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You may remember that we announced about a month ago that we would be the Official Tool Sponsor of the 2012 Street Rodder Road Tour Car. This meant that the crew at Hollywood Hot Rods would be using our line of tools, from brake line tools to metal fabrication tools, they used it all! We recently had the opportunity to stop in and visit with Troy Ladd and his crew. We got the full tour and checked out the progress on the 40 Ford they were putting together for the 2012 Road Tour.
Hollywood Hot Rods has been based in the Burbank area for a while now. Their location is in a part of town where you might not expect to see a hot rod or fabrication shop situated, but that's the beauty of Southern California. They make the most of their space and really pack it full of project cars! Just like their builds, everything had its well thought out place with each car being nestled into its own little piece of hot rod heaven. Everywhere you turned seemed to have a corner filled with more killer projects and tools, it was definitely overload of the senses for a custom car enthusiast!
Finally we were able to check out the current status of the 40 Ford being built for the 2012 Street Rodder Road Tour. We had seen some spy photos of the chop being done to the roof of the car, but it was something else to see the finished product in person. With the help of some key Eastwood metal working tools like our Pro Hammer and Dolly Kit, Shrinker Stretchers, Bullseye Picks, Adjustable Profile Gauges, and many more they had the Drake body looking like it came from them with the chop. They really have chops down to a science and it showed with how flawless the metal work was!
All in all it was a great trip and Troy and his crew were very gracious hosts, heck even the shop dog gave us a warm welcome and goodbye! We can't wait to see how the 40 Ford progresses and what other tricks Hollywood Hotrods and Street Rodder Magazine have in store for the car. Make sure you keep watching the blog for more updates on the 2nd annual Eastwood Summer Classic where you can see this very car in person!
Check out the slideshow below for some of the highlights from our visit with Hollywood Hotrods![thethe-image-slider name="Hollywood Hot Rods"]
Anyone that is in the "know" about automotive racing history will be familiar with the name Art Chrisman. He was of the first to do a lot of things in racing history including being one the five charter members of the 200 MPH Club at Bonneville, the first drag racer to hit both 140 MPH AND 180MPH, and the first winner at the Bakersfield U.S. Fuel & Gas Championships. After making racing history, Art and his son Mike formed Chrisman Auto Rod Specialties (C.A.R.S). There you can find some of the best engines and cars in the Hot Rod and Racing world being built right here in his shop.
We were lucky enough to be invited to the weekly impromptu get together at Art's shop in early March this year. Art was gracious enough to show us around and let us drool over all of their handiwork. One signature theme you will notice with engines coming out of Art's shop is "smooth". Everything, including trans cases, engine blocks, and everything seems to get smoothed and then painted. Not only do these engines make some serious power, they look great doing it!
The amount of cool old industrial sized tools around the shop was staggering. From giant Bridgeport mills to bead rollers, ERCO shrinker and stretcher, and english wheels that would make any of our DIY home shops setups look like fisher price play sets! Art and crew are in the business of making seriously fast cars and the shop was filled to the brim with tools that could make an ordinary sheet of metal into just about anything, or an ordinary classic into a bonified Hot Rodding legend.
We are thankful to have the chance to meet Art and wander around his shop. Make sure you check out the rest of the photos we snapped along the way below.
We are currently working on restoring the lower inner and outer door skins on Pile House. Man; these things were bad! We will be doing a full video tech feature on it here shortly. We also will be featuring the process on our February catalog cover! Stay tuned! Here are a few pics to hold everyone over for now.