Archive for August, 2009

Blackie’s Last Stand?

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

The 50th Annual Fresno Autorama

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Though it is properly known as the Fresno Autorama, for all intents and purposes and to his legion of fans, it’s simply recognized as “Blackie’s show.” For the past 50 years, Mike “Blackie” Gejeian has been the heart and soul of this show. Gejeian, as usual, handpicked all of the vehicles in attendance, and the crowd came to see him as much as they did the amazing array of cars, trucks and motorcycles.

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The Best Of Both Worlds

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Inside Classic Reflection Coachworks

Main327JPEG If you ask any hot rodder or muscle car fanatic what is it that they like and don’t like about their cars, you will probably get the following answers: “I love the way it looks and hate the way it drives.” After daily driving our 1964 Nova Wagon for a few years, we are in total agreement with that statement. We love our old cars for the classic lines and bold styling they exhibit, and love the way folks look at us and give us thumbs up when we tool around town… But we don’t want to drive them every day. Call us pansies if you wish, but there is something to be said about a new car with its creature comforts and its ability to keep the rain and cold outside where they belong

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The Best Of Both Worlds

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Inside Classic Reflection Coachworks

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If you ask any hot rodder or muscle car fanatic what is it that they like and don’t like about their cars, you will probably get the following answers: “I love the way it looks and hate the way it drives.” After daily driving our 1964 Nova Wagon for a few years, we are in total agreement with that statement. We love our old cars for the classic lines and bold styling they exhibit, and love the way folks look at us and give us thumbs up when we tool around town… But we don’t want to drive them every day. Call us pansies if you wish, but there is something to be said about a new car with its creature comforts and its ability to keep the rain and cold outside where they belong.

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Braking A Bad Habit

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Installing An ABS Power Brake 4-Wheel Disc Brake Kit

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We know we’ve said this before, but for classic muscle cars, as in life, there is good and bad. The good is that they have big power and great looks, the bad is that some of the operating systems are dated, to say the least. One of those systems is the brakes.

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Handling For The Hemi

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Installing the Hotchkis Performance Suspension Stage I TVS Kit

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When one thinks of the new Dodge Challenger, of course one thinks of Hemi power. We’re talking high-speed, straight-line kind of power. But the truth is these cars can be made to handle very well, too. With the addition of performance springs, shocks and sway bars, the new Challengers can carve with the best of them. For those who know, Hotchkis makes a Stage I TVS kit for the 300C/Magnum. The thing is, this is the same kit. How can than be, you ask? Well, when you get beneath the cars, they are identical in their suspension design, so the kit fits the new Challenger as well.

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A Dashin’ Chrysler

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Restoring a ’61 Newport Dash Pad

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Here’s the original dash pad prior to starting. It’s cracked and some pieces are missing,
exposing the old foam underlay. Notice the period aftermarket air conditioner under the dash.

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Currie Enterprises 9-Plus

Monday, August 17th, 2009

We get an all-new rearend assembly for our ’59 F-100 project

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Searching the local wrecking yards and picking up a good Ford 9-inch rear end for your hot rod truck project is really a crapshoot. Considering that the factory stopped producing the 9-inch in 1981 for passenger cars and 1986 for pickup trucks, the selection of used units is kind of limited. First you have to find one that is a suitable width, and then you have to hope that the housing is true. Then you have to hope that it has a limited slip diff and an ideal ring-and-pinion ratio for your needs. Let’s say that you find a 9-inch that fits the bill and it is straight. You are still going to have to pull it apart and put new bearings in it and rebuild the brakes. By the time you pay for the rear end and all the parts to make it the right rear end for your project, you could have just ordered a brand new Currie Enterprises 9+ axle assembly.

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Going Pro

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Installing a Professional Products Powerjection III

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By this time, even die-hard fans of normally aspirated (i.e. carbureted and/or non-super/turbocharged) vehicles have to admit that electronic fuel injection systems have their place in the motoring world. For those who either drive their classic vehicles on a daily basis or who simply drive them any great distance, the added benefits of having a computer monitoring the induction system can’t be denied.

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They Call Him Mr. Norm

Friday, August 14th, 2009

The Mopar Performance King Rides Again

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The question has been asked, “What’s in a name,” but there are those in every area that evoke a response simply by saying it. With Ford it’s Roush, and for some Chevy guys, it’s Zora Arkov Duntov. For lovers of all things Mopar, however, that name is Mr. Norm.

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Street Smarts

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Subtle Style And Serious Power Define This Chevy

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Photos by Travis Noack

Sometimes it’s hard to characterize what a hot rod, muscle car, or a street rod is. It’s easy when you’re talking about a ’32 High Boy, and a ’68 Camaro is even easier still, but what about a customized 1957 Bel Air? Especially one that is nearly stock appearing on top, but has been completely built underneath? Whichever category you want to put it in, this car is a sweet ride.

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