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CONTENTS STEERING COMPONENTS: Steering Components Buyers Guide ....pg 30

Beautiful Bel Air EVENTS:

PRI Trade Show Highlights ...pg 26

Nickey Chevrolet

Lloyd Davies’ gorgeous 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air ...pg 8

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Learn the history of Chicago’s “Supercar Headquarters” ...pg 16 MagnaFlow Crossmember-back exhaust system install ...pg 34

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STARTING LINES World of Wheels Putting on Three Great Shows in 2018

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orld of Wheels will be putting on three great shows in the coming months, with stops in Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg. Beginning in Calgary, the 52nd Annual Auto Value World of Wheels goes February 23-25 at the BMO Centre with celebrity appearances by WWE Superstar Jinder Mahal, TV Personality and owner of Kindig-it Design Dave Kindig, and the Hanson Brothers from the movie Slap Shot, plus hundreds of Western Canada’s finest Hot Rods, Customs, Trucks and Motorcycles. Next is JB’s Power Centres Edmonton World of Wheels at the Edmonton Expo Centre March 2-4, followed by Piston Ring’s 44th Annual World of Wheels Show in Winnipeg at the RBC Convention Centre. Details for the Edmonton and Winnipeg show will become available as we get closer to the dates. For more information please go to www.worldofwheels.com

62nd Annual Portland Roadster Show

EG Auctions 12th Annual Red Deer Collector Car Auction The Electric Garage, Canada’s Largest Collector Car Auction Company, is proud to present the 12th Annual Collector Car Auction and Speed Show on March 16-18, 2018 at Westerner Park in Red Deer, AB. The 3-day event will feature over 200 collector cars up for auction and an unreserved memorabilia auction hosted by Dan and Laura Dotson from the hit TV show “Storage Wars.” Over 300 items selling from the Jackpot Casino collection include authenticated sports memorabilia, prints and collectibles. EG Auctions will also welcome special guests Kevin Mack from Counting Cars and Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke) from The Dukes of Hazzard. Call now to consign your vehicle or reserve your exhibitor spot in our Speed Show at 1-888-2960528 ex 102 or email consign@egauctions.com. For more information visit EGauctions.com.  MUSCLE CAR PLUS MAGAZINE FEB/MAR 2018

O’Reilly Auto Parts and the Multnomah Hot Rod Council present the 62nd Annual Portland Roadster Show at the Portland Expo Center on March 16-18, featuring over 400 of the best Hot Rods, Classics, Customs and Motorcycles. The proceeds from each year’s event goes to support high school and Community College Automotive programs, fund automotive-based scholarships, and charities such as the Angles on Wheels Toy Run for Randall Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Cancer Association. Celebrity appearances at this year’s show include Dave Kindig and KevDogg of Bitchin’ Rides, and legendary custom car builder John D’Agostino. Also featured is a High School Challenge, Pedal Car auction and much more. For more information please visit www.portlandroadstershow.com


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Volume 16, Issue No. 1 February / March 2018 Second Class Mailing Agreement #40050183 Publisher: Dean Washington dean@rpmcanada.ca Associate Publisher: David Symons david@rpmcanada.ca Managing Editor Jordan Allan jordan@rpmcanada.ca Distribution Manager: Brenda Washington brenda@rpmcanada.ca Copy Editor: Gerry Frechette gerryf@rpmcanada.ca Advertising Sales: Elaine Fontaine elaine@rpmcanada.ca

Draggins 58th Annual Car Show The Draggins 58th annual car show runs March 30 and 31 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. There will be hundreds of rods, customs, antiques and special interest vehicles on display at Prairieland Park. Competitors will be going after over $10,000 in trophies and prize money awarded in almost 100 individual classes. A special celebrity guest appearance will be made by Steve Darnell from Las Vegas, the star of the TV show Vegas Rat Rods “Weld’er Up.” For more information please visit www.draggins.com

Contributing Writers / Photographers: Jordan Allan John Gunnell Russell Purcell

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54th Annual Portland Swap Meet The Portland Antique Auto Swap Meet runs The April 6, 7, & 8th, 2018 in what will be the 54th year for what has become the largest antique auto event on the west coast. The swap meet features 3,500 vendor stalls and approximately 35,000 shoppers and is dedicated to everything automotive. The meet is held at the Portland Metro Exposition Center on North Marine Drive in Portland Oregon. There are four large buildings on the property so that a large portion of the meet is indoors. The remainder is on three large paved parking lots. For more information visit www. portlandswapmeet.com  MUSCLE CAR PLUS MAGAZINE FEB/MAR 2018


The Hot One

Lloyd Davies’ Stunning 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Story and photos by Russell Purcell

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here are only a handful of automobiles that have ever attained iconic status, but it would be hard to argue against placing this level of praise on the Chevrolet Bel Air. General Motors produced eight generations of this full-sized automobile between 1950 and 1981. When the car was first introduced, only the two-door hardtops in the Chevrolet model range were designated with the Bel Air name, but by 1953, the decision makers at Chevrolet decided to use Bel Air as the designation for a premium level of trim applied across a number of body styles. Sales were strong , but so was the threat from the competition, so the second-generation Bel Air arrived for 1955 with a host of styling revisions, including crisp new lines and a bold, egg-crate grille that was apparently inspired from those on Ferraris of the period. This European-influenced design was replaced the following year with a more traditional full-width grille. Chevrolet referred to the 1955 Bel Air as the “Hot One� in its advertising campaign for the now-iconic car that many regard as the model that helped the company shed the perception its designs were too conservative and, in fact, rather boring. The new car was more bold and youthful than previous Chevrolet products and came equipped with additional features such as full carpeting, chrome headliner bands, chrome front fender spears, stainless steel window mouldings, distinctive badging and full wheel  MUSCLE CAR PLUS MAGAZINE FEB/MAR 2018

covers. There was also an incredible palette of 14 solid and 23 two-tone colour combinations to choose from, allowing buyers to truly express their individual style. The Generation Two cars also benefited from an increase in power. The option of a 265-cubic-inch V8 engine became available in late 1954. This small-block V8 featured a modern shortstroke design that employed high-compression and overhead valves, and was rated at 165 horsepower in base trim. This engine remained in production in various forms and displacements for decades following its introduction. Our feature car is the pride and joy of lifelong Mission, B.C., resident and Chevrolet fanatic Lloyd Davies. Lloyd bought his


“I told him that rather than looking for a project car, he should find a turn-key one and just drive it away. That way he could enjoy it immediately, rather than worrying about finding the time, parts and resources needed to complete a project.” While not a perfect, all-stock, numbers matching example, the attractive blue-and-silver hardtop time machine that eventually rolled into Lloyd’s garage was in really good condition. When it left the factory it was equipped with a 265-cubic-inch V8 engine and a Synchro-Mesh, three-speed manual transmission, but the previous owner had made some changes to enhance the driving experience. The engine was swapped out for a 350-cubic-inch V8 that pro1955 Bel Air several years ago after looking at a number of duces about 300 horsepower, the gearbox was upgraded to a examples. His son Dean, a gifted mechanic, recommended to more reliable TKO 600 five-speed, and the car was fitted with his dad that he try to find a car that was straight, rust-free and an aluminum radiator. Power disc brakes were also retrofitted, making it a much safer daily driver. in good running condition. “I knew that dad was looking forward to driving the Bel Air once “I think that my dad wanted a Bel Air because when he was a he found one, as this was going to be his ride on those lazy Sun- teenager, his father had a brand-new, 1955 four-door,” Dean days when he felt the need to go out for ice cream,” Dean said. explained. “He probably learned how to drive on that car, so

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this one must bring back some pretty special memories for him.” Lloyd’s 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air may not be 100 percent period correct, but it was bought to drive and enjoy rather than serve as a museum piece. The car is an older restoration, as evidenced by the wear and tear and the presence of a few nicks and scratches, but it has proven reliable and well sorted. “It is far from original,” Dean admitted, “but it is tastefully done. Some of the design choices such as the diamond-tuft interior and non-factory paint lend a little hot-rod flair to the car that we may one day seek to correct if we choose to do a complete restoration on it, but I already have several projects on the go. “Besides, for now my dad is really enjoying driving the car, and that is what it’s all about.” Driving Impressions The 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air features a spacious passenger cabin and the cockpit is roomy enough to accommodate even the largest of drivers. Visibility is excellent because of the high seating position and acres of window glass, although the long hood and tall fenders make it difficult to see what is immediately in front of the car. A simple instrument cluster and uncluttered dash 12 MUSCLE CAR PLUS MAGAZINE FEB/MAR 2018


pect from a car of this era. In short, the driver is still in charge and expected to do most of the work in cars from the 1950s, so focus is key, as is reading the car’s movements through the steering wheel and the driver ’s seat and being prepared to make the necessary corrections with the controls. But that is what makes older vehicles so intriguing to own and drive. You become an integral part of the machine. General Motors ceased U.S. production of the Bel Air in 1975, but the company’s Canadian arm continued production for its home market until late 1981. design place all controls readily at hand, and all remain easy to see from behind the thin-rimmed steering wheel. The seats are more akin to the design of a classic sofa than what we now expect in a modern automobile. The absence of head restraints and shoulder belts quickly reminds you of how far we have come in passenger safety. But they are perfectly suited for stretching out and enjoying a frosty treat on a warm summer day. Acceleration is sufficient for a car of this size, weight and period, and body roll and overall handling dynamics are what you ex-

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HISTORY: NICKEY CHEVROLET

Nickey Always was Chicago’s “Supercar Headquarters”

An original Nickey Nova that Dick Harrell drove parked in front of Bill Thomas Race Cars headquarters in Anaheim, Calif. Story by John Gunnell

of sales and marketing. During the late-‘60s, Nickey became the largest Chevrolet dealership and high-performance car parts shop ickey Chevrolet was a Chicago institution until it closed in in the world. 1973. The Nickey Chicago Speed Shop was then created, and remained in business until 1977. Nickey—the name is spelled with Tom Stephani, a real estate professional and vintage racer, was a backwards “K”—was a Chevrolet dealership that came to focus Jack’s son. According to Tom, his dad dreamed up the idea of puton the high-performance speciality niche during the muscle car era. ting the “K” backwards in the company’s logo. While on vacation In 2006, the Nickey rights were purchased by Stefano Bimbi, who in Florida, he noticed another company’s sign done that way. As revitalized the Nickey Chicago brand via Nickey Performance, Inc. soon as the sign appeared on the dealership, people stopped to point out the “error.” The people won a piece of upside-down cake (www.nickeyperformance.com.) and maybe bought a car. The history of the original Nickey dealership can be traced all the way back to its founding in 1925. It was sold to the Stephani family Nickey’s first involvement in checkered flag competition came in of Chicago in the 1930s. Brothers Ed and Jack Stephani assumed 1957 sports car racing with a Corvette SR-2 racing car nicknamed management of the company after returning from military service in “The Purple People Eater” after a rock ‘n’ roll song. A man named World War II. Ed held the title of president and Jack was in charge Lindy Linheimer set the car up. Jim Jeffords was the driver and Ronnie Kaplan was crew chief. A 1958 Corvette called The Purple People Eater MKI gave Jeffords the Sports Car Club of America B Production championship that year. It was followed by the 1959 Corvette Purple People Eater MKIII which Jeffords drove to a repeat Sports Car Club of America B Production championship in 1959.

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The horsepower race of the late‘50s and early-‘60s led to some horrific racing accidents and drew the attention of the United States Congress. Ford tried introducing optional Lifeguard Safety Features in 1957, but very few customers were inspired to pay extra for them. As the 1950s dawned, the government was ready to start making certain safety features standard on all automobiles. By 1963, automakers were feeling heavy pressure to get out of racing and in mid-1963, General Motors ordered all of its


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Bill Thomas Race Cars made special competition equipment for Corvairs and built this racing version to demonstrate those goodies. This car could nudge the 100-mph mark in the quarter mile and performed well in sports car races. divisions to halt any direct support of teams involved in any form of racing. To do an end-run around this infamous “performance ban,” Chevrolet used Californian Bill Thomas to funnel parts to the racing community. The Stephani Brothers were wise enough to tie-in with Thomas and began offering what they promoted as “Super Car Conversions” in 1966. Bill Thomas Race Cars supplied Nickey with technical help, which led to Nickey building the first ’67 Camaro with a 427-cid V8. Eventually, Super Car Conversions in three different stages of tune, each more powerful than the last, were offered. They were called Stage I, Stage II and Stage III. Nickey Chevrolet’s Service Department did many hot rod-style conversions and the parts department—which stayed open late on weekends for drag racers—specialized in selling factory go-fast hardware. Like dealers Don Yenko of Pennsylvania, Berger Chevrolet of Michigan and Fred Gibb of Illinois (to name a few), Nickey

Chevrolet dealer Fred Gibb is on the right in this photo taken outside his dealership in Illinois.

Known as the “Idea Car” the Corvair featured a four carb intake manifold that Thomas designed. Displacement was upped from 145- to 164-cid. 18 MUSCLE CAR PLUS MAGAZINE FEB/MAR 2018


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Nickey and also appeared in the company’s High Performance Parts brochures. “I remember how the parts department at the original Nickey Chevrolet would stay open until midnight, so street racers and hot rodders could get the parts they needed ASAP,” Stefano Bimbi once recalled.

The red ’67 Camaro is a Nickey Vintage Continuation car built by Stefano Bimbi and his crew at Nickey Performance in St. Charles, Illinois. Chevrolet specialized in shoe-horning big-block V8s into cars never meant to have them and/or selling high-performance parts to muscle car fanatics and hot rodders. Don Swiatek was the Nickey dealership’s High-Performance Parts Manager, and he and his crew would do it all. They could build up straight-axle Tri-Five Chevys for heavy-duty dragging or drop a 427cid Turbo-Jet V8 in a Nova or Camaro. Even legendary Chevrolet writer Doug Marion once worked at Nickey Chevrolet. Right after Stefano Bimbi bought the Nickey name, Don Swiatek and Ronnie Kaplan helped on projects and did consulting at his facility in St. Charles, Ill. Jack and Ed Stephani also became affiliated with “Bonanza” TV star Dan Blocker and his Vinegaroon racing car, which was later His father Domenico, who was a mechanic before starting his own owned and raced by Tom Stephani. In addition to driving this Chevy- auto service business, often took advantage of the late hours to powered car in sports car races, Blocker did promotional work for make emergency parts runs. “It was a huge operation and Nickey

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Chevrolet offered the largest inventory of genuine Chevrolet highperformance parts available anywhere.” The Stephani family owned Nickey until 1973. It was then sold to become Keystone Chevrolet. It is believed that the last Nickey Super Car Conversion was performed on an early 1974 Camaro that’s now in a private museum along with other significant Nickey Super Cars.

This blue Gen 6 Camaro is the serial number 0001 convertible. It cranks out 800 hp on E85. This car ran a 10”20 quarter mile with a 134-mph terminal speed at Union Grove Dragway and was driven both to and from the dragstrip on the streets.

This yellow car was ordered by a man who read about Nickey’s Stage III L88 Nova conversion in a 1973 Hot Rod article. The car was delivered in November 1973 and quickly Nickey-ized. Within a month of the car’s delivery date, Nickey Chevrolet closed. An original price sheet from a 1960s Bill Thomas catalog. The Nickey-Bill Thomas partnership led to the creation of many hot Chevy products.

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The high-performance gurus that helped the company earn its reputation - Nickey vice-president Al Seelig and Don Swiatek were the mainstays - relocated. Their new facility on Milwaukee Ave., in Chicago, was called the New Speed Shop and Automobile Conver-


This yellow Gen V Camaro received the Nickey Super Camaro 427 treatment. It’s actually serial number 001 in that series.

sion Center. They continued cranking out ultra-high-performance Chevys for four more years. By then, the high-performance era of the late-‘50s and early ‘70s was winding to a close due to high insurance rates and performancerobbing government regulations. There was nothing to do but to close the shop down. Bimbi was in the right place at the right time when he attended the Chevy Vettefest in Chicago in 2002. While he was there, he learned that the rights to the Nickey name might be available. Not long thereafter, Bimbi bought the rights and mapped out a plan to open his new “Supercar Headquarters” in St. Charles, Ill. “Nickey is going to cover all of the bases,” Bimbi said. “We will build modern continuation Super Cars that you can’t get from the factory, as well as vintage continuation cars. We’ll also sell high-performance parts, hot rod stuff and official Nickey memorabilia and apparel. And, for the record, we have built several Nickey Super Camaros for customers in Canada.”

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EVENTS: PRI TRADE SHOW

Pontiac GTO Judge built for all-out racing featured a Butler engine.

Performance & Racing Industry Trade Show Hits 30 Story and photos by John Gunnell

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he Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show has been held in different cities over the years, but after the Specialty Vehicle Market Assoc. (SEMA) purchased PRI in 2012, it settled in Indianapolis. There’s a good reason for that—it’s in the shadow of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, hallowed ground for circle racing enthusiasts. And if you like going fast in a straight line, drag master John Force has a massive facility in nearby Brownsburg. This year’s show dates were Dec 7-9. John Force went back to Chevy last year and runs this bow-tie funny car.

The IMS plays a big role in the show each year, and this time it brought out four of A.J. Foyt’s historical Indy cars to honour his racing achievements. Also included was a 159-cid Foyt-Ford engine of the 1969-1977 era. While the show is much ado about auto racing, it also includes cars and trucks that can turn a muscle car fanatic on. A special feature of the 2017 event was a “Hot Rodders of Tomorrow” engine-building competition featuring 50 teams vying for a Dual National Championship. The student teams were fresh from SEMA. Team Fel-Pro took the national championship. Three seconds separated the first- and second-place teams and just 17 seconds were between first and third. In the end, Team Fel-Pro from Tulsa Technology Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, came out on top with an average time of 17:06. Each student earned scholarship opportunities ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 from Ohio Technical College, School of Automotive Machinists & Technology, and Universal Technical Institute. 26 MUSCLE CAR PLUS MAGAZINE FEB/MAR 2018

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Scott Drake Rack-and-Pinion Kit for Mustang Description: Scott Drake’s Rack-and-Pinion Kit for classic Mustang provides a power steering-like feel without the hassle of having to do a power steering system swap. The kit features easy installation that maintains the original suspension and requires no welding or fabrication. Specifications: Some headers may require modification. Applications: Available for the 1964-1970 Ford Mustang and 1967-1970 Mercury Cougar. Website: www.drakeautomotivegroup.com

Sparco Sanremo Steering Wheel Description: Sparco’s Sanremo steering wheel has been designed to improve grip and comfort for driving precision. It features a polished mahogany rim that is a great look for many hot rods and muscle cars, and boasts polished aluminum spokes. Specifications: Diameter: 355 mm, Dish (depth front to back) 40 mm. Applications: Can be mounted on a wide variety of applications. Visit website for listings. Website: www.sparcousa.com

Summit Racing Floor Shift Steering Columns Description: Summit Racing’s Floor Shift steering columns are 2-in.-diameter steel columns that are equipped with a pre-wired turn signal switch and a billet signal lever. A pre-wired hazard switch is also included as is colour-coded wiring with a 4-1/2-in. GM-style plug. Specifications: Column includes a 9-hole GM steering wheel adapter with a height of 2.25-in. Applications: For GM applications. Website: www.summitracing.com

UniSteer Tri-5 Chevy Manual Rack & Pinion Kit Description: UniSteer’s Tri-5 Chevy Manual Rack and Pinion Kit utilizes a traditional style and features a rack that is bolted to a one-piece bracket which mounts exactly where the old steering box and idler arm were mounted to the frame. The rack has less travel than the old pitman arm, meaning the arms are necessary to maintain a comparable turning radius. Specifications: Unit is designed for floor shift vehicles. Applications: The kit is designed for use on cars with small-block engines and headers. Website: www.unisteer.com 32 MUSCLE CAR PLUS MAGAZINE FEB/MAR 2018


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hen we originally had the engine built for our ’68 Chevelle project, we were given the opportunity to test it out on a dynamometer where it put up some power numbers that were actually more than we expected. During the experience, we were very impressed with the non-restricted sound of the motor and decided that when it came time to actually drive the car, we wanted to do everything we could to replicate the sound we heard that day. The best way to do this was to seek out a performance exhaust system that would not only provide us with that deep growl we were after, but also one that would even improve both horsepower and torque.

1. The MagnaFlow 3-in., crossmember-back dual exhaust system and all hardware laid out and ready to go. manufacturers in North America and most definitely live up to the company slogan, which is; ‘Quality. Power. Sound.’ Once we reached out, we were thrilled to learn that MagnaFlow were willing to donate exactly what we were looking for - a stainless steel, 3-in., crossmember-back dual exhaust system made specifically for our Chevelle that would provide the smooth and deep tone we desired.

From there it was over to Stefen at M-Tech Automotive in Port Coquitlam, B.C., who have specialized in building and installing exhaust systems for more than 20 years, for the installation. In just At or near the top of our wish list was a MagnaFlow exhaust system, a few short hours, and with only a few minor adjustments necessary, given that they are currently one of the top aftermarket exhaust our system was mounted on the car and ready to go. 2. For starters, if you have an existing exhaust system installed, remove before you begin.

4. MagnaFlow recommends making the existing hole for the muffler hangers bigger to accommodate the new set-up.

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5. A slight modification had to be made in order to fit the system around our aftermarket crossmember.

6. Our crossmember-back system did not include the downpipes to connect to the headers.

7. M-Tech fabricated downpipes for the car. Finished product seen here.

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10. Time to start securing all hanger locations and fasteners.

9. New pieces are in place and everything is fitting like it should.

11. The finished product. Big thanks again to both MagnaFlow and M-Tech automotive.

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Canadian Hot Rod Inc. Announces Redi-To-Run Road Hugger Chassis Canadian Hot Rod Inc. (CHRI) has recently announced its new Redi-To-Run Road Hugger Chassis which is a complete, ready-to-go chassis that allows the customer to not worry about finding the correct parts to complete a regular chassis. CHRI has seen a continued growing demand for a completely tested, running chassis that customers can receive and roll directly under their painted body. Available in three stages of completion, this CHRI option provides a professionally built running chassis that significantly reduces build time and will allow you to get your project on the road sooner. For more information please go to www.canadianhotrods.com

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Red Line Synthetic Oil is now offering its Assembly Lube in a new liquid formula, a new, convenient version of the chemistry used in its popular paste. The lube prevents metal contact and wear before adequate lubrication can be supplied, and unlike some other assembly lubes, the product will not plug filters after initial engine start-up. The lube provides 3x greater film strength than conventional black Molybdenum Disulfide greases, and also is an excellent rust and corrosion inhibitor that allows for long-term storage of parts and internal engine components. Additionally, the product is not made for use on exhaust bolts or other fasteners associated with high temperature, and is recommended and used by top camshaft and drivetrain manufacturers. For more information please go to www.redlineoil.com


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Mickey Thompson Expands ET Street R Tire Line Mickey Thompson Tires and Wheels has announced that it will be expanding its popular ET Street R line of tires which are DOTapproved, street-legal drag tires. Four new sizes will be available for the tire including P315/60R15, P315/50R17, 31x16.50R15 and 28x12.50-15LT. The tires offer the unique combination of the best drag tire technology in the industry with reasonable on-road characteristics so that you are able to drive your car right from home on to the drag strip. They offer race-proven compounds and minimal tread void for outstanding traction and utilizes a tubeless construction that provides a leak-free seal without the added hassle of tubes.

Holley Announces Release of OEM-Style EFI 255 LPH Fuel Tank Modules The new OEM-Style EFI 255 LPH Fuel Tank Modules from Holley are meant to work as a direct replacement for your factory pick-up and sending unit and makes it easier to convert your carbureted fuel system to EFI. No modifications or fabrications are necessary and the module allows you to retain your fuel tank and factory fuel hard line by connecting the outlet of the pump module to the hard line on your vehicle with EFI-rated fuel hose and hose clamps. The in-tank fuel pump is a high-pressure 255 litre-per-hour unit capable of supporting EFI-equipped engines up to 550 horsepower. The module includes a pre-calibrated fuellevel sending unit designed to work with the factory fuel gauge and is currently available for first, second, and third generation Camaro and Firebird.

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Procar Introduces Spider Series 1612 Seats Procar ’s new Spider Series 1612 line is a sport recliner seat that offers a sporty look which will complement your muscle car ’s interior appearance, and provides the driver and passenger with more than enough comfort. The seats will accommodate a five-point harness, include sliders and offer micro-adjustable incline and recline. They feature TIGwelded steel tubing and injection-molded foam, have a 13-in. hip width, and offer suspension straps for both support and comfort. In addition, the seats come in a couple of different materials and colours including velour and vinyl. For more information please go to www.procarbyscat.com

DEI Introduces All-New LS Engine Coil Pack Heat Shield DEI’s (Design Engineering Inc.) newly introduced LS Engine Coil Pack Heat Shield is the perfect solution for coil failure due to heat or relocating coil packs for added protection against under-hood radiant heat. Excessive heat that is generated from both the engine and exhaust can often cause coils to fail, but the new Heat Shield insulates and reflects heat away from the coils in order to reduce the chance of failure. They will greatly extend the coil life of the vehicle and are made from doublesided aluminum and high-temperature foam core, and work well on both factory and aftermarket coils. For more information please go to www.designengineering.com

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Advertiser Index

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LMC Truck Stepside Steel Tailgates for 1960-66 GM Truck LMC Truck is offering an OE-quality replacement steel tailgate for 1960-66 Chevrolet and GMC Stepside models, which are produced from new tooling with 18-gauge OE-quality steel as was the original, for the ultimate strength and durability. The sturdy base of the tailgate out-performs current collision-damage tailgates and features an EDP (Electro Deposit Primer) coating to provide a smooth surface. The tailgates are a GM officially licensed product and are available in plain, or with the Chevrolet wording, the BowTie logo, and two different GMC logos. For more information please go to www.lmctruck.com

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Hurst Manual Billet/Plus Pistolgrip Shifter for Corvette Stingray Hurst’s new Manual Billet/Plus Pistol-grip shifter for the 20142017 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with the 7-speed manual transmission option provides you with all the typical performance benefits of a Hurst shifter, plus provides a 16-percent reduction in shifter throw over the stock shifter. A new feature for Hurst’s pistol-grip family is the addition of real Blackwood side grip plates with a stippled finish for both a firm grip and an overall great look. The shifter is made from CNC-Machined 6061-T6 aluminum and features a mil-spec black anodized finish. For more information please go to www.hurst-shifters.com

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All-New db Stealth Shield from Heatshield Products The new db Stealth Shield from Heatshield Products is designed not only to provide thermal protection to keep heat out of your interior, but to also keep sound out. The new product incorporates the thermal-barrier capabilities of the HP Stealth Shield and acoustic damping properties of db Armor. It can withstand a continuous 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit of heat and also nearly doubles the effectiveness of the leading acoustic damping product when it comes to blocking noise. The db Stealth Armor is only .176-in. thick so it can fit underneath carpet without causing fitment issues, can be very easily molded to fit contours in a vehicle floor, and weighs just .652 pounds per square foot. For more information please go to www.heatshield.com

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READERS RIDES 1960 Chevrolet Impala Coupe

Grant Vessey of Calgary, Alberta has owned his 1960 Chevrolet Impala Coupe for the last 22 years, and it underwent a full restoration back in 2013. Grant took the Impala to a friend’s shop where they spent 1,100 hours upgrading and repairing the car that now features a FAST fuel-injected, 450-horsepower, beautifully detailed 383 Stroker engine paired to a 700R4 transmission with a 9-in. Ford rear end with 3.75 gears. During the restoration, Grant also put in power windows and door locks, an Ididit steering column with cruise control, RideTech coilover suspension, and Wilwood disc brakes. The exterior features House of Kolor Seabreeze Green with the roof and insert done in Grecian Green. Grant regularly drives to and attends shows in the Impala and even won 1st place in its class at the 2015 Calgary World of Wheels show.

1979 Chevrolet Malibu Paul Kennedy has owned his 1979 Chevrolet Malibu since 1998, and purchased it from the original, ‘little old lady’ owner with only 48,000 km on the odometer. After a couple of years, Paul installed a 4-bolt main 355 V8 engine, a 1991 T5 transmission and a 3.73 Eaton posi differential. In 2010, the engine received new Dart Iron Eagle heads, a new camshaft, lifters and roller tipped rockers. Before moving out East, Paul allowed the Drag Race Team Members from Terry Fox Secondary in Port Coquitlam, B.C. to drive the car at the local drag strip with the original V6 engine, where it went down the track in 17 seconds at about 90 km/h. Last summer Paul tackled the 3,900 km round trip from his home to the Atlantic Nationals in Moncton, New Brunswick where it achieved a respectable 20 mpg.

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