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Joe McCollough's Articles
Joe McCollough
Member since May 10 2018

Joe’s dad spent his early years in the 70’s doing the typical hot rod hooligan stuff, and went on to make his career running Norfolk, Nebraska's maintenance shop. He fixed and fabricated on everything from fire trucks to front-end loaders. Joe grew up on his dad’s stories, and when Joe was old enough to start working on cars, his dad’s lifetime of experience as a mechanic and a fabricator proved more than valuable.

Of course, once Joe got through college, his dad finally built something for himself. He brought his years of fabrication and mechanical experience to bear restomodding a 1955 Chevy 3100 pickup truck, which was featured in Classic Trucks magazine. Joe’s first car was an ’86 Buick Regal handed down from his mother. The 307 engine didn’t win many drag races, but it looked the part. Joe lowered it, painted all the trim, and ran Camaro wheels with big and little tires. It looked way faster than it was, but Joe claims that was good for staying out of trouble. He still has it.

His introduction to more advanced projects was a ’69 C10 truck. Joe and his dad shortened, shaved, and filled until everything matched Joe’s vision. He learned how to weld, paint, and persevere in the face of late nights and difficult problems. Over the last 15 years, his C10 went wherever Joe decided to go. It’s been to Bonneville twice and served off and on as a daily driver. Joe’s C10 sits in his garage as a monument to lessons learned and life well lived.

After Joe finished his truck, he set out to build something more ambitious. Joe recovered what was left of a Model A Tudor sedan abandoned in a field and embarked on the slow, glorious, and often humbling process of building a true, period-correct 1950’s-style hot rod. Joe discovered that his ambition overshot his actual skill.

Through the model A project, Joe figured out he wanted to build cars and didn’t have the skills to make it happen. He enrolled in the McPherson College Automotive Restoration program. McPherson College created opportunity and put him to work next to some of the most talented people in the industry. When Wayne Carini and Chasing Classic Cars came to town, Joe was in the episode. He also had his work featured in a sheet metal shaping manual and received the Jay Leno scholarship.

After graduation, Joe’s journey took him to Tulsa, OK, where he worked at Hot Rod Garage. Joe’s time as professional fabricator and builder was like a Master’s degree in building cars. He worked hard and learned a lot, but he and his family missed Nebraska.

Joe’s history at Speedway Motors started with a short stint in our call center before moving to Kansas for school. After working in Tulsa, Joe returned to Speedway Motors as a fabricator in the Engineering/R&D department. Shortly after Joe’s return, the G-Comp Suspension line began to pick up momentum and we started started building all-out Pro-Touring race cars, including a 1965 Chevy II Nova, a 1967 Camaro and a 1970 Camaro.

Joe is now the technical writer on the Speedway Motors marketing team and manages our projects and car builds. Joe’s builds included our Week to Wicked Chevy II Nova Gasser, the ’32 Roadster we drove to the Street Rod Nationals, our 410 Sprint Car project, and our 1972 Chevelle project. He also loves teaching. If he could, he'd teach everybody in the office how to weld.

We might just take him up on the offer.

Joe McCollough's Articles

1/30/2023
How do we love old cars? Let us count the ways. Actually, that's what we're going to do here. Check out our decade by decade guide to some cars and details that we're head over heels for.
1/30/2023
The dyno at the Speedway Motors Racing Engine shop is always humming. We set up a camera in the cell to catch a few of the engines that have passed through the door recently.
1/25/2023
We've come a long way on our '68 C10 project, but we still have a long way to go. Watch as Kevin and Joe discuss where we're at and where we're going.
1/12/2023
We talked to a few of our in-house race experts about ways to make this racing season your best one yet!
1/9/2023
You never forget your first car. Here are a few from the resident gearheads at Speedway Motors!
1/6/2023
Looking for a driveshaft for your 67-72 C10? Our custom-length driveshaft kits make it a breeze to get the perfect 67-72 C10 driveshaft length. Follow along as we show how to measure and install a C10 one piece driveshaft.
1/6/2023
We show you how to keep that old GM transmission when swapping in an LS engine. Our LS swap adapter kits make it easy!
1/3/2023
This is what post-war hot rodding was all about. Unbridled creativity and courage to go just as fast as possible. Bill Burke invented the belly tank and perfected it on his third try. Meet "Sweet 16," currently on display at the Museum of American Speed.
12/28/2022
For the 2023 sprint car racing season, the World of Outlaws will be requiring a sprint car fire suppression system in all cars running the series. We put together a few videos showing what you'll need and how to install a fire bottle.
12/20/2022
This clone of a famous A/FX Dodge from back in the day is just so perfect...
12/14/2022
Here's our annual look back at the cars and stories that you loved the most from the past year!
12/9/2022
These new suits from Speedway Motors offer driver protection for any budget.
12/5/2022
Speedway Motors just added some exciting new options to our line of racing harnesses.
11/28/2022
In this episode of our '68 C10 project, we hit a couple big milestones. The engine goes in and we hit our first car show. It may be just a rolling chassis, but we're mighty proud of how far we've come.
11/21/2022
This is more than the story of a vintage sprint car. It's also the story of how a dynamic duo of "Speedy" Bill Smith and Jan Opperman toppled giants at the 1976 Hulman Classic.
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