You may know Honest Charley as the world’s first mail order speed shop. But we also have a passion for servicing hot rods and restored classic cars, and we have a staff that can do just about anything. One of the many services offered by our shop is original style or custom wood grain. We…

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Some of the things we know and love about hot rodding started as speed secrets for racers. Things like louvers, chopped tops and dropped axles started as modifications performed by racers to improve performance. Drag racing, stock car racing and salt flat racing contributed lots of tricks to the hot rod trade, but one of…

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Alright, we all love a good swap meet…you get up early in the morning and try to find a treasure within a sea of junk. It’s a thrill that hot rodders experience quite often, but some guys do all of their parts shopping at swap meets. Some swap meets are very big, and include new…

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We’ve been trying our best to keep our lips sealed about the visit from Arvid Svensen and the “Malibeater” ’67 Chevelle project car. We absolutely love this car, and we’re glad Arvid took the time to stop by the shop, while he did a very cool tire and wheel swap article next door at Coker…

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If there is anyone who embodies the lifestyle, character and legacy of Honest Charley Card, it is Mike Goodman. This man has been a hot rodder all his life, and he makes friends with everyone he meets. It’s astonishing to see him at a show, and realize that he knows almost everyone that walks up.…

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The internal combustion engine needs a few things to operate, and the two main ingredients are fuel and fire. The mixture of fuel and air, and the way the engine ignites it are very important aspects of getting every ounce of performance out of an engine. Modern engines can be tweaked with a computer, but…

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We are often greeted by someone who remembers buying speed parts from Honest Charley Speed Shop in the “good ol’ days”. However, it’s not often that we run across someone who was there from the beginning. Chattanooga, Tennessee resident, Tom Hunt is one of those poeple–in fact, he knew Charley Card before the Speed Shop…

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It’s easy to be discouraged by the gradual decline in participation in the street rodding world. Organizations like NSRA have made great effort to bring more folks to its events, and it appears to be working. This year, the NSRA Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky had 10,200 cars, which is actually a slight increase…

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Here at Honest Charley Speed Shop, we’re proud of our heritage, as the world’s first mail order speed shop. A lot of people have heard of our shop, but may not know the story behind it, and what makes it so special. The shop isn’t special because of what we’re doing TODAY–it’s special because of…

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It’s that time of year! We get a lot of visitors in the spring time, as local hot rodders are ready to get out and put a few miles on their cars (or trucks) before the car show season kicks off. David Hall, from Powells Crossroads, Tennessee visits us quite often, and visited us today…

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