EP012 Rob Pitts: Rabbit’s Car Stories & More!

MARK:  You mighta’ noticed I took a week off.  It was my 26th wedding anniversary, so my wife and I went on a not-very-distant-but-socially-distant vacation in northern Arkansas.  Stayed in an airb&b cabin, rented a boat for swimming in the lake, spent a day on a nature trail and around/in the Buffalo river, went to Eureka Springs for a day, visited family in Fair Grove, Missouri, and generally had a wonderful time together.

And no, I didn’t look at a single damn car.  Suddenly, the Arkansas well for landbarges dried up.  Not. A. Single. One.  Sigh.  AND MY WIFE WAS EVEN COOL WITH IT!!  Oh well.







A new LS swap that’s mucho tasty- and naturally aspirated. It’s the LS427/570 crate engine producing 570 horsepower. Chevy says this small-block is easier to install thanks to a simpler wet-sump oiling system.

This is a 7 liter, 427 inch bad boy, based on the LS7 featured in the 5th gen Camaro Z/28 track car.

The LS427/570 has a new high-lift camshaft that helps it produce 570 horsepower and 540 pound-feet of torque, a boost of 65 horsepower and 70 pound-feet when compared with the standard production version of the engine.  Plus the wet-sump means no external oil tank, lines, and other necessities for a stock dry-sump LS7.

the catch?  Chevy says the engine is for competition use.  Do your legal homework before you do your LS swap hard work.

Chevrolet says additional engine highlights include:

  • Unique high-rate valve springs
  • Camaro fifth-generation Z/28 exhaust manifolds
  • Low-profile LS7 EFI intake manifold with fuel rails, injectors and throttle body installed
  • Robust LS7 rotating assembly featuring a forged steel crankshaft and titanium connecting rods

The LS427/570 is available for immediate purchase through Chevrolet Performance dealers and retailers.

Looking for a price, summitracing.com has it at $12,715 bucks. Almost 13 grand.

For more information, visit the Chevrolet Performance website.



Facebook fans help classic car dealer recover stolen cars

19 cars were taken from Orlando Classic Cars, 9 already have been recovered

Original article by Larry Edsall

A couple of weeks ago a BUNCH of vehicles were stolen from the Orlando Classic Cars storage facility.  Several have already have been recovered, according to news reports from Florida.

Back on June 1st, Orland Classic Cars reported that 19 vehicles had been stolen, and in addition to notifying the sheriff’s office, it posted photos of those cars with their vehicle identification numbers on its Facebook page.  –  @orlandoclassiccars

Almost immediately, a local resident spotted a missing1962 Chevrolet Corvette, discovered in an apartment complex parking lot 13 miles from the warehouse, and the sheriff’s department found a 1990 Buick Reatta.

According to the local Fox television station, 9 of the cars had been recovered so far. Like the Corvette, several were found in apartment-building parking lots

“The cars appear to be stashed all around the neighborhood,” Orlando Classic Cars owner Dave Murray was quoted.

These cars are still missing:

1976 Cadillac Coupe DeVille – VIN 6D47S6Q305106
1970 Mercedes Benz 280SE Conv – VIN 11102412003935
1977 Pontiac Trans Am VIN 2W87Z7N168057
1987 Oldsmobile 442 – VIN 1G3GR119HP323662
1992 Chevrolet Corvette – VIN 1G1YY23P9N5100309
1980 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 – VIN 1P87LAN518282
1998 Ford Mustang GT Conv – VIN 1FAFP45X5WF120374
1975 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Conv – VIN 3N67K5M322619
1969 Oldsmobile Toronado – VIN 394879M625053
1996 Chevrolet Camaro VIN 2G1FP22PXT2164850

Go check out the facebook page, and if you see something, say something. Please contact Dave Murray at (407) 592-5039 with any sightings or information.





Mecum adds late-August live auction in Florida to annual schedule

Kissimmee 2020 Summer Special expected to attract 1,000 collector cars

Original article by Bob Golfen

Mecum Auctions will hold a new summer collector car auction on August 27-29 at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida, where the company holds its world’s-biggest such sale every January. Named the Kissimmee 2020 Summer Special, the live auction is expected to attract about 1,000 cars, according to Mecum.

“While Mecum is excited to host the August auction as a live, in-person event, remote bidding options are available, and the focus on-site will be on the safety of everyone in attendance,” the auction company said in news release referencing the ongoing pandemic that has caused the cancellation or postponement of collector car auctions around the world.

Dana Mecum, in announcing the additional event, said the company decided to hold it at Kissimmee because of its familiarity with the venue.

“We want to be somewhere where we’re very familiar with the grounds,” Mecum explained. “In Kissimmee, everyone that runs those grounds is familiar with us – it’s all like one team … and once we get to the event, we want to do what we do: we want you to be able to buy and sell cars.”






According to their facebook page, you can now book a visit to the KC Auto Museum .  Purchase  tickets online at kansascityautomuseum.com.  They are asking that everyone reserve a tour slot prior to arriving at the museum.

Public events will continue to be postponed at this time- HOWEVER, they do have free admission for dads on Fathers Day, June 21. Better get online and get your ticket NOW.

Cars and coffee starts back up in July, on July 4th.  Won’t THAT be heckuva get together??

They are hosting a Cars, Coffee, and Canaines at the Bar K – get it, “bark”- which is a dog park with a bar.  That’s on June 28th.  Check out  the Kansas City Auto Museum  facebook page for details





Original article by CHRIS FLYNN

Classic American Muscle Cars With Some Quarter Mile Magic

Unmodified old muscle cars can’t really compete with modern performance, but for the time, and for the fun, these cars still did the quarter-mile at lightning speeds.

This article defines the American muscle car as designed for drag racing, with massive V8 engines, two-door bodies, and rear-wheel-drive. The 60s and 70s marked the golden era of an American muscle cars, and are still sought after by collectors.

Many of the classic models got high-spec performance packages – and some also feature cosmetic packages. All these upgrades only furthered their high-performance nature.

The article listed 15 of these cars.  I cherry picked my favorite 5.

1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS: 15.2 Seconds

3 Camaros were on the list, so here’s the first one the author put: a 1967 SS.  It travels a quarter-mile in 15.2 seconds with 117 mph as its top speed. The first-gen Camaro debuted in 1966 and was available as a convertible with 2+2 seating or a two-door coupe. Customers could choose between 7 engine options.

1970 Dodge Challenger: 13.6 Seconds

From 1970 to 1974, the Dodge Challenger was built using the Chrysler E platform and sharing the main components with the Plymouth Barracuda. The base engine on the standard model was a 225 cu in Straight-6. It was enough to push the lightweight car to a quarter-mile in 13.6 seconds.

That’s according to the article.  I find that…implausible, if not impossible.  The 225 had 145 horsepower, pushing a 3800 pound car.  I’m betting it was one of the other 6 engine choices, with power level options creating 11 choices total.  The top of the line was a 440 with the six-pack, pushing 390 horsepower.

Note- the 1970 model came in 13 different colors- but, if you were willing to pay an extra 14 dollars, you could have your choice of 8 more, including Plum Crazy, Hemi Orang, Banana….and Panther Pink.

1962 Pontiac Catalina: 13.9 Seconds

In 1962, the Pontiac Catalina received a distinctive protruding grille that made its first appearance on Pontiac products during the 30s. Plus, the twin round tailights on each side of the car, mounted horizontal on a lateral fin kind of like the 1960 Ford Fairlanes, look like little jet exhausts.  The car is both ugly and cool at the same time.

All engines, known as “Trophy”, were 389’s. The standard version delivered 215 horsepower and could push the Pontiac Catalina to a quarter-mile in 13.9 seconds.

1971 Ford Mustang: 13.8 Seconds

Yeah, I would have been a total D if I didn’t include their listing of a Mustang.  However, I’m going to go off the rails from what the article said, because, I quote: “In 1971, the Ford Mustang received several important changes, including an upgrade of the V8 engine from 260 to 289 cu in with a power increase from 164 to 220.”   According to mustangspecs.com, the only engine close to a 260 was the 250 6 cylinder.  Next up was the 302 v8.  Then you had 3 versions of the 351, and 2 versions of the 429.  They went from 145 horse for the 6 cylinder, 210 for the 302, 240 to 330 for the 351, and 370 to 375 for the 429.   According to fastlaps.com, that 13.8 second quarter is attributed to the 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 with the 429 Cobra Jet.

Honorable mentions:

1973 Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna: 16.5 Seconds.  I almost bought a Laguna back in 1993 after I radically redesigned the front end of my Nissan truck in Dallas, Texas traffic.  However, when the exhaust system kind of fell off during the test drive, it was a no-go.

1994 Callaway Camaro Supernatural C8 at 13.0 seconds (yes, faster than any other car on the list, and duller, too)

1976 Ford Grand Torino, 13.9 seconds: this is the Starsky and Hutch Torino

1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1: 13.8 Seconds

1969 Plymouth Road Runner, 13.5 seconds.

However, on this article’s list, coming in at number one at the not even close to top speed of 13 seconds?

The 1973 AMC Hornet Hatchback: 16.3 Seconds

The AMC Hornet became an important platform for the company, serving for eighteen years, until the 1988 model year. Engine choices included two V8s and two I6s. In the most powerful configuration, a 360 v-8 with 3 speed auto, it put out- get this- 175 horsepower, pushing 3100 pounds of car.  I think it’s hilarious that this came in at number one, but I’m delighted the writer felt obligated to put this ugly puppy in at all. You know when your grandma was still a swingin’ babe in her late 40’s/early 50’s, wearing those orange capri’s and white shirt tied off, hair piled up Dolly Parton tall? Yeah, this is the car she would have rolled to drive the golf dudes crazy.




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Rob ‘Rabbit’ Pitts was one of our very first guests. At almost two years, it has been way too long since we have had him back on the show. Rob is a third-generation hot-rodder and car enthusiast. Rob has worked in every facet of the automotive trade, from selling his first car before he had a driver’s license to owning a diesel truck shop in one of the fastest growing areas of the country. Rob has years of stage experience doing stand-up comedy throughout the southeast. He hosts the #1 automotive radio show in the southeast, Hot Rods & Happy Hour Radio on 106.3 WORD in Greenville, South Carolina. Rob achieved internet fame as a guest on Ed Bolian’s VINWiki channel, with over 5.5 million views. This prompted Rob to start his incredibly popular YouTube channel, which has over three million views, and is rapidly approaching 75,000 subscribers. Rob, welcome back to Road Muscle Radio!

  • The YouTube channel is going great guns. What has been the toughest part of starting your own channel? What was easier than you thought it would be?
  • You seem so laid back when you are filming your YouTube segments. Do you have a script, or can you just do them off the top of your head?
  • Few people have a better feel for what is going on in the collector car world right now. Other than the obviously hot square-body trucks, what should people be looking to buy? What has cooled off?
  • What are your thoughts on all the online auctions that seem to have exploded during the quarantine?
  • You’ve sold hundreds of cars over your career. What were some of the stranger transactions?
  • What is in your garage right now? Are there cars you will never sell?
  • Do you have a favorite car? Which car do you wish you hadn’t sold?
  • You have incredible cars on your YouTube channel, from the Corvair with the Cassanova owner to Hugh Hefner’s own hot rod, but the big question on everyone’s mind is this: are you dating all those girls? Where do you find them? Is there a hot rod girl mail-order list?
  • What is a JC Penney gal?
  • What’s coming up for the channel? • Will you be at SEMA this year? Be sure to check out and subscribe to Rob’s YouTube channel. You can find the links to the channel and all of Rob’s social media on RoadMuscleRadio.com


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