The Chevrolet Vega has a very colorful history. It was designed to replace the Corvair as the brand’s economy car. During its seven years of production, two million Vegas were built. Drag racers liked the Vega because it was lightweight and a small-block V8 fit easily, giving it a great power-to-weight ratio. Read More “David Carroll’s 1973 Chevrolet Vega”
Don’t let Joel Grannas hear you say automatics are faster than stick shifts. He won’t shout at you or pound a fist on a table, though. Joel has been drag racing his manual-transmission equipped Toyota Supra for years, and he will just pull out a small slip of paper for you to read.
While drag racing during an event at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida, in May 2020, Joel fired off the first-ever 6-second pass by an H-pattern–shifted car: 6.90 e.t. at 194.77 mph.Read More “First H-Pattern Manual Transmission to Break Into the 6s in Drag Racing”
In the TREMEC Customer Spotlight series, this is probably the most unique vehicle to date – and the first from American Motors Company. Let’s face it: who builds a 1975 AMC Gremlin? But in the hands of young builder, Jacob Griffin, the plain and ordinary became unique and stunning. Read More “TREMEC Customer Spotlight – Jacob Griffin’s 1975 AMC Gremlin Named Mogwai”
How high can the bar be raised when it comes to building a custom car? One would think at some point a limit would be reached. But not when the builders are Ringbrothers. Their most recent project car has raised the bar again: the 1969 Chevy Camaro called Valkyrja (ancient Norse spelling of Valkyrie), unveiled at the 2019 SEMA Show. It brought home the SEMA 2019 Battle of the Builders award in a field of stunningly crafted automotive creations. It’s no surprise that a frequent star attraction in many Ringbrothers builds is a TREMEC transmission. Read More “Ringbrothers 1969 Camaro Valkyrja Wins SEMA Battle of the Builders”
Nineteen years ago, Mike Niehaus found his dream car sitting on the lot at a Pontiac dealership in Columbus, Ohio. It wasn’t a new Trans Am, but a nicely kept 1986 Ford Mustang GT. As Mustang enthusiasts know, 1986 was the last year for the “four-eyed” Fox-body and the first year for the enduring 5.0 H.O.
Despite the seemingly low rating of 200 horsepower, the 1986 GT had great potential. The roller-cam–equipped 5.0-liter delivered nice torque, go-fast aftermarket parts were readily available and the Fox-body was also very light weight. Read More “TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout Winner, Mike Niehaus’s 1986 Ford Mustang GT”
Traditional thinking is that the last vehicle you’d want to build for handling challenges and autocrosses was a vintage truck. Trucks are beasts of burden or off-road toys. Their roles don’t involve going around corners at high speed, maneuvering a slalom course or feeling anything remotely like a sports car. But in 2019, we live in a very different world, and transforming a vintage truck into a pro touring stud is a great way to stand apart from all the Camaros, Mustangs and others common cars at these events. Read More “A Cone-Dodging Dodge D100 Pickup”
Since the 1960s, a horsepower war has been waged between the Big Three. Sure, it took a nap during the 1970s and 1980s, but the past 10 years has seen the battle wage on in epic proportions. And performance automotive enthusiast are the clear victors!
In addition to rolling out cars with unbelievable power levels, companies have also upped their crate-engine offerings. Crate engines are big business, as more car-builders want to use factory-built new engines instead of having something built. Read More “Mopar 1968 Super Charger Concept is TREMECequipped”
The 1996 SVT Cobra Mustang was a groundbreaking machine that ushered in the era of DOHC performance for Ford. The 305-horsepower mod-motor Cobra provided a huge jump in performance over the 215-horsepower Mustang GT. It could rev cleanly to 7,000 rpm and sounded amazing, and a good pilot could row the gears into the mid-13s. Under the hood sat the beautiful, all-aluminum 4.6L engine with high-flow induction that was ripe for boost. Read More “TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout Winner, Yandro Ulloa’s 1996 SVT Cobra Mustang”
For several years, the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association has worked with industry partners to build a custom vehicle as a giveaway. The build is always something special. The type of vehicle has varied over the years, from street rods to muscle cars, built in different styles. Whatever the make or model of the vehicle chosen, the result is a superb machine that turns heads and delivers performance.Read More “TREMEC Customer Spotlight – The Goodguys 2019 GRT-100 Giveaway Truck”
These are strange and bold times. Crate engines with 750-or-more horsepower are available for anyone to buy. Gas prices have stabilized to a tolerable level. Nearly any car can have a modern manual transmission. And people are actually building Laguna body-style Chevrolets into cool cars. Chevrolet Performance debuted a 1973 Malibu at the 2018 SEMA Show showcasing its new LT5 crate engine and providing an example of just how cool this body style can be.
Yes, you read that right, the word “cool” in the same sentence as “Laguna body-style Chevrolets.” Read More “TREMEC Customer Spotlight – Chevrolet Performance’s 1973 Malibu”