re hopeful that 2017 will be a great year for hot rodding, car shows, cruise ins and good times. We’re gearing up for our 2017 show season, and we’re excited to bring you the best deals on parts for your hot rod, muscle car, or anything you might be able to dream up. For the shows listed below, we’ll have our full show rig, with thousands of products in stock and ready to find a new home on your project car. The best part about shopping with Honest Charley at a show is getting to get a hands-on look at the product, and getting to chat with our show staff, which normally consists of Spencer Taylor and Johnathan Sullivan. Buying the parts at an event also saves a few bucks since you won’t have to ship the product to your home. You can also give us a call us at 1-888-795-7077 to pre-order parts and have us deliver them to the show. Weigh out the options and make a wish list–our staff can help you get your project on the road! As always, you’re welcome to stop by our Speed Shop, located at 1309 Chestnut Street, in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. We’re open from 8am to 5pm Eastern time, Monday through Friday. For now, take a look at our 2017 show schedule and see if Honest Charley is coming to a town near you!
April 1 — Chattanooga Cruise In — Chattanooga, Tennessee — Honest Charley Store Front
April 6-9 — Charlotte AutoFair — Charlotte, North Carolina — Space AAO 031-032
April 19-23 — Carlisle Spring Swap Meet — Carlisle, Pennsylvania — P 18-21
August 3-6 — NSRA Street Rod Nationals — Louisville, Kentucky — 401-403
September 27-October 1 — Carlisle Fall Swap Meet — Carlisle, Pennsylvania — A 13-20
October 4-7 — Hershey Fall Meet — Hershey, Pennsylvania — RWA 11-20
TBA — Chattanooga Cruise In Toy Drive — Chattanooga, Tennessee — Honest Charley Store Front
November 23-26 — Daytona Turkey Rod Run — Daytona, Florida — Blue A 0044-0048
For hot rodders everywhere this is certainly a time to reflect upon one of the true legends of our hobby. Pete Chapouris, together with Jim “Jake” Jacobs, created some of the world’s first over-the-counter products available through Pete & Jakes Hot Rod Repair, established in 1974. Together they created some of the earliest independent front suspension and Jaguar rear end setups, while refining four-bar control arms and other pieces that enabled enthusiasts to get their set-ups right the first time.
Hot rods were never meant to be luxurious places to kick your feet up and relax, but there comes a point when hot rodders “grow up” and need to control the noise and the temperature inside their car. We can all remember a time when making it louder, lighter, faster, etc. was the goal, but for a guy who wants to enjoy the tight confines of a Deuce coupe, insulation certainly helps. Early cars were small, so if you have a peppy exhaust note, conversations are nearly impossible, even though your shoulder is basically touching your passenger. Sound damping has come a long way, and we’re 100 percent believers in Dynamat products. We’ve used it in dozens of projects and it always makes a huge difference as a sound barrier and a heat barrier. We’re currently installing it in Mike Wolfe’s 1933 Ford five-window coupe. Even though the car is a little rough around the edges, the Dynamat will make it feel like a Cadillac when the Flathead V8 is humming down the road. This stuff is easy to install, and we have a lot of happy customers who buy it for ALL of their project cars. Get some for your hot rod, custom or muscle car and you’ll be a believer too!