I've never heard of this 4 valve push rod concept either. With out knowing any of the engineering that went into this experimental engine I assume that there are 2 push rods per cylinder each pushing tandem rocker arms.
Hot rods are from the early times to 1948 -- - then they became "Street Rods" because they were more of the more modern look and that started in 1949 to the era of the factory muscle cars of the 1960's. So say around 1962 it became the muscle car era the lead up to a whole bunch of name changes like "Pro Street', "Pro Stock", then to what we in the 1960's called "Beaters"! Those were cars that were gotten for cheap, made to run and no one cared if they had side glass or even upholstery! As long as they ran and got one from point A to point B. Ahhh yes, those were the cars of many colors and patina because we couldn't afford paint jobs! Actually the 1960's was a great time to be a hotrodder!
I really do enjoy these articles, but I've never been inspired enough to comment. However, this time I just can't help myself; that 1930 Ford Model A Coupe may be the best/baddest car I've ever seen. That thing is simply outstanding. I can't take my eyes off it!!
Andy Southard and Tony Thacker's excellent book "Custom Cars of the 1950s" has some great photos of El Matador. I have long been fascinated with the kind of effort these folks put into cars back then. I can't imagine anyone doing the same today with a 20 year old Taurus or Impala.
Its bad enough the LS/LT in so many non Chevy GM Vehicles, putting them in any Ford is so lame. Just lazy or no imagination I guess. And no I don't like Ford's in Chevies either. How about a KIA Engine in '67 Corvette, no different in my book.
How about a 1942 Plymouth P14 Deluxe Business Coupe? I have one converted to a hot rod, believe these are pretty rare. From info I’ve found, only around 7,500 were produced before WW2 stopped production. Basically same body carried thru 1948, but 42’s are rare!
I always hate seeing a Chevy engine - or Chevy crate engine - in an old Ford hot rod...boring, no imagination! Always more interesting to see a built Ford flathead V8 - or other 1950's V8 engines that are built-up...early Mopar hemi, Buick nailhead, Olds Rocket, etc. While I'm at it on hot rods - also really disappointing when you see a nicely done hot rod, then look at the interior and see it upholstered in "burlap" - cheap looking synthetic tweed material...to me, leather looks the best in these rods!
Great to see more old iron like these. I had a real steel black 5 window Deuce, full fendered coupe with split wishbone front end, juice brakes and a 1956 Olds backed by a 1937 Cad-La Salle 3 speed. Ran this on the street for a year, the dropped my buddie's 396 c.i. bored and stroked Olds with 4 Stromberg 48's in it tp run A/Gas at the drags. Kept the Cad- La Salle box, but built a homemade quick change rearend from plans in an article from Hot Rod mag. This combo worked real good and we won a lot of rces with it. The best time of my life.