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Spectre Air Intake Ups Power & Improves Response In 2015-2017 Ford F150 V6 Pickups

The heat shield seals tightly with the hood closed through the use of durable automotive gaskets

Designed for 3.5L V6-powered Ford F150 pickups the Spectre air intake system adds power and response

The sturdy and proven Duratec 35 3.5L V6 engine was available in 2015 – 2017 Ford F150 models. The Duratec 35 featured a sophisticated design that included double overhead camshafts operating four valves per cylinder heads through direct acting mechanical bucket camshaft tappets. The camshaft were components of the twin-independent variable cam timing (Ti-VCT) system that increased power while improving fuel economy.

Although named Duratech in advertising distributed to the public, it was a clean sheet of paper design internally designated as the Cyclone; it had nothing in common with earlier generations of Duratech engines. The Duratech 35 developed 282 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque. Not surprising it was selected by the automotive industry magazine Wards Auto for its 10 Best Engines list.

Introduced in the 13th generation of F150, the Duratech 35 was positioned as the base engine. Above it in the line were the 325 horsepower 2.7L EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 and the 385 horsepower 5.0L V8. For 2018 the 3.5L V6 was replaced by a 3.3L V6 that actually produces more power than the 3.5 – an increase of eight horsepower.

With the hood open inspection of the Spectre Filter is a snap

The Spectre HPR air filter utilizes a non-woven synthetic filter media

If you own a 2015-2017 Ford F150 powered by the 3.5L V6 Duratech, consider installing a Spectre 9048 air intake system to make up some of the difference between your truck and more powerful Ford F150 models.

The Spectre 9048 adds performance and response by feeding your Duratech 35 cooler, fresh air than the stock system can provide. Fresh outside air is now fed to an oversized seven-inch tall HPR9892 tapered conical air filter protected within a two-piece heat shield that installs into the space of the factory air box. The HPR9892 is a low-restriction air filter, constructed of a non-woven synthetic filter media.

Once filtered, intake air is directed through a velocity stack into an aerodynamically-verified polished aluminum intake tube that accommodates the factory mass air meter, IAT sensor, and other required hoses. Installation is a straightforward process that can be accomplished in a few hours or less and requires only a few common hand tools and no drilling.

And once you’ve installed your Spectre 9048 air intake system you’ve eliminated the need to buy another air filter for the life of your covered 2015 – 2017 Ford F150 powered by the Duratec 35 3.5 L V6 engine. The only maintenance required is a simple service you can do all by yourself. That’s because the Spectre HPR9892 air filter element is washable and reusable.

The Spectre 9048 is designed to fit the following vehicles:

2017 FORD F150 3.5L V6 Fuel Injection - Exc. Turbo
2016 FORD F150 3.5L V6 Fuel Injection - Exc. Turbo
2015 FORD F150 3.5L V6 Fuel Injection - Exc. Turbo


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Spectre Performance at 10th Anniversary 2017 OUSCI Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Shot of FM3 Performance Marketing CEO/President, Jimi Day out at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Jimi Day, President and CEO of FM3 Performance Marketing and OUSCI Director of Racing

This year, the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational celebrates its 10th Anniversary. The event, OUSCI, immediately following the SEMA show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, is the brainchild of Optima’s Director of Product Development and Marketing, Cam Douglass. Along with veteran racer and President/CEO of FM3 Performance Marketing, Inc. these two gentlemen changed the way many builders, vendors, and attendees look at SEMA today.

The “Invitational” has become the ultimate street car event by which a participant can earn his or her way in on points garnered at qualifying events. OR by receiving a golden ticket invitation, at the SEMA show, should your badass built streetcar capture the attention of the likes of Cam himself or partner Jimi Day.

SHot of the 1965 Candy Tangerine Chevrolet Corvette owner/driver by Greg Thurmond in Optima Alley

Greg Thurmond's 1965 Candy Tangerine Chevrolet Corvette - SCAR in Optima Alley at SEMA

And this year it seemed as though it was bigger than ever. The stakes were higher, the competition was stiffer and the drivers were ready to rock and roll.

Predicting a full week that began with a midnight load into Optima Alley at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the OUSCI participants spent time with their sponsors and other competitors. They attended SEMA build unveilings, stood in line to meet some iconic and legendary movers and shakers in the automotive industry. They attended educational seminars and mixers hosted by SEMA’s 10 diverse councils learning and exploring all the workings that SEMA has to offer. They took part in OPTIMA’s most recent virtual reality experience at the OPTIMA Booth and even made appearances of their own at OPTIMA’s Annual SEMA Press Conference. Finally, these competitors would endure the gut-wrenching critique of the judges for the Lingenfelter Design and Engineering segment the first of five segments of this monumental event. Seriously this was a big deal! You can bet they were all itching to get out to Las Vegas Motor Speedway to see if the improvements they made to their rides would actually make a difference in their final position when it was all said and done.

Photo of SCAR in the 2015 SEMA Show Spectre Booth

SCAR sitting front and center at the 2015 SEMA Show in the Spectre Performance Booth

This year, OUSCI saw a couple big changes starting with event format. The drivers would have the bulk of Saturday dedicated to autocross. The field was divided into their respective classes; GTV (Vintage), GTS (Sports Car), GTL (Lights), GTE (Electric), GTC (Compacts), GT (think Heavyweights like Camaro, Mustang, etc.) and to keep things fair, they would race in multiple run groups throughout the morning and afternoon in side by side competition. After a full day of Detroit Speed & Engineering Autocross to prove these drivers weren’t simply slapping license plates on race cars, the competitors would prove the car’s roadworthiness in the Lucas Oil/MAV TV Road Rally.

Photo of Greg and Scar just after the big SEMA Show and his first OUSCI

Greg Thurmond with SCAR in 2015 post SEMA Thrash

On Sunday, the participants would compete in the Powerstop Brakes Speed Stop and Falken Tires Hot Lap Challenges throughout the day, pushing the limits of braking and suspension in multiple run groups on road course and speed stop sessions, culminating in the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational group photo and awards ceremony. One very exciting and very welcome change is the addition of the Class Cups awarded to the “Top Dog” in each class at this incredible event. Yes, that means not just one award, that means 7 very happy award winners.

Shot of Lynda Jacobs behind the wheel of Wimpy on the autocross at OUSCI 2017

The midwest sweetheart, Lynda Jacobs in "Wimpy" on the autocross track at OUSCI 2017

In fact, the 10th Anniversary of OUSCI saw a very diverse field of more than 100 competitors with the largest field in OUSCI history; the GTV Class with 34 registered drivers!

Spectre Performance had great representation at OUSCI this year in the GTV Class with returning competitor Greg Thurmond in his 1965 Candy Tangerine Corvette Stingray Resto-Mod known throughout the pro-touring world as SCAR. Along with midwest sweetheart, Linda Jacobs and her incredible Spectre Performance-equipped 1966 Butter Yellow Convertible Chevelle affectionately named “Wimpy”. Both Greg and Linda came to the 10th Anniversary ready to race with their “A” Game.

This is the third consecutive year that Spectre Performance team driver Greg Thurmond made the big show. You might remember in 2015, Thurmond’s Vette sat front and center in the Spectre Performance booth at SEMA where it did indeed catch the eye of possibly tens of thousands of SEMA show goers. More importantly, he nabbed a golden ticket invite. For 2016 and 2017 Thurmond raced his way into OUSCI and has been a force in the GTV Class each time, bringing home an 8th place GTV overall finish at this years OUSCI. When we caught up with him he shared that the Detroit Speed and Engineering Autocross, “was a bit tougher for us this year and finished up 11th in the GTV Class,” Thurmond said. However, he was rather pleased with his success at the Powerstop Brakes Speed Stop securing a 6th Place position in his class.

Photo of Lynda Jacobs in her 1966 Butter Yellow Convertible Chevelle, "Wimpy"

Jacobs 1966 Butter Yellow Convertible Chevelle Wimpy

Husband and crew chief, Chris Jacob’s, had this to say about his and Lynda's experience at OUSCI, “This year's event had it's ups and downs, but we had a great time. Lynda constantly improved and her Chevelle performed flawlessly. Always great to head home with a car that just requires a wipe down.” But Lynda’s no stranger to OUSCI. In fact, this was her second go-round behind the wheel but her first driving this new and improved OUSCI format. Also a GTV Class competitor, Lynda has proven she can throw down with the best of them. Maneuvering her Chevelle with ease and confidence Lynda would come away with a fantastic finish and was one of only three female competitors. That’s definitely something to brag about!

This year OUSCI saw the crowning of a new Grand Champion, Ken Thwaits in his 2006 Mitsubishi EVO. The racing was tight and the competition worthy. Ken also took the GTL Class Win.

Photo of Jacobs at grid for the Falken Tire Hot Lap Challenge

Jacobs at grid for the Falken Tires Hot Lap Challenge

Additional class champions are:

GTV: Larry Wood, 1968 Chevrolet Camaro

GTS: Austin Barnes, 2010 Dodge Viper

GTL: Ken Thwaits, 2006 Mitsubishi EVO

GTC: Scott Budasalich, 2006 Honda S2000

GTE: Matthew Scott, 2017 Hyundai Ioniq

GT: Bryan Johnson, 2013 Chevrolet Camaro


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Suzy Bauter Brings Her 1963 Rambler Wagon to the 2017 Spectre SEMA Booth

Click the image to see an interview with owner and builder of the Rambler, Suzy Bauter

Click the image to see an interview with owner and builder of the Rambler, Suzy Bauter

If in addition to “Spell Check” there was a program that determined whether the words in a sentence actually fit together it would definitely spit out “Rambler-Station Wagon-Pro Touring-Autocross.” But that hasn't stopped Suzy Bauter from turning what she thought would be a daily driver into the meanest Rambler that’s ever annihilated a cone.

Starting with a solid, straight 1963 Rambler American 440 Station Wagon, complete with engine in the back of the wagon, Suzy started by having the flathead 6 rebuilt. With all of 130 horsepower and a three-on-the-tree gearbox, Suzy took the Rambler out to autocross with her husband and ace autocrosser Rodney Prouty. Rodney, by the way, is well-known for killing cones in his “Plain Jane” 1968 Camaro.

So Suzy’s Plan A wasn’t working, so it was time to move to Plan B.

The intake assembly was pieced together from components available in the Spectre catalog

Easily spotted are the Spectre intake components that easily fit within the confines under the hood

That involved gutting the car, re-positioning the car on the frame (more in a minute), replacing the front end with a first generation Camaro subframe and the rear suspension with a full IRS from a fifth-generation Camaro, then stuffing an LS V8 under the hood, a full seven inches rearward from stock. Oh, and they did all of this by themselves in their two-car garage.

The Camaro front clip is supplemented by Global West upper control arms and Detroit Speeds lower control arms.

By 1963 parent company AMC, was holding on for dear life. They tried to squeeze as many models out of common components as possible, which is how Suzy ended up with a wagon with a 99-inch wheelbase but 100-inches between wheel well centers. As the plan was to flare the fenders to the extreme, that inch would cause problems. So the wheelbase was stretched to match the car.

The flares are steel with smoothing achieved with a professional body shop filler

The Flair Witch Project was completed inside the Bauter-Prouty family garage

Under the hood, the 5.3L LM7 V8 currently produces around 360 horsepower with its Edelbrock carb conversion, but it sounds like Suzy might be expecting a supercharger under the Christmas tree. Other mods include a Spectre fuel rail, fuel regulator, and crankcase breather. According to Suzy “there are no aftermarket parts available for a 1963 Rambler” so thankfully Spectre offers a wide range of intake components to custom-assemble a high-flow system. The LS is backed by a 700R4 with a TCI valve body, driving back to a fifth-generation Camaro differential.

While under the car, the couple installed 14-inch rotors and six-piston Baer Pro+ 6P brakes with 18x11 wheels from US Mags, fitted with P315/30ZR18 BFGs all around. Perhaps the most trick system on the car is the cutting-edge Viking Berserker ASM (Active Shock Management). It’s an intelligent system that collects data from yaw-rate to steering wheel position through a battalion of sensors and adjusts the damper valving up to 1000 times per second. All variables are adjustable through a laptop-based program, so the tuning can be adjusted for almost every handling state between runs, if needed.

The ginormous fender flares were formed and fitted in the Bauter-Prouty family garage as well, earning the nickname of the “Flare Witch Project” around the garage for the amount of toil required to get them fitted and blended properly. While all the cursing was going on in the garage, Suzy was inside sewing all new seat covers and carpets.

The interior also includes a harness bar from which to hang the shoulder straps

Suzy herself stitched the interior including seat covers and floor mats

The only work not completed inside the Bauter-Prouty garage was paint and final bodywork by Best of Show Coachworks in Escondido, California. Suzy gives high marks to the caliber of the work at Best of Show: “It was never supposed to be a pretty race car but it sure is now.”

Ask about their relationship Spectre, Suzy replied “We been loyal to Spectre for years. They supported us on our Camaro build and have become good industry friends.”

We’d love to report on how the gonzo ‘63 Ramb-aro faired in its first autocross, but that event is still to come. Suzy and Rodney had committed to having the beast on display in the Spectre Booth Number 22755 at the 2017 SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.


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1966 Chevy Corvette from SEMA 2017 Has a Hidden Secret That Most People Don't Know

Click the video link to hear why the builder of this beautiful Corvette did such an atrocity

Click the video link to hear why the builder of this beautiful Corvette did such an atrocity

If cutting a split-window 1966 Corvette in half and widening it by over six inches is your idea of fun, here’s the car for you. The “Split Ray” was built by Scott Roth, of The Auto Shoppe, in Vermont with the goal of combining Italian supercar flair with a C2 to produce what he modestly calls “something different”. The judges at the Detroit Autorama agreed, selecting the “Split Ray” as a Great 8, one of eight nominees from the show eligible for the coveted Ridler award. And no wonder. The attention to detail is astounding from the Ferrari-like egg-crate grille, hand-formed aluminum bumpers, custom DOT-approved windshield, to the LS9 with bespoke blower cover and valve covers from EVOD Industries to give it the look of an updated Fuelie. EVOD also supplied the wheels, which appear to be knock offs, but actually hide a five bolt mounting. In case you’re wondering, the total effort was 22,000 man hours spread across a crew of nine over 17 months. Scott comments that “people don’t notice at first that the car has been widened.” Not surprisingly, the extra width makes the “Split Ray” appear more contemporary. The interior certainly is inspired by a newer era, with many C7 components. Asked why he chose Spectre for the “Split Ray”, Scott enthusiastically replied that “we’ve used Spectre filters in about a dozen builds. The filters work great, there are lots of options, and they’re easy to work.” Thanks for the kind words Scott, and congratulation on a truly stunning build. Watch the video to see more about the innovative “Split Ray”.

Under that custom blower cover sits an LS9 that breathes through a Spectre filter and custom intake

Under that custom blower cover sits an LS9 that breathes through a Spectre filter and custom intake


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Spectre Air Intake Kit Boosts Horsepower, Torque on 2013-2014 Ram Trucks

The Spectre 9005 includes a cast aluminum tube, heat shield and Spectre HPR 0891 air filter

The Spectre 9005 air intake kit fits 2013-2014 Ram pickups

If you own a 2013-2014 Ram 3500 or 2500 or a 2013-2014 Dodge Ram 3500 or 2500 pickup equipped with a 6.7-liter diesel engine and you want it to perform much better than it does, then you need to get the new Spectre 9005 air intake kit.

The air intake includes a cast aluminum tube, black powdercoated heat shield and a Spectre HPR0891 air filter and is designed with the physics of airflow in mind to outperform the factory air intake to improve engine horsepower, torque, and engine noise.

You may not be aware that factory intake systems are notorious for restricting airflow and thus inhibiting the performance of a vehicle’s engine. Replacing the factory system with the Spectre 9005 cold air intake ensures that colder air gets into the engine. Cooler air brings more oxygen and denser air into the combustion chamber of the engine and that results in more power. This is achieved because the air intake blocks the filter from the engine compartment so that hot air generated by the engine and other components does not mix with the cooler air being directed into the engine. Not only is horsepower and torque improved, airflow is also enhanced because the tube of the intake has been specially engineered to the proper size and diameter to produce the smoothest and straightest route for the air to flow in a 2013-14 Ram 2500 or 3500 HD.

The Spectre 9005 includes a cast aluminum tube, heat shield and Spectre HPR 0891 air filter

The Spectre 9005 includes a cast aluminum tube, heat shield, and Spectre HPR0891 air filter

The HPR0891 round tapered replacement air filter has been included in this particular air intake kit because it is designed to offer the specific airflow and filtration necessary for diesel engines. The non-woven synthetic material used in the filter’s medium is pre-oiled to capture and hold particles with minimal effect to the airflow. It is washable and reusable and will last for up to 50,000 miles depending on driving conditions until a cleaning is necessary.

In addition, Spectre offers the HPR4820 AccuCharge precision air filter cleaning and oiling system that is specially formulated to cleanse the filter so that it can be used over and over again for the life of your vehicle. If you drive 150,000 miles and change your regular air filter every 15,000 miles, then you are purchasing and discarding 10 filters. With the Spectre HPR0891 washable and reusable air filter and Spectre’s HPR4820 cleaning and oiling system, there will be no need for you to purchase another air filter ever again.

The engine used to power the 2013-14 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks is the latest version of the Cummins B Series family of engines. Designated the B6.7, the 6.7-liter L6 diesel engine produces 350-horsepower and 650-lbs.-ft. of torque. This particular engine succeeded the previous B5.9, a 5.9-liter (360-cubic inch) Interact System B straight-six engine.

The newer engine offers a larger displacement than the previous engine, features an increase of the cylinder bore and piston stroke to 4.21-inches and 4.88-inch stroke that results in a displacement of 408-cubic inches.

The Spectre 9005 is designed to replace the airflow restrictive factory air intake system

The Spectre 9005 is easy to install with common hand tools

The Spectre 9005 Air Intake Kit is designed to fit the following vehicles:

2014 RAM 3500 6.7L L6 Diesel Engine - All Models
2014 RAM 2500 6.7L L6 Diesel Engine - All Models
2014 DODGE RAM 3500 PICKUP 6.7L L6 Diesel Engine - All Models
2014 DODGE RAM 2500 PICKUP 6.7L L6 Diesel Engine - All Models
2013 RAM 3500 6.7L L6 Diesel Engine - All Models
2013 RAM 2500 6.7L L6 Diesel Engine - All Models
2013 DODGE RAM 3500 PICKUP 6.7L L6 Diesel Engine - All Models
2013 DODGE RAM 2500 PICKUP 6.7L L6 Diesel Engine - All Models


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Autocross Driver Suzy Bauter Builds a Pro-Touring AMC Rambler for 2017 SEMA Show

The Suzy Bauter 1963 Rambler will be on display at the Spectre Performance booth at 2017 SEMA

The Suzy Bauter 1963 Rambler will be on display at the Spectre Performance booth at SEMA 2017

In 1958, a young CEO named George Romney decided to kill off the Nash and Hudson brands in order to save American Motors from extinction. AMC’s car line was too outdated to keep pace with the big three automakers, so Romney spent what little money the company had, to develop a new compact car called the Rambler. Because the Rambler was based on an old Nash design, this left AMC with plenty of money to advertise the virtues of owning an economy car. By 1960, the Rambler was the third best-selling car brand in the United States, and Romney had become a household name in the process. Prior to AMC, no automaker had ever used their CEO as the public face for the company. This shrewd PR move allowed George Romney to convince Americans that his new Rambler was far superior to those “big, bulky, gas-guzzling dinosaurs”, which ironically earned him the nickname ‘dinosaur hunter’. Sales continued to soar, and Motor Trend described the 1963 Rambler American as “a straightforward, proven design with no nonsense - something for everyday folks.” More than 50 years later, a PR consultant named Suzy Bauter decided to buy a 1963 Rambler American 440 Wagon, and now she’s on a mission to convince people that a Rambler can outrun the dinosaurs on the autocross circuit.

Suzy regularly competes in autocross events with her 1968 Chevy Camaro

Suzy regularly competes in autocross events with her 1968 Chevy Camaro

As a little girl in San Mateo California, Suzy liked to hang out and watch her brother and his friends work on their cars. She took auto shop in high school but wound up with a finance degree working on Wall Street. Years later, she changed careers and started doing PR in the oil and gas industry. “I wanted a change, and I thought that PR would give me more time at home. But it really didn't.” She said. A few years later, her husband Rodney Prouty started competing in autocross events on the weekends, and Suzy would help him work on their 1968 Camaro. It didn’t take long for her to get hooked on the sport, and soon she was competing alongside her husband. 

“At a recent Goodguys event, Spectre had tents for us to pit at, and a big barbecue for everyb

“At a recent Goodguys event, Spectre had tents for us to pit at and a big barbecue for everybody"

“In autocross, we help each other out, we root each other on, we cookout in the campground, it really is a family. And I've been fortunate. I lived all my life in California and had a big motorsports family. Then a few years ago, we decided to move to Indiana and suddenly I had no more autocross family. I had to go to my first event by myself because my husband was working. And by the end of the weekend, I had five new friends, that are still my friends along with several more.” This immersion in the world of motorsports also inspired a career change, so Suzy left her job in the oil industry and started doing PR for motorsport companies like SCCA, Big Red Camaro, Evolution Driving School, Autocross Guys, and Pro-Touring.com. She continued: “Spectre has always been very grassroots in motorsports. They would pull their rig in, and you knew that they would be there to support you. Or just root you on. I will be a loyal Spectre customer for the rest of my life, just because of the support that they have given to my motorsports family.” 

Suzy's SEMA show car started life as a plain-Jane 1963 AMC Rambler American 440 Wagon

Suzy's SEMA show car started life as a plain-Jane 1963 AMC Rambler American 440 Wagon

Around the same time that Suzy started doing PR in the motorsports world, she also decided that it was time to build her own car. “I've been autocrossing our Camaro for a couple of years, and I decided that I wanted my own car. And I really wanted a wagon. I thought I wanted a Ford Falcon wagon because we had one when I was a kid. I thought: it's small enough, I can fit a V-8 in it. You know, make a cute little autocross car out of it. But Falcons became really hot the year that I decided I wanted one (2010). So, I started looking at alternatives, then I stumbled upon this Rambler on Craigslist.” She wound up buying a 1963 AMC Rambler American 440 Wagon, with a straight body, and an 80 horsepower 3.2L flathead 6 in the trunk. “Originally, I thought I would rebuild the flathead, put a little wider tire on it, and drive it with the three on the tree. But after about a year of autocrossing, I realized that the expected 125 horsepower of the rebuild, wasn't going to cut it. So, I have a beautiful restored flathead six still wrapped up in the garage.”

This 2017 SEMA Show car will be powered by a 5.3L Chevy V8 with a Spectre air filter and fuel rail

This 2017 SEMA Show car will be powered by a 5.3L Chevy V8 with a Spectre air filter and fuel rail

Suzy Bauter was not a mechanic or fabricator by trade, but she had helped her husband work on their 1968 Camaro over the years. “I'm fully capable of doing stuff like electrical and upholstery, and bolt-on stuff,” she said. For the Rambler SEMA build however, she’s had to get a lot more involved in the build. “We've moved across the country twice since I started building this car. When I talked to Spectre and they said they would put it in their SEMA booth, that was kind of the final push. This year was the year the car needed to be done.”

Suzy decided to replace the AMC straight-6 with a Chevy 5.3L V8, which she tuned to produce an estimated 360-hp. Some of the modifications include a Spectre fuel rail, fuel regulator, crank case breather, and a high-flow intake system. That’s backed up by a modified 700R4 transmission with a TCI Autocross valve body, and the whole drivetrain has been moved back into the firewall 7-inches to achieve better weight balance. Underneath, she and Rodney welded in a first-gen Camaro front subframe, complete with a custom suspension from Suspension Geek. A fifth-gen Camaro independent rear suspension and differential were used out back. And all four corners will be getting big Baer Pro+ 6P brakes, Viking adjustable coilovers, and 18x10.5 US Mags wheels wearing sticky BFG Rival S tires.

Suzy Bauter welding suspension components on her Pro-Touring 1963 AMC Rambler

Suzy Bauter welding suspension components on her Pro-Touring 1963 AMC Rambler

Because of the wide tires and suspension setup, significant fender flares had to be added. This will result in an aggressive Pro-touring look, which will be set off by a custom color scheme by Best of Show Coachworks. And since, as Suzy put it, “There isn't a single aftermarket thing for a ’63 Rambler wagon,” she’s adapted universal-fit components from Spectre, including the front spoiler, door handles, and the throttle cable.  

Thanks to its sub-3,000lb curb weight, low center of gravity, and autocross tuned suspension, the Suzy Bauter 1963 Rambler American 440 Wagon SEMA show car should be a serious contender when she begins campaigning it in SCCA Solo, Goodguys AutoCross, and Optima Autocross events across the Southeast and Midwest. We at Spectre can't wait to watch Ms. Bauter become the next 'Dinosaur Hunter' on the autocross circuit later this year. In the meantime, go check out her '63 Rambler Wagon in the Spectre Performance Booth at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Autocross driver Suzy Bauter plans to be the next Dinosaur Hunter with her little AMC Rambler

Autocross driver Suzy Bauter plans to be the next Dinosaur Hunter with her little AMC Rambler


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Customize your Chevy Crate Engine with Chrome and Aluminum Accessories from Spectre

The 350/290 might well be the best deal in the V8 Muscle Car & Truck world

The 350/290 when shipped from GM is pretty bland in appearance (Photo: Chevrolet)

Perhaps the best deal going in the world of V8 performance is the Chevrolet Motorsports 350/290. It’s sold as a basic crate engine with no intake manifold or carb, no exhaust system, or ignition – not even plug wires. To further keep costs down, all the items you’d expected to see chromed on a typical crate motor are painted black on the 350/290. That’s because Chevrolet Performance wanted to keep the price as low as possible, you can buy the engine for less than $2400 and many sellers will ship it to your home, work, or shop for free.

Spectre Performance can help. The company offers a full line of the type of chromed steel and polished aluminum covers and components the 350/290 is screaming for. And if you bolt them all on before you drop the motor in your pre-1976 vehicle, the installation will be that much easier.

But back to the motor for a second. It’s named the 350/290. The first number is pretty obvious – the engine’s displacement. The second number is the horsepower as rated by GM. There are sellers out there who claim that if you carefully select your intake, exhaust, and ignition components 300 horsepower or maybe even a little more is available.

Spectre kits make it quick and easy to dress up your GM, Ford, or Mopar V8

The 5432 kit includes air filter, ExtraFlow lid, valve covers, breather, and assorted hardware

The motor is built on fresh GM block and heads, no recycled parts here. The crankshaft is cast of nodular iron and held in place by four-bolt main caps. The rods are the latest powered metal fabrications, just like in the modern LS engines. Cast aluminum pistons, hydraulic cam, and cast iron heads with 76cc combustion chambers top off the valvetrain.

So you’ve placed your order for the motor and the delivery arrived shortly thereafter. The black beast is now bolted to your engine stand where you can install the intake manifold, carburetor, and ignition system. It may have plenty of go at this point but it lacks seriously in flash.

Spectre makes things convenient for the engine builder by combining several complementary parts together in a package. This way you’re certain all the pieces will fit and you’ll save a little dough in the process.

Spectre offers stamped, cast, and high capacity oil pans for most Muscle Cars V8s

The cast ribbed aluminum oil pan is both attractive and helps in cooling engine oil

Spectre’s 5432 Deluxe Engine Kit provides parts that both increase the look of your 350 engine. This complete kit includes a cleaner stud kit, a cleaner nut, valve cover hold-downs, an oil cap, and a grommet kit to give a slick chrome look. A red performance air cleaner, breather, and a PCV breather are also included. This kit is designed to fit Chevrolet center bolt engines. The Spectre 5432 Deluxe Engine Kit includes a Spectre low-restriction, washable oiled synthetic air filter element that helps increase horsepower and torque, along with an Extraflow filter lid.

If you’re planning on installing the later style long water pump, here are a few items to add to your shopping list.

The Spectre 47293 Alternator Bracket Set was designed for Chevrolet Small Block engines with a long water pump. This triple chrome-plated kit includes two brackets and the hardware needed to mount your alternator in a clean and professional way.

We like the look of the Spectre 4930 as not only is it made from polished aluminum, but it also swivels 360 degrees. This means that not matter where you have to route the upper coolant hose, it’ll always end up in the right spot. We also prefer the style of the 4930 over the typical ball and socket look.

Spectre offers both stamped and cast front covers for many performance V8 engines

The polished timing cover is an great looking replacement for the stamped black cover on the 350/290

Just to make sure all the flash isn’t just fastened to your engine, consider an item like the chrome plated double-o ring 43385 radiator cap. There’s a matching power steering dipstick to go with it , part number 17985.

That brand new motor deserves better than a discolored old plastic overflow tank. Spectre has several different sizes in both height and diameter. We like the 4192 as it’s easy to fit just about anywhere.

If this 350/290 is headed for an older Camaro, Chevelle, or Chevy pickup, check out the line of radiator support panels available from Spectre. Not only do they brighten your engine bay, the help the radiator run cooler as well by directing more air through the radiator as opposed to around it.

Spectre carries several items that’ll upgrade the appearance and performance of your engine’s oiling system as well. Replace that black-painted stamped-steel oil pan with a gorgeous finned polished aluminum pan from Spectre. We like 4988, which accommodates the 350/290 two-piece rear seal, but also provides a little extra engine cooling thanks to its aluminum construction and “heat sink” fin design. While you’re at it, throw in a plated dipstick like the Spectre 5730 and get rid of that yellow plastic ring.

Our last stop is the front of the motor. We like the looks of the 4935 timing chain cover and its ultra-sleek partner, the 4936 pointer. But let’s face it. Anything would look better than the black-painted, stamped steel cover shipped with the motor.

If you want to go even further, Spectre has a full line of accessories for complete customization

If you want to go even further, Spectre has a full line of accessories for complete customization

As we don’t know what ancillaries you’ll be installing on the motor, we can point you to the Chevrolet small block long pump pulleys page, where options range from single to multiple belt configurations.

So imagine a fresh new 300 horsepower 350 CID small block Chevy engine powering your ride, with thanks to Spectre for making it look as good as it goes.

Since 1983, Spectre has designed and offered unique and innovative parts and components to fuel your vehicular obsession. Our products are designed and tested to perform and last. We have a state of the art chassis dynamometer with diagnostic and emissions testing and performance optimizing capabilities, as well as a top of the line Super-Flow flow bench with airflow, pressure, and velocity measuring capabilities in both intake and exhaust modes, as well as a full experimental laboratory, all of which are used to develop quality products that perform.


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Add Performance with Spectre Air Filters for 2011-2017 Challenger, Charger & 300C

Spectre can turn your 2nd-Gen Dodge Challenger, Charger, 300C or Lancia Thema into a real beast

Spectre can turn your 2nd-Gen Dodge Challenger, Charger, 300C or Lancia Thema into a real beast

When the Chrysler 300C was first launched back in 2005, its success proved that there was still a place in the market for a big rear-wheel drive American sedan. A year later, they unveiled the Dodge Charger. Followed a couple years after that, by the now infamous Dodge Challenger. These big Yank Tanks proved quite popular in America and abroad. So the second generation cars, launched in 2011, featured the latest incarnation of their 3.6L Penastar V6, 5.7L Hemi V8, and 6.4L Hemi V8. A variation of the Chrysler 300, known as the Lancia Thema, was sold to European customers from 2011-2014. And the tire killing SRT trio (Dodge Challenger SRT8, Dodge Charger SRT8, & Chrysler 300C SRT8) got a huge boost in power, thanks to the new 392 Hemi. But if you want to get even more power, while simultaneously protecting your engine, then you need to check out the Spectre HPR11257 OE replacement air filter.

Every car has an air filter, and it's designed to remove dust and dirt before it gets sucked into the cylinders, where it can damage the piston rings, valve train, and fuel injectors. Air filters are absolutely necessary, but they can also reduce performance. You see, an OE Dodge air filter or OE Chrysler air filter is made from thick folded paper, and uses what is known as a “surface loading” design. This means that all of the dirt it filters out of the airstream collects on the surface between the folds. As this dirt builds up, less air can reach the motor, which obviously reduces the amount of power it can make. Your Pentastar 3.6L V-6, or Dodge Hemi V8, needs a lot of oxygen to turn fuel into horsepower. And the high-flow Spectre replacement air filter was specifically designed to increase the airflow, while also improving filtration.

The secret to a Spectre HPR11257 OE replacement air filter, is in its design. Unlike a stock paper air filter, these are made from multiple layers of oil synthetic material, sandwiched between two layers of sturdy wire mesh. This proprietary material allows the airborne contaminants to be stored inside of the material, which is known as “depth loading”. The oil treatment turns the synthetic fibers into a sticky web that’s able to trap much finer dirt particles and lock them in place. The benefit here is, more air can flow through to the motor, more consistently.

The Spectre HPR11257 is designed to fit the following vehicles:

Increase engine protection & performance with the Spectre HPR11257 OE Replacement Air Filter

Increase engine protection & performance with the Spectre HPR11257 OE replacement air filter

2017 DODGE CHARGER 6.4L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2017 DODGE CHARGER 6.2L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2017 DODGE CHARGER 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2017 DODGE CHARGER 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2017 DODGE CHALLENGER 6.4L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2017 DODGE CHALLENGER 6.2L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2017 DODGE CHALLENGER 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2017 DODGE CHALLENGER 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2017 CHRYSLER 300C 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2017 CHRYSLER 300 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2017 CHRYSLER 300 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 DODGE CHARGER 6.4L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 DODGE CHARGER 6.2L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 DODGE CHARGER 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 DODGE CHARGER 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 DODGE CHALLENGER 6.4L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 DODGE CHALLENGER 6.2L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 DODGE CHALLENGER 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 DODGE CHALLENGER 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 CHRYSLER 300S 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 CHRYSLER 300C 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 CHRYSLER 300 6.4L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 CHRYSLER 300 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2015 DODGE CHARGER 6.4L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2015 DODGE CHARGER 6.2L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2015 DODGE CHARGER 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2015 DODGE CHARGER 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2015 DODGE CHALLENGER 6.4L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2015 DODGE CHALLENGER 6.2L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2015 DODGE CHALLENGER 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2015 DODGE CHALLENGER 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2015 CHRYSLER 300S 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2015 CHRYSLER 300C 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2015 CHRYSLER 300C 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2015 CHRYSLER 300 6.4L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2015 CHRYSLER 300 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2014 LANCIA THEMA 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2014 DODGE CHARGER 6.4L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2014 DODGE CHARGER 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2014 DODGE CHARGER 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2014 DODGE CHALLENGER 6.4L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2014 DODGE CHALLENGER 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2014 DODGE CHALLENGER 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2014 CHRYSLER 300S 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2014 CHRYSLER 300C 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2014 CHRYSLER 300C 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2014 CHRYSLER 300 6.4L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2014 CHRYSLER 300 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2013 LANCIA THEMA 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2013 DODGE CHARGER 6.4L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2013 DODGE CHARGER 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2013 DODGE CHARGER 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2013 DODGE CHALLENGER 6.4L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2013 DODGE CHALLENGER 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2013 DODGE CHALLENGER 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2013 CHRYSLER 300S 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2013 CHRYSLER 300C 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2013 CHRYSLER 300 6.4L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2013 CHRYSLER 300 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2012 LANCIA THEMA 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2012 DODGE CHARGER 6.4L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2012 DODGE CHARGER 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2012 DODGE CHARGER 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2012 DODGE CHALLENGER 6.4L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2012 DODGE CHALLENGER 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2012 DODGE CHALLENGER 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2012 CHRYSLER 300S 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2012 CHRYSLER 300C 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2012 CHRYSLER 300 6.4L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2012 CHRYSLER 300 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2011 LANCIA THEMA 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2011 DODGE CHARGER 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2011 DODGE CHARGER 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2011 DODGE CHALLENGER 6.4L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2011 DODGE CHALLENGER 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2011 DODGE CHALLENGER 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2011 CHRYSLER 300C 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2011 CHRYSLER 300 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models


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Spectre Engine Accessories Add a Splash of Flash Under the Hood of Your Muscle Car

Spectre Performance has a wide range of air intakes, filters, & accessories for popular muscle c

Spectre Performance offers a full-line of engine accessries, from Oil Pans to Throttle Body Spacers

There’s a common idiom that states that “the devil is in the details.” The Oxford dictionary defines the phrase as “the details of the matter are the most problematic aspect.” And when you translate that to building or modifying cars or trucks, it can mean that while finding a small block crate motor is a straightforward task, it’s all the little bits – the bolts and brackets and pulleys and dipsticks – can be hardest to locate and might actually hold up the completion of your project.

That’s where Spectre Performance comes in. Spectre offers a complete line of the some of the hardest to find engine accessories, machined from aluminum or finished in triple chrome plating. And while some will improve performance, others just up the “wow” factor when a passer-by first looks under the hood of your project.

You’ve spent countless hours selecting and installing the components of your ride. Let Spectre Performance make the final steps easy with their line of engine accessories for classic Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac models.

Brackets and Latches

Spectre offers various chrome plated brackets, latches, and support bars for the most common classic V8 applications. We carry hood latches and radiator core supports for early Camaros, as well as chrome alternator brackets for small block Ford, and small and big block Chevrolet and Chrysler engines. There’s also a 10-piece alternator bracket set for a professional-looking mounting of the alternator on 1969-1986 small block Chevy engines with a long water pump.

Spectre Performance offers Engine Kits to fit common Chevy, Ford, Mopar, Pontiac & Olds V8s

Spectre's Deluxe Engine Kit for SB Chevy comes with Extraflow filter, valves covers, and hardware

Chrome Engine Kits

Spectre offers triple-plated chrome engine kits that include chrome valve covers with chrome valve cover wing bolts as well as other components that vary by application. In addition, some kits include a chrome air cleaner cover with lid or even Extraflow filter assemblies with lids. Kits are available for classic Big Block and Small Block Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford 335 Series, 385 Series, FE Series, and Windsor engines. There are also kits for Oldsmobile V8 and Pontiac V8 engines. For Small Block Chevys, there are deluxe engine kits that include air filters, breathers, Y-wing valve cover bolts, and additional hardware.

Engine Dress Up Covers
Spectre covers come in two stylish designs allowing for personalization of the engine compartment

Spectre engine dress up covers fit selected factory engine bay caps, boxes and component covers

While aggressive-looking on the outside, many modern muscle cars are just a sea of plastic when you open the hood. If you own a 2011-2016 Mustang, Dodge Charger, Challenger, or 300, or a 2010-2015 Chevrolet Camaro, Spectre has the solution. These contemporary design covers for various underhood components, which differ by model, all cover the OEM parts so there’s never an issue with fit. And all have been extensively tested to make certain they can withstand the high temperatures under the hoods of modern muscle cars.

Master Cylinder Covers

Spectre offers chrome master cylinder covers for literally decades’ worth of General Motors, Ford Motor Company, and Chrysler Corporation models. The applications range from the traditional domed-lid bail-latched versions to the more modern snap-on type.

Oil Dipstick

A humble OEM dipstick can actually be an eyesore under the hood of an otherwise well-detailed engine bay. That’s why Spectre offers several designs, ranging from the OEM type loop, but with lustrous chrome plating, or dipsticks with billet aluminum handles. Chrome dipsticks are available for Small Block and Big Block Chevrolet, Small and Big Block Mopars, 335 and Windsor Fords, and Oldsmobile and Pontiac V8s. Billet handle dipsticks are available for small block Chevrolet, small block and big block Mopar, and Olds and Pontiac V8s.

Oil Pan & Accessories

Spectre oil pans are availablein unfinished steel, triple chrome plated steel, and polished aluminum

Spectre's extra capacity oil pan provides 6 quarts of capacity for 1965-1990 Chevrolet Big Blocks

Spectre Peromance offers a wide array of oil pans in a variety of finishes and materials for classic American V8 engines. These oil pans range from unplated steel pans for Small Block and Big Block Chevys and Small Block Fords, to polished aluminum pans for Small Block Chevys and Fords, to triple chrome plated pans for a variety of GM, Ford, and Chrysler V8s. Spectre Performance also offers special extra capacity oil pans for competition applications, with available extended pickups for Small Block and Big Block Chevrolet V8 engines. So whether it’s a utilitarian plain steel look you’re going for, a more polished appearance, or the versatility and protection that a higher capacity oil pan affords, Spectre Performance has the oil pan that you need.

Power Steering Dipstick

The Saginaw power steering pump was not only installed on generations of General Motors vehicles, but was also installed in certain AMC, Ford, and Chrysler models from the 1960s through the 1970s. The Saginaw power steering pump is also a popular choice when adding power steering to older vehicles that weren’t equipped with the feature from the factory. As the pump is typically mounted front and center, a little flash helps. Spectre offers three type of dipsticks for the Saginaw pump: a triple-chrome replacement type, another with a dual-ring outer edge design, and a chrome-plated ABS cap that snaps over the OEM cap.

Pulleys

Spectre offers alternator, water pump, and power steering pulleys for Chevy Small Block and Big Block engines, Ford engines, and 1979-2004 Mustang engines. Materials include triple chrome plated steel and machined aluminum in single, double, and triple belt configurations. Also available are individual component parts like alternator fans, pulley covers, and pulley shim kits.

Throttle Body Spacers
Spectre’s throttle body spacers are designed to improve air flow and lower air intake restrict

Spectre machine-finished aluminum throttle body spacers are designed to increase low-end torque

Inserted downstream of the throttle butterfly, a throttle body spacer increases the volume of the intake manifold so the engine can operate more efficiently, improving power, torque and fuel economy. Manufactured from high quality machine finished aluminum, Spectre's Chevy and GM throttle body spacers are designed to help improve the intake air flow of select Chevy and GM LSX, 4.3L, 5.0L, 5.7L, 6.2L and 7.4L engines.

Timing Chain Covers & Accessories

Spectre offers triple chrome plated steel or polished aluminum timing chain covers for your Chevy Big Block, Small Block, and Chrysler Big Block Engines. Along with adjustable timing tabs, for improved accuracy, these covers are fabricated from steel and triple chrome plated. Applications include Small Block Chevrolet and Big Block Chevrolet and Chrysler.

Valve Covers & Accessories
Spectre offers valve covers in triple chrome plated, polished aluminum, and even gold iridite

Spectre offers a variety of valve covers and accessories, including for Cadillac, Jeep & Lincoln

Spectre offers valve covers for a wide variety of engines, ranging from the Dodge Slant 6 to Ford’s high-performance BOSS 429 V8. Not only does the company offer a full range of six- and eight-cylinder valve covers manufactured from triple chrome plated steel, polished aluminum, gold iridite as well as a few extra styles, but the company offers a number of accessories as well. Several styles of valve cover bolts, cover spreader bars, O-Ring, and bolt styles are available, as well as oil filler caps and breathers.

Spectre Performance engine accessories are engineered for optimum fit and function and the perfect complement to your time and effort. So whether you’ve started your project or are just planning on one, look to Spectre Performance to add some beauty to that beast of your engine.


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Chris Wissing's Chevelle - From Daily Driver To Superlative Pro Touring Showpiece

After 25 years of daily driver duty Chris's Chevelle has become a head-turning Pro Touring machi

It only took 25 years but Chris Wissing got the exact 1970 Chevelle he'd always wanted

Building a Pro Touring car takes a great deal of imagination. In most cases, you’re not looking at a blank canvas but rather a car that may be months, weeks, or evens days from the crusher. Take the case of our feature car, Chris Wissing’s 1970 Chevelle. Chris has owned the car for over 25 years, and says, “it was my daily driver, bracket racer, and about anything in between.” The Chevelle looked sad and tired; with faded paint, a vinyl roof, and at least one fender replaced by one from another car.

Chris’s dream had been to rebuild an A-body to his exact specifications, and this Chevelle was his starting point. After a few stalled efforts, a full-time job and a new baby, his wife Rebecca stepped in. No, she didn’t tell him to get that pile of ferrous oxide off her property, but rather told Chris he should send the build out to the shop of his choice and have the car built to his specs – and within his lifetime.

Having grown-up in Eugene, Oregon, Chris decided to use the resources with which he was most familiar. The shop Chris selected was Eron Anderson’s Precision Classic and Collision in Eugene, Oregon. They began where all restorations start: taking the entire car apart and determining which parts were still serviceable and which needed to be recycled. The frame didn’t pass the test, but that was just as well, as Precision installed a modern, bulletproof fully-boxed 10 gauge steel frame with IFS from the Roadster Shop. Step 1 of 5894.

The LS376 is an LS3 as used in Corvette and Camaro with a full-race hydraulic camshaft

The Chevrolet Performance LS376 motor produces 525 horsepower straight out of the crate

The suspension consists of a fabricated Strange Engineering Ford 9-inch rear (3.90:1 R&P) attached via a parallel four-bar setup with Panhard rod and Afco coilovers for both springing and damping. In the front is a C6-based IFS with billet spindles and hubs, tubular control arms, and a 1.25-inch splined anti-roll bar, also employing Afco coilovers.

Between those front frame rails reside the desirable Chevrolet Performance LS376 V8. Based on the LS3 that served in both the Corvette and the Camaro SS, the Chevy Performance folks thought it would be an awesome idea to install their ASA full-race camshaft into the LS3. Some tasty tidbits include an aluminum block and heads, L92 rectangular port type heads, 10.7:1 compression ratio, a hydraulic cam that may set some sort of pole vault record with 0.525 lift on the 2.165-inch intake valves and 0.525-inch lift on the 1.590-inch exhaust valves. Fuel is fed from a Rock Valley gas tank with internal pump. Rated straight out of the box (crate) the LS376 delivers 525 horsepower.

Almost as important as the inflow of air and fuel is the movement of spent gases out of the combustion chamber and away from the car. For that task Chris selected a set of headers developed specifically for LS engine installations in GM A-Bodies by Ultimate Headers. From there, spent gases move rearward through a custom three-inch stainless steel exhaust system to a pair of Flowmaster mufflers.

The Chevelle features fully-functioning GTO front seats and a matching GTO back seat

Jon Lind massaged 2004 GTO seats to fit inside the Chevelle, while the dash is from The Shop

Rather than the GM-based performance automatic transmission you see bolted-up to any LS conversions, Chris went old school with a clutch operated by the left foot and a Tremec T-56 operated by the right hand. The six-speed T-56 is more than up to the task of handling the LS376 as it was originally designed for the Dodge Viper and installed in both the Corvette and the Camaro, however it is a little larger than GM engineers had in mind back in the day. To compensate for the larger transmission, a new tunnel was fabricated between the front seats.

Under the hood the real detailing begins. A custom intake feeds the throttle body from a chrome-topped Spectre conical filter that features an inverted cone for improved service life and enhanced flow potential. The entire engine bay has been smoothed out, with custom radiator baffle and injector covers. The Health Department would grade the engine bay an A -- it’s that clean.

The Chevelle features 19" wheels and tires in the front, and 20" in the rear.

Boze Tach alloy wheels wrap Michelin Pilot Sport tires. Hiding are Wilwood six-piston calipers

Before any paint was applied to the exterior, Precision Classic and Collision had a little body work to deal with. As mentioned, Eron and Chad Westrick cleaned-up the engine compartment, smoothed the firewall, and centered the radiator. On the exterior, they installed a pinched in El Camino front bumper (extra points if you spotted the difference in Chevelle and El Camino front turn signals). All bolts, jack slots, and license plate hardware were removed and fender extensions were lengthened to fit tight to bumper. The same was done to the rear. Fender and hood trim was either deleted or smoothed. And overall, gaps tightened and lines sharpened. Fesler Built provided the headlights, taillights, and steering wheel.

At the rear, the body received the mini-tub treatment to fit Michelin Pilot Sport 345/30R20 on 20x13-inch Boze Tach alloys. Fronts, by the way, are 19x9-inch Boze Tachs with 275/30R19 Michelins. Stopping the beast are 13-inch rotors with Wilwood six-piston calipers all the way around.

The car was sprayed by Precision in a custom blend of PPG paint.

On the inside Chris spec’d and Precision created a very livable environment. Using front buckets and rear seats from a 2004 Pontiac GTO was both a clever solution and also creates a connection with another former A Body model. The dash, console, and door panels were all custom-built by Custom Built by Clint Jack at The Shop LLC of Pompano Beach, Florida. The recovering of the seats in grey leather, along with matching headliner in grey suede with aluminum inserts and carpet are all the work of Jon Lind Upholstery in Eugene, Oregon.

No stone was left unurned in the conversion of this daily driver into a real supercar

The level of detail is apparent even in the trunk. Check out the fabricated subwoofer cover

Vintage Air blows the cold air while a custom audio system by Dean Higgenson of Custom Audio of Eugene blows the cool tunes. Starting with a Pioneer head unit, Dean then created a custom enclosure for a Kicker subwoofer and powered it with its own dedicated Phoenix Gold amp. Mid- and high-level frequencies are handled by a Morel Tempo component speaker system.

So now after two years and a sizeable investment, Chris is enjoying his Chevelle in several ways. He’s won awards at car shows, he’s competed against other Pro Touring cars in autocross events, and takes his family out for a ride on sunny Sundays. And isn’t that what owning a Pro Touring car is all about?


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