A Quick Bit of History 

The timeline for Hot Rods / Street Rods and custom cars starts before World War II. Teens itching to tinker with cars and go fast were
racing cheap Ford Model Ts on Southern California's dry lakes and street racing in Los Angeles even in the 1920s. The Harper, Muroc, and El Mirage dry lakes -- all 50
or so miles north of Los Angeles -- saw racing activity from the '20s up to World War II. Racing at El Mirage continues today.

Lets Go Racing

Speed junkies could jump in their hopped-up, chopped-down Model Ts and be at one of the dry lakes in less than three hours. Or, if the need was urgent, they could
find a deserted back road or open field. At the lakes, the cars were timed with handheld stopwatches and placed in a class determined by the resultant time. The vast
majority of the cars being run were four-cylinder Ford Model Ts or their successor, the four-cylinder Model A. The cars were cheap, plentiful, lightweight, and easy
to work on. They responded to simple "hop ups" like higher compression, ignition and timing adjustments, additional carburetors, and more radical cam grinds.

Get Light and Get Fast

The drill was fairly simple: Buy the nicest roadster you could find (because roadsters were the lightest); strip off everything not needed to go fast, like the fenders,
headlights, hood, and top; find some cheap used tires to replace your bald ones or to mount over your existing tires for a little extra tread; and go racing.

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Griffin Radiators for restoration or personal creations. We build radiators for all types of street rods with all different types of engines.
Since 1981, Griffin Thermal Products is focused on manufacturing the very best high performance aluminum heat exchangers in the industry. Griffin understands that a
quality cooling system is critical to the consistent and reliable performance of your engine.

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Your purchase of a Griffin Radiator means better performance and long-term money savings. Contact our knowledgeable customer service staff to assist in identifying the
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