’Tis the Season! A Holiday Gift Guide for Hot Rodders
The weather is getting cooler, and the car show season is coming to an end. As we cruise toward the finish line of 2022, we all know what’s on the horizon: the holiday season.
Yes, the holidays are right around the corner, so we figured it would be a good idea to gather a list of spirited gearhead gift ideas to make sure you find something for the hot rodder in your life. And since most of us like to receive gifts, too, we’re hoping these pages might help you land something you’d love to unwrap this year! In fact, we recommend circling each product you could use, and then leave the magazine in a conspicuous location such as a pillow or kitchen counter to make sure your family gets the hint.
Remember, hot rodders love to receive hot rod parts and other items that help them enjoy their favorite hobby. So, take a look at the offerings on the following and give one of these companies a call or check out their website to make sure the hot rodder in your life has a great holiday season!
Easily improve the handling performance a ’64–’72 GM A-body with a set of Aldan American’s RCX double-adjustable coil-over kits. The RCX coil-over kits offer a bolt-on design and include everything you need to convert your factory suspension to double-adjustable coil-over shocks. These coil-overs can be used at stock heights or up to 2-inches of lowering and have 180 points of shock adjustment for greater handling control.
For vehicles with a Tremec T-56 transmission, Bowler Performance’s All-In-One Harness provides two speed sensor outputs to drive any speedometer, cruise control, or ECM, plus a circuit to activate the reverse lights. There is also a ground circuit to control the reverse lockout solenoid, eliminating the need for a separate lockout control box.
Brighten up the holiday season with a of pair of powerful 7-inch LED Ultralit Headlights from UPcarparts. These dual-function LED lights are super bright, long lasting and easily plug into existing wiring.
LEDs gleam – are you watchin’
How they glow – when darkness sets in
A beautiful sight, feelin’ safer tonight
Driving in a dual-function LED headlight with white position light bar for powerful performance wonderland!
Are you shopping for a C10 owner? Halibrand “Sprint” Wheels for the Squarebody C10 are nostalgic styled wheels based on the original classic “Sprint” models but updated to fit modern tire sizes and tapered-seat lug nuts. These are engineered specifically for the C10 Squarebody fleetside trucks with proven fitment, tire clearance, and backspacing optimized to fill up the wheel openings. Halibrand offers these classic wheels in various sizes and color options.
One can only have so many twinkling “pretty” ornaments on their Christmas tree – it’s time to break it up with something festive and cool like the Goodguys iconic ’32 sedan! Gary’s chopped sedan has been made into a custom ornament that will pop out and keep you thinking about the good cruisin’ times of the last year, and those to come. Check out that hearty thumbs up out the window as well!
www.goodguysmerch.com (Available for purchase starting 12/5/22)
Busted Knuckle Garage
The Busted Knuckle Garage has plenty of cool things to check out, including their latest Hot Rod Knife. The five-window coupe knife stands up on its own and features a spring-assisted 3.75-inch drop point blade. The hot rod handle measures almost 5-inches and features a durable satin finish. The Hot Rod knife is just $29.95 and includes a handsome gift box.
California Car Cover
The gift of a California Car Cover will keep on giving for years to come. Their Supremeweave cover series features an exclusive fleece lined woven outdoor cover material combined with a water-repellent “Hydromax” finish to protect against rain while still allowing the fabric to be exceptionally breathable. The Supremeweave is a versatile material as it provides excellent weather protection when used outdoors, but has a soft lining for paint protection for indoor storage.
Design Engineering, Inc.
Keep your garage and work area clean and oil free with the Oil Rug from DEI. The Oil Rug easily absorbs drips and spills around the workbench, making it ideal for engine repairs or to place under a vehicle or motorcycle during storage. The edges and backing material are completely sealed to prevent leaking and soak through. The Oil Rug is available in three sizes through Summit Racing.
Looking for a new steering column? Flaming River offers a full line of floor- or column-shift steering columns that incorporate state-of-the-art technology with all new components to provide the best driving experience. These USA-made columns are available with or without an ignition switch in a paintable mill finish, polished stainless, black powder coat, or custom powder coat finish.
Having a flashlight inside your classic car or truck always comes in handy. The vintage styling of this bright LED flashlight from UPcarparts is perfect for your hot rodder and comes with a steering column mount.
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a shiny Christmas
We wish you a brightly lit Christmas
And a safer New Year…with a UPcarparts’ bright white, retro-lookin’ LED flashlight!
Leed Brake Company
Give the gift of a smoother, quieter brake system with Leed Brake’s Bandit Series Vacuum Pump! This rotary vane style pump is 60-percent quieter than piston-style pumps and 30-percent more efficient. The pumps are in stock and ready to ship, plus you can save 10-percent off select pumps with coupon code GOODGUYS10 (valid 11/1 – 12/18/22; not valid with any other offer).
Moser Engineering makes it easy to strengthen the rear axle of your muscle car with their direct bolt-in Muscle Pak rearends. Moser offers their own cast or fabricated 9-inch, 12-Bolt, 8.8-inch, Dana 60, or 8¾-inch as a complete rearend assembly and built to order in as quick as five business days! These rear axles are the fastest, strongest, and easiest bolt-in you can do for your muscle car or truck.
Families seem to love doing the ugly holiday sweater thing, but we just can’t bring ourselves to call these sweaters ugly. After all, there’s wrenches, pistons and even a hot rod surrounded by decorative snowflakes and patterns. The unisex sweater is perfect for men or women who want to step up their holiday sweater collection with a bit of hot rodding flair.
The winter months are a perfect time to update your wiring harness and Painless Performance has something to fit every classic vehicle. Complete vehicle wiring harnesses are available in universal and direct-fit options. Painless strives to make the process of rewiring your car or truck as easy and painless as possible with GM, Ford, and Mopar color code options along with detailed, full color installation manuals.
Celebrate your passion for hot rodding with these unique jewelry pieces inspired by the iconic art of pinstriping. Created using sterling silver, the Pinstripes Jewelry collection captures the soft curves, sweeping contours, and geometric angles of the pinstriping artform. Fun, fashionable and elegant for any occasion with earrings and pendants starting at $49- $85 for each piece.
ProForm’s Slim-Fit Radiator Systems are only 4-inches thick (radiator, shroud, and electric fan combined)! The patented design allows the fan to mount inside the core, not hanging off the outside and potentially hitting your pulley system. The inner “Third Tank” allows coolant to completely flow through, nearly eliminating any dead space. Don’t settle for lackluster cooling capabilities because of space constraints – reclaim valuable underhood real estate with a Slim-Fit Radiator System.
Stewart-Warner is known for classic gauge designs like the 160 Deluxe, Wings, and the COO 120 940-160 Greenline Series that were available back when hot rods were new and rebellious. Today, S-W has added five new styles to their product line: The vintage WWII aircraft-inspired Aviator, the exotic Forged Carbon, the retro-yet-modern Muscle, the contemporary Catalina, and the vintage boat inspired Mariner series.
For the first time ever, every Stroker McGurk cartoon created by Hot Rod magazine artist Tom Medley is presented in a traditional comic book format (6.65×10.25-inches). That’s over 70 Stroker cartoons spread across 56 pages! This collection includes all the gags and innovations that sprung from Medley’s mind including the first bubble-top roadster, multi-engine lakes racers, and the first race car slowed by a parachute.
To complement their extensive line of stainless-steel headers, Ultimate Headers now offers these useful Exhaust Hangers. Utilizing current stainless-steel investment cast technology, these Exhaust Hangers revolutionize the way 2.5- or 3-inch exhaust systems can be mounted. Depending on your needs, these are available as individual components, or as a complete kit with mounting hardware and high-temp isolators.
Make your car-guy’s holiday a lot brighter with a set of Holley’s new RetroBright LED Headlights. These direct-fit lights offer several advantages over traditional sealed beam headlights by providing better visibility and lasting up to six times longer. The LED technology is made to plug-and-play and the lights take up less space, create less heat, and use less current than traditional headlights. Six-inch and 5¾-inch round lights are available as well as several rectangle fitments.
The 10 quart Coolbox from UPcarparts makes it easy to carry your holiday meals or beverages to the family get-together. The Coolbox holds 10 quarts and can keep things warm or cold and even has a USB charging port.
Dashing through the snow
Neighborhood holiday parade
Food is getting cold
Transpo mistakes we made!
Da Coolbox now we have
For Xmas drink and food
Keeps everything so warm (or cold!)
Boosting our Christmas mood!
Gearstar Performance Transmissions
Treat your hot rodder to an electronic overdrive transmission during the winter. Gearstar Transmissions recommends the strength of a 4L65E and will custom build one designed specifically for your application (including a new converter). Their Level 4 4L65E transmission can handle up to 650 horsepower and ft-lbs of torque. Every Gearstar transmission is built by one experienced tech from start to finish, is dyno tested with the converter 100 miles, and covered by a 36-month warranty.
Coker Tire created the first-ever wide whitewall radial and to celebrate the legacy of their revolutionary tire, they’re offering a $150 rebate with the purchase of a set of four Coker Classic Radial Tires. Head over to CokerTires.com and select the Coker Classic radials that you want to see under your tree and you’ll get a $150 MasterCard Reward Card – but hurry as this offer is only good from November 1 through December 31, 2022.
No Limit Engineering
The gift of handling prowess for classic trucks can be achieved with the help of No Limit Engineering and their Wide Ride IFS. This system, available ’48–’72 Fords and ’55–’87 Chevy trucks, is based on a laser-cut and fabricated crossmember, tubular control arms, and a custom Z.G. spindle. Twelve-inch drilled and slotted rotors with D52 calipers are included along with a power rack and custom No Limit sway bar.
AMP’d Throttle Booster
Looking to be able to adjust the throttle sensitivity of your throttle-by-wire system? The Amp’d 2.0 throttle sensitivity booster is the most advanced throttle modification device available. The Amp’d 2.0 removes throttle response delays, instantly putting you in total control of your vehicle’s throttle response. The wireless Bluetooth switch is an industry-exclusive feature and provides unparalleled control over your throttle experience.
The Super 44 is the latest addition to Flowmaster’s line of two-chambered mufflers. This design uses their proven Delta Flow technology to deliver a powerful, rich, muscle car tone. The four-inch case street muffler is constructed of 16-gauge aluminum steel and fully MIG welded for durability. The Super 44 delivers the deepest sounding street muffler Flowmaster offers.
It should be a law that if you’re going to gift anyone a tie or socks, they should be fun ones like the new Goodguys Flame Socks. These soft athletic crew socks are hot with their woven flames and Goodguys logo covering the toes. These socks are guaranteed to make anyone smile as they slide them on! These socks are perfect for stuffing any hot rodder’s stocking.
A new fuel tank looks good, ensures clean fuel, and doesn’t leak, making them ideal for a holiday gift. Tanks, Inc. offers a deep line of replacement fuel tanks, including their latest for the ’67 full-size Chevy Impala series. These tanks are perfect for fuel injected applications by utilizing an internal electric fuel pump and internal baffling to prevent fuel starvation. The Impala model holds 24 gallons, bolts in the stock location, and is finished in a durable powder coated silver.
Griot’s Garage is a terrific place to shop and satisfy the needs of your hot rodder for the holidays! Their Ceramic Family Kit from Griot’s Garage comes with their four ceramic liquids which complement each other to make sure your car stays looking its best for as long as possible while providing amazing hydrophobic protection. The kit also includes some of their best microfiber accessories to help get the job done right.
If you’re shopping for a budding fabricator, a bead roller would be a terrific surprise! Woodward Fab’s Super Bead Roller (WFBRSB18) is a great choice as it can roll up to 18-gauge material and is supplied with seven sets of dies to get started using. A bead roller is useful to help strengthen a new panel while allowing contours and a pattern to improve the appearance and Woodward offers more dies and accessories to grow with down the road.
Sometimes there’s chances to get a cruise in during the winter or early spring, but you need to bundle up. Our new pom beanies are perfect to keep your noggin warm and toasty on those cool cruises. These knit beanies feature Goodguys detailing and are just flat-out fun to wear.