Whether you’re cruising the boulevard, touring the countryside, or just completing a ground-up restoration of that favorite high-performance Muscle Car you lusted after as a teen, Coker Tire can deliver that authentic finishing touch. Coker’s 65 Series BFG Redline Radials are a true production redline tire, made in the USA using the most advanced tire manufacturing techniques. Sporting a 3/8-inch raided redline design and a wider, lower profile, for a meaner, performance-oriented stance, these Redlines will make heads turn at stoplights or on the concours field. Built from inception to be a true redline, these tires are manufactured in a fully integrated, modern facility to deliver the exacting vintage look drivers want, coupled with the safety and performance aspects modern radial tire technology affords. Coker’s BFG 65 Series Redline Radials are S-speed rated and carry a 540 BB UTQG rating. “If you’ve got a 30- to 40-year old Muscle car and want to … [Read more...] about BF Goodrich 65 Series Redline Radials Beef Up Muscle Car Looks And Performance
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Ted Moser would never admit it, but he’s one of the most powerful men in Hollywood—at least to any car guy who likes watching movies or TV. Moser, owner of Picture Car Warehouse (headquartered in an old Cadillac dealership in Northridge, California), is responsible for selecting, building, maintaining—and sometimes destroying—fleets of automobiles that are used as props for movies, TV shows, music videos, and commercials. As part of that, Moser also builds high-profile “hero” cars, many of them muscle cars and hot rods. Technically, Moser is a “vehicle coordinator,” but that nebulous term really doesn’t do him justice. To illustrate what we mean, when we recently visited PCW, we found that Moser had been contracted to provide 50 cars in six weeks for the next Men In Black flick. What makes the job so remarkable is that unlike the prior films in the MIB franchise, this film will be set in the mid ’70s—meaning Moser will … [Read more...] about Picture Car Warehouse – Is Hollywood Killing Our Muscle Cars?
Every couple of years, we dive into the fray and look for another project car. We’re in that mood again, and our new search has brought to the surface some of our hot buttons with sellers who are on the prowl for a quick buck at the expense of newbie buyers. Even if you’re an old pro, you probably have some of the same gripes, or have been burned in the same way we have, so we’re laying it all out on paper. Think of it as equal parts fair warning and hot rodding humor. Since our car shopping mood was immediately preceded by a selling episode, we’ve included some informative (and tongue-in-cheek) selling advice too. So, were we successful in finding a new project car? Readers of our PHR blog, watchers of our YouTube channel, and followers of our Facebook feed already know the answer! We’ll have more on that topic in the August issue, but there is a clue right here in our last tip in this story … Tips For Buyers If it has the words Project, Custom, … [Read more...] about 38 Tips For Buying & Selling Muscle Cars
There are guys out there who will drop $15,000 on a rusted-out 1967 Camaro body, but we don’t want to know them. Our friends usually think more and spend less when it comes to scoring fast and cool. We can take advantage of cash-drained times like these, as hoarders of muscle car-era sheetmetal are sometimes forced to lighten their loads to pay for mortgages, alimonies, or their next tender. That opens the door for guys with a little less coin to get in on some sweet deals on project fodder if they know what they’re looking at. As the prices for the really good stuff drops, pressure is applied to the dork who thinks his 1980 Malibu wagon is worth 10K, making market prices dip there as well. So flash your cash at some of these prime pickin’s. No. 10: Cheap 1965 to 1972 Cadillacs But just because they are big doesn’t mean they aren’t great. Big cars have big factory engines, and cubes make power. Skip the expensive N/A builds and go right for the … [Read more...] about Top Ten Affordable Project Cars
Now it’s your turn. For the next few pages the cars you’ll read about aren’t million-dollar, one-of-one, low-original-mile rarities. This is the real world, and these cars belong to men and women just like you who love their muscle cars and are willing and capable of spending the sweat equity it takes to keep them on the road. Here is where we relax some of the limitations we put on our other feature cars in terms of vehicle age, wheel size, and provenance, to reflect the makeup of muscle in most garages around the country. Dave Hunter, 1967 Fairlane 500s Anyway, 11 days before I was to leave for my new job, I saw a Fairlane for sale in Corona, just down the road. I had no intention of buying another car since I was leaving soon. “It was a nearly perfect time capsule from 1967” What I found made me cry: a nearly perfect time capsule from 1967. Red on red, 289, power steering, power brakes, A/C, rear window defogger (never seen one of those), 61,000 on … [Read more...] about Readers’ Rides: Your Muscle Cars, Your Stories
Sports Car Graphic, a Petersen publication about sports cars and motorsports ranging from Le Mans to Trans-Am, occasionally also wrote about muscle cars in the ’60s. For the most part, the writers liked to test Shelbys, but in the Feb. ’68 issue Jean Calvin traveled to Detroit to sample two Firebirds. “Why a pair of Pontiacs in Sports Car Graphic?” she asked in her story’s opening line. “High-performance models are grabbing an ever-increasing portion of the American compact car market, proving that, although horsepower is a dirty word in some circles, it seems to be what the buyer wants. Detroit is responding to this growing demand by offering more and more performance options on its glamour compacts.” Calvin flew up to Michigan “to investigate the opportunities afforded the owner who wants weekday transportation and a weekend racer in the same package.” The assignment took her to Royal Pontiac, where she drove a 1968 Firebird … [Read more...] about 1967 & 1968 Pontiac Firebird – Muscle Car Rewind
It feels like 1970 all over again, the world is trapped in the middle of an American muscle car war. With the redesign of the fifth-gen Chevrolet Camaro, revamp of the Dodge Challenger and Charger, and much improved Ford Mustang, it feels similar to the ponycar era of the late 1960s. High-revving horsepower and tree-stump pulling torque is back. Big engines are being coupled with big brakes and creative design. To celebrate, we’re laying out our top-six, 2014 American muscle cars. We’ll let you decide which car deserves to be crowned the king of the American highways. Take a look our list, and feel free to comment below. 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Going in no particular order, we’ve started with the all-new, road-race ready 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. The Z/28’s price has yet to be reviled, but we predict it’ll be north of $57,000. The fifth-gen Z/28 will pack an impressive, hand-assembled LS7 that churns 505hp at 6,100rpm, while making 481 lb-ft of … [Read more...] about 2014 Muscle Cars: The Best before They’re Available
When something goes wrong with a car’s electrical system, it can be so frustrating and infuriating to diagnose that we sometimes just throw up our hands and blame the gremlins lurking in those mysterious wire bundles. But really, automotive electricity is a very simple concept that follows the laws of physics and electricity. With a little knowledge (and a good service manual wiring diagram), you should be able to figure out and fix most common wiring and electrical problems. The tips and tech presented here will touch on some of the more common issues enthusiasts encounter and what to do about them. But first, an electrical system primer: Automotive electricity begins with a storage battery, typically a lead-acid affair with a positive (+) and negative (-) post. We will get arguments on this one, but for simplicity’s sake we’re going on the theory that current flows from positive to negative. Current begins at the positive post of the battery leading into your muscle … [Read more...] about Tips & Tech You Need for Fixing Common Muscle Car Electrical System Problems
What began as a simple post on our Facebook page snowballed into something larger than I had planned. All I did was ask our Facebook followers to let us know what they thought was the best Mopar muscle car. I got such an overwhelming response that I thought I would also ask our print readers the same question. So in my editorial in the Aug. ’12 issue, I asked the same question so we could get an unscientifically accurate response from a large group of people. Sure, we could have come up with a list ourselves and told you what we thought the best cars are, but that’s no fun, and since opinions vary, we needed to gather a large consensus. We got a lot more responses than we thought we would, but that also affords us a greater degree of accuracy when our popular vote is tallied. What we got from both groups was an eclectic list, and since we have no input into what should be on it, we had no way to know what would end up on the list. Now, with the suggestions tallied, we … [Read more...] about Mopar Muscle Cars – The Best Of The Best
Chevrolet Chevrolet Camaro 1971 Chevy Camaro Kurt Bryant Morgan, UT The number you’re looking for is “11.50,” as in that’s how quick Kurt Bryant’s ’71 Camaro is in the quarter-mile—at a 4,200-foot elevation no less. So where does Kurt get enough snot to run 122 mph in the quarter at that altitude you ask? That’d be a ProCharger-blown 6.0L LS that Kurt built on a skinny nickel with a boneyard motor and scraps picked up from eBay. Heck, even the wheels were lifted from a late-model Jaguar—and, by the way, they twist the dyno rollers to the tune of 596 hp. The bargain hunting continues with re-covered seats from a Honda Prelude, pistons from a ’06 GTO, and plenty of sweat equity that Kurt invested in his own garage. He even knocked out all the body and paintwork at home. Yeah, the tech sheet looks pretty sparse, but don’t let that fool you—there just aren’t a lot of blister-packed parts on Kurt’s car. … [Read more...] about The Top 41 Hottest Muscle Cars In Your Garages – What’s In Your Garage?