In the world of custom muscle cars there are those cars that emerge at the shows that put chins on the pavement and are talked about for years to come once they’ve made their show debut. These types of cars usually feature more body mods than a Hollywood movie star and sport the best in drivetrains, suspension and body and paint, but one element that makes these cars a frequent topic of gearhead conversation is shock factor. To make a statement in the custom scene, these cars have to impress at the very first glance and reel the viewer in with exquisite detail. (more…)
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The new Fender Brace is an easy bolt-in addition to you classic muscle car. They are designed with functionality to help brace the front end, and the stainless steel makes for an attractive piece. OEM holes are used to attach these fender braces, so no cutting or drilling is required. Precision Coachworks was the creator of the Velocity Camaro. The Fender Braces bolts directly onto the 1967-1969 Camaro, 1970-1981 Camaro, and 1968-1974 Nova. (more…)
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…)
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?
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…)
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…)
It all started for me in the passenger seat of my dad’s ’57 Chevy Nomad. My dad would take a buddy and me or two out to Woodward Avenue, all the while listening to Chuck Berry and Little Richard, while by dad tried finding some victims to race. It was probably not the safest thing to do with a couple of kids by today’s standards, but we loved it. My dad always had some kind of street machine, street rod or muscle car, and I don’t know if I was born with this sickness or if I was brainwashed as a child, either way, I have my dad to thank! Actually I can’t thank him enough, because it probably kept me out of trouble. It’s bad enough being a kid and getting harassed by the police for doing nothing, but when you’re in a muscle car it certainly doesn’t help the situation. (more…)