Ignition Switch | 1935-48 Ford-0

When the idea came about to host an open house and cruise in at Coker Tire and Honest Charley Speed Shop, we had no idea it would grow to this magnitude. On Saturday, April 11th, we welcomed more than 2,000 cars and approximately 15,000 people to the Chattanooga Cruise In–it was a record breaking day…

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Every year, just about the time when the car show and drag racing season is winding down, it’s time to go to Las Vegas for the SEMA Show. It’s the world’s largest automotive trade show, and it’s the place where everyone wants to debut new products, new cars and new ideas. We typically tag along…

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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.…

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Wow! That’s the word everyone said when they saw how huge of a turnout we had at the Spring 2014 Chattanooga Cruise In. What started as a 200-car event back in 2011 has turned into a 1,000+ car event. Our parking crew had to start turning folks away before lunch time, even though the event…

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With the filming of our TV Show, Backroad Gold (it airs Wednesdays at 9:30pm EST on the Travel Channel) we’ve been introduced to a bunch of great barn finds. In the case of this 1959 Thunderbird, it was more of a junkyard dog than a barn find, but we’re glad we found it! Otherwise this…

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Almost a year in the making, the 2013 Street Rodder Road Tour car is complete! We thrashed to get it finished in time for the Hot Rod Power Tour’s visit here in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and then put the finishing touches on it before it headed out to St. Paul, Minnesota for its first true outing.…

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With the big stuff out of the way (top chop, body channel, and other body modifications), we could concentrate on some of the smaller details on the car, such as the side trim. In the Eric Black rendering, a thin piece of trim is shown running down the side of the car, with a stylish…

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Throughout the metal working process of the Street Rodder Road Tour ’51 Ford, we wanted to experiment with using lead for a filler on some of our seams and body modifications. We wanted to get the true essence of a “lead sled” so we got a lead kit from Eastwood Tools, and started working. They…

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Dating back to the ’50s, car customizers have been trying to beautify vehicles in every way possible. Rounding corners, smoothing edges and lowering the car’s silhouette are common goals in the custom world, and one sure fire way to do it is to modify the hood for a sleeker appearance. We set out to do…

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