Mopar Muscle Cruise On Guide
As Spring Approaches, It's Time To Pull Your Mopar Out Of The Garage And Hit The Road. Here Are Some Things You May Want To Consider Before You Take A Spin
From the April, 2010 issue of Mopar Muscle
By Kevin DiOssi
Photography by Kevin DiOssi, The Manufacturer
With the holiday season behind us, we can finally sit back and relax. For our friends in the northern part of the country, this probably meant your car was tucked away nicely in the garage as the salt-strewn streets covered in snow thwarted any possible enjoyment of you muscle car. But there is light at the end of the tunnel! Spring is just around the corner and that means everything will be thawed out and free of snow. It's time to unlock your Mopar. With this in mind, Mopar Muscle has put this list together to give you an idea of how to make sure your car is in ship shape before you begin driving it. We take it that your car is already completed but there is a lot to think about before you decide to take it back on the road. Maybe your tires need to be replaced and you may consider a new set of wheels. We've gathered some manufacturers that offer a great selection for your Mopar, whether it be reproduction wheels or custom designed.
It's always a good idea to check under the hood, too. The car has been sitting for a few months and many fluids are notorious for collecting moisture or getting gunk in them. Fresh fluids are a great way to ensure everything is protected properly. While you're at it, take a look at the brakes and make sure everything works accordingly.
These precautionary measures should become common practice before you start driving your Mopar again and will help you enjoy your cars for years to come. Once you're sure everything is the way Ma Mopar intended, give her a bath and show it off on the streets!
Specialty Wheel offers a large variety of wheels for your classic Mopar. From Standard steel wheels to these Magnum-style wheels. All of their wheels are machine welded to ensure great accuracy and quality. They say their wheel centers are plated using a superior duplex nickel process. This consists of a layer of semi-bright nickel followed by a layer of bright nickel and finished off with a layer of chromium.
ZE Forged wheels offers one of the most user-friendly custom wheel purchases in the industry. It's pretty simple; you choose your wheel design, then the finish, offset and dimensions. You can choose from ZE Forged designs, which favor classic muscle cars, or Boze, favoring late models. A variety of finishes are available ranging from brushed, high polished to your own custom color match. These are ZE Forged High Octane wheels finished in gunmetal powdercoating.
Wheel Vintiques introduces their Chrysler OE and Police wheels with a 5x4.5-inch bolt pattern and are available with a black powdercoat finish. Sizes range from 15x6 to their super-wide 15x10s, and are available with offsets between 3.75-inches and 5.5-inches. They also have assorted other Mopar wheels available as well as Mopar caps and trim rings.
Not only does Stockton Wheel make accurate reproduction Mopar wheels, they also rebuild and re-rim them to fit today's tires. They're great for Mopars looking for that stock look with a big fat tire underneath. How about a 15x14 Rally reproduction wheel? Or maybe a 17x8-inch Magnum reproduction for a modern look with classic style. Stockton Wheel can widen your existing wheels all the way up to 16x10!
Billet Specialties new Pro Touring wheels are engineered for Classic to Modern Mopar Muscle cars. They feature caliper clearances up to 1 7/8-inch, clearing most 6-piston brake systems and your choice of polished or black stainless hardware. Currently, these wheels are available 18-, 19-, 20-, and 22-inch sizes. If the pro touring look isn't for you, Billet Specialties also offers a wide range of other designs.
Coker tire carries high-quality reproduction wheels for Mopars, and they also happen to carry a full line of reproduction tires, such as the popular Firestone Wide Oval. You can order a set of OE Chrysler wheels and tires and take advantage of Coker's free mounting and balancing. The wheels and tires are delivered to your door ready to be mounted to your Mopar. Talk about convenience!
For those of you guys running a larger than stock wheel, Toyo Proxes tires may be what you need. They have become synonymous with performance on the street. Well, now they're looking to take over all levels of the automotive world with their new road race tire, drag radial, and drag slick. The road race tire, the R888, is the official tire of the Speed World Challenge sports car series. It offers exceptional grip for dry surface racing. The new Proxes TQ was designed specifically for high horsepower muscle cars and is 100-percent street legal. Last but not least are their all-new Drag Slicks. These new tires are offered in most popular sizes and are quickly becoming popular in Sportsman class. Toyo also offers a matching Free Rolling front tire with very low rolling resistance and weight as little as 10 pounds.
Looking for classic style with modern performance? Look no further than the Mickey Thompson S/T. The S/T was designed specifically for muscle car owners who want exceptional quality, high-performance handling, and impressive styling. These radials feature a flat all season tread profile that offers a smooth ride with great performance and exceptional mileage. It's rated a "T" for 118 mph and has an impressive 440 UTOG tread wear rating. They can be mounted white letters out or black and are available in eight popular sizes.
When it comes to protection, Amsoil has every base covered. Their product line is extremely broad and features some of the best quality lubricants for all your needs. Before you hit the streets for cruising, it's always a good idea to flush out your fluids. It's an easy safety net for your engine, transmission, brakes, and rear end. Before you put your car away for storage next year, be sure to add Amsoil gasoline stabilizer to prevent oxidation of the fuel while it's away in storage. Check out their full line online.
Brad Penn (American Refining...
Brad Penn (American Refining Group)
Penn Grade 1 oils contain a significantly high concentration of zinc and phosphorus additives. This will come as great news for all you with flat tappet and roller cams. Because the oil can benefit more than just race cars, the name has been changed. It's great for classics, historic, vintage, and muscle cars. If you're in need of a high-quality oil with the benefits of zinc and phosphorus, take a look at the Penn Grade 1 line.
On the top of the list of "Most Frequently Asked Questions" by Chrysler four-speed fans is: "What is the best lube to run in my A-833?" Well, Passon Performance has taken the guesswork out of it. They now offer their own brand of gear lube specifically formulated for the A-833. It is a non-synthetic lube that consists of a proprietary formulation that has been developed by Passon Performance. The lube is thinner than conventional 80 W 90 gear lube, which allows for easier shifting, especially in cooler climates. However, it still has excellent cushioning to protect the synchronizer hubs from galling. This lube can be used in transmissions equipped with '64 to mid-'70 style synchronizer rings and those equipped with mid '70 and up style synchronizer rings with or without bleed-off grooves. Four quarts will handle a transmission fill.
Wizards' new Crud Release is an extremely effective, high performance cleaner that will attack and dissolve crud buildup from your most difficult cleaning projects. Crud Release destroys grease and oil on contact, effortlessly eliminates diesel soot, removes ink from unwanted surfaces, and works equally as fast on oil and water based stains. The highly concentrated biodegradable formula is phosphate free. It performs well at dilution rations ranging from 1:6 to 1:40, making it not only effective but economical to use. Crud Release provides very versatile cleaning, from BBQ grills and diesel engines to removing scuff marks from floors and kick pads.
E3 Spark Plugs
E3 Spark Plugs
With today's gas prices, it is now more important than ever to keep your engine running efficiently. Before you hit the road, check the plugs. You could easily be down on power because of a few faulty plugs and you may want to swap them out for a set of E3 spark plugs with DiamondFire Technology. They feature a diamond-shaped electrode with a revolutionary edge-to-edge design. This patented design is the result of years and years of independent testing, and they claim it delivers forced edge-to-edge spark discharges. The plugs are backed by a five year, 100,000-mile warranty.
Muscle Car Brakes
Muscle Car Brakes
If you didn't have a chance to check during the winter months, you should probably take a look at the condition of your drum brakes. Muscle Car Brakes offers rebuild packages for your Mopar muscle car's drum brake system and they claim it will also increase your performance. Their Brake in a Box kit includes everything you need to repair your front and rear brakes. In the box you'll find High Performance Matrix Ceramic Disc Pads and Matrix Ceramic Brake Shoes, 31 LB Heavy Trick Spring Kit, Star Wheel Self Adjuster Combo Kit, plus Rear High Volume Wheel Cylinders for less pedal pressure. If that isn't enough for your rebuild then their Stage III kits, which include new drums, might be what you're looking for.
As time presses on and another winter is behind us, we have to face reality. Some of the original parts on our cars don't work the way they used to. Before you decide to take it out for a spin, make sure everything is in working order. If you're in search of replacement parts for you're A-, B-, or E-Body, YearOne has them. They have a full selection of bearings, seals, brake boosters, and hoses you'll need to get your Mopar back in working order and out on the road ready for cruising.
Meguiar's is a leading name in car care. They have nearly any product you can think of to help maintain your Mopar and keep it looking good. They have a handful of new products for 2010, including Ultimate Wash and Wax. They claim that they've addressed some of the major shortcomings with most wash and wax combinations by providing more suds and increased shine and protection. Once you're cleaned up outside, Quik Interior Detailer will help you clean things up inside without making anything greasy. Their new Natural Shine Protectant works perfectly on vinyl, rubber, and plastics to shield your interior from the harsh sun.
Original Equipment Reproduction...
Original Equipment Reproduction
Original Equipment Reproduction (OER) has released its "Secret Formula" Car Care System, offering the professional-quality detailing products you want for your Mopar at a reasonable price. Included are 16 oz. bottles of Citra Secret Daily Wash, Slick It Clay Lubricant, Light Duty Blue Clayblock, Pro Polish Acrylic, Acrylic Shine Glaze, Secret Weapon Sealant, and Premium No. 53 Paste Wax. Some kits come with OER's unique Grit Guard wash bucket that features an insert at the bottom of the pail that helps extract and separate dirt and contaminants from the rest of the water. It helps prevent debris getting onto the mitt and scratching your paint and doubles as a storage container, helping you transport cleaning supplies to and from the car show. They're available as a seven-piece kit with chemicals only, a 10-piece kit with chemicals, bucket and mitts, and a 19-piece kit that comes with chemicals, bucket, mitts, and wheel cleaning kit
This is the world's first wipe designed specifically for maintaining clean white wall and raised white letter tires. You can quickly wipe your tires off daily using White Wall Wipes and enjoy that just cleaned look every day. Classic whitewall tires make any automobile or bike look great when they are clean. The soft premium wipes are pre-moistened with a specially designed cleaning solution that removes brake dust and road grime to safety clean all whitewall and raised white letter tires leaving them bright white.