Car Craft - 1997

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April
Contents - This Month's Top Story - Paint & Body - Easy Repairs You Can Do At Home (Staffer Kiewicz's crusty Camaro was given a new lease on life, thanks to Brett's Paint & Body and lots of resto parts from Classic Industries. In this special section, we show you how to replace a crunched fender, swap on a new hood, replace old doorskins, install a rear spoiler and repair rusted body panels. It's our biggest paint and body special ever) Tech - How To Color-Sand (The paint pros at Meguiar's give you the true "grit" on how to color-sand your new paint job. This colorful tech advice is sure to add some shine to your street machine); Swap A Fender (We show you how to replace a crunched fender with a new fender from Classic Insustries. It's fun, it's easy and you can do it at home); How To Install A Rear Spoiler (We "spoil" you rotten with loads of tech know-how about installing a factory rear spoiler. A spoiler looks cool and adds downforce to add traction); Doorskin Replacement (Door dings got you bumming? Dented door making you blue? Don't fill the dents with loads of body filler - fix the door right by installing a new doorskin. We show you how); Install A Cowl-Induction Hood (Stock flat hoods are boring. Install a cool SS or cowl-induction hood for improved performance and groovy looks. Get the full "scoop" on the tech know-how needed to perform this swap); Rust Removal (Chemotherapy doesn't work with car cancer. Instead, replace a rusted-out panel with new sheetmetal. All it takes is a cut-off wheel, a welder and the good tech advice shown in this story); Real-World Power Combos (These dyno-proven Federal Mogul engine combos won't break the bank. Included here are power packages for small-and big-block Chevys as well as small-block Fords); 426 Hemi Buildup (This potent pachyderm will easily squash Mouse motors, thanks to parts from MoPar Performance and building know-how from Dick Landy Industries); CC Basics - How A Master Cylinder Works (This tech feature pulls out all the "stops" as we "brake" the news on this "halting" subject); Car Care Buyer's Guide (We consorted with the all-mighty "Bishop of Buff" for the latest in trick car care goodies. Become your very own "Pope of Polish" by using these items on your car's painted panels); 10 Tips For Better Street Traction (CC Staffer Cook spills his cranial collection of traction tech-tips. Stop spinning your wheels by "sticking" to these tried-and-true tricks) Features - '63 Chevrolet Nova (Radical looks on the outside combine with a killer interior for the ultimate street machine. In addition, TPI small-block power propels this nifty Nova into the 21st Century in style); '70 Plymouth Road Runner (It's big, it's bad and it's got a 440. Six-Pak power provides plenty of potent punch for this purple pavement pounder); NHRA Pro Picks (CC Editor Schifsky once again looks into his cracked crystal ball for this year's NHRA Pro Picks. Last year he was 1 for 4, which leaves a wee bit of room for improvement. Will he be closer this year?); '86 Pontiac Trans Am (This radical TA combines big-block power, bright red paint all over, and plenty of cool tricks for one tough-looking street machine); Real Street Eliminator Entry (Does your purple Vega GT run 10s, get 30 mpg and pull 1 g on the skidpad? If so, then RSE is for you. Don't delay, send your entry today); Street Super Test - Baer Racing '95 Ford Mustang (Good brakes are often overlooked. Find out hos this Pony stops on a dime and gives five cents change. Besides whoa, it has plendy of go by way of a big Vortech supercharger); Strip Tech: '69 Buick GS (Truck load of tire-twisting torque are the by-product of this Buick's 455 V-8. The result is a resto-looking street machine that runs in the 11s); Enter The Hottest Events Of 1997 (We've got four shows planned for 1997. Two of them will have all-out, heads-up racing. We'll be there with our cameras, you be there with your car) Departments - In This Issue; Reader's Letters; Straight Scoop; Resto Tech; New Products; Tech Talk; Event Scene; Ad Index, Readers' Page
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June
Contents - Tech - 20 Tips To Make Your Car Quicker (Is your street/strip car not running as well as you'd like? Then check out these 20 low-buck ideas. There's bound to be something here to help you out), 20 Project Car Mistakes To Avoid (Don't be a Mister Bungle. Avoid these 20 common project car mistakes when you head out to the garage to wrench on your street machine), Build The Ultimate Big-Block Engine (Is big-block power your bag? If so, then you'll want to look in on how we built a bulletproof and reliable big-block Chevy powerplant), BG Fuel Systems' Claw Carburetor (This radical new carburetor offers a new level of adjustability, along with big power. Read all about it in this Car Craft exclusive(, Easy Body Fixes - Rust, Dents, Scratches (Does your street machine's exterior have a few body blemishes? Not to worry, as we give the low-down on how to fix them yourself), Induction Buyer's Guide - Where To Find The Best Carbs, Intakes, Blowers and EFI Parts (If you're looking for an induction-related part, then you've come to the right place. It's all here, including carbs, air filters, superchargers, intake manifolds, EFI parts and more), Car Craft Basics - Turbochargers (Do you know how a turbocharger works? We do. Starting on page 86, tech dude Marian Davis gives you plenty of turbo know-how along with some cool turbo tips), Jacobs Ignition Install (Increase ignition performance and power output with the easy installation of a Jacobs Omni-Pak ignition system. This "shocking" story shows you how to do it) Features - '72 Ford Mustang (This unique Mustang was a big hit at last year's St. Paul Car Craft Summer Cruise. It's also loaded with all sorts of original tricks for one awesome-looking "Fat Pony"), Street Super Test - '67 Camaro LT1 Convertible (Over the last few issues, you've followed along with the buildup of Real Street Camaro. Now complete with a modern-tech LT1, a 4L60-E overdrive trans, PST suspension, Baer Racing Brakes, 16-inch wheels with BFG tires, and new paint, the final product gets track-tested. But wait, there's more. Turn to page 46 to find out), '56 Chevrolet 210 Hardtop (A detailed look at our flawless cover car is a tantalizing treat you won't want to miss. Turn to page 52 for all the tasty tricks on this 502-cube, big-block powered shoebox), Mind Machine - Build The Ultimate Street Machine (We asked our readers to build the ultimate street car in their own minds. We present our three winners in this exclusive story), Strip Tech - Jeg's Racing Team (A behind-the-scenes look at the Jeg's mail-order racing team. Using parts out of the pages of its catalog, Jeg's has built winning cars from Pro Stock to Super Stock in several NHRA categories), '67 Chevrolet Nova (This sleeper-looking little Nova has several unusual tricks that seperate it from the rest of the Chevy street machines), Enter The Hottest Events Of 1997 (We've got three shows left for 1997. One of them will have all-out, heads-up racing. we'll be there with our cameras; you be there with your car) Departments - In This Issue, Readers' Letters, Straight Scoop, Resto Tech, New Products, Event Scene, Tech Talk, Ad Index, Readers' Page
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December
Cover Story - This Month's Top Story - Top 100 Musclecars - The Best Chevys, Fords, MoPars, Pontiacs, Olds, Buicks, AMCs, Plus Special Picks (Ten catagories of ten cars each make up our all-inclusive list of the best musclecars ever - past and present. One of your favorites is just about guaranteed to be included here) Tech - Performance Piston-Ring Dyno Test (Different types of piston rings yield different performance results in an engine. We dyno-test traditional rings against Total Seal gapless rings and show you the results. Hype or horsepower? Turn to page 29 to find out); How To Back-Half Your Car (We show you everything you need to know about backhalving a street machine. Installation of the tubs, frame rails, rear axle and many other components is covered in detail); Engine-Machining Guide: How To Save Money (What is a three-angle valve job? What is honing with a torque plate? These and many other questions are answered in this special engine-machining tech story designed to save you money on your next visit to the machine shop); Low-Buck Rearend Mods (All types of rearends can benefit from these performance rearend blueprinting tips); Shift Kit Installation (Looking for firmer and quicker shifts from your automatic transmission? Installing a TransGo shift kit is a great way to "go"); Car Craft Basics - Tires (Just black around things right? Well, not quite. We outline all the details concerning modern radial tires); 50 Bolt-On Parts For Under $50 (Low-buck gets special treatment here in the form or really low-buck bolt-on goodies. If it's here, then you know it's something that can be bought on the cheap); 25 Paint & Body Tips (We've gathered hundreds of great paint, bodywork and graphic ideas from our '97 Summer Cruise events) Features - Learn How To Build Race Cars At Home (Ace chassis builder Jerry Bickel shows you how to build a state-of-the-art drag-race chassis with Racetech's books and videos); Car Craft Nationals (Heads-up eighth-mile racing action was in the spotlight during the C.C. Nationals held near St. Louis, Missouri. In addition, there were hundreds of show cars on hand to drool over); Is Pro Street Dead? (The Pro Street controversy heats up again. Does Pro Street suck? Or is it still super cool? Decide for yourself and let us know what you think); First Look - '98 Camaro LS1 (Super-modernb-tech LS1 power is now the way to go as the '98 Camaro enters its second thirty years of production. With either the Z28 or the SS, you can't go wrong); Strip Yech - '67 Ford Mustang (With a 514-cube big-block stuffed between it's shock towers, this bad-ass pony really gallops. We like it so much that we awarded it the coveted Car Craft Cup - see why on page 48); '87 Buick Grand National And: 10th Anniversary '87 Turbo Buick Celebration (Ten years after the last turbo Buick rolled off the line, it's time to look back on these killer modern-tech musclecars. CC's exclusive turbo Regal/GN retrospective is a must-see for diehard Buick fans) Departments - In This Issue; Readers' Letters; Straight Scoop; Tech Talk; New Products; Ad Index; Resto Tech; Reader's Page
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