This week’s suggestion for your next auto restoration is the 1970 Barracuda.
When it hit the streets, the Barracuda was a HUGE success, even sparking an number of songs about it. Although it kept the sleek lines and smooth contours that gave it it’s original character, the 1970 version’s frame was a good deal larger than in previous models and much wider between the fenders. This allowed it to come equipped with the whopping 440 cubic inch Hemi-big block that Plymouth was famous for if people opted for the performance model, ‘Cuda.
This engine certainly didn’t disappoint people looking for power in 1970 and still doesn’t today! We had a customer come in with one not to long ago and after a chassis dynamometer adjustment it pumped out almost 500 horse power! Pretty ballsy even by today’s standards…
If money isn’t a huge issue when you’re planning for your muscle car restoration, we suggest you try to find the AAR ‘Cuda model. Designed for the Trans-Am circuit, the retail versions came standard with a 320 cubic inch-small block that helped it handle much better around curves than it’s heavier big block counter part. Even with its smaller size, the small block still delivered over 200 horse poewr.
If you’re thinking about starting a muscle car restoration, you can do no wrong by opting for the ’67 Camaro. This baby is pure power, delivering a choice between two six cylinder engines or a 327 cubic inch V8 standard. The six banger was 230 cubic inches and pumped out 140 horse power. The V8 was no slouch either, cranking out 210 horse power. Nice, right?
When it was released in ’67, the Camaro was hugely popular. In fact, between all three available models, it’s sales accounted for almost 3% of all cars sold in the US. The effect still lingers today, as well. It’s one of the top picks among car enthusiasts around the world for their auto restoration projects.
If you want the most bang for your buck, and don’t mind doing a little searching, we suggest choosing the Z28 model for your auto restoration. These guys came with a 302 cubic inch, small block V8 that produced 290 horse power! It was designed to race in the Trans-Am racing series so it included high performance tires, quick ratio steering and power front brakes. The only transmission option was a four-speed, manual shifter.
As a side note, the ’67 Z28 only cost about $3000 during the year of it’s release, while today, a fully restored one will bring get anywhere from $25-$65K!!
It just doesn’t get any better than that…
You hear them before you see them. The roaring motor and beautiful body drives past you and you know that a muscle car restoration is something you gotta do.
The muscle car is a car made by American auto manufacturers. It is a big car with two doors and a huge engine under the hood. The concept was called a ‘hot rod’ and its specialty is to go fast. This is not a high performance car. Its power is its speed and it’s not designed for turns and twists, it’s designed to go fast and straight. If you’re looking for finesse you need to look to the European car makers.
So you found an old standard that you can get for a good price and now you’re ready to live the dream and restore your muscle car, what do you do first? Realize that any kind of auto restoration takes patience, hard work, and money.
Finding a deal on a muscle car is not hard but for what’s to come you will want to find some help. If you are not handy in automotive repairs you might want to find a mechanic that you can not only trust but afford. Labor in these jobs can be very cost prohibitive.
If not, then you need to find a competent and cost-effective mechanic to help. Then you hit the web. Here you will find many groups dedicated to not only muscle cars but to your specific make and model. Get involved with these groups and their forums as their members will help you find what you need.
Then begin the process of obtaining the parts that need to be restored. Find them, buy them, and install them. This can take months to years to come together. But once you have completed muscle car or hot rod restoration you can then be the one others envy as you drive down the street racing your motor.
These days classic cars and trucks are experiencing fresh interest all around the United States, especially around Los Angeles. Auto shops abound that specialize in restoration but for these types of vehicles you want a trustworthy garage. If you want quality, reliable auto restoration, check out Braun’s Automotive in Lomita. They’ve been in business for over 30 years
This weeks muscle car restoration choice is the 1964 Pontiac GTO. Short for “Gran Turismo Omologato”, or Certified Grand Tourer as it translates to English,the GTO was hailed by contemporary car critics as the “GOAT” (Greatest of all time)!
At a time when GM was trying to limit the weight and size of it’s engines in consumer automobiles, Pontiac snuck one by them by offering a massive 389 cubic-inch V8, which delivered 325 hp and 4800 rpms of torque according to chassis dyno performance check done by the manufacturer!
A good reason to opt for a GTO as your next auto restoration project is PERFORMANCE. This baby go go from zero to sixty in only 7.5 seconds which is pretty astounding for 1964. In fact, Car and Driver Magazine claimed it to be just as fast as the Ferrari GTO. (A claim that was pretty controversial back then)
Another factor to consider is cosmetics. This car, like most muscle cars of the mid ’60s, looks AMAZING. There are a few different models floating around out there including a very cool looking convertible like the one featured in the picture above. It doesn’t get any sexier than that!
We’re starting a new feature here at Hot Rod Restoration- Muscle car of the week! We’ll take an in-depth look each installment at a different muscle car that you should consider for your next auto restoration project.
1969 was a landmark year for the Mustang. Ford’s sales were decling in the two previous years so the makers decided to take a long hard look at what they could do to turn it around. They decieded to increase the length of the Mustang by four inches and beef up the model’s look. Also they switched up the look of the headlights, opting for a four light design. Two inside the grill and two outside. It gave the front end a wider look and really ‘beefed’ the car up. This means you earn instant street credit if you restore one of these babies… they just look TOUGH.
If power is a major factor you’re considering in your search for a muscle car rebuild project then look no further. Ford labled the ’69 Ford Mustang “the most powerful Mustang ever”, and it was right on. They came with a V-8 that produced a whopping 360 horsepower. Pretty ballsy even by today’s standards!
The best part about getting one of these bad boys is that they’re easy to work on. Parts are readily accessible and every auto restoration shop in the country will have a mechanic that has done work on a mustang.
Hope you enjoyed this week’s feature. Feel free to drop us a line in the comments below if you have something to add.