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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

by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
12/30/2020
Dusty's '62 Impala is an absolute time capsule. It's original paint and interior are remarkably well preserved. But that doesn't mean that it's owner is afraid to drive it.
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
12/23/2020
Scott's "Nemesis" '55 is a time machine that transports everyone around it back to the glory days of drag racing.
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
12/21/2020
The Museum of American Speed houses vintage racing engines of all shapes and sizes. Here's a peek at some that feature vintage power adders. From turbos to superchargers, there has been plenty of interesting innovation over the years...
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
12/21/2020
What happens when you combine a craftsman with a love of racing and a Speedway Motors G-Comp suspension? A cool, fast Nova race car...
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
11/19/2020
'Tis the season to shop for the racer in your life. Here are some ideas to help!
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
11/19/2020
Need holiday ideas for the gearhead in your life? This handy guide will steer you in the right direction.
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
11/12/2020
This is the epic story of the Li'l Coffin show car. From Wichita used car lot to fame, glory, and a fire that almost ended it all, this old hot rod has had quite a life.
by Joe McCollough - Posted in Tech
11/4/2020
These Omega Avant-series gauges from Speedway Motors were inspired by the deco masterpieces in cars like the Lincoln Zephyr and Coffin-nosed Cord. They will look right at home in your 30’s or 40’s street rod, hot rod, or custom.
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
10/26/2020
Jan Opperman was a two-time Indianapolis 500 starter in 1974 and 1976. His success with USAC earned him a ride in the 1974 Indianapolis 500 in this very car. He didn't finish, but there's plenty more to the story...
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
10/23/2020
Not only is Greg Turner's '56 a great driver, it's full of great family memories. Built in the home garage by Greg and his sons, this clean Chevy has covered a lot of miles.
by Joe McCollough - Posted in Tech
10/23/2020
This new steel bellhousing from Speedway Motors is made for everyone who wants to run three pedals without spending a fortune or relying on a crusty original.
by Joe McCollough - Posted in Tech
10/23/2020
This handy adapter is an inexpensive way to adapt an LS into your classic, muscle car, or truck. It takes care of the steam line as well as the hose diameter difference, allowing you to run a standard radiator with your LS swap.
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
10/9/2020
It's not every day that you see a wild, IMSA inspired, 550 horsepower Vega. Byron Burnham went way outside the box with this one, and we love it.
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
10/6/2020
In 2000, Sam Schmidt was involved in a serious crash testing his Indy car. He was paralyzed from the neck down. But that hasn't stopped him from hitting the track, and he does it in this hot rod Corvette packed full of miraculous electronic innovation.
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
9/14/2020
Jim White's '62 Chevy II is a family car, but not in the way that you might expect.
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