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Klaxon Special Edition 200 Is Out Now.


The January – February 2011 Klaxon has been released from the vault.
It is full of recent summer time events from the west coast of Oz and has more pictures than a 5 sets of baseball cards.
Edition 200 has taken since March 1973 to arrive and burned out several editors along the way, but it is here. It has been chipped out of stone, painted on cave walls, typed onto ink stencils and danced from the keyboards of modern computers.

Navigate the menu to the left and down load it automatically in PDF format. Once it is on your computer or other modern gadget, use your PDF viewer to magnify it and get an even better look.


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Eric Warren.

September Show Time Special Klaxon Out Now.

Klaxon coverBetter late than never! The September monthly , oops, quarterly Klaxon is now available in the Magazine Rack for your perusal.
It contains millions of photos of recent events so it will take a bit longer than usual to download. Be patient.
This edition covers two hot rod shows, a TAC inspection day, the ASRF Salvo’s Xmas hamper run and the GoodFellas’ Yanchep Rod Run.
Find the download from the menu on the left hand side. Find Klaxon under the Magazine Rack link.


Extreme E.

Eric Warren.

Back again and with 10,000kms on the finished hod rod!

Hi, it’s been a while since the last report but I have been busy.The Willys is completed and has driven 11,000 kms in the last eight months and it is good.It is much better than good. The LPG conversion is a triumph and the independant front end  is an improvement.It is a pleasure to drive and I can still afford to drive its 350 Chev around for the same cost as the 2.3litre Volvo. The daily choice of car in the morning  is very easy.As Editor of West Coast Street Rod Club’s Klaxon Magazine, I have been able to contribute more time and data to each edition.The time not being spent in the shed and actually attending events has given me the opportunity to cover more  events in the Klaxon.More news on the Klaxon later as it spreads to rodders beyond the WCSRC membership.That’s it for now.  Eric.

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My 1939 Willys Coupe In Finland!

My 1939 Willys Coupe in Finland!  Well actually in a 1981 Fin Hot Rod Magazine called “V8 Magazine”.






v8-magazine-cover-resized.JPGThe photos were taken in 1981 at the Mildura Nationals in Victoria, Australia.   The coupe had a 283 with triple carbs,

Powerglide gearbox and 10 bolt Chev diff at the time. Over the years the motor and box were updated to a 350/350 combo.  During its current rebuild, a 9 inch diff has been fitted with disc brakes.  The triple carbs have been replaced with a single carby for an LP Gas conversion. The manifold is now a single plane Weiand and a new cam has been fitted.


Another Exciting Weekend in the Life of a Hot Rodder

               It’s not every weekend that one finds the time and opportunity to just be a bloke and pursue his hot rod interests.p1030778.JPGp1030802.JPGI must admit, my 21 year old daughter who grew up in such an environment, rolled her eyes back when I explained what a good weekend I had planned.  Well, she did ask.Friday night after work I squeezed in about 5 hours of engine reassembling on the 350 Chev, in preparation to put it back into the coupe for the last time, for a long time, I hope. The motor was getting new bearings and rings and the heads were being prepared to run with LP Gas. I also fitted a new low rev-hi torque camshaft to help out with the  high cogs in the new 9″diff.  That was Friday night and part of Saturday, before going to a shed warming party at Big Al’s to celebrate his new shed and surrounds being completed at his new house.p1030781.JPGNext hot rod activity, was the official low key opening of a new Äuto One” auto parts store. The business is being started by some  fellow members and old friends from the West Coast Street Rod Club that I have known  for a squillion years.  Naturally the opening was well advertised to local hotrodders and a show n shine was held in front of the store.  Naturally I took a few happy snaps for the Events photo gallery.p1030789.JPGp1030808.JPGThe guys and gals had hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks available. Later in the afternoon there was a monster raffle with free tickets and plenty of prizes to around. All in all a great day to catch up with the guys.Engine building, garage warming, checking out hot rods and bench racing…all in one weekend.  Why did she roll her eyes for?p1030792.JPGCheck out the Cyberhotrodder photo gallery here.Eric warren

Goodfellas 2007 Yanchep Hot Rod Run

p1030763.JPGp1030765.JPGstp80110.JPGstp80112.JPGstp80148.JPGSunday morning. I feel good and the weather is looking fantastic. I am pumped up to have a great day out with hot rods. The cameras are packed and and the street hack is fueled up.. It is right now that  I wish the hot rod was finished.It is about 30 minutes drive to the starting point, a large car park at a shopping centre.  I planned to get there early to take some photos as the rods came in and before the crowds gathered.  I was early and too late at the same time. Clever huh! There was probably 60 rods and a couple of dozen streetmachines there already.The event is in its third or fourth year and has become extremely popular.  It is at a good time of year after the winter lull. The destination is great for parking-up and has attractions to see and food and drink available at the licenced inn. It only costs five bucks to enter, which gives express discounted entry into Yanchep National Park and a shot at the lucky entrant prizes.  Why wouldn’t it be popular. They also run p1030757.JPGa raffle with many great prizes.stp80157.JPGThey try to register all entrants before leaving the car park for the 50 minute cruise. This is where my day hit a low spot. With my five bucks hanging out of my paw, I engaged the registrars  to enter the event. “What car have you got?” they enquired. In a muffled voice I replied “street hack”. “Not the VOLVO, no way” was the stp80123.JPGembarrassing retort.  Damn, that was the second time in an hour that I really wanted to be back in the coupe. I grabbed my fiver back and tried to disappear into the bright sunlight.  It’s no wonder I have not attended many events since I stripped down the Willys.The cruise in my Swedish love machine was slow and steady. (because the traffic was congested!). Once at the destination, I parked in a secluded spot and got busy again with the camera.  The lawns in front of the inn were an explosion of colour. I took photos of all the rods and a few of the other vehicles.  Have a look here at the Cyber hot rodders Events Gallery for the photographs.My friend and I anap1030738.JPGlyzed the crowd and the dining facilities and decided that an early lunch would be better than a mid afternoon meal, so we ordered and ate early, which gave us plenty of time to socialize, take more photos, see the koalas, take a walk and have coffee at the specialty chocolate shop. OK, so we weakened and bought two sample chocolates. It could have been much worse without a the diet guilt hovering.All in all a great day out even without the Willys coupe.This week I will be ordering the parts require for the coupe’s motor rebuild, then back into the shed again.Seeya Cyber Hot Rodders,Hot rod Eric of Volvo fame.

Need more hot rod in my life.

With the excitement of last week’s state title hot rod show still circulating in the short term cells and the subconscious guilt that I have not worked hard on the coupe for some weeks and the conscious urge to drive the coupe again, next Saturday is ear marked for pulling the small block Chev out of the Willys coupe. p1030723.JPGDont forget to have a look at Cyberhotrodders Events Gallery for photos from the show. Click here!Yanking the motor out has been on the to-do list for some months. After sitting around for several years, the rear main seal has decided to leak significantly. It is also a good time to replace all of the main and big end bearings and piston rings,  not to mention putting in the new cam I bought two years that has the promise of better low end torque to assist the new 9″ diff ‘s tall gears.  Also, now that the coupe is going to run purely on LPG, I will get the head recond and new exhaust valves and seats fitted that will be more suited for this fuel type.Having the motor waiting for this rebuild has also stalled refitting the front panels to the car. An inportant rebuild milestone.With summer approaching, the temperatures will again be ideal for squirting the last coats of laquer on the front panels. The coupe will then be on the downhill run to the finishing line.I have also planned to go on a popular rod run next Sunday to Yanchep National Park, which is located an hour or so north of Perth.  Rod runs have been a rarity for me since the coupe has been off the road. Besides getting me out of the house, it will  inspire me further to power onwards with the coupe’s rebuild.  I am also going there to take a heap of photos for the Cyberhotrodders Events  Gallery, so check that out next week.Catch you soon,Eric.

WAHRP 2007 Hot Rod & Street Machine Spectacular

Today is ap1030714.JPG great dMark Allen’s Willysay in my hot rod calendar. I packed up two cameras and set off our state tiltle hot rod show.The West Australian Hot Rod Promoters held their annual hot rod and street machine car show on October 27th and 28th at the Burswood Dome, in Perth, Western Australia.

Because it is the state title hot rod show,  it brings out the best of the best, but also everything from unfinished rat rods to the real diamonds.  It is promoted this way so that the the paying spectators can get a good idea of the scope available in the sport. From Budget to big buckaroonies. It is judged according to the Australian Street Rod Federation rules that are well documented and have been used for the last 30 years. Not all car are judged of course, just the jewels.

The display comprised of street rods, customs, post 48 classics, trikes, mini-rods, junior dragsters,VWs and more.stp80035.JPGThe ASRF had their stand set up promoting the sport. The display featured the 70th anniversary of 1937 Fords and Chevs with several rods and restorations on display.  See them in the gallery. I estimate that there was probably 175 vehicles on display overall.A live band was knocking out some good rock a billy tunes while I was there. There was also plenty of quality trade stands for those requiring some hot rod apparel, books and magazines, Car care products and of course the nice shiny bits to put on the projects.stp80022.JPGWillys were again scarce. Mark Allen’s 41 coupe and an unfinished ’39 sedan were the only ones there.  39s are rare, I know, I have had my coupe for many years. I have just repainted mine an uncommon colour (for a hot rod – ivory)that I thought would be unique for quite a while. This 39 sedan was the same colour!!! Whether or not it remains that colour is to be seen, as it was painted that colour some years ago when it was a restorer job.  A unique feature on it were the custom made front inner fender guards that suggests that it will be running cycle guards on the front.p1030690.JPGAs with every event of this size, I met up with rodders I have known for 34 years. That is one of the good things about spending times at these shows. Two of these guys were debuting new rods, having had already had superb rods in show years ago.Fred Nilan’s 32 coupeHave a look at the Gallery in the Events Album, for  photos of all of the hot rods and some of the other class vehicles. Being a hot rodder blog I didn’t take countless photos the street machines and other types of vehicles, although they did make a great impression at the show.If you are going to an event, take some good photos, ideally  640 x 480 in size and send them in with some basic details and we will set up an album for them. This will  add some interstate and international flavour to our cyber site.Send pictures and some info of your own ride. We will put them in a readers rides album.Cheers for now,Eric Warren.

Father’s Day Hot Rod Show

    On the first Sunday of  September, West Coast Street Rod Club, based in Perth, Western Australia, holds it’s annual Father’s Day Hot Rod show at St. Patrick’s School in Fremantle./Being right at the end of a southern Cyberville  winter, the weather for this outdoor one day show is often threateningian-swinbournes-32-tourer-jim-candidos-dodge-pu.JPG if not a bit wet.mick-roberts-32-coupe.JPG  clive-tichners-hiboy-and-peter-hunters-full-fendered-32s.JPG

This year is was another perfect spring day that brought out about 75 hot rods for a stretch in the sunlight.On the day, the show has a very simple format. No entry forms, no tissy displays, no costs no roof.   It is a run what you brung affair with rodder’s category choice and people’s choice trophies presented later in the afternoon. Just turn up at the right time and the organisers will rope off your hot rod from the viewing public.

After that the choice of activity is yours. dave-whiteheads-56-ford-victoria-custom.JPG

Fremantle is a lively port side city. There are dozens of restaurants, coffee shops and bars. You can checkout the hot rods, take photos, talk hot rod stuff, catch up with old friends, go home or spend the day in the busy Fremantle tourist precinct. Go to a movie, markets, museums, shop, drink, eat, watch the buskers etc.  Being Father’s day it is a good way to show off your rod hassle free and enjoy a great time with the family.mark-franks-holden-6-cyl-t-bucket.JPG

Being the first event on the hot rodding calendar after each winter, it often brings out a few new cars and this year was exception.This year there was another strong showing of trade dispays that showed their wares of hot rodding parts, clothing, badges, and hot rod building services.  Trevor Breeze showed up with a stand featuring about four cars and a chassis and a sound system and music for the whole precinct.Armadale Auto Parts had plenty of shiny hot rod bits on display. It is better than shopping for 39-sedan-built-in-the-80s.JPGIan and Sharon from Real Steel had mostly clothing and badges on display this year.All in all it was a great day promoting hot rodding to the masses. Showing them top dollar cars and also showing them that hot rodding is affordable by having several high quality budget built cars on display too.circa-1956-aussie-fj-holden-ute.JPG1946-47-aussie-ford-ute.JPG,To view the full range of the rods and customs there on the day, go and check out the Cyber Hot Rodders gallery at this cyber link.CheersRodder

My 1939 Coupe.

 I have owned the same hot rod since 1973. It is a 1939 Willys coupe with an Australian dicky seat body. I bought it with my first pay packet.  For a princely sum of $30 I was the proud owner of a rust bucket that no-one else wanted.  My mate Frank the Plank, who was building a ’33 Ford roadster, towed it a whole half mile to the hot rod club shed, where I was to fix it up and rod it over the next  seven years.My 1939 Willys Coupe.  Australian Body. Photo taken in 1982My 1939 Willys coupe  in 1982.Why wouldn’t any one want a Willys Coupe located so close?  Back then, if you knew where they were, you could get a much better condition vehicle to start a hot rod project with. These  whereabouts of these treasures were kept secret from newcomers like myself.  The other reason why no one wanted it, was because it wasn’t a Ford.  The only hot rods in the early seventies were pre-1940 Fords.After persisting with the Willys I have become a martyr of the non-Ford cause for over three  decades and regularly push the cause in the my club’s “Klaxon” magazine.Of course, non Fords are common place these days and Willys are keenly sought after.When first rebuilt the Willys had a 283 CID Chev engine with a Powerglide auto gearbox and 1961 Chev differential.The motor was stock except for triple carbies sitting on an Edelbrock manifold.  Suspension was standard with a mid 1930’s Dodge front axle that gave the “gasser: drag racing look. The front brakes were discs from an  HQ model Holden, an Australian General Motors product. This gave the same wheel bolt pattern as the  Chev drum brakes on the rear. The interior was fitted out with a full set of Smiths gauges and home made shifter. The steering box was from a Ford Transit van, used in a push-pull fashion on the pitman arm. This was a popular local setup back then. The front axle and idea for the steering box came from a local hot rodding icon, Neville “Lars” Anderson, who had and still has the same ’34 Ford 5 window coupe. (below).Nev Andersons coupe c.2007My Willys is nearing the finish of a complete rebuild and should see sunlight again in a few months time.  See below.rear-qtr-test-run-modified1.JPGside-view-test-run-modified1.JPGThis time the coupe will will have a 350 CID Chev with Turbo 350 auto and a Ford disc brake 9 inch diff. The rod is set up for constant long distance use with 2.75 diff gears and running an LPGas conversion. The gasser stance has gone in favour of an early Holden independant front suspension that has lowered thje front end significantly, to suit the 70’s style rod appearance that I am working for. Steering now is Holden Commodore rack and pinion.Keep tuned for more stories on the coupes rebuild in later blogs.Eric.

Well, Who Am I

My name is Eric.  I live near Perth in Western Australia.  By day I manage an Electronic Assembly Company. By night and on weekends I try and squeeze in all the things my actual life span won’t eventually allow, but that doesn’t stop me from trying. I am also a hair loss expert.  I have lost most of it.  Turning 50 didn’t come quick enough, I can almost justify the shiny helmut.  Appearances cover the 28 year old person that lurks within. I have found most rodders are like this. They think and act well below there  accrued ages. I have a three fantastic daughters who grew up around my hot rodding hobby. Travelling long distances in a rumble seat never did anyone any harm. Ask me, I have done it too. I have two grand kids.I am currently doing a correspondence Ecommerce course. While I can get around every-day computer software, the ins and outs of web commerce are a huge extension to my computing knowledge. This blog  and the project are just a part of the story. My hobbies include firstly hot rodding,  followed by doing anything creative.I am a DIY hot rod builder.  This is my main creative outlet.I have also built my own brick house from scratch.  Brick laying, plumbing, wiring, tiling, painting, roofing, carpentry, window resoration, and paving.  A proud achievement. Thanks to my family for their patience. Living in a shed was a character building experience. (more…)

Welcome all comers

Hot Rodding…. OH yeah!

Thank you for sticky-beaking my blog. This is my first crack at blogging.Today I am learning the buttons and doing a tad of typing in between. As a magazine editor, it will get better, so stay with me for now then visit again later on.The aim of this blog is to entertain readers interested in hot rodding (also called Street rodding) and anyone else who wants an education about this fantastic hobby/sport. For the uninitiated, the quickest description I can give you, is that it is theactivity of improving the performance and handling of pre 1948 cars. Now that is a VERY simple explanation. As a hobby, for the real buff, it is almost addictive. For me it is a creative outlet and a connection with many wonderful people. For those involved in going to events, it is a wonderful social experience. To the DIY rod builder, a completed hot rod project is a monument to creativity and self achievement. It can be trophies, it can be fast time at the drags, it can be a holidaying experience, an occupation or lifestyle. You can pick your flavor and eat as much as you want to! The sport has many facets that have evolved over the years. At times, almost completely separated from one another as each facettook its own direction, yet most hot rodders can appreciate or even participate in other segments of the sport. After all, it did all originally stem from the same need for speed. It was a post WWII addiction based upon hotting up early 1930’s Fords, especially the first V8s that were available from 1932 onwards. Out of the illegal street racing and many confrontations with the law came the safer legal “drag strips” and a whole new sport and industry was created. Out of the need to squeeze the maximum possible speed out of engineering experimentation, that was not limited to the length of a track, came “speed trials” held on the vast flats of several dry salt lakes in USA.Today the various facets include Hot Rodding which caters for pre 1948 street licensed rods and show cars, Drag racing (historic/nostalgia) and Salt lake speed trials. Most hot rodders  appreciate the other variants, especially these days when the speed trials are as popular as ever and many of the vehicles are based on pre 1948 models and also drag racing, with the introduction of nostalgia drag racing for older cars using older style performance equipment.Another variant of our hobby we call “Customs” which is based predominantly 1948-1964 cars. This is much the same as hot rodding but is focussed heavily on bodywork modifications on these larger predominantly 1950’s models.What about me?My interest centers upon Street rodding. I have been involved since I was still at school. One hot rod magazine and my Fathers “bonding” project with a free 1950 Vauxhall sedan, triggered it off.I have owned the same hot rod (not the Vauxhall) since first leaving school, when I bought it as a $30.00 hacked up rusted shell that no one else wanted.  It is a 1939 Willys coupe, one of the ugliest cars built by mankind. A car only a mother would love, but due to todays trends towards all things nostalgic and Willys’ place in early 1960’s drag racing history, it is a much sort after vehicle amongst the converted brethren. I have also owned a 1934 Plymouth Sedan. I still have a partially rebuilt 1956 Buick Super convertible that was my street hack while first building the Willys coupe. Then was also a 1952 Vauxhall Vagabond tourer, an English Breed with GM styling.I have been a member of the same hot rod club since at school. I have been President, Secretary, bottle washer and everything in between. The club has its own monthly magazine of which I am currently editor. I was also editor back in the 70’s pre computer days. Man, things have changed. Typewriters, stencils and Gestetner copiers! No colors, no pictures and ink everywhere. Now it is time to Cyber Hot Rod.!Cyberhotrodders is the next phase of my hot rodder life. Sure I do other stuff too.  There are plenty of blank pages on this blog to elaborate on that further in the future.  See the ABOUT  page!Stay well.  Eric.