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Muscle Cars: How To Rebuild And Modify Your Muscle Car

Muscle Cars: How To Rebuild And Modify Your Muscle Car
by: Alex Baumm

Muscle Cars: How To Rebuild And Modify Your Muscle Car
’70 Dodge Coronet Super Bee in Orange Julep image By Bull-Doser (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

After the World War II, muscle cars became an instant hit, as motorists and car buyers aimed to acquire vehicles that would showcase and show great power and speed. The term was basically a name description of what the car was to the industry.

Muscle cars were considered the instruments to bring back the glory and profitability of the global car industry. Muscle autos were hugely popular in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.

With the emergence of many other car brands and more superior car models, muscle cars are now nowhere in the map of global cars. However, there are still some of those vehicles that are in circulation within the market.

Those muscle autos are now considered novelty and collectors’ items. If you happen to own one, it surely would be your interest to improve and revitalize the look and performance of your old car. Thus, you would certainly find ways on how you can rebuild and modify your muscle auto.

Here are some suggested procedures on how you can rebuild and revitalize the look and feel of your muscle autos. Take note that some auto detailing techniques may already be familiar to you, especially if you are into regular auto detailing.

1. Plan the restoration process ahead of time. Muscle cars are important and are sensitive cars. Any error or mistake on the rebuilding and auto detailing procedure could greatly harm and alter the overall appearance of the exterior of the car.

Thus, it would be advisable if you would do a research and ask experts on what to do right about your muscle auto. Make a simple list of things to do and do a checklist to serve as a guide as you do the rebuilding and modifying process.

2. Spend time and more effort rebuilding the body of the muscle cars. Pay particular attention to details. The overall body of the car should be given more care and proper treatment. Do you need to modify and do little changes at the engine and the overall system?

If you are not too familiar with it, just leave it to the experts. Just tell them what you want, what you aim and what you intend to do and let them do the rest.

3. Settle to do a major auto detailing. When the insides of the muscle autos are modified and improved, take time to do a major auto detailing process.

When you auto detail muscle cars, you aim to revamp and overhaul the total exterior and physical package of the vehicles. Repaint. Spend to repair damaged parts. Check the wheels. In no time, the muscle autos would look as awesome as new again.

4. To wrap things up, check the overall electrical system of the muscle autos. Pay attention to the electrical wirings responsible for the proper functioning of lights and horns. Make sure the battery is functioning well.

5. There is no need to change the overall physical appearance or the assembly of the body packaging, not unless you want to remodel your muscle autos. If you do so, your muscle cars would cease to be muscle cars and should be called through other names.

As your muscle cars take a new rejuvenation and look, always remember that muscle cars would not ever function like the modern powerful cars. During their time, muscle autos were the most powerful vehicles on the road.

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Alex Baumm. Find more tips at our car forum http://www.CarClubTalk.com

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Find Out About Limited Editions and Famous Classic Cars Collectibles

Find Out About Limited Editions and Famous Classic Cars Collectibles

68 Yenko Camaro
By Dana Hurt (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Owning your first car is a generally your first opportunity at freedom. Looking out in your driveway and seeing your car sitting there reminds you adventure is just a highway away; the open road ahead and a blank map create stories to share for generations to come. A car has always been a direct reflection of the owners personality and attitude. Some individuals have gone beyond just a one car driveway and have moved into the collector phase, filling large warehouses with numerous automobiles, old and new. A famous classic car collection is as easy as adding some rare limited editions and famous classic cars collectibles to your collection.

Once the bug bites it is very hard to resist the urge to continue adding vehicles to your garage. Eventually as you find your collection growing; it will be time to really give your collection something special; nothing is as special as a Limited Edition classic automobile. The vintage model has always made car owners feel special, that they had something just a little bit better then their neighbor; a Limited Edition Classic can do the same for your collection.

Finding classic cars used to be relegated to driving old country roads in search of the barn treasure or field find that was a diamond in the rough. Now, with the internet you can find lost classics in just a few simple clicks all from the comfort of your living room.

There are vintage car auctions everywhere, and car restoration services can take a pile of rust and transform it into something that is factory fresh. With cars this easy to acquire you owe it to yourself to ensure the next addition to your collection is unique, something that will not only add value to your collection, but also clout. A Limited Edition or Limited production can do exactly that.

Shelby Mustang GT500
By Michael Gil from Calgary, AB, Canada (Shelby Mustang GT500) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The vintage vehicles today are nothing more then a gold badge package, maybe leather seats, perhaps a nice stereo. In the days of old a Limited Edition most likely included special dealer performance packages, or in certain cases, a local speed shop taking a vehicle and unlocking potential that the factory overlooked. Two notable examples of this were the Yenko Camaro and the Shelby Mustang, two icons in American Classic collectible muscle.

The Yenko Camaro and the Shelby Mustang were not all that right off the factory floor. Each was considered a muscle car in the year they were produced, but they were the diamonds in the rough that a gear head searches for.

Don Yenko and Caroll Shelby took these cars and gave them radical performance upgrades before selling to the general public. Once they had been enhanced their value and reputation increased dramatically, coupled with the fact that these two individuals only performed these modifications for a few years has made these vehicles highly sought after in any serious car collection.

Whether you are making an addition to your collection or just starting one, a Limited Edition Classic Car is a great place to start looking. These cars offer a rare insight into an age when being the leader of the pack involved raw horsepower and muscular lines, add one to your collection linking the past and the future, as these cars are timeless.

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Offering to American passionate collectors a wide variety of high quality Scale Diecast model cars and trucks such as 1 18 scale diecast cars and more.

The 1965 Shelby Mustang/America at It’s Best

The 1965 Shelby Mustang/America at It’s Best
By Pat Munro

The 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 / America at It's Best
By Sicnag (1965 Shelby Mustang GT350) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Ever since I was young I’ve loved muscle cars. I grew up in the 70’s when they were fast backed and the muffler roared past. My favorite of all the muscle cars was the 1965 Shelby Cobra. My love of the Shelby Cobra Mustang has never wavered. The phenomenon started back in 1961 when Carrol Shelby, a successful and respected member of the racing community, contacted Ford Motors wanting to breach the European market into the North American. He wanted to adapt the 2.6 liter Ford Zephyr engine into a V8. From 1961 to October 1964 they developed a new car, the 427 Shelby Cobra Mustang which underwent its first test drive in England. By January 1965, a press launch was released to the Riverside Raceway in California and production was on. It was marketed to be a symbol of that revolutionary decade. A compact and sporty car at an attractive price, aimed at the youthful starting car buyers. The original Shelby Mustang still holds the record for first year, new model sales (selling over 680,000 units between April 1964 to August 1965). The first model which was done at the Shelby-American shop in Los Angeles, was fitted with Shelby badges and trademarks such as the Cobra logo and the name GT-350.

The car released had a tubular frame with lightweight aluminum bodywork and a coil sprung chassis. It had a seven liter, 427 cubic inch V8, which could produce over 425 bhp at 6500 rpm. The top speed for the SC version (semi-competition) was 180 mph. It took only 4.2 seconds to go from 0-60 mph, what a car. Other features included a lowered front suspension with repositioned mounting points for fast-ratio steering, a steel bar connecting the front shock towers to improve rigidity and rear-traction bars located above the rear axle. These features gave the Shelby Cobra Mustang near neutral handling as opposed to other manufacturers strong under steer. They had to remove the rear seat to comply with the two-seater sports car rules in NorthAmerica, so they replaced it with a fiberglass panel which hid the spare tire. Other modifications were a trunk mounted battery, three-inch competition seat belts, a mahogany rimmed steering wheel and a dash mounted tachometer and oil pressure gauge. It has been said the Shelby Cobra Mustang started the ‘muscle car’ era. “Muscle car’ referred to the awe-inspiring, compact cars fitted with huge engines which could accelerate like small rockets, the dream of every North American boy and girl.

Unfortunately the Shelby Mustang fell from grace by 1970. There were enormous amounts of accidents with the GTs, leading to high insurance rates, and cheaper, less refined cars broke into the market and took over. Today, many, like myself, consider the Shelby Mustang as a true blue, American classic. I’ve had the opportunity to drive one and the love affair took on new twist. I loved how it wasn’t cluttered with useless gizmos and gadgets like automatic brake assist and traction control, adding an excitable fear to the sound of the roaring engine.

Today, the SC Mustang Cobras can reach as much as $1.5 million dollars at auction because of it’s rareness. Due to the popularity of the car, replicas have flooded the market, kit car companies produce Cobra replicas which can be fitted with a variety of engines.
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The author recommends http://www.tomharrisauto.ca/ when looking for Vancouver Island cars , Nanaimo cars and auto finance needs.

Performance Brakes for Muscle Cars

Performance Brakes for Muscle Cars
By Justina Mathews

1965 Buick Riviera GS Coupe
By sv1ambo (1965 Buick Riviera GS coupe) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

You might have heard the old saying that before deciding to increase the horsepower of your vehicle, it is a good idea to bump up its stopping power. This is particularly true when it comes to muscle cars. Although muscle cars frequently come with gobs of V8 power, they are rarely champions at bringing all of that speed back down under control. You have to be even more wary of muscle cars from the 60s and 70s, which in some cases used drum brakes at all four corners.

Fortunately, there are some fairly inexpensive ways to improve the braking system of your car, and keep things from getting too out of hand at the end of the quarter mile. The first thing to start with is the brake pads. Stock brake pads are seriously incapable of handling high performance driving. The organic materials used in these types of pads are designed for low dust and long life perfect for a dealerships service department, but definitely not suited for giving you the bite on your brake rotors that you are looking for. It is very easy to exchange these for semi-metallic or ceramic brake pads, which cause more dust and are noisier, but which also dissipate heat much better. This means that there is less chance that the brakes will fade when you brake frantically while coming down a twisty mountain pass, ensuring consistent stopping power throughout a stretch of spirited driving.

You might want to add slotted or cross-drilled discs to your braking system as well. These types of discs have either etched grooves, or a pattern of holes drilled into them. Sometimes, they will have both. The theory behind this modification is that the slots and holes will help the brake to dissipate heat. On the street, you probably are not going to require this level of heat management, but if you like the look of this type of brake rotor, feel free to add it on as an aesthetic mod.

As mentioned above, if your muscle car harkens back to a bygone era, you are probably riding on drum brakes. These brakes are completely inadequate when it comes to stopping heavier performance machines, and are next to useless when mounted at all four wheels. There are several conversion kits available to add disc brakes to your cars front end, often using mounting hardware from similar models that came with the feature. Discs can also be added to the rear wheels. If you race your muscle car, then a disc brake conversion is a no-brainer.

Finally, while keeping on the subject of competition, brake fluid is something that you need to regularly change, particularly if you have been flogging your ride. Racing is hard on brake fluid, as the heat can cause it to vaporize and absorb moisture, making it less than effective. There are different types of performance brake fluids available with higher boiling points, making them excellent choices for track use. Make sure before you bleed and pour that any new brake fluid is compatible with your vehicles braking system as some types of fluid may have a detrimental effect on system hardware and seals.
About the Author
Justina Mathews writes issues that currently affect the performance car enthusiast. She also writes about issues that affect the street tuner industry, as well as import scene lifestyle. She’s a staff writer for fuel systems .

Muscle Cars (What Does the Word Muscle Have to Do With a Car?)

Muscle Cars

55 Chrysler C-300
By Greg Gjerdingen from Willmar, USA (55 Chrysler C-300) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

It’s an interesting word “Muscle” when used in conjunction with a type of car. Quite simply it gained its name because of it loose resemblance to a muscular person. Look from the front or rear of a muscle car and you can see wide profiles; the same as when a muscular person pumps their muscles. Muscle cars had eight cylinders, when most cars had four, they were powerful, noisy and everything about them was an exaggeration of a regular car.

The first muscle car is recognized as the Oldsmobile Rocket; it dates back to the late 1940’s. However, it was the 1950’s and 1960’s when the muscle car era took off; in fact it’s often considered that the Chrysler C300, built in 1955, really started the muscle car era that lives on today. The post-war baby boom generation had got to the age when they could drive. They had money, gas was cheap, and a muscle car was an expression of a person’s individuality.

Not to be outdone by Chrysler, other manufacturers rushed to compete. Notably, Ford, Dodge and Plymouth started producing muscle cars during the sixties. Speed was an important factor, so was noise. Another feature specific to muscle cars is the amazingly bright and varied colors the body work is painted. Add these together and you really can’t mistake one; just take a look at an original Coronet Super Bee, a Pontiac GTO, or the Plymouth Road Runner.

The problem for muscle cars was they were driven by young, generally inexperienced drivers. The power of the car meant drivers could easily exceed their own driving ability; accident rates soared and insurance companies got very concerned. The insurance companies retaliated in the only way they knew how; they dramatically increased insurance premiums for muscle cars and imposed surcharges for young drivers. Suddenly, despite their affluence and disposable income, they found it impossible to pay the cost of insurance.

Worse problems were to follow. Muscle cars liked to consume vast quantities of leaded gas; Congress banned it in 1973. To add insult to injury, the OPEC oil embargo in the same year meant finding gas was hard. The Muscle car era was coming to a sad end. Although attempts were made to bring about a revival during the 1980’s, it didn’t compare to the original era of the 1950’s and 1960’s.

However, muscle cars live on and will continue to do so. Looked after and cherished by enthusiasts, muscle cars are kept in locked garages, nurtured and cleaned before and after use. They only get used on special occasions and enthusiasts often tour around together, attending muscle car meets, where they can admire one another’s proud possession.
Muscle cars are now a collector’s item. They are increasing in value and much sort after. Although it’s highly unlikely, the muscle car will ever return, those cars still around today will continue to be around for many years to come.

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Conklin Cars Hutchinson” and Conklin Fangman are leading car dealerships in Missouri and Kansas. Visit their sites for great deals on car sales and rentals.

“Muscle” Cars Can Go Green Too!

“Muscle” Cars Can Go Green Too!

Dark Green 1968 Pontiac GTO
By User Geneb1955 on en.wikipedia (Car owned by me, picture taken by me) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Muscle cars of the past have a special place in the heart of every American; they are fast, sexy and instantly take you to a time and place most of us only see on television. “Muscle” cars are a class of full sized performance vehicles originally inspired by the Pontiac GTO and Chevy Camaro. Today they include the Chevrolet Corvette and the Ford Mustang. What they all have in common is a large V8 engine usually generating over 300 horsepower.

Needless to say, these large engines like their gas! The more fuel an engine takes in usually relates to a higher percentage of greenhouse gases released in to the air. Until now, Pulstar™ pulse plugs is a unique solution to this issue, now we can keep our beautiful ‘muscle’ car and still promote cleaner air.

I know the first question: I have a “muscle’ car because I like to go fast. But just how much performance will I lose?

Not to worry, dynamometer tests show that the Pulstar™ CB1 pulse plug has demonstrated its ability to increase horsepower in “muscle” cars by up to 11 percent, making it a highly sought after performance enhancement. And that’s not all; the pulse plug (model CB1) also improves fuel economy by an average of 8% in these gas thirsty vehicles. It seems counter-intuitive to think of a “muscle” car in fuel economy terms, but in reality the “muscle” in “muscle” cars is used less than 2% of the total driving time.

The majority of the time they operate in normal driving mode, offering an enormous opportunity to save fuel. Because of their large piston displacement, they can actually save more fuel with Pulstar™ than a small four cylinder engine already designed for fuel economy.

If you haven’t heard anything about the pulse plug yet let me fill you in, this is one of the simplest modifications you can do to your “muscle” car that has the largest increase in both performance and fuel efficiency. You replace your current spark plugs with pulse plugs. That is where the magic happens.

The Pulstar™ pulse plugs were developed as a drop-in replacement for all spark plugs, including so-called high performance spark plugs. They are designed to more efficiently ignite the fuel in an engine’s cylinders, which increases horsepower, torque and dramatically improves fuel economy. Pulse plugs look and fit like spark plugs, but unlike spark plugs, contain an integral capacitor, which dramatically boosts peak spark power from 50 watts in spark plugs to 1,000,000 watts.

I find this invention to be absolute genius, instead of taking these legendary cars off of the street, we can now easily convert them to be much more eco-friendly with a simple modification. We have to change our spark plugs anyway … I know I’ll be changing all of mine out with pulse plugs! For most of us, our cars are a large part of our identity. It only makes sense to me to use the best.

About the Author
Enerpulse, Inc., a privately held company headquartered in Albuquerque, N.M., was founded in 1996. The company develops environmentally friendly ignition products through the application of pulsed power technology. For more information, visit www.pulstar.com.

How Chevy Made Their Mark in the Muscle Car World

How Chevy Made Their Mark in the Muscle Car World

1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS in Bolero Red
By Sicnag (1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
When it came to putting powerful muscle cars on the streets, Chevrolet was not to be out done. Between 1960 and 1972, during the classic muscle car era , Chevy brought out 2 powerful cars that hit the muscle car arena and became premier muscle cars of choice for lots of muscle car fanatics. Those 2 cars were the the Impala and the Chevy Camaro.

Unlike a racing car, a muscle car is made for the road. The powerful engine combined with the sleek look is designed to dominate the street scene and look great doing it too.

Every car maker had a plan to get a piece of the exploding muscle car craze. It was when in 1966 Chevy introduced the Camaro, it for essentially, conquered the market.

The Chevrolet take on the Camaro was fully prepared to give the similar muscle cars from their competition quite a run for their money. While the Ford Mustang and the Pontiac Firebird were serious muscle car models, the Chevy Camaro was totally capable of stealing their thunder.

The Chevy Impala hit the muscle car scene a little earlier and from the design phase on out, it was a car that exemplified quality design at any cost. Small wonder it became one of the cars to own when muscle cars ruled the roads.

It seemed that some muscle cars took pride in being no frills, stripped down power vehicles. The Impala, however, was able to give other cars on the road some competition and do so in fine style and luxury for its owners to boot. That made it a tremendous temptation for car buyers with some muscle cash burning a hole in their pockets.

Both of these muscle vehicles has gone on to hold their popularity with every new generation of muscle car fans. While GM stopped production of the Impala in 1996, it was not long before that the company realized the need to bring it back in 2000 to a muscle car community that was eager to enjoy the design of this get looking muscle car again.

Similarly, the Chevy Camaro has continued to enjoy popularity and it has become a classic example of power and luxury in one fantastic vehicle. It seemed clear that Chevrolet was ready to dominate the muscle car world from the get go and they have no intention on yielding that dominance any time soon.

Those Wonderful Big Block Engines of the 1960’s Chrysler Dodge Plymouth Muscle Cars

Those Wonderful Big Block Engines of the 1960’s Chrysler Dodge Plymouth Muscle Cars

426 Hemi Big Block Engine
By Trekphiler (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The “Muscle Cars” of the 1960’s and 1970’s are a very distinctive American art form of the 60’s and 1970’s. 60’s muscle cars are treasured by vintage and retro auto collectors of all ages and types. Some of these people perhaps could be said are reliving their past, others dreaming of the 1960’s. It has been said about the era of the 1960’s that if you can remember it then you weren’t there. These muscle cars were often pre-existing even rather mundane autos pumped up with giant motors in the ranges of 400 cubic inches. Wow. Gas as fuel was cheap then so fuel costs were not a concern as is the case today. All American auto makers were involved in muscle car production – it as a great image to have and create. This article deals with the engines which powered the Chrysler and Mopar versions

Chrysler large block engines gained the moniker of The “Big Boys” on the block or the “Big Blocks”. Internally in the Chrysler, Dodge and then Plymouth divisions these engine blocks were technically designated in shorthand as “B” and “RB” base engine blocks.

Chrysler B and RB engines are a series of very large in not gigantic engines block V8s which in the year of 1958 took the place of the Mopar designed 1’st generations of “Hemi “engines. Then in short step both the B and the RB engines made use of the specialized and whomp performing power plants – those with wedge-shaped combustion chambers.

Next in line are the group designated secondly as the “B” block engines. One might think that the “B” designation signaled as second version as in group “A” and group “B”. This is simply not so. It was just the ongoing production designation. These overall have a 3.375 inches engine stroke. A variation of these B series was the “RB” lineup of engines, which overall could of have been said to have been in full production through the years of 1959 to 1979. Essentially are told these are basically “raised block” versions of the B engines. All RB engines have a 3.75 inches stroke, with the bore being the defining factor in the engine size. Most noticeably as a well as characteristically the RBs are oversquare, yet it is an amazing testament to the Chrysler and Mopar design engineers of the time that the absolute extent of the engine purports that torque is not missing by any means. You have to remember that this was the pre-computer CAD aided design and testing era. Much of the engineering was if not calculated trial and error it certainly was in the minds and mindsets of a most exceptional group of design engineers and the associated engineering departments of Chrysler, Plymouth and Mopar. Much could have been said to be learnt and tested on race tracks across America often by the seat of the pants of engineering staff going out on the limb. It should be noted that the designation of the letter “R” in “RB” signifies raised, and that overall the RB series has a much more sophisticated deck than the B engine from which it was developed and descended from. It’s all a matter of evolution along the path of progress and race testing.

The “B” as well as the “RB” perception are essentially comparable if not identical are uncharacteristically if not unexpected similar in both design and appearances Its like anything else in that those with training and expertise in any given field learn the tricks of the trade or at least whom to ask or contact by phone or email. Vintage automotive restoration experts can swap in a snap t a “RB” series Chrysler of Mopar power plant to take the place of an “R” and vice verso. This is what you pay for in real auto restoration professionals as compared to hacks and want to bees, True an RB block is grander and somewhat longer than its original model and prototype. Yet those in the can well inform you that an RB block can be deputized with a B block of a previous backwards compatible manufacturing lot and date. However while simply stated that it sounds simple the mechanic in charge may yet have to test his mettle, with workarounds and improvisations. Still nothing good in life really comes easily one might say Finally even then when the mechanic and the somewhat patient owner may think that they see light at the end of tunnel one more step might well be a or new exhaust manifold or header. It has been said by the experienced auto restoration expert mechanic and workers that although each owner of a vintage car on the restoration block thinks that he has won the lottery , that most project cars drain the pocketbooks and bank accounts of generally 3 owners before completion and road worthiness levels are reached.

A lot of point of issues possibly will crop up with reference to the B engine blocks and perhaps questions for real devoted enthusiasts in the Chrysler Muscle Car field as well as others. Unfortunealty as in life not all questions can be answered or have answers One of these queries might be that is if the Chrysler 383 , 400 361 and the initial ancestor of the whole series the venerable 350 block ,’sequences are the same in blueprint how they are the same and how are they different? These designs of the two bolt main bearing cap layouts are the distinctive as well as defining features in this lineage or assemblage layout of basically the entire series. Chrysler has a design that is set to last miles and years. To that point there was essentially little that could be improved on these series and there was no hence no need over the years of production to make major revisions and upgrades Don’t you wish that this was the case in 2010 / 2011? There was no requirement for the enterprise to improve quality to their product line to what are referred to as “four-bolt blocks” all the more to the supreme operational deviations. It can be said that for the most part that luckily as well as fortuitously that all these said parts and associated components are in the bag. With the sole exception unfortunately of the pistons. Expertise still has a part to play. Welcome to life and the fun and games of vintage classic auto restoration projects, ingenuity and work arounds. Welcome to the unadulterated and matchless breed of cars, autos and automotive and classic 60’s “Muscle Cars” aficionados.

The “RB” rocket fast engine blocks in contrast to the before mentioned do have a lot of similar factors with the “R” series however experts in the field will both clearly and distinctively state that they are in no way like peas in a pod. The “R” has the equivalent main bearing journal diameters with the “RB”. In spite of that, the alliance motor is heftier than that of the “B” set. . Real life motoring on American roads and highways more often than not have the need of engine variability (413,426 and that of the massive 440) to have the bulk for the tension and work load. Without a doubt, the “RB” Chrysler Mopar engines have been proven and tested to be the highest quality two-bolt main bearings caps setup. Welcome to time trial testing on the auto racing tracks of America.

These hefty engines which powered Mopar “Muscle Cars” ,the 1960’s Chrysler and, along with the entire and whole stable of the legendary 60’s Plymouth “Road Runners” ,Dodge “Super Bees”. Next in line racing down the legendary highways and California roadways of the 1960’s memories of are minds are the entire lineup of 1970 Mopar Challengers, Barracudas, and as well as the 426 Hemi Cuda all of which to tell the real truth had few equals on the road or track , or so those in the Chrysler camps felt. Thus the magic has stayed with us all the way to new millennium. Its no accident that the Chrysler company and its associated Dodge division ( sans the Plymouth lineup) have introduced current hybrid replicas of these wonderful vehicles of the 1960’s in the form of the new Dodge Challenger & Chargers which distinctively combines the old mystique with newer safety , automotive engineering and electronics technologies.

Muscle Cars: the “Super Cars” Of Earlier 60’s and 70’s

Muscle Cars the “Super Cars” Of Earlier 60’s and 70’s

1971 Plymouth Road Runner
By nakhon100 (Plymouth Road Runner 1971) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Muscle car is a term used to refer automobiles that have high performance. This term was generally referred for cars of American, Australian and South African models of the earlier 1960s and 1970s.

A muscle car generally describes a car with 2-doors rear wheel drive and normally is mid size. This car has a large and powerful V8 engine and special trim. This trim helps in achieving maximum torque on the streets and in racing competitions. Muscle cars were entirely different from small sport cars.

Muscle cars were called the “super cars” of the time. They were very popular in racing the quarter mile which was their performance standard.
Some of the popular muscle cars were Chevelle, Camaro, Nova, Road Runner and Cuda.

Among these cars some of the fastest muscle cars were Road Runners, Chevelles and Chargers. These were called family cruisers. The power of these cars lied in their engine design. Men for their transportation used Camaros and Cudas, and initially these cars were sport cars.

The Chrysler line of muscle cars was affectionately called the Mopar muscle car. These Mopar powered cars were a favorite of the muscle car owners because of their sleek design and the famous Hemi engine.

The Chevelle SS line of muscle cars from Chevrolet was also a sleek designed “Super Car” with the huge 454 cubic inch engine it fast became a favorite for muscle car owners.

1969 Road Runner

This car was ranked 3 in muscle car category. This car was able to achieve a speed of 112mph in 12.80 seconds. The engine model used by this car was 440 Six BBL. Horse power of this car was 390 and it came with 4 speed manual transmission.

1970 Cuda

It was 4 in ranking. Performance of this car was quite pleasing and most of the people liked its body style. It achieved a speed of 107mph in 13.10 seconds and its engine type was a 426 Hemi. Horsepower of this car was around 425; it was available in a 4 speed manual.

1970 Chevelle

The 1970 Chevelle ranked number 5 in the muscle car category. It had a strong standard six speed, 454 cubic inch performance engine. These engines had a controlled combustion system and exhaust emission control systems, these emission control systems were quite impressive in performance, they also came with a transmission controlled vacuum spark. This Chevelle SS454 was a powerful car that acquired a speed of 107mph in 13.12 seconds. It came with a 4 speed, 450 hp vehicle with 454LS6 engine.

1969 Camaro

This car was number 6 in ranking when compared to other speedsters. The Camaro that was tested acquired a speed of 100mph in 13.12 seconds. And its engine was 427 ZL1. It came with a 430-horse engine. It also included a 4 speed manual transmission.

1968 and 1969 Charger

A 1968 charger tested at a speed of 105mph and it acquired that speed in 13.50 seconds. The engine in this car was a 426 Hemi and it had an automatic transmission. The Hemi was the engine of choice by these Charger enthusiasts during this time.

Here is a 1969 charger 500 and it was ranked 11 in performance. This car achieved a speed of 109mph in 13.48 seconds. The engine model was a 426 Hemi. The Horsepower of this car was a 425 horse engine. It also included a 4 speed manual transmission.

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Muscle Cars: For The Thrill-Seeker In You

Muscle Cars: For The Thrill-Seeker In You


1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster
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If you prefer an automobile that can withstand extreme driving maneuvers and can handle sports such as drag racing, getting a muscle car can be the best option for you. Muscle cars come in various models and they have a set of features that are unique to them.

For certain motorists, having a car with a standard engine and design is enough for their daily use. However, for other individuals, it is much better to own an automobile that has been built for more hard-hitting driving maneuvers. These people require a vehicle that can move faster and withstand extreme driving conditions. If you, for instance, belong to the latter more adventurous group of motorists, you may find yourself looking for a car that can handle your needs as a thrill-seeking driver. In relation to this, a good option for you is to get one of the American muscle cars in the market.

But before actually planning to get a muscle car, you need to know the things that set this type of vehicle apart from other automobiles. Generally, muscle cars refer to high-performance automobiles that are medium sized and are equipped with a large powerful engine, usually a V8. Muscle cars normally have two doors, although some models have four doors. In addition, these cars have special trims that enable them to have maximum torque or rotary force while on the road. Muscle cars are also the common choice of individuals who join drag racing competitions. Experts distinguish muscle cars from sports cars through their size and seats. Muscle cars are relatively larger than sports cars and the latter have more than two seats.

After learning about the unique characteristics of muscle cars, you need to know about its various models. Here are a few classic examples of American muscle cars: Ford Thunderbird 427, Buick Skylark Gran Sport, Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS, and Pontiac GTO. All of these muscle cars were manufactured between the early 60’s to the mid 70’s and are the pioneering products that defined the said type of automobile. Modern muscle cars include the Impala SS, the Mercury Grand Marquis, the retro-style Ford Mustang, and the GT 500 Super Snake and King of the Road by Ford and Shelby.

Moving on, once you have learned much about muscle cars and have decided to get one, you should know where to start your search for the right car. First, you can visit automobile exhibits held by various car manufacturers in your city. During specific times of the year, these car companies host auto shows that they announce through public ads. Most likely, these exhibits have a particular area for muscle cars produced by the company. Second, you can read about several muscle car models and view their images in magazines and websites dedicated to the said automobile. Through these publications and online resources, you can even find the contact information of the companies that sell these cars. You should, however be more careful in looking for muscle cars on the World Wide Web and make sure that credible companies manage the sites you are visiting. Finally, if you wish to create your own muscle car, you can get in touch with an automotive designer. This type of Car Company can build a muscle car based on your preference and specifications in terms of paint scheme, tires, interior, and engine.

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