Shop Talk: John McGann’s New Col­umn

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It seems strange see­ing my name on the HOT ROD mast­head af­ter more than a dozen years with Car Craft. Al­ways the scrappy up­start, CC is the yappy dog nip­ping on HRM’s heels, and we al­ways took a bit of per­verse plea­sure when we scooped HOT ROD on some­thing.

Nev­er­the­less, here I am, and I’m bring­ing Shop Talk, my for­mer edi­tor’s col­umn in Car Craft with me. The name of the col­umn suits me: I live in a garage in South Los An­ge­les and am there­fore sur­rounded by cars and parts. Cur­rently, I’m co­hab­i­tat­ing with my 1967 C10 and 1993 GMC Sierra, a 1985 Ca­maro, four en­gine blocks, an Easy Run En­gine Test Stand, and hundreds of mis­cel­la­neous parts and tools. If I’m not out driv­ing or do­ing “work stuff ” on the com­puter, I’m usu­ally work­ing on or un­der one of those ve­hi­cles.

I grew up with a pas­sion­ate love of cars—fix­ing and im­prov­ing them, but al­ways with an eye to­ward form and per­for­mance, rather than style and ap­pear­ance. This ethos was fur­ther in­grained in me dur­ing my time with Car Craft, and my goal is to bring some of that to this great in­sti­tu­tion, the old­est in our com­pany’s long his­tory. More than just a mag­a­zine, HOT ROD is a liv­ing and evolv­ing com­mu­nity of en­thu­si­asts who take pride in the work they do. We in the me­dia can el­e­vate that work, and at the same time, sup­port and en­cour­age new mem­bers to be in­spired to make their mark in the com­mu­nity as well. Let me know what you’re work­ing on, and what you want to see more of on­line and within these pages.

hHOTROD. COM/ John-McGann

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