40 YEARS AGO
May 1978 (152 pages, $1.25): Ex– Popular Hot Rodding Editor Lee Kelley’s debut issue opened with news of an all-new 1979 “Mustang III” and the first aluminum Chevy block available over dealership counters. New-car performance was so sorry that we resorted to road-testing a pickup truck that was quicker (15.41) and faster (82.08) than nearly all 1979 passenger cars. GMC cleverly assigned the name 454 Street Coupe to an oversprung, shortbed Fenderside whose suspicious 3/4-ton rating exempted a thirsty (10-mpg) rat motor from light-truck emissions and mileage requirements for one more year. A five-part V6 series concluded this month with a list of the Buick and aftermarket parts that quickened our Project Roadmaster 1978 Century to a respectable quarter-mile of 15.96 seconds at 95.12 mph (from 18.38/72.00, stock).