Archive for the ‘Feature’ Category

Super Challenger Mr. Norm’s Takes the Challenger to a Whole New Level

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Rewinding back to the ‘60s and ‘70s, Mopar enthusiasts were some of the most diehard gearheads out there, and they still are today, taking classic and contemporary muscle to the limit. Mr. Norm of Mr. Norm’s Garage debuted three fully customized Mr. Norm’s Dodge Challengers, two Super Challengers and one Super Cuda, at the 2008 SEMA show in Las Vegas. (more…)

Pace Maker – The Custom Shop Cranks Out a “Real World” ’67 Camaro

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Big dollar cars with six figures wrapped up in custom drive trains, metal and paint mods, one-off dashes, and insane interiors are a true sight to see. While these cars are definitely the epitome of pavement-shredding perfection, we certainly have to argue how realistic they are to the enthusiast of average income? It’s cool to dream, but sooner or later the majority of us have to get back to financial reality. (more…)

The Black Mariah – Happiness is Driving This Triple Black 1966 Dodge Coronet 440 Street Hemi

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

The story is a familiar one. In this case, one W.E. Richards from Diamond, Ohio, buys a brand new, triple black, 1966 Dodge Coronet 440 from Ravenna, Ohio’s Martin Motors and transforms it into a weekend warrior. Of course, the fun (a 1/4-mile at a time) lasts just as long as the 10.3:1 compression, Code H/381 B-426/425-HP, dual quad, street Hemi engine, which is capable of turning 12.40s at 117.00 while competing in the NHRA B/Stock class. However, those E-ticket rides came to a screeching halt once the street Hemi (with just 11,026 miles on the odometer) spun a rod bearing. In the end, the ’66 got parked, and it was eventually forgotten. (more…)

Orange Bang – Classic Lines and Corvette Power

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

When it comes to classic muscle cars the Chevelle is certainly one of the most popular platforms to build upon. Some take the restored approach and can’t bear the thought of separating a family of parts that has lived under the same hood and underbelly since the day the car rolled off the assembly line. The whole numbers matching concept is great for the enthusiast who wants his or her car to hold up under scrutiny from the most discerning purist. The other type of enthusiast not only wants a great looking muscle car, but also one they can beat the snot out of every time they climb behind the steering wheel. (more…)

Old School Dreams – Imagined in Study Hall Built 30 Years Later

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

As a high school kid in Iowa, Craig Hull had an active mind. All the cars he lusted after were built in his head, thanks to that active juvenile imagination. Sound familiar? Oh yeah. We all did the same thing. If you were a diehard gearhead, you were hooked at an early age. You’d see the latest crop of muscle cars on the dealer’s lot and imagine how they’d look with Cragar SS wheels, big tires and big power. (more…)

Pony Up – A 518-Horse Supercharged Beauty

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Most muscle car fanatics are loyal to one brand and will defend that brand no matter what the cost. For James Goode of Garland, Texas, ownership of this air ride equipped and supercharged 2005 Mustang Pony convertible was merely a right place at the right time endeavor. Goode is a retried football coach and a few years back while still coaching football, he had what he calls a “cardiac episode.” In anticipation of bad news from the doctors Goode sold his 2004 Corvette ragtop and settled up his bills. Fortunately the doctors came back with good news and Goode was in the clear, but his prized ’04 ‘Vette was already down the road. (more…)

Air Ride Technologies Packs 430-HP into a Low, Smooth and Cool Package

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

There is something to be said for a car that gets driven and driven hard. Trailer queen cars tend to lose their novelty when the owner only gets to pilot them from the ramps of the trailer to the garage. Air Ride Technologies out of Jasper, Indiana, has always been conscious of building cars that will turn heads wherever they go, but will still absorb the hardest thrashing that can be thrown at them. If you have been to any Goodguys Rod and Custom Association event across the country, you have undoubtedly seen their Auto Cross track and the various machines wearing their suspension trickery that get stuffed into corners with the tachometer banging off the redline. Company owner Bret Voelkel has always built cars that provoke the drool factor, but also hit the asphalt with rear rubber smoking and the horses running wild. (more…)

Corner-cutting Camino – This Pat Musi-powered El Camino is Built for Road Racing

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

When we first heard about this cool El Camino, we figured it was a street cruiser. Frankly, it’s rare when anyone builds an El Camino for more than boulevard cruising or the occasional rip down the quarter-mile. But a road racing El Camino? Ridiculous, right?

Wrong. (more…)

A 1967 Camaro Built to Turn Heads

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

In the world of all-out performance muscle cars everyone is always impressed with the cars that throw down significant horsepower, sit flat on the tarmac, and scare critters back into hibernation when the bump stick starts spinning and the pipes roar. While these performance-packed and well-detailed machines may impress at the shows or when the fun pedal is planted, there is something to be said for a mild custom muscle car that is built just to cruise. Jim Davis Senior of Lubbock, Texas, is the owner of the 1967 Camaro RS glaring off of these pages and while it may not pack 600 HP and 20s under the fenders, it’s the perfect Sunday driver. (more…)

Pavement Crusher – 40-year-old Metal Blended With Modern Technology

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Stuffing late-model drive trains in classic muscle cars and equipping them with modern suspension and brakes is nothing new. It’s a style that was originally launched under the Grand Touring moniker years ago, and has transformed muscle cars, whatever the flavor, into fun to drive, corner-hugging, cruising machines. Let’s face it, while the Big Three nailed the style on the performance tin of the past, the technology was not there to make them handle, stop, steer, and perform at high levels. These factory fast brutes were designed to go fast in a straight line, making them prime candidates for drag strip duty where many off the show room speed demons wowed the crowd. What about a car that can do everything well? We are talking go fast, stop fast, hug corners, and pin you back in the seat, all while the A/C is turning the cockpit into frostbite central. (more…)