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Car Electronics Installations And More On My Own Car

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This is my baby, my favourite car. My 1986 Nissan 300ZX. In this video, I'll walk you through all the upgrades I've made to this beast. Car electronics installations are just the beginning!
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How To Make A Garage Creeper (ONLY $30!!)

This DIY mechanics creeper is a super useful project to have around your garage or workshop. Whether you're modifying or servicing your car, this simple
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Car Electronics Install In My Own Ford F-150

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In this video, Gatlin takes you though the installation process of the long awaited AX-DSP piece from Metra Electronics branded with Axxess Interface in his own Ford F-150
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The First Muscle Car: Older than You

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Pontiac's 1964 GTO-not the first muscle car. Photos by author.

It is said that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Do you believe this? I do not. Having once endured a 15-hour non-stop plane ride to Hong Kong back in coach, watching our flight path in between showings of Planet of the Apes and Rush Hour II, I can verify that this long-held-true statement is a fib, or at least a vast simplification. The more northern your latitude, the smaller the circumference of our round planet; to save time and fuel, aircraft shoot their way north and arc gently south. Last I heard, an arc is not a straight line.

So, whenever a statement is generally accepted to be true, a piece of me wonders whether it actually is, or else if it is, what unspoken caveats are attached. Maybe it's too many years of watching WWE RAW and NASCAR, or too many tall tales from too many people whose memories are fuzzy, but I don't entirely buy it. So, when books and magazines proclaim that the muscle car was a unique creature indigenous to the 1964-'72 time period, well, I can't buy that either. Was this the thick of it? You bet. Was this when a generation of Boomer kids could walk into any showroom and drop their green on any number of big-block, rear-drive performance powerhouses? Yes.

But the hard-and-fast alpha and omega of an era? No way.

First, the Super Duty Trans Am of '73-'74, and 360-powered Dart Sports and Dusters through 1976, suggest that performance wasn't dead, merely out of style. Problem is, with their half-vinyl roofs, whitewall tires, and full hubcaps, Dusters were frequently frumpy-looking. Not very “muscle,” when image mattered. But the Super Duty TAs easily stretch the end date a couple of seasons.

Can we agree that, at its most elemental, a muscle car is a midsized car with an engine taken from the fullsize-car line? Using this broad definition, the '64 Pontiac GTO is generally accepted to have kicked things off. We take nothing away from the GTO-its popularity certainly set the trend for the day and kicked things into high gear. But the first muscle car? No way.

1950 Oldsmobile 88. Getting closer.

Many will argue that the '62-'64 Max Wedge Mopars, fullsize cars downsized to midsize status, are the Genesis of the movement. Consider: the downsized, new-for-'62 Polara had a 1-inch-longer wheelbase, a shipping weight of 200 pounds more, and, packing 413 wedge power, about 60 more horsepower than the GTO. Chrysler's laughable notion of this being a fullsize car aside, will anyone argue that this isn't a muscle car? Not us. But it's not the first, either.

Some will allow cars as early as 1960 into their definition. This is what most of your magazines and books have brainwashed most casual muscle-car fans into believing. Maybe the '60 Pontiac Catalina, with a tri-power 421 under the hood? Smokin' for sure-certainly tops in its day. Not a midsize, though, and not first. What about the one-horsepower-per-cubic-inch fuel-injected 283-cube Chevy V-8, available in Corvettes and fullsize Chevy models starting in '57? Absolutely hot. Some could argue that the '55 Chevy, a vehicle that brought pushrod OHV V-8 power to the masses, kicked things off. Both represent significant milestones in automotive performance and development-we'd even consider the '55 a landmark in that regard. But muscle cars? The '55 Chevy clocks in at roughly the same size as a '64 GTO, but is still considered a fullsized ride.

The 400-hp milestone was reached in 1958 in Mercury, of all marques. But, in those days, there were no midsized Mercury models-only large ones, and larger ones.

If anything, we'd suggest that the '57 Rambler Rebel fit the bill more than any of these listed above. In terms of sheer power, it wouldn't be top of the heap, but it was the midsize option (Ambassador was the traditional-sized model) with the four-barrel, 9.5:1 compression, 327-cube V-8. As a bonus, it was even marketed as a performance model. Mostly forgotten, and generally lumped in with the rest of the '50s orphans and oddballs, the Rebel deserves far more credit than it gets.

But it's still not the first.

Before this time, big power was a hallmark of premium cars. Some would argue that the first Chrysler 300, the first modern production car with 300 hp, is where it all begins; alas, it's fullsized, too. Others may point to 1949 as a pivotal, highlighting the Caddy Series 62 and Olds 88 as the prototypes for muscle cars to come, a solid decade and a half before the '64 GTO. Two different all-new OHV V-8 engines dropped into the smaller, lower-line bodies fit the general criteria, yet reside well outside the generally accepted timeline.

1937 Buick Century.

What about the Buick Century? Introduced in 1936, the Century-a combination of low-line, short-wheelbase Special body (122 inches was fairly petite in those days) and fullsize eight-cylinder engine-didn't actually top the 100-mph mark until 1938 model-year upgrades. How Harlow H. Curtice, Buick's general manager at the time, managed to get the Century built at a time when GM's political hierarchy was iron-clad, is anyone's guess.

Why the Century doesn't get more lip service is beyond us. Too far back in history? Did the real-world performance of '60s performance cars, with massive amounts of horsepower able to boil a pair of redlines in a blink, make everyone forget the past? Undetermined, but the Boomer generation that helps define the muscle era wasn't around in '38; perhaps it's a case of out-of-sight, out-of-mind?

There's another example that predates even that. Studebaker's five-passenger Sport Phaeton launched in the fall of 1924. The marque had three engine/chassis combinations: the 113-inch wheelbase three-to-five-passenger Standard Six with a 50-hp engine; the 120-inch wheelbase three-to-five-passenger Special Six with a 65-hp engine; and the Big Six, with a 75-hp mill to push around the bulk of a 127-inch wheelbase and up-to-seven-passenger capacity. The Special Six and the Big Six shared external engine dimensions and a 5-inch crank stroke; only the bore was different. Dropping the Big Six engine (with BIG lettering cast into the head, a move that seemed perfectly in keeping with air scoops with teeth and other psychedelic graphic frippery of the 1960s) into the Special Six chassis was a no-brainer.

1926 Studebaker Duplex Phaeton, powered by the Big Six engine.

The five-passenger Duplex Phaeton, a hardtop with optional side curtains, was a new body style launched on the Special chassis in the fall of 1924. Mix in the 75-hp Big Six engine that quickly gained favor with the law enforcement types in the desert Southwest, and the Sport Phaeton was born. Nicknamed “Sheriff,” it retailed for $1,575-toward the lower end of the Special Six price range, offering the same power as cars costing twice or three times as much. It may well be the first muscle car; it certainly fit the fullsize engine/midsize body definition.

Others may argue that stripped-down Flivvers and low-production Stutzes or Duesenbergs were the first muscle cars, based on sheer output alone. We would argue the point; Stutzes were sports cars, Doozies were never small, and Ts were only made muscleable with aftermarket parts. (You can throw aftermarket parts at anything and make it faster.)

Don't believe me? Don't agree? That's OK. We can argue all day long about when the first muscle car was built. Just as long as we can stave off the day when we argue about the last one.

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Columbus, Georgia, 1970s

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Date: circa 1970s

Location: 38th Street and First Avenue, Columbus, Georgia

Source: Historic American Engineering Record, via Library of Congress

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1981 Chevrolet Corvette, Gateway Classic Cars Philadelphia - #225

1981 Chevrolet Corvette, Gateway Classic Cars Philadelphia - #225
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1981 Chevrolet Corvette, Gateway Classic Cars Philadelphia - #225

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#354-MWK 1963 Ford Galaxie

The Galaxie nameplate was used by Ford to denote top models in the full-size range starting in 1958 to appeal to the excitement surrounding the USA vs. USS
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Four-Links 100-car symphony, TSC4GT, riled minitruckers, Barris fire

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Cars as musical instruments? Composer Ryoji Ikeda recently pulled together 100 modified cars atop a Los Angeles parking garage for an elaborate concert involving the cars' stereo systems, horns, engines, and other noise-producing accessories, as this New York Times article accounts.

* This week over on Dean's Garage, Dick Ruzzin runs down the story of the TASCTotal Automotive System Conceptthat GM proposed during the Seventies and the TASC4GT that resulted from the program.

* Another day, another controversial statement from Jesse James. Except this time, the minitruckers he offended are fighting back. Stance is Everything has the story.

* As The jalopy Journal pointed out, the 60th anniversary of the fire at George Barris' shop is coming up soon. Lotta customs lost that day, and not too many saved.

* To celebrate its new proving grounds in Chelsea, Chrysler put together this little film in 1954 showing cars and their parts going through testing. (via)

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1JZGTE Supra & Drifting Update + Petrol Box

Subscribe to Garage Life https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMuFKzercmE The 1JZGTE Supra can never run good for long, so what's up with it now? Did i bail o
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SIKKY Hydraulic Handbrake Install & Review | How To Install A Hydraulic Hand Brake

SUBSCRIBE TO SIKKYs YOUTUBE CHANNEL!! www.youtube.com/sikkytv Today Freddy finally gets around to ripping out the crappy K-sport hydraulic handbrake tha
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Hemmings Find of the Day 1971 Chevrolet Nomad station wagon

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1971 Chevrolet Nomad station wagon for sale. From the seller's description: A unique opportunity to own a very low mileage mostly original Chevelle Nomad Wagon. In storage for almost 20 years in Tacoma, WA this car will be perfect for a classic family cruiser or as the basis of a killer resto-mod. With NO rust,
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LIVE Q&A With Craig From Bonsai Rides

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Craig from bonsai rides imports JDM vehicles for the Canadian market place! Check out this interesting ride he brought in to show us, and listen as he answers your questions about JDM imports.
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A Full Car Audio Systems Install On A Porsche

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This was such a big overhaul we had to break it up into three separate videos! Check out this full car audio systems installation on this awesome 2008 Porsche Cayman S
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The Honda forums told us to do it..

We follow the advice of a Honda forum with a performance oil overfill... then see how long our Toyota lasts with no oil at all. Shop
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Rare & Oddball JDM Car Tour: Mazda AZ-1 AutoZam

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Just a quick shoot and click one take video for you guys today, the car isn't staying long as craig has some potential buyers for it and is just getting it prepared for sale. This is a CLASSIC Mazda AZ-1 AutoZam from Japan, these cars are super rare, and only sold for the JDM market place.
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Four-Links – the mad genius of Baja, cops in Checkers, Turbine thoughts, murderer on the racetrack

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If you plan to race in Baja's Class 11, be prepared to meet Eric Solorzano and come away from your encounter with a tale or two, as this Playboy profile of the long-time racer illustrates.

* Do you think police officers liked using Checkers as patrol cars? The Internet Checker Taxicab Archive pulled together as many documented examples of cop-car Checkers as they could find and found a pretty common attitude toward them.

* George Phillips of the Oilpressure blog is curious whether the minor crash-and-spin that the STP Indy car was involved in at the 1967 Indianapolis 500 had anything to do with the technical issues that caused the car to leave the race early.

* A lot of race-car drivers have cultivated some sort of bad-boy image, but not many of them have much on Louis Disbrow, who stood trial for murdering the other two participants of a love triangle.

* MyMopar has a lot of Chrysler Corporation dealer training videos on YouTube, including “Engineering For Quality,” which should have won some sort of award for graphic design.

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1032 TPA 1981 Datsun 280ZX 2.8L I6 F 3 speed automatic

Gateway Classic Cars of Tampa is proud to offer this beautiful 1981 Datsun 280ZX. This awesome car has only 1,000 miles on it since being restored – and sh
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1974 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, Gateway Classic Cars-Nashville#631

For sale in our Nashville Tennessee showroom is a beautiful 1974 Chevrolet Corvette convertible. This little red corvette is the car songs are made of. Yo
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1956 Chevrolet Del Rey - Louisville - Stock #1698

This 1956 Chevrolet Delray is for sale in our Louisville KY showroom. Most will say that the Tri-Five Chevrolet is as American as it gets. Brought int
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1978 Oldsmobile Toronado Stock #7488 Gateway Classic Cars St. Louis Showroom

Up for sale in our St. Louis Showroom is clean and well kept, original 1978 Oldsmobile Toronado. If you are looking for a good comfortable cruiser for tha
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2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt, Gateway classic cars Nashville,#608NSH

For sale in our Nashville showroom is the world’s only 2008 Highland Green Limited Edition 40th Anniversary Bullitt Mustang with an automatic transmissio
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1974 MG MGB Gateway Classic Cars #943 Houston Showroom

Now for sale in our Houston Showroom is this awesome 1974 MG MGB! This classic British two-seater roadster is always a joy to add to any size ca
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The World's Most Cost Effective Remote Car Starter

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With so many options available in todays market place for remote car starters, and with so much of the competition being taken up by name brand this and that, getting a 3x lock start on your car is likely going to be the cheapest most cost effective way of getting remote start on your vehicle. add to that the bonus of being able to use your factory key fob to do it with, whats better then that? In this video i show you how the process is completed using Fortin product to accomplish the task at hand!
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1975 Dodge Ramcharger #501-DFW Gateway Classic Cars of Dallas

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