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Hot August Nights: Monstrous mills galore in Reno and Sparks, Nevada

HOT ROD logo HOT ROD 8/10/2018 Hot Rod Network Staff
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Hoods up, everyone—it's Hot August Nights in Reno, Nevada and the daytime is the right time to show off what's lurking under the bonnet. The activities for Hot August Nights take place throughout the City of Reno all week long and overflow into the boundary limits of nearby Sparks.

At night it's all about cruising, but during the day participants find a good spot to park and showoff what's powering their ride. STREET RODDER took to the streets of Sparks on Thursday and discovered the hopped-up engines powering the hot rods customs, and classics were as diverse as the vehicles they were powering.

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Blown big-blocks, Chryslers, Fords, and Chevys were plentiful to find, but Sparks was also a great venue to spot inline 6-cylinders, V-12 flathead Lincoln engines, and even a fully chromed little 4-banger MG.

The 454-inch Rat motor nestled in a teal engine bay was the heartbeat of a sanitary little 1955 Chevy Bel Air. It was cute to watch the local TV news crews try to use gearhead speak to describe the cars as they called the '55 a "Blair." Big air-cleaners were as abundant as big hair on casino cocktail waitresses. Double-stacked air cleaners make a lot of sense to keep an engine free of sucking in the sand, grit, and grime found prevalent in Washoe county.

The red six-banger with a light gray valve cover, and black oil-bath air cleaner is a 1952 215-inch Ford. The engine represented the first wave of OHV configurations for Ford and it shared valve train design with the new Y-block Lincoln V-8 engine, hence it was nicknamed a "Baby Lincoln." FITech fuel injection found its way onto atop more than a few blower motors, as well as Holley, and MSD fuel injection. An MG purist would probably upchuck at the sight of the fully chromed MGB 1800 found in a pretty little "B" roadster, but for hot rodders it just added to the fun.

The dual quad Nailhead Buick engine with a pair of genuine Carter AFB's perched between finned aluminum valve covers was found under the hood of a 1955 Buick Century 2-door hardtop.

Today, STREET RODDER is on the streets of Reno, and heading towards the Peppermill, and Atlantis casinos and we're going to grab a lot more images of customs, hot rods and classic rolling from casino to casino enjoying Hot August Nights.

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