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Old 02-13-2004, 09:26 PM
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HOT ROD vs Car Craft magazine

I've subscribed to Car Craft for a few years now and have recently subscribed to HOT ROD.
at first HOT ROD seemed pretty cool, but then in came the Hondas
boats and whatnot.

I just wonder what you old school rodders think of the new 'out with old in with the new' style of HOT ROD?

or what the young guys think of the traditional style of Car Craft?

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Old 02-13-2004, 09:28 PM
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I like car-craft they have alot of technical sections and they rip on ricers unlike RiceRod.

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Old 02-13-2004, 09:43 PM
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I dropped my subscription to Hot Rod this year. No more for me. I still have one with Car Craft. They're doing a pretty good job. I also think Popular Hotrodding is doing a great job these days. They seem to cover all american makes, not just Ford or Chevy. (no offense to the Chevy/Ford crowd.)
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Old 02-13-2004, 11:42 PM
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They seem to cover all american makes, not just Ford or Chevy. (no offense to the Chevy/Ford crowd.)
I might start checking those out then. My dad is a Dodge man and when my Car Craft gets here, he says "what are you doing with that Chevy Craft." Then he proceeds to run off with it and read it before I do, lol.
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Old 02-13-2004, 11:48 PM
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I have subscriptions to Hot Rod and Car Craft. I like Car Craft better. Hot Rod seems to always have articles about new cars that people don't wrench on. I mean, how is it a Hot Rod if it hasn't seen a wrench since the assembly line? If I wanted to see articles like that I would get Road and Track or one of the yuppie car mags.
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Old 02-14-2004, 12:49 AM
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I havent read either of them for years unless I go on a plane flight.Then I buy those and the latest issue of Playboy.I have been reading.....

High Performance Pontiac
Pontiac Enthusiast
GM High-Tech Performance
American Handgunner
Handgunner Tactical
and Score magazine(big bust babes)
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Old 02-14-2004, 06:16 AM
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Well I subscribe to the first 2 on your list Chief. I also get a rag called Car Kulture DeLuxe... http://www.carkulturedeluxe.com/
and Rolls and Pleats. http://perso.wanadoo.fr/rolls.pleats/magazine.htm

BBB - definately check them out again, they're trying harder.
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Old 02-14-2004, 06:47 AM
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Not Rod

I get Car Craft for the obvious reasons. The Rod mags are cool for pictures but Car Craft has actual project info. Not Rod has lost my interest all together?? There are tuner mags for the jap crap, those guys from Not Rod didn't have to do that to a good Rod Mag!

Keeping with the changing times my butt! They can buy their own garbage then!!


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Old 02-14-2004, 07:33 AM
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Chuck used to have boxes and boxes and boxes of car magazines. Car Craft, Hot Rod, Muscle Car...and the list goes on. Then there were the boxes and boxes of motorcyle magazines. Still have a few of those too. Then there are the boxes of old Popular Mechanics from the 1940's. My next door neighbor (like a second father to me) gave them to him when they decided to move into a senior's residence. He recently went through them all and has only kept the ones that he deemed worthy (but will NEVER part with the old Popular Mechanics ones, they are worth something!). I have been known on occasion to sneak down to the basement and read them when he's not looking I particularly liked the Car Craft mags...expecially the old car craft point. Anyone remember that? The ahem...unique...way the people featured in the article had of pointing at whatever it was they were discussing, always a source of amusement and I even learned stuff.

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Old 02-14-2004, 08:58 AM
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My new favorite is Hemmings muscle car magazine. Lots of good info, a lot of nostalgia. Check it out. Dan
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Old 02-14-2004, 09:02 AM
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Had subscriptions to both Hot Rod & Car Craft....

Just renewed.....


Car Craft.

W.T.F. has happened to Hot Rod?

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I'm with TM I like hotrodd for the pics and some of there reviews, but Car Craft has the projects for the every day man, and Car Crafts funny.
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Old 02-14-2004, 10:18 AM
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car craft nuff said
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Old 02-14-2004, 10:28 AM
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A buddy of mine had a whole box of old mags. He had the first or second issue of HotRod from way back in 1947? He even had the issue of HotRod where they introduced the SBC. I also learned from his collection that CarCraft used to be called "Honk!". It was like going back in time reading through those old mags. I guess we really shouldn't have been thumbing through them with our bare greasy hands, but we didn't know what he had. The coolest one was where this machinist made a small scale V8 that ran and had to have a three pound flywheel to idle at a reasonable speed, that was in a 1953 issue I believe.

My first ever and current subscriptions are CarCraft and Super Chevy. For the whole year that I've been subscribed so far, it's been pretty good reading when I get the chance. No complaints from me.....
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Old 02-14-2004, 10:58 AM
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I'm even more cynical than the rest. Only subscription I maintain is Rod & Custom, just because I always have since 1960. Over the years I have had one year subs to Hot Rod, Car Craft, etc., but never maintained them because there was lo little useful info in them. Hot Rod Mechanix was worth it but it only lasted a couple years. I look at all the mags at the news stand and maybe buy one Hot Rod or CC per year if it has a worthwhile article. You will find that they simply rerun the same set of core articles on about a 10 year cycle over, and over, and over. To that they add boiler-plate 'how to' articles that are poorly disguised advertisements for after market stuff that give precious little info except for purchasing instructions. I have such a huge collection of old mags (in boxes set side by side they stretch about 25'. Includes woodcarving, Willys club, wood working, and model making mags too) that I can reproduce just about any article I see nowadays. There is that occasional gem about a Willys, or a junk yard part adaptation that I haven't seen before and makes purchase worthwhile.
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