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Author Archive: Brian Lohnes

Not Your Father’s Oldsmobile: This Review Of The 1987 Olds Cutlass Calais International Is Cool – A Pocket Rocket From GM

I absolutely love these Retro-Reviews because they are perfect for putting us back in the right context of looking at old cars when they were new. Cars that we think were OK, cars that we think were...

AMC Fans…We Didn’t Forget! The 327ci AMC V8 Needs Love On 3/27 Too

So last year we screwed up and did not give the appropriate amount of recognition and love to the AMC 327ci V8 engine. Some people think that AMC used Chevy engines, they did not. The 327 AMC engine...

News Parts: MAHLE Motorsport Small Block Chevy 327 Dome All Forged PowerPak Piston Kit  

We love the fact that the premier companies in the high performance aftermarket are still developing products for the venerable small block Chevrolet engine. Yes, the LS gets all the headlines and...

Today Is 3/27 Let’s Celebrate The Little 327 Small Block With Some Dyno Video Action

Since today is 3/27  we thought it was only right that we honor the diligent little 327 small block Chevy. The 327 arrived on the scene in 1962 and over the years there were a bunch of different...

Short and Stout: This 1969 Chevy Truck Is A Short-Bed, Step-Side Dually With A Big Block!

Now this is one way I have not seen a 1968-1972 Chevy truck done yet and I’m loving it. Yes, I have been shopping around recently looking for something to put in the garage here at the eastern...

Angry Italian: This Vega Drag Car From Italy Has A Tunnel Rammed Big Block, Vertical Zoomies, and It’s Quick!

Italy has been the center of the news for not great reasons over the last few weeks as the country has been in the grips of the Coronavirus epidemic. Italy is a beautiful country who’s people...

Did Craig Breedlove Get Ripped Off By Carroll Shelby? This Video Tells The Fascinating Tale Of How It Happened!

The world of motorsports is filled with the most awesome stories that one could ever imagine. Just when you think that they couldn’t get any better, weirder, or more interesting, they do. Case...

Looks Like Garbage, Runs Like Stink: This Little Aussie Mazda 323 Station Wagon Is Basic And Runs 8.50s!

If there’s anything more fun than a (mostly) stock bodied car on a narrow tire running middle eights on a drag strip, I’d really like to know about it. From Drag Week to the various 8.50...

An Electric Plymouth Horizon? They Made 70 and We Found one For Sale!

(By Tom Lohnes) – The 1980’s were a tough time for the American car industry. Coming straight off the oil crisis of the 70’s all of the American companies had to downsize engines,...

Chris Alston’s Chassisworks Can Help Improve The Handling And Performance Of Your Ride Easily With Bolt-On Front Clips!

If you own a Camaro or a Nova and you have been wanting to upgrade the handling and overall driving performance of the car, there’s an insanely simple solution. You pick up the phone and call...

Hey There 3/26! Let’s Take A Look At The Little Pontiac 326 Engine – A Small Bore Worker

Well we’re continuing to hit as many engine high points as we can over the course of the “muscle car” months this year. Today, being 3/26, we’re going to pay some homage to...

NHRA Releases Revised 2020 Schedule – Major Changes, Countdown Format Off, Old-School Points Chase Starts In June

The NHRA has released a revised schedule for the remainder of the 2020 Mello Mello Drag Racing Series tour and it is one that includes some significant changes. Interrupted by the COVID-19 virus...

Know Your Gearbox: This Walk Around Of A Tremec Magnum Six Speed With American Powertrain Is Great

Knowledge is power and when it comes to selecting large components for your project car, that power is important to have. How do you know what the right transmission is for your project? Well, if you...

This Big Block Chevy Man-A-Fre Intake Manifold Comes Equipped With Four Rochester 2-Jet Carbs Ready To Run

If there was one company from the 1960s that made some really awesome and weird intake manifolds it was Man-A-Fre. These guys came up with some nutty ideas and the best part is that people bought...