WOOOWWW! Crazy amazing KOTS Race!

Perhaps the craziest legal street drag race ever caught on video. Talk about driving skills! BEST SAVE & WIN OF THE YEAR @ KOTSVII

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1968 Chevrolet Camaro – Built To Enjoy

Bruce Paul had his fill of show queens, so he built a First Gen to drive!

There comes a time for some Bow Tie enthusiasts when driving your pride and joy on and off a trailer becomes boring and unfulfilling. And if you’ve ever built a numbers-matching, stock restoration, you’ve probably experienced the more rabid enthusiasts who know more about factory chalk marks and paper tags than they do about their own kids. While said persons are a wealth of amazing knowledge, their passion for exact, 1,000-point correctness can be a bit overwhelming.

Bruce Paul had restored a beautiful NCRS-quality ’66 427/425 HP Corvette, and an equally well-done ’69 Z11 Camaro Pace Car. Both won tons of awards, but made Bruce weary when it came to dealing with the nitpickers crawling over his cars. After seeing what was going on with Pro Touring-style builds, Bruce sold both the Corvette and Pace Car, and picked up a ’68 Camaro to start his newest project.

The F-body came out of Knoxville, Tennessee, and was bought per a friend’s recommendation. Before arriving to pick the car up, he had it sent to a local upholstery shop for a new interior. Upon arrival though, the automobile that Bruce beheld wasn’t what he expected. The door and panel gaps were all off, the rockers ill fitting, and the trunk and decklid fit poorly. For a man who had previously built an NCRS-quality Vette, this wouldn’t do.

On the way to back to Miami. Bruce stopped at Harbor Auto Restoration in Rockledge, Florida, and left the ’68 in the skilled hands of Frank Tetro and his skilled group of automotive artisans. After Bruce and Frank discussed things with designer Eric Brockmeyer, a plan was set, the Camaro was completely blown apart, and its rebuild begun.

All the panels were fixed and aligned properly, along with removing the side marker lights and filling in the cowl panel area, eliminating the windshield wipers and providing a much smoother look. Once the body was blocked within microns of perfect straightness, it was wheeled into the paint booth, and bathed in House of Kolor Tangelo Pearl paint.

The interior installed in Knoxville by Steve Holcomb of Pro Auto Custom Interiors was about the only thing that didn’t get redone, with everything including the custom fabricated dash wrapped in Autumn Brown leather. The bucket seats came from a Nissan, Classic Instruments gauges keep tabs on the engines vitals, and a Vintage Air climate system keeps Bruce comfy while driving to his show destinations. Setting off the paint are a set of Billet Specialties Bonneville G wheels.

For power, things were kept traditional, with a blueprinted and built 355 rumbling under the hood. It has 11:1 compression, Edelbrock alloy heads, Comp Cams hydraulic roller, and an Inglese eight-stack EFI induction system controlled by a FAST EZ-EFI system. Behind that is a built 4L60E trans that helps spin a Strange 9-inch pumpkin. The brakes are Wilwood four-piston binders at all four corners.

To make the car handle as well as it looks, Detroit Speed control arms and coilovers were bolted to the factory subframe up front, while out back DSE leaf springs and upgraded shocks keep the 9-inch stable.

After trailering the car around for two years and garnering numerous awards, including a Super Chevy Show Gold Class trophy, Bruce stopped to look at his creation as it sat on the trailer behind his truck. That was the turning point when he decided the awards he’d earned were enough, and it was time to truly enjoy the vehicle. Truck and trailer were quickly sold, and the miles behind the wheel started adding up.

“Now my decision for going to a show is, if the car can’t be driven to the show, I’m not going!” Even with putting some miles on the Camaro along with the associated wear that comes with it, the ’68 still wins a fair number of awards. Surprisingly, keeping the car clean isn’t as much of a chore for Bruce as you’d think.

If the car can’t be driven to the show, I’m not going!

“I pretty much powdercoated everything underneath the car, so all it takes is some simple wiping to clean things up. I try to avoid driving in the rain, because the car has no wipers, so that helps, too.”

Traveling across the country to the various shows, we always wonder how owners with fantastically built, trailered show cars resist the urge to ditch their car haulers and climb behind the wheel for a spirited drive in their creations. Finding Bruce Paul, we met someone who couldn’t resist that temptation any longer.

1968 Chevrolet Camaro Rear View   1968 Chevrolet Camaro Taillight Closeup   1968 Chevrolet Camaro Wheel

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Source: Super Chevy Magazine


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Amazing 1970 Pro Street ‘Cuda

BBT Fabrications Builds a 1970 Pro Street ‘Cuda


Bzzzt. My cellphone buzzed in the middle of a staff meeting and I looked down to see a text message from Troy Gudgel. Every time Troy contacts us it’s usually something interesting, from his rather controversial pro-touring treatment of a ’69 Pontiac Firebird to teaser shots of a stroked ’66 Mustang. This time was no different. A bright yellow Plymouth greeted me when I tapped my screen.


The ‘Cuda is being built for BBT customer Bob Furtney, who requested a Pro Street-inspired car that could handle street and strip duties. The plan for the Lemon Twist fish is Weld Alumastar drag wheels wrapped in Hoosier tires, big ones. Behind those big meats will lurk Aerospace Components brakes. Under the body is an Applied Racing Technologies 4-link rear and QA1 coilovers. In the front BBT has a tubular K-member and A-arms. Perhaps most exciting of all is that big Hemi engine between the ‘Cuda’s fenders. That’s a 660hp Indy Cylinder Heads 528. With 700 lb-ft of torque, we hope Bob has budgeted for regular Hoosier replacement.


Troy didn’t mention much about the interior, but his teaser shot makes it clear that BBT plans to work its custom magic in the cockpit. That slick racheting shifter leads down to a 727 Automatic trans.

Source: Hotrod.com (Elana Scherr)

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Chrysler crushing usable Dodge Vipers

viperThis is going to make your skin crawl. Its true, unfortunately: Chrysler is ordering 93 original Dodge Vipers to be destroyed.


The pre-production modern muscle cars were donated to high school, community college and university automotive programs for research and, in the case of South Puget Sound Community College, promotional purposes, The Seattle Times reports.

South Pugent Sound has one of the first Vipers ever made, a 1992 with VIN #4. Making the rounds at Washington auto shows and high schools, the rare Viper is a prime photo opportunity, The Seattle Times reports. It even got the attention of car-collecting comedian Jay Leno, who unsuccessfully tried to purchase it from Chrysler during the 1990s, says Viknesh Vijayenthrian for Motor Authority.

It’s valued at $250,000.

And it, along with 92 others, are being destroyed.

Two Vipers donated for educational purposes had “got loose,” Chyrsler said in an email that demanded the cars to be destroyed within 2 weeks. The rogue Vipers were involved in accidents which cost millions to parent company Fiat, according to the Seattle Times.

Two bad apples.

Chrysler reserves the right to destroy the preproduction donated Vipers, which were not street legal and left Fiat Chrysler Automotive liable, evidently.

The earliest Vipers made from 1992-1994 started at about $50,000 and had a 8-liter, 10-cylinder engine that went 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds and topped out at 165 mph. The lightweight, high-power muscle car has graduated into an SRT Viper with an 8.4-liter V10 that hits 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and tops out at 206 mph.

Starting at $103,000, the 2014 SRT Viper is worth far less than the one to be demolished in South Puget Sound.

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700hp Crusher Camaro – in snow

700 Horsepower & 2,400 Miles! 

If you haven’t watched this show – you must grab some popcorn and enjoy it. More than any other episode, this Roadkill reveals what it’s really like to work at HOT ROD Magazine. Follow along to get the behind-the-scenes dirt on how the Roadkill team pulled off the Roadkill Live engine swap in the Crusher Camaro at the 2013 (PRI) Performance Racing Industry trade show, then watch the 2,400-mile trip home from Indy to LA in the Crusher Camaro–including visits with Funny Car Racer Tony Pedregon, Steve Schmidt Racing Engines, and Finnegan’s dad! It all ends with a session at the drag strip where the Crusher went quicker than it ever has.

Source: Hotrod.com

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1969 Dodge Charger Project 50 by MM

1969 Dodge Charger Project 50
Like we said, the floor wasn’t completely bad; it was just in the beginning stages

Have you ever felt like you’re consistently working on a project, but it seems like you’re not really getting anywhere? Well, here we are again, working on Project 50. Project 50 is our ’69 Charger that is the basis where we plan build an environmentally safe hot rod. Starting in our September ’13 issue, we have been diligently rebuilding the Charger’s body with the help of AMD and their Installation Center. We’ve managed to complete a lot of the required work, but there is still a ways to go. We’re far from finished, but like we said, we can see light. Unfortunately, that light is not only at the end of the proverbial tunnel, it’s shining through the floor of the car. Over the years, the car has developed some damage and rust issues that need attention. Like we said before, we need to make it right, so we need to cut out the bad metal and replace it.

This month, since we can see light that shines up through the driver’s side front floor we’ll need to address it. There are a couple of ways that you can tackle a job like this; smear a little fiberglass over the rust holes, cut up a road sign and pop-rivet it over the holes, or actually do it correctly. We’ve seen the effects of smeared fiberglass, and since taking a road sign to use for metal repair is illegal, we chose to do it correctly. So, a replacement panel from AMD will be installed — yes, we’ll cut out the afflicted area before we put the new metal in. It’s not an overwhelming job to repair/replace the floor in this area, but there is a right and a wrong way to do it.

1969 Dodge Charger Floor 001 01 Step one: Mark the area to be cut away.
1969 Dodge Charger Floor 02 02 Once the metal that needs replaced is removed, be sure to clean the areas that will be welded with the new panel.
1969 Dodge Charger Floor 003 03 Likewise with the new metal, all primer and/or paint needs to be removed before welding can begin. The AMD installation Center has welders that will replace the factory-style welds, and look original.
1969 Dodge Charger Floor 004 04 The actual welding actually took less than an hour or so. Notice the stich welds around the perimeter. They are done by welding about an inch or so at a time, moving to another section, and repeating. When you’ve finished, all of the “stitches” will meet.
1969 Dodge Charger Floor 005 05 Don’t forget to weld the front edge.
1969 Dodge Charger Fenders 06 Next month, we show you the new AMD replacement fenders. We’ll compare the replacement parts with some originals, and let you know how they stack up.
If you want to do this repair, here is the parts on our store:
68-70 Dodge Charger Trunk Floor Side - Pair LH Left Hand & Right Hand AMD New

68-70 Dodge Charger Trunk Floor Side – Pair LH Left Hand & Right Hand AMD New

Source: Mopar Muscle

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Roush Collision and Restoration – Video

A newly published video on the Camaro project is now available.

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