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Episode Transcript

(ANNOUNCER)>> TODAY ON DETROIT MUSCLE, PUT ON YOUR BOW TIE AND GRAB YOUR WELDER BECAUSE WE'RE GONNA SHOW YOU HOW TO TRANSFORM A SWISS CHEESE FIRST GEN CAMARO WITH SOME PANEL SWAPPING MAGIC. ALSO TAKE A TRIP WITH US TO ONE OF THE BIGGEST STREET MACHINE SHOWS IN THE WORLD.

(TOMMY)>> HEY GUYS, WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON AN OLD FORD AND MOPAR FOR SEVERAL WEEKS BUT WE'RE GONNA SHIFT GEARS AND START TINKERING ON AN OLD CHEVY. AND WE'VE GOT A LOT OF SHEET METAL LAYING AROUND. SO THERE'S GONNA BE SOME FAB WORK TO DO. AND YOU MAY ALSO NOTICE THAT JOE'S NOT IN HERE. WELL THAT'S BECAUSE HE'S OUT ON AN ADVENTURE,

BUT WE'LL MEET UP WITH HIM A LITTLE LATER DOWN THE ROAD. THIS '68 CAMARO IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THE TYPE OF FIRST GEN FBODY YOU CAN GET FOR LESS THAT $10,000. OF COURSE SINCE THESE CARS ARE SO POPULAR, AT THAT PRICE THEY WILL COME WITH SOME SHEET METAL ISSUES. THE FENDERS ON THIS CAR SEEM TO HAVE BEEN IN A WRECK, FOLLOWED UP BY A LESS THAN STELLAR REPAIR JOB. THE ROOF, WELL THIS WAS A VINYL TOP CAR, MEANING IT'S RUSTY ALL THE WAY AROUND THE PERIMETER, AS WELL AS HAVING A NICE AFTERMARKET SUN ROOF RIGHT HERE. WE'VE GOT SOME RUST HERE ON THE BOTTOM OF THE

QUARTERS, WHICH IS SUPER COMMON IN PRACTICALLY ANY CAR FROM THIS ERA.

DIRT AND WATER GET TRAPPED IN HERE, WHICH MANUFACTURES SOME HANDY DANDY RUST HOLES.

(MARC)>> THAT'S THE BAD NEWS, THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE FLOOR PANS AND THE TRUNK FLOOR ARE IN REALLY GOOD SHAPE. SO WE'RE NOT GONNA MESS WITH THOSE. AS FOR THE REST OF IT, WE'LL HAVE TO REPLACE IT. THE FIRST THING WE'RE GONNA ADDRESS IS THE QUARTERS.

NOW WE CHOSE THIS FULL QUARTER PANEL FROM AMD. THE REASON WHY WE'RE GOING WITH FULL QUARTERS RATHER THAN PATCHING IS BECAUSE WHEN YOU PATCH A QUARTER IT WON'T REMOVE THE RUST SPOTS THAT REMAIN HIDDEN.

(TOMMY)>> WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT IS RIGHT HERE. THERE'S RUST ON THE BACK SIDE OF THE QUARTER PANEL. ANOTHER COMMON SPOT IS HERE ON THE BOTTOM ON THE FRONT OF THE WHEEL. NOW YOU'LL SEE THESE THINGS GET PIN HOLES ALL

THROUGH THE LIPS, AND IF YOU JUST REPAIR WHAT'S WRONG. THE PROBLEM IS WITH THAT IS SINCE THIS STUFF RUSTS FROM THE INSIDE OUT, WELL A COUPLE YEARS DOWN THE ROAD AND FROM DRIVING IT AROUND AND GETTING ALL THE MOISTURE BACK IN IT, YOU'LL GET NEW ISSUES POPPING BACK THROUGH. THEN YOU'VE GOTTA CUT INTO THAT FRESH PAINT. SO PUTTING A FULL QUARTER ON THIS THING IS A PRETTY GOOD IDEA. ANOTHER REASON, OUR REAR WINDOW HAS A LOT OF RUST AROUND IT HERE AT THE QUARTER. SO THAT FULL QUARTER'S GONNA TAKE CARE OF THAT TOO. BEFORE YOU GET TOO SLAP HAPPY AND START SLICING AND DICING ON YOUR CAR YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE ADJACENT PANELS ARE ALIGNED PROPERLY BECAUSE THEY'RE GONNA HELP LOCATE YOUR NEW REPLACEMENT PANEL. OUR DOOR IS OUT JUST A TASTE HERE AT THE TOP. I'LL TAKE CARE OF THAT AND THEN WE CAN GET TO CUTTING.

(MARC)>> WHILE HE'S CRANKING ON THAT DOOR LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE OTHER PANELS WE'LL BE REPLACING. AMD OFFERS A HOST OF OTHER SHEET METAL FOR THESE FIRST GEN CAMAROS INCLUDING FENDERS, ROOF SKINS, AND A VARIETY OF HOODS.

IT'S NOT YOUR RUN OF THE MILL SHEET METAL EITHER, USING FACTORY GAUGE STEEL AND INCLUDING DETAILS LIKE CORRECT BENDS AND SEAMS. THEY GO THE EXTRA MILE TO MAKE SURE THIS STUFF HAS THE BEST FITMENT THAT YOU CAN GET YOUR HANDS ON. IN FACT THIS IS ALL LICENSED THROUGH THE GM RESTORATION PROGRAM. THE SAME GOES FOR THE MOPAR PIECES. NOW PIECES LIKE THIS ARE GONNA BE A LITTLE MORE

EXPENSIVE BUT IN THE MAN HOURS SAVED IN INSTALLATION AND THE QUALITY OF THE CAR ONCE IT'S COMPLETE.

SPEND A LITTLE MORE ON THE FRONT END TO SAVE YOU A LOT ON THE TAIL END.

(TOMMY)>> GOT IT? WE WENT AHEAD AND REMOVED THE DECK LID AND THE GLASS

TO GIVE US SOME ROOM TO WORK. AND THIS OLD CAR, WELL IT NEEDS BOTH QUARTERS, THE ROOF PANEL, AND EVEN THIS REAR FILLER PANEL. BUT WE'RE NOT GONNA CUT ALL THAT AWAY BECAUSE IT WOULD CUT THE STRUCTURE OUT OF THE CAR. SO WE'RE JUST GONNA REPLACE ONE PANEL AT A TIME. USING A SANDING DISCS OVER THE AREAS WHERE THE SPOT WELDS ARE GONNA BE, WE CAN DIG DOWN UNDER THE PAINT AND MAKE THEM EASIER TO FIND. [ grinder spinning ]

(MARC)>> THEN WE'LL GRAB AN EIGHTH INCH BIT TO MAKE THE PILOT HOLES FOR OUR SPOT WELD CUTTER. ON SOME OF THESE WELDS YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU DON'T GO THROUGH BOTH LAYERS BECAUSE YOU WANT TO AVOID PUNCHING THROUGH THE BOTTOM LAYER. THAT'S WHAT YOUR NEW PANEL WILL NEED TO BE WELDED TO. BUT YOU CAN DRILL ALL THE WAY THROUGH ON SOME OF THEM BECAUSE THERE'S NOT METAL UNDERNEATH THAT YOU'RE TRYING TO SAVE. FOR EXAMPLE, THIS DOOR JAMB SUPPORT.

(TOMMY)>> THERE ARE QUITE A FEW SPOT WELDS UNDER THE LIP OF THIS WHEEL WELL. SO YOU MAY HAVE TO MAKE A TRIP TO THE FLOOR TO BE ABLE TO GET THEM ALL.

(MARC)>> WELL DID YOU GET THE HOLES DRILLED?

(TOMMY)>> I GOT MOST OF THEM. I LEFT YOU ONE BUT I'M GONNA LET YOU FIND IT.

(MARC)>> I APPRECIATE IT! WELL WE'LL CATCH IT WITH THIS, BUT BEFORE WE DO

WE'RE GONNA PLOT WHERE WE'RE GONNA MAKE THE CUTS WITH A SILVER MARKER.

(TOMMY)>> A GOOD REASON TO DO THIS IS TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU DON'T SLICE THROUGH ANY SUPPORT STRUCTURE ON THE CAR. TO FREE UP THIS PANEL WE'LL CUT AROUND THE CPILLAR, DOWN THE DOOR JAMB, AND THEN AROUND THE WHEEL WELL. [ grinder spinning ]

(MARC)>> THE REASON WE'RE DOING THIS THE WAY WE ARE IS BECAUSE IT'S EASIER TO CUT OFF THE LARGE PARTS OF THE PANEL. THEN ADDRESS THE LEFTOVER PIECES, WHICH ARE STILL

ATTACHED TO THE CAR, SEPARATELY. WE'LL USE A COUPLE DIFFERENT CUTTERS TO DO THE JOB, SWITCHING TO THIS ELECTRIC CUTTING WHEEL IN PLACES WHERE WE DON'T HAVE TO BE AS CAREFUL, BUT

USING THE PNEUMATIC ONE FOR MORE DELICATE CUTS.

ALRIGHT, SO OUR QUARTER PANEL IS FREE NOW, ALL BUT RIGHT HERE WHERE IT MEETS THE ROOF LINE.

WE COULD JUST CUT IT OFF WITH A CUTOFF WHEEL BECAUSE THIS CAR'S GONNA GET A ROOF ANYWAY. BUT IN CASE YOU'RE JUST REPLACING A QUARTER PANEL, WE WANT TO SHOW YOU HOW TO SPLIT THE SEAM HERE. YOU COULD USE AN AIR CHISEL, WHICH WORKS FINE BUT IT COULD GET AWAY FROM YOU PRETTY QUICKLY, OR YOU

COULD GO OLD SCHOOL AND USE A HAMMER AND A COLD CHISEL. WE HAVE DECIDED TO GO WITH THIS ULTRA THIN PANEL KNIFE. [ hammer tapping ]

(ANNOUNCER)>> AFTER THE BREAK IT'S TIME TO GET

ATTACHED AS WE START PLANTING THAT NEW SHEET METAL. AND LATER TREAT YOURSELF TO SOME SERIOUS EYE CANDY AT THE SHEET MACHINE NATIONALS.

(TOMMY)>> ALRIGHT GUYS, WE'VE GOT MOST OF THE TRIMMINGS REMOVED FOR INSTALLING OUR QUARTER PANEL. ALL WE LACK IS THIS PIECE RIGHT HERE IN THE DOOR JAMB AND A SPOT BY THE TAIL PANEL. EACH ONE OF THESE SPOT WELDS GOING AWAY GETS US ONE STEP CLOSER TO HAVING THAT NEW QUARTER ON. YOU REALLY NEED TO HAVE A GOOD FEEL FOR IT IF YOU WANT TO USE THE AIR HAMMER BECAUSE LIKE MARC SAID EARLIER, IT CAN GET AWAY FROM YOU PRETTY QUICKLY. [ air hammer vibrating ]

(MARC)>> SO WE JUST ABOUT GOT IT ALL READY TO INSTALL THE NEW QUARTER. THERE IS A LITTLE STRIP HERE AT THE BOTTOM WHERE WE REALIZED THAT THE QUARTER PANEL ACTUALLY

INSTALLS BEHIND THE REAR BODY PANEL. NOW IF YOU WERE DOING A CONCOURSE RESTORATION OR IF YOU HAD A SUPER RARE CAR, YOU WOULD WANT TO GO AHEAD AND REMOVE THE REAR BODY PANEL AND DRILL OUT THE SPOT WELDS IN THE QUARTER AND INSTALL THE ENTIRE QUARTER PROPERLY. BUT FOR A BUILD LIKE THIS IT'LL BE ALRIGHT FOR US TO

JUST TRIM OUT THE NEW PANEL AND BUTT WELD IT RIGHT ON THE SEAM. ALRIGHT SO BEFORE WE CAN ACTUALLY INSTALL THAT QUARTER PANEL WE NEED TO ADDRESS THE WHEEL HOUSES. NOW THERE WAS SOME RUST ON THE BACK SIDE OF THE OUTER

WHEEL HOUSE RIGHT HERE, BUT IT'S JUST AT THE BOTTOM AND THE REST OF THE WHEEL HOUSE IS ACTUALLY IN REALLY GOOD SHAPE FOR A CAR THIS OLD. SO WE GOT THIS OUTER WHEEL HOUSE FROM AMD, AND WE'RE JUST GONNA MEASURE OUT, CUT OFF A PIECE, AND PATCH IT IN. THE PIECE IS GOING TO BE CUT A LITTLE LONG SO THAT WE CAN TRIM AND ADJUST IT ONCE IT'S ON THE CAR. IT'S A LOT BETTER TO DO THAT THAN REALIZING YOU'VE CUT YOUR PIECE TOO SHORT.

(TOMMY)>> WITH IT FIT WE CAN CLAMP THIS DUDE UP AND BURN IT IN. WE'LL WALK THE CLAMPS AROUND THE PIECE AS WE ADJUST IT AND GET IT ATTACHED.

AFTER SHE'S WELDED WE'LL COME BACK AND CLEAN IT UP. [ grinder spinning ]

(MARC)>> SOME DUPLICOLOR WELD THROUGH PRIMER IS A GOOD IDEA WHERE WE'LL BE ATTACHING THE PANELS. THEN WE'LL PREP OUR NEW PIECE WITH THIS PANEL PUNCH TOOL. IT'S A LOT FASTER TO USE ONE OF THESE, BUT OF COURSE YOU CAN USE A DRILL BIT IF THAT'S WHAT YOU'VE GOT.

(TOMMY)>> LET'S SEE WHAT OUR LINES LOOK LIKE. WELL THEY'RE IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE EXCEPT FOR RIGHT HERE AT THE TOP. NOW THAT'S A LITTLE BIT WIDER THAN THOSE STREET ROD GAPS, BUT THAT'S PRETTY CLOSE TO THE WAY THIS THING WOULD HAVE CAME FROM THE FACTORY. WE'LL GRAB A HANDFUL OF CLAMPS TO GET THE PANEL LOCKED INTO PLACE, AND MESSAGE THE METAL A LITTLE BIT TO GET A GOOD FIT. THEN WE'LL START SPOT WELDING IT TO THE CAR. FOR THE MOST PART WE'LL USE THE FACTORY SPOT WELD LOCATIONS BECAUSE WELL, WE KNOW THEY WORK, AND IT HELPS TO KEEP THE CAR LOOKING ORIGINAL. [ welder crackling ]

(TOMMY)>> WE'RE GONNA MOVE ON TO THE FRONT, AND AS YOU CAN SEE THESE OLD FENDERS NEED A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE. THIS THING HAS BEEN COATED ABOUT EIGHT OR NINE TIMES, PLUS IT'S GOT SOME CHEWED UP SPOTS ON IT. TO REPAIR THESE FENDERS YOU'RE GONNA BE SPENDING A

WHOLE LOT OF MONEY NOT TO MENTION THE TIME. SO IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS YOU'RE BETTER OFF TO BUY A SET OF REPLACEMENT FENDERS.

WE'RE GONNA GET THESE BOLTED ONTO THE CAR ALONG WITH THE HOOD. LET'S SEE WHAT WE'VE GOT.

(MARC)>> WE'LL JUST SET THE FENDERS IN PLACE FOR NOW. THEY'LL NEED TO BE ADJUSTED TO MAKE THE FIT JUST RIGHT. WE'LL SET THE HOOD ON THERE TO SEE WHAT WE'VE

GOT, AND THE CAR HAS UNDERGONE A HUGE TRANSFORMATION ALREADY. WE AREN'T GONNA WORRY ABOUT SHOWING YOU THE ROOF BECAUSE WE DID THAT SAME SWAP ON OUR CHALLENGER. TO SEE THAT HEAD ON OVER TO POWERNATION TV DOT COM.

(ANNOUNCER)>> STILL AHEAD GET READY TO RUMBLE AT ONE OF THE WORLD'S BIGGEST STREET MACHINE GATHERINGS.

(JOE)>> DETROIT MAY BE THE HOME OF AMERICAN MUSCLE CARS BUT ONCE A YEAR YOU WON'T FIND ANY MORE FINE MUSCLE MACHINES THAN RIGHT HERE AT THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIRGROUND. IT'S THE STREET MACHINE NATIONALS AND WE'RE GONNA TAKE IT IN. AN ESTIMATED 7,000 MUSCLE CARS, RACE CARS, CLASSICS, AND MORE MADE THEIR WAY HERE ALONG WITH ABOUT 50,000 PEOPLE. THE STREET MACHINE NATIONALS IS THE ULTIMATE COOL CAR CELEBRATION WITH THE MOST SCENIC BACKDROP YOU'LL EVER FIND.

(GRAY)>> THE VENUE IS JUST PERFECT FOR IT.

ALL LINED UP ON A STREET. IT'S GOT A LITTLE OLD TOWN IN IT. IT'S JUST AWESOME!

(JOE)>> WITH AN AWESOME ARRAY OF STREET MACHINES BUILT FOR SHOW, RACING, OR JUST THE PURE NOVELTY OF IT. YOU COULD STROLL THE FAIRGROUND STREETS FOR HOURS AND NEVER SEE EVERYTHING. HOWEVER IF YOU BRING YOUR RIDE THERE'S MUCH MORE TO DO WITH IT THAN SIT IN A LAWN CHAIR AND LOOK AT IT. FOR EXAMPLE, YOU CAN TEST ITS DRIVABILITY AND YOUR DRIVING ABILITY ON THE AUTO CROSS.

(JOHN)>> THEY TAKE A FEW CORNERS AND THEY GET HOOKED, AND THEY JUST LOVE IT. AND THEY UNDERSTAND THAT HEY, THE CARS, WE PUT SO

MUCH TIME AND EFFORT INTO THESE CARS, THEY'RE GREAT TO DRIVE.

(JOE)>> WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A CAR TO DRIVE THE NEXT BEST THING IS A RIDE WITH A PROFESSIONAL DRIVER IN THE DODGE EMAX CHALLENGER. GOT HORSEPOWER? WELL THE CHASSIS DYNO IS A POPULAR PUT UP OR SHUT UP PLACE TO PROVE YOUR POWER CLAIM.

(DOC)>> YOU KNOW FOR SO MANY YEARS AT THE STREET MACHINE NATIONALS PEOPLE COULD SAY, I'VE GOT 2,000 HORSEPOWER. WELL NOW PROVE IT, AND THEY CAN DO IT HERE ON THE LUCAS OIL DYNO CHALLENGE.

(JOE)>> THERE'S EVEN A CROWD PLEASING SPECIAL DYNO CHALLENGER FOR HEAVY HITTERS, LIKE THIS '56 BEL AIR SLEEPER THAT MADE OVER 1,300 HORSEPOWER AT THE REAR WHEELS. ( )>> THREE, TWO, ONE!

(JOE)>> WELL FOR HANDS ON GEARHEADS COMP CAMS OFFERS THIS ENGINE BUILDER DUEL.

(TRENT)>> WHAT WE DO IS WE PAIR UP A TWO MAN TEAM AND THEY GET TO SEE WHO CAN BUILD A SMALL BLOCK CHEVROLET THE FASTEST. THEY ALREADY HAVE THE CRANK AND THE REAR FOUR PISTONS INSTALLED. SO EVERYTHING FROM THERE ON IN THEY HAVE TO ASSEMBLE.

(JOE)>> BROTHERS ROB AND TOM WHEBEE FINISH FIRST IN THIS HEAT. [ engine starting ]

(JOE)>> AND THEIR SMALL BLOCK FIRED UP BUT WOULDN'T STAY LIT.

SO AFTER MUCH CROSSING OF FINGERS IT FINALLY CAME BACK TO LIFE. RUNNING ROUGH BUT LONG ENOUGH TO CLAIM VICTORY. [ crowd cheering ]

(JOE)>> THAT'S A GOOD JOB. I DON'T KNOW IF I'D WANT TO RUN THIS MOTOR IN MY CAR RIGHT AWAY.

(ROB)>> NO I WOULDN'T EITHER. [ engine revving ]

(JOE)> YOU KNOW THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT THE SIGHT, SOUND, AND SMELL OF BURNING RUBBER THAT DRAWS A CROWD. YEP IT'S BURNOUT CONTEST TIME.

WE'VE GOT CARS, PICK UP TRUCKS, EVEN A VAN COMPETING, AND WE'VE GOT OWNERS READY TO IMMERSE

THEMSELVES IN SMOKE FOR 30 SECONDS AND DESTROY TIRES FOR APPLAUSE. [ crowd cheering ]

(JOE)>> WHILE CARNAGE ALWAYS GETS ATTENTION, APPARENTLY IT'S NOT REQUIRED TO WIN A TOP TROPHY. DONALD HARPER IN HIS MALIBU WON THIS EVENT WITHOUT IT.

(DONALD)>> YOU START IN SECOND GEAR, AND JUST WIND

HER UP, AND JUST HOLD IT AT ABOUT 5,000 AND LET HER SIT THERE. LET THE SMOKE JUST KEEP ROLLING.

(JOE)>> AND SHE LOVES TO MAKE SMOKE HUH?

(DONALD)>> YEAH SHE LOVES TO MAKE SMOKE, AND DON'T GET TIRES THAT ARE DRY ROTTED.

(JOE)>> AND IF YOU NEED REPLACEMENTS HERE'S A PLACE TO GET A FREE HAT AND SOME TIPS ON WHAT TIRES TO RUN.

(GREGG)>> THEY'RE VERY COMPETITIVE OUT THERE. THEY'RE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR THAT NEXT NICHE OR THAT

NEXT CUTTING EDGE PRODUCT OUT THERE. SO WE TRY TO SUPPORT THAT BY KEEPING OUR PORTFOLIOS UP TO DATE AND LISTENING TO WHAT THE CUSTOMER WANTS THERE IN THE INDUSTRY.

(JOE)>> WITH HUNDREDS OF VENDORS ON SITE, THERE ARE

PLENTY OF PARTS AND ACCESSORIES TO LOOK AT, AND IN SOME CASES TO LISTEN TO.

[ engine revving ]

(ED)>> THE OE'S DON'T LEAVE AS MUCH ON THE TABLE. AND SO WE HAVE TO WORK A LITTLE HARDER. WE HAVE TO WORK HARDER CAUSE WE'RE ALSO A SOUND COMPANY.

WE WANT IT TO SOUND GOOD AS WELL AS GIVE YOU POWER.

(GRAY)>> AS YOU KNOW, WE ADVERTISE THAT WE PUT FIVE AND SIX SPEEDS IN EVERYTHING. SO THIS IS AWESOME BECAUSE IT'S NOT JUST FORDS OR MOPARS OR CHEVYS, IT'S EVERYTHING!

(JOE)>> WITH THE POSSIBLE EXCEPTION OF THIS CROWD

PLEASING CONTEST, THERE'S NOTHING THAT CREATES EXCITEMENT LIKE THE STREET MACHINE CHALLENGE. IT'S THE ULTIMATE TEST OF MAN AND MACHINE.

(ANNOUNCER)>> COMING UP FIND OUT WHO'S THE BADDEST OF THEM ALL AT THE STREET MACHINE CHALLENGE.

(JOE)>> NEVER KNOW WHO YOU'LL RUN INTO HERE AT THE STREET MACHINE NATIONALS. EVEN AN OLD RAT ROD WE BUILT YEARS AGO. PROUD OWNER MIKE WELCH SHOWED ME SOME OF THE UPGRADES HE'S MADE, NOT THAT IT NEEDED ANY OF COURSE, AND HE ALSO LET ME FIRE UP THAT BLOWN FLATHEAD. MEANWHILE THE DETROIT MUSCLE CREW AND I HAD A

TOUGH JOB OF PICKING ONE CAR FOR AN EDITOR'S CHOICE AWARD. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN MEET TONY NESTLE. HE IS THE OWNER OF THAT BEAUTIFUL GREEN 1961 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE TWO DOOR HARD TOP. IT'S LIKE A PRO STREET VERSION. THIS IS YOURS, CONGRATULATIONS TONY.

(TONY)>> THANK YOU!

(JOE)>> WHILE PERUSING THE VARIOUS STREET MACHINES ON DISPLAY IS ESSENTIAL, THIS EVENT'S ALSO ABOUT HAVING FUN WITH THEM. AND IF YOUR MUSCLE CAR'S GOT GOOD POWER, BRAKING, AND HANDLING, THEN THE BORLA STREET MACHINE CHALLENGE IS YOUR KIND OF COMPETITION. VETERAN CAR JOURNALIST JEFF SMITH HEADS IT UP.

(JEFF)>> WHAT WE HAVE ARE THREE CLASSES. WE'VE GOT THE MUSCLE CAR CLASS, WHICH IS UP TO '83. THEN '84 AND UP FOR THE LATE MODEL CLASSES, WHICH WOULD BE UP TO A 2015. AND THEN WE HAVE A THIRD CLASS, WHICH IS FOR CORVETTE AND VIPERS.

(JOE)>> THE FIRST VENUE IS ALL ABOUT HORSEPOWER, AND EACH CONTENDER GETS ONE SHOT ON THE DYNO ROLLERS. BUT YOU AND YOUR CAR HAVE TO PERFORM AS WELL ON THIS VENUE CALLED THE STOP BOX.

(JEFF)>> IT LOOKS EASY, IT'S REALLY DIFFICULT. YOU'VE GOT TO LAUNCH THE CAR, YOU'VE GOT TO KEEP IT STRAIGHT.

THEN YOU'VE GOT TO GET IT STOPPED IN THE BOX. IF YOU COME OUTSIDE THE BOX, IF YOU HIT THE CONES AND GO OUTSIDE THE BOX, THEN YOU'RE DISQUALIFIED.

(JOE)>> FINALLY THE THIRD MOST CHALLENGING AND MOST FUN VENUE, THE AUTO CROSS. HERE THAT BIG POWER YOU MADE ON THE DYNO MEANS FAR

LESS THAN OTHER THINGS.

(JOHN)>> ACTUALLY IN THIS THE SUSPENSION AND THE SETUP IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE HORSEPOWER BECAUSE YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO HAVE MOMENTUM THROUGH THE AUTO CROSS COURSE. MAKE SURE THAT IT'S NOT TOO FAST. AT 40 MILES AN HOUR YOU CAN REALLY HEAR ADRENALINE, YOUR HEART GETS GOING. WE GET GUYS COMING OUT OF THEIR CAR AND THEIR HEART'S BEATING, THEY'RE SMILING LIKE CRAZY.

(JOE)>> RYAN BUCK IN THE '63 CHEVY TWO HAS PLENTY TO SMILE ABOUT. ALTHOUGH HIS DYNO SCORE WAS ONLY AVERAGE, HE'S LEADING THE MUSCLE CAR CLASS IN AUTO CROSS WITH A BEST RUN OF 41 SECONDS, AND HE WANTS TO BEAT THAT. AND THIS IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS, A 40.9. HE BREAKS THE WEEKEND RECORD.

(RYAN)>> SO I'VE BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BE

GOOD IN OTHER PLACES BUT THIS I THINK WILL TOP IT OFF, IF I COULD SWEEP THIS WEEKEND. WELL AFTER TABULATING THE NUMBERS RYAN WAS DECLARED WINNER OF THE STREET MACHINE MUSCLE CAR CLASS. THEN AGAIN THIS WHOLE EVENT WAS A WINNER FOR THE MANY THOUSAND PEOPLE WHO CAME TO LOOK, SHOW, AND TO COMPETE. A TWIN CITIES TRADITION CELEBRATING SOME OF THE

VERY BEST DETROIT MUSCLE.
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