Fall Fun at the Chattanooga Cruise In

It always seems like fall comes and goes quickly. We’re so busy around here during September and October, the months typically fly by, leaving us in the dead of winter. One event that always gets our attention is the Chattanooga Cruise In, as it’s held right here at our facility. We invite everyone we know to come hang out with us, and it’s always a fun time with hundreds of hot rods and thousands of people overtaking the streets of Chattanooga. This year was no different, as the fall 2014 Chattanooga Cruise In offered a lot of fun with a great turnout. Check out our favorite pictures from the event, and stay tuned for future cruise in dates!

William Watson’s Caddy-Powered ’41 Packard

We see LOTS of street rods and customs, and we see fenderless ’32 Fords on a regular basis. What we don’t normally see is a Packard, and this one has custom touches that required a few bits and pieces from Honest Charley. William Watson is the proud owner, and his creation involves at 1941 Packard OneTwenty sedan body, combined with a 472ci Cadillac V8, equipped with air conditioning. William is a regular customer at Honest Charley, and we’re glad he stopped by to show off his project. It’s nearly 10 years in the making, so he’s happy to get behind the wheel and put some miles on it.

Friends from Georgia and Germany Stop by the Shop!

We usually see an increase in hot rodders visiting our shop when nearby car shows, such as the Shades of the Past, are going on. Last week, a couple of very cool hot rods paid us a visit as they headed to Pigeon Forge for the weekend. Motivating north from Lithonia, Georgia, Tom Lawson piloted the ’33 Ford pickup, which has a low and lean profile, thanks to a chopped top and a great stance. The pickup is powered by a ZZ4 crate engine and 700R-4 transmission. Behind the wheel of the slick ’32 Ford roadster is Tom’s great friend Armin Grutschus from Munchhausen, Germany. The Deuce roadster features a 408ci Ford engine, backed by a five-speed manual transmission. The tires and wheels came from our neighbors at Coker Tire. Great hot rods, cool owners, and a very enjoyable road trip. Check ’em out!

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!
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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.