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Hot Rod Week, Recap

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/30/2013 to Hot Rods
This week, we brought you a selection of articles and builds from a number of aspects of the hot rod scene. While the core styles from the 20s and 30s still have their die-hard fans, the last century produced an incredible variety of hot rods and custom vehicles in the same spirit.

Kids These Days: Tuners

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/29/2013 to Hot Rods
The import racing scene spawned a series of movies and whole forums dedicated to ostracizing them from the hot rod community.

HRM's Top 100 Influential Hot Rods

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/28/2013 to Hot Rods
If you want to watch the scene evolve, from the 20s to the modern day, Hot Rod Magazine's Top 100 Influential Hot Rods is a great place to start. One thing we didn't know before reading through their list was that the entire monster truck scene started with a single '74 F-250:

Green Rods?

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/27/2013 to Hot Rods
Can you have power, style, speed, and a 2.5 million mile motor maintenance cycle? Why yes, you can:

Rat Rods for the People

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/26/2013 to Hot Rods
As gearheads and tinkers, many mechanics feel a real connection to the rat rod scene. Rat rods are a high-powered reaction to the show car: hot rods engineered from found and re-purposed components, stripped of all the glitz and polish.

What's a Hot Rod?

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/25/2013 to Hot Rods
People use the term “hot rod” loosely; even today, there's no more agreement on where the term comes from than there is on what is or isn't a hot rod.

Hot Rod Week

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/24/2013 to Hot Rods
Everyone knows a car guy. Keeping his vehicles in perfect repair isn't quite enough.

Protecting Your Car from Natural Hazards, Recap

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/23/2013 to Natural Hazards
Natural hazards can damage and degrade a vehicle over time, shortening its operating life. In some cases, this creates increased risk of accident or injury, making it a real priority to protect your car from natural hazards.

Natural Disasters: Are You Covered?

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/22/2013 to Natural Hazards
Some things can be prepared for, but never prevented. Landslides, earthquakes, and tornadoes can damage or destroy a vehicle despite almost any level of precaution.

Getting Bugs Out of Paint

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/21/2013 to Natural Hazards
When bugs splat against your vehicle, their acidic viscera can eat through the top layers of your paint job and cause lasting damage.

Beaten by the Heat?

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/21/2013 to Natural Hazards
Extreme heat presents its own dangers. Tires wear differently in the heat (and are more prone to tread separation while under-inflated)

Prep Your Vehicle for Winter

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/20/2013 to Info News
When most people think about winter driving, they focus on handling challenges: snow, ice, and wet roads.

Salt Corrosion is Vehicular Cancer

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/19/2013 to Natural Hazards
Whether you're exposed to salt on winterized roadways, or from sea air, you need to be aware of industry best practices for dealing with the threat of salt corrosion.

Spotting Flood Damaged Cars

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/18/2013 to Natural Hazards
The ever-helpful folks at HowStuffWorks produced a ten-point checklist for spotting flood damaged cars

Protecting Your Car From Natural Hazards

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/17/2013 to Natural Hazards
Other drivers aren't the only hazard out there which can ruin a good vehicle.

Land Speed Week, Recap

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/16/2013 to Really, Really Fast Vehicles
Starting out in the 19th century, humans have pushed and modified their vehicles any way they could to be the fastest in the world.

Go Ahead. Try It. How Fast Can You Go?

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/15/2013 to Really, Really Fast Vehicles
Interested in checking out the land speed record races, or taking a turn out on the flats?

The Lake Bonneville Speedway?

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/14/2013 to Really, Really Fast Vehicles
Coverage of the land speed arms race tends to overlook a key player in the competition: the Bonneville Speedway.

New Rocket Bike Record!

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/13/2013 to Really, Really Fast Vehicles
Challenging the motorcycle land speed record Is dangerous business. Even the specialized, streamlined bikes

1,000mph Getting Closer

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/12/2013 to Really, Really Fast Vehicles
The SSC Bloodhound team, many of whom share the current land speed record of 763 mph, conducted the first successful tests of their new rocket car's engine in October of last year.

Land Speed Pioneers

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/11/2013 to Really, Really Fast Vehicles
In the first part of a series on the early days of land speed records, DarkRoastedBlend opens their coverage with the competition to set and hold the very first record in electric automobiles

Land Speed Week

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/10/2013 to Really, Really Fast Vehicles
Almost as soon as we invented powered vehicles, we began to modify, tweak, and redesign them for the greatest possible speed.

Safety Best Practices, Recap

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/9/2013 to Info News
As part of our National Safety Month coverage, HandsOnTools set aside this week to share safety practice guides on key subjects.

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/8/2013 to Workplace Safety
The Canadian Centre from Occupational Health and Safety conducted a review of safety best practices around falling injuries.

National Safety Month

Posted by Chris Smith on 6/7/2013 to Workplace Safety
June is National Safety Month, an educational effort by the National Safety Council (NSC) to improve workplace safety and employee health. Every year, the NSC develops educational resources for each week of June, relating back to a central theme.
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