OVERVIEW
Hot Rod Mechanix (HRMX) magazine was started by LeRoi "Tex" Smith. He had a long career with Petersen Publishing and greatly influenced such magazines as Street Rodder and Rod Action.

Tex was both the editor and publisher. Organized from his home in Driggs, Idaho, HRMX was sold subscription-only except for sales agents at car shows and swap meets. As described in his book, Inside Hot Rodding, he raised subscription levels up to 11,000 but his breakeven was 13,000. When the Gulf War started, renewals dropped to very low levels, and Mr. Smith closed the magazine.

When it was restarted, the new publisher was CSK Publishing under Stephen Schneider in Saddle Brook, New Jersey. However, Tex's name was still used on the cover. Tex must have had a hand in giving the editor role to Ron Ceridono. It was printed through July 1996, then it was merged into American Rodder in the November 1996 issue.

The magazine focused on traditional rods. Many readers believe this was the last magazine in the modern era really geared to the "scrounger hot rodder". The readers were less interested in calling a 1-800 number to purchase parts, and instead they searched for old parts in a more traditional manner and did much of the construction and fabrication themselves.

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CONTENT COMPLETENESS
A total of 39 issues were published from August, 1987 through July, 1996. Cover images are complete for this title, but we are still collecting table of content pages.

Aug August September Sept 1987
Aug/Sept 1987 Vol 1 No 1
Oct October November Nov 1987
Oct/Nov 1987 Vol 1 No 2
Dec December 1987
Dec 1987 Vol 1 No 3
Jan January February Feb 1988
Jan/Feb 1988 Vol 2 No 1
Mar March April Apr 1988
Mar/Apr 1988 Vol 2 No 2
May June 1988
May/June 1988 Vol 2 No 3
July August Aug 1988
Jul/Aug 1988 Vol 2 No 4
Sept September October Oct 1988
Sept/Oct 1988 Vol 2 No 4
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Nov November December Dec 1988
Nov/Dec 1988 Vol 2 No 6
Jan January February Feb 1989
Jan/Feb 1989 Vol 3 No 1
Mar March April Apr 1989
Mar/Apr 1989 Vol 3 No 2
May June 1989
May/June 1989 Vol 3 No 3
July August Aug 1989
Jul/Aug 1989 Vol 3 No 4
Sept September October Oct 1989
Sept/Oct 1989 Vol 3 No 5
Vol 3 No 6
May June 1990
May/June 1990 Vol 4 No 2
July August Aug 1990
Jul/Aug 1990 Vol 4 No 3
Sept September October Oct 1990
Sept/Oct 1990 Vol 4 No 4
Nov November December Dec 1990
Nov/Dec 1990 Vol 4 No 5
Jan January February Feb 1991
Jan/Feb 1991 Vol 5 No 1
Mar March April Apr 1991
Mar/Apr 1991 Vol 5 No 2
May June 1991
May/June 1991 Vol 5 No 3
July August Aug 1991
Jul/Aug 1991 Vol 5 No 4
Sept September October Oct 1991
Sept/Oct 1991 Vol 5 No 5
Last Issue Until '94
Nov 1991 to Apr 1994
May 1994
May 1994 Vol 6 No 1
Restarted
July 1994
July 1994 Vol 6 No 2
Sept September 1994
Sept 1994 Vol 6 No 3
Nov November 1994
Nov 1994 Vol 6 No 4
Jan January 1995
Jan 1995 Vol 7 No 1
Mar March 1995
Mar 1995 Vol 7 No 2
May 1995
May 1995 Vol 7 No 3
July 1995
July 1995 Vol 7 No 4
Sept September 1995
Sept 1995 Vol 7 No 5
Nov November 1995
Nov 1995 Vol 7 No 6
Jan January 1996
Jan 1996 Vol 8 No 1
Mar March 1996
Mar 1996 Vol 8 No 2
May 1996
May 1996 Vol 8 No 3
July 1996
July 1996 Vol 8 No 4
Last Issue