Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Raybestos GTO-R goes to France!

Well, in photographs anyway. Nitro Magazine (France) and V8 Passion (French Canada) will be featuring the GTO-R. Our own Rocket Scherman lent the photographer a hand. Enjoy.

Monday, November 28, 2011

5th Annual HAMB Holiday Soiree at HRCC Dec 16!

Mark your Calendars! Hot Rod Chassis & Cycle is once again abandoning all discretion in a sincere effort to spread Christmas cheer within the Hot Rod community. Please accept our invitation to join us after 7:00 pm on 16th of December for their annual holiday open house.

All of you Friday Night Adult Beverage regulars know the way, so do the SW Chicago HAMB and Eggers but just as a reminder here's where you need to be:

Hot Rod Chassis & Cycle
59 W. Factory Road
Addison, Illinois

From WEST : Take 355 to North Ave, exit East. When you get to Addison Road (look for the Portillo's on the right), watch for the rail road tracks, then turn left (North). At the first light (Factory Road) turn left (west). We're the 3rd building on the left.

From EAST : Take 290/294 to Rt. 64 Exit (North Ave) and go WEST 3 miles. At Addison Road make a RIGHT and go North to the first signal (Factory Rd). Make a LEFT and it's the 3rd building on the left.

BYOB and a dish to pass. Children are welcome with adult supervision.

Casual or dress up, it's up to you. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hot Rod and Restoration Trade Show 2012

Visit us at the Hot Rod and Restoration Trade Show in March in Indy! Click on the banner and help us win a free booth space!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Gearhead Disneyland?

Call us crazy... but does this photo not say Gearhead Disneyland? Be sure to check out our Adult Beverage open house nights every third Friday and see what we're up to in person.

Cartype and the GTO

Check out this video interview by our friend Carlos Segura from Cartype on the GTO.


Here is the take away card that Chad designed for the SEMA show featuring outstanding photography by our friend Robert McGaffin. All of the build partners are listed on the reverse side. The GTO will be in the Original Parts Group booth #24187 and the winner will be flown in to see it for the very first time.

Also be sure to visit for the final video interviews showing the finished car.

Friday, September 9, 2011

A "Lethal Injection" for Jim Preibe

Jim Preibe wanted something different to drive around in in his gated community in Dallas. Something of a departure from the Ferrari's and Porsche's of his neighbors. We said, "we can help you with that." Nothing says different like a stroked and injected 427 SOHC motor. Enjoy.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Raybestos GTO-R in Hot Rod Magazine

Check out the Raybestos 1964 Pontiac GTO-R on the cover of Hot Rod Magazine this month! Shot by Robert McGaffin, who is an excellent photographer!

Watkins Glen NASCAR celebrities drive the Raybesto GTO-R

Check out the ball that these big name NASCAR folks are having with the Raybestos GTO in the beautiful original road course in Watkins Glen NY, including Top Gear host Rutledge Wood!

Watkins Glen NASCAR Raybestos GTO-R Video 1

This video features a break down on the car by Kevin in beautiful Watkins Glen NY on the original road course...

Friday, July 22, 2011

Hot Rod TV and the GTO

The Hot Rod TV episode featuring the Raybestos '64 GTO-R will air on SPEED this Saturday! Don't forget to enter to win!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Kosmic Outcast

We made some updates to the Kosmic Outcast page in the gallery. By far the biggest question we get is "What the Hell is it?" Good question. Expect the Freedom of Information Act to allow us to share sometime in February...

Raybestos GTO-R on Hot Rod TV July 23rd!

Set your DVR for July 23rd as SPEED debuts the Raybestos GTO-R episode of Hot Rod TV! Don't worry if you miss it, they will re aire it several times. Check out our media page for other glimpes of HRCC in print, web and airwaves!

See the Shop on Hot Rod TV on Speed!

Keep an eye out on Speed for the Bigger is Better episode repeats of Hot Rod TV featuring Original Parts Group, one of the build partners on the Raybestos GTO-R. There is a clip of Kevin and Chad talking about what a great resource OPG is for the hobby.

See the Shop on Hot Rod TV on Speed!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Goodguys Pre-Party and Open House!

Mark your calendars for our 3rd Annual Goodguys Pre-Party at the shop! Chad will lead a cruise from Joliet to the shop, starting at 4pm. Party starts at 6pm, with special guests Hot Rod Hucksters and Hillbilly Idle! Hope to see you there!

Friday, June 10, 2011

The GTO in diecast!

Check out the limited edition 1:18 diecast version of the Raybestos GTO-R! Definitely one of the added perks to this project!


Last night close to 1am, the GTO turned it's first wheel in anger. We spent about 30 minutes terrorizing the neighborhood. This thing is BAD...

In Progress on the GTO article

Here's a good article and excellent build photos taken by the folks at Hot Rod Hotline.comdiscussing the '64 Raybestos GTO-R.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Spring Garage Days Swap Meet

Call now to sign up for your spot for the Spring Garage Days Swap Meet for only $5! May 22, 8am. This is our 7th year and looks to be the best yet!

The '55 GMC

Having fun with Bruce's '55 GMC...

Mittler Brothers in action

Here is Dane getting some good use out of the Mittler Brothers pneumatic shrinker on the package tray for the Raybestos GTO.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The GTO live from the HRRT show!

Here is some video live from the Hot Rod Trade & Restoration show in Indianapolis! Click "View in Youtube" for the wide screen version.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

See the GTO!

The Raybestos GTO-R will make it's first public appearance (in progress) at the Hot Rod Trade and Restoration Show in Indianapolis this weekend. Stop by and check it out!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Hot Rod TV Shoot, Day 1, Part 1

Here are some pics from the first day of shooting for Hot Rod TV. Dennis the producer, and his crew were great to work with. They'll be back in April to film the final assembly. Having watched this show from their very first episode, it's crazy to think that we will be on it!

Here are pics of Kevin discussing the chassis, Josh Russell from Raybestos (a TV PRO after last year) getting interviewed, Chad's interview, the Hilborn injector stacks (is it a Road Racer or a Vintage Drag Car?!) and filming the Raybestos Nascar spec brakes on the Kobalt Toolbox.

Hot Rod TV Shoot, Day 1, Part 2

The Nascar spec brakes are HUGE!, Kevin discussing the GM Performance Parts LSX 454, the Milodon oil pan, the Hurst shifter and the Tremec T-56, and Kevin's interview.

Hot Rod TV shoot Day 1, Part 3

Waiting for the "arrival" of the LSX crate from, Dane working on installing the Original Parts Group quarter panels, Rocket's interview, and the LSX 454 mocked up.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Jimmy

Ryan has been working around the clock to finish up the '55 GMC for it's world debut next week at the Detroit Autorama. Here's a sneak peek...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Lights, Camera... Action!

We got a taste of Hollywood at the shop when we did a video shoot for the Raybestos Garage website about the build, put together by our friends at 426 Brand. They are a great crew to work with and made it all a good time in the process. Our good friend Josh Russell of Raybestos who is an old pro at the TV thing did a great job helping us with our scenes, and making us all laugh. But we have to wonder... how the hell did Boyd's crew get ANYTHING done during the filming of American Hot Rod?

Quiet on the set!

Some more shots from the shoot.

Raybestos GTO updates

The Raybestos GTO has been grounded! Here is the GM Performance Parts LSX 454 with the new Hilborn injection!