Today, We're Thankful For The Pre-Chinese Volvo

We're thankful for pre-Ford Volvo, but now we're thinking Post-Chinese Volvo will make us thankful for the days of Ford's ownership. So this pre-Turkey Day we're remembering some highlights of the company as it is now and as it was. » 11/25/09 2:30pm 11/25/09 2:30pm

What’s This Engine Bay: Engine Swap Edition

It's time again to test your automotive intellectual fortitude by figuring out what car this engine bay's from before you click through. Sure, you'll say you got it right in the comments, but only you'll know the truth. » 9/01/09 4:40pm 9/01/09 4:40pm

The Hot Rod Culture of Star Wars

Star Wars! Epic spaceship battles! Space wizards with laser swords! Aliens! Chosen ones! Hot rods! Wait, hot rods? Yes indeed, science fiction's biggest franchise is lightly infused with car culture. Allow us to explain. » 8/27/09 2:00pm 8/27/09 2:00pm

The Paint And Chrome Artwork of Billetproof Texas

Billetproof is one of our favorite series of car shows, highlighting vintage-style hot rodding, various elements of car culture, and taking itself none-too-seriously. This beautiful gallery of photos is a peek at Billetproof Texas. » 8/06/09 5:30pm 8/06/09 5:30pm

Drawing Awesome Hot Rod Sleds On A Nintendo DS

Christian Pearce, illustrator extraordinaire, sees no limits when it comes to his hot rod art, proving that even the touchscreen-enabled Nintendo DS and the homebrew app, Colors can be a deadly combo for imaginative creation. » 5/25/09 11:00am 5/25/09 11:00am

Cadillac VSR Hot Rod Concept

GM Performance parts and Race Car Replicas have created a 400 HP V-Series-inspired hot rod concept called the Cadillac VSR. A Prowler-destroying menace built for SEMA but still terrorizing other auto shows. » 3/06/09 6:30pm 3/06/09 6:30pm

The Hot Rods Of The 2008 Woodward Dream Cruise

We've given you the muscle and the customs of the 2008 Woodward Dream Cruise. Now it's time for the hot rods. — Ed. » 8/18/08 4:00pm 8/18/08 4:00pm Metal-flake, flames, chrome wheels or just plain flat-black, the appeal of hot rods stretches across generations. The brings 'em out in droves, so here are just a few of of the chopped, channeled and…

Community College Students Build 550 Horsepower Mid-Engine Ford Five…

At Washtenaw Community College near Ann Arbor, MI, you can take algebra and English lit. You can also take Custom Cars & Concepts, where your assignments might include building a mid-engine Ford Five Hundred » 8/16/08 2:20pm 8/16/08 2:20pm with a supercharged 5.3-liter Ford GT engine putting out 550 HP. What course would you choose? Instructor Scott…

Roush Mustang Stage 3 Suspension, Now Sold Separately

Good news for 2003 through 2009 Ford Mustang owners that don't want to throw down $21,000 on a complete Roush Stage 3 kit: The suspension alone is now available separately for just $1,449, meaning it's now affordable to make your 'Stang handle. The complete kit is a direct replacement for the spongy stock suspension,… » 7/31/08 4:00pm 7/31/08 4:00pm

And The Winner Of The Greatest Use Of Fiero Powertrain: '39 Chevy Rat…

The art of chopping up Pontiac Fieros and using their guts in other projects is one which occasionally, if rarely, produces something really unique. Instead of a passe Nailhead up front, or a cobbled together amalgam of collected parts, LuckyFast Eddie of Camden, Delaware has dropped the whole enchilada — engine,… » 6/19/08 2:00pm 6/19/08 2:00pm

Buick Roadmaster Hot Rod Makes Flat Black Look Good

Flat black, white walls, wagon, flames. On paper, this Buick Roadmaster wagon would be a spectacular hot rod and parts hauler, but the truth is far stranger than that. Start with the first description, then chop the top off the wagon, add a vinyl liner to the back, and make those flames out of wood-grained contact… » 6/10/08 5:00pm 6/10/08 5:00pm

Flame Jobs Or Surface Rust?

Some may argue that the only proper finish for a hot rod or kustom is a good ol' flame paint job. But at Billetproof we noticed that many of the rides have adopted the growing trend of a natural (or natural-looking) surface rust. It really depends on the car, and the owner's preference. We dig both, so we'll let you… » 6/09/08 6:00pm 6/09/08 6:00pm

Billetproof: All Ate Up With Motor

Summer is car show season in Michigan. So, after checking out the Orphan Car Show last weekend, this past weekend we went up to the little town of Davisburg to hang out at Billetproof. Basically, it's the most badass Hot Rod show there is. No six-figure trailer queens here. This is a show where surface rust is loved… » 6/09/08 4:20pm 6/09/08 4:20pm

Norwegian Hot Rod Slammed, Literally

Looking at this bad wipeout it's hard not to be surprised that the driver survived. Apparently, the 52-year-old driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from his car before it landed wheels-up in the ditch. Though lucky to survive, the man is in stable but serious condition in a hospital with significant chest… » 4/29/08 10:20am 4/29/08 10:20am

Details Emerge on Lakes Style Speedster

We told you what was needed to figure out the details on that sweet black lakes-style hot rod was to just sit back and let the HAMBers do their thing. Of course we were right again, as they've clawed a ton of information out in just a single day. First and foremost on the neat-o list is that engine its unbelievably a… » 4/11/08 12:40pm 4/11/08 12:40pm

Mysterious Single Seat Lakes-Style Hot Rod

A very mysterious custom hot rod showed up at the Lone Star Rod & Kustom Round Up last weekend and it's caught our eye. The single seat, lakes-style inspired roadster is sleek and smooth with some very cool tricks up it's sleeve. The car is powered by an inline six sporting a straight pipe running down the side and a… » 4/10/08 2:45pm 4/10/08 2:45pm

2008 Builder Of The Year: Gene Winfield

His work has been seen on TV series such as Bewitched, Star Trek, and Get Smart, as well as on the big screen in Blade Runner, Robocop, Back to the Future II, and Sleeper. So it really comes as no surprise that the 2008 Motorama Builder Of The Year is Gene Winfield. He's one of the greats, right up there with Ed Roth… » 3/11/08 5:45pm 3/11/08 5:45pm

The Larson Engineering Special

What do you call a handmade car built by a 20 something name Bob Larson and old enough to have been in the original Detroit Autorama? You call it the Larson Engineering special and it is a treasure trove of clever ideas and hellish ergonomics. We're not implying anything, but if this is the car responsible for the… » 3/11/08 3:15pm 3/11/08 3:15pm

We Like To Call This The Puppy Crusher

We saw this mashup at Autorama in Detroit this weekend and immediately imagined a darker, more gory version of 101 Dalmatians. The villainess would beckon her automobile from its murky depths to carry on all manner of misdeed and the car would be known as Cruella's Puppy Crusher. We spent some time talking with the… » 3/11/08 9:20am 3/11/08 9:20am