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Author Archive: Bryan McTaggart

Money No Object: 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Packing 627 Horsepower LSA Swap

We love it. Absolutely, unabashedly adore it. The LSA is a screamer of an engine, the mill that made the Cadillac CTS-V wicked and saw the Holden VF GTS rage. It’s got plenty of guts without...

The Final Word: Take A Quick Look At The Art Of The Crash Barrier

Nobody ever wants to have to have the opportunity to thank a crash barrier for doing it’s job…because if that has occurred, it’s already a pretty messed-up day. When control is...

Gone, Baby, Gone: Ride Along On The SSC Tuatara’s 331 MPH Record-Setting Run In Nevada

331 MPH. I want to put this into perspective. The fastest I’ve ever been in a car I’ve personally owned with a known measurement is 130.287 in Angry Grandpa at Wilmington in 2015. The...

Shop Of Dreams: Uncle Tony Meets The Hot Rod Hoarder’s Collection!

Tommy Lee Byrd has been a friend of BangShift.com for years. His calm, pleasant demeanor belies the gearhead that he is. The dude will get close to the action as a photographer (he was standing right...

American Alternative: Reflect On The AMC Pacer, The Car That Tried It’s Best

My stepfather is the kind of man that makes most people nervous. He looks like he’s ready for violence at any point in time. His voice goes from quiet and deadly to death metal at full volume...

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Checks And Balances: Now The YouTubers Are Checking On Each Other’s Projects!

Ever since he evicted a possum off of the engine of a Fiat roadster nobody cared about until he got the keys, Kevin has been a man after junk cars. He might have trumped me in the amount of...

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Metal Shop Rules: Building Mini-Tubs For The Valiant Wagon

Is it still 2020? Yep, it is. Masks, pandemics, lockdowns, restrictions and all. While many of us feel like Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day” at this point in time, the positive is that...

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Historical Footage: Ford’s Battle Tactics For Dealing With The 1965 Corvair…These Guys Were Going For The Throat!

By the time the second-generation Corvair was being prepared for sale, Ford’s Mustang had proven to be a runaway hit of historical proportions. General Motors knew just how deep in trouble they...

Metal Flake, It’s Gr-r-r-r-eat! More Airbrushing Work On The Boogie Van!

If it is done right, it looks like good hard candy, with a shine deep enough to convince you that you can swim in it. there’s shadowing, there’s symmetry, there’s a delicate touch...

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Recipe For Fun: Civic Body, Minivan Engine, Big-Ass Turbo And An Open Airstrip – 189 Miles An Hour!

When I was coming out of high school and into the real world, any Honda Civic that was anything other than stock was immediately the target of full criticism: “rice rockets”, the fart-can...

Classic YouTube: Watch A 427-Powered Mustang Whip Up On A Supercharged BMW M5!

The E39-series BMW M5 is a car to take very, very seriously. When it debuted in 1998, it was an attention getter: it might look like your “I just made middle management and I decided to splurge...

Use In It’s Intended Manner: This Baldwin-Motion Camaro Tribute Pays Tribute!

We remember the greats. But we forget that the greats were not that common, really. What’s the running joke about there now being at least three time the amount of 1969 Z/28 Camaros in...

Heavy Hitter: A Drag-Racing Peterbilt That Will Stripe The Pavement Anywhere, Anytime

If you dive into the world of Factory Appearing, Stock Tire racing, you will find that the most brutal battle boils down to the one between Chrysler’s Hemi and the Buick 455. Which takes the...

On This Day: Welcome To The Gas Crisis Of 1973

The EPA might have kicked the musclecar down to the ground, but if you want to know when the party was really, truly over, all you need to do is remember October 17, 1973. That was the day that OPEC,...