There should be a national holiday celebrating Donald Frey. During his time with the Ford Motor Company, Frey supervised the development of the Mustang and the Bronco (he was also responsible for the fifth generation Thunderbird, the stereo dashboard tape deck, the swinging tailgate on the station wagon, and—what he was most proud of—many safety improvements including disc brakes and radial tires). Without Frey, we wouldn’t have Mustangs tearing up the streets and Broncos tearing up the countryside.
One such Bronco, a first generation (1966-1976) painted in Lamborghini orange, is being offered by Redline Restorations. The Bronco lives up to its design as an off-road vehicle. It features a shift-on-the-fly Dana 20 transfer case and locking hubs on a 92-inch wheelbase. Up front it sports a Dana 44 axle and a 9-inch Ford axle in the back.
The engine was swapped out in favour of a 5.0L Ford 302 Small Block. Keeping true to its original design, the Bronco maintained its four-wheel drive, flat glass, C-section bumpers, and symmetrical door skins. Redline Restorations added in a litany of other items, though, including bucket seats, a detachable hard top, a six-point roll cage, and three-point anchor belts on all seats.
They also put in a 5-speed manual transmission with selectable drive modes and gearing ratios, stainless steel brake lines, and a PerformerRPM Intake manifold. The list builds from there.
The Bronco is listed at USD$80,000—not bad for a rig that would make Donald Frey proud.
Land Serwis Land Rover Defender Series I SUV
When official production of the Land Rover Defender ended in January 16, 2016, fans had to resort to finding a used version if they wanted one of the classic SUVs. Fortunately, Poland-based Land Serwis is offering the Defender just as it was meant to be originally.
As one of the companies that can build an original Series-model Defender from scratch, Land Serwis is perfectly positioned to give fans what they are clamouring for. Land Serwis has in-house plans and tooling to create the Defenders, and because it is all in-house, they can build to a customer’s preferences.
Everything from changes in the chassis construction to reinforcements, handles, and more is on the table. Want a different engine? Land Serwis can customise the engine mounts onto the frame before they are laser cut. You can even explore more add-ons like additional tanks, a stronger suspension, or a mechanical winch.
Land Serwis can work with 90, 110, and 130 wheelbases, and the company can even recreate a Defender if you have the original identification and Defender license plates.
Land Serwis based their model on the original chassis, but updated it with a few modern parts, such as a stainless steel exhaust, a 2-inch lift kit, and custom brakes. Many other parts stayed true to the original, or were totally refurbished, such as the engine, fuel system, drive shafts, and axles.
There’s no need to despair if you weren’t able to pick up a Defender before production ended. Land Serwis has you covered.
Hinchliff’s 1973 Ford Mustang Trans Am Coupe is Ready for a Comeback
The golden age of Trans-Am racing ran from 1968 to 1972. During that time Penske’s Camaros, Mark Donhue’s AMC Javelin, and Parnelli Jones’ Boss 302 Mustang duked it out on tracks that ranged from street and airport circuits to temporary road courses and permanent race tracks. Things changed in 1973, and the cars became more modified. In 1980, another change hit, and the cars became what has become known as “silhouette series”—nothing more than tube-frame cars that somewhat resembled the originals.
When Kar Kraft was shut down, Ford ended its support for factory racing. Anything remaining was sold off. At that same time, two “body-in-white” cars were delivered to Ford. Warren Tope of Tope racing quickly assembled one and put it out on the track. The other took a bit more time, but Ed Hinchliff of Hinchliff Racing put the car together using factory parts and Kar Kraft blueprints. Chassis engineers Lee Dykstra and Mitch Marchi helped Hinchliff in the car’s construction.
The team outfitted the car with Girling four-piston aluminium brakes with large rotors, a factory Kar Kraft full floater rear axle with locker, a Ram Air intake system with a Holly intake manifold, and a Jones tachometer. The car was registered with the SCCA throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s.
With a little TLC, this Trans Am Mustang could make use of its wide track, stiff chassis, and upgraded powertrain to compete in vintage racing today.
SVE Revives GMC’s Legendary 455HP Syclone Performance Pickup Truck
Back in 1991 GMC showed the world what the future of performance trucks could be by cramming a turbocharged six-cylinder into a two-door Sonoma. They added a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system and marketed the concoction as the Syclone. Special Vehicle Engineering (SVE) is reviving the Syclone, and given that SVE is best known for building 1,000 horsepower Yenko Camaros and Corvettes, this truck promises to be just as revolutionary.
Technically, the truck’s not a Syclone, though GMC did give it’s blessing for SVE to use the name. The new Syclone starts out as a 2019 GMC Canyon extended cab. SVE adds in a 3.6-litre V6 that comes with either rear- or all-wheel drive. The supercharged version of the engine pumps up the output from the original 308 horsepower to 455 horsepower, with 425 lb-ft of torque.
You’re going to need better brakes with that much additional power, so SVE geared up the truck with upgraded brakes, along with a sport suspension that leaves the Syclone sitting two inches lower in the front and 5 in the back. SVE also added in a rear anti-roll bar and a dual cat-back sports exhaust.
A build like this doesn’t come cheap. In addition to the USD$35,000 sticker price for the Canyon, you’ll have to put down an additional USD$39,995 with a required USD$5,000 deposit.
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