40 YEARS AGO

Hot Rod - - Roddin’ @ Random -

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).

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