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F.A.S.T. Does anyone else think that ESPN or other outlets should show Factory Appearing Stock Tires drag racing?

I was just wondering earlier how cool it would be for a major cable network to follow the F.A.S.T. drag racing series. The NNRA's top tier racing is getting pretty boring. First they moved the finish line back to 1000 feet and there is no way to make the sport better or faster. So maybe someone like ESPN or maybe Spike for that matter should show these hairy cars that look showroom fresh on the outside, but hide a deep dark secret on the inside. Besides who wouldn't like to watch cars that… Continue

Posted on August 29, 2011 at 9:39pm

Getting Closer

I just got my 68 GMC running today after it had been sitting for over 3 years not being started. I put a new fuel pump and starter on it and with a little bit of work on the timing it took off and ran awesome. I can't wait for summer so I can get it ready for Good Guys. It will be all lettered up to look like an old defunct speed shop. I want it to look like I found it in a field like it was parked there when the fake shop went bankrupt. I have been collecting vintage speed stickers to put on… Continue

Posted on March 6, 2011 at 10:10pm

Some guys have all the luck. 67 Camaro RS/SS.

A buddy of mine has all the luck. He seems to always be in the right place at the right time. Recently he heard about a 67 camaro through a friend at church. It had been a family member of the friends car that had passed away, and they didn't want to see it anymore. They asked him (being the gearhead he is) if he would be interested in taking a look. The seller told him it was maybe a RS with a 327 and a 4 speed, but wasn't sure.  So my buddy went to look at the car. I had told him his luck it… Continue

Posted on January 27, 2011 at 6:42pm — 1 Comment

69 Custom/10 Longbox pipe dream

Hello to all the members on my powerblock. I'm new to the site. I thought I would let you know what I'm working on. I currently have a 1969 Chevy Custom/10 longbox. Nothing fancy just a 2wd truck. It is a 350 with a TH400 as left the factory. I have 2 young children (3 and 1) and a very understanding wife. I try to work on it when I can. As of now it still wears its original orange and white 2 tone paint, and it has the usual rust in the cab corners and floors. Someday it will be Burnished… Continue

Posted on November 1, 2010 at 10:26am

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At 9:05pm on May 21, 2011, anthony cilluffo said…
thanks for the complement, i encourage you to get to it, it's very relaxing for me as well as a great way to bring some extra cash. let me know if i can help, tony
At 8:55pm on May 19, 2011, anthony cilluffo said…
hi bud, how are ou doing with your pinstriping? tony
At 6:48pm on April 18, 2011, skip king said…

Hey Bud thanks for the compliment. ive been on vaca and have to get started back on getting this car finished before the cruizin season. i had thought about putting a four speed in it.... i bet yours was alot of fun. i think ive found the prob with the vibration, i think the harmonic balancer is bad. ive got a good one on the way. hope it solves the prob. ill have more pics soon. TTYL

At 11:32pm on April 4, 2011, Fred Blaylock said…
Thanks bud
At 12:05am on April 4, 2011, Doug Kielian said…

Bud the old look for the new mustang is just an in house project here at our shop Auto Kraft in Lincoln, Neb. i train young guys to become skilled talented craftsmen, this is just an idea we've had in mind and someone had to take initiative and do it, we hope to have it done this summer and take to shows and then SEMA as well! But we have a shop full  of customers cars to deal with first! 





At 2:14am on March 21, 2011, skip king said…
Thanks bud, i will check those numbers and see what i can come up with. thanks again
At 7:58pm on March 15, 2011, Kim Lawrence said…
Actual color of my Camaro is Capri Cream. As far as I know my car was all original until I ran across a mechanic that was less than competent. He rebuilt the original engine only to find out the block cracked and had to replace. :-(
At 8:23pm on March 7, 2011, Paul Reed said…
That os a very cool steering wheel. I definately want to get one for my Chevy. We got snow like that in 1989. It was a desaster dowwn here. There was an inch thick sheet of ice on the road that stayed for a week. Nobody could drive anywhere. All the roads and bridges where closed. I guy trying to go to the store crashed into my sister's car. Kneeboards became sleds we used on the levy. Thats the only hill we have down here. lol
At 11:22am on March 7, 2011, Paul Reed said…

This wh*** project was to have a nice custom look with out spending a ton of cash. I still have all factory running gear. No expensive billet or chromed assessories. The bracket covers the factory pump completly so you can run any pump you want. As far as the alternator, since is is almost out od sight it should look nice with just a cheap cast aluminum "billet" fan and pulley you can buy from Ebay. There are a number of fatcory replacement pulleys available on Ebay for way cheaper than the mail order catalogs.

I'll need to model an electric pump to make sure the belt routing won't interfear with the motor incase someone wants to install one.

Above all if any factory idler pulleys or accessories goes out you can go to a local autoparts store and pick one up. If you have one of those VERY expensive polished billet accessories, good luck getting a new one within a week.

At 10:22am on March 7, 2011, Paul Reed said…

It's a different length belt. I'd have to take it off and measure what it is. It's a lot shorter than factory, about 8 inches if I remember right. To install this bracket. you screw in two long studs and a short one at the bottom. After slide on the gaskets then the water pump.

Then you slide on the braket with the alternator already bolted on just speeds things up. Then you bolt on the tensioner pulley bracket. then the belt tensioner goes on with ine bolt. The wire for the A/C clutch slides throught the slot in the main bracket. Then when plug in the pressure switch on the compressor. Two bolts holds the compressore in place. The hoses can stay on the wh*** time during disassembly of the old bracket and installatoin of the new one.

 After that the Idler pulley goes on. You will need a pulley remover tool to remove the the pulley to gain access to the power steering pump from the old bracket. The tool is cheap at any auto parts store. It also presses the pulley back on. You can leave the hoses hooked up the power steering pump just like the A/C compressor. Though removing the hoses from the gearbox is easy. I plan on changing my pump resevoir to the remote type used on some front wheel drive GM cars. I just like the round look of the pump. Though it should look nice painted any color. I may repaint the A/C and power steering pump metalic blue like the other accent pieces.  I need to see what it would cost the have P/S housing chromed just for refence.

As far as pulleys, you can reuse the factory pulleys, or go after market replacement aluminum pulleys. It's all in what you want to spend. I repainted my factory pulleys to save some cash for other parts of the truck.

The belt just slides on in the same maner as all other GM serpentine belts. using a 3/8" drive wrench pull back the tensioner and slide the belt into place and your done. 


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