Hot Tamale, The Red Hot 1952 Ford F1 – Rod Authority

IMG_6185Often times when building a hot rod, there is one area that is the main focus during the process. For Tres Wilcox and his 1952 Ford F1 it was body work and paint. Wilcox has been in the ho trod culture for over 20 years. When his Dad showed him an AutoTrader listing for this F1 four years ago, he liked the look of the rounded fenders and the fact that it was an old truck. Read More…

 

 

 

Written For: Rod Authority
Written By: Jake Headlee
Published: July 18, 2016

The California Goldrush, More Than Just A History Lesson

50-merc-005Dave Baker is a lifelong hot rodder. Years of going to shows with his Dad when he was a kid formed a deep connection in his brain that would never could be shaken loose. His wife, Lisa, has the bug as well. Together they had built some custom cars and motorcycles, but after attending a show in Paso Robles, California, Lisa got a serious drive to build a custom. Since Dave grew up in the Bay Area going to car shows with amazing customs and hot rods built by legends in the making, it had always been on his bucket list. And so the search started. Read More…

Written For: Rod Authority
Written By: Jake Headlee
Published: July 15, 2016

How To Choose The Right Wheel For Your Rod – Rod Authority

billetspecialties01Choosing which wheels to put on to your custom or hot rod is a huge decision. Often expensive, the wheels can have a profound effect that either brings the entire build together or, in some cases, blows it to smithereens. Read More…

 

Written For: Rod Authority
Written By: Jake Headlee
Published: July 14, 2016

We Owe Modern Automotive Design To Harley J. Earl – RodAuthority.com

HJEforMEDIAYou may not have heard of Harley J. Earl but unless you’ve been living under a very heavy rock your entire life, you have seen tailfins on a vintage car and know what a Corvette is. Those are some of the more popular embodiments of a lasting legacy Harley J. Earl created. These and many other visions are ways that the “Father of Car Design” flipped the automotive world upside down, changing the landscape of automotive design forever. READ MORE…

 

Written For: Rod Authority
Written By: Jake Headlee
Published: February 17, 2015

The Life Of A Hot Rod Hoarder – RodAuthority.com

hoarder022-delrayWhen you get as deep into a hobby and lifestyle like we do, it is easy to acquire things. Some of it is junk, that’s for sure, but there are also those things that we cherish. Be it because it was passed down from Grandpa who bought it new in ’59 or it is that one thing we’ve lusted after for years and finally got our hands on, it holds a value to us that can’t be scaled with money. Read More…

 

 

Written For: Rod Authority
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography By: Jake Headlee
Published: September 4, 2014

Iconic Steel: The Barris Built 1951 Hirohata Merc – RodAuthority.com

Untitled-2In this industry, it’s easy to get caught up in the glitz and glitter of shiny new kustoms that hit the scene. Occasionally though, a car comes along with a backstory that would make Hollywood green with envy. A car so cutting edge for its time, it stands atop the crowd for decades to come. One such car is the Hirohata Merc. Read More…

Written For: Rod Authority
Written By: Jake Headlee
Published: March 17, 2014