Hemmings Muscle Machines December 2016

Each issue is packed with photos & coverage of American Muscle Cars from the 60's through today.

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12 Issues

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5 min
mind over metal

“The thing was, back in the early ’80s, we thought there weren’t many muscle cars left, and that the ones we were seeing were all rare treasures ...” Last week I caught up with an old friend from the “old neighborhood” back in the New York suburbs. We’ve both had the gearhead bug since childhood, so talk soon turned to cars from back in the day, with recollections of specific cars from that time and place. Soon we were shooting references back and forth, each one seeming to trigger another. The thing was, back in the early ’80s, we thought there weren’t many muscle cars left, and that the ones we were seeing were all rare treasures, which seems a bit laughable viewed from today’s perspective — local muscle cars were far…

2 min
production line

A LITTLE T/A The Dodge Challenger’s desire to resolutely revisit every facet of 1970 continues unabated with the Challenger T/A. It comes in three flavors: T/A, T/A Plus and T/A 392. Yes, we know that the SCCA limited displacement to five liters in the Trans-Am class; recall that Mopar’s homologation specials had 340-cube V-8s, so they weren’t quite track-legal either. As you might expect from a car borrowing from its road-racing history, Dodge has fortified the T/A with its Super Track Pak. The suspension has been lowered by half an inch, and includes Bilstein shocks, high-performance brake lining, a three-mode stability-control system that can be turned off completely, and grippier 20-inch rubber on forged-aluminum wheels. (Unlike on the original T/A, the tires are the same size front to rear.) A brand-new hood features a…

3 min

FIRST 200 MPH STUDEBAKER-POWERED STUDEBAKER HEADED TO MCACN Andy Granatelli couldn’t do it. Though he named his twin-supercharged Avanti the Due Cento for his 200 MPH goal, all he could muster at Bonneville in 1963 was 196 and some hundredths. The goal seemed even further out of sight when Studebaker exited the car business, but one marque enthusiast made the goal a reality 30 years later, and now the Avanti Ron Hall used to run 200 MPH will go on display at this year’s Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals MCACN. With the help of friends and fellow enthusiasts, Hall and his team managed to put together a 1963 Avanti powered by a 304-cu. in. Studebaker V-8, topped with one Paxton SN92 supercharger and good for up to 630 horsepower. The team topped…

3 min

FORD BLUE VINTAGE COOLER CJ Pony Parts • www.cjponyparts.com • $149.95 As collectors of old cars, we appreciate vintage styling. We’re drawn to the durability, simplicity and boldness that is often inherent to not just automobiles but to all kinds of objects of the era before plastics were primary materials and planned obsolescence undermined engineering. And this all-metal cooler, offered by CJ Pony Parts in blue powder coat and embossed with the Ford oval logo, appeals to us for just this reason. Fabricated of rust-resistant zinc steel, it reproduces both the look and the build quality of the portable ice boxes so commonly found midcentury in the trunks of cars bound for beaches and drag strips alike. At five gallons and measuring 18 inches x 8.75 inches x 12 inches, this cooler is…

9 min
lansing lightning

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love, said Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius in his immortal Meditations. As a Stoic, Aurelius espoused natural order, professed moderation in all things, and believed that actions spoke louder than words. And so, despite the idea that machinery is not necessarily in keeping with that natural order, and the ’66 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 W-30 on these pages certainly not in keeping with the temperate nature that defined the Stoics, we suspect the noble Roman would still have rather enjoyed himself being strapped in for a ride. Moderation was not really Oldsmobile’s milieu. Ritzier than a Pontiac, but not quite up to Buick levels of snootiness, the Oldsmobile was solidly middle…

2 min
1966 oldsmobile 4-4-2 w-30 360 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm

SPECIFICATIONS PRICE Base price . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,965 ENGINE Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oldsmobile tall-deck “second-generation” OHV V-8, cast-iron block and cylinder heads Displacement . . . . . . . . . . 400 cubic inches Bore x stroke . . . . . . . . . . . 4.00 inches x 3.975 inches Compression ratio . . . . . . . 10.5:1 Horsepower @ RPM . . . . . 360 @ 5,000 Torque @ RPM. . . . . . . . . . 440-lb.ft. @ 3,600 Valvetrain. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hydraulic valve lifters Main bearings . . . . .…