In Episode 27, Road Muscle Radio looks at a monster crate motor with zero cylinders…1962 alive and well in Modesto, California…Demons going to court…and thoughts for your horsepower hibernation. Then in segment 2, Sue Stringer- the Byways & Agritourism Manager from the Kansas Travel Tourism Division, and Colby Sharples-Terry with the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism, plus member of the North America Travel Journalists Association, join us for some insight to Autumn’s best routes heading westerly from Kansas City. Yup- Kansas: as big- and beautiful- as you think.
YOUR NEW CRATE MOTOR MAY COME WITHOUT CYLINDERS. OR ANYTHING ELSE.
Revolt Systems specializes in developing high output electric drive systems for classic cars and hot rods. One of their projects was to fit a modern drivetrain into a 1965 Ford Mustang. They reached out to the team of Tesla-swap veterans at EV West. Revolt used the team’s expertise to collaboratively design and manufacture an all-new swap kit that fits an electric drivetrain under the hood where your small-block v-8 used to be.
EV West told The Drive that Revolt’s swap kit was designed so classic muscle cars can keep certain factory components.
- the motor is longitudinally mounted under the hood using the same small-block motor mounts. The side profile of the unit resembles to the shape of a transmission.
- Allows drivers to connect the new powerplant to the factory drivetrain components.
- Even the vehicle’s factory third member can be utilized in order to change out drive ratios.
Revolt says that its electric crate motor package makes around 600 horsepower and 900 pound-feet of torque.
Since it’s electric, that means all the torque is available all the time. I’m wondering how stock rear ends are gonna handle that.. EV West told The Drive that the motor is based on Tesla’s rear-drive unit, and there will eventually be an option for a performance model upgrade.
On evwest.com, they have a universal drive unit starter kit at just under 12,000 dollars, and it clocks in between 360 to 470 horsepower, depending on if it’s a 60,85, or P85. So at 600 horse on this new drop-in, you can bet it’s gonna be a chunk more bitcoin than that.
MODESTO, ONE-TIME HOME TO GEORGE LUCAS, GETS A GRAFITTI MUSEUM.
George Lucas, Mr. star Wars, grew up cruising downtown Modesto, California. He graduated from Thomas Downey High School in 1962 and helped crew for local sports car racer and future Shelby Cobra star Allen Grant.
Now a group of local residents has secured a building it plans to turn into the Graffiti USA Classic Car Museum. Plans call for at least part of the museum to be open in time for Modesto’s annual Graffiti Summer festival in June 2021.
Themed off the 1973 Lucas movie American Graffiti movie, released in 1973, plus it will focus on the end of the summer of 1962- like a last cruise through Modesto by the recently graduated high school seniors.
- Not only cars will be featured but so will other aspects of Modesto, including the fact that Rockability music was born there, and with Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard, among others, all performing live at the local KTRB radio station.
- a fully functional ’50s diner
- Vintage vehicles lining both sides of the indoor “street,”
- store fronts mirroring Modesto businesses from 1962
- a drive-in-style theater showing American Graffitiand other movies.
A couple of local residents have been working on the idea for 15 years.
In addition to the 65 cars parked within the street scene, the facility will have other showrooms featuring a variety of vehicle genres and various special displays. The founding committee hopes one of those displays will focus on the custom cars done by Gene Winfield, who greup in Modesto, graduate high school there in 1946, and opened the renowned Winfield’s Custom Shop.
The group is raising $2.5 million to turn 45,000-square-feet of space into a viable attraction.
For more information, or to help with the cause, visit graffittiusamuseum.com.
FOR DEMON LAWSUIT, THE DEVIL IS IN A DETAIL
The Dodge Demon- wicked power at 840 horses making it a street-legal dragster. FCA limiting production to just 3,300 units to ensure their continued collectability.
It all relates to the massive 45-square-inch AirGrabber hood scoop found exclusively on the Dodge Demon models. More specifically, the issues stem from the outer bezel of the scoop, which is the only part that is visible from the exterior. According to the complaint, this insert expands and contracts when owners are using their vehicles, resulting in paint damage around the area.
Frustrated with arguing over paint quality issues on a valuable collectors car, the plaintiff went to the Law Offices of Connor W. Olson, who will represent the class-action in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.
FCA was clearly aware of this issue, as the company released a service bulletin related to the AirGrabber hood scoop before the lawsuit was even filed. Bulletin 23-033-19 called for a smaller bezel to be used in place of the factory unit, but owners didn’t find that to be a satisfactory solution. The plaintiff alleges that this was an insufficient repair, and that it turns the Demon into a different car than advertised.
Perhaps the worst part about this whole situation is the fact that FCA has allegedly been denying customers any sort of warranty payments related to the paint defect.
I really hope FCA doesn’t add FU to its initials.
BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE.
Founds some useful- if not totally complete- suggestions on Autoweek.com for winterizing your ride.
Use Fuel Stabilizer
Gasoline doesn’t like to age. Fuel stabilizers like Sta-Bil help slow fuel oxidation, ensuring you don’t have a fuel tank full of varnish come spring.
A quality, breathable car cover will help keep dust and debris from falling on your prized possession. This will not only give you a head start with your springtime detail but will also help prevent any accidental scratches that can happen in storage.
Battery Float Charger
There is likely something drawing power from your battery at all times, even when the car is off. A battery tender will help float-charge your battery, prolonging its life and making your life easier in the future.
You might consider throwing a few dryer sheets into the interior and engine bay. Apparently strong smells are a mouse deterrent. Make sure to remove these before your next time starting the car.
Hydrometer or Refractometer
Make sure your coolant wont freeze. You can use a hydrometer, or a refractometer if you like spending a hundred bucks, to see exactly when the coolant could freeze. Adjust your coolant mixture accordingly to make sure you don’t find carnage come spring.
In the past, we also found smart suggestions for winterizing from Hagerty, too:
- Put some kind of non-nesting blockage at the end of your tail pipe, to stop rodents from getting in. A rag equals a nest. A tough plastic bag, or maye a tennis ball, is preferred. You can also add monthballs in there to make it less habitable.
- If you don’t have a float charger, remove the battery from the vehicle and store it separately- not on a concrete floor, and preferably where it won’t freeze.
- Put a plastic bag over the air cleaner and air inlets.
- Place the vehicle on jack stands to avoid tire flat spots.
- If you start it every once in a while during storage, let it run at least ten minutes or more to burn off water vapors that happen with a cold start-up. Anything less will leave water in the combustion chamber and throughout your exhaust.
- Make sure all your windows are closed.
Tis the season for trees that look like fire, cold mornings with hot coffee, and long vistas, and drives out onto the prairie, the rolling hills, the breaks, and so much more. But where’s the best stuff?
Enter Sue Stringer- the Byways & Agritourism Manager from the Kansas Travel Tourism Division, and Colby Sharples-Terry with the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism, plus member of the North America Travel Journalists Association. Time to dish on the best sights to see and events to be in the big K-S. Sue and Colby- welcome to Road Muscle Radio.
- Since we’re KC-based, what are some of those leave-early, get-home-late byways we could venture down within a day’s drive? Prairie views? Trees/changing leaves views?
- Let’s up the ante to 2 days- leave early Saturday morning, come back later Sunday evening. What does that give us for fresh air and scenic views?
- We all know we need to respect Covid rules and regs- so are there any historic destination towns for fall festivals/gatherings? Especially ones that love cool cars and motorcycles?
- Tell us about Kansas Agritourism- what is it, how long has it been a thing in Kansas, and how does it benefit we who love to cruise the views?
For more info, hit up travelks.com. Sue, Colby, thanks so much for sharing the highways and byways and festivals, oh my!