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Accel
Spark Plug Wires, Extreme 9000 Ceramic, Spiral Core, 8mm, Black, 180 Degree Boots, Chevy, GMC, 454, Set
American Powertrain Systems
Pistol Grip Shifter Handle with Carbon Fiber Style Grip
American Powertrain Systems
QUICKTIME, Bellhousing, Quick Time, SFI Approved, Chrysler, Big Block, to Mopar T-56 Transmission, Kit
American Powertrain Systems
Science Friction - Atomic Twin dual disc clutch system, V8, Up to 1095ft-lbs of rear wheel torque.
American Powertrain Systems
Throwout Bearing Conversion, Hydraulic, Hydramax, GM, TKO/Muncie/Saginaw/Richmond/Lenco, Kit
American Powertrain Systems
Throwout Bearing Conversion, Hydraulic, Hydramax, Mopar, TKO/Magnum/A-833, 26-Spline Input Shaft, Ki
American Powertrain Systems
Tremec, Transmission, Manual, T-56, 1 1/8 in. 26-Spline, GM/Mopar Magnum 6-Speed, Viper/LS 6-Speed
American Powertrain Systems
White Lightning Shifter Mechanism, Magnum, independent adjustable spring bias for improved centering
Classic Industries
MM1261 - 1971-74 DODGE Challenger Restores Choice Trunk Floor Pan
Dupli-Color
Wax and Tar Remover, 11 oz., Each
Indy Cylinder Head
Aluminum 451 low deck hemi w/ indy 426-s/r aluminum hemi heads, eagle rotating assembly w/ diamond pistons, mod man intake for b-block/low deck, indy cast valve covers, indy roller rockers 1.6 x 1.55, comp hydraulic flat tappet cam, milodon road race pan with external pickup.
P-Ayr
426 Chrysler Hemi (LB) Engine Replica, With Valve Covers
Schwartz Performance
G-Machine Chassis, 70-74 CUDA/CHALLENGER, Grey Metallic Powder Coat Finish, RideTech coilovers, Moser full-floating 9" style housing, with 31-spline axles, Detroit TrueTrac differential, 14" cross-drilled, Baer 6P Calipers, with Old-school Hemi Motor Mounts Installed
Summit Racing
Clutch Cable, with Aluminum Quadrant, Adjustable, Ford, Mercury, 5.0L, Kit
The Industrial Depot
The Industrial Depot - Fasteners, Hardware and Shop Supplies

Episode Transcript

(ANNOUNCER)>> TODAY ON DETROIT MUSCLE, IT'S THE RETURN OF OUR PURPLE PAVEMENT POUNDER, PROJECT ULTRA VIOLET.

THIS 1970 CHALLENGER IS GETTING ITS NEW POWER PLANT BUILT WITH AN ALL ALUMINUM OLD SCHOOL HEMI. PLUS WE SLIP IN A SIX SPEED AND DO A BUDGET VALVE COVER REFURB.

(TOMMY)>> AFTER TEARING DOWN OUR '70 CHALLENGER, WE GAVE IT A NEW ROOF REPLACEMENT SKIN. THEN AFTER A FEW MODIFICATION, WE INSTALLED

A COMPLETE GMACHINE FULL FRAME SET UP FROM SCHWARTZ PERFORMANCE. MORE SURGERY WAS REQUIRED OUT BACK. IN FACT, WE REMOVED MOST OF THE OLD TRUNK FLOOR AND REPLACED IT WITH NEW METAL FROM CLASSIC INDUSTRIES. AND SINCE YOU SAW IT LAST, WE SPRAYED THE BODY WITH RED OXIDE EPOXY PRIMER. THAT BRINGS US TO THIS, FILLING THAT ENGINE BAY WITH THE PERFECT POWER PLANT FOR OUR ULTRA VIOLET CHALLENGER. AND WE THINK THIS OLD MOPAR, WELL IT NEEDS A HEMI. BUT THIS ISN'T JUST ANY OLE HEMI, THIS IS ONE OF THE FIRST LOW DECK "B" BLOCK HEMIS EVER MADE. AND OLE JOE, HE'S ON HIS WAY TO GO PICK US ONE UP. THAT IS AFTER THEY MACHINE IT, BUILD IT, AND TEST IT UP AT INDY CYLINDER HEAD.

(JOE)>> IF IT'S GOT A CHRYSLER ENGINE UNDER THE HOOD, CHANCES ARE ALL OR PART OF IT CAME FROM INDY CYLINDER HEAD.

A COMPANY WHOSE NAME IS SYNONYMOUS WITH

MOPAR HIGH PERFORMANCE.

THEY'VE BEEN IN BUSINESS HERE SINCE THE EARLY 1970'S. THE COMPANY FOUND ITS TRUE CALLING YEARS LATER, ALL THANKS TO AN UNDER SERVED BUNCH OF DODGE AND PLYMOUTH GUYS.

(RUSS)>> WE GOT TO MAKING PARTS AND FILLING THE VOID OF WHERE CHRYSLER KINDA LEFT OFF, AND IT JUST TOOK OFF FROM THERE.

(JOE)>> THEIR FIRST HEAD DEVELOPED FOR THE CHRYSLER 440 WAS AN OVERNIGHT SUCCESS, BUT RUSS FLAGLE KNEW THAT SATISFYING HEMI HUNGER WOULD SOON FOLLOW.

(RUSS)>> IN THE CHRYSLER PERSON'S MIND, ALL OF THEM WANTED TO HAVE A HEMI. IT'S JUST AT THAT POINT IN TIME THEY COULDN'T AFFORD IT, AND THERE WASN'T PARTS OUT THERE TO BUY. TODAY I SELL AS MUCH HEMI STUFF AS I DO 440.

(JOE)>> NOWADAYS INDY CAN BUILD THEM FROM MILD TO WILD. NO MATTER WHAT THE POWER GOAL IS THOUGH, ALL OF THEIR CRATE ENGINES BEGIN LIFE HERE. WELL HERE IS OUR LOW DECK HEMI BLOCK FRESH FROM THE FOUNDRY WHERE IT'S BEEN CAST AND HEAT TREATED ACCORDING TO INDY CYLINDER HEAD SPECS. NOW ALL READY FOR SOME CRITICAL MACHINE WORK. THE FIRST MACHINING PROCESS ON THE FRONT AND BACK OF THE BLOCK IS THE MOST CRITICAL.

(RUSS)>> WE REGARD THE TWO BELL HOUSING DOWEL PINS AND THE TWO TIMING CHAIN DOWEL PINS. THAT'S WHAT WE LOCATE EVERYTHING FROM. EVERYTHING COMES FROM THOSE FOUR DOWEL PINS. NOW TO FINISH IT WE LOCATE THESE TWO INCH THICK PLATES ON EITHER END OF THE BLOCK, BOLT THEM TO IT OFF OF THE DOWEL PINS, AND THEN WE SHOOT THE MAIN LINE AND WE SHOOT THE CAM TUNNEL.

(JOE)>> FOR YEARS "B" BLOCKS HAVE BEEN USED FOR 383 AND 400 CUBIC INCH MOPARS.

ADAPTING ONE FOR THE HEMI IS A BIG BREAKTHROUGH.

(RUSS)>> THIS BLOCK BEING MADE ON THE "B' BLOCK FORMAT, LOW DECK, IT ALLOWS MORE CLEARANCE. IT GIVES YOU ANOTHER HALF INCH OF CLEARANCE WHERE THERE IS NO CLEARANCE. IT MAKES PUTTING HEADERS ON, GETTING VALVE COVERS OFF, GETTING SPARK PLUGS OUT OF IT, IT JUST MAKES

THE WHOLE THING A WHOLE LOT EASIER.

(JOE)>> HERE'S A NICE TOUCH, TORQUE SPECS

STAMPED RIGHT HERE ON THE DECK. IN THE MEANTIME THIS MACHINE IS BUSY CNC'ING

OUR ALUMINUM CYLINDER HEADS. THEY'RE BASICALLY BETTER FLOWING STOCK REPLACEMENTS THAT PERFECTLY MATCH OUR STREET PERFORMANCE GOAL.

SKILLED HUMAN HANDS ARE STILL NEEDED TO CUT THE VALVE SEATS IN THE HEADS, TO PRODUCE THE PRIVATE LABEL ROCKER ARMS, AND TO ASSEMBLE THE VALVES AND SPRINGS. MEANWHILE HERE'S OUR LOW DECK HEMI BOTTOM END ALREADY PUT TOGETHER. THE CAM FROM COMP HAS ALREADY BEEN DEGREED IN. IN FACT THEY'RE READY TO FINISH IT, BUT BEFORE THEY

DO, LET'S TALK TO KENNY LAZZERI ABOUT WHAT THEY PUT INSIDE OF THIS THING ALREADY.

(KENNY)>> WE'RE GONNA USE AN EAGLE 4340 STEEL CRANK AND THEN WE'RE GONNA USE AN EAGLE HBEAM ROD.

THIS IS A DIAMOND PISTON, 10.3 TO ONE. THIS IS A CONVENTIONAL TALL DECK HEMI PISTON. SAME CUBIC INCHES. YOU CAN SEE HOW MUCH SHORTER THE LOW DECK

HEMI IS, AND IT ALSO SAVES 300 GRAMS.

(JOE)>> KENNY'S INSTALLING A NEW MILODON LOW PROFILE OIL PAN ON OUR HEMI.

ITS GOT A WINDAGE TRAY, TRAP DOOR, AND BAFFLES.

(RUSS)>> ON THIS PARTICULAR ENGINE WE'RE NOT GOING FOR ALL OUT HORSEPOWER. WE WANT SOMETHING THAT MAKES GOOD TORQUE. WE WANT IT TO BE A GOOD ENGINE THAT'S GONNA LIVE FOR A LONG TIME, GOOD RPM, GOOD HORSEPOWER.

(JOE)>> UNDERNEATH THOSE TWIN FAST THROTTLE BODIES IS ONE OF INDY'S MOD MAN INTAKES, WHICH REQUIRED A

NEW DESIGN TO WORK WITH OUR "B" BLOCK.

(RUSS)>> IT'S A VERY VERSATILE MANIFOLD, BUT IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE WE HAD TO MAKE ONE BECAUSE THE MANIFOLD HAD TO BE NARROWER THAN WHAT OUR "B" BLOCK WAS.

(JOE)>> NOW WE'RE READY TO TOP OFF THIS GOOD LOOKING ENGINE WITH A PAIR OF VALVE COVERS. THIS CNC MACHINE IS PUTTING ON SOME FINISHING TOUCHES. WORDS THAT CONVEY THESE ARE FOR A SPECIAL ENGINE FOR A SPECIAL MUSCLE CAR. NEXT MORNING, TIME TO HEAR SOME ELEPHANT MOTOR NOISE DOWN AT THE DYNO.

FIRST FIRE UP! [ engine starting and revving ]

(JOE)>> AND OUR LOW DECK HEMI SOUNDS GREAT ALREADY. AFTER SETTING A FEW PARAMETERS, THE FAST

PROGRAM LETS KENNY KNOW EVERYTHING IS HOOKED UP CORRECTLY AND INSTANTLY IT STARTS LEARNING

ALL ABOUT THE ENGINE. [ engine revving ]

(JOE)>> 558 HORSEPOWER AT 6,300 RPM, 491 FOOT POUNDS AT 5,200, AND ON A FINAL FOLLOW UP RUN THE NUMBERS WERE ALMOST IDENTICAL.

(KENNY)>> AS FAR AS SAFE MAXIMUM POWER, IT'S RIGHT ON THE MONEY. IF YOU WANTED TO ADJUST IT, YOU WOULD LOOK AT YOUR IDLE AND DRIVABILITY, BUT THAT'S GOTTA BE DONE IN THE CAR, HOOD CLOSED, DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD. IT'S TIME TO HAUL OUR HEMI BACK HOME.

THAT IS AFTER A BRIEF STOP AT THE SCALES. THIS COMBINATION HAS NEVER BEEN WEIGHED BEFORE. LOOK AT THAT, ONLY 491 POUNDS.

THAT'S 50 LESS THAN A SMALL BLOCK CHEVY.

(RUSS)>> BACK OUT!

(JOE)>> WELL THAT'S A WRAP, AT LEAST

FOR OUR VISIT HERE. GOTTA HEAD BACK AND INTRODUCE THIS STOUT LOW DECK HEMI TO OUR ULTRA VIOLET CHALLENGER.

(ANNOUNCER)>> STILL AHEAD WE CARVE OUT A TRANNY TUNNEL FOR A BIG, BAD SIX SPEED, AND INSTALL A HYDRAULIC CLUTCH FOR THAT SMOOTH ACTUATION.

(JOE)>> WELL WE MADE IT BACK WITH OUR NEW LOW DECK HEMI.

AND IT LOOKS GOOD ON THIS ENGINE STAND BUT IT'S GOING TO LOOK A LOT BETTER IN THAT CHALLENGER, DON'T YOU THINK SO TOM?

(TOMMY)>> YES SIR, I DO BELIEVE SO. WELL WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WHATEVER TRANSMISSION WE DROPPED INTO THAT THING, WELL IT'D BE STRONG ENOUGH TO HANDLE ALL THAT POWER. SO WE DECIDED TO GO WITH A T-56 MAGNUM FROM AMERICAN POWERTRAIN. NOW THIS THING IS CONSIDERABLY STRONGER THAN YOUR JUST RUN OF THE MILL PLAIN OLE T-56. IT CAN WITHSTAND 700 FOOT POUNDS OF TORQUE. ANOTHER DEAL IS WHEN YOU SHIFT IT INTO FIFTH AND SIX, WELL THEY'RE OVERDRIVES WITH A FINAL RATIO OF .63 TO ONE. AND WITH THAT ALUMINUM CASE, SHE'S NICE AND LIGHT. THEY ALSO SENT US THIS QUICKTIME BELL HOUSING.

NOW THIS IS THE STRONGEST STEEL BELL HOUSING ON THE MARKET. NOW THESE THINGS, WELL YOU CAN USE THEM FOR EVERYDAY

USE, OR LET'S SAY YOU WANT TO CARRY IT TO THE TRACK TO RING IT OUT. AS FOR A SHIFTER, WELL WE WENT WITH THE WHITE

LIGHTNING UNIT FROM AMERICAN POWERTRAIN. IT HAS 60 DIFFERENT POSITIONS TO IT SO YOU CAN ADJUST IT TO WHATEVER'S COMFORTABLE FOR YOU. AND THEN THE CHERRY ON THE TOP WILL BE THIS PISTON GRIP. NOW I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, YOU DON'T GET MUCH MORE MOPAR THAN THAT RIGHT THERE.

(JOE)>> OUR T-56 IS A LITTLE BIT LARGER THAN MOST TRANSMISSIONS WE'D BE DROPPING INTO THIS CHALLENGER. SO FIRST OFF WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO DO SOME MODIFICATIONS TO THE TRANNY TUNNEL.

NOW FOR MOCK UP PURPOSES WITH OUR TRANSMISSION, WE DON'T WANT TO HURT THE HEMI. SO WE'RE RELYING ON OUR PLASTIC PYAR BLOCK FROM SUMMIT.

(TOMMY)>> NOW NORMALLY WE JUST KINDA WHITTLE AWAY AT A TRANSMISSION TUNNEL TO JUST GET THAT TRANSMISSION TO FIT. BUT THIS ONE HERE, WELL IT'S HAD SOME MODIFICATIONS DONE TO IT THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED. SO WE'RE JUST GONNA CUT THIS ENTIRE THING OUT AND START FROM FRESH. I'LL START WITH A PILOT HOLE TO GET US GOING. THEN IT'S OUR GOOD OLE BUDDY THE BODY SAW. I'LL BE REMOVING THIS METAL IN SECTIONS SINCE THERE'S A BRACE RIGHT BELOW THIS FLOOR PAN THAT THE BODY SAW BLADE ISN'T LONG ENOUGH TO CUT THROUGH. NOW THAT BRACE WILL HAVE TO BE CUT TO ALLOW CLEARANCE FOR THE TRANSMISSION, BUT I'LL BE

USING A RECIPROCATING SAW TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. AFTER THE MIDDLE SECTION IS CUT OUT, THE LEFTOVER EDGES OF THE BRACE NEED TO BE CUT AT AN ANGLE TO KEEP THEM FROM INTERFERING WITH THE TRANS.

NOW WE'LL DO THE FIRST TEST FITMENT OF OUR BELL HOUSING. IF WE CAN GET IT TO FIT THEN THE TRANSMISSION ITSELF SHOULD BE FINE.

LOOKS LIKE WE NEED TO GO AHEAD AND CUT ALL THE WAY UP TO THE FIREWALL. [ saw cutting ]

(TOMMY)>> STILL NOT ENOUGH ROOM, NO PROBLEM. TRIMMING OFF THESE LITTLE EARS AND KNOCKING SOME OF

THE FLOOR PAN BACK WILL HELP MAKE IT WORK.

ALMOST THERE, THERE'S A LITTLE BIT LEFT TO TRIM ON THE FIREWALL AND THEN A LITTLE MORE ON THE FLOOR.

NOW I CAN BOLT IT IN AND IT HAS ENOUGH ROOM TO WIGGLE.

WELL WE GOT OUR TRANSMISSION IN PLACE.

SO THAT MEANS WE'VE GOT A PLENTY BIG ENOUGH HOLE, WE'VE GOT JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF CLEARANCE. NOW I NEED TO DO SOME TIN WORK TO

PATCH UP THAT HOLE.

(ANNOUNCER)>> UP NEXT WE'LL DEMYSTIFY THE WORLD

OF HYDRAULIC CLUTCHES, AND THEN IT'S A LOW BUCK VALVE COVER REFURB.

(TOMMY)>> WITH THE STOCK TUNNEL WHITTLED OUT TO FIT OUR SIX SPEED, WE GRABBED SOME 18 GAUGE STEEL AND TOSSED IT INTO THE SLIP ROLLER TO MAKE A NEW ONE. ONCE IT WAS FORMED TO THE PROPER SHAPE WE BURNED IT INTO PLACE. THEN WE MADE A COUPLE OF SMALL PIECES TO FILL IN THE GAPS. NOW ONTO THE CLUTCH.

(JOE)>> WELL WE NOT ONLY HAVE THE COMPONENTS, WE'VE GOT THE MAN WHO BROUGHT THEM, GRAY FREDRICK FROM AMERICAN POWERTRAIN. HEY GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

(GRAY)>> GOOD TO SEE YOU TOO, IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME.

(JOE)>> IT'S A COOL SETUP. LET'S FIRST TALK ABOUT THIS ATOMIC TWIN CLUTCH SETUP, THAT LOOKS PRETTY COOL. AMERICAN MADE RIGHT?

(GRAY)>> YES, WE'RE HAVING A LOT OF REALLY HIGH POWERED ENGINES GO IN FRONT OF OUR TRANSMISSIONS. AND WE HAVE THE ATOMIC TWIN, WHICH IS REALLY UNIQUE. IT ACTUALLY HITS ONE DISC AT A TIME. SO IT'S VERY SMOOTH LIKE A SINGLE DISC CLUTCH INSTEAD OF BEING LIKE AN ON/OFF SWITCH. IT'LL HANDLE AN AWFUL LOT OF POWER. AND WITH THE ENGINE THAT'S GOING IN THIS CAR, WE FELT LIKE THIS WAS THE APPROPRIATE

CLUTCH FOR THE JOB.

(JOB)>> YES SIR, 558 HORSEPOWER. NOW WE WON'T BE INSTALLING THE CLUTCH RIGHT AWAY OF COURSE, BUT WE WILL BE MOCKING UP THE PEDALS AND OF COURSE THIS HYDRAMAX. NOW I GUESS YOU HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT THIS THING REALLY IS.

(GRAY)>> WE ACTUALLY DO 60 OR 70 PERCENT HYDRAULIC CLUTCH SYSTEMS NOW. A LOT OF GUYS ARE GETTING AWAY FROM THE

MECHANICAL SYSTEMS. AND THERE ARE A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THEM BUT THEY'RE REALLY PRETTY SIMPLE. YOU'VE GOT A MASTER CYLINDER AND THIS PART ACTUALLY JUST GOES ON THE FIREWALL. YOU HAVE A HOSE GOING DOWN TO THIS THING. THIS IS THE HYDRAULIC SLAVE OR HYDRAULIC THROW OUT BEARING, AND IT WORKS A LOT LIKE A BRAKE CALIPER. JUST FILL IT WITH FLUID, PUSH ON THE MASTER CYLINDER, AND IT PUSHES ON THE FINGERS OF THE CLUTCH, VERY SIMPLE.

(JOE)>> AND OF COURSE YOU GUYS ALSO FURNISH THE PEDALS, WHICH IS PRETTY HANDY FOR A MOPAR GUYS AND HIS PROJECT.

(GRAY)>> YEAH WE ACTUALLY MAKE THESE EBODY PEDALS ALONG WITH "B" AND "A" BODY PEDALS. WHEN PEOPLE CALL US FOR A TRANSMISSION WE PRETTY MUCH HAVE TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE EVERYTHING

OR THEY CAN'T PUT A TRANSMISSION IN. SO WE TRY TO FILL THE MARKET WITH ANYTHING THAT THE MARKET HAS RUN OUT OF, LIKE ORIGINAL MOPAR PEDALS.

(JOE)>> I KNOW YOU'RE USING THESE ON YOUR CORONET PROJECT, HOW'S THAT COMING?

(GRAY)>> OH MAN, IT'S COMING GREAT! WE'VE GOT THE PAINT ON, WE'VE GOT THE TRANSMISSION IN, THE SUSPENSION. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S HANDY ABOUT HAVING MY OWN MOPAR, I LIKE TO DO A LOT OF TESTING ON OUR OWN CARS BEFORE WE SEND PARTS OUT TO CUSTOMERS.

(JOE)>> WELL THAT MAKES US FEEL BETTER. LET'S GET THESE THINGS MOCKED UP.

(GRAY)>> ALRIGHT!

(JOE)>> WITH THE PEDALS INSTALLED IN THE STOCK PEDAL BOX, IT'S A SIMPLE MATTER OF SLIPPING THEM

INTO PLACE UNDER THE DASH.

HEY GRAY, I'VE GOT A QUESTION FOR YOU. YOU PULL THIS LITTLE PIN OUT OF THE PEDAL ASSEMBLY BEFORE YOU PUT THEM IN, WHY?

(GRAY)>> WELL THIS THING ACTUALLY WOULD BE WHERE THE ORIGINAL CLUTCH ROD WOULD GO. SINCE WE'RE USING HYDRAULICS, WE GET RID OF THAT AND PUT THE HYDRAULIC ROD THERE.

(JOE)>> DON'T NEED IT?

(GRAY)>> NOPE.

(JOE)>> GONE, NEXT QUESTION, THE MASTER CYLINDER ITSELF, THIS BRACKETRY IS SOMETHING YOU GUYS CAME UP WITH.

WHAT'S THE DEAL ON THAT?

(GRAY)>> YEAH, WE CALL THIS A HYDRAMAX BRACKET, AND IT'S ACTUALLY PATENTED. THIS THING DOES TWO THINGS REALLY WELL. NUMBER ONE, IT GIVES YOU THE SAME CLUTCH ROD ANGLE AS YOUR ORIGINAL CLUTCH ROD. SO ALL THE RATIOS BETWEEN YOUR PEDAL AND THE ROD STAYS THE SAME. IT GIVES YOU A VERY COMFORTABLE CLUTCH. THE OTHER THING THAT THIS DOES IS KEEP THIS ROD HERE GOING STRAIGHT INTO THE MASTER CYLINDER SO IT DOESN'T SCRUB THE SEALS AND RUIN THE MASTER CYLINDER.

(JOE)>> THAT WOULD RUIN IT. WELL LET'S PUT IT IN!

(GRAY)>> ALRIGHT!

(JOE)>> THERE'S A LITTLE BIT OF CLEARANCING THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN WITH A CARBIDE BIT TO MAKE THE MASTER CYLINDER FIT, BUT IT'S REALLY PRETTY NEGLIGIBLE.

TWO BOLTS WILL HOLD IT IN PLACE ONCE IT'S INSTALLED. THEN A HOLE NEEDS TO BE DRILLED ON THE LEVER PART OF THE CLUTCH PEDAL. THERE'S A THREADED PIECE OF STEEL THAT ATTACHES TO THE MASTER CYLINDER. THEN A HEIM JOINT ATTACHES TO THAT HOLE WE JUST DRILLED AND VOILA, A WORKING CLUTCH PEDAL. WELL MOCK UP MISSION IS COMPLETE. IT WON'T BE LONG BEFORE WE'RE READY FOR PAINT AND FINAL ASSEMBLY. I'LL BET YOU COULD HELP US WITH THAT.

(GRAY)>> I'D BE GLAD TO COME BACK.

(JOE)>> OKAY, I'M GONNA COUNT ON IT.

(JOE)>> A CLASSY SET OF VALVE COVERS GOES A LONG WAY TOWARD DRESSING UP YOUR ENGINE BAY. NOW YOU CAN BUY A NEW SET OF THESE WRINKLE FINISH RETRO MT'S FOR $150 BUCKS. BUT GUESS WHAT, THIS ONE'S NOT NEW. IN FACT IT LOOKED JUST LIKE THIS ONE WHEN WE PICKED THEM BOTH UP FOR $25 BUCKS AT A SWAP MEET. NOW THE BEST PART IS YOU CAN PULL THIS TRICK OFF YOURSELF IN YOUR OWN HOME SHOP, WATCH. FIRST THING TO DO IS GET THE VALVE COVER FREE OF DIRT, ANY LOOSE PAINT, AND GREASE. WE'RE BLASTING OURS AT LOW PRESSURE IN THE CABINET, BUT A WIRE BRUSH AND SOME ELBOW GREASE ALSO WORKS. NOW WE'RE GONNA APPLY SOME DEGREASER, WHICH NOT ONLY REMOVES THE GREASE, IT HELPS THE PAINT ADHERE A LOT BETTER. TO GET A WRINKLE FINISH THAT WE CAN SEE AND FEEL WE'RE GONNA USE SOME OF VHT'S WRINKLE PLUS. YOU CAN ALSO USE THIS STUFF ON ACCESSORY BRACKETS AND AIR CLEANER HOUSINGS AND SUCH. BUT THE MAIN THING IS TO LAY IT DOWN IN A CROSS HATCH PATTERN. FIRST WE'LL SPRAY IT VERTICALLY. NOW YOU WANT ALL THE COATS TO BE EVEN AND PRETTY HEAVY. AFTER FIVE MINUTES WE LAY DOWN THE NEXT COAT IN A HORIZONTAL PATTERN. AND AFTER ANOTHER FIVE MINUTES WE LAY DOWN A THIRD COAT, THIS TIME DIAGONALLY. AGAIN, EACH COAT NEEDS TO BE RELATIVELY HEAVY TO GET THE WRINKLE EFFECT. NOW DON'T EXPECT TO SEE WRINKLES RIGHT AWAY.

THIS STUFF IS VERY SLOW DRYING AND TAKES ABOUT TWO HOURS OF AIR DRY. NOW YOU CAN HURRY UP THE CURING THOUGH BY PUTTING IT IN THE OVEN AT 200 DEGREES. WE'VE HEARD OF GUYS USING HAIR DRYERS BUT WE'RE GONNA TRY THE OLD HEAT GUN. MAKE SURE YOU'RE MOVING THE GUN AROUND AND HEATING THE SURFACE EVENLY. AFTER A COUPLE OF MINUTES THE WRINKLES WILL START TO SPREAD ACROSS THE SURFACE. WELL FINALLY IT'S TIME FOR THE ARTISTIC ICING ON THE CAKE. TAKE A SHARP BLADE AND CAREFULLY SCRAPE AWAY THE PAINT ON TOP OF THE FINS LENGTH WISE. USE THE SAME TECHNIQUE ON THE LETTERS. FOLLOW THAT WITH SOME 120 GRIT SAND PAPER AND USE A HARD BLOCK TO MAKE SURE YOU STAY ON

TOP OF THE SURFACE. THIS WILL GIVE THE FINS AND LETTERS A MACHINED LOOK. WELL WHAT DO YOU THINK, NOT TOO SHABBY? NOW VHT RECOMMENDS YOU WAIT 48 HOURS BEFORE REINSTALLING THE PART. MEANWHILE YOU'VE GOT THE SATISFACTION OF SAVING

SOME MONEY AND COMING UP WITH YOUR OWN CUSTOM CREATION, THAT'S DOUBLE GOOD.

(TOMMY)>> EARLIER YOU SAW US INSTALL AN AMERICAN POWERTRAIN HYDRAULIC CLUTCH SETUP IN OUR DODGE FOR A HIGH TECH T-56 MAGNUM SINCE WE'VE RETRO FITTED ONE INTO THE CHALLENGER. BUT WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW IS THEY ALSO OFFER A COMPLETE HYDRAULIC SYSTEM FOR THE FOUR SPEEDS, WHETHER YOU'VE GOT A MUNCIE, A TOP LOADER, A T-10, OR SOMETHING LIKE THIS, THE MOPAR 833. THE KIT ALLOWS YOU TO MODERNIZE FROM THAT OLD CLUTCH FORK TO A MUCH MORE EFFICIENT AND SMOOTHER SETUP. IF YOU NEED ONE OF THESE FOR YOUR RIDE, AMERICAN POWERTRAIN IS THE ANSWER.

(JOE)>> CHANCES ARE YOU'VE EXPERIENCED THAT AGE OLD

PROBLEM, ONE OF YOUR SPARK PLUG BOOTS GETS BURNED UP BY EXHAUST MANIFOLD OR HEADER HEAT. WELL ACCEL WANTS TO MAKE SURE IT DOESN'T HAPPEN AGAIN. THESE EXTREME 9,000 SPARK PLUG WIRES HAVE A CERAMIC BOOT THAT CAN WITHSTAND UP TO 2,000 DEGREES. MORE THAN ENOUGH TO PROTECT YOU FROM EXHAUST TEMPERATURE. THEY COME IN STRAIGHT AND RIGHT ANGLE CONFIGURATIONS. AND THE DOUBLE SILICONE WIRES ARE RATED AT 600 DEGREES.

YOU CAN GET YOUR SET AT SUMMIT RACING.

(TOMMY)>> WE ALL KNOW FOX BODY MUSTANGS ARE FUN CARS TO OWN AND DRIVE, BUT YOU CAN ALWAYS MAKE SOME IMPROVEMENTS. ONE THING THAT YOU CAN DO IS ADD AN ADJUSTABLE CLUTCH CABLE AND QUADRANT THAT WILL ALLOW YOU TO TAILOR FIT THAT CLUTCH PEDAL TO JUST THAT SWEET SPOT. AND FOR ABOUT $80 BUCKS, WELL IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR ONE, SUMMIT'S GOT THE ANSWER.
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