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Friday, April 22, 2016

In 1991 Mitsubishi came out with the 3000 GT. The car was made from '91 to '96. They're still collectible because they are an import car from japan. The 3000 GT VR-4 was the model they made that went with the base model. A bit more expensive and it was also 5 speed. The difference was it was twin turbo. It was All Wheel Drive and pushed 330 horse power to all 4 tires. Also 306ft pounds of torque. Used now for luxury or a track (race) car, it had high performance and strong power. Dodge Stealth, other than minor detail and mechanical differences, the cars were identical. Both cars were the make of the collaboration between dodge and their Japanese partner, Mitsubishi.

Monday, April 11, 2016

LS motors have been the trademark of general motors since 1997. They are based after the small block concept of Ed Cole of 1954-1955. LS has been the the power plant of Corvette since 1956 to present. Although small block parts and LS parts do not always match up, due to fuel injection, the motors are based off of the same common small block idea. Advancing in horesepower throughout all LS motors, the newest LS was close to 480hp and close to 500 foot pounds of torque. These are in the newest corvettes and are designed after the original big block 454. High horsepower is hard to control with cares that have the cabability of twisting. The problem in the 70's was that a lot of people were literally twisting their cars in half with 400-450hp. Thank god 600hp LS motors weren't available or everyone and their brother would have been ripping their cars in half after having the wise idea of putting high end parts on their motor.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

My main knowledge is pre 1990's. I know a lot about carbureted engines. Small blocks, big blocks, and muscle cars are what I could talk all day about. I'm getting to the point in my blogs where I'm getting close to fuel injection which I am not as factually inclined with but I'm still good for now seeing as how I'm still in 80's model cars. 85 was a popular year for the Monte Carlo. Made by gm, "Monte's" we small block motors with the options of 6 cylinders. All Monte Carlos ever made were automatic out of the factory. Some Monte Carlos even offered seats that turned so when getting out of the car it was easier to exit the vehicle. 85 was a popular year because it still offered the same snoopy design that muscle cars were known for. Easy to tub and use for drag cars. Still being carbureted they were easy to work on and not extremely heavy so they were still pretty snippy.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The mid 80's were the year of the Delorean. Said to be the worst car ever made still wound up being in all of the Back to the Future movies. In 2007 just 6500 of the 81-83 model DMC-12 Delorean were said to still exist. The car was intended to have a Wankle Rotary Engine but ended up with a 6 cylinder. Hatch back and suicide wing doors were two things that were wanted, but didnt work out very well due to leakage of water as well as air. The 6 cylinders were unreliable and nobody seemed to be happy with them. The only reason that they are as well known as they are today is because of Back to the Future where the car is a time machine. For 70k one can buy a perfect replica of the car from the movie, even so, it will still be junk.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Most early 70 model cars were close to late 60's. Close to the same body styles. Close to the same motor sizes. Just higher torque and higher horsepower. However, late 60's models cars are much more wanted than early 70's models cars due to the rarity. '69 seems to be a popular year for the majority of makes and models. Challengers and chargers are greatly wanted in all 69, 70, and 71 due to close to the same body style as well as close to the same horsepower and torque. Same goes for Novas, Chevelles, Camaros, and Impalas.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Early 70's Models cars weren't as popular as late 60's models. Chevelles, Novas, Fairlanes, C10's, Chargers, Challengers, and many more. Not much has changed maybe a couple gearing changes but still equipped with big blocks, small blocks, and 6 cylinders. More automatic transmissions for a better drive as a family vehicle. Still carburated but dodge had their big block hemi 426 with duel 4 barrel carbs. In fast and Furious, throughout all episodes that Vin Diesel is in, he has a 71 charger. With a 1050 blower and a 426 it had the possibility of pushing around 550hp without the nitrous injection that also added horsepower when engaged. Trucks had bench seats, and cars had buckets most commonly. With 4 speed being on the floor which is what dodge ran in a lot of their cars it would have been hard to have a bench seat and still be able to shift without leaning into the dash.

Monday, January 25, 2016

1969 was one of the most popular years in car manufacturing ever. A lot of cars that came out of 1969 are still very popular today and very desirable for collectors. Chevrolet had Camaros, El Caminos, Impalas, Corvettes, and C 10 trucks. Oldsmobile had 442's. Dodge had Chargers, Challengers, and Daytona's. In The Dukes of Hazzard, the Duke cousins drive the "General Lee".
The General is an orange 1969 Dodge Charger. According to Ben Jones, there were 320 total General Lees used throughout the filming of the entire series. They were equipped with 383 small block stroker motors and a full roll cage. Dodge was very well known for the "Hemi" around this time frame. 426 cubic inch with hemispherical heads, they were unlike any other motor. Pushing 426hp to the rear wheels, dodge has a hard time with the bodies of the cars splitting due to the motor turning the car so hard. They would split right behind the rear doors and literally break the car in half. Now with traction bars this doesn't seem to be a problem but it was well known when they were new.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Late 60's models of cars were when chevelles novas and camaros became very popular. Nova came from the Chevy II and became a very wanted model. With big blocks and over 400hp with 4 speed low gears on the floor they were great off the line and great for 1/4 mile drags. Daytonas came out around 68 and were made into super B's. The manufacturers and dealers couldn't get them sold and were basically giving them away. Today those cars are worth more than $200,000. Dodge came out with new challengers and charges both with the option of small block and big blocks. Dodge came out with their hemi motors which were 427 cubic inches pushing over 400hp stock out of the factory. Even today late 60's and early 70's models cars are used for professional drag racing equipped with full roll cages, wheelie bars, and nitrous oxide and are capable of pushing more than 3000hp. The most popular is "Murder Nova" which is featured on the TV show street outlaws. Now with full fiberglass body kits they can be lighter and still have 3000hp running straight to the rubbed tear end with full slicks.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Early 60's Cars

From the time cars first came out there has been a lot of change in specifications throughout all makes and models. Around the early 60's is when cars started coming around that were built for performance and made to last. They most definitely weren't meant for long distance driving but if you wanted to just drive in something that you knew you could count on it having power, these cars were the perfect fit. Chevrolet introduced the Chevelle in 1964 to keep up with the Ford Fairlane. Chevelle used a 396 ci small block to come out with their first chevelles before moving to big block 454 later in the 60's throughout certain models. The 60's were the years when chevy started to be known for their performance and their reliability. This when the rivalry between Ford and Chevrolet became very clear. A large amount of people chose early and then were very opinionated on which one was better. From then on it was a fight in which make was better all around.