Anyone watching PowerBlock TVís Muscle Car restification of a 1963 Impala. They are going to hot rod it with a 482 "W" motor (stroked and bored 409) and big brakes and wheels while restoring the body and building a custom interior.
Unfortunately they canned Lou Santiago. I think that will prove to be a very big mistake (as was the loosing Chuck Hansen from "Horse Power". I have not watched the show much since then.)
I was wondering what happened to Lou. I liked Lou and I think the show will suffer without him. Hey what did you think of the Foose Wheels on the Red Sled frame. I found a good deal on some on Ebay for my red 65 SS.
I've watched the show since they started the Red Sled and they've not shown it anymore since. Reruns I guess... because Lou has been on it the last few weeks. I remember one time they yanked a tail light off the poor thing and slapped it on the Rat Rod. ****ed me off!! I believe these show are shot here in Nashville, TN.
I am bummed they have stopped that project too, they were also doing a 69 firebird to which I am too. I was interested in both of those shows, I thing the bird was on horsepowe tv thou
Lou was awesome and made the show to me..
They showed a rerun of the strip down again today (which was originally followed by two other shows showing the frame getting built up, reinforced and powder coated. On Horse Power they showed the tail lights being used for that shows rat rod 1929 Ford roadster with a '46 flattie project.
Yep...I saw that too. I guess they're filming new shows??? They mentioned yesterday that it was a "rare" car. Didn't catch what made it "rare" though. Don't think it was an SS. Maybe a 409?? And just to clarify Big Dave's first post. I think it's a '61 not a '63 but I know you guys knew that already.
I think the rarity comes from it being a two door sedan instead of the usual two door hard top. Most sedans sold that year were the four door vareity. With the SS Bubble Tops and Convertibles making up most of the two door car sales.
It was worth watching Power Block TV this morning (24 May 2008) as on Muscle Car (MC) they revisited the Red Sled project. With episodes reruns two weeks ago of the introduction and stripping of the vehicle (MC2008-08), and last weeks rerun of the reinforcing the frame and install an Air Ride suspension (MC2008-09), Today's show had them rerunning the start of the metal work by replacing the floor pans and installing a hand made one inch mini-tub to clear the tires. (MC2008-10). Of course next week they are going to rerun the introduction of the Firebird project.
On Horse Power (HP) today they built the 409 power plant for the red Sled project making 487 horsepower and 512 lbs.-ft. of torque with a pair of 220 cc intake runner Edelbrock heads; a dual pair of 60 cfm AFB carbs; a RPM Air Gap intake; and a custom hydraulic roller cam from CompCams (HP2008-10).
They showed a visit to Lamar Walden Automotive Inc. were they discovered the truck block they had found for the project was actually clapped out; so Lamar sold him a replacement "X" casting block, and bored it 0.030" over and line honed the bottom end. They also rebalanced the rotating assembly that they had obtained from Scat (it was off of course), and machined a set of billet slugs on a CNC five axis mill that weighed 220 grams less than the stock forged castings (due to the longer rod that they are using). Because the Horse Power team didn't have a ring compressor for a 409 they showed them fitting the rings by hand (a 409 has a 72 degree block so a set of pliers style ring compressors will not work).
I also note that Power Block is hiring. They are looking for a body man for Muscle Car, and a frame fabricator and power train specialist for 4x4, and a mechanic for Horse Power. I am wondering if they are planing on letting any other talents leave their show so that they can hire a talking head for the on air work with the guys they hire doing the actual work behind the scenes? Anyone hear any rumors we could monger to the highest bidder?