Muscle Car Of The Week Video: Top Muscle Book Review
http://www.musclecaroftheweek.com/store - This week, we're looking at 25 outstanding Muscle Cars from the Brothers Collection all at once, in the form of the new book entitled Top Muscle: The Rarest Cars from America's Fastest Decade, written by Darwin Holmstrom, photographed by Randy Leffingwell, and published by Motorbooks. The book features 250 full color pages detailing some of the amazing cars from the Brothers Collection including Yenko Camaros, Hemi Mopars, Fords, Shelbys, Pontiacs, and even AMC Muscle Cars. It's available now in our webstore at the link above, and a companion DVD is also available.
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For engine builders, and enthusiasts with ambitions in hot rod engine assembly, Jon Kaase has introduced the Boss Nine in a new kit form.
Among the kit’s more prominent components, Kaase includes his noted semi-hemi cylinder heads with accompanying pistons, pins and rings as well as pushrods, shaft-mounted rockers and induction system. Everything to complete the full assembly is supplied.
Though power production may vary from 500 to 1,000hp in naturally aspirated form and up to 1,500hp under forced induction, it is the engine’s evocative appearance and heritage that heightens its universal appeal. Predictably, options abound and powder-coated cast valve covers are available in silver, red and black. Indeed, in any color that can be indentified by a paint code. In addition fabricated sheet metal covers are offered in natural aluminum finish.
In performance the Boss Nine’s magic is ignited by increasing its stroke length from the original late-nineteen-sixties specification of 3.590in. “Those big-port heads,” contends Kaase, “don’t like stroke lengths shorter than 4in., and respond enthusiastically to 4.150in, 4.300in or 4.500in, all of which we use.”
Because the longer 4.500in stroke causes the piston to protrude from the cylinder at bottom dead center, Kaase recommends a Race block or a “79” block, which has a 0.250in longer cylinder wall. Produced from 1979 to the mid-‘90s these can be identified by the nomenclature D9 on the block’s external surface. “They’re robust,” declares Kaase, “and we have one at the shop. It is 0.030in over-bored with 2-bolt main bearing caps and has taken the abuses of fourteen years of dyno testing. It usually generates between 900 to 1,000hp and we’ve used it on all Boss Nine and P-51 tests—it’s still going strong.”
The Car Craft Summer Nationals is all about variety, and we took some time away from our display in the Pro Builders Shootout to grab some snap shots of cool cars and trucks at the event. Car Craft claimed over 6000 cars and 40,000 people attended the event, and we believe it!
The V8TV crew will be at the 2014 Car Craft Summer Nationals in St. Paul, MN July 18,19, and 20. Come by the Pro Builders Shootout area to meet representatives from the V8 Speed & Resto Shop Crew!
Chevrolet Performance presents the Car Craft Summer Nationals, a three-day event showcasing over 6,000 street machines and muscle cars. The event will roll into St. Paul at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, July 18, 19 and 20, 2014 attracting more than 40,000 spectators and featuring all makes and models of street machines, muscle cars, street rods and light trucks as well as feature cars from all over the country.
Come see the Reloaded Camaro, the '70 Firebird, and the DRIVEN-1 '66 GTO at the event!
The '65 Impala is about to get a layer of sprayable polyester, the next step in making a mirror-flat paint job. There is lots of acreage on this car!
This is the '65 Impala after the application of the Glasurit sprayable polyester product. Being a thick liquid when sprayed, it fills any sanding scratches and pinholes in the body filler or sheet metal below. Next, we'll block sand this car to give the poly a flat, crisp surface before a prime coat and paint!
Follow the progress of this car in the Photo Gallery!