Author Archive: Larry Kelsey

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Hurst Olds 1969 HO
Recently frame-off restored numbers matching limited production 1969 Hurst Oldsmobile. This is car is #337 in the Hurst Old’s Registry of 912 built and has documentation. The previous owner has included a photo album of the restoration process of this great Muscle Car.

In 1969 GM had decided that the largest engine which would be allowed in the mid-size car line would be limited to 400 cubic inches, Oldsmobile got around this by having Hurst Performance install a W-46 455 cubic inch/380 horsepower/500 pounds of torque engine in just 914 of these cars.

All of the cars were 2 door coupes with the exception of a couple of convertibles, all were white with “Firefrost Gold” accent stripes, and a very distinctive special functional dual-snout air scoop, a large rear spoiler, special Hurst badges, TH400 automatic transmission with a Hurst dual gate shifter, black vinyl bucket [...]

Published on Mar 26, 2015

On this episode of HOT ROD Garage, presented by Lincoln Tech, we jump back into the suspension of our EBC Brakes 2005 Mustang GT, with a complete handling package from Ford Performance Racing including full front strut assemblies, sway bars, pan- hard bar, and more. We also install and explain why the addition of caster/camber plates and a strut tower brace is easy and extremely beneficial towards this application.

At the end of it all, we take the EBC Brakes Mustang back to the Autocross and see how much of an improvement we made this time.

HOT ROD Garage appears every fourth Thursday on the Motor Trend channel.
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Russ McLean held many different positions in his career at General Motors, but none may be as historically significant as his time in the mid-1990s working on the Corvette team.

With GM in transition, the company had decided to shut down Corvette production to focus on other more popular models.

“They told me to let the car die,” McLean, of Rochester Hills, said. “I wouldn’t do that.”

McLean recognizes the decision to discontinue the iconic sports car was strictly business and intended to strengthen the company financially.

“They weren’t thinking about five years ahead, they were thinking about survival today,” he said.

Bob Bubnis, editor of America’s Sportscar, a publication of the National Corvette Museum, confirmed the company considered ending the Corvette on multiple occasions.

“The people up top were saying ‘let’s let it die,’ ” Bubnis said. “Lots of key people who loved Corvettes kept the program going.

McLean and others worked diligently in [...]

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Standing by his ’60 survivor with 11,870 miles on the odometer, Gary Skinner told us, “I rode in it when it was brand-new. The owner put it up in 1968 and didn’t drive it again.” All the while, Skinner waited for his chance. He grew up with the original owner Ed Graye, a schoolteacher from the little town of West Frankfort, Illinois.

“He ordered the car just the way he wanted it, with the big, fuel-injected 283 and three-speed manual instead of the four-speed ’cause he wanted to drag race it.” Of course, drag racing in those days didn’t translate to just the strip. “Just local stuff, out on the blacktop. We didn’t have dragstrips back then,” Skinner remarked. After about two weeks Graye realized [...]

The 1954 Chrysler New Yorker Deluxe now belongs to David Cutler of Newport Beach. But it was his mother who purchased it new about 60 years ago. NICK AGRO, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

“It’s a member of the family that lives in the garage” is the way David Cutler of Newport Beach describes his restored 1954 Chrysler New Yorker Deluxe convertible. And with good reason. His mother bought the car new in 1954 and it’s been in the family ever since.

“I can remember when Mother first bought it, I said ‘When you’re through with it can I have it?’” Cutler, 80, recalls.

Mom agreed to let Cutler have the car, but it took a while for him to gain possession. After his mother used it for some years, the car was loaned to a relative who used it for several more years while the odometer rolled past [...]

Fahrenheit Z06: The Maximum Operating Temperatures for the Corvette Z06 Are InsaneFrom the March 2015 issue of Car and Driver

Fahrenheit Z06: The Maximum Operating Temperatures for the Corvette Z06 Are Insane!  The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 posts some impressive performance numbers thanks to its 650-hp, 6.2-liter supercharged V-8. It also posts some impressive BTUs. A byproduct of that flame-breathing engine is heat, and lots of it, generated ­primarily by combustion, friction, and intake-air compression. These and other factors, such as the low hoodline and pinched frontal openings demanded by stylists and aero engineers, contribute to the complex thermal-management task faced by engineers working on nearly all of this car’s varied subsystems. To assure that the Z06’s maximum performance is attended by minimal risk of failure, GM p­erformed heat-related stress analysis and modeling, [...]


Bricks like this one came from a Flint General Motors factory that was demolished more than a decade ago and are being sold to benefit the National Corvette Museum.

FLINT, MI — The Flint factory where the first few Corvettes were built fell to the wrecking ball in 2003, but for $25, you can still own a certified piece of that historic plant.

The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Kentucky, has been selling bricks from the small production facility that was located just north of the Flint Assembly Plant on VanSlyke Road for several years. A museum spokeswoman said there are plenty remaining.

Twenty-five-dollar bricks come with an engraved, numbered plate and certificate of authenticity, signed by officials for the museum.

For just $5, buyers can get Flint stones without the commemorative plates, and the museum’s Web site says special prices are available for [...]

MuseumOne year ago at 5:38 a.m. (Feb. 12, 2014), a giant sinkhole opened up and swallowed 8 rare and historically important Corvettes at the National Corvette Museum. The sinkhole measured about 40 feet wide and 30 feet deep and opened beneath the Skydome where a total of 25 cars were displayed.

The event garnered worldwide media attention, including The New York Times and BBC, putting the museum on the international stage. Security camera footage showing the floor’s collapse has been viewed about 8.4 million times on YouTube, visits to the museum increased 66 percent this year and revenue grew by 71 percent, according to the museum. Several visitors throughout the year said they hadn’t heard of the NCM until the sinkhole.

The cars were removed one by one and the damage was assessed. Sadly, only 3 are able to be restored (the 2009 ZR1 Blue [...]

General Motors 650 horsepower 6.2-liter LT4 V8 used in the 2015 Corvette Z06 is built at its Tonawanda Engine Plant in, you guessed it, Tonawanda, New York. The facility is also responsible for assembling its EcoTec3 4.3-liter V6, EcoTec3 5.3- and 6.2-liter V8s, Ecotec 2.0- and 2.5-liter four-cylinders and the 6.2-liter LT1 V8. Speed Academy recently took a trip to the plant, and of all the engine build processes they could have documented, they unsurprisingly chose the LT4.

The beginning of the LT4 build process starts when the machined block is treated by a special CNC machine. Then the pistons, rods, crankshaft and other key components are installed by hand, followed by the valvetrain, and of course, the 1.7-liter supercharger.

Speed Academy’s short documentary below explains the whole LT4 build process better than we ever could, so check it out below if you have 11 minutes to spare.

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