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Power Windows Install – Modern Amenities

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John Gilbert Jan 27, 2012

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Of course there are plenty of reasons to convert to power windows, including the appeal of owning a fully loaded car, or just looking cool in general. Beyond the convenience factor, installing power windows into a car that’s almost half a century old can help eliminate a few hurdles.

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Using our ’64 Chevelle two-door hardtop—a car that came to us with the doors half-gutted—as an example, we can offer the first tip. Try to start with an intact door complete with all of its innards. Intact means all of the parts you’ll need to reuse are in place, and factory adjustments can be marked and noted before disassembly. Otherwise you’ll be playing the “try to figure it out game.” If so, don’t worry, the game’s instructions can be found in either a parts or shop manual, we used both. The next tip is: Don’t buy junk—by junk, we mean inferior parts that don’t fit and aren’t worth the labor to put them in. Some excellent power window kits are on the market, and Electric-Life is one of the brands that offers a high-quality system. For our ’64 Chevelle we installed Electric-Life’s GM87-K kit engineered to fit ’64-67 Chevelles and El Caminos. The kit comes with minimal instructions, but it does mention the three different positions for adjusting the down stop. We unscrewed1000

 

Remember it’s always a good idea to test one’s progress as a project moves along. It’s that old check twice, install once philosophy. For instance we ran 12V juice to the window motors to ensure the windows operated properly (up and down) before we installed the door panels. Also it’s a good idea one knows for sure what they’ve identified as up and down in the wiring, and making sure the switch isn’t reversed.

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Before you begin to pull everything apart, be sure to mark the factory adjustment, and you should do just fine. Another thing, should the windows flunk the garden hose test after you’ve completed the job, don’t worry, these cars tend to be a little tough to get the correct fit the first time. It might take a little tinkering, but you will get things to seal up.

Sources

Electric-Life

Chicago, IL 60631
800-548-2168
www.electric-life.com

Auto Metal Direct

Buford, GA 30518
866-684-5942
www.autometaldirect.com

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For most classic car enthusiasts, a trip to the upholstery shop is about as welcome as a trip to the dentist. Yet with a little planning and preparation, the experience can certainly run smoothly, and can actually be rewarding. “It’s going to cost how much?” “You can’t take my car in for how long?” Those

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2018 Cadillac CT6: Real World Review

Falling somewhere between a mid-size and a full-size luxury car, the 2018 Cadillac CT6 fills a void in luxury sedans. But this unconventionally sized sedan <script async src=”//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js”></script>
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If it’s exclusively a flagship American luxury car you’re after, your only options are a CT6 like the one we’ve been driving or a Lincoln Continental. Our editor, Tommy, found the CT6 to be a great flagship for Cadillac, but preferred the styling of the rival Continental. He also found that there were a few interior components that seemed a bit too cheap for a car in this class, but still found it to be a nice car overall.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz E-class Diesels

The list of Dieselgate victims is not limited to those who believed the hype and availed themselves of those dirty, cheating Volkswagens, Audis, and Porsches. The scandal also sent tremors through the wider industry. While some automakers have chosen to weather the storm and keep selling diesels in the United States—Jaguar Land Rover has launched its new-generation Ingenium diesel engines, and Chevrolet sells the Cruze and Equinox diesels—others have hit pause. And there’s the strong sense that, at many automakers, the corporate finger is hanging over the stop button.

Highs
Brisk acceleration (E350d), relaxed demeanor, general E-class goodness.
Lows
Not as quiet as some competitors, not sold here.

That’s certainly the case with Mercedes-Benz and its E-class. Despite being one of the pioneers of diesel passenger cars in the States—with an impressive percentage of its seemingly unkillable 300Ds still chugging along four decades later—Mercedes has cold feet. The brand put a moratorium on U.S. sales of new diesels in May, and we don’t sense any sign of it reversing that position.

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Which is a shame, as it denies us some of the finest engines that Mercedes currently produces, as confirmed by driving the 2018 versions of the Europe-spec E350d and E220d.

Happy Union

The E-class fundamentals are the same on both sides of the Atlantic—German dentists appreciate the same sense of quality as Floridian ones do. The European iteration of the current W213-generation car shares the same understated good looks, immaculately crafted cabin, and sense of dynamic stability. But the union with the big turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6 that powers the range-topping E350d is a particularly happy one.

Part of the long-serving OM642 engine family, this V-6 is a direct descendant of the engine that did duty in the previous-generation E350 Bluetec sold here. Displacement is unchanged at 2987 cc, but output has risen by 44 horsepower to 254 and is accompanied by 457 lb-ft of torque, which is available from just 1600 rpm. The car we drove was rear-wheel drive, although all-wheel drive also is available. Both versions use the same nine-speed automatic transmission shared with the entire E-class range.

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The engine statistics perfectly reflect this powerplant’s low-down urge and relaxed progress. The diesel pulls strongly from its modest torque peak and upward, and the gearbox shifts intelligently to keep revs down. A gentle accelerator application will deliver forceful quickening; the E350d pulls away from traffic even if you restrict yourself to the top inch of the pedal’s travel. But pushing harder delivers more, with the transmission switching out of its miser mode, where it upshifts as quickly as possible, to a more aggressive map that keeps the engine in its deep-chested midrange. What it doesn’t do is rev. According to Mercedes, peak power arrives at a modest 3400 rpm, and even under the hardest use the E350d’s engine won’t spin beyond 4000 rpm, a long way short of the 5250-rpm redline that is marked in pixels on the digital instrument cluster.

This is not the most civilized of diesel powerplants, but only in comparison with the increasing excellence of some of the competition. The E350d is far from the sort of loutish anvil chorus that used to mark compression ignition, without any clattering or harsh harmonics and with only the slightest vibration through the steering wheel at idle. But it is a measure louder than the freakishly quiet BMW 530d when pushed. Nor can it match the urge of diesel-powered leviathans such as the Audi SQ7 and Bentley Bentayga SUVs (that are mechanically related to each other). Performance feels brisk rather than rapid, despite the E350d’s ability to hit the same 155-mph limiter that Mercedes fits to most of its quicker European offerings. Attempting to match the automaker’s claim of a 5.9-second zero-to-62-mph time would miss the car’s laid-back mission.

While the Mercedes-AMG E43 has impressed us with its ability to play both limo and sports sedan, the E350d never rises to the same level of athleticism. It can be hustled at a decent pace with good steering and accurate responses. But it doesn’t relish harder use in the way the junior AMG version does; this car’s Sport and Sport Plus dynamic modes fail to deliver the same Jekyll-to-Hyde personality switch that they do in the E43. The diesel feels more stolid and less wieldy, front-end grip fading to understeer in tighter turns. It’s far happier at a loping pace, with the optional Air Body Control suspension giving outstanding compliance over poor highway surfaces.

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In the interest of sampling the full platter of forbidden fruit, we also had a turn in the four-cylinder E220d, which uses Mercedes’ OM654 engine, a new architecture developed at huge cost. The E220d falls some way short of the E350d in terms of both power and performance, with 192 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The E220d lacks the E350d’s effortless muscularity and needs considerably more accelerator pressure to deliver a similar level of perceived acceleration. Yet it’s no slouch: Benz’s claim of a 7.3-second zero-to-62-mph time is pretty much identical to the time we extracted from the old six-cylinder E350 Bluetec.

Downsizing brings other benefits, though. While still no track-and-field star, the E220d feels more agile and responsive when asked to change direction, thanks to reduced weight over the front wheels; Mercedes figures the car is about 260 pounds lighter than the six-cylinder. The new engine is quieter than the V-6 as well, and it is capable of delivering some seriously impressive fuel economy. The official European combined figure of 72 mpg is as fanciful as these things tend to be, but in real-world use owners are reporting better than 45 mpg.

In our hearts we know it’s unlikely that Mercedes will bring any more diesels to the United States. There’s certainly no realistic prospect of the four-cylinder E220d making it here, not without the sort of oil crisis that leads to Thunderdomes being built and Tina Turner wearing chainmail. Yet there is a fleeting chance that the E350d might return at some point. It’s a hope worth holding onto.

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We live and breathe car performance metrics like horsepower, lb-ft, zero-to-60 and lateral g’s. Terms such as kilowatt-hours—how much energy batteries can hold—is being added to the list as more electric vehicles are hitting the road. Now, with semi-autonomous cars starting to arrive, there’s a weird-sounding acronym we’ll need to know – FLOPS. FLOPS? No, not those thin rubber soles…Read More

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Pick of the Day is a 9-passenger Star Chief Chieftain

Remember how the entire family would pile into a station wagon and go for a Sunday afternoon drive?

You do if you are of a certain age because such activities were popular in the pre-digital era of the 1950s and ’60s.

The Pick of the Day seems a wonderful throwback to those days, a 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Chieftain station wagon, and one with the optional third-row seat and the “air flow” vent windows just behind the C pillars so those sitting in the way-back seat wouldn’t suffocate on warm days.

This red-and-white four-door, being advertised on ClassicCars.com, also is practical for carrying cargo since the second- and third-row seats can be folded flat.

The car — the license plate notes it’s Pops 56 — was inherited from the private seller’s father, who was the car’s third owner. The car is being sold because of the failing health of the seller’s wife, who apparently has been the car’s primary driver after Pops, though the car hasn’t been driven very much — the seller says the 21,503 miles on the odometer are accurate.

The car has a 316cid V8 engine and automatic transmission. The seller says the powertrain has been serviced and runs smoothly. The car also has a new battery, shocks, brakes, electric fuel pump and only 3,500 miles on the whitewall tires.

The car needs some interior work – the radio does not work, for example – but the seller says such things as the rear latch cover come with the car for a buyer who wants to do such “minor repairs.”

Also being sold with the car are the original owner’s manual, a 1956 shop manual reprint, and pictures and awards Pops won with the car, which is located in Caldwell, Idaho, and is for sale for $23,950.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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1953 Skylark prices flying north

VanDerBrink Auctions to sell rare 1953 Buick Skylark convertible project 1953 Buick Skylarks have had a pretty wild time on the auction block in the last six months. On Nov. 4, 2017, we reported that a blue 1953 Skylark deep into No. 5 territory and loaded with raccoon excrement, rust and…Now this is my grand father car ever time we see him he was a sleep in the back seat.

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1956 Imperial Convertible Comes Out of Hiding – By Angelo Van Bogart

Tulsa’s 1957 Plymouth Belvedere isn’t the only historic Chrysler Corp. product to rise this summer. On May 19, the one-of-three 1956 Imperial convertibles hiding in the woods just a few miles away from the Old Cars Weekly office was removed from its 30-year resting place on the side of a tree-filled hill.

The Imperial was first featured in the March 3 and June 9, 2005, issues of Old Cars Weekly, and its existence captured the attention of Chrysler Corp. historians everywhere. Inspired by the buzz his car was receiving, Bob, the Imperial’s owner, decided to rescue the car from its less-than-ideal storage conditions in Amherst, Wis., and trust it to restorer Adam Harder.

Old Cars Weekly staffers Matt Gergeni and Angelo Van Bogart assisted Harder and Bob with the car’s retrieval. It took nearly eight hours to free the car from the earth it had become a part of, make its wheels spin again, mount fresh tires and navigate the car through a maze of trees to the top of a hill. Once there, the Imperial convertible was loaded on an enclosed trailer headed towards Milwaukee.

Bob and Harder said their first task to bringing the rare Imperial convertible back to life was to assemble Chrysler New Yorker and Imperial parts cars. The pair estimated it would take a year to assess the car’s condition and begin its restoration. For now, the car will be safely stored indoors and out of the Wisconsin weather.

While saving his car, Bob said the car was acquired from his father-in-law following an early 1970’s car accident. When Bob’s father-in-law received an estimate for the repairs, he told Bob he was going to send the car to a salvage yard. Remembering how beautiful the Imperial once was, Bob told him he’d take the car. The Imperial was initially stored in a building from which Bob operated a business, but upon selling the building, Bob lost his indoor storage. That’s when he asked his friends, Roger and Merna Dudley, to store the car for a couple of years on their Amherst, Wis., property. A couple of years quickly turned into 30. Bob also said the car was frequently used in parades around the Milwaukee area before it lost its original wire wheels and was damaged. If you captured the car on film, we’d love to see photos.

For progress on the restoration, stay tuned to Old Cars Weekly for updates.

1956 Convertible Comes Out of Hidding

Tulsa’s 1957 Plymouth Belvedere isn’t the only historic Chrysler Corp. product to rise this summer. On May 19, the one-of-three 1956 Imperial convertibles hiding in the woods just a few miles away from the Old Cars Weekly office was removed from its 30-year resting place on the side of a tree-filled hill.

The Imperial was first featured in the March 3 and June 9, 2005, issues of Old Cars Weekly, and its existence captured the attention of Chrysler Corp. historians everywhere. Inspired by the buzz his car was receiving, Bob, the Imperial’s owner, decided to rescue the car from its less-than-ideal storage conditions in Amherst, Wis., and trust it to restorer Adam Harder.

Old Cars Weekly staffers Matt Gergeni and Angelo Van Bogart assisted Harder and Bob with the car’s retrieval. It took nearly eight hours to free the car from the earth it had become a part of, make its wheels spin again, mount fresh tires and navigate the car through a maze of trees to the top of a hill. Once there, the Imperial convertible was loaded on an enclosed trailer headed towards Milwaukee.

Bob and Harder said their first task to bringing the rare Imperial convertible back to life was to assemble Chrysler New Yorker and Imperial parts cars. The pair estimated it would take a year to assess the car’s condition and begin its restoration. For now, the car will be safely stored indoors and out of the Wisconsin weather.

While saving his car, Bob said the car was acquired from his father-in-law following an early 1970’s car accident. When Bob’s father-in-law received an estimate for the repairs, he told Bob he was going to send the car to a salvage yard. Remembering how beautiful the Imperial once was, Bob told him he’d take the car. The Imperial was initially stored in a building from which Bob operated a business, but upon selling the building, Bob lost his indoor storage. That’s when he asked his friends, Roger and Merna Dudley, to store the car for a couple of years on their Amherst, Wis., property. A couple of years quickly turned into 30. Bob also said the car was frequently used in parades around the Milwaukee area before it lost its original wire wheels and was damaged. If you captured the car on film, we’d love to see photos.

For progress on the restoration, stay tuned to Old Cars Weekly for updates.

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FIRST LOOK; CADILLAC TAKES A BIG STEP FORWARD WITH A SMALL XT4 CROSS SUV

First Look: Cadillac takes a big step forward with the small XT4 crossover SUV

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The 2019 Cadillac XT4 is a new compact crossover SUV with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. It is shown here in Sport trim with 20-inch wheels and Autumn Metallic paint.

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Once upon a time, Cadillacs were defined by how long and low they were, from chrome-encrusted grille to taillight-tipped fin. Clearly, those days are over.

Having debuted in Cadillac’s hometown of New York City, the new 2019 XT4 isn’t long, low, or, because it weighs a minimum of 3,660 pounds, particularly lean. Instead, it is a new small crossover SUV that will help to redefine Cadillac design while bringing new, younger buyers into showrooms.

Notably, the 2019 Cadillac XT4 is also the first vehicle of an upcoming product barrage that will, according to company president Johan de Nysschen, bring one new Cadillac to market every six months through 2021.

When it goes on sale in the fall of 2018, the new XT4 will be available in Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Sport trim levels, each offered with various options and packages to tailor the small luxury crossover to customer preferences.

Expressive design, inside and out

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Thanks to its long wheelbase and stubby front and rear overhangs, the Cadillac XT4’s interior is roomy for the segment. The company promises class-leading rear seat space.

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Though it resembles the larger Cadillac XT5, the new XT4 is more expressive, and not just because of its signature Autumn Metallic paint color.

In particular, the LED lighting elements are more dramatic, and in Sport trim with the optional 20-inch wheels, the angular XT4 simply looks terrific. Sport trim replaces the bright metallic, satin aluminum, and chrome exterior detailing found on the Luxury and Premium Luxury versions of the SUV.

Inside, seven different interior color schemes are available depending on the trim level. Colors include Jet Black as well as Light Platinum, Light Wheat, and Sedona, each standing in sharp contrast to their Jet Black complementary color. Various trim elements are also offered, including simulated metal, real aluminum, real carbon fiber, and two different high-gloss wood choices.

Standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a new steering wheel design, and sport-bolstered front seats wrapped in leatherette upholstery. Upgrades include leather, a front seat massage function, white ambient lighting, an in-cabin air ionizer, and next-generation wireless device charging.

Cadillac says the XT4 will supply “segment-leading” rear seat space, which is easy to believe given that its wheelbase is greater than a GMC Terrain Denali’s. Cargo space, however, is rather tight, measuring just 22.5 cu.-ft. behind the available power rear liftgate. Fold the rear seats down to create 48.4 cu.-ft. of cargo volume.

Dramatically improved control layout

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Cadillac introduces a new approach to interior design with the XT4, employing real buttons, switches, and knobs instead of proximity-sensing, haptic-feedback, touch-responsive controls.

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Cadillac will install its next-generation CUE infotainment system in the new XT4. Designed to operate similar to a smartphone, it features a high-resolution 8-inch touchscreen display, improved voice recognition, faster response time, and near field communication technology. An embedded 4G LTE Wi-Fi modem helps to ensure over-the-air software updates as they become available.

Note that Cadillac has changed its approach to control layout with the new XT4. A row of piano key climate controls sits beneath the CUE display, and on the center console the company provides a rotary controller, volume and seek controls, and shortcut buttons for using the CUE system without resorting to touchscreen or voice commands. This should dramatically reduce complaints related to the controls in many existing Cadillac models.

Cadillac supplies four USB ports for the XT4, as well as standard Teen Driver technology that can spit out report cards related to your kids’ driving habits while in possession of the key fob. Navigation and a Bose premium sound system are options, and an SD memory card reader is included with the navigation system.

In order to obtain modern safety technologies, you’ll need to upgrade to the Premium Luxury or Sport trim level. Both include front and rear parking assist sensors, a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert and lane change alert, and a Safety Alert Seat as standard equipment.

Undefined, but certain to contain a wide range of driver assistance and collision avoidance technologies, both the Premium Luxury and Sport trims can be fitted with Driver Awareness and Driver Assist option packages.

Cadillac is also offering a next-generation Rear Camera Mirror system for the new XT4, which provides an unimpeded 180-degree view of what’s behind the SUV, and which allows the driver to zoom in on the image and tilt the camera for a better perspective.

Turbocharged 4-cylinder with front- or all-wheel drive

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With 3,660 pounds to motivate, at a minimum, it might be hard for the XT4’s new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine to hit projected fuel economy targets, despite lots of fuel-saving technologies.

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A new turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine powers the XT4, and it includes automatic engine stop/start, Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation technology, and a twin-scroll turbocharger design. Cadillac says it develops 237 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 258 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,500 rpm to 4,000 rpm.

A 9-speed automatic transmission is the only choice, and it comes with next-generation shifting software. Power is delivered to the XT4’s front wheels, unless you’ve opted for the active twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system. This design allows the driveshaft leading to the rear wheels to completely decouple from the front axle in order to help save fuel.

So, given all of these fuel-saving approaches, what is Cadillac projecting for its new SUV? The XT4 should get 25 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 27 mpg in combined driving.

Cadillac uses a MacPherson strut front and 5-link independent rear suspension design, and says the XT4 provides 6.7 inches of ground clearance. Choose the XT4 Sport for an optional active sport suspension with continuous damping control.

Electric variable-assist steering is also aboard, as well as a new electric-hydraulic braking system engineered to, you guessed it, contribute to better gas mileage.

Prices start at less than $36,000

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Cargo space is cramped. Behind the rear seat, the XT4 supplies 22.5 cu.-ft. Maximum space measures 48.4 cu.-ft.

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The list of Cadillac XT4 competitors is a lengthy one. It includes the Acura RDX, Audi Q3, BMW X1 and X2, Infiniti QX30, Jaguar E-Pace, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Lexus UX, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, Mini Countryman, and Volvo XC40. Depending on how the Cadillac drives, it’s got a great shot at besting most of these vehicles in terms of design and dynamism.

If you’re thinking the same thing, you can pre-order your new XT4 by the end of March of 2018. You will, however, need to wait until much later in the year for it to roll off the Kansas City assembly line. Prices start at $35,790 for the Luxury trim, and you can expect nicely equipped Premium Luxury and Sport versions to rapidly close in on $50,000 with all the trimmings.

That’s not cheap, but then, Cadillacs never have been. And that’s one measure of the marque that has remained consistent since the glory days of the 1950s and 1960s.

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This Restomod ’56 is the Product of Four Decades of Admiration of Tri-Five Chevys

Tri-Five Drive-By: Law Breaking Bowtie Ignites a Lifelong Passion

Scotty Lachenauer Dec 24, 2017

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John Clark fell in love with Tri-Five Chevys in a bizarre way. Young John was on his way home from school one day when he had a life altering experience of sorts. First he heard the sirens and then the screeching of rubber on the blacktop. Finally he caught an eyeful of what the commotion was about. It turns out it was a badass bright-yellow 1955 Chevy trying to outrun the local cops. To the youngster that was the coolest thing he had ever witnessed in his eight years of life.

From that moment on John was hooked. Soon he would be on the fast track to being a true Bowtie connoisseur. But first he needed a ride to call his own. He funded his first Chevrolet by way of his paper route, buying a ’55 two-door sedan at the age of 14. Thirty-nine years later and he still owns that ride, but it doesn’t look or act much the way it did when he first brought it home. Now fully caged with a tilt nose and an aluminum headed 427 stuffed between the rails, the Chevy is one tough performer out on the strip and the street.

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After owning that ’55 for almost four decades, John decided he needed another Tri-Five in his stable of cool rides. This time around he figured he would build a ’56 as he always liked the more refined look of that one-year design. And since that model gets the least attention of the Tri-Fives, he figured it would be a good one to build up into his dream ride. The only thing left was to source a good starting point for his project.

Luckily for John, a good friend had a decent ’56 shell that was there for the taking. After 25 years of ownership, the buddy figured he would never get to it, so he handed the title over to John. He was more than happy to take the stripped body off his friend’s hands and give this ’56 the attention it deserved. So then he drew up a plan; a strategy to build this ride into a Tri-Five to be reckoned with.

First things first. Even though the carcass was pretty solid as far as 60-year-old East Coast cars go, John decided to mediablast the body and correct a few issues. There was very little rust on the body panels but he decided to replace them anyway. He added a new floor, trunk floor, and firewall, which brought the ’56 to near OEM standards. Next, the newly repaired shell was sent over to C&M Autobody in Middletown, New York, where the Chevy would have its final bodywork done. Once its flanks were straightened to perfection, C&M laid down the Scion Electric Wasabi Green paint, and accented the hue with Mercedes-Benz Black. The two colors worked well with each other and helped make John’s ride stand out from the typical Tri-Five builds seen over the years.

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Next, the chassis was broken down, mediablasted, and refinished. John then selected a few choice parts that would ultimately give this Tri-Five the ride quality he was after. Tubular upper and lower control arms and Heidts 2-inch drop spindles were installed up front, while Super Slider 3-inch drop rear leaf springs were placed out back. These mods gave this particular Bowtie the stance and ride John craved. To get this hot rod pointed in the right direction, a CPP close-ratio power steering gearbox was sourced and added to this muscle ride’s menu.

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To get this Chevy to come to a halt, a CPP big-brake kit was installed. It’s a four-wheel disc system with drilled and slotted rotors: 13-inch up front and 12-inch in the rear. The system’s four-piston calipers are fed by a Wilwood master cylinder. Out on the corners, John chose to adorn his ride with American Racing Ridler wheels: 17×7 up front and 20×9.5 out back. They are shod in Nexen N3000 tires: 215/45ZR17 and 255/35ZR20, respectively.

For motivation, John started with a four-bolt main 400ci block, cleaned up with at 0.030-inch overbore, which punched it out to a 406. The bores were filled with 10.5:1 pistons and hooked to an OEM GM forged crank. Dart aluminum heads and a Victor intake were added up top and a Comp flat tappet Magnum cam gets the valves jumpin’. A Quick Fuel 750-cfm carb helps feeds this beast the octane it needs. All this splendid power is topped with a killer March Performance air cleaner. It’s kept cool with a PRC polished crossflow radiator and condenser module with a pair of SPAL electric fans.

An MSD billet distributor and ignition handles the start and spark. Patriot Clipster ceramic-coated headers send the spent gasses out to a fully polished Pypes exhaust with electric dumps. This ’56 is shifted with a Turbo 400 with a manual shift valvebody and a 3,500-stall converter. A TCI outlaw shifter gets it through the gears and a beefed up ’56 rear housing with 3.55 Richmond gears gets the power to the pavement out back.

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The interior in this stunning Tri-Five is nothing short of stellar. Keith from Amity Upholstery in Newburgh, New York, handled the duties on the ’56. They first built a custom console and a set of door panels and finished it all off in soft-black leather using all real hides. A pair of Procar by Scat seats was sourced for the build and covered in that same leather fabric. A Flaming River stainless column was added next, along with a Vintage Air unit for climate control. As far as the dash goes, John had a plan. “I love the stock dashboards in these cars so to help modernize the look we covered it in leather,” states the owner. To finish it all off, the interior received Clayton Machine Works handles and cranks, and plenty of carbon-fiber accents all around.

All of John’s hard work paid off in spades when he and his father, Jack, (a lifelong hot rodder himself at 77 years young) debuted the ’56 at the Right Coast Nationals in Syracuse, New York. This Chevy was chosen and singled out in a field of almost 8,500 show cars. It won a Top 100 Award and received a Designers Dozen Award nomination from Creative Rod and Kustom out of Pennsylvania. Today, John is enjoying the fruits of his labor, running this swift Chevy out on the streets where it belongs. Who knows, maybe a drive-by in this ’56 will inspire another young gun to join in, get involved, and make the hot rod hobby part of his or her life.

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First-Time Repeat: Dan Cervantes’ 1956 Chevy Bel Air

Rob Fortier Feb 26, 2018

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Despite being one of the most popular—and repurposed—movie poster taglines of all time, George Lucas’ “Where were you in ’62” has certainly struck a lot of reflective mental chords for folks over the years. Some of us were yet to be conceived, while others may have distinct views of a completely different America. For Dan Cervantes it was about that time that he became a licensed driver—his first set of wheels: a 1956 Chevy Bel Air post. (At the time, it was only a 6-year-old car, which in my generation’s case would probably equate to a Chevy Citation!) Thirty-odd years later, Dan found himself staring down the hindquarters of yet another Bel Air hood bird, but this time it was attached to a hardtop in need of a full restoration.

That was back in 1998 when Dan acquired his second 1956 Chevy. The restoration, however, had to be put on hold for a couple years, because in order to perform everything that needed to be done with adequate space he had to build another two-car garage—himself. “I had limited experience constructing a big garage like that,” Dan admits, “and even less experience restoring or rebuilding a car, so I had to build it big enough for all the tools and equipment I needed to do the job.”

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With the first rather large obstacle out of the way, anxious to see his visions of a mild custom hardtop, Dan jumped headfirst into the project—before he knew it he had the Bel Air torn down to a body-off starting point. While the sheetmetal was out for a chemical dip, the frame got smoothed out, painted, and with the help of his friend Steve Campbell, assembled back to a roller with its updated suspension (later on, a rear two-link with a full AccuAir ride control would get installed), CPP disc brakes, and crate 350/700R drivetrain from the local Chevy dealership. Steve stuck around long enough to lend a hand with the bodywork as well—but when it got to the point where it was ready for paint, that was when Dan felt it was probably a good time to bring it to someone a bit more experienced in that line of work.

Dan didn’t have to travel far from his home in Lake Mathews, California, to find the right shop; Jimenez Bros. Customs (JBC) is just few miles east down the hill and around a few corners in Riverside. However, the close proximity convenience was soon overshadowed when he was told that in order for JBC to paint the 1956 they would have to redo all of Dan’s bodywork—all of that hard work (and Bondo) that he and Steve labored over would be stripped down to the underlying surface they started from. (That isn’t saying the owner’s work was no good, rather, that’s really the only way for a custom painter to stand behind his work, let alone know what he’s working with. But nonetheless, Dan was not the least bit happy about it.) In the process of re-prepping the Bel Air, JBC ended up shaving the handles and fabricating an elaborate core support cover mimicking the front contour of the hood before applying the blue and white two-tone that Dan says he put a lot of thought into choosing.

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Ultimately, JBC wound up completing the build for Dan, who by now realized that’s what it would take in order to finish the Chevy at the level of quality it needed to be. This final phase also included a trip over to see Alan Hickman at the Audio Shoppe for the custom sound system install—with package tray speaker grilles fashioned after the Bel Air dash inserts and a fully detailed trunk enclosure containing the amps and subwoofers. Then it was sent down the street a few blocks to The Upholsterers’ Henry Torres for its proper blue and white pearl Naugahyde tuck ‘n’ roll job.

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The next stop after that: whatever direction Dan points the steering wheel and lights off those wide whites. Whether it’s a local cruise night or big show out of town he keeps that odometer rolling. And since the car was completed, Dan has continued to add to his experience level by helping his son build a 1953 Chevy pickup as well as a friend’s 1948 Chevy coupe—and by the time you read this, he and his sons should be well underway with their next project, a 1948 Chevy Stylemaster and those are the kind of experiences that really matter.

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That’s right, this 9-second 1971 Chevy Vega Panel Express is the product of a high school student. Jason Brunelle, a senior at Eagle Point High School just outside of Medford, Oregon, bought the car when he was just 15 years old and has been working tirelessly on it since. His unique Chevy is powered by a built 427ci small-block making 750 hp and 685 lb-ft of torque and mated to a Dedenbear Ultra Glide two-speed Powerglide transmission. So far, his best run down the quarter is 9.78 seconds at 135 mph—not bad for an 18-year-old!

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Cruise-Ready ’56

Todd Nelson of Rogers, Minnesota, had one goal in mind for his 1956 Chevy Bel Air, he wanted a cruiser. That being said, he dropped in a 350ci small-block and TH350 transmission for everyday driveability and Vintage Air A/C to keep him and his family cool. To get the look he wanted, Todd went for Sierra Gold with Adobe Beige two-tone paint and Billet Specialties Turbine wheels. Combine those with a nice, low stance from drop spindles, lowering springs, and lowering blocks and you’ve got one good looking Tri-Five cruiser.

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Muscular Nova

This show-quality and dragstrip-capable 1966 Chevy II Nova is the product of a husband and wife team build. Matt and Meg out of Hollis, Maine, worked together on their Nova over the past decade to build it into a 7,000-rpm showstopper. The car was originally a six-cylinder stocker, but over the past 10 years the couple built and installed a 10:1-compression 327ci small-block along with a Hurst floor-shifted Turbo 350. Out back, they upped the rearend to 4.11 gears and a limited-slip.

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Good Car-ma: A great ’56 Bel Air made better by a frequently overlooked option, respect

Chris Shelton Feb 21, 2017

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In the upper end of the old-car hobby, particularly the part with the historically significant cars, possession isn’t so much regarded as ownership as much as stewardship. It’s a slightly selfless philosophy that respects the chain of people who possess a vehicle over its lifespan. In it, a person basically acknowledges the fact that their time with a vehicle is temporary—the car almost always existed before they came along and it will possibly outlive them; they’re just taking care of it for the time being.

It’s an idea that probably never occurred to Jeff Zirkle when he went to look at a 1956 Bel Air that was up for sale. “The guy had the car for a long time,” he begins. “He was really into it; he made this rotisserie and whenever he’d have something chromed he’d put it on the car to check it then take it back off. He stashed parts in every nook and cranny in his house—under the beds and in various rooms. Like I said, he was really into it.

“But then someone special in his life—someone who was a big part of the car—passed away,” Jeff continues. “He got the project moving a couple of times but just decided it was time to sell it. I went to look at the car but I think he was actually interviewing me. He was trying to find that person who he felt deserved it.”

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Even if Jeff wasn’t aware of the philosophy, he understood the significance behind it. “I have this 1955 convertible that I wanted to put on an Art Morrison chassis so Chris Holstrom arranged a ride with Art in his ’55,” he continues. “He took me to North Hill (a long, sweeping road north of Chris’ shop). He hammers down and I’m holding on to the seat asking if it’s going to break loose,” he says. “Jeff came back, ‘I wouldn’t take my BMW up that hill that fast!’” Chris says, chuckling. “But I got to thinking of that convertible—I just couldn’t bring myself to tear that apart,” Jeff admits. “I didn’t want to be that guy. I mean, yeah, I would’ve ended up with a nice car, but I would’ve started with a nice car.”

This realization was what led Jeff to cross paths with Brian Beers, the Bel Air’s caretaker. Solid, with two of almost everything—most of that already finished—the car was going together as a hot rod. “It was even mini-tubbed,” Chris indicates. “He was going for more of a driver but I told him what we planned,” Jeff says. “He was all right with that.”

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Starting with the chassis, it’s one of the Art Morrison GT Sport editions but with Baer six-piston calipers and 14-inch rotors. Those mount behind a set of 19×8 and 19×12 Forgeline CF3C wheels with 245/35 and 325/30 Michelin Pilot Sport hides, respectively. Jeff popped by the local Chevy dealer for a GM Connect & Cruise package: the LS3/4L65E combination.

The Chris Holstrom Concepts crew adorned the mill with a Precision Metalcraft intake, Clayton Machine Works rocker covers, and a Vintage Air Front Runner accessory drive system. It also replaced the whole core support with an AutoRad combination radiator/support. A set of Morrison’s spec-fit headers feed 3-inch pipes with DynoMax mufflers.

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Rather than just put a cone filter at the end of a bent tube, Holstrom’s guys made a duct system that goes to an airbox immediately ahead of and below the radiator. Holes in the panel just below the radiator reveal the Porsche 928 filter element.

Externally, the car remains entirely stock. And it’s easy to understand why. Chris says, “It’s all factory trim on the car, nothing aftermarket except the grille [most likely a stainless unit from Eckler’s]. Every part had a story. He was real particular about that and he worked hard.”

The inside tells a different story. Chris Greene flattened the firewall, made inner fender panels, and finished the trunk with more tin paneling, all things done largely for function.

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Doug’s Auto Collision Center prepped and shot the car. “I think everybody wrestles with color,” Jeff proposes. At one point he bought some touch-up paint in Space Grey, a contemporary BMW color. “I was on my phone on a business call when I painted the top of my stapler with it,” he says. “I still have that stapler—there’s my color combo: gray and black!”

The Dakota Digital VHX gauges plug directly into the drivetrain harness. Like that gauge combo, the rest of the interior appointments add function without necessarily altering the car’s image. If you didn’t know it, you’d swear the Vintage Air’s panel and vents are factory, the same for the Custom Autosound head unit. Nobody’s aware of the power window origins, but the Electric Life switches use the factory handles. Finally, Jamie at McFarland Custom Upholstery trimmed the cockpit in a combination of solid and perforated leather from a Mercedes-Benz application.

Jeff Zirkle will tell you that he didn’t set out to satisfy anyone but himself by doing the things he did to his car. But it shows that doing good for yourself needn’t be at odds with respecting a car and its other owners, past and future. Just don’t hold your breath waiting for him to turn it loose. Chances are he’s gonna call it his for some time to come.

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Tech Check
Owner: Jeff Zirkle, Lake Tapps, Washington
Vehicle: 1956 Bel Air
Engine
Type: GM Performance LS3 (Connect & Cruise)
Displacement: 376 ci (6.2L)
Compression Ratio: 10.7:1
Bore: 4.065 inches
Stroke: 3.622 inches
Cylinder Heads: GM aluminum L92 style, 2.165/1.590-inch valves, 68cc chambers
Rotating Assembly: Nodular iron crankshaft, powdered metal rods, hypereutectic pistons
Valvetrain: Investment-cast roller trunnion rocker arms, 1.7:1 ratio
Camshaft: Hydraulic roller; 0.551/0.522-inch lift; 204/211-deg. duration at 0.050-inch lift
Induction: Precision Metalcraft intake manifold, custom tubing and airbox
Exhaust: Art Morrison Enterprises headers, 3-inch pipes, DynoMax mufflers
Ancillaries: AutoRad radiator, Clayton Machine Works rocker covers
Output (SAE rating): 430 hp at 5,900 rpm, 424 lb-ft at 4,600 rpm
Drivetrain
Transmission: GM 4L65E (Connect & Cruise)
Rear Axle: Art Morrison Enterprises 9-inch with Strange centersection, 3.73:1 gear, and helical-gear carrier
Chassis
Frame: Art Morrison Enterprises GT Sport
Front Suspension: Art Morrison Enterprises Sport IFS
Rear Suspension: Art Morrison triangulated four-link
Brakes: Baer 14-inch rotors and six-piston calipers front and rear, Wilwood master cylinder
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: Forgeline CF3C 19×8 front, 19×12 rear
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 245/35 front, 325/30 rear
Interior
Upholstery: Jamie McFarland, McFarland Custom Upholstery (Puyallup, WA)
Material: Mercedes-Benz-spec red leather with GM Daytona Weave carpet
Seats: 1956 Chevrolet
Steering: Eckler’s 15-inch wheel
Shifter: ididit (column shift)
Instrumentation: Dakota Digital VHX
Audio: Custom Autosound head unit
Exterior
Bodywork: Doug’s Auto Collision Center (Bellevue, WA)
Paint by: Doug’s Auto Collision Center
Paint: Black and BMW Space Grey
Hood: Ringbrothers hinges

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2018 Mercedes-Benz E-class Diesels

The list of Dieselgate victims is not limited to those who believed the hype and availed themselves of those dirty, cheating Volkswagens, Audis, and Porsches. The scandal also sent tremors through the wider industry. While some automakers have chosen to weather the storm and keep selling diesels in the United States—Jaguar Land Rover has launched its new-generation Ingenium diesel engines, and Chevrolet sells the Cruze and Equinox diesels—others have hit pause. And there’s the strong sense that, at many automakers, the corporate finger is hanging over the stop button.

Highs
Brisk acceleration (E350d), relaxed demeanor, general E-class goodness.
Lows
Not as quiet as some competitors, not sold here.

That’s certainly the case with Mercedes-Benz and its E-class. Despite being one of the pioneers of diesel passenger cars in the States—with an impressive percentage of its seemingly unkillable 300Ds still chugging along four decades later—Mercedes has cold feet. The brand put a moratorium on U.S. sales of new diesels in May, and we don’t sense any sign of it reversing that position.

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Which is a shame, as it denies us some of the finest engines that Mercedes currently produces, as confirmed by driving the 2018 versions of the Europe-spec E350d and E220d.

Happy Union

The E-class fundamentals are the same on both sides of the Atlantic—German dentists appreciate the same sense of quality as Floridian ones do. The European iteration of the current W213-generation car shares the same understated good looks, immaculately crafted cabin, and sense of dynamic stability. But the union with the big turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6 that powers the range-topping E350d is a particularly happy one.

Part of the long-serving OM642 engine family, this V-6 is a direct descendant of the engine that did duty in the previous-generation E350 Bluetec sold here. Displacement is unchanged at 2987 cc, but output has risen by 44 horsepower to 254 and is accompanied by 457 lb-ft of torque, which is available from just 1600 rpm. The car we drove was rear-wheel drive, although all-wheel drive also is available. Both versions use the same nine-speed automatic transmission shared with the entire E-class range.

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The engine statistics perfectly reflect this powerplant’s low-down urge and relaxed progress. The diesel pulls strongly from its modest torque peak and upward, and the gearbox shifts intelligently to keep revs down. A gentle accelerator application will deliver forceful quickening; the E350d pulls away from traffic even if you restrict yourself to the top inch of the pedal’s travel. But pushing harder delivers more, with the transmission switching out of its miser mode, where it upshifts as quickly as possible, to a more aggressive map that keeps the engine in its deep-chested midrange. What it doesn’t do is rev. According to Mercedes, peak power arrives at a modest 3400 rpm, and even under the hardest use the E350d’s engine won’t spin beyond 4000 rpm, a long way short of the 5250-rpm redline that is marked in pixels on the digital instrument cluster.

This is not the most civilized of diesel powerplants, but only in comparison with the increasing excellence of some of the competition. The E350d is far from the sort of loutish anvil chorus that used to mark compression ignition, without any clattering or harsh harmonics and with only the slightest vibration through the steering wheel at idle. But it is a measure louder than the freakishly quiet BMW 530d when pushed. Nor can it match the urge of diesel-powered leviathans such as the Audi SQ7 and Bentley Bentayga SUVs (that are mechanically related to each other). Performance feels brisk rather than rapid, despite the E350d’s ability to hit the same 155-mph limiter that Mercedes fits to most of its quicker European offerings. Attempting to match the automaker’s claim of a 5.9-second zero-to-62-mph time would miss the car’s laid-back mission.

While the Mercedes-AMG E43 has impressed us with its ability to play both limo and sports sedan, the E350d never rises to the same level of athleticism. It can be hustled at a decent pace with good steering and accurate responses. But it doesn’t relish harder use in the way the junior AMG version does; this car’s Sport and Sport Plus dynamic modes fail to deliver the same Jekyll-to-Hyde personality switch that they do in the E43. The diesel feels more stolid and less wieldy, front-end grip fading to understeer in tighter turns. It’s far happier at a loping pace, with the optional Air Body Control suspension giving outstanding compliance over poor highway surfaces.

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In the interest of sampling the full platter of forbidden fruit, we also had a turn in the four-cylinder E220d, which uses Mercedes’ OM654 engine, a new architecture developed at huge cost. The E220d falls some way short of the E350d in terms of both power and performance, with 192 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The E220d lacks the E350d’s effortless muscularity and needs considerably more accelerator pressure to deliver a similar level of perceived acceleration. Yet it’s no slouch: Benz’s claim of a 7.3-second zero-to-62-mph time is pretty much identical to the time we extracted from the old six-cylinder E350 Bluetec.

Downsizing brings other benefits, though. While still no track-and-field star, the E220d feels more agile and responsive when asked to change direction, thanks to reduced weight over the front wheels; Mercedes figures the car is about 260 pounds lighter than the six-cylinder. The new engine is quieter than the V-6 as well, and it is capable of delivering some seriously impressive fuel economy. The official European combined figure of 72 mpg is as fanciful as these things tend to be, but in real-world use owners are reporting better than 45 mpg.

In our hearts we know it’s unlikely that Mercedes will bring any more diesels to the United States. There’s certainly no realistic prospect of the four-cylinder E220d making it here, not without the sort of oil crisis that leads to Thunderdomes being built and Tina Turner wearing chainmail. Yet there is a fleeting chance that the E350d might return at some point. It’s a hope worth holding onto.

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  My first love was a 67 Corvette Convertible. It was white and the engine growled like a tiger about to strike. At eight years old, I stood standing on the sidewalk watching the parade of Homecoming King and Queen wannabes float up the street, smiling and waving from the back of a plethora of cars. It was the glistening white body that caught and held my eye. My breath stuck in my throat and the sounds of drums and horns from the marching band faded so that all I could see and hear was that single automobile.

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It exuded every ounce of raw power that a muscle car in those days could. Muscle car? Heck, yeah. Sleek lines. Wide body. Rumbling engine under the hood. While many of the other guys were tooling around in second-hand Camaros by the dozen or the family car, this one Corvette stood out to me as the Number One automobile to own. And so began my infatuation with the Vette. Not every make and model appealed to me through the years but each represented power, prestige, and seething muscle. The Speed Demon that starred in all of my youthful fantasies. I also believe that because the Vette was rather uncommon made it all the more tantalizing. The be-all, end-all 3rd Generation Vette is the ’69 Corvette Convertible Stingray in cherry red with the side exhaust pipes and chrome bumpers. What’s not to love? With its 350 HP engine and 4-speed manual transmission.       


It got fan clubs, collectors groups, and its own museum, as well as its own homecoming parade. It the Chevrolet Corvette, and it was the first all-American sports car that was also build on American soil, so it really is no surprise that it has become iconic, and as representative of American culture as the proverbial baseball, Mom, and apple pie.

The Corvette was inspired by  returning home after World War II, bringing with them MGs, Jaguars, and Alfa Romeos. In 1951, after Nash Motors began selling their two-seat Nash-Healey, which was co-developed by British engineer Donald Healey and Italian designer Pinin Farina, that Harley Earl, who had been hired by GM in 1927 because he had a flair for automotive styling, convinced the company they also needed to build a two-seater.

Code named  the secret project that Earl began that year would eventually result in the 1953 Corvette, which debuted at the Motorama car show. It original concept design included the integration of the American flag, but that was changed before the car ever saw production, because it was felt that associating the flag with a product was disrespectful.

The Corvette name came from Myron Scott, who borrower the word from a kind of small fighting frigate, and the first models were built by hand at Chevrolet customer deliver center in Flint, MI. (The center has since become an academic building on the Kettering University campus.) The outer body was build from the then-revolutionary fiberglass, a material chosen because steel was still in short supply because of the recent war.

Underneath the new fiberglass body the components were pretty standard Chevy offerings: the “blue flame” six-cylinder truck engine, two speed Powerglide automatic transmission, and drum brakes from the regular car line. Engine output was increased a bit by using a triple-carburetor intake exclusive to the mode, but performance was lacking, especially when compared to British and Italian sports cars of the same era. Next to them, the Corvette seemed underpowered, had a difficult time stopping, and was considered wanting because it didnt have a manual transmission. While the marque had previously been known for high-quality, un-fussy cars, the spiffy Corvette’s sales went from bad to worse.

Corvette was saved from a well-considered extinction two years later, when Chevy first V8 engine since 1919 was developed. Soviet-born engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov married the V8 to a three-speed manual transmission, and in the process turned the Corvette into the performance car it was always meant to be.

Since 1953, the Corvette has evolved through six generations, with rumors of a seventh to come in the future, but it is the third generation Stingray, patterned after Chevy that debuted in 1968 and remained in production until 1982 that most of us think of when we hear the name Corvette, and it was introduced to the public in a rather interesting fashion. 1968 was also the debut of Mattel Hot Wheels line of 1/64-scale toy cars. General Motors tired to keep the look of the Stingray under tight wraps, but when Hot Wheels unveiled their own line several weeks before the actual car was introduced, it included a model of the “custom Corvette” – and authorized model of the 1968 Corvette Stingray.

The current model of the Corvette (which has been its own marque since 2005) is the Z06, and it was the official pace car for both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 races in 2006. The 2007 version was named as one of Automobile Magazine Automobile All-Stars, and the 2008 version sports a brand new TR6060 six-speed manual transmission.

Inspired by returning soldiers, pioneering the use of fiberglass forms, and ending up not just in the garage, but on the racetrack, the Corvette is quite possibly the ultimate American car

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Keeping Engine Temps Under Control in a 1956 Chevrolet Pickup.

Installing a Triple Pass U.S. Radiator

Things sure have changed in the quest for horsepower. Some of us can remember when a high-performance engine that produced 1 hp/ci was a big deal, today those numbers are readily available in a crate motor with a warrantee. And if you want to up the horsepower on tap a few simple tweaks will produce numbers that could only be imagined not long ago.

While horsepower is easier to come by than ever, it can place increased demands on other systems. Obviously the chassis and drivetrain have to be able to handle what comes their way, but the biggest challenge is often keeping a high-performance engine cool.

On a daily basis our tech center’s fearless leader, Jason Scudellari, deals with specialized vehicles packing lots of horsepower. Consequently he knows how important it is to have a cooling system that is effective—and there was no way that the stock radiator in his 1956 Chevrolet pickup was going to cool the 383 LS stroker motor that would be powering it.

Knowing full well that there is nothing worse than a vehicle that overheats in use or pukes out the dreaded “green river of death” every time its parked, Scudellari wanted the ultimate in cooling capacity. So keep his truck’s operating temperature under control in every conceivable situation Scudellari chose a Triple Pass radiator from Don Armstrong’s U.S. Radiator.

A relatively new concept, as the name implies, in a Triple Pass radiator the coolant flows through the core three times. In a standard single-pass radiator the coolant enters one tank, travels through the core, and exits out the second tank. Depending on the core temperature drops between the inlet and outlet temperature is around 30 degrees. In a triple-pass radiator coolant flows through the core, baffles in the tanks then send the coolant back through the core a second and third time. Essentially the coolant is exposed to the airflow three times without changing the speed of the flow, resulting in a greater temperature drop, which is often as much as 20 degrees.

After deciding what type of radiator to use the next concern was moving air through its core. To take care of that U.S. Radiator fabricated an aluminum shroud that mounts a pair of Spal electric fans on the backside of the core (electric fans are more effective as pullers than pushers).

Installing a crossflow radiator in place of the truck’s original downflow cooler required some fabrication. Scudellari made a lower cradle to support the bottom of the radiator and an upper bracket to hold it in place. In addition, the combination of the LS engine and a radiator with the inlet and outlet on the same side would require some unique hoses. The solution to that problem was an amalgam of steel tubing and short sections of rubber hoses to get coolant to the radiator and back to the engine.

Additional item that should be added to most cooling systems is a recovery tank. When an engine is shut off the coolant stops flowing through the radiator, however the coolant continues to absorb heat from the heads and block. As a result the temperature in the cooling system rises, the coolant expands increasing the pressure in the system to the point where the radiator cap’s rating is exceeded and liquid is released through the radiator’s overflow. When the system cools and the coolant contracts something has to replace the volume of the fluid that was lost. Without a recovery system air is drawn back into the radiator. As a result after dumping out coolant a few times the level in the radiator can get low. Under normal circumstances a recovery tank will keep the radiator full—any coolant that is pushed out is drawn back in.

With the Triple Pass radiator from U.S Radiator in place, a custom shroud, twin electric fans, and custom-made plumbing Scudellari’s truck has a cooling system capable of handling the demands that will be placed on it. There’s no doubt that this is one hot truck that won’t lose its cool.