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May 2019

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bangin’ gears

GET OFF THE PORCH!If you told me 40 years ago that we would be buying water in plastic bottles instead of drinking it free out of a glass—and paying more for it than premium gasoline—I’d have said you were crazy. And yet, here we are. Spoiled by the purity and instant gratification that bottled water provides, we find the ordinary tap and drinking glass far too austere—too third-world-ish—for our pampered lives.I wish I was the guy who invented bottled water (I certainly think I’m smart enough to invent something like that), but it was Nathaniel C. Wyeth, a mechanical engineer for DuPont, who figured out the chemistry needed to make plastic strong enough in 1973. A single a ha moment is all it took for Wyeth to come up with…

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advanced fuel dynamics

By now, everybody knows about ethanol and E85. If you don’t, it’s time you caught up with the rest of the world. A majority of pump fuel sold at the corner gas station now contains 10-percent ethanol, and that’s a good thing. There are also late-model vehicles sold under the heading of flex-fuel cars and SUVs that are adaptable to various percentages of gasoline blended with ethanol. The most popular fuel is E85, which is the shorthand description for 85-percent ethanol and 15-percent gasoline. Until recently, that was the commonly held definition.Today, the U.S. Department of Energy defines E85 as actually any blend of 51- to 83-percent ethanol with gasoline. This is required because winter blends of E85 generally contain greater percentages of gasoline to allow easier starting in cold…

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presto resto

Many of us tend to just deal with sloppy suspension bits until there is no choice but to replace them, but when the car is owned by your almost 17-year-old son, you want to make sure everything is in top shape. Such is the case with the 1969 Mustang Coupe we have here. This particular car has a rebuilt straight-six, rebuilt C4 transmission, and needs just about everything else. Before we get to the interior and rust repair, we need the car to move safely under its own power, and part of that is taking care of the sloppy suspension.We could have opted to keep the original control arms and replaced the ball joints and bushing, but Moog makes this so much simpler with its total replacement parts that come…

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alignment alliance

A wheel alignment can seem like black magic. Words like “caster,” “camber,” and “toe” are enough to deter anyone from delving any further in to the topic. And if you walk into any modern repair garage that provides alignment services, you’ll likely find a large computer-operated system boasting laser-guided precision that seemingly requires a master’s degree to operate, not to mention a menu board with a price to match. No wonder wheel alignments seem mysterious!What exactly is wheel alignment? In simplest terms, it’s the physical relationship that the front suspension has with the road surface via the wheels and tires. By making the wheel and tire’s contact point with the frame adjustable, the caster, camber, and toe settings can be altered to ensure maximum handling, stability, and controllability are always…

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door prize

Replacing door panels on most cars with reproductions is usually a simple operation: you unbox the replacement, maybe transfer some of the original trim, and pop it on the door—usually, no more than a 30-minute deal. The GM A-body door panel is unique, however, as most reproductions require reusing the stamped-steel upper base. This upper base is not reproduced, leaving you to source one if you don’t have the original door panels.One of the common problems with these upper bases is they were made with raw, unpainted steel, so they tend to rust out, particularly on the ends where moisture collects under the vinyl upholstery. While there are some fully assembled door panels available for GM A-body cars, these use a thermoformed plastic upper base, which is bulkier than the…

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project hunk-o-junk

You will remember that our series started out with this Mark VI 454 BBC fresh from the wrecking yard.In Part 1 of our Hunk-o-Junk big-block, we located and liberated a 1997-vintage Mark VI 454 from a 1-ton Suburban (4WD, no less). The Mark VI (aka Gen 6) was easy to distinguish from its Mark V and Mark IV brethren, as it featured long-runner, multi-port fuel injection. This compares to throttle-body injection for the Mark V and simple carburetion for the majority of the Mark IV motors. Though we planned to ditch the injection on the Mark VI, the 7.4L 454 had a number of other desirable features. A trait shared with the previous Mark V, every Mark VI block featured very desirable four-bolt mains. Given our eventual plans for this…

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