Texperts Wanted!

Are you the reigning tech expert on your message forum? Tired of putting in long hours only to be flamed for your hard-earned knowledge? You may have what it takes to write part time for a real magazine, and actually get paid for it. If this is you, this may be your big chance to break into big-time technical journalism and earn tens of dollars! We’re looking for a few guys to contribute regular freelance tech content on subjects ranging from engine and drivetrain tech, to suspension and body/paintwork. If you know your tech stuff across a wide range of cars and have decent writing chops, this part-time work can pay for your muscle car addiction. Must be able to take direction well and work within short-term monthly and bimonthly deadlines. Interested parties should contact Johnny Hunkins at john.hunkins@sorc.com.

Sound Off!

I Tried It, I Liked It!

I would like to thank you very much for putting a picture of my Javelin in the magazine from the Goodguys Nashville show! It was great meeting and talking to you (even though I had no idea who you were) and showing interest in my car. That was only the second time I tried to autocross the car, and it’s a blast! Who knows, I might get into it more, but for now it’s fun to run a few laps and call it a day.

Keith Zanone

Wooster, OH

Keith, it was a pleasure meeting you as well. It’s good to see more guys with muscle cars trying the autocross. Who knows, maybe you’ll even try a road course and do a pro solo event one of these days.

Readers’ Projects

Just got my September issue [Readers’ Projects] and, wow, out of 20 readers cars, most [12] were Chevys. Don’t get me wrong, I like all kinds of street rods, but I feel cheated that only one Ford was shown. I am building a ’62 Mercury Comet (with a SHO V-6), but I am not far enough along to send in pictures of it to you. I would like to see more diversity of cars (not all Chevelles). Please in the future go and try to find more cars and then choose a good cross-section across the board.

Robert Scott

Sapulpa, OK

“Don’t get me wrong, I like all kinds of street rods, but I feel cheated that only one Ford was shown.” —Robert Scott

Robert, short of us outright building Ford projects for our readers, what would you have us do? OK, you force us to do this: Attention Ford guys: Send in your Ford projects, or we’ll kill you! Seriously, there is no excuse for you not sending in pics of your project, Robert. You’ve clearly got the car, the motor, and the plan. The whole point of the story was to show off your unfinished project—and yours sounds more interesting than most.

Homebuilt ≠ Low-Buck

Can you please tell me why advertised manufacturer prices are so high for suspension parts? I’d like to see you build a low-buck Pro Touring car. Why can’t you build a three-link for a Camaro at home? Let’s see you use a little ingenuity and build something, heaven forbid, instead of just bolting parts on. This is America, right? Hot rodding is about creativity and thinking out of the box.

Jim Steppe

Suring, WI

We have such a project car. It’s a ’67 Cougar called Max Effort. Yes, it’s a Cougar instead of a Camaro, but when you’re fabricating components from scratch, it hardly matters what brand—the process is the same. Regardless, forget about it being low-buck (frugal, maybe). A completely homebuilt Pro Touring car requires a huge investment in the proper tools, time, training, and raw materials—just ask Bob Bertelsen. (See his homebuilt ’71 Camaro on page 30.) As far as suspension parts being too expensive, go out and buy a MIG welder, cold saw, tubing cutter, tubing bender, Heim joints, ball joints, bushings, and tubing, engineer the parts with a decent suspension program, construct jigs, build the parts, install them, scale the car, test it, break it, redesign, retest, then tell us how well your parts work without spending as much as stuff from a manufacturer who does this every day.