Four Gears, Slicks Out Back, Hemi Out Front, 1966 Dodge Charger, ‘Merica.

1966 Hemi Charger_1 Oh no. This is definitely not the car on your childhood-bedroom wall poster. This is a lime green, slick-carrying, clutch-smashing, elephant-filled UNICORN,  covered from head to tail in grime, and it does. not. even. care! This car doesn’t have time for soapy water-spritzing because it’s too busy tearing through 4-GEARS and pulling the front wheels through the grocery store parking lot! If this Dodge were an animal, it would be a woolly mammoth with t-rex teeth, chainsaws for hands, and the fearlessness of a honey badger. If this Dodge were coffee and a pastry, IT WOULDN’T BE, because it doesn’t have time for lazy mornings! ‘Merica!

Okay, get serious for a moment please.  Let us assume that this delicious limey 1966 Dodge Charger is a matching number, Hemi, 4-speed car, and it is one of only about 250 ever built. Fancy math will tell you that the value of this vehicle is somewhere between a billion and a trillion dollars at a Barrett Jackson auction. That said, the monetary value of this car is of little importance in my eyes. That is not the reason that this car caught my attention and captured my imagination. All of the little imperfections, character, and wear are what make this car perfect. At 425 horsepower and 490 foot pounds of torque, this has essentially the most potent drivetrain ever installed into a production car, and it appears to be getting used like it was intended.  It isn’t sitting atop a turn table with mirrors underneath it and glimmering chrome brake rotors. Nope. It is carrying a pair of slicks in the trunk and rowing gears down back roads like it should be.  There is not any aspect of this car that I would change if it were mine. It could easily be left in a grocery story parking lot with little stress of paint chips and dents.  It could then be taken to the track to hand out smiles and crush dreams. I can’t say for sure that this car is an original survivor, but given the sum of its components, it is undoubtedly unlike the rest.

Monday Morning Interview With Ryan Blaney About His Week In Kentucky

We were able to sit down and chat with Ryan Blaney on Monday morning about his week in Kentucky.

Ryan challenged Kyle Busch for the lead during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, and brought home a top five finish in both the truck series and the Nationwide series.

 


AutoTrader.com Dukes of Hazzard Commercial

While getting my nightly fix of gear head TV, this AutoTrader.com Dukes of Hazzard commercial suddenly appeared before my eyes.

As a guy that grew up watching Bo and Luke Duke shoot a bow and arrow out of the window of an orange 69 Dodge Charger while out-running the law , it was great to see the old general at it again!

 

Can Dale Jr. Win Again In Michigan

Dale Earnhardt’s win in Pocono last week marked his second win this season, it also marks the first time in ten years that Dale Jr. has had more than one win in a season.

With about ten-ta-go!, Dale Jr. laid the hammer down and passed Brad Keselowski who was having and issue with a piece of debris on the front of his car at the time. The 88 took full advantage of the situation, got to the front and was able to pedal the throttle once the nose of his Chevy has some clean air to to breath.

  Restarts were downright crazy, as we saw the pack go 4 and 5 wide in an attempt to gain track position. It seemed as though if you could get your car out front, it was hard for the cars that were behind you in the dirty air to gain ground and pass.

The boys will be in Michigan this weekend which also happens to be a track that Dale Jr. runs very well at. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the 88 get a back-to-back win this weekend.

Photo Source: Hendrick Motorsports

United States Postal Service Releases Limited-Edition Hot Rods Forever Stamp

Americans have always been fascinated with souping-up and hot rodding cars. To honor this tradition, the U.S. Postal Service has decided to release a limited-edition Hot Rods Forever Stamp.

The stamps were unveiled on Friday June 6th at the National Street Rod Association (NSRA) Nationals East plus Conference in York, PA. Each of the stamps feature a 32 Ford “Deuce” roadster.

Barry Meguiar, a lifelong hot rod enthusiast and owner of “Meguiar’s Car Wax”,  helped to unveil the new stamps that can now be purchased through the U.S. Post Office.

We were invited to do an interview with Barry of Friday, where he told us a little bit about these new stamps and also took a few questions from blog hosts Tony and Jeremy.

 

1A Auto June 2014 Forum Member Pic of the Month

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Cruising The Forums With 1ATony

 

While hanging out on the RamForum.com, this 67 Volkswagen Beetle caught my eye. It belongs to member  Axemann030773. There’s something about these old bugs that just jump out at yah and grab your attention. Here are a few details about this pretty cool ride.

Code name “Lorenzo Bandini”  he’s a type1 1967 Volkswagen bug. 1500cc 4 speed,slammed with EMPI steering,suspension,body,and interior mods as well as SCAT engine and transmission mods.

Great job on the Bug!

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Cruising The Forums With 1ATony

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While cruising through the forums on my social media adventures, I tend to spot some pretty cool and interesting vehicles throughout the country. So what we’ll do is every month is I’ll pluck a vehicle that to me stands out above the rest.

As a “Car Guy” that’s into vehicles in general, I really enjoy checking out some of the masterpieces, that the forum members have poured their blood sweat and tears into, to create one heck of a ride.

1ATony’s month of May pic for 2014, is Jon’s customized 1964 Chevy truck. He goes by the name Sick Boy on the 67-72chevytrucks.com forum. Man…. does this thing scream COOL!

Here are some of the details that Jon, has sent to us about his ride.

Engine bay
SBC 350 with vortec heads
Edelbrock 600CFM carb
Edelbrock intake manifold
ram horn exhaust
700R4 OD transmission

Interior
Iditit tilt steering column
Autometer gauges “old tyme” in a billet gauge panel
new wiring harness

Suspension
Custom Air Ride set up by Hales Speed Shop
Factory cross-member with plated LCA’s
2″ drop spindles
Firestone air bags
disc brakes
power steering
sway bar
Custom 2-link and C-notch with adjustable PH bar
Firestone air bags 

Still need to finish the interior (seat upholstery) and raise the bed floor to finish this truck.

Very nice truck Jon!

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