Issue Two

Pontiac GTO

Featuring an interview with Alex Taylor (Drag Racer & Co-Host of MotorTrend’s Hot Rod Garage) Can They Be Compared the ’64 vs. ’04 Pontiac GTO, 64  Pontiac  GTO Ignites The Supercar Revolution By Martyn L. Shorr, and so much more!

Issue Two

Pontiac GTO

Featuring an interview with Alex Taylor (Drag Racer & Co-Host of MotorTrend’s Hot Rod Garage) Can They Be Compared the ’64 vs. ’04 Pontiac GTO, 64  Pontiac  GTO Ignites The Supercar Revolution By Martyn L. Shorr, and so much more!

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Recent Articles

Pontiac GTO 1964-1970 versus 2004-2006

“GTO”   Does one have to say any more than that to evoke images of power and performance in the muscle car era? Whatever you brand loyalty, you cannot say that the GTO was not the icon of the mid-size performance car of the 1964-1970 period. Not only did Pontiac define what we later came to call the muscle car, but during the initial period of that time – on the street – Ram Air GTOs were a force to be reckoned with.

Pontiac Small Journal and Large Journal V8

Pontiac V8 engines are broken into two categories, small main journal and large main journal engines. All Pontiac engines have the same deck height except for the 1969 303 Trans Am engine and the short-lived 301 and 265 V8s of the early 80s.

Ford Fairlane Grows Up in 1966

It was all about shock towers. What’s a shock tower and why was this important? Ford, who called themselves “the Total Performance Brand”, was caught napping. On the track, they were going head to head with the Mopar Hemi, on the street, their 427 big car was perceived as the end in stop light performance. 

Recent Articles

Pontiac GTO 1964-1970 versus 2004-2006

“GTO”   Does one have to say any more than that to evoke images of power and performance in the muscle car era? Whatever you brand loyalty, you cannot say that the GTO was not the icon of the mid-size performance car of the 1964-1970 period. Not only did Pontiac define what we later came to call the muscle car, but during the initial period of that time – on the street – Ram Air GTOs were a force to be reckoned with.

Pontiac Small Journal and Large Journal V8

Pontiac V8 engines are broken into two categories, small main journal and large main journal engines. All Pontiac engines have the same deck height except for the 1969 303 Trans Am engine and the short-lived 301 and 265 V8s of the early 80s.

Ford Fairlane Grows Up in 1966

It was all about shock towers. What’s a shock tower and why was this important? Ford, who called themselves “the Total Performance Brand”, was caught napping. On the track, they were going head to head with the Mopar Hemi, on the street, their 427 big car was perceived as the end in stop light performance. 

The Corvette versus F-88 Battle

Explore the fascinating history of the Corvette versus F-88 battle, two iconic sports cars from the 1950s. Delve into the risky decisions, innovation, and market dynamics that shaped their fates. Discover how Oldsmobile’s F-88, with its revolutionary features, challenged Chevrolet’s Corvette and the impact it could have had on the personal car market.

The 1955-56 Corvette – the car that almost died

The  1955 Corvette and the players that almost led to its demise. In '55 the Corvette was on the ropes - only 700 were sold. The success of  the new Thunderbird and Harley Earl's push for the Oldsmobile F-88 to replace it, forced the car to be restyled, revised and...

Bronco Bustin’

Hot as a pistol today, the 1966-70 Bronco got a lot of press- a lot of kudos - but, surprisingly, not a huge amount of sales. In the initial years of production 1966-70, total Broncos were 94,253 or less than 19 thousand per year- at a time when Mustang averaged close...

The Bronco Story

Ford made a big point about the Bronco being a ton of fun at it's introduction - but did that stimulate sales?How Did the Ford Bronco Become Such a Legend? Was it Sales? Marketing? Racing? What? First and foremost, let’s dispel one Urban Legend – it wasn’t sales. ...

The Story of Ford’s “Tame” 427 CID V-8

When we think of the 427 CID Ford "FE" V-8, we think thunder and lightening. When It was installed in the 1967 Ford Fairlane, we likely heard a distant rumble.We're still trying to figure out why this engine ever existed and why it ended upin the 1967 Ford Fairlane...

Why Didn’t Ford Offer the 3 Two-barrel Manifold on the Fairlane GT

Available on the 1961-62 390 and 406 CID Performance FE V-8s and the 1963 Thunderbird M-Code 390, the manifold was readily available as a "bolt on" upgrade for the Fairlane GT, but it never appeared.Why Didn't Ford Pull the Trigger and Offer Performance Options on the...

The Corvette versus F-88 Battle

Explore the fascinating history of the Corvette versus F-88 battle, two iconic sports cars from the 1950s. Delve into the risky decisions, innovation, and market dynamics that shaped their fates. Discover how Oldsmobile’s F-88, with its revolutionary features, challenged Chevrolet’s Corvette and the impact it could have had on the personal car market.

The 1955-56 Corvette – the car that almost died

The  1955 Corvette and the players that almost led to its demise. In '55 the Corvette was on the ropes - only 700 were sold. The success of  the new Thunderbird and Harley Earl's push for the Oldsmobile F-88 to replace it, forced the car to be restyled, revised and...

Bronco Bustin’

Hot as a pistol today, the 1966-70 Bronco got a lot of press- a lot of kudos - but, surprisingly, not a huge amount of sales. In the initial years of production 1966-70, total Broncos were 94,253 or less than 19 thousand per year- at a time when Mustang averaged close...

The Bronco Story

Ford made a big point about the Bronco being a ton of fun at it's introduction - but did that stimulate sales?How Did the Ford Bronco Become Such a Legend? Was it Sales? Marketing? Racing? What? First and foremost, let’s dispel one Urban Legend – it wasn’t sales. ...

Revving Up with Alex Taylor

If you follow the drag racing scene or are familiar with MotorTrend’s digital shows, you may recognize Alex Taylor from MotorTrend’s Hot Rod Garage show. But Alex’s passion for automobiles goes far beyond hosting a digital TV show – it’s been a part of her life since she was a child. We hope you enjoy getting to know Alex and learning more about her journey in the automotive industry. It’s a testament to the power of following your passion and turning your dreams into reality.

1955-1982 Pontiac Small Journal and Large Journal V8s

Discover the differences between small main journal and large main journal Pontiac V8 engines. Pontiac’s V-8s were all small blocks, sharing the same connecting rod length 6.625 inches, except for the later short deck 301 CID and 265 CID. Learn which engines used smaller main journals, such as the early 287-370 CID engines and which used “large” mains, like the 421 CID, 428 CID, and 455 CID engines. Find out more about each series of V-8s by clicking the image links. All Pontiac V-8s were phased out in 1981.

Pontiac GTO 1964-1970 versus 2004-2006

The "Endura" front fascia of the 1968 GTO may have been the most dramaticGTO produced. The styling, options and performance got PontiacMotor Trend's Car of the Year Award in 1968.See All Facts and Figures1964 -1970...

1964-70 GTO vs. 2004-2006 Continued

Icon or pretender? Which one was the best at what they did? Which one would you own as a daily driver?GTO: '64 versus '04 - Can they be Compared? Continued - The muscle car era GTO is iconic, known throughout the world, and venerated by many, but the reissue from 2004...

The Story of Ford’s “Tame” 427 CID V-8

When we think of the 427 CID Ford "FE" V-8, we think thunder and lightening. When It was installed in the 1967 Ford Fairlane, we likely heard a distant rumble.We're still trying to figure out why this engine ever existed and why it ended upin the 1967 Ford Fairlane...

Why Didn’t Ford Offer the 3 Two-barrel Manifold on the Fairlane GT

Available on the 1961-62 390 and 406 CID Performance FE V-8s and the 1963 Thunderbird M-Code 390, the manifold was readily available as a "bolt on" upgrade for the Fairlane GT, but it never appeared.Why Didn't Ford Pull the Trigger and Offer Performance Options on the...

Revving Up with Alex Taylor

If you follow the drag racing scene or are familiar with MotorTrend’s digital shows, you may recognize Alex Taylor from MotorTrend’s Hot Rod Garage show. But Alex’s passion for automobiles goes far beyond hosting a digital TV show – it’s been a part of her life since she was a child. We hope you enjoy getting to know Alex and learning more about her journey in the automotive industry. It’s a testament to the power of following your passion and turning your dreams into reality.

1955-1982 Pontiac Small Journal and Large Journal V8s

Discover the differences between small main journal and large main journal Pontiac V8 engines. Pontiac’s V-8s were all small blocks, sharing the same connecting rod length 6.625 inches, except for the later short deck 301 CID and 265 CID. Learn which engines used smaller main journals, such as the early 287-370 CID engines and which used “large” mains, like the 421 CID, 428 CID, and 455 CID engines. Find out more about each series of V-8s by clicking the image links. All Pontiac V-8s were phased out in 1981.

Pontiac GTO 1964-1970 versus 2004-2006

The "Endura" front fascia of the 1968 GTO may have been the most dramaticGTO produced. The styling, options and performance got PontiacMotor Trend's Car of the Year Award in 1968.See All Facts and Figures1964 -1970...

1964-70 GTO vs. 2004-2006 Continued

Icon or pretender? Which one was the best at what they did? Which one would you own as a daily driver?GTO: '64 versus '04 - Can they be Compared? Continued - The muscle car era GTO is iconic, known throughout the world, and venerated by many, but the reissue from 2004...

The Ford FE Series V-8

The Ford “FE” big block got its nomenclature from the realignment of the Divisions at Ford for 1958. “FE” stands for “Ford-Edsel” which were the vehicles where it was intended to be used. The truck version was revered to as the “FT” engine. The huge V-8 that was developed for Lincoln was an entirely different design and was set at 383-410-430 CID (and later 462 CID) and called the “MEL” block. It was used in Edsel Citation, Mercury, and Lincoln lines.

Ford Fairlane Grows Up in 1966

What’s a shock tower and why was this important? Ford, who called themselves “the Total Performance Brand”, was caught napping. On the track, they were going head to head with the Mopar Hemi, on the street, their 427 big car was perceived as the be all end all in stop light performance. But the appearance  of the GTO and the rest of the GM brand’s response in 1965 was to put a 400 CID V-8 in a mid size car.

2005-2023 Chrysler Hemi

The 2005 - 2023 Hemi powerplant can be seen as one of the most successful engines, being in continuous production for 18 years.Here it is in cutaway in original non-Chrysler 300 dress courtesy of David Kimble.The 2005-2023 Chrysler Hemi   The 2005-2023 Chrysler...

2005-2023 Chrysler 300 Facts

This section contains our collected Facts on the 2005 - 2023 Chrysler 300. Click on each image to see what we've collected.2005 - 2023 Chrysler 300 Facts Click on the image below to select the fact sheet for that year.
1987 Buick Regal Facts Specifications Information Data

More on the Buick Grand National

Learn about the evolution of the Buick Grand National from 1982-1987, starting with the debut of the charcoal gray Regal in 1982 to the final production of the “1987½ Buick Grand National.” In 1984, the Grand National was released in all black paint, and in 1986, the air-air intercooler boosted performance to 235 HP @ 4000 RPM and 330 lb⋅ft of torque @ 2400 RPM. With the option of Turbo power across the board, turbo Regals reached their peak in popularity in 1987, with a total of 27,590 produced.

1987 Buick Regal Facts Specifications Information Data

Buick Grand National & GNX – Could They Compete with the 1970 Stage 1?

The 1987 3.8L Turbo Grand National. Was it a match for the Stage 1? Let's find out via "back in the day" tests.The Buick Grand National and GNXversus the 1970 Stage 1Hopefully, we won't start a fight with this story. For years, the holy grail of Buick performance has...
hopping two cylinders from the Buick Aluminum V-8 may have seemed simple, but it was way more complex than that.

How the Buick V-6 Came to be and Why it Lasted So Long

Learn about the history and design of the Buick V-6 engine from 1962 to 1987. Discover how it was derived from the Buick V8, and became the first V-6 in an American car. Understand the differences between the odd-fire and even-fire configurations, and how the engine evolved over the years. Explore the advantages of the on-center bore spacing of the later engines, and how it improved performance.

1987 Regal Grand National CX5605-0062R copy| Image Credit: General Motors

Buick Grand National & GNX – Performance from an Economy V-6

Discover the origins of the powerful Buick Grand National and GNX, which started out as an economy V-6 engine developed from a Buick Aluminum V-8. Learn about the evolution of the Buick Regal, from personal luxury coupe to full model line and how the Grand National was born from the Regal. Find out how the Grand National and GNX made their mark in NASCAR racing and became iconic performance cars.

The Crown – Part Two

Part Two | When we last left off, the M-335 V-8 was installed in the Crown Victoria and all the running gear was hooked up. The first run up of the engine happened on the day before Christmas eve, so little happened until after the Holiday. My gift from my parents that year was a floor shift conversion kit from a company called Ansen and $25 in cash.

The 1965 Mustang Convertible and 289 “Hi-Po” - image courtesy of ford heritage vault

The Hi Po 289 CID V-8 and Shelby’s Mods

The Mustang 289 CID High-Performance V-8 (“Hi-Po”) developed 271 horsepower. It’s weight per horsepower was less than two pounds, an excellent figure, as lighter, more powerful engines helped not only straight line performance but handling as well. The horsepower per cubic inch of displacement of 0. 95 was close to the the 1960s benchmark of 1.0 set earlier by the original 1957 283 CID fuel injected Corvette V-8.

All About the 2024 Mustang

All About the 2024 Mustang DETROIT, Sept. 14, 2022 – Ford once again sounds a wake-up call for sports car lovers around the world with the introduction of the all-new Ford Mustang. The seventh generation is the most exhilarating and visceral yet, from its fighter...

The 2024 Mustang – Does It Keep The Theme Alive?

The 2024 Mustang - Does It Keep The Theme Alive?The Mustang and its Evolution Cars have changed big time since the day “The Unexpected” Mustang was introduced in April of 1964. The original car was "unexpected", not because it was a huge departure in engineering,...

Mustang Evolution

See All Facts and Figures - 1964-1965 MustangBonus - 2024 Mustang All Facts and FiguresCars have changed big time since the day “The Unexpected” Mustang was introduced in April of 1964. The original car was...

Juxtaposition – Comparing the Datsun 240Z with the New Nissan Z

The 2023 Nissan Z or the 1970 Datsun 240Z Which is better? Or Can they even be compared?Juxtaposition: the 2023 Nissan “Z” (RZ34) vs. the 1970 Datsun 240Z Does the new Z fill the same gap that the original 240Z did – or is it just another 21st Century sporty car?...
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