Electric Fuel Pump Safety

It’s pretty common to utilize an electric fuel pump these days, even in a traditional hot rod, like Clay Miller’s Flathead-powered ’32 Ford (pictured). Whether you run an in-tank pump, or an inline (external) pump, you want it to be installed in the most efficient and safe manner possible. Most electric pumps are wired to be active when the ignition switch is in the “on” position. The potential hazard is if the engine dies, the pump will continue to run until the switch is turned off. What’s the solution? A pressure switch that reads oil pressure, and shuts off power to the fuel pump when oil pressure drops below 5 psi. It’s money well spent, and it’s absolutely the safest way to wire up your electric pump. We sell the switch, as well as a variety of fuel pumps and accessories for your fuel system.

Big Fun at the NSRA Street Rod Nationals

Another year, and another trip to Louisville for the NSRA Street Rod Nationals. If you haven’t heard of the Street Rod Nationals, you’re really missing out on a heck of a show, with thousands of hot rods, hundreds of parts vendors (we’re one of ’em!) and a bunch of good stuff in the swap meet. We had ALL HANDS on deck at the show, but it was mostly our FEET that were tired after a few days of standing, walking, etc. at the Nationals. While most of the team stayed near the booth to help customers, our favorite undercover photographer snooped around and took a bunch of pictures. We picked through them and found our favorites…take a look!
Click HERE for the NSRA Nationals coverage!

1957 Chevy–A Crown Jewel for Any Collection

Our great friend, Mark Chitwood came by the shop in his shiny new ’57 Chevy. He recently purchased the car and plans to put lots of miles on it in the coming months. Mark is the owner of Southern Gold, a jewelry sales and repair business right here in Chattanooga. The ’57 Chevy is a 210 model, which means it has a few less trim pieces than the Bel Air models. Less trim means more room for the super slick black paint job to be displayed…and it is SLICK!

People Haulin’

140715_Honest_0003Darrell Passer probably uses the same logic as the rest of us, anything can become a cool hot rod. When he stumbled on this former New Mexico Ambulance, he was looking for a simple project with wheels. What he didn’t know was just how solid this van would turn out to be. (more…)

Kenny Rawson’s Cool ’57 Chevy Truck

Classic trucks are hot, and if it happens to be a Chevrolet product from ’47 to ’72, it’s even hotter. The mid-to-late ’50s is one of the greatest eras for classic Chevy pickups, as the distinct body lines offer great looks for a custom build. A longtime friend of Honest Charley Speed Shop, Kenny Rawson, stopped by in his ’57 Chevy pickup and we couldn’t help but show it off on our page. He’s from Orlando, Florida, and is on his way back from a huge road trip, so we’re glad he stopped by. Keep reading to see what makes this truck so cool!

Honest Charley-Built ’32 Ford Tackles the Great Race

The Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty is the world’s leading vintage car rally, and we are big supporters of it! A few years ago, Corky Coker bought the Great Race organization, and revived the event, so we’ve been heavily involved in the production of the event and the race itself. Shop Manager, Greg Cunningham is actually a Great Race Grand Champion, and he has competed in the event for a number of years. His vehicle of choice is “GR3”, a 1932 Ford roadster pickup that we built specifically for rallying. (more…)

Hot Rod Feature: “Double Exposure” 1932 Ford Roadster

You may have seen it around at various car shows across the country (and it’s even been to Australia)–it’s the Double Exposure roadster, built right here at Honest Charley in 30 days, using ONLY off-the-shelf parts from Honest Charley and Coker Tire. It’s a great car, and though it has been built for a few years, it still gets lots of “exposure” wherever it goes. Keep reading to find out more about this famous hot rod.

Light Your Fire!

Mallory-Distributor-Flathead-FordYour engine’s ignition system should not be overlooked or taken lightly. Just because your old points-style ignition system works doesn’t mean it’s the best option for your car. We suggest upgrading to an electronic ignition setup for the sake of simplicity and reliability. We offer a couple different ways of handling it–you can add an electronic module to your current distributor or you can replace the entire distributor with a new electronic unit, from trusted brands such as MSD and Accel. Don’t let your engine suffer with a poor ignition system–turn up the heat with Ignition parts and accessories from Honest Charley!

The Sweet Sound of a Ford Flathead V8

Simple and sweet. The Ford Flathead V8 came along in 1932, and it stuck around until the ’50s. When an engine makes that sort of a run, you know it was a good idea. The Flathead V8 was not a powerhouse from the factory, but allowing the engine to breathe a little better sure made a big difference. In the case of this particular engine, it belongs to Wayne Pugh, who plans to stick it between the fenders of a 1940 Ford coupe, built Chuck Keene at Georgia Hot Rods. (more…)

Spencer’s Honest Bug


Honest Charley friend and customer Spencer Taylor is a man about town. It is Bug-a-Palüza weekend after all, and when there’s this much Fahrvergnügen going on in Chattanooga, you need to get out and soak it all up, right? The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga student bought this 1966 Volkswagen Beetle his freshman year in high school, wrapped up the build his senior year and has been wrenching on it and driving the wheels off of it since. Spencer’s life as a car guy is a sealed deal, just as many other hot rodders got their start the exact same way, wrenching on the air-cooled wonder bugs! (more…)