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Rooster Call
Sean Haggai

Get in, sit down, shut up, and hang on. Basically, that's what the morning consisted of today. They always say, "The early bird gets the worm," so with that, I grabbed some blank sheets of paper and a pen, and Henry D and I got down and dirty planning out the edit schedule three months in advance. We locked ourselves in the office and threw story ideas around like ninja stars. Nothing was shot down, and almost every idea was considered. We outlined three upcoming issues with three different themes in mind, and when you have events, races, car shows, SEMA, PRI, and the holidays approaching, time is of the essence.

When most of the West Coast was barely waking up and on its first cup of coffee, Henry and I had already slammed ours and were waiting for the lunch bell to ring. Before we knew it, three hours had passed in the blink of an eye, and it was only 9 o'clock in the morning. Sometimes it's tough, but on the other hand, it needs to get done-and thankfully it did. This magazine is solely driven by our readers, but at the same time, we trust Henry D at the helm of this warship, and it's set to sail. He calls the shots and decides what to hold in the gallows and what takes a swim overboard. We feel our readers are a different breed, expecting a certain flavor, and when they get a sour taste in their mouth we feel it here on the creative side of things.

Now is the time to relieve stress and get out there with your project cars. The best part? Cars can't think back. They can't give you any lip, can't criticize you, and are always there waiting for a wrench like a loyal dog waiting for its bone. If you've had a bad day at the office, in the warehouse, or on the road, your car is always there to cheer you up. The feeling of accomplishment you get working on your project car is worth more than any flattering remark tossed your way by a superior at work. Even in the midst of economic catastrophe and financial disruption, we sit and plan for the future. We're just going to have to harden up and become immune to this chaotic and hellish mess out there. We must go on and strive forward, charting out the future-even if it's over a cup of joe and some scratch paper.

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50 Years Of The El Camino
October 1959 the first El Caminos rolled off the production line and into the hands of millions of enthusiasts. It wasn't just a muscle car, but a truck too. You could not only take the thing to the local cruise-in, but also haul some hay if need be. Fast-forward to today. We celebrate its 50th anniversary. Yes, our old friend the El Camino turns 50 this year. While the El Camino has been out of production for some time now, it's comforting to know that it hasn't lost its flare.-SH

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What Does It All Mean?
Ever wonder what all those numbers and letters mean on the VIN plate of your '62-79 Nova muscle cars? If you don't have a guide, those codes can be quite confusing. Here is a little something to help you figure out the options on your specific vehicle. The Nova Resource site illustrates line by line what each number and letter means. This nifty little site tells you the build month or week, the trim and paint of your Nova, and even the options it came with. This is surely one site to bookmark. Check out novaresource.org/c64.htm.-SH

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