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Parts Used In This Episode

Mickey Thompson
Tire, ET Street Radial, 29 x 12.50R20, Radial, R2 Compound, Blackwall, Each
MSD Ignition
Distributor, Pro-Billet Ready-to-Run, Magnetic Pickup, Vacuum Advance, Chevy, Big/Small Block, Each
MSD Ignition
Ignition Coil, Blaster SS, E-Core, Square, Epoxy, Red, 40,000 V, Each
Royal Purple
Motor Oil, Synthetic, 10W30, HPS Street, 1 qt., Each
Royal Purple
Oil Filter, Extended Life, Canister, 13/16 in.-16 Thread, Each
SLP Performance Parts, Inc.
2010-2013 Camaro 20" Five Spoke Wheels - Gloss Black with Machined Face
SLP Performance Parts, Inc.
2010-2013 Camaro V8 Loud Mouth Axle Back Exhaust with 4" Tips
SLP Performance Parts, Inc.
2010-2013 Camaro V8 SLP Supercharger Package - Stage 1 575HP
Summit Racing
Alternator, Internal Regulator, 100 Amp, Black, Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Chevy, GMC, Each
Summit Racing
Engine Dress Up Kit, Steel, Chrome, Chevy, Small Block, Kit
Summit Racing
Fuel System, Gasoline, Pump, Regulator, Filter, Fuel Line, Universal, Kit
The Industrial Depot
Industrial Depot - Fasteners, Hardware, and Shop Supplies
WD-40
Aerosol, 12 oz., lubricant, water dispersant, penetrant, protectant

Episode Transcript

(JOE)>> WE'RE ALWAYS ON THE HUNT FOR MORE HORSEPOWER AROUND HERE, WHETHER IT'S A POWER ADDER INSTALL LIKE LATER ON, OR A COMPLETE ENGINE BUILD. BUT FIRST UP WE GET TO LEND A HAND TO ONE OF YOU. IN FACT WE GOT THIS LETTER FROM A GUY NAMED JASON HUGHES, WHO ASKED US TO HELP KICK START HIS DAD'S OLD '55 CHEVY. SO JOHN BOUCHARD AND OUR CREW VOLUNTEERED FOR THE ROAD TRIP DOWN TO TROUTMAN, NORTH CAROLINA, FOR A LITTLE DRIVEWAY RESCUE. ON THE WAY JOHN GOT ON THE PHONE WITH OUR PARTNERS AT SUMMIT RACING, AND WENT DOWN HIS LIST WITH ONE OF THEIR 24 HOUR TECH EXPERTS.

(JOHN)>> OKAY, COOL, GOT THAT, HOSES, CLAMPS, AND A 180 DEGREE THERMOSTAT.

(JOE)>> SUMMIT RACING'S MASSIVE INVENTORY FEATURES

OVER 1,000 BRANDS, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PARTS IN STOCK. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY FOR US.

(JOHN)>> YOU GUYS ARE GOOD TO US, I APPRECIATE IT.

(JOE)>> JOHN GOT THE ORDER IN BY SEVEN PM FOR GUARANTEED DELIVERY OVERNIGHT.

(JOHN)>> HEY JASON, HOW YOU DOING MAN?

(JASON)>> OKAY, HOW YOU DOING?

(JOHN)>> ALRIGHT, SO WE'RE GONNA COME OUT HERE AND WORK ON THIS '55 A LITTLE BIT HUH.

(JASON)>> YES SIR.

(JOHN)>> ARE WE UP ON TETANUS SHOTS?

(JASON)>> MAYBE.

(JOHN)>> WE SHOULD BE OKAY.

(JASON)>> IT'S JUST GOT A SMALL BLOCK 350 IN IT.

(JOHN)>> THAT'S ALRIGHT, THAT'S WHAT BUILT AMERICA. DONE SOME WIRING ALREADY, THAT'S COOL, THAT'LL HELP US OUT. IT'S NOT SEIZED UP OR NOTHING?

(JASON)>> NAH, IT'S NOT SEIZED. I THINK IT WILL, IT RAN LAST TIME WE HAD IT.

(JOHN)>> WHEN'S THE LAST TIME YOU HEARD IT RUN.

(JASON)>> PROBABLY '99, 2000.

(JOHN)>> WE'RE GONNA GET IT RUNNING TODAY, WE'RE GONNA MAKE THAT HAPPEN TODAY.

(JOE)>> THE MEN WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN WITH A BENCH FULL OF PARTS DELIVERED EARLY THIS MORNING ALONG WITH A COUPLE OF RACING PROS. JUST DOWN THE ROAD AT MOORESVILLE, IS KB RACING, HOME TO SUMMIT RACING DRIVER AND NHRA PRO STOCK WORLD CHAMPION JASON LINE. HE AND CREW MEMBER PAT ARE GONNA HELP GET THIS OLD CHEVY DRAG CAR RUNNING AGAIN. AND THEY'LL DO IT BY ADDRESSING THREE MAIN AREAS, ELECTRICAL, COOLING, AND LUBRICATION. FIRST UP, SPARK!

(JASON)>> PUTTING YOUR FINGER IN THE SPARK PLUG HOLE IS A GOOD WAY TO TELL IF THE ENGINE STILL HAS COMPRESSION. YOU KNOW, AFTER IT'S BEEN SITTING ALL THESE YEARS, WHO KNOWS?

(JOHN)>> WELL, I THINK WE CAN KEEP GOING, DON'T YOU.

(PAT)>> I THINK WE HAVE ALL EIGHT, WE HAVE COMPRESSION.

(JASON)>> PERFECT.

(JOHN)>> WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND GET THE NUMBER ONE CYLINDER ON TOP DEAD CENTER, GET THE OLD DISTRIBUTOR OUT. THIS IS WHAT THEY CALL A READY TO RUN DISTRIBUTOR, SO WE DON'T HAVE TO WIRE UP A BOX FOR IT. IT'S ACTUALLY UNDERNEATH THE DISTRIBUTOR CAP. SO WE'VE GOT A POSITIVE AND A NEGATIVE THAT'S GOING TO GO THROUGH THE BLASTER SS COIL, A NEGATIVE THAT GOES STRAIGHT TO THE BATTERY, AND A 12 VOLT SWITCH THAT GOES WITH THE 12 VOLT ON THE COIL.

(JASON)>> OUR MSD COIL AND DISTRIBUTOR'S INSTALLED. WE NEED TO MAKE PLUG WIRES AND A COIL WIRE FOR IT, AND

CHANGE THE OIL, AND PUT THE RADIATOR IN. TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT AND SOMEBODY OUT LIKE JASON, IT'S A FUN DEAL FOR US. IT'S A DIFFERENT KIND OF A DAY OFF FOR US. SO IT'S FUN, IT'S A BREAK, A CHANGE FROM THE NORMAL PACE, AND WE'RE GONNA HELP SOMEBODY OUT.

(PAT)>> WELL WE'VE ALL HAD OUR TIME DOING STUFF LIKE THIS GROWING UP. THIS IS HOW YOU LEARN. THIS IS ALL HANDS ON, A LOT OF SHADE TREE MECHANIC. THAT'S PRETTY MUCH HOW ALL OF US WHO ARE IN THIS

BUSINESS START OUT AT SOME POINT. WE WORK ON STUFF THAT NEEDS TO GET RUNNING. YOU DON'T HAVE A LOT OF MONEY. YOU WORK WITH WHAT YOU HAVE.

(JOHN)>> JUST A LITTLE BIT OF SLUDGE.

(PAT)>> I LIKE TO FILL THE ENGINE FROM THE TOP THROUGH HERE IF YOU CAN. IT ELIMINATES ANY AIR POCKETS THAT'LL GET IN THE ENGINE. TOPPING OFF THE RADIATOR HERE.

WE'VE GOT SOME ROYAL PURPLE, PUT A ROYAL PURPLE FILTER ON IT, PUT SOME ROYAL PURPLE OIL IN IT. WE'RE GONNA PUT A LITTLE BIT OF GAS DOWN THE VENT TUBES TO FILL THE BOWLS UP. YOU DON'T WANT TO POUR A LOT DOWN THE ACTUAL ENGINE ITSELF. WE'LL SEE IF IT SQUIRTS.

GOT A LITTLE BIT IN IT.

ALRIGHT, MOMENT OF TRUTH RIGHT HERE. [ motor sputters, fires up Ñ

(JOHN)>> MAN!

(PAT)>> THAT'S A JOB WELL DONE BOYS.

(JOHN)>> WHERE YOU TAKING US TONIGHT.

(JASON)>> WHERE EVER Y'ALL WANT TO GO.

THE SOUND, IT BRINGS BACK A LOT OF MEMORIES RIDING AROUND IN IT. TRY TO TAKE THIS THING OUT AND PLAY AROUND WITH IT THIS WEEKEND SINCE WE'VE GOT THE WEEKEND OFF. (JASON L.)>> OKAY JASON, WE PICKED YOU UP A FEW EXTRA PIECES FROM SUMMIT. GOT YOU A COMPLETE FUEL SYSTEM, WHICH WE DEFINITELY THINK THE CAR NEEDS. GOT YOU A ONE WIRE ALTERNATOR, AND A CHROME DRESS UP KIT. ADD A LITTLE BLING TO THE '55. SO YOU'VE GOT NO MORE EXCUSES. YOU'VE HAD THE CAR FOR ENOUGH TIME NOW, IT'S TIME

TO GET IT FINISHED.

(JASON)>> THANK YOU!

(JOE)>> WHETHER COMPETING OR CRUISING, SUPERCHARGERS HAVE ALWAYS DONE THE SAME JOB, COMPRESS INCOMING AIR MAKING IT POSSIBLE TO BURN MORE FUEL FOR MORE HORSEPOWER. NOW MORE THAN EVER SUPERCHARGED MODS ARE ONE OF THE HOTTEST TICKETS FOR NEW AND OLD MUSCLE CARS. WE'VE INSTALLED ROOTS STYLE AND CENTRIFUGAL BLOWERS ON JUST ABOUT EVERY KIND OF ENGINE, FROM A CLASSIC FORD FLAT HEAD TO A NEW FIVE LITER COYOTE. WE HAD OUR HANDS ON OLD SCHOOL HUFFERS WITH CARBURETORS, AS WELL AS NEWER HIGH TECH EFI APPLICATIONS. AND WE'VE SEEN FIRST HAND HOW TECHNOLOGY HAS MADE ROOTS SUPERCHARGER MORE EFFICIENT AND EASIER TO INSTALL THAN ITS CENTRIFUGAL COUSIN. WELL TODAY WE'RE GONNA USE THIS NEW CAMARO BACK HERE TO TRY OUT AND TEST A NEW APPROACH TO ROOTS SUPERCHARGING. THIS IS SLP'S STAGE ONE KIT FOR 2010 AND NEWER GEN FIVE'S. LIKE ALL THE PLAYERS, THEY USE EATON'S FOUR LOBE ROTOR DESIGN. HOWEVER THEY ALSO INCORPORATE DIRECT DRIVE TECHNOLOGY, WHICH MEANS FEWER PARTS AND LESS PARASITIC DRAG. HERE'S THE INTAKE MANIFOLD, WHICH HAS BEEN PORT MATCHED TO OPTIMIZE FLOW. AND ON TOP A DURABLE BAR AND PLATE INTERCOOLER. WIRING HARNESS IS SIMPLE PLUG AND PLAY, AND TO PROGRAM IT THIS LITTLE TOUCH SCREEN DIOPALODE TUNER. NOW HERE'S SOMETHING ELSE THAT GOT OUR ATTENTION. THE GUYS AT SLP SAY THIS IS THE EASIEST KIT ON THE MARKET TO INSTALL.

(RYAN)>> WHAT WE FOUND WITH THE CUSTOMERS, THE ONES THAT INSTALL OTHER AFTERMARKET KITS TODAY, THEY

FIND THE EASE OF THE INSTALLATION WITH THIS. THE HORSEPOWER NUMBERS THAT WE ADVERTISE ARE CORRECT, AND ALL IN ALL IT'S JUST BEEN A VERY GOOD RESPONSE FROM OUR CUSTOMERS.

(MIKE)>> LIKE SIMILAR INSTALLS, REMOVING COMPONENTS FOR ACCESS IS THE FIRST CHORE. FOR US THAT INCLUDES THE STOCK HOOD.

THEN THE ENGINE COVER, AND AIR INLET TUBE. NOW WE CAN FREE UP THE CONNECTORS THROUGH THE INJECTORS. AND TO THE THROTTLE BODY. NOW WE CAN REMOVE THE FUEL FEED LINE, LOOSEN THE MANIFOLD, AND REMOVE IT AS AN ASSEMBLY. NOW DON'T FORGET TO COVER THOSE EXPOSED INTAKE PORTS. NEXT WE CAN REMOVE THE THROTTLE BODY,

WHICH WE'LL REUSE. THEN RELOCATE THE EVAP SOLENOID TO THE FRONT OF THE PASSENGER SIDE CYLINDER HEAD AND ATTACH IT WITH A ZIP TIE.

(JOE)>> ON THE NEW MANIFOLD WE INSTALLED THE SUPPLIED GASKETS AND WITH A LUBE ON THE ORINGS, THE NEW 56 POUND INJECTORS. THEN THE FUEL RAILS AND THE TWO BAR MAP SENSOR. TIME TO REMOVE THE TAPE AND CLEAN THE MATING SURFACES WITH RUBBING ALCOHOL.

WE ALSO LIKE TO SPRAY ON SOME WINDOW CLEANER TO PREVENT DISTURBING THE GASKETS. NOW DROP THE MANIFOLD ASSEMBLY ONTO THE CYLINDER HEADS, MAKING SURE IT GOES STRAIGHT DOWN. IT'S TORQUED IN A SEQUENCE TO 88 INCH POUNDS.

(MIKE)>> NOW IT'S ON TO THE INTERCOOLING SYSTEM. NOW THIS THING USES A LARGE CAPACITY RESERVOIR, A HIGH VOLUME CIRCULATION PUMP, AND THE HEAT EXCHANGER IS THE THICKEST ONE OF ANY KIT ON THE MARKET. NOW THIS WHOLE SYSTEM ALSO HOLDS TWICE THE CAPACITY OF COOLANT THAN ANY OTHER SYSTEM. HERE'S A QUICK LOOK AT HOW IT ALL WORKS TOGETHER. HOT COOLANT IS PUSHED FROM THE PUMP TO THE HEAT EXCHANGER WHERE IT IS COOLED.

THEN INTO THE INTERCOOLER, WHICH IS MOUNTED UNDER THE BLOWER. NOW IT COMES OUT THE INTERCOOLER TO THE LARGER RESERVOIR BEFORE MAKING ITS WAY BACK TO THE PUMP. NOW THIS IS A SELF CONTAINED SYSTEM AND DOES NOT MIX WITH THE ENGINE COOLANT. BACK TO THE INSTALL, THE INTERCOOLER HOSES ATTACH TO THE BACK OF THE INTAKE. AND WE'RE READY TO DROP ON THE MAIN ATTRACTIONS, AN AWARD WINNING ONE AT THAT.

(RYAN)>> THE EATON TVS 2,300 INTERNALS IS STANDARD TO ABOUT EVERY KIT THAT'S OUT THERE TODAY. WE DID SOMETHING DIFFERENT WITH THE DESIGN OF THE CASE AND ACTUALLY WON A SEMA AWARD FOR THAT DESIGN.

(MIKE)>> DOWEL PINS INSURE IT'S ALIGNED CORRECTLY, AND DON'T FORGET TO FOLLOW THE TORQUE SEQUENCE. NOW INSTALL A VACUUM LINE FROM THE BYPASS VALVE TO THE SMALL PORT ON THE SUPERCHARGER. AND THE EVAP LINE FROM THE SOLENOID TO THE LARGER PORT.

(JOE)>> THEY SAY THE DEVIL'S IN THE DETAILS. WE'VE GOT A FEW MORE TO FINISH OUR SLP INSTALL. HOWEVER WE'RE NOT FAR FROM A FIRE UP AND A DYNO RUN.

(JOE)>> WE JUST DROPPED SLP'S NEW STAGE ONE SUPERCHARGER ON THIS CAMARO SS. SO FAR, AS PROMISED, IT'S BEEN A STRAIGHT FORWARD EASY JOB. HOPEFULLY THE REST OF THE INSTALLATION WILL GO THAT WAY TOO.

(MIKE)>> AND THAT FIRST INVOLVES CONNECTING THE

PCV LINE FROM THE VALVE COVER TO THE PORT ON THE DRIVER'S SIDE OF THE SUPERCHARGER, FOLLOWED BY A HOSE FROM THE BOOSTER TO THE LARGE PORT RIGHT ABOVE THE OTHER ONE. NOW PLUG IN THE HARNESS TO THE MAP SENSOR, AND REINSTALL THE ORING WITH THE STOCK THROTTLE BODY, AND

PLUG IN ITS CONNECTOR. WE NEED TO REMOVE THE STOCK TENSIONER, ADD THE NEW IDLER BRACKET, AND THE NEW TENSIONER, WHICH HAS MORE TRAVEL. FINALLY THE NEW IDLER PULLEY. WITH THE NUMBERS FACING BACKWARDS WE'LL INSTALL THE 98 MILLIMETER SUPERCHARGER PULLEY FINGER TIGHT FOR NOW. IT USES FIVE FASTENERS FOR MORE TORQUE RETENTION THAN COMPETITOR PULLEYS THAT USE FOUR.

TO TURN ALL THE PULLEYS THE KIT COMES WITH A NEW SERPENTINE BELT. NOW IF YOU GET CONFUSED ABOUT THE ROUTING, DON'T SWEAT IT.

THEY ALSO SUPPLY AN UNDER HOOD STICKER WITH THE DIAGRAM. TORQUE SPECS FOR THE SUPERCHARGER PULLEY IS SEVEN AND A HALF FOOT POUNDS.

(JOE)>> THE HEAT EXCHANGER IS NEXT, BUT FIRST WE NEED TO CUSHION IT WITH SOME FOAM STRIPS SUPPLIED IN THE KIT. THEN WE NEED TO REMOVE THE RADIATOR HOLD DOWN BRACKETS AND FACTORY AIR BOX TO GIVE SOME CLEARANCE. WE ALSO HAVE TO GO UNDERNEATH TO CUT A COUPLE OF HOLES IN THE RADIATOR SHROUD FOR HEAT EXCHANGER PLUMBING. FINALLY WE CAN PULL THE RADIATOR BACK AND DROP IN THE EXCHANGER. WITH A LITTLE WD 40 ON THE BODY WE CAN SLIDE THIS

CIRCULATION PUMP INTO THE BRACKET WE INSTALLED ON THE PASSENGER SIDE. BACK UNDERNEATH THE DRIVER SIDE INTERCOOLER HOSE CONNECTS TO THE DRIVER'S SIDE OF THE HEAT EXCHANGER. ANOTHER HOSE RUNS FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE PUMP TO THE

PASSENGER SIDE OF THE HEAT EXCHANGER. THIS SHORT HOSE CONNECTED TO THE TOP OF THE PUMP AND TO

THE BOTTOM OF THE RESERVOIR.

(MIKE)>> NOW WE'RE READY TO FILL THE RESERVOIR WITH A 50/50 DEX COOL DEIONIZED WATER MIX. THEN INSTALL A NEW FUEL LINE TO THE PASSENGER'S SIDE FUEL RAIL. WE'RE GETTING CLOSE BUT WE STILL HAVE TO WIRE UP THE CIRCULATION PUMP, WHICH INVOLVES A GROUND, A RELAY, A 12 VOLT SOURCE, AND A FUSE TAP THAT GOES

INTO THE FUSE BLOCK. NOW THE LAST STEP IS CONNECTING THE NEW AIR TUBE TO THE THROTTLE BODY. NOW THAT'S IT FOR THE KIT BUT WE'RE ALSO ADDING A THREE INCH SLP LOUD MOUTH AXLE BACK EXHAUST SYSTEM TO HELP THIS BLOWN SS BREATHE BETTER.

(JOE)>> THE TUNER WALKS YOU THROUGH THE STEPS NECESSARY TO FLASH THE ECM. WHEN IT'S DONE WE CAN FIRE UP THE SS.

(MIKE)>> ALRIGHT JOE, YOU READY?

(JOE)>> YOU BET.

(MIKE)>> HERE WE GO. NO CHECK ENGINE LIGHTS GOOD SMOOTH IDLE, EXHAUST SOUNDS GOOD FROM IN HERE.

(JOE)>> IT'S LEAK FREE AND READY TO HEAD TOWARD THE DYNO. NOW ROLLING ON GLOSS BLACK MACHINED FACE SLP WHEELS. 20 BY EIGHTS IN THE FRONT, 20 BY NINES IN THE BACK.

(MIKE)>> WE DIDN'T DO A BASE LINE RUN BECAUSE WE'VE DONE THAT RECENTLY WITH LS THREE CAMAROS, AND REAR WHEEL HORSEPOWER IS ALWAYS REALLY CONSISTENT AT 365 HORSEPOWER.

(JOE)>> 487 IS A 122 HORSEPOWER GAIN, TORQUE PEAKED AT 478, STAYED HIGH THROUGH MOST OF THE RUN.

BUT THE REAL PROOF IS ON THE PAVEMENT IN OUR LOCAL EIGHTH MILE DRAG STRIP, MUSIC CITY RACEWAY. FIRST A PASS ON THE STOCK STREET TIRES. AND EVEN FEATHERING THE THROTTLE THE CAMARO SPINS FOR ABOUT 300 FEET, AND A NINE SECOND ET IS THE BEST WE CAN GET OUT OF IT.

(MIKE)>> SO WE'LL SWAP THE REARS FOR A COUPLE OF MICKEY THOMPSON'S ET STREET RADIALS. WITH THEIR SOFTER COMPOUND WE OUGHT TO GET BETTER RESULTS. LETS SEE IF THEY HELP US GET MORE OUT OF OUR SUPERCHARGED LS THREE. DROPPING THE CLUTCH AT 4,000 RPM, THE CAMARO FINALLY HOOKS UP, AND WE'RE DOWN TO AN 8.35, A FULL SEVENTENTHS BETTER WITH THE MICKEYS.

(JOE)>> BY THE WAY SLP'S GOT A STAGE TWO AND A STAGE THREE KIT IF YOU NEED MORE HORSEPOWER AND LOWER ET'S. THAT IS IF YOU NEED IT. HOW'D IT FEEL?

(MIKE)>> IT FELT GOOD, THOSE TIRES DO THE WORK.

(ANNOUNCER)>> CAN CARS BE ART? YOU'LL DISCOVER THE ANSWER WHEN WE TAKE IN A RARE COLLECTION OF ART DECO DREAM RIDES COMING UP NEXT.

(JOE)>> THEY ARRIVED AT NASHVILLE'S FRIST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS FROM SOME OF THE RAREST COLLECTIONS IN THE COUNTRY. 18 CARS, MOSTLY LIMITED PRODUCTION MODELS, HAND BUILT BY SOME OF HISTORIES TOP CRAFTSMEN.

(MIKE)>> IT'S A COLLECTION PUT TOGETHER BY GUEST CURATOR KEN GROSS.

(KEN)>> CAN'T BE A FAT GUY AND OWN THIS CAR.

(MIKE)>> WHO SET OUT TO FIND SOME OF THE WORLD'S BEST EXAMPLES OF ART DECO AUTOMOTIVE STYLING.

(KEN)>> IN SOME INSTANCES THEY WERE LOOKING AT AIRCRAFT, THEY WERE LOOKING AT TRAINS, THEY WERE EVEN LOOKING AT SHIPS LIKE THE NORMANDY AND THINKING THESE

ARE DESIGN ELEMENTS, DESIGN CUES THAT CAN TRANSLATE TO CARS ON THE ROAD.

(JOE)>> THE ART DECO MOVEMENT STARTED IN FRANCE DURING THE '20'S, AND NOTHING SCREAMS DECO LIKE

THIS FRENCH MADE 1937 DELAHAYE ROADSTER, OR THIS CUSTOM BUILT '39 BUGATTI TYPE 57-C ROADSTER. THIS TALBOT LAGO WAS NOT ONLY A DRAMATIC DESIGN, IN FRANCE IT WAS A COMPETITIVE RACE CAR AS WELL. BUT FOR MOST OF THESE CARS, FUNCTION FOLLOWS FORM.

(KEN)>> PEOPLE LIKE TO TALK ABOUT A FUSION OF FORM AND FUNCTION. IN MANY INSTANCES HERE, FUNCTION WAS LIKE A SECONDARY. THEY WANTED IT TO LOOK RIGHT, TO LOOK GOOD, TO LOOK BEAUTIFUL, AND SO THAT'S WHAT THEY DID. AND YOU KNOW, IF IT HAPPENED TO WORK, THAT'S FINE.

(MIKE)>> THAT'S WHY THE EXHIBIT IS CALLED SENSUOUS

STEEL, AND AMONG THE AMERICAN DECO INSPIRED CARS IS A COLORFUL 1929 CORD, A SOLE SURVIVING 1930 JORDAN SPEEDWAY ROADSTER POWERED BY A 12 CYLINDER AIRPLANE ENGINE. AND THIS ONE OFF SPORTS CAR BUILT FOR HENRY FORD'S SON, EDSEL, IN 1934.

(JOE)>> SOME EXPERTS CONSIDER THE STOUT SCARAB AS AMERICA'S FIRST PRODUCTION MINI VAN. THIS '36 MODEL HAS A REAR MOUNTED FORD FLAT HEAD ENGINE AND INDEPENDENT SUSPENSION. CHRYSLER'S CTWO AIRFLOW COUPE WAS PERHAPS TOO MODERN FOR ITS TIME IN 1935. IN ADDITION TO ART DECO INFLUENCES, IT WAS MILES

AHEAD OF ITS COMPETITORS IN TERMS OF STRENGTH, SAFETY, AND AERODYNAMICS. IN TERMS OF SALES, WELL THAT'S A DIFFERENT STORY.

(MIKE)>> BACK IN 1941 CHRYSLER BUILT A HOT ROD. IT WAS THIS THUNDERBOLT. NOW THE COST WAS ABOUT $8,000 DOLLARS. THAT WOULD BUY YOU TWO TO THREE HOUSES BACK THEN. I THINK I'D RATHER HAVE THE CAR.

(KEN)>> CHRYSLER TOURED THAT CAR AND ITS FOUR SIBLINGS AROUND THE COUNTRY TO CHRYSLER DEALERS TO SAY THIS IS WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM CHRYSLER IN THE FUTURE.

(MIKE)>> OF COURSE WAR WAS IN THE COUNTRY'S IMMEDIATE FUTURE THEN, AND CHRYSLER LATER GAVE UP PLANS FOR THE THUNDERBOLT'S PRODUCTION. AFTER WORLD WAR TWO, AUTOMOTIVE DESIGNS CHANGED, EVEN CONCEPT CARS REFLECTED NEW JET POWERED ATOMIC AGE INFLUENCE USING NEW LIGHTER SYNTHETIC MATERIALS.

(JOE)>> JUDGING BY THE ENTHUSIASTIC CROWDS HERE THOUGH, THERE'S SOMETHING UNIQUELY APPEALING ABOUT THE ART DECO AUTOMOTIVE ERA, A MAGIC AGE OF SENSUOUS STEEL.
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