Archive for the ‘TECH’ Category

A New Beat – A Simple Camshaft Swap Creates Increased Power and Unique Sound

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

COMP Cams’ new Thumpr flat tappet camshafts come in three levels of performance. As you might expect, the base performance cam is called the Thumpr, followed by the more aggressive Mutha Thumpr and the red hot Big Mutha Thumpr. Pretty creative, huh?

So, the question arises with regard to camshafts, “Can you have your cake and eat it, too?”  In the case of our dyno test, we wanted to know if there was a camshaft that not only delivered on the dyno, but would enhance the sound of power derived from our engine for cruise appeal. (more…)

Grounded Impala Installing Air Ride on Your Classic Chevy

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Normally, an Impala flat on the ground conjures up visions of hydraulics and wire wheels. But more and more mid-‘60s Impalas are being customized to combine the best of muscle power and luxury. The suspension featured on the 1965 Impala SS can also be found  on many other GM cars of the era, and sports a coil spring setup with control arms up front and trailing arms and a panhard bar in the back. (more…)

Installing high tech gauges in a late model Mustang

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

While you may learn too much information about your pal after hoisting a few beers at the local pool hall, you can never have too much information when it comes to your vehicle’s operation. Oil temperature and pressure are like the blood flowing through your body, if it stops or gets too hot, you’re a dead man; the same goes for your engine. (more…)

Short Trip – Short Throw Manual Shifter Install

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

The Pro 5.0 shifter is a complete, bulletproof shifter system that bolts to the stock transmission. First remove shifter handle and boot bezel.One of the most common upgrades to any performance vehicle is to install a short throw shifter in place of the stock unit. A short throw shifter will make it easier to shift between gears because there will be less travel shift throw. “Shift throw” refers directly to the actual travel of the shifter stick, which affects the time it takes to shift from one gear to another. In a performance situation, the additional moments a factory stock shifter takes to go from one gear to another can result in slower elapsed times, or just a sluggish feeling when driving around town. A short throw shifter eliminates that sluggish feeling in a daily driver, and gives the racer an extra edge. (more…)

Installing a ProCharger Supercharger on a 3.8 V-6 Mustang

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Now we brought the main unit over to the car and installed it behind the radiator fan, this is a very close fit, but the unit will slip on if aligned properly. You must not force it.

When does a V-6 engine crank out more power than a V-8? When it’s boosted by a power adder system such as a turbo or supercharger.In the case of ProCharger, we found a system that delivers excellent power and drivability (more…)

Rear Seat Pans installation on the “Muscle Car TV” ’61 Chevy – Red Sled

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

The ’61 Chevrolet was unique among cars of its era, an unmistakable shape that was different from other offerings of the time and a complete change over from the ’59-60 Chevy that preceded it. The first of the 409-equipped Chevrolets, it was instantly embraced for its novelty and speed. Fans lusted for power enhancing pieces to make it faster and cooler. (more…)

The Low Down – Installing an H & R suspension for Improved Handling and Looks

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

This is our 2008 sporting the Sport Tuning wheels and Dunlop tires from Tire Rack. The body is at factory ride height and clearly has excessive space between the body and the top of the tire.

The new Mustang is an excellent platform for performance, with great power and terrific looks. But let’s face it, the suspension is a compromise between ground clearance and a cushy ride for the masses. If you add performance tires and wheels to the mix, it only goes to further prove the need for a better suspension.

The folks at Tire Rack were instrumental in getting us the new Dunlop performance tires and Suspension Tuning 20-inch wheels for our 2008 Mustang, but clearly there was a need to enhance the suspension to match the nearly 3 inches of daylight between the edge of the fender well and the top of the tire. The key was to select a suspension that offered not only better handling, but also decent road manners and ride height adjustability. The H & R suspension does all that and comes in a wide variety of styles. (more…)

The W Returns – Building a Chevy 409-CID “W” engine

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

In 1961, Chevrolet introduced the new “W” engine, an enlarged and truly performance version of the 348-CID engine that had gone before. The 409 was the stuff of legends and was available in big bodied Chevys from 1961 through early 1965 when it was replaced by the first of the Mark IV big-blocks. Immortalized by the Beach Boys, who created the song “409” to sing its praises, the 409 was true to the hype of the car offered in a number of horsepower levels and with camshafts and carburetors appropriate for the ponies it generated. (more…)