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  • GM announces 2014 Corvette Stingray- Better than the original?

    Automotive blogs have been buzzing this weekend after GM debuted the new 2014 Corvette Stingray at the Detroit Auto Show. This car has all the ingredients that Corvette fans have come to expect; great looks, effective aerodynamics, amazing handling, and a big engine. Designers have really outdone themselves this time with an edgy look that has hints of Italian sports car styling to it.

    2014 Corvette Stingray

    2014 Corvette Stingray

    This new model dons the iconic "Stingray" title that was first introduced in 1963. The original Stingrays have now become one of the most sought after Corvettes in the collector car and restoration world. We're a bit biased, but when we heard the Stingray name was brought back we were a bit skeptical. How much could a modern sports car have in common with the original from the 60's? After seeing the shot of the back end of the car, my tune was changed a little. It doesn't have the iconic split back window that makes them so sought after, but it does have a similar look if you squint your eyes just right. We can definitely see that GM designers had some old photos of a split window Stingray in front of them when doing their initial sketches, but it's hard to modernize an iconic classic.

    1963 Corvette Stingray

    The base model engine in the new C7 Corvettes boast the largest to ever come standard in a Corvette; a 6.2L Small Block Chevy V8 producing 450 Horsepower and 450 Torque. Corvette fans can always count on a big engine and lots of power..well sometimes. What we mean is, GM has now made cylinder deactivation standard on ALL Corvette models (including the manual transmission!). Now when you're cruising at low engine loads it will drop out 4 of the 8 cylinders. This is great for fuel economy (26-MPG highway), but bad for anyone that wants the growl of a V8 at all times. GM has even come up with a multi-valve exhaust system to tame the noise even further during four cylinder cruising. We know that MPG rules the new car market, but we didn't think it would start hitting the sports car world! I can't wait for the automotive tuning world to get ahold of the new Stingray and give owners the option to leave the exhaust open at all times and run with full power when they want!

    2014 Corvette Exhaust

    Did you miss the reveal and want to see what all the hype is about? Check out the virtual debut on the Chevrolet website here: http://www.chevrolet.com/new-2014-corvette/

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  • 2013 Eastwood New Years Resolution- Reintroducing our Project Ford Mustang

    1989 Ford Mustang Repair Project

    A while back, we talked about a "Fox Body" Ford Mustang that we picked up off of the local Craigslist with plans of using it to test products and eventually "restore" it.  Since then, we've used it for testing of new products and for a tech video where we restored the original wheels. Otherwise it has sat out in the weather and gotten progressively worse. Now with a dead battery, we need to use the Eastwood Battery Jump Pack to start it.

    1989 Ford Mustang Restoration

    So at the end of 2012, we decided we needed to get in gear and give this car a new lease on life!  Although we have a warehouse full of Eastwood tools, paints, and supplies available to us, we wanted to make this a project that is just like the project you have sitting in your garage.  We've set a budget of $7,000 and a goal of making this Pony cruise-nite ready by mid-summer.   That means, there may be things we'd like to do, but they may have to wait until next winter, if they do not fit into the budget.  Oh yeah, did we mention we will be working on this around our daily jobs at Eastwood, our own projects, etc.....there will be time constraints just like you have when trying to get your project done!

    We're going to need a lot of Eastwood products to bring this tired ol' gal back to life, so we started a list of products we'll be using along the way. Check back often as we list more items we used on the build!

    http://www.eastwood.com/project-resolution-showcase.html

    Check out our evaluation of the car in the video below and watch this space as we start tearing into the car. It's definitely going to get much worse before it gets better!

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  • America's 5 Greatest Muscle Cars...Do You Agree?

    1970 Dodge Charger

    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.

    Dodge Charger
    Immortalized forever as the "General Lee" in the TV show, "The Dukes of Hazzard".

    Pontiac GTO
    "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."

    Chevrolet Chevelle
    "...in 1970, Chevrolet released a bombshell with the Chevelle SS and its jaw-dropping 450-horsepower engine."

    Chevrolet Camaro
    "One of the longest-lived muscle car models, thanks to its persistent popularity."

    Ford Mustang
    "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."

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  • Running Board Fabrication, A Front Bumper, and an Engine

    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!

    -Matt/EW

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