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Rodder's Journal 44
Rodder's Journal 44


 
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TRJ #44 Issue Highlights

George Poteet's Deuce Delivery

The subscriber cover of this issue features George Poteet's '32 Ford sedan delivery. Built at Dave Lane's Fastlane Rod Shop in Donahue, Iowa this car has been described as the best '32 built in the last 25 years. This article takes a fascinating look at the owner, George Poteet, and his vast collection of cars over the years. It also delves into the background of builder, Dave Lane, and the work coming out of his shop. Most importantly throughout this article you can see the result of these two working together in the subtle, yet incredibly crafted '32 Ford sedan delivery you see here. We had the opportunity to photograph the Delivery on a dry lake bed 30 miles or so from Las Vegas after last year's SEMA show in dawn and dusk lowlight sessions.

Don Ferguson and Larry "Baloney" Fiorentino Coupe

The newsstand cover of this issue features the recently restored Ferguson and Fiorentino '34 coupe back to its original racing configuration from the early '50s. This article delves into the timeline of when the two men originally built the car in a San Pedro backyard, to the rediscovery of the car by Paul Gommi in the '80s, and ultimately the four-year restoration lead by Don Ferguson, Jr. for current owner, Ross Myers.

Ike Iacono Dragster

Pat Ganahl has now owned the Ike Iacono front engine dragster for approximately 20 years. In TRJ #44 we show the inline-six powered digger in its bare metal, mid-restoration form in the studio along with a sampling of vintage photos. Pat explains how, when and where he got the historic car and the long process in bringing it back to life. We plan to feature the car fully restored in a future issue.

Keith Weesner Portfolio

In this issue we take another look at the work of Keith Weesner. We originally profiled his artwork back in TRJ #19. Since then Keith's popularity has risen so that the demand for his ever-evolving work is now higher then ever. This article takes a look at some of his latest pieces including those pictured here.

This Ain't El Mirage

While the dry lakes of Southern California like El Mirage are often written about, less mentioned, but equally interesting are the dry lake beds just north of Reno. Gino Icardi of Redwood City, California lets us peek into his scrapbook of his time spent racing at this little known venue. This scrapbook includes Ken Fuhrman's Berkeley-based A-V8 roadster as well as many others that raced as a part of the Cal-Neva Roadster Association.

Valley Custom Part II

Part one of the Valley Custom story was featured in TRJ #43. This issue includes part two in which Spence Murray takes a closer look Clay Jensen's role in the work that came out of the legendary shop in Burbank, California. By telling his personal history we can see how his influence affected the work that came out of this shop that is still setting customizing trends today.

Mercs In Sacramento

2009 marks the 70th anniversary of the Mercury nameplate as well as the 60th anniversary of the '49 Mercury, regarded as the quintessential custom. At this year's Sacramento Autorama there was a monumental gathering of the most historic cars as well as traditionally built, well-known Mercs around. The list of Mercs on display include the Sam Barris '49 Merc, the Hirohata '51, and the Ayala-built Wally Welch '50 just to name a few.


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