By Darwin Holmstrom, Tom Glatch

ISBN-10: 0760350132

ISBN-13: 9780760350133

ISBN-10: 0760350981

ISBN-13: 9780760350980

A muscle vehicle symbolizes freedom. It used to be freedom that introduced the muscle automobile into lifestyles ─ the liberty of inexpensive gasoline and open roads, the liberty provided by means of the postwar American dream, the liberty to move almost about anyplace and just do approximately whatever. whilst Pontiac advertised its GTO to the baby-boom iteration, the automobiles, the folk who drove them, and the days during which the 2 got here jointly ended in one of many maximum tales in car historical past. whilst these first fortunate dealers cranked up the 360-horsepower Tri-Power 389 engines and drove their GTOs off broker plenty, these automobiles took their vendors towards event, romance, luck, the long run. American Muscle vehicles tells the tale of the main striking and fascinating vehicles ever to return out of Detroit. it is a tale of flat-out functionality instructed at full-throttle, illustrated with attractive smooth and old images.

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Hoover’s response? Adopt hemispherical heads to the Max Wedge engine. The conversion proved no simple task. Chrysler engineers needed to design stronger connecting rods to support the massive Hemi pistons and the entire head had to be rotated inward toward the engine to provide clearance for the exhaust pushrods to clear the head gaskets. Chrysler’s 426 Hemi engine revolutionized motorsports in America. Although rated at the same 425 horsepower as its Max Wedge predecessor, true output topped 500 ponies, and when mounted in lightweight drag racing specials, the new powerplant dominated the drag strip.

38 CHAPTER ONE The Super Duty Group developed a package of engine parts that would withstand the stress of racing. Every Super Duty–equipped Pontiac had the parts to do that, starting with a stout engine block with fourbolt main bearing caps. Forged crankshafts, connecting rods, and highcompression pistons meant that an owner could expect many reliable trips through the quarter-mile traps between engine rebuilds. Tri-Power carburetors (Pontiac’s branding of its triple two-barrel setup) pumped a huge fuel charge through a high-flow aluminum intake manifold and into special big-valve heads, and the spent fuel charge exited the combustion chamber via high-flow header-type exhaust manifolds.

They wanted cars that did not look like their parents’ cars, the cars in which Detroit manufacturers mounted their powerful V-8 engines. They wanted smaller, sportier cars. More often than not, they were young men who wanted cars that would impress the opposite sex. Sex appeal played a key role in marketing cars to boomers. In the youthoriented culture that was emerging in the early 1960s, the automobile became a critical component in quantifying its owner’s sex appeal. This generation had a different set of standards than their parents, and chaperones were as passé as tail fins.

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