Author: Lance James

The Canned Monster Build: Part 2

The Canned Monster build is our 1956 Ford Customline that we’ve started converting into a Gasser/Altered. A gasser is a type of hot rod originating on the dragstrips of the United States in the late 1950s and continued until the early 1970s. Gassers are based on closed body production models from the 1930s to mid-1960s, which have been stripped of extraneous weight and jacked up using a beam axle or tubular axle to provide better weight distribution on acceleration (beam axles are also lighter than an independent front suspension), though a raised stock front suspension is common as well. Common...

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The Canned Monster Build: Part 1

IN THE BEGINNING: I picked this car a few blocks from my house. I had seen it on Craigslist. It was pretty straight, no engine, trans, windshield or bumpers, oh and no papers. I made him an offer but he wasn’t as negotiable as I needed him to be. After texting back and forth over a couple of months he gave me one of those bring me the money today kind of offers I couldn’t pass it up. So, it was now mine. I already had project cars at home so it was hauled out to the parents house. Out...

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The Birth of Speed & Chrome Illustrated Magazine: Cars and Art Part 1

Dreamer of Cars Some may argue whether my love affair with cars has been a healthy exercise or not. Fellow car “enthusiasts” lovingly call it a sickness. I’ll admit there is a certain element of irrational behavior to it. Cars are fun and cars are evil. I love them and hate them. Every word I just typed is true. I fall into the car guy category of shall we say, “builder.” I’m not one that buys finished cars, but drags home those hulks of iron that are “diamonds in the rough.” I can clearly see them painted and finished,...

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