When hopping into your car, it may appear to be as simple as mashing the gas pedal and going. Even if there happens to be a clutch thrown in the mix somewhere along the way, driving is still a pretty straightforward process. However, there are some more complicated workings at play, obviously, that go into making sure that your car performs the correct way every single time.
While it is difficult to take an inside look at these moving parts while they’re in motion, this video allows us to do just that as a hole has been sawed out of a manual transmission to allow us to peek inside of the mechanical workings to see exactly how something like this maneuvers during regular use.
Check out the inner workings of such a piece of machinery down in the video below that will allow you to peek into a functioning manual transmission to watch the clutch engage and disengage in a way like you might have never seen before.
The the world of custom hot rods, there are no mods that are off limits, and that includes custom engines. No, we don’t mean a custom-spec bottom end or a one-off cam, we’re talking about a completely new engine that’s never been built before, at least as far as we know. The owner of this tricked out first generation Camaro, built by Quality Custom Rides, has fitted it with a V12 LS engine that is likely the only one of its kind in the world, at least for the time being.
However, as YouTuber ScottieD points out, there’s so much more to this car than that attention grabbing power plant. The whole body has been dropped lower on the chassis, requiring several inches be cut off of the rocker panels, the interior is completely custom and the wicked F-Body even has suicide doors, showcasing the amount of custom work that’s gone into this build. There are several more subtle modifications that have been done, like dropping the front of the roof a tad and moving the grill out flush with the headlights. With a tasteful mix of mild and wild mods, this car has a little something for everybody, and it all starts with the wicked V12 under the hood.
While most of what we cover is centered around racing and high performance cars, we definitely have a strong love of the show car world as well, and its builds like that, the ones that truly feature creative and unique design cues that make the car stand out from the crowd, that keep that fire burning in our hearts. We hope to see many more truly custom rides like this in the future. If any of you guys out there have a badass show car that you’re really proud of, don’t be afraid to post them up on our wall and we will share as many of them as we can!
With a resounding bellow, the Oly Express startles the French racing faithful at Le Mans. The hulking 1972 Dodge Charger dwarfs the alien-shaped Mirages and Porsches parked nearby and if the muscle car’s shape doesn’t completely cast a shadow over the pint-sized sports cars, the idling Chrysler 426 Wedge drowns out their small-bore buzz just the same. The year is 1976 and NASCAR has come to Le Mans.
Just a few days before the United States’ bicentennial, a pair of hulking American coupes came to conquer the world’s biggest endurance race. Both would return to France many years later, but on 4/26, it’s only fitting to talk about the 426-powered Mopar at Le Mans. The Oly Express’ racing tales in ’76 may have been short-lived, but the French remembered the car fondly when Christophe Schwartz returned with the Olympia Beer-sponsored ’72 Charger, a bit changed, 30 years later.
Wheeler dealers is the show very popular in the UK and in the rest of the Europe actually.
Here you can see their presenter visiting the Dubai and admiring the exceptionally rare excellent cars which are just parked to stay on the large parking garages in the city.
The cars on the parking are so valuable it is hard to grasp why they are just covered with the dust and left to root.
One of the most astonishing pieces is the Ford Mustang GT500.
When it comes to piecing together the classic car of your dreams, sometimes, the price sheet of all of the components needed to put it together can get rather out of hand. If you choose to buy all OEM parts that were pumped out by the car’s manufacturer, it can get even worse. As things from the factory aren’t readily available and are no longer being produced, their demands skyrockets as the supply drops. This is where people tend to buy reproduction parts that, if made by the right company, can look as good as stock!
This time, we just so happened to stumble upon an eBay advertisement that shows you how expensive these original parts can get. Now, the Dodge Charger Daytona is a pretty rare machine that can bring a ton of money so if you’re restoring a more common muscle car, chances are that you won’t be spending this much on OEM parts but this historical piece most certainly isn’t alone in its insane price as these kinds of parts can bring huge money across the board.
How much exactly does the car’s wing cost? Well, as you can see in the advertisement above, the seller is looking for a touch over $15,000 for a completely original 1969 Daytona wing, painted in its original red, which the seller claims that he believes is the rarest color. For somebody looking to restore one of these cars, finding an original wing like this could be the Holy Grail that they’re looking for and the fact that it’s painted in red, potentially matching their car could mean even more for someone really looking for that factory appearance.
Now, anybody can list anything on eBay for whatever price they should choose, so is this guy out of his mind in his asking price? While we weren’t able to locate another wing of this kind, we were able to find a couple of other pieces that might help put this pricing perspective for you.
If you were to go for a reproduction wing of the same kind, the best price that we could muster up was a cool $1200. Now, remember, that, as an aftermarket part, it may or may not exactly fit right and you have to keep in mind that some folks are willing to really go to bat to say that their car is composed of all original parts which, in turn, makes it worth more money. Is that price not enough for you? The next closest thing to a full wing that we were able to locate was one of the uprights, one of the sections that holds up the top of the wing. How much does this cost? Well, for just over $5000, it could be yours and all that you need to purchase is the top of the wing and the other upright to complete it.
Every market certainly has its buyers and while this might seem absurd to you, to someone looking to complete their car that could cross the auction block and bring hundreds of thousands of dollars, spending the $15k might very well be worth every penny. What do you think of the way that this OEM part is priced?
Check out this fascinating segment from Jay Leno’s Garage, a CNBC series that showcases Leno’s journey across America checking out unique cars and the stories behind them. Leno shares his own story in this video of how he acquired a 1975 custom Plymouth Duster, previously owned by master mechanic and race car driver Paul Annunziata. As Leno explains, Annunziata was terminally ill with lung cancer and wanted a home for his Duster where he knew it would be well cared for and preserved with the same level of commitment he showed this classic muscle car.
Annunziata obtained the 1975 Duster in the 1970s and spent 5 years building it into a dream machine. Annunziata had developed a love of fast machines as a child, and by age 16, he owned a 650 cc Matchless motorcycle and a 1955 Chevy Hot Rod that he took drag racing the on the weekends.
Annunziata went on to graduate from Jim Russell’s International Race Driver’s School in the early 1970s, and was valedictorian of his class at National Technical Schools where he learned to build pro stock class drag cars.
The 1975 Plymouth Duster that Annunziata entrusted to Leno features a 1968 426 hemi engine that was originally housed in a Dodge Super Bee. The Duster underwent several modifications, including wheel wells redesigned to allow for wide tires, and the addition of wheelie bars. The Duster was also supercharged, nearly doubling the horsepower.
Interestingly, funding Annunziata’s dream for the modified Duster was a winning lottery ticket that netted him $10,000, according to HCAM.
Putting a 426 hemi in the Duster required specialized chassis work, tubbing of the body, special brackets and the addition of a roll cage to make the necessary room for the hemi engine. Annunziata recalls the process as complex, because of his desire to keep the body original and keep everything working the way it is supposed to. By the time the project was finished, the Duster had set back Annunziata $27,000, and he did all the work himself, with the exception of installing the windshield.
While it was originally Paul Annunziata’s intention to donate the Duster to Leno in exchange for his agreement to never resell it, Leno ultimately made a donation to McPherson College in exchange for the Duster. McPherson College is the only school in the nation to offer a Bachelor’s Degree in automotive restoration – a legacy surely befitting Paul Annunziata.
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These days the first cars to roll off the line usually end up one of two places: the auction block or chopping block. Either being sold at higher prices for charity or being crushed for liability reasons, having been built and rebuilt. However, in 1970 this first car off the line was basically treated like any other, liability be dammed, which is how this 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda lived well beyond its years.
Built by hand it’s, frankly, a miracle that this car ever made it to the consumer, but perhaps even more impressive is the quality and low mileage of it throughout its 47-year existence. Ironically, what ultimately kept the mileage so low is something which still plagues drivers today, fuel economy. According to the current owner, Gary Dodane, when the car hit the market gas was 60-cents and with just 5-6 miles a gallon it was simply too expensive to drive.
When Gary bought the Plymouth in 1983, he had no idea what he was getting, literally. “I didn’t even know what a Hemi Cuda was at the time,” said Gary. To him it was simply a cool car that he had the chance to buy and with only around 17,000 miles on the odometer, despite multiple prior owners, it was too good a deal to pass up. Though when Gary bought the car he wanted to know more about it, “I like to get a history when I buy things,” said Gary adding, “It was just a car to them.”
Unfortunately for them and fortunately for Gary, none of the previous owners took the time to look into what they had. If they did they’d have soon discovered that this Hemi Cuda, vin number BS23R0B100003, was the first hand built one off the line in Indiana. In fact, it never left Indiana, but that could very well change as Gary has listed the car online and could fetch him over $3 million as he looks to finally part with it after 34 years.
The reason for wanting to part with it after all this time is simple and respectable, Gary wants to buy around half a dozen more cars. And while the $3 million sounds steep, a 1970 Hemi Cuda convertible sold back in 2015 for $2.25 million. If ever there was a time to say Holy Grail and truly mean it, perhaps this is it as this Hemi Cuda prepares to possibly leave its home at the National Automotive and Truck Museum.
Most videos require a little action to get our attention, but sometimes all it takes is cranking a car up to get our heart pumping early in the morning. While we love the raspy snarl of Italian exotics like Lamborghinis and Ferraris, there’s just something truly incomparable about the throaty lope of old Detroit iron. This particular car – a 1970 Dodge Charger – is the very epitome of classic domestic muscle, and when it’s fired up on a chilly November morning, it sounds purely badass.
This Charger has a Magnum 440 V8 under the hood, but it’s not just a stock bullet. The owner has swapped the cam out for a VooDoo bump stick that tickles the valves a little harder than the factory unit, giving it a more authoritative lope at idle and likely quite a bit more low end torque.
The car is also running Flowmaster mufflers, a classic choice for a car like this with a need to move a ton of air through the mufflers thanks to the huge displacement of the engine. Flowmasters also give the exhaust a deeper, more aggressive tone without being too loud, at least until you stomp on the loud pedal.
It takes the car a few seconds of cranking to fire up, likely due to the fact that it’s been sitting a while. After all, who daily drives a classic hotrod like this? This is a car that is to be kept out of the elements until it’s time to take it out for a spin, but make no mistake, it’s definitely a car to be driven. We see far too many of these sitting for years, sometimes decades, and not really being enjoyed at all. That’s a shame, because while we understand wanting to keep the miles low to retain value, but cars weren’t built to just sit and collect dust, they were built to be driven and enjoyed, especially cars with big torquey V8’s under the hood that sound like this when they’re cranked up!
Drag Week legend and Street Outlaws alum Jeff Lutz may be known for laying down the quickest Drag Week average of all time, but when it comes to paying the bills, he actually builds cars for other racers and does a lot of fabrication work, both in and out of his Lutz Race Cars shop in Callery, PA. One big part of Lutz’ reputation is building custom headers, as well as repairing the headers of others at the track. Jeff sat down with Stainless Works to discuss how he got his start in the racing world, as well as teasing about his plans for Drag Week 2017.
As is the case for many of us, Jeff’s affinity for racing started with in the family. Lutz accompanied his brother to check out a Camaro he was thinking of buying, and when his brother let him jump behind the wheel, he was hooked on the intoxicating effects of horsepower. He picked up a Nova with intentions of turning it into his first race car, but family obligations dictated the sale of the Nova. A little while later, Jeff picked up an IROC style Camaro that would become his first race car. He even shares that his wife drove the Camaro on big tires with a ratchet shifter. Now she sounds like a keeper.
Jeff has made several appearances on Street Outlaws, even joining the most famed Top 10 list in all the land in his Mad Max Camaro. He talks about how he met Shawn and Big Chief the first time he ran 0 and formed a friendship that stands to this day.
There’s another project in the works that Jeff teases a little bit, but doesn’t really share any details, though we think we just might have some info coming soon on the new car for you guys! After that, Lutz gives us a little welding demonstration, showing us how he became one of the most well known fabricators in the northeast. We can’t wait to share what he’s been working on with you guys, you’re gonna love it!
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