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1955 Ford Thunderbird: Back in Black -- /BIG MUSCLE

It's been in the same family for the better part of 50 years. Been modified with performance and weight savings in mind, and is one of the sleekest looking cars we've ever come across. This 1955 Ford Thunderbird is no secretaries car, but a purpose built award winning street machine that was built in a time before resto-modding old cars was all the rage.


 


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Wide-Track: 1959 Bonneville - /BIG MUSCLE
Owner: • Chuck Cushner Slathered in Lamborghini orange paint and exuding a presence that is anything but subtle, this 1959 Bonneville is a car that represents a peak time in American automotive design. It was drafted before government mandates and regulations stifled imagination and creativity, and takes us back to an era when we still looked to the stars for inspiration. This is a car that will stop you dead in your tracks and make you truly long for the days when chrome was King, gas was a mere .25¢ per gallon, and where Elvis Presley was the greatest thing the public had ever heard.





1970 Chevelle: Refined Muscle - /BIG MUSCLE
When it comes to muscle cars technology can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand it can enhance all aspects of a vehicles drivability, but on the other, it can strip the soul from a car in no time flat. Few people have been able to blend new technology, luxury and speed into a package that just flat-out works. Mark Bachman however is the exception. With a stunning interior, loads of grunt and just about every modern convenience you could ask for, his 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle has managed to blur the lines between old and new.





Pickup Power: 1959 Corner-Carving Apache - /BIG MUSCLE
Back in 1959 the idea of having a pickup truck that could go around corners was simply ludicrous. These trucks were meant to haul farm equipment, construction supplies and tow stuff, not shred corners and pull lateral-g's. Owner Wes Drelleshak has always liked trucks, however he's always had a special affinity for one in particular - a 1959 Chevrolet Apache with the rare Fleetside bed. He bought it with the intention of making it his daily driver, but then something happened... He found out about auto-x. Owner: • Wes Drelleshak





1950 Chevrolet: Morrison Farm Truck - /BIG MUSCLE
The 1950 Chevrolet 3100 Series pickup is the quintessential American farm truck. However, after Craig Morrison of Art Morrison Enterprises found it languishing in someone's front yard, this little farm truck went from all-slo, to all-go. The original chassis was removed in favor of a new GT Sport bolt-on unit, as was the original Chevy straight-six engine. In its place sits a new GM Performance Parts crate motor with EFI injection that's coupled to a Hughes Performance 4L60E automatic transmission. With the original paint and interior still intact, this old truck has been given a new lease on life while still retaining all the heritage that made it great over 60 years ago.





1949 Dodge Wayfarer: Gangster Style - /BIG MUSCLE
Black paint, steel wheels and a look and feel that any high ranking mobster would kill for. This is the 1949 Dodge Wayfarer and unbeknownst to some, it's one of the coolest old school hot-rods we've ever seen. Owner Dan Zuccaro has taken a vehicle with humble roots and transformed it into a superb driver, show stopper and bad-ass street rod that steals the show wherever it goes.





Start: $400 - Finish: Mean Green MOPAR: Violent Valiant - /BIG MUSCLE
The Plymouth Valiant was never meant to be a muscle car. It was never meant to be fast, overly attractive or go around corners. Loved by grandparents and college professors alike, the Valiant was the go-to car for those who wanted smooth reliable transport. Owner Shannon Hudson bought this Valiant for $400.00 and after 20 years of ownership and a few different versions, built it into one of the coolest MOPAR A Bodies we've ever seen. Owner: • Shannon Hudson





JCG Restorations 1968 Camaro -- /BIG MUSCLE
Tucked away in a small industrial park in Oxnard, CA sits JCG Restorations & Customs, a moderately sized shop that has built some of the best performing pro-touring cars that we've ever driven. Now generally we don't focus in on shops, however when the owners of three of our best test cars start dropping names, we tend to listen. Originally we descended on JCG to drive Blu Balz, a stunning 1968 Camaro owned by one Karl Dunn. However since Mother Nature decided to water the Earth that day, we put our original plans on hold and got shop owner Cris Gonzalez to give us the in's and out's of what it takes to make a stellar pro-touring car.





Aprilia RSV4: Ride It Like You Stole It -- /RideApart
Jamie steals Wes's Aprilia RSV4, hooning it on track, mountain roads and even dirt before he breaks down and is forced to confess his crime.





Ford Thunderbird - Bad Engine Drive Off
Franks 66er Thunderbird mit 521er Stroker. Wer mehr über den Wagen und den Motor (ca. 500 PS) erfahren möchte wendet sich an den Classic Speed Shop in Hannover: http://www.classicspeedshop.de/





Hot Rod Revue: ROCKETBIRD! '62 Ford Thunderbird Mild Custom
www.hotrodrevue.co.nz Alistair's 1962 Thunderbird Custom





200mph Drag Race: Porsche GT2 RS v. Ducati 1199 Panigale - /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
Last time, on the drag strip, the Porsche was destroyed. This time we went to a 2 mile runway to see what happens when you let a GT2 RS stretch beyond 150mph. No bikers were hurt in the making of this film. Part I: http://youtu.be/_zb1j8FmW74





1971 Chevrolet Camaro: Mary Pozzi, Queen of Grip - /BIG MUSCLE
For its season opener BIG MUSCLE hangs out with the Queen of Grip herself, Mary Pozzi. We traveled to Northern California to meet up with Mary, husband David and her highly modified LS2 powered 1971 Chevrolet Camaro. We talked racing, car set-up, touched on her SCCA autocross championships as well as her inclusion in Sony's upcoming Gran Turismo 6. Then we took out her stunning prized Camaro for an all day flog in the California canyons.





King of the Hammers (KOH): Part 1 - /BIG MUSCLE
Owner: • John Webb It's one of the toughest off road races in existence with a reputation for eating custom built machines alive. This is "King of the Hammers", and if you've never heard of it before, then today's your lucky day. This if off road hot-rodding at its finest. We're talking homemade tube chassis, 600 hp V8's, and custom suspensions so stout that they're almost impossible to destroy. Is this a little out of the realm for /BIG MUSCLE? Hell yeah it is! These rigs look like they came out of a Mad Max movie, and they're just as much a hot-rod as that old Chevelle or 1932 Ford that's sitting in your garage.





Nostalgic Speed: Balls of Steel - /BIG MUSCLE
It weighs next to nothing, has the aerodynamics of a washing machine, and sits on an 83 year old chassis with some plumbing equipment attached to it. This is the 1929 Ford Model A dragster owned by Ron and Dave Cecaci, and it's one of the coolest rides yet to be featured on BIG MUSCLE. Powered by a 383 cubic inch Chevrolet small block and running on hand-cut drag slicks, this vintage Ford Model A not only ran in NHRA, but made men out of those who drove it.





1954 Jaguar XK120M - Jay Leno's Garage
1954 Jaguar XK120M. The car that put Jaguar on the map. » Subscribe: http://bit.ly/JLGSubscribe » Visit the Official Site: http://bit.ly/JLGOfficialSite THE BEST OF JAY LENO'S GARAGE » Exclusive First Looks: http://bit.ly/JLGExclusives » Ultra Rare Supercars: http://bit.ly/JLGSupercars » Jay's Book Club: http://bit.ly/JLGBookClub JAY LENO'S GARAGE ON SOCIAL Follow Jay: http://Twitter.com/LenosGarage Like Jay: http://Facebook.com/JayLenosGarage ABOUT JAY LENO'S GARAGE A new video every Sunday! Visit Jay Leno's Garage, the Emmy-winning series where Jay Leno gives car reviews, motorcycle reviews, compares cars, and shares his passion and expertise on anything that rolls, explodes, and makes noise. Classic cars, restomods, super cars like the McLaren P1, sports cars like Porsche 918 Spyder and Camaro Z28, cafe racers, vintage cars, and much, much more. Subscribe for more: http://full.sc/JD4OF8 NBC ON SOCIAL: NBC YouTube: http://full.sc/MtLxIM NBC Facebook: http://facebook.com/NBC NBC Twitter: http://twitter.com/NBC NBC Google+: https://plus.google.com/+NBC/posts 1954 Jaguar XK120M - Jay Leno's Garage http://youtu.be/kX0nXw5d-1c Jay Leno's Garage http://www.youtube.com/user/jaylenosgarage




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1996 Ford Thunderbird Dragster: 6.540 @ 219.000
Mark Wolfe, Engine: 428 small block ford, Turbos: 80mm turbonetics Tires: Goodyear


1984 Ford Thunderbird Coupe: 7.950 @ 176.000
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1986 Ford Thunderbird : 8.570 @ 159.780
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1988 Ford Thunderbird alston chassis: 8.938 @ 154.980
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1984 Ford Thunderbird : 8.980 @ 151.000
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1985 Ford Thunderbird turbo coupe: 9.000 @ 134.590
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1986 Ford Thunderbird : 9.330 @ 144.510
Henry Jones, Engine: 438 Dart Ford Race sm block, Supercharger: none Tires: 15x14x31


1984 Ford Thunderbird : 9.740 @ 137.000
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1988 Ford Thunderbird turbocoupe: 10.000 @ 133.000
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1987 Ford Thunderbird : 10.070 @ 131.012
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1984 Ford Thunderbird coupe: 10.240 @ 130.290
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1986 Ford Thunderbird : 11.480 @ 119.270
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1995 Ford Thunderbird LX: 11.546 @ 129.440
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1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe: 12.002 @ 114.770
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1995 Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe: 12.120 @ 116.580
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1987 Ford Thunderbird TurboCoupe: 12.310 @ 110.000
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1983 Ford Thunderbird : 12.430 @ 107.000
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1988 Ford Thunderbird : 12.510 @ 111.000
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1995 Ford Thunderbird : 12.650 @ 118.000
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1985 Ford Thunderbird Base: 12.654 @ 110.190
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