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Holley Unveils LS Swap System for Third-Gen GM F-Bodies

Holley has released LS swap components for third-generation Chevrolet Camaros and Pontiac Firebirds.The GM third-generation F-Body has evolved from an oft-forgotten sports car of the 1980s into a capable and budget-friendly platform for hot rodders and racers of all walks of life. While the platform has proven to be competitive in various motorsports, the factory installed engines leave a lot to be desired, according to Holley.Hooker Headers has the answer with its third-gen F-Body specific swap system that allows installation of the popular GM LS engines. It includes engine and transmission mounts, BlackHeart headers and exhaust systems, and swap accessories.Hooker’s platform designed LS swap system ensures direct bolt-in fitment and correct driveline angles to help LS-swapped third-gens perform to their peak potential whether it’s on the drag strip, at the autocross or any other venue, according to Holley.Hooker’s engine and transmission mounts eliminate the guesswork of an engine swap. Their engine mount brackets are built of plate steel for a durable and cost effective solution. Engine placement has been optimized and all factory accessories clear, according to Holley. The mounts also leave plenty of space to use factory amenities like air conditioning and power steering. Any GM or Holley LS accessory drive can be used.The mount brackets are designed to work perfectly with the Hooker transmission crossmember, providing the correct driveline angles, according to Holley. This crossmember features a divorced, adjustable torque arm mount that allows installation of a fourth-generation F-body T56, T56 Magnum, 4L60E, 4L70E, 4L80E, 4L85E, TH400 or TH200-4R transmission behind GM LS powerplants. The Holley LS retrofit oil pan (Part # 302-2) must be used in conjunction with the engine mount brackets.

Hooker’s BlackHeart team has addressed the exhaust system with longtube headers and header-back exhaust systems ready to bolt in. The Hooker BlackHeart headers are constructed of 304 stainless steel and feature either 1 3/4-inch or 1 7/8-inch primaries that feed into a 3-inch merge style collector. These headers mate up to the 2.5-inch BlackHeart dual-path crossover exhaust system, which is available in either 304 or 409 stainless steel.

The fabricated merge style crossover helps create more power through exhaust scavenging and also provides enhanced sound attenuation, according to Holley. An aggressive exhaust note exits through a pair of polished mufflers and tips that are laser-etched with the Hooker logo. The system bend geometry is optimized to provide the best available ground clearance for lowered vehicles and compatibility with driveshafts up to 3.5 inches in diameter.

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Car Care Inspections Reveal 80 Percent of Vehicles Need Service
BETHESDA, Md., March 31, 2016 – Analytics are big these days in business, sports and politics. When it comes to auto care, the numbers tell a very revealing story as 80 percent of vehicles need service, a new part and/or repair, according to the non-profit Car Care Council.
“With so many vehicles in need of service, National Car Care Month in April serves as an important reminder to take action today so you can depend on your vehicle down the road,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “It’s easy to postpone vehicle maintenance when things get busy, but don’t put it off. Addressing minor service needs before they become major will help you avoid unexpected car trouble and unplanned costly repairs.”
The Car Care Council reports that vehicles inspected at community car care events held throughout the country in 2015 failed one or more aspects of the inspection process. Some areas posting the highest failure rates include: low fluid levels (washer fluid 26 percent, engine oil 23 percent and coolant 19 percent); clogged or dirty air filters 19 percent; illuminated check engine light 13 percent; worn belts 13 percent; and needed battery service and wiper blade replacement 13 and 12 percent, respectively.
“Many maintenance needs are quick and inexpensive to resolve, so it’s easy to make auto care a priority during National Car Care Month,” continued White. “To help you ‘be car care aware,’ the Car Care Council has many free tools available at, including the popular Car Care Guide and a customized service schedule with email remainders that makes it simple to follow a routine maintenance program.”
The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For more information, visit
SOURCE Car Care Council



— SEMA to Oppose Action as Threat to Modified Racecars and Parts Suppliers —

Washington, DC (February 8, 2016) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars. The regulation would also make the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles illegal. The proposed regulation was contained within a non-related proposed regulation entitled “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2.”

The regulation would impact all vehicle types, including the sports cars, sedans and hatch-backs commonly converted strictly for use at the track. While the Clean Air Act prohibits certain modifications to motor vehicles, it is clear that vehicles built or modified for racing, and not used on the streets, are not the “motor vehicles” that Congress intended to regulate.

“This proposed regulation represents overreaching by the agency, runs contrary to the law and defies decades of racing activity where EPA has acknowledged and allowed conversion of vehicles,” said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. “Congress did not intend the original Clean Air Act to extend to vehicles modified for racing and has re-enforced that intent on more than one occasion.”

SEMA submitted comments in opposition to the regulation and met with the EPA to confirm the agency’s intentions. The EPA indicated that the regulation would prohibit conversion of vehicles into racecars and make the sale of certain emissions-related parts for use on converted vehicles illegal. Working with other affected organizations, including those representing legions of professional and hobbyist racers and fans, SEMA will continue to oppose the regulation through the administrative process and will seek congressional support and judicial intervention as necessary.

The EPA has indicated it expects to publish final regulations by July 2016.

About SEMA
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $36 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,633 member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909-610-2030, or visit


A Huge Stable of Impressive Ponies

*See the Jack Miller Mustang collection for auction by clicking the the photo gallery belowJack Miller loves Mustangs as much as he loves good food, relaxed dining and running a chain of 75 Ale House restaurants in over 10 states. That love of Mustangs inspired Miller to create an amazing herd of nearly 100 desirable Mustangs and classic Fords over the years, many of which he acquired at Barrett-Jackson auctions.While many car enthusiasts and collectors focus primarily on vintage models, Miller was among the first to understand the incredible performance—and historical significance—of newer Mustangs. In particular, he collected an unparalleled assortment of limited-edition Shelby, Saleen and Roush specialty cars based on the 2005-2014 S197 Mustang platform.And Why Not?When William Clay Ford Jr. unveiled the prototype of what would become the 2005 Mustang, the world once again fell in love with Ford’s pony car. With its smart blend of retro styling cues and modern technology, this new breed of S197 Mustang played a major role in launching the “retro revolution” that has spread throughout much of the global auto industry.Just as the classic Mustangs of the 1960s made perfect canvasses for Carroll Shelby’s GT350 and GT500 supercars, in 2006 Carroll Shelby thought so much of the new Mustang that he rebooted his line of special editions, starting with the Shelby GT-H. But while Shelby pretty much held a lock on specially constructed Mustangs back in the 1960s, by 2005 Steve Saleen and Jack Roush were in on the game as well.Through it all, Miller knew something special was happening. He realized that, as great as the icons from the 1960s were, these modern Mustangs were faster, handled better and stopped quicker. And when transformed by Shelby, Saleen or Roush, they are just as desirable. So he began buying. In particular, Miller sought first editions and even had Saleen build some one-off examples just for him.Before long his collection needed a home, so he opened Jack Miller’s Mustang Barn in Jupiter, Florida. Open by appointment, Miller shared his herd with appreciative car clubs, school groups, friends and fellow enthusiasts.AuctionNow the time has come to set some of these stallions free. Offered entirely at No Reserve, 39 featured attractions acquired from the Mustang Barn Collection will cross the block at the 2016 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale—set for Jan. 23-31—grouped by type and sold in sequence.

Among the gathering will be no fewer than seven Shelby GT500s and GT500KRs, 10 Saleen Mustangs—including S302 Extreme fastbacks and roadsters, Dark Horse fastbacks and roadsters, SC281 fastbacks and roadsters—and 16 Roush Mustangs, including BlackJacks, speedsters, roadsters, 427Rs, RS3s, P-51Bs and others.

A key detail that sets most of these Shelby, Saleen and Roush Mustangs apart is that they are virtually brand-new with (typically) less than 150 actual miles since they were parked in the Mustang Barn (see each vehicle description for exact mileage figure and condition). Many have been autographed by their builders and some are even still “in the wrapper,” having never been given the dealer-prep treatment. As the years pass, cars like these become more and more scarce.

Oh, and yes ‒ several of the Mustang Barn’s vintage Ford classics will also cross the block. Among them are a 1957 Skyliner Retractable hardtop/convertible, a 1967 Mustang GT 390, a 1968 Mustang custom convertible, a 1968 Shelby GT500 convertible, 1969 Mach 1 428 SCJ, and, from 2003, a Mach 1 with the Shaker hood and a mere 825 miles.

Think back to the 1970s. If you’re of a certain age, you probably remember how car collectors back then hunted for antique autos from the 1920s through 1950s. To many, the muscle cars of the 1960s were simply “too common” or “too new” to ever be of popular interest. Now, look at things. The same 1969 Ram Air GTO or 1971 HEMI ’Cuda that was ho-hum in 1979 is at the top of the food chain today. Here’s a word to the wise: history repeats itself.

  • 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible – 428ci V8
  • 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible – 428ci V8
  • 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible – 428ci V8
  • 2009 Roush Mustang P-51B – (Serial No. 1 and No. 51 both up for auction)


Coming Soon: 1966-’67 Chevy II Nova Bodies to Factory Specs

Work Station No. 3 at Real Deal Steel in Sanford, Florida, is ready to go when the company begins assembling replacement bodies for 1966-1967 Chevy II Nova two-door hardtops early next year.The popular Chevy body styles will be assembled to exact factory specifications from all-new steel on the company’s state-of-the-art welding assemblies, according to Real Deal Steel. The bodies will be available in stock form, but also with Real Deal Steel options, such as mini-tubbed rear wheel wells to allow wider-than-stock wheels and tires to be used.Because the bodies are built to precise specifications, all mechanical and trim pieces will fit properly, from window glass to front clip and rear suspension pieces, according to the company. All factory mounting fittings, tabs, and slots are included.The Chevy II Nova two-door hardtop bodies will be sold directly by Real Deal Steel or through its nationwide dealer network. Bodies can be picked up in Sanford or shipped domestically or internationally. For information on availability dates, pricing and dealer locations, visit more information visit or call 407.585.1957.
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Unearthed: Thousands of N.O.S. Chevy Parts

Bow-Tie Mother Lode: Ausley’s Chevelle Parts Unearths Huge Cache of Barn Find N.O.S. Parts

Evan Perkins Jun 23, 2015 0 Comment(s)

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It’s easy to daydream about stumbling upon some rare car, sitting idly and untouched by time in a secluded hideaway — the idea of a barn find is just plain exciting. But some of these treasure troves of automotive archeology don’t come in the form of a car, but instead in a collection of vintage parts. Our friends over at Ausley’s Chevelle Parts just hit the mother lode of new old stock (N.O.S.) caches. Roger Ausley, the company’s owner just purchased what is likely in the tens of thousands of brand-new Chevy parts that have been hidden away for years — many still in their original packaging.

“I knew this guy back in the late ’70s,” said Ausley. “He was an anesthesiologist and he would buy out old Chevrolet dealership’s new old stock inventory. He was doing it back in the day when they would just about give it to you to get rid of it. He went as far as Hawaii and Puerto Rico to get parts.”

When the collector passed away, Ausley was given an opportunity to purchase the vast collection of Bow-Tie booty.

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“His wife decided she was just going to liquidate the stuff and I was contacted because they wanted to sell the whole business and the whole collection of everything. At my age, I didn’t want to spend that kind of money and start another business, but I said I would come up and look at it anyway.

What Ausley saw when he arrived would have knocked the wind out of your average car guy. Parts were stacked helter-skelter, floor-to-ceiling all across the massive building.

“The place was an old chicken processing plant so it was probably 25,000 square feet, not to mention there were tractor-trailers sitting outside slammed full of sheetmetal, gas tanks, and just unbelievable amounts of stuff,” said Ausley. “It was like being in a picker’s paradise.” I made the deal to buy all of the Chevelle stuff.”

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