Pat Ganahl (June 2, 1947 - August 19, 2022) was a hot rod and custom historian and author. Ganahl was an authority in his field and one of the most respected and knowledgeable journalists in the hot rod and custom car field. He received several Moto awards for automotive journalism excellence.
Pat got hooked on hot rods by the age of 12, and according to his blog, he "subscribed to Hot Rod magazine, read the “little books,” customized my bicycle, built models, and so on. When I got my first piece-of-junk car I did everything I possibly could to it, making parts in metal shop, while helping several friends build cooler cars than mine."
Pat Ganahl's Rod and Custom - Dedicated to Integrity
In 2018, Pat started his own blog patganahl.com. Not a fan of the word, he looked at the content of the page as the Editorial columns he wrote for Street Rodder Magazine, Hot Rod Magazine, or Rod & Custom Magazine. A place where he could express opinions and tell stories.
Books by Pat Ganahl
- January 1, 1979: Ford Performance - Includes All Modern Ford Performance Engines
- June 1, 1982: V-6 Performance
- May 1, 1984: A Do-It-Yourself Guide To Street Supercharging: How to Install and Tune Blowers
- January 1, 1996: Hot Rods and Customs - The Man and Machines of California's Car Culture
- July 1, 1999: Hot Rods and Cool Customs
- April 19, 2003: Ed "Big Daddy" Roth: His Life, Times, Cars, and Art
- July 7, 2005: Von Dutch: The Art, The Myth, The Legend
- December 31, 2005: The American Custom Car
- January 1, 2006: Custom Style - America's Classic Cruisers
- April 19, 2006: How to Paint Your Car on a Budget
- April 15, 2008: Custom Painting
- July 15, 2009: Street Supercharging: Roots, Centrifugal & Twin Screw Superchargers
- October 15, 2012: Lost Hot Rods: Remarkable Stories of How They Were Found
- October 15, 2012: Lost Hot Rods II: More Remarkable Stories of How They Were Found
- May 21, 2014: Hot Rod Gallery
- August 14, 2020: Hot Rod Gallery II: More Great Photos and Stories from Hot Rodding's Golden Years
- August 14, 2020: A Complete Guide to Street Supercharging
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