http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - So you want the strength of boxed and reinforced suspension parts but don't have the reinforced wallet to make it happen with trick new parts? Or maybe your particular ride does not have an aftermarket beefed-up control arm available. Here's the solution: Box up your stock control arms! Here, we sourced a pair of original GM lower control arms from our '65 Chevelle project. That car got new stuff, so we grabbed the extras, which happen to fit our 1968 Buick Riviera project. Which, by the way, is one of those cars that has very little in the aftermarket as far as parts are concerned, so we were happy to find that we could make Chevelle parts fit. Follow along as we media blast, then weld up our control arms for extra-strength. And although we didn't show it, they'll get new bushings someday as well.
Clean LS7 Camaro Has All The Pro-Touring Tricks V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - This '69 Camaro convertible looks
unassuming enough, but don't let it fool you. Underneath that shiny blue
paint hides all the latest pro-touring tricks, from the Detroit Speed &
Engineering subframe to the GM LS7 V8 engine. Owner Matt Gober tells us
that G-Force Design Concepts built this car with the goal of blending a
stock appearance with killer street and track performance, and it looks
like they've succeeded. Shot at the 2007 Run Through The Hills event.
MIG Welding Tips: Exhaust Tubing V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - Here's a quick tip on welding Exhaust tubing with your MIG welder... do
it HOT and FAST! This technique shows how to burn deep-penetrating,
low-profile welds that look great on their own or can be easily dressed for
polishing or coating. The secret is to use high amperage (or heat) and a
series of quick tack welds, and give the work time to cool between each
tack! Resist the urge to seam-weld the whole tube... you'll have to run
your welder too "cold" to prevent burn through, resulting in welds that are
stacked high on the tubing, not only looking poorly, but also not
penetrating as deep as you'd like.
1965 Chevelle Engine Upgrades V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - Our '65 Chevelle drove in on a
low-performance 350 cubic inch Chevy replacement engine that was reported
to have less than 10,000 miles on it. Initially, we contemplated doing a
late-model EFI swap on this car, but then we thought we'd take a look at
what we had and see what kind of shape it was in. Turns out that the 350
is a parts-store type replacement engine with 4-bolt mains and a very clean
bottom end. The cast iron heads and cam were not very exciting, so we
used the Dynomation
engine simulation software to whip up a new recipe. In this installment,
we clean up the engine, repaint the short block, and install a new Comp
Cams Xtreme Energy cam, lifters, timing set, new Holley performance
aluminum cylinder heads, a Weiand Action Plus intake manifold, an MSD
Pro-Billet distributor, some Flowtech headers, and a Holley 670 Street
Avenger camshaft. Some of the parts we already had like the MSD unit,
the intake, and the carb, but the cam and heads are new. Here's how it
1969 Pontiac Firebird Front Suspension Install Video V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - We reassembled our restored front
suspension with some new tricks to make our 1969 Pontiac Firebird "Routy"
drive and handle better. First we replaced all the stock worn-out control
arm bushings with some new Global West Del-A-Lum bushings for minimal
deflection and smooth articulation. Then we replaced all the loose
steering components with new parts from Classic Industries, including a new
steering box, tie rod ends, center link, ball joints, idler arm, and
pittman arm. Once we could put the wheels back on, we rolled the subframe
under the body, aligned it, and bolted it up. Out back, we added some
Del-A-Lum bushings to the Detroit Speed & Engineering 3" drop leaf springs
and put the rear axle assembly back in the car. Classic Industries had
more hard-to-find nuts and clips for the front leaf spring mounts. Now we
can hang all the sheetmetal back on the car and start the panel alignment!
Chassis, Sub-Frame & Lower Clip
Rodney Brooks continues fabrication on the lower rails of the chassis.
90-percent of the welding is completed before adding the cage and front
clip. Then it is flipped to finish the welding underneath.
PST's new Catapult® Billet Aluminum Trailing Arms
A new breed of trailing arms from the industry leader in musclecar
technology -- PST. Catapult® Billet Aluminum Lower Trailing Arms with
Alu-Max® Pivot Joints are the finest trailing arms available for your GM
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Stock lower trailing arms are flimsy and weak, leading to poor handling and
excessive wheel hop. Most of the aftermarket offers conventional fabricated
steel trailing arms with polyurethane bushings -- a design that is very
stiff, but does not allow for the axle to move freely throughout the range
of motion. This can cause a bind in the rear suspension, leading to snap
oversteer and unpredictable handling. PST's Catapult® Billet Aluminum
Trailing Arms solve this problem with an innovative solution that delivers
smooth, consistent, predictable handling for your GM musclecar.
Starting with a solid block of 6061-T6 aerospace grade aluminum, we machine
a sleek superstructure that yields an incredible strength-to-weight ratio.
Each end is fitted with an Alu-Max® Pivot Joint -- a low-friction
spherical joint that allows for 30 degrees of articulation. The Alu-Max®
Pivot Joint is comprised of two Delrin® races and a lightweight hard
anodized, 7075-T6 aerospace grade aluminum spherical ball. The sway bar
mounting holes allow for the installation of any stock or aftermarket sway
bar that mounts in the factory location. A military spec black anodizing is
applied to the entire superstructure and the arm is finished off with a
white PST and Catapult® logo.
Get the ultimate trailing arm for the street, strip, or track -- order
today! Be sure to pick up a set of matching Catapult® Adjustable Upper
Trailing Arms and Frame Reinforcement Braces to complete the package. Our
upper trailing arms feature a bulletproof steel construction and a
low-friction Alu-Max® Pivot Joint, and can even be adjusted on the vehicle
to change the pinion angle - crucial to lowering your 60 foot times,
increasing traction, and reducing wheel hop! The Frame Reinforcement Braces
triangulate the upper and lower trailing arm mounts for added strength and
driving performance. These braces are pre-bent to contour to the floor of
the vehicle, allowing for installation without modification.
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1000 HP FOX Mustang TRZ Suspension Upgrades V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - Upgrading rear control arms and a
sway bar on a 1000 horsepower 1993 Mustang from TRZ Motorsports.
This 1993 Mustang started
life as a 5.0 ragtop, a respectable street cruiser at the time, but the
owner wanted to take things up a notch or two. So now, its hiding a 1000 horsepower
supercharged monster under the hood.
The problem is that when you light this thing off and mash the throttle,
you get loads of tire smoke rather than the speed rush you wanted. The fix
is going to be increasing traction, and were starting with the rear
suspension and some new parts from TRZ Motorsports.
Tube Tech: Perfect Flares Easily - V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - Flaring lines for brakes and fuel systems can be
a pain, and properly sealing double flared fittings are essential for
safety. Traditional clamp-style flare tools can be tricky to master,
often times creating imperfect double flares forcing you to re-bend a new
line. However, we'll never have a bad flare again in our shop.. this
Eastwood Professional double flare tool not only makes perfect double
flares every time, but it's so easy to use, you could do it blindfolded.
1965 Chevelle Blog 6: Chassis Restoration V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - We had our 1965 Chevelle SS frame
media blasted and stripped clean, and then it was time to give it a new
protective coating. This time, we utilized the new Extreme Chassis Black
Epoxy paint from Eastwood. We found it to have an accurate satin
appearance, and it seems to have the guts to stand up to the road.
Our 1968 Chevelle Malibu Project
These are some photos of our 68 Chevelle Malibu. The Frame has been powder
coated, the 12 bolt posi has been rebuilt with 373 gears, the turbo 400 has been rebuilt to withstand up to 1000
hp, it has a 402 Big Block - Check back to see the progress.
1966 GTO Part 7: Chassis Modifications V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - Part of our 1966 GTO's plan
includes a killer suspension system and a beefed-up chassis to support it,
so we disassembled the stock stuff, popped the body off the frame, and
went to town. First, the GTO's skeleton was media blasted clean of all
rust, scale, and old paint. Next, we fabbed up some supports and TIG
welded in some plate steel to box up the originally open frame rails for
strength. Then we began to test fit the Air Ride Technologies Street
Challenge suspension system... more on this later, but it's the key to
making this old Goat handle like a new 'Vette!
1969 Firebird "Routy" Trunk Floor Replacement Video V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - The trunk floor area in our 1969
Pontiac Firebird "Routy" was looking pretty rough, so we elected to use an
assortment of repair panels from Classic Industries to replace the rust and
previous damage repairs. The process went pretty smoothly, and we were
able to butt-weld and plug weld the new pieces in leaving a factory
appearance with no evidence we were ever there. A coat of Eastwood Epoxy
Primer will help keep them rust free for good.
TIG Welding 4130 Chrome-moly Tubing
Todd Bevis, chassis engineer, Cagnazzi Racing
(http://www.cagnazziracing.com), discusses TIG welding 4130 chrome-moly
tubing on an NHRA Pro Stock dragster. Read the whole how-to article here:
1969 Camaro 383 Stroker V8 Install Swap Video Part 1 V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - Here's the first of a 2 part story starring a red
1969 Camaro that was
far too slow for it's good looks. We had the opportunity to do a
performance makeover on this sweet looking car, and the star of the show is
a Fast Times Motorworks built 383. The new mill features a Scat 3.750
stroker steel crank, Scat I-beam 6 inch rods, and SRP pistons combining for
a 10.0:1 compression ratio for street drivability. The Comp Cams
hydraullic roller camshaft works its magic under a set of polished
Edelbrock Performer RPM aluminum heads and Crane roller rocker arms. A
polished Edelbrock Performer RPM Air Gap intake and a polished Weiand
Action Plus water pump add sparkle and power, and a new Holley Street
Avenger Aluminum 670 CFM carb mixes the fuel. Royal Purple Break-In Oil.
Spark is handled by an MSD Digital E-Curve distributor, teaming up with the
MSD Blaster 2 coil and Superconductor plug wires. Hooker Competition
headers wearing a new Darksides black ceramic coating Exhaust the gasses, and we installed a new TCI
Saturday Night Special torque converter to raise the stall RPM so this
beast launches in its powerband. This combo spun the Fast Times Dyno to the tune of 440 ft. lbs.
at 4300 RPM and 446 horsepower at 6000 RPM.
This is part 1.