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Performance & Hotrod Business February '14

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February 2014 • Volume 11, Number 4 Coming in the March Issue. . . • 2014 Buyers' Guide Listings • Suspension & Brake Products • The Muscle Car Market • Paint Prep Never Miss an Issue! Contents PERFORMANCE HOTROD 12 Product Focus: Engine Building Components An inside look at the latest pistons, heads, cranks, blocks & more. 52 A Good Scrub Reviewing catalytic converter functions & available performance options. By Mike Mavrigian 22 56 Still Thinking Speed There's no rest in the off-season for shops that serve the drag racing market. By John Carollo On the Cover Enthusiasm, drive and perseverance are all qualities shops need in order to serve drag racers. Thankfully, a strengthening economy, increased car counts and hot new products are expected to drive the market in 2014. See article on page 22. (Photo courtesy IHRA; inset photo courtesy Paul's Rods & Restos) Exhausted for Performance Manufacturer Q&A on the benefits of aftermarket systems. 30 Special Delivery The custom tool market is all about helping technicians work faster & smarter. Compiled by Jef White 38 The Richard Petty Story The King of NASCAR continues as the embodiment of performance personified. By James Maxwell 44 A Challenging Win Oklahoma team victorious in Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge. By Patricia Kaowthumrong 47 The Unique You Step up your service to make customers for life. By Dave Donelson 49 Cummin' Clean The refurbishing of an old diesel takes a maintenance break. By Ron Knoch Page 64 60 Let the Air Out Air suspensions for hot rods & classics aren't as daunting as you might think. By S. Kellie Colf 64 Pinstriping Corner Creating a faux satin chrome finish on a 1938 street rod. By Julian "Mr. J" Braet 68 Featured Vehicle A GTO restoration by Paul's Rods & Restos celebrates the life of Maj. Jeffrey Calero. By Patricia Kaowthumrong 74 Interior Insights The importance of good equipment. By Ace Eckleberry Page 44 ©2014 National Business Media, Inc., all rights reserved. Performance & Hotrod Business (USPS 022-691) is published monthly by National Business Media, Inc., 2800 W. Midway Blvd, Broomfield, CO 80020; (303) 469-0424; Fax (303) 469-5730. Subscription rates in the US: One year, $39; Two years, $68; Three years, $90. Canada: One year, $70; Two years, $130; Three years $183 (U.S. funds). Mexico/International: One year, $92; Two years, $174; Three years, $249 (U.S. funds). Periodicals Postage Paid, Broomfield, CO 80020-9998 and additional mailing offices. USPS/National Business Media Automatable Poly. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to Performance & Hotrod Business, PO Box 460971, Escondido, CA 92046-0971. All items submitted to Performance & Hotrod Business become the sole property of Performance & Hotrod Business and National Business Media, Inc. and cannot be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. Advertisers and/or their agencies, jointly and severally, assume all liabilities for printed advertisements in Performance & Hotrod Business. Opinions expressed in Performance & Hotrod Business may not necessarily reflect the opinion of the magazine, its management or its advertisers. Letters, photographs and manuscripts welcome. 2 n Performance & Hotrod Business PHBFEB.indd 2 n February 2014 1/7/14 11:47 AM

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