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I have been eyeballing several magazines and buying some here and there to try them out. I would love your feedback on what are some good magazines for someone who loves classics and wood like nothing more than to learn how to restore and improve them. I know that certain magazines seem to cater to certain needs. Some are purely for show and shine, some are for technical, some are really into nostalgia (im old school so that is just fine with me). So I guess I would like to hear what car magazines you like or subscribe to and why. All of them seem to be ok in thier own way, but I have yet to find one that fits the bill when it comes to enough technical articles per issue. Another thing, as soon as they start putting skinny girls wearing thongs laying all over the cars, I am completely turned off on that magazine. When I want to learn about the hobby, that is what I want to see. If I wanted soft core porn, well.............I dont really want that.
 

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"Mustangs and Fords" has always been one of my favorites. Lots of good tech articles and lots of unusual and different articles on all kinds of Ford products.
 

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Good to see you have the same standards that the FM staff has about placing the "clubbing" girls all over a car magazine. I've yet to see a magazine that will take a stand or compare products like we do.

The only print mag I get is Hot Rod but that's mostly because I think it's well composed and still remains the standard for the performance aftermarket...even if it doesn't have much real-world tech.
 

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I like PHR, it has some good tech articles in it.

And of course, FM. Unfortunately, I am subscribed to neither. I like eating more than reading.
 

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I have not checked it out but I heard Legendary Ford Magazine is freaking awesome I subscibe to Hemmings Muscle Car/Classic Car I think both or maybe just one but the Hemmings one is awesome its not only fords but all the articles are worth reading and its not 99.999% Mustang crap like Mustangs and Fast Fords fords meaning more mustangs of course.
 

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On 2006-11-17 12:53, v8shadow wrote:
some are really into nostalgia (im old school so that is just fine with me). So I guess I would like to hear what car magazines you like or subscribe to and why.
It depends on what you mean by nostalgia. If your thoughts run toward Mustangs as being Old School, I'm not of much help. But if you're looking for coverage of cool '50s-'60s cars and some good useful tech, try Custom Rodder. After coming VERY close to being extinct, CR has come back stronger than ever with some very interesting reads!

Even though I don't want to see girls in thongs gracing the cars either..
, I enjoy Old Skool Rodz. Even though it's primarily a '30s-early '60s Traditional Hot Rod oriented mag, there is quite a bit of crossover tech, much of which is homebuilt rather than store bought.

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I like the old skool rodz and car kulture deluxe like jan. Another one I liked was Car Craft but my sub just expired and won't be renewing til after the move. It might not have specifically ford but it has some body tips and painting and other how to stuff that I thought was interesting.

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I can recommend:
Car Craft - good real world tech, Fords show up more often than they did
Hot Rod - covers many things, don't keep your focus too narrow. You learn things from everywhere. Pump Gas Drags and the Power Tour are standards not met elsewhere.
Hemmings Muscle - excellent rag overall
Mustangs and Fords - good overall, watch out for the Jim Smart tech. He can be "misleading" with some statements and "facts". He's a writer, not a tech guy. Their series of 351C engine builds were particularly lame.
PHR - good serious tech from David Vizard, the rest is G machine/chevy trash. Better since editor Scott whats-his-name left the rag. The Engine Masters challenge has been dominated by Ford based combinations since he left, last year was basically a rout for the Ford combos.
Rod and Custom - real world old school tech
Street Rodder - good tech, but you'll see more high zoot stuff as a lot of the subscriber base is the "see what I bought with my credit card".

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i get mustangs and fords as well as car craft and hot rod.
i like them all.
to bad there driven by advertisers now so nearly every article is expensive.
havent seen any lobuck tech in a while.
mustang and fords is my favorite.
i would dare any of those mags to do an article about good junk yard parts swaps or parts from newer cars on older cars.
something doesnt end with where to buy this part or that part from this advertiser.
 

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The only two I currently subscribe to is this forum and Mustangs and Fords. Ford Muscle is the only one that is willing to go to a parts yard in their builds,ie. the electric fan install. They don't seem to pull any punches when it comes to comparing parts. M and F's on the other hand, after wading through mustang after mustang, does feature at least one real classic Ford muscle car. I think I've actually seen three or four Falcons in the last four years. The capability is there for some good tech, but they are never close to complete. They do their mods as if every tom,**** and harry has a hundred grand in pocket change lying around and some high tech shop at their disposal.
Most of the mags I've subscribe to in the past seem only to be an advertisement outlet for the parts industry. Same with the TV car shows. I suppose that is the best it is going to get.
 

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Good feedback so far guys. How about this magazine I saw at a SuperWalmart (excellent mag rack selection) called Fordbuilder?
 

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I saw one of those a while back in the grocery store, and it was OK but not any big deal. Haven't seen one since, not on the mag rack and we have two Super Walmart's here.
 

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Anyone have anything on mags to totally avoid and why?
 

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On 2006-11-20 15:15, v8shadow wrote:
Anyone have anything on mags to totally avoid and why?
I think all the books mentioned on your feed back are good, I don't think there are any bad car books out there, they all talk about some kind of car.

I like the ones that have a pretty female standing by a nice looking car, they just go together in my opinion.
 

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Mustang Monthly is (or at least used to be) and EXCELLENT magazine for the person restoring a car. It has (had) tons of 'everyday' articles pertaining to fixing up old mustangs. It was (is) the best in that regard. Tons of real world, good advice and tech. It had some mild hop-up articles, but that wasn't it's focus. I haven't recieved the magazine for a long time now, so I'm just speculating that it is still good. I still have tons of back issues.

PHR One of the best of the 'hotrod' magazines. Plenty of good tech from the likes of David Vizard and people from the Engine Masters challenge.

Hotrod, Car Craft These are much better than they used to be a few years ago. Good Stuff to keep up on the trends and to get a peek at what the other brands are doing. Good tech sometimes as well.

scle Mustangs and Fast Fords I used to subscribe to this, and it was a great magazine for tech. Now, it's about all 5.0 and Modular stuff. A LOT of modular stuff. It also has tons of follow-up on the latest 5.0 races.
 

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I tend to avoid any Mag that features an "Impala with Hydraulics and a Pavement Thumping Sound System.)

I currently have three editions of "Car Craft" sitting right here at arms reach on the desk as I type.

I actually need to renew some subscriptions to some Truck Mags ... as Queenie's 54F100 is on the front burner.
 

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On 2006-11-20 15:15, v8shadow wrote:
Anyone have anything on mags to totally avoid and why?
Street Rodder is the first mag that I'd avoid at all cost. Unless you like Boyd Coddington's stuff, are interested in 1-800-build-me-a-rod gold chainer cars and want to see a catalog full of advertisers, don't waste your time unless you're low on toilet paper...


As I asked in my first post, how about telling us what you consider Old School or are interested in reading about and perhaps we can make better suggestions? What I like might not be your cup of tea. For example, I don't care for Mustang based mags because 'Stangs aren't within my range of interest. But they might be within yours. I'm also not big on muscle car mags but you may be.


Here's a suggestion if you want to see low buck tech. Go to eBay and search for mid to late '80s back issues of Hot Rod and Rod & Custom. Pat Ganadhl was the editor of both at various times during those years and he made sure a BUNCH of junkyard tech articles were in each issue. Also search for back issues of Custom Rodder from about the same timespan. It seems as each year passes, there are more and more high buck tech articles in every magazine...


Last, when you find some mags that you want to subscribe to, search eBay for magazine sunscriptions. You can save a TON of money by going through a subscription seller compared what publishers like Primedia charge per 'script.
 

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On 2006-11-20 16:32, MonsterMach wrote:
I tend to avoid any Mag that features an "Impala with Hydraulics and a Pavement Thumping Sound System.)
Thanks for reminding me what I forgot to post, Larry..
Hondas, Toyotas, anything with a fart pipe or a wing (unless it's a Plymouth Superbird) on the cover tend to makke me run for cover too.
 

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I'm sorry if I sound vague about the "Old School" stuff. I guess what I mean is that I have as much respect for how our hobby got to where it is now as I do for the modern way of today. So, with that, I like to read on the history of our hobby as well as what is new with it. I am learning by books, mags, internet/forum so I'm more interested in the how to stuff than anything. I want to learn, and looking at pictures of someone's finished $25,000 dollar resto project without telling me how to get there myself is worthless for me. Know what I mean? So, keep the suggestions flowing guys and gals, I check the forum constantly. THANKS

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