Where does the term “F Body” come from?
Where does the term “F Body” come from?
What are the practical differences between the 1966/1967 street HEMI and later versions? I have a 66 HEMI block that I am looking to have built for a non-numbers 69 Coronet R/T. The heads have never been of of the engine and it seems to run well. Trying to decide whether to simply clean it up or tear it down and stuff it full of upgraded components.
Some of early the ’66 cylinder blocks were weak. Beyond that the bottom ends were all identical.
In ’68, the cam specs were upgraded – still flat tappet.
In 1970, the cam specs were changed again — similar timing events to ’68-69, but now hydraulic.
1971 Hemis had a hand choke.
And that’s about it, no other sigifiicant changes 1966-’71.
I have a 1974 Dodge Dart Swinger with 38,000 original miles, from Nevada. The body has no rust and the car is very clean. I was wondering what it’s worth.
Did all 79 T/A’s come with a bird on the hood from the factory? I’m a 2nd owner of a 79 T/A that did not have a bird.
None of the 79 TAs came standard with the Hood bird except 10th Anniversary and SE Bandits, all others the Hood Bird was an option, if you didnt check the Box, you didnt get a Hood Bird, but the sail panel Birds, 2 Fender and Deck Lid Trans Am Decals were Standard and you could not deleted, side note: as i was ordering my 1978 Black Trans Am, i was 20 years old and thought i wanted that clean look, so i ordered my TA without Hood Bird and remember asking the salesman if it could be ordered without all the name tags, answer was no, they were standard, ( i ended up buying 78 Gold Special edition that came in before my Black one, i was very anxious), thanks for the question, Rick McLaughlin
I bought a ‘62 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster that was in FL in August that hadn’t been running for about 20 yrs. I brought it to a classic car restorer at Wild Creek Auto Restoration in LeCenter MN to get it running again. I paid him $2500 to start work. However, he’s had it since mid Sept and really hasn’t done anything. Do you have any suggestions, or know of anyone in MN that might be able to help get it running again? Thanks
I can understand your frustration. There are many fine shops out there that are great at what they do, but many of those same shops seem to find it difficult to plan and execute to a schedule. As well, it’s tough to find quality labor these days-all of the older guys are retired or retiring. The RKM Performance Center (www.RKMPerformanceCenter.com) can get the job done for you, quickly and expertly. If you would like to email me directly: joseph.carroll@RKMotorsCharlotte.com. Good luck with your project.
TA sail panel to roof panel lead seam
I believe Restorers try to make them TOO Perfect, for instance, the waves along the tops of the doors and these lead seams you are referring to should be left alone, this is how they were made , but if you do want to smooth out the Lead seam, i would grind out (with muleskinner) some of the lead and simply Duraglass it, thanks for the Question, Rick McLaughlin
The SD 455 Trans Am contained the largest engine ever put in a pony car. Why do the performance stats not reflect that?
Have you ever heard of a 1991 ZAIKER? A friend’s dad recently passed and she’s looking to sell one. Any ideas on what its worth?
Because less than ten of these were built, most people have never heard of a Zaiker. As a fiberglass kit car built on a 1991 Mustang chassis, the value is going to be limited. I would estimate $15K-$18K. What creates value in the future is personal experience with a car in the past and there are few fond recollections out there of driving one’s 1991 Zaiker on a hot summer night. Still, this is a very cool design and I would like to meet the guy who had the guts to draw it up and build it!
How many Acid Dipped Super Stock Dodges were produced?
Lightweight Dodges and Plymouths were built from ’63 thru ’65. They use an assortment of weight-reduction techniques, including acid dipped fenders and bumpers. Some were also aluminum. Some K-members were thin-gauge stainless steel (this was unsuccessful — they failed). Some bracing (esp. underhood) was omitted.
Some of these cars were built as Super Stockers, some with AWB for A/FX and early funny car apps. If someone has a records as to exactly which cars were built with which components, I’m not aware of it.
My 1979 TA 400 4 speed is 100% stock and underpowered. What are best mods to squeeze more HP out of the car?
What is your all-time favorite Mopar and why?
Depends on the mood I’m in – that’s why I have a garage full of ‘em. If I’m out to embarrass (and fry) rice, I’ll take my ‘99 Neon ACR, which is shod with Auto-X type tires — a G-machine of the first order. But I’m sure that’s not what you wanted to hear!
I am partial to any A-body and ‘62-’72 B-bodies. The lighter and tauter the better. Styling means very little to me. Performance — all facets, not just straight-line — is everything.
When the weather turns to s**t, there’s nothing I’d rather be in but an XJ (boxy Cherokee).
But enough dancing around. I think if I had to pick one dead-stock Mopar, and one only, it would be a ’62 Polara 500 convertible, 361.
I am searching for a big block K member for a 1967 A body and getting nowhere. Can you recommend a solution?
First of all, ’67 A-body K-members were lousy — they used the stud-type idler arm arrangement. So, at the least, look for a ’68-69. BB K.
Mopar Performance offered (past tense!) a later K-member (’73-up) with mounts for a big block. This was a much better setup, it used the double-shear (thru-bolt) idler arm, better swaybar setup, and a much better engine mount design: The spool-type, which were fail safe. These pop up on eBay occasionally.
There are some guys who take ‘73-up K’s and make virtual re-pops of the MP unit, too. Or you can do this yourself.
The final option is to do nothing, just bolt it in with Schumacher’s conversion mount kits (see www.engine-swaps.com). Schumacher also offers (shown) a kit for use with the much-improved ‘73-up SB K-member. That’s what I’d use.
I own a 1999 Plymouth Prowler with 3300 original miles and completely stock. What’s it worth?
We’ve seen consistent upward price movement on the Plymouth & Chrysler Prowlers over the past 3 years, at both our retail operation and in the auction environment. The Prowler is a unique car-a factory build hot rod, with unique styling and character. Although the Prowler is a bit under-powered and has little cargo space, they are perfect cruise night machines. I would value your Prowler at $35,000.00 and trending upward, which is unusual for a car built only 13 years ago. This bodes well for future value and is a great car to hang onto. One recommendation: drive it more often!
Rick, what makes the 1973-1974 SD 455 so special?
The Super Duty engine is Actually a Hand Assembled Race Engine on the Assembly line, Extremely Special when you consider that 1973 was the Biggest cut in Horsepower due to EPA restrictions, Pontiac was able to get this engine passed on emmisions in Fall of 1972 for the 73 production, but soon Lost that approval when EPA found out what they did to get it passed, so they had to start all over again and finally in the spring of 73 was able to pass, so this is why only 252 SD TAs made it into production in 1973 and only 943 in 1974, this is why these cars bring a Premium in the Market place, thanks for the question, Rick Mclaughlin
I’ve read that the Chrysler 426 Street Wedge motor had a tendency to fail if it was used hard. Fact or fiction?
The 426-S was little more than a 413 cu. in. “station wagon” engine with an overbore. Contrary to common misconception, it shares almost nothing (except dimensions) with the Max Wedge (Ramcharger and Super Stock) engines.
If unmodified, and not run out of oil, it could be hammered mercilessly with zero problems — unlike many competing Detroit offerings of the day, it had a drop-forged steel crankshaft and con rods, high-nickel cylinder block, etc.
If, however, it was highly modified, especially mods that increased RPM potential (solid cam, mainly) it could suffer the same fate as any other mechanical implement stressed beyond the original design parameters.
So, as I said: It depends.
I have a 1957 Mercury I want to restore. Is there a good shop in Las Vegas that could be recommended?
Are the 73-77 Grand Prix collectable? If so would would I expect to pay for a restored or a survivor
The 1973-1977 Pontiac Grand Prix has a strong following and there are always more buyers than cars available. These are great cars to drive and easy to maintain. Because they are still relatively inexpensive, it’s rare to see one get restored, so your most likely car is a nice low mile original. Depending on drive-train and color combination, you can expect to pat anywhere from $8K-$20K to a rust-free original or lightly restored car. In 2009, we found a 4,900 original mile 1974 Grand Prix SJ for a customer and the price tag was $20,000.00. He then paid us to perform a light cosmetic restoration and detailing of the car. Here is a link to that car and good luck with your search: http://www.rkmotorscharlotte.com/pc/completed_restorations#!/1974-Pontiac-Grand-Prix-SJ/131568
Was the Bandit Trans Am a California edition with the Olds 455 or from another production?
Bandit, simply means its an Authenric SE Special Edition Trans Am, because that is what the movie car was, now as far as the engine, in 1977 the the 403 Olds made its first appearance in the TA because the 400 engine would not pass their emmisions, you could get any drivetrain you wanted in the SE Bandit, the SE package was simply decor trim Pkg, now as far as the Movie Car, it was a W72 / 400 / auto/ Y82 SE Special Edition Trans Am ( with a couple 4 spd exceptions in the movie), side note; i was about to get out of Marine Corp late Summer 77 in San Diego , i stopped in to local Pontaic dealer to buy Black one sitting on Showroom, but quickly found out you could only get the 403 olds engine, so i waited till a got to TX to buy one, (i was goin there to work temporaroly in my brothers painting company, before goin back to my home town in SE Ohio), so experienced the CA restrictions first hand, thanks for your Question, Rick McLaughlin