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camshaft 1953 bel air

Episode 5: Project COVID-1953 – Cam Bearings & Freeze Out Plugs

Episode 5 –Using a typical camshaft tool, the cam bearings were removed and replaced, and a new camshaft was put in. It’s important to not overlook the cam bearings so the engine isn’t starved of oil. Once that is finished, the freeze plugs go in and Rick moves on to replacing the main bearings in the crankshaft, gets the main …

honing cylinder walls

Episode 4: Project COVID-1953 – Honing Cylinder Walls

Episode 4 – Easy day, today. Rick will be honing the cylinder walls and lifter bores to get them all cleaned up. Scoring marks were minimal. After cleaning up the cylinder walls and lifter bores, he oils them down with WD-40. So far, everything is moving along smoothly. This 1953 Chevy Bel Air restoration project is off to a great …

ford mustang

The Making of the Ford Mustang: How the Most Popular Pony Car There Ever Was Almost Wasn’t

November 1960 was an important moment in the history of the United States. The Explorer 8 was orbiting the Earth, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe were wrapping on their final film together, Wilt Chamberlain pulled down 55 rebounds in a single game, President Eisenhower was defending the Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba, and Democrat John F. Kennedy beat out Vice …

1953 bel air engine heads

Episode 3: Project COVID-1953 – Cleaned Engine Heads

Episode 3 – Today, Rick Drewry is going to spend some time cleaning up the engine heads and doing some valve lapping. Now, you may be wondering, what exactly is valve lapping? Well, if you haven’t done it before, don’t worry! It’s basically sanding down the valve surfaces to make them smooth, and it only takes a minute or so …

pontiac ram air GTO

The Evolution of the Pontiac Ram Air GTO Engine

There are all kinds of stories about the development of muscle cars, pony cars and other stylish, sporty vehicles of the 1960s and 1970s. Cars like the Pontiac 428, the Chevy Camaro and the original pony car: the Ford Mustang. The Pontiac GTO is the stuff of legends—especially the earliest models. Is it the “founding father” of the muscle car …

original mach 1

Ahead of the 2021 Release: A Retrospective Look at the Original Ford Mustang Mach 1

It was a highly anticipated, thrilling announcement in June of this year when Ford announced that it would be re-releasing the Ford Mustang Mach 1 in 2021. Heralded with spy shots, rumors, new (veiled) grille designs and a great deal of deliberation from fans, the release of Mach 1 will replace the Bullitt, bridging the gap between the Mustang GT …

1953 chevy bel air engine

Episode 2: Project Covid -1953 Chevy Bel Air -Teardown and Assess

Episode 2 – Rick Drewry tears everything down on his ‘53 Chevy Bel Air and determines the best place to start is the engine. The engine has already been pulled out and is sitting on the stand, ready to be torn down. Most everything is in pretty good shape, but hey, it’s the engine – so, a new camshaft, new …

dodge dart

The Deceptively Thrilling 1967-76 Dodge Dart

Originally introduced as a full-sized car in 1960, by its fourth generation, the Dodge Dart was a newly stylized compact car with a fresh steering system and redesigns that allowed for a larger engine. If you grew up in the 70s, you might associate the car with the high school staff parking lot, or even your own driveway. Fundamentally a …

1953 chevy bel air restoration

Episode 1 – 1953 Chevy Bel Air Restoration

Episode 1 – With Project C10 wrapped up, we are excited to get started with our next project car. Listen to the history behind this ’53 Chevy Bel Air as Rick Drewry shares with us his plan for its restoration; complete with engine work, bodywork, wiring, and interior updates. This restoration is going to be a budget build, and when …

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