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January
Cover Section - Carb vs. EFI: Expert Opinions (Marlan asked the main dudes their opinions and got predictable responses), EFI Swap Debates (There are a ton of kits out there to convert an older car to injection: Here's an explanation of what's what with the most popular systems), 15 New Carb Parts (And we just picked the very newest stuff - there's plenty more out there) Speed For The New Camaros (And Firebirds and Corvettes - we're talking serious power upgrades for the LS1 V-8's) Tech - Fender Rust Repair (Patch the bobbles that grow on virtlually every GM musclecar), Is Compression Worth Power (Even with a pump-gas-friendly engine, it pays to consider the squeeze ratio), Set Up Your Own 12-Bolt Rear (Or should you? If you learn one thing from this story, It's probably that it's best to pay a pro), True Tales From The Real World (Reader Larry Noble's custom traction tips), Garage Lift Test (Is the Kwiklift a worthwhile alternative to jackstands?) Features - Blown/EFI 440 Cover Car (A '65 Coronet with huffer to spare), World's Biggest Cruise Scene (The Woodward Cuise is actually the biggest car event, period), World's Biggest Street Race (The NMCA's Memphis event is the pappy of them all), Win! Your Car In Car Craft (Enter now for a chance at getting a full-color spread all about you), 12-Second Camaro (A clean streeter from our beach party in Florida), Hoe To Install A Distributor (We used one of the new HEIs for AMC v-8s from Performance Distributors), Car Craft's 1999 All-Star Drag Racing Team (You voted for them - now the winners are revealed), 11-Second Olds (It's not really a W-32, but he'd like you to think so), Mopar Nationals (Matt King's journey to Mecca) Departments - Point of View, Reader's Page, Straight Scoop, Speed Shop, Ask Marlan, Coming Next Month
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March
Cover Section - Biggest Tires For Your Musclecar - We Tell You What Fits (Weld Wheels did the work, we're just passing it on), Guide To Disc Brake Swaps (GM A-body options for any budget), Trick Power Steering (Look another way to spend money on your car) Tech - 980 Horsepower From 352 ci (How to run in the 8s with your small-block Ford), Tools To Build Your First Engine (What you really need, what you'll really want), How To Measure Bearing Clearance (Precision engine assembly made easy) Features - More F-Bodies ('82-'92 Camaros and Firebirds built for the street), Manliest Motorsports Of All Time (They'll grow hair on your chest), We Rate 30 New Speed Parts (Are they really all that new and keen?), Cover Camaro (It may be red, it may be a Camaro, it may be fast - but at least it's not a '69), Max Wedge Mopar (And it's no chalkmark-resto trailer queen), Dream Falcon (We loved this little dual-quad drop-top from our Summer Bationals) Departments - Point of View, Reader's Pages, Straight Scoop, Speed Shop, Ask Marlan, Coming Next Month Special Section - Interior Secrets - Interior Restoration Problems And Solutions, How To Change A Windshield
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June
Cover Section - Look stock, haul ass - 11-Second '67 'Stang (Not a full-on sleeper, but we'd have never guessed 11's. It's an FE...mmmm. yummy), Sleeper Pontiac 455 (How can this bone-stocker make 455 hp? Heh, heh, heh), Low 11-Second Buick Turbo (Used to be these things were in every issue - now we can see why), 12-Second Olds (You'd go heads-up with just about anything that was painted brown, wouldn't ya?) Tech - Buick 455 Swap (You could call this one a sleeper if it wasn't such a slug), Monster Guide To Trans Swaps (Even we'd had no idea it'd got this hard-core. This is one you'll tear out and save), Homemade Heat Shield (The under-manifold thing for a few extra kicks), How To Measure Crankshaft Endplay (If you can fog a mirror, you can do this one), Speed-Tuning Carb And Ignition (The procedure, the reality put to the test), Massive Carb For The Street (Can the huge King Demon really be a daily driver?) Features - Demo Derby How-To (Wanna bring that clunker to an ignominious demise? Here's how to do it and win), Build It Right: '82-'92 Camaros And Firebirds (As long as you don't have a four or a V-6, this'll tip you off on the key upgrades), The Ever-Present '69 Camaro (These cars have been underplayed long enough that it's time for a good one) 30 Years Of Pro Stock (Brought to you by former CC Editor Rick Voegelin, old enough to know), More Hemi Stuff (And we still can't afford any of it), Readers' Web Sites (The response to our ReaderNet column was so big we had to crank out two full pages to clear the files) Departments - Point Of View, Readers' Pages, Straight Scoop, Speed Shop, Ask Marlan, Coming Next Month
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August
Cover Section - 834hp Blown Big-Block Chevy (Yeah, it cost $18,000 but we're going to put it in our El Camino and drive it everyday), 460 Ford (The big Ford was a parts-interchange nightmare but it made 433 hp on 87 octane for $3,000), 440 Mopar (It's the smallest motor here but it holds it's own with 450 hp for $2900), 454 Chevy (430 hp for under two grand plus a 77 hp cam swap) Tech - Your Next Engine: Buy It Or Build It? (There's more to consider than just the out-of-the-box price), NMCA Drag-Race Suspension Secrets (These guys run 9s with some pretty serious traction limitations), F-Body Cooling (A few simple bolt-ons can really improve your late-model cooling system), Baer Brakes Tested (They stop on a dime and look cool too), Headlight Upgrade (Get full voltage to your beams for better nighttime driving), How To Measure Valvespring Installed Height (It's simple to do but usually overlooked) Features - Bondurant Driving School (Douglas Glad spent a week learning how to nerf cars off the road. Now he wants to be a stuntman), Olds 442 W-30 (Would anybody notice if we only featured four-speed cars?), The Greatest Movie Cars Of All Time (Did you know they wrecked 93 cars making the original Gone In 60 Seconds), Plain-Jane '64 Savoy (Long before the Scat Pack and Rapid Transit Authority, there was the Max Wedge) Departments - Point of View, Readers' Pages, Straight Scoop, Speed Shop, Ask Marian, Coming Next Month
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September
Cover Section - Nitrous (The king of bang for the buck knocked nearly a second and a half off our wagon's e.t.), Cylinder Head (How does 85 hp for 850 bucks strike you), Traction Bars (A set of Cal-Tracs bars really planted our Duster at the track), Catalytic Converters (Can you believe we actually made more power with them? Maybe the smog police are right), Torque Converter (Looser converters are usually good for a few tenths, and this test was no exception) Tech - The Latest In Valvetrain Technology (Marlan grinded all the cam makers for their newest secrets), A-Arm Lowering For Fords (Our '63 Falcon practically handles like a Shelby, thanks to this virtually free suspension trick), Chem-Stripping Your Car (When is dipping better than blasting?), Stop Header Leaks Forever (Nothing is more aggravating than persistently leaking headers, but there are solutions), Engine Balancing Explained (Know what you mean when you say, "it's balanced and blueprinted"), True Tales From The Real World (Reader Chris Kelly shows us how to build a Ford 9-inch), Six-Speed Swap (Splicing a T56 into a third-gen GM F-body is a piece of cake) Features - Thunderbolt 514 (This show-quality '64 Fairlane is a look-alike, but who cares. It runs 10s), Autocrossing For Dummies (Its a real test of man and machine in a supermarket parking lot), Motorsport Nationals (There were burnouts and blowouts, but the babes got rained out), '61 Dodge Seneca (This one puts a whole new spin on Dodge: Different) Departments - Point Of View, Readers' Pages, Straight Scoop, We Try It, Speed Shop, Ask Marlan, Coming Next Month
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October
Cover Section - New Life For An Olds 455 (This wicked stump-puller made 470 hp and darn near 600 lb ft of torque), 400 HP Mopar 360 (If an 18-year-old girl can build a 400-horse Mopar on her first try, why can't you), Budget Ford 351 Windsor (It'll need lots of gear and a big converter, but it created the 400-horse mark for under $2,500), LT1-Based Chevy 363 (Big-inch strokers really can work in fuel-injected late models) Tech - 12-Bolt Axle Tips (What you can do to beef up your C-clip-style rearend), Ford's Cleveland: What's The Deal? (Marlan exposes the strengths and weaknesses of Ford's other 351), '78-'88 GM A/G-Body Builder's Guide (They take all the same hop-up stuff as traditional musclecars, and like we've been telling you, they're the next big rage in street machines), Cast-Iron Welding Repair (Save your cracked iron from the scrap heap) Special Section - Drag Racing Legends: Where Are They Now? (It's remarkable how many of the sport's greatest heroes are still at it), Moroso's Hot Street '61 Corvette (The four-link suspension was invented in this car) Features - '64 Plymouth Savoy (A show car that runs low 11s), The Anti-Tour (Breakdowns were minimal, but the fun was way high), The Lincoln Fiasco (And people wonder why we're always broke), '67 Chevy Nova (Yup, another one, and it's even Marina Blue) Departments - Point of View, Readers' Pages, Straight Scoop, Speed Shop, We Try It, Ask Marlan, Coming Next Month
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December
Cover Section - How To (Almost) Build A Race Car In Three Weeks (Swapping the nitrous engine into our Mustang took a day but it's still not running. It looks brutal in the garage though), Mopar A-Body Big-Block Swap (If you've got the right parts, dropping a big-block into one of these cars is a slam dunk), The Monster Guide To Engine Swap Parts (Need to put a 460 into a Pinto? Got it. Big block into a Vega? Check. If youve got a car and a motor, you're in business), 383 LT1 Stroker Swap (It made 500 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque in a '91 Camaro with nitrous and a blower for the budget price of 15 grand) Tech - Gas Sender Repair (A quick R&R can save you from being stranded on the side of the road), '79-'93 Fox Mustang Builder's Guide (Dirt-cheap prices and a staggering array of aftermarket parts makes them the go-fast bargain of our generation), How To Hang A Quarter-Panel (After reading this, you'll be ready to try it yourself), How To Build A Fuel System (BG Guel Systems can send everything you need in one box. We'll show you how to install it the right way), Powertrax Locker Installation (It's the best of both worlds: the strength of a spool combined with the streetability of an open diff), Brake Technology Explained (You'll need a degree in math to get through some of the equations, but if you want to understand brakes, it's all here) Features - Trans-Formation (Jim and Darla Brinks '72 Firebird combines New Age looks with a good, old-fashioned mega-cube motor), Build Your Car On Credit (Without Going Broke) (There's good info here about staying or getting out of project-car-induced credit trouble), Slot Car Racing (The smell of burning electric motors brings back a flood of childhood memories), The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly (Brutal crashes, exciting racing, behind-the-scenes intrigue: the NMCA race at Maple Grove Raceway had it all), Different Dodge (Definitely Dodge, definitely different. We'll bet you've never seen a Dart quite like Bruce Wilson's '72 Swinger) Departments - Point of View, Reader's Pages, Straight Scoop, We Try It, Speed Shop, Ask Marlan, Coming Next Month
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