Archive for February, 2011

‘Stang Stop Tips – Baer Brakes Upgrade for Our Late-Model Mustang

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Our 2008 Ford Mustang started out simple enough with a stock 4.6-liter engine and automatic transmission. The factory 17-inch wheels looked great, but with the oversized rotors we had in mind, it was clear they would not do. The folks at Tire Rack were helpful and supplied us with a set of 20-inch wheels and Dunlop tires.

As any racer will tell you, you can’t drive any faster than you have the ability to stop. Brakes allow you to have the confidence to drive deep into the corner, apply the brakes and drive on through. Our heavy Mustang (around 4,000 pounds in convertible trim) was running strong with plenty of power from the Magnacharger induction system, but required some help in the braking department. To the rescue came Baer Brakes. (more…)

Installing a B&B Serpentine Belt System and a U.S. Radiator Aluminum Radiator

Friday, February 4th, 2011

It’s been said that it’s better to look good than to feel good, but what if you want to have both? That analogy especially works with your engine. Everyone wants to have a mill that looks good, but it has to work well, too. And as if that weren’t enough, nobody wants to spend all weekend bolting on new parts when they could be out cruisin’. That’s why for our first installment of “Weekend Update,” we are featuring the installation of a B&B Street Rods serpentine belt system and an aluminum radiator from U.S. Radiator. (more…)

Installing a Detroit Speed QUADRALink Rear Suspension System

Friday, February 4th, 2011

We admit it, we don’t like leaf spring-based suspensions. They may have been fine when this now-radical RS Camaro was new and their shortcomings not so glaring given the stock horsepower, bias ply tires and drum brakes of the day all conspired to hold the car back performance-wise. (more…)

KBS Coatings Restores Your Chassis to Look Good as New in Your Driveway

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Every project, whether automotive or home improvement, is only as good as the foundation on which it is built. Some perfect examples are the 40-plus-year-old projects that grace the pages of this magazine every issue. Most of the muscle cars that we love to read about were at one time worn out shells of their former Detroit glory, in dire need of restoration. (more…)

Lightweight Body Parts From Anvil Auto

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Strap yourself in for another installment of Project Flat-Footed. This ’67 Camaro being built at Ironworks Speed & Kustom is destined for high speed autocross and road course action, and our mission is to take you through the build all the way from metal repair and bodywork to chassis and suspension updates, plumbing and wiring all the way to the starting line. In the August issue we walked you through chassis and suspension upgrades from Chris Alston Chassisworks, braking upgrades from Wilwood Engineering, and the installation of the wicked LS7 from GM Performance Parts. (more…)

Hill’s Hot Rods Builds a Game-Changing Mopar

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Bob Brandt, 1970 Dodge Challenger, Lubbock, TX

In the tire-smoking and camshaft-thumping world of high performance muscle car art there are all sorts of ways in which enthusiasts choose to enjoy their cars. Some like to take a Sunday drive and grin from ear to ear when the loud pedal is mashed and their spine is forced back against the seat. Others build them to roll to a cruise night and turn heads, while some just hold the fabrication pedal all the way down and don’t lift it until they have the baddest (insert Chevy, Ford or Mopar here) on the planet. For Bob Brandt of Lubbock, Texas, his fascination with pavement-pounding performance cars was ignited at a young age when he saw factory-fast performance cars roll off the showroom floor new and do battle at the local drags in stock trim. In high school Bob was fortunate enough to drive a purple ‘70 Challenger R/T. (more…)

Hotchkis Suspension Makes the A-Body Hang Hairpins

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Pavement rushes under you as you bury the pedal and feel the horsepower glue your back to the seat. You push and pull the gears as you fly through the corners and the meticulously appointed chassis and suspension make child’s play of the twisties. Upgraded big brakes keep the horsepower in check, but the power under your right foot is calling to be released from the stables and you force the throttle southbound and feel the rush as the tach needle climbs and your heart starts to pound.

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CGS Performance Products’ 2010 Mustang

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Casey Scranton, 2010 Ford Mustang, Chino, CA, CGS Performance Products

It is no secret that when the latest versions of modern muscle cars come out, there are a lot of aftermarket performance companies that have to get their hands on them as soon as possible. The idea is to get going on R&D so they can come to market with their parts pretty darn quick. A lot of times a company can find someone locally who doesn’t mind giving up their new car for a couple days at a time so that they can get the latest new performance part or accessory for their ride. But when a car as cool as the ‘10 Ford Mustang is involved, well, you’ll have a hard time not wanting the car for yourself. (more…)

A 772 Horsepower Big-Block Powered Work of Art

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

RK-Collection-Tom Farrell, 1969 Camaro Convertible, Concord, NC

The best part about owning a high performance muscle car is sliding into the seat, cranking the key, hearing the rumble exit the pipes, and mashing the gas as the rear tires feverishly search for traction as their grip is no match for the fire breather you’ve got under the hood. For the crew at the RK-Collection in Concord, North Carolina, the injected big-block powered pro touring ’69 Camaro convertible radiating off of these pages was an investment in potential. The RK crew wanted to see how far they could and would go to create the ultimate pro touring ’69 with power, style, detail and craftsmanship rounding every curve and corner of this handcrafted pavement pounder.

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