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Archive for August, 2010
From Race to Show and Back Again
1969 Chevrolet C-10
Long Beach, CA
Phillips & Co. Hot Rods
After spending years making other’s automotive dreams come true as the project manager for the television show Overhaulin’ Rob Phillips looked to make his own dream come true and opened up his own shop in Long Beach, California, Phillips & Co. Hot Rods. He knew he would need a flagship vehicle to showcase his shop’s services and his talents. Thankfully, he didn’t have to look very far; he had been working on redoing his 1969 Chevrolet C-10 on the side throughout the Overhaulin’ builds. The truck formerly found its home on the race track and at burnout exhibitions. It was fun, but needless to say it was all go and not a lot of show. The time for an update was now and the changes came quickly with the total rebuild taking less than a year to accomplish. That year was plenty of time for Rob’s shop to work its magic, after all he was used to putting out custom vehicles in 7 days!
The Lowdown on GM Performance Part’s E-ROD LS3 – Finding a Solution to SMOG Problems
For those of us that are looking to accomplish a complete motor swap in our trucks or a brand new build with the goal of more power and reliability, modern LS-based motors are currently the best ticket. They offer great control over power and reliability and are considered to be our generations SBC. The Small Block Chevrolet (SBC) engine has long been a staple of the customizing community. The engine has remained relatively unchanged for decades and thousands of parts are available for the SBC in case you want some added power. If you are looking to get past the 300 or 400 horsepower range however you would have to build up the engine greatly. This usually consists of a new performance parts including a hot camshaft, forged pistons, ported heads, etc.. The list goes on and the dent in the wallet deepens. But no matter how you cut it, once a emissions control referee pops the hood and sees a different motor that has been built up, red flags go off at the inspection and your truck will most likely only see the streets while sitting atop a trailer. A solution is needed that offers the best of both worlds, power and emissions compliance.