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You know how it is when you're at a car show...you're shooting the bull with the boys when the discussion gets around to muscle cars. Everyone's got an opinion on what the top American muscle cars are, and each muscle car fan has his or her own "list".
But I came across this list on the SenseTheCar.com blog, and to me it's hard to argue with the choices (as long as it's not listed in any particular order!).
The cars are listed below. If you disagree, feel free to give us your list in the comments section below.
Immortalized forever as the "General Lee" in the TV show, "The Dukes of Hazzard".
"Critics in its day pointed out the sluggish steering, sparse interior and unsteady brakes, but once the GTO hit a straight line, it blew its competition out of the water."
"...in 1970, Chevrolet released a bombshell with the Chevelle SS and its jaw-dropping 450-horsepower engine."
"One of the longest-lived muscle car models, thanks to its persistent popularity."
"The most successful muscle car of all time...synonymous with the kind of raw power and thrills the world expects from a brilliant piece of American engineering."
In one of our last small updates we hinted at the running board project I had started on Project Pilehouse. Fast forward a little and we have just about completed the passenger side running board, complete with the outer skin we formed with the Eastwood Bead Roller, Electric Metal Cutting Shears, and the MIG 175.
In other news, I hit a junkyard that is about an hour from Eastwood headquarters in search of a new front bumper for the truck. Sadly the original front bumper had been stolen from our property and we needed a replacement that matched the front end of the truck. After walking the classic car section of the yard, I stumbled across a 60's Corvair Van that had close measurements and shape to what I was looking for. After a few minutes with a battery powered reciprocating saw, we had it removed and were on our way home. Below is an initial photo of how it looks mocked up to the truck, I think with a little sectioning, chopping, and tweaking, this thing could look better than the original!
Lastly we have a 400 SBC lined up for the truck from the Hudson Performance Speed Shop here locally. It's a good runner and it should be easy to clean up, detail, and mate to a transmission to get the truck moving for cheap!
Watch this space for the full DIY video on how I fabricated the new running boards from scratch and all of the other exciting updates here soon!
Anyone that is in the "know" about automotive racing history will be familiar with the name Art Chrisman. He was of the first to do a lot of things in racing history including being one the five charter members of the 200 MPH Club at Bonneville, the first drag racer to hit both 140 MPH AND 180MPH, and the first winner at the Bakersfield U.S. Fuel & Gas Championships. After making racing history, Art and his son Mike formed Chrisman Auto Rod Specialties (C.A.R.S). There you can find some of the best engines and cars in the Hot Rod and Racing world being built right here in his shop.
We were lucky enough to be invited to the weekly impromptu get together at Art's shop in early March this year. Art was gracious enough to show us around and let us drool over all of their handiwork. One signature theme you will notice with engines coming out of Art's shop is "smooth". Everything, including trans cases, engine blocks, and everything seems to get smoothed and then painted. Not only do these engines make some serious power, they look great doing it!
The amount of cool old industrial sized tools around the shop was staggering. From giant Bridgeport mills to bead rollers, ERCO shrinker and stretcher, and english wheels that would make any of our DIY home shops setups look like fisher price play sets! Art and crew are in the business of making seriously fast cars and the shop was filled to the brim with tools that could make an ordinary sheet of metal into just about anything, or an ordinary classic into a bonified Hot Rodding legend.
We are thankful to have the chance to meet Art and wander around his shop. Make sure you check out the rest of the photos we snapped along the way below.