Archive for March, 2011

Retrofitting a VDO Tach Into a Vintage Mustang

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Instrument repair is becoming somewhat of a lost art. There are a lot of little springs, magnets and other items hiding inside the average instrument, and it takes knowledge and practice to get them working again. Sure, you can get entire clusters from the major suppliers, but what if you want to retain the stock appearance? Back in the day, there were plenty of places where one could get stock instruments repaired and upgraded, but not any longer. Repairs have become a virtual cottage industry. (more…)

Installing a Pertronix Flame-Thrower/Ignitor III Ignition System

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

There are many ways to get more horsepower from an engine, but not many of them also include adding reliability. For many, a Chevy HEI is the perfect addition to their engine because the coil is part of the overall distributor package. But the HEI is a large unit and for some space is an issue. Such was the case of this Chevy Nova. There’s not a lot of space under the hood on one of these cars, and the V-8 Chevy engine takes up most of that room. As such, there wasn’t enough space (without pounding clearance into the firewall) for the traditional HEI. (more…)

Installing TCI’s 6X Six-Speed Transmission and Paddle Shifter

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Automatic transmissions have been around nearly as long as the automobile. They served their purpose, but for those who were looking for performance, the manual gearbox was the way to go. And the more gears in that box the better. Even though high gear is traditionally a 1:1 setup, having many gears to choose from makes keeping the engine in the meat of the power band that much easier. The “three on the tree” became a four, then five, and finally six speeds capable of handling whatever the driver/racer asked of it. Of course, this was all via a floor-mounted shifter usually using an “H” pattern. (more…)

This Mustang is Built to Kill

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Though Scott Taylor is retired now (actually, he refers to it as “RETIRED!!”), he was the laboratory supervisor of an animal science nutrition research lab. So it would only seem natural that he would want to build a Mustang. But he actually started this ‘68 Mustang project with the intention of building a nice Eleanor replica that his wife Laura could drive and attend local shows with. The Taylors have always had a strong appreciation for ‘60s muscle cars, but Laura felt somewhat overlooked because she didn’t have a car of her own. Since she liked the Eleanor Mustang, they began looking around for a nice ’67 or ’68 fastback that would suit their needs. They finally located a one in San Bernardino, California, which belonged to an 18-year-old high school senior. He was reluctantly selling the car to support his future college education. The Taylors liked what we saw, purchased the car for $11,000, and drove it the 450 miles to back to their home in Sacramento. (more…)

CFR Performance Builds a Performance Car

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Automotive aftermarket companies have always built vehicles that showcase its wares, but lately these companies are building vehicles that not only show off its products, but are intended for another purpose, too. Autocrossing has become an activity that many are finding not only fills a marketing niche, but it’s a blast, too. (more…)

A Camaro for all Reasons

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

CGS Performance Products, based in Chino, California, is best known for its stainless steel exhausts and cold air intake systems, but for more years than we can remember, CGS has been building custom vehicles for the annual SEMA show. The crew has built cars, trucks, SUVs and everything that is the “latest and greatest” from the OEMs. The crew at CGS has won many distinguished awards at the SEMA show, such as the GM Design Award, Ford Product Excellence Award, Chrysler Design Excellence Award, the Outstanding Achievement in Design from Ford Motor Co. (three times) and many more throughout the years. This year, the company has put its expertise into this 2’11 Camaro. (more…)