The 1982-1992 Ford Ranger Helped Revolutionize Compact Pickup Trucks

When the Ford Ranger arrived on the scene in the early ’80s, it was hot on the heels of the Chevrolet S-10 and GMC S-15, a pair of compact pickups that, together with the Ranger and the soon-to-hit-showrooms Jeep Comanche, ...

Global Pickup: The Next Gen Ford Ranger has Arrived, When Will it Come to America?

For those of us in North America, it might seem to strange to hear that Ford has just debuted the next generation of their mid-sized pickup truck. Debuting here for the 2019 model year, you’d think it’s too early for an ...

Secrets of the 1997-2004 C5 Chevrolet Corvette Chassis Revealed: Why It Works So Well And What You Can Improve

When the Chevrolet Corvette evolved into the C5 generation at the end of the 1990s, it represented a shocking leap forward in terms of design. The previous Corvette—the C4—had also been ground-breaking when it first appeared nearly 15 years beforehand, ...

Bob Corcoran’s 2018 Jeep JL Unlimited Rubicon on 40s

Bob Corcoran is no stranger to off-road adventure, and set out to build a vehicle that was capable of taking him anywhere he wanted to go. He purchased a 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon shortly after the JL was released, ...

The 1997-2003 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP Is An Under The Radar Supercharged Muscle Car

At the end of the 1990s, Pontiac made a major decision about its flagship, the Grand Prix. The mid-size sedan (which was also available as a coupe), had grown somewhat long in the tooth after a decade without any significant ...

Off-Road Restomod Colorado Forest Service Truck: Classic '59 Chevy Apache Truck Riding on a '13 Cadillac Chassis

Every now and then we come across a classic vehicle that makes us do a double take. Is that really the thing that we think it is? This ’59 Chevy Apache off-road custom truck built by 3D Off-Road in Colorado ...

Lean, Mean, and Ready to Scream: A Refined ’69 Chevy Camaro Restomod Built to Carve Corners.

Hot rod, muscle car, and custom-loving fiends alike in the Phoenix, Arizona vicinity know Dean Livermore’s name all too well as he owns Hot Rods by Dean, which has proven to be the go-to shop in the region. With 60 ...

The OJ Effect? How the '80s & '90s Ford Bronco Became One the Hottest Collector SUVs

The Ford Bronco is one of the hottest vehicles around, and it’s been that way for some time now. The classic, first generation models from the ‘60s and ‘70s have long been favorites among collectors and restomodders alike, and the ...

History Of The Buick Riviera, Part 1: The Muscle Car Innovator That Defined GM Personal Luxury

When the Ford Thunderbird arrived on the scene in 1955 it caused a stir across the entire automotive industry. Although the Chevrolet Corvette roadster, which had hit the market one year earlier, was aimed at delivering an American answer to ...

Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat Jailbreak Models Break All the Rules

Dodge just unlocked new, unrestricted, personalization options with new Jailbreak models for 2022 Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebodies. Basically, the Jailbreak models unlock color-combination ordering restrictions and add new factory-custom options. That gives owners the freedom to ...

Blues Brothers: OEM+ '04 Terminator Mustang is One Half of a Killer Combo

One of the more underrated aspects of a successful car enthusiast is the ability, or foresight, to properly cultivate a matching set of vehicles. For many, that usually just looks like brand-matching the most interesting version of a late model ...

Three Wheelin’ Off-Road: Gas Monkey Garage Takes a New Direction on a 2021 Polaris Slingshot R

If you take a look at all the rides that Gas Monkey Garage has built over the years, you will quickly notice that Richard Rawlings and his crew do things differently. Once a little shop based out of Dallas, GMG’s unique ...

Review: The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Duramax Diesel Provides Maximum Torque And Fuel Mileage But Can't Match Refined Rivals

Few slices of the automotive industry move faster than full-size pickups. In a constant game of one-upmanship, Detroit’s Big Three are continually unveiling new trim levels, drivetrain options, special packages, and body styles in an effort to capture the attention—and ...

3 Different Ways to V8: We Compare the Highest-Horsepower Crate Engines from Ford, Mopar & GM

If you look at the mainstream, mass-market messaging from Detroit’s big three these days, it’s all about electric vehicles and the transition away from gasoline engines. In fact, most of them are advertising their plans to do away with gas-powered ...

F-100 Eluminator: Ford's Classic Electric Pickup Project is Powered by Mustang Mach-E GT Motors

As you read this, the 2021 SEMA Show is kicking off in Las Vegas and while we typically expect SEMA to be full of V8s crate engines, turbochargers and other gasoline performance components, electric vehicles and EV conversions are likely ...

The Classic S197: Why the 2005-2009 Mustang GT is the Choice for Budget Mustang Performance

Typically an enthusiast car goes through several stages in its life. It starts off being new and fresh with the latest and greatest. Then it becomes a used car option, delivering most of the appeal of a new model but ...

The History Of The Ford 9-Inch Rear End, Off-Road And Racing's Most Hardcore Axle

Some of the most durable and legendary driveline components have incredibly long histories. This is particularly true in the world of rear ends and axles, where designs like the Dana 44 have been around for more than 70 years, a ...

Why The ’22 Duramax-Powered Silverado 1500’s Max Towing Increase Is A BIG Deal

There are a lot of news items to cover on the ’22 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, but the one that isn’t necessarily making all the headlines might be the most important. GM’s diesel-powered half-ton is now officially going to perform up ...

Diesel Is [Not] Dead: Diesel Engines vs Electric Motors

Despite its inherent efficiency, unmatched durability and widespread availability, it’s been side-stepped by American automakers for years, regulated out of feasibility in various markets and all but been relegated to a permanent, behind-the-scenes existence. It’s the diesel engine. It’s been ...

The Dodge Super Bee Added High Impact Muscle To Mopar's Hemi-Powered Drag Machines

The Plymouth Road Runner is a name familiar to most muscle car fans as the low-buck, high displacement option from Mopar that appeared on the scene at the end of the 1960s to lure in bargain-seeking speed demons. A little ...

Top 10 Trucks and Trends of the 2021 SEMA Show

When it comes to custom car events, the SEMA Show is, without a doubt, the big dog on a global scale. There is no other automotive event that has a bigger impact on car culture—this show is more than just ...

The Slow Burn: A ’78 Chevy C10 That was Decades in the Making

As a guy who has spent the last 30 years or so in the trenches buying, building and selling custom cars of all kinds, Joey VanDuser was recently on the prowl for the next big project. “I’ve always been a ...

The 1966-1970 Oldsmobile Toronado Introduced Muscle Car Fans To Big Block Front-Wheel Drive Performance

For a company that dominated car sales in the 1960s, General Motors took a lot of risks when it came to developing new vehicle designs. Never content to stand pat on its overwhelming market share, GM experimented with rear-engine designs ...

Silver Lining: A Lowered ’56 Chevy Pickup That’s Making a Big Splash at the 2021 SEMA Show

Most builders know that making a balance between work and family life is a hard struggle. This is especially true for those that have own their own shops because it takes many personal sacrifices to create a successful business. Working late ...

XJ Cherokee: This Groundbreaking 4x4 SUV is An Affordable Modern Classic (For Now)

With the simultaneous rising prices of vehicles new and old and collector interest in newer and newer models, it’s never been harder to find affordable examples of vehicles with large enthusiast followings—especially those from the 1980s and 1990s. Yet despite ...

Godzilla Swap: 5 Project Ideas for Ford's New Super Duty 7.4L V8 Crate Engine

Given the dominance of smaller displacement engines, overhead cams, turbocharging and electrification in today’s auto industry, it’s a little crazy that Ford recently introduced an all-new Super Duty 7.4L naturally aspirated, overhead valve V8 engine. Dubbed “Godzilla” this new V8 ...

NT555RII D.O.T. Compliant Drag Radial Tire Review

A drag racer needs a good tire that’ll perform on the ‘strip and the street. Nitto has listened to us weekend drag racers several times, first with the NT555R and NT05R drag radials, and now with the latest Nitto DOT ...

The Muncie 4 Speed Transmission Taught A Generation Of Muscle Car Fans To Drive Manual

The Muncie 4-speed transmission is a legend among fans of GM muscle cars. For a 10 year period starting in the golden age of 1960s performance, General Motors’ Muncie, Indiana transmission factory churned out several different flavors of this manual ...

The Exotic Small Block: How Ford's DOHC 4.6 Engine Changed the American V8 Forever

When you think of the American V8 engine, it’s likely still overhead-valve, pushrod engines that come to mind. The same basic design that’s been powering American cars and trucks since the ’40s and ’50s. And for GM and Chrysler, it’s ...

A Muscle Car Tires Guide

I like to think of muscle cars as the Godzillas of the racetrack. Big, loud, powerful, and crushing their enemies with brute force. They don’t do subtle. You’d think that something that straightforward would be one-size-fits-all in the tire department; ...

Hemis, Hellcats & Beyond : Everything You Need to Know About the Modern Dodge Challenger

It’s amazing to think that it’s been nearly 13 years since the “new” Dodge Challenger first hit the market. And while most cars would be quite stale having been on the market that long, Dodge has done a fantastic job ...

Balance is Everything: The S550 Mustang GT Upgraded & Amplified for Street & Track

In today’s world modifying a modern car is both easier and harder than its ever been. Easier thanks to widespread availability and more companies making parts than ever before. But also more difficult with the overwhelming number of choices and the ...

Revenge of the 5.0: How the Coyote V8 Elevated the Modern Mustang to Greatness

When we last left off in our story of how the 5.0 liter engine has come to define the Ford Mustang for much of its history, Ford had just phased out the overhead valve 302 cubic inch small block prior ...

Nitto NT01 Track Day Tire Review: Classic Datsun Z

The search for a track tire that meets your specific needs can be a frustrating one. Somewhere between the two poles of ultra high performance summer rubber and full-on racing slicks lives a spectrum of rubber that is DOT-compliant but ...

From Boss 302 to SVT Cobra: How the 5.0 V8 Became the Mustang's Most Famous Engine

When you are talking about a car with a history as long and a fanbase as large as the Ford Mustang, it’s hard to pin down a single engine that’s defined the model. Yet, if you had to pick one ...

Chrysler's TorqueFlite 727 Transmission Was The Best Muscle Car Automatic Ever Built

Chrysler was famous for building torque-monster V8 engines during the golden age of the muscle car, with the 440, the 413 Wedge, and the 426 Hemi all stealing more than their share of the spotlight. Less celebrated is the transmission ...

The Dana 44 Story: How This Ultra-Tough Axle Became An Off-Road Legend

Your off-road rig is only as strong as its weakest link, and for many vehicles this turns out to be the axles. Charged with funneling engine torque to the ground, the axle housing and the axles attached to it take ...

Heavy on Hemis: What You Need to Know About Hellcat Swaps & Upgrades

The Hellcat engine almost literally shook the world when Dodge released the SRT Hellcat Challenger and Charger for the 2015 model year. Now, more than six years later Stellantis (formerly FCA) has since dropped its 6.2 liter blown Hemi V8 ...

The Guide to Buying a Second Gen Dodge Viper

It’s one of the most iconic cars of the ’90s—the Dodge Viper. While the Viper platform has a storied past, one thing is for sure, the 1996 to 2002 second generation cars are skyrocketing in value. Even with the surge ...

Project S550 Mustang GT: Aero Upgrades & Finishing Touches

The last time I gave an update on my S550 Mustang GT Project, I covered some of the bolt-on power upgrades I did to extract a little more power from my car’s naturally aspirated 5.0 Coyote V8. It was a ...

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