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Performance & Hotrod Business - February '15

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February 2015 • Volume 12, Number 4 Contents Coming in March. . . • BUYER'S GUIDE • Suspension & Brakes • Muscle Car Market • Racing Electronics • Prefab Bodies • Pistons Never Miss an Issue! 16 Product Focus: Engine Components A beefed-up engine is the heart of per- formance, and the reason most people got into this industry in the first place. 22 Doing it Right The proper tools of the trade are a must for aftermarket professionals. By John Carollo 26 Drag Racing Preview 2015 Prepared shops can help their customers hit the strip. Compiled by Jef White 34 Talkin' Performance Meet Dusty Dodge, director of marketing at Engine & Performance Warehouse. By Regis Finn 38 She's Got the Look The quest for under-hood beauty. By Mike Mavrigian 46 Hot Rod Suspension Market Update The suspension of any cool ride is part of the operation (as in handling) as well as the appearance (as in looks). By John Carollo 52 Metal Fabrication Equipment What's new for hot rod, restoration and custom performance shops. Compiled by Eddie Wieber 58 New-Age Heavy Metal Automotive sheet metal fabrication for the 21st century—or is it? By JoAnn Bortles 62 Welcome to the Club Johnny Martin's Car Central delivers a contemporary, vehicle-centered environ- ment to mingle and do business. By Patricia Kaowthumrong 66 Featured Vehicle Red Rocket Resto-Rod—creating a custom '57 Nomad. By Eddie Wieber 68 Rod Shop New products for Hotrod & Restoration professionals. ON THE COVER This Rocket Red 1957 Nomad resto-rod is the work of Johnny's Auto Trim & Rod Shop in Colorado. The build was led by Johnny Martin, who has also been spending time building up Johnny Martin's Car Central, a "club" that mixes automotive business and pleasure. See stories beginning on page 62. PERFORMANCE HOTROD Page 38 Page 22 2 n Performance & Hotrod Business n February 2015

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