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Aaron Kaufman Making His Epic Return to TV with Shifting Gears in 2018

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“The Bearded Wonder,” Aaron Kaufman, will make his epic return to television in early 2018; his new show aptly titled “Shifting Gears” is expected to premiere next month on the Discovery Channel.

The brand new series is based on the awesome work that he and his team are doing at Arclight Fabrication located in Dallas, TX.

Arclight fab primarily focuses on creating custom parts for Ford F-series trucks from the years 1957 to 1979 and also end-to-end restorations for pickups which fall into the same category.

Aaron recognized early on what is essentially a huge void in the marketplace for F-100 trucks, as parts are not readily available for them from 57’ onward through the fourth generation.

When asked about his return to television here’s what Aaron had to say:

“Initially, I had left television with the intention of staying gone from television. However … my phone kept ringing to do more television, so finally, we found a set of circumstances that I think work better for my personality.”

Related: Aaron Kaufman’s 1963 Ford Falcon Up For Sale

Shifting Gears isn’t necessarily about buying, selling or flipping cars. However, if you are a fan of hot rods, muscle cars and classic trucks you probably will welcome Aaron’s new TV venture.

Ford fans, in particular, will be thrilled because Aaron will bring his insight and expertise when it comes to vintage Ford trucks in ways that they have never seen before on television.

Kaufman’s new Discovery series, Shifting Gears, will take a deeper dive into custom fabrication and various elements of car culture and is scheduled to start in February 2018, filming began in mid-September.

Check out the trailer that was recently released.

The show is expected to air during Discovery’s Motor Mega Week which starts February 26 on the Discovery Channel.

I suppose the master mechanic said it best:

“We plan on taking people on a much deeper journey a much wilder experience.”

1966 Chevrolet Impala Convertible at a Glance

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We recently came across this bad boy online, a 1966 Chevrolet Impala convertible that delivers an exceptional muscle car experience. An experience that is therefore yet, slightly different from some of the competitors in its class.

The Impala brand dates back to 1958. It is a true classic that car guys and Chevrolet enthusiasts absolutely live for.

The 1966 Chevy Impala is part of the Fourth generation (1965–1970) lineup which sold 38,000 vehicles in 1966. Making it the #2-selling convertible in the US at the time. Who was #1? Ford Mustang.

Sharp lines and bright turquoise paint job make this Impala really stand out.

Now, this particular Impala is super clean and the interior and the convertible top looks great. The bright turquoise paint looks awesome bursting with great luster and a nice deep shine.

The classic emblems look crisp and sharp against the turquoise paint and the polished chrome gives it a nice eye-popping sparkle.

Triple rectangular taillights, dual exhaust.

Furthermore, among many popular and unique features, the 1966 Impala SS is yet, also known for its revised grille. Also, the rectangular taillights that replaced the triple round units.

Bucket seats and center console.

Additionally, the interior looks great free from and rips and tears. The engine bay is also very clean and tight with all the wires and cables neatly tagged and tucked away.

New 454 crate motor

Here’s what Primo Classics International has to say:

“Gorgeous 66 Impala Top Notch Restoration, Power top, Power Steering, Power Brakes, Air Conditioning, Bucket Seats, Center Console, New Paint, New Chrome, New 454 Crate Motor making big power running through an overdrive transmission.”

1966 Chevrolet Impala convertible is a legendary high-end Chevy and as you can see, this one is no different. You can thoroughly enjoy this classic at your local cars shows, cruise-ins or a nice summer night out on the town.

Photo’s: Primo Classics International

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Is the 2014 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe the Most Impressive of the V-Series?

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    The first generation Cadillac CTS-V debuted back in 2004 but it wasn’t until the second generation and beyond that flipped the automotive world upside down.

    Frankly, I was not a huge Cadillac fan however that all changed by the time the second generation of CTS-V’s hit the road. Now, whenever I see a CTS-V all I can do is nod my head with mucho respect and admiration wishing that I was behind the wheel.

    I love everything from the driver-focused interior to the unique and angular wedge-shaped exterior, bringing it all together with a supercharged V-8 and eye-popping metallic paint job. The CTS-V Coupe is definitely on my list of cars that I would actually purchase.

    I was scrolling the internet over the weekend when this particular custom Caddy CTS-V caught my attention.

    This specific ride is from Ozark Auto Sales in Farmington, MO.

    Take a look at their description below:

    Up for sale is one of the Baddest CTSV’s out there!! I don’t fall in love with cars very often, but I sure did with this one! Loaded 2014 CTS-V Coupe Automatic with only 29k miles! Have receipts totaling $65k in just aftermarket parts.

    The car was sent off to D3 Performance Cadillac in California to have their custom Wide Body Kit installed along with full KW coil over suspension with mag ride module, hydraulic front coil overs to raise and lower front suspension for ground clearance.

    Upgraded brakes, carbon fiber exterior trim panels, 3 piece forged deep dish wheels, custom cage, carbon fiber rear seat delete, carbon fiber hood with transparent paint to see carbon fiber layout.

    Chassis bracing, sway bar kit, 1000 hp axles, ARH headers, full exhaust, full PD stage 3 cam kit, full fuel system, ZL1 lid, all supporting cooling mods, and much much more.

    The car was also wrapped with XPel clear bra on about 75% of the car to protect from rock chips and scratches.

    Will give all receipts to the buyer.

    So the question remains, is the 2014 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe the most impressive of the V-Series? I’m still not sure but take a closer look at the pics below and maybe you can help us decide.

    Check out the pics:

    Photo credit: Ozark Auto Sales

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    Getting Started On Your Project

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    Perhaps by now, you’ve had the opportunity to take a look at our 3 Part Series Basics of Getting Into The Automotive Hobby. If not, you can take a look at it here; and if you are at the point where The Hunt is On and you are just about ready to take things to the next level this post is for you.

    Hopefully, by now you’ve had a great time taking in lots of great shows, and have tons of ideas floating around in your head, on countless pieces of paper, now let’s get you started. Now that you’ve got an idea for what kind of Hot Rod you want to build, you’ll need to decide what your plans will be for your project.

    Are you wanting to make this a daily driver, weekend cruiser, or a show car? Searching for a new project can sometimes be a frustrating task, but don’t jump on the first one that comes your way.

    Before you spend a dime on a potential project, check the availability of parts. When buying a rare car you’ll want to make sure that when you are putting the finishing touches on your projects, you won’t be stuck trying to find that impossible molding or trim piece.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love unique Hot Rods that are different than the rest, just make sure that you’ll be able to find everything you need, or you’ll spend tons of money having to have something custom made.

    Swap Meets, Classifieds, and word of mouth are great ways to find a new project, but take your time and carefully look at the car for before buying it.

    Make sure that you’ll be able to title and register it where you live, this is a huge issue in many states, I’ve heard endless stories about people that have built Hot Rods only to find they can’t be titled or registered in their state.

    The other issue with some states titling and registering your new Hot Rod is when they assign a vehicle a VIN it now becomes a new car. I know that sounds confusing but here’s an example, when the VIN is assigned, the title will say for example 2017 Ford 23 Model T Roadster, and along with that comes higher taxes and registration fees.

    Buying a project that someone started but lost interest in can be a double edged sword. If you’re thinking about buying someone’s project, make sure that any frame, modifications, or suspension fabrication were done properly, with quality welding.

    The last thing you need is your newly finished Hot Rod going sideways down the road or causing an accident from a broken frame or suspension part.

    BEWARE of what the seller’s saying, some people will tell you anything to unload something they can’t finish. I can’t stress enough to be very careful at what you’re going to look at, especially if it’s a frame only. A lot of people are building frames that won’t fit anything just to make a buck.

    The up side is that their loss can be your gain, just make sure you get all the parts in the deal, make sure all this is understood before any money changes hands. Don’t hesitate to bring a friend along that is more knowledgeable if you’re just getting into Hot Rodding.

    Always ask questions about the project, where they got it, why they are selling it, and why they lost interest, maybe even talk to the people they bought it from. This is where you need to take your time, look at the project objectively, and not with rose colored glasses.

    I have made this mistake a few times, it’s very easy to let your enthusiasm overload your billfold, and getting out of that situation can be difficult and costly.

    With that being said, and your plan in hand, Good Luck on the search for your Dream Project.

    This 1931 Chevrolet Sedan would need a total frame off restoration, this project is not for the faint of heart, and you need to have more than just basic automotive skills to tackle this one.

    Also, one thing to remember is that many Pre 40’s cars have wood inner structure, so unless you’re very good with wood working or know someone that is. Check to see if there’s a wood kit available before paying a lot of money for a project like this.

    This 1977 Chevrolet Malibu SE is a very rare car, only 50 of these were made. They were a 1977 Chevrolet Malibu that had stripes and front and rear spoilers added by a company called Special Editions Inc. in Wichita, Ks. All the rest of the parts are 73-77 Malibu. This is a great project that can easily be done by most anyone.

    This happens to be my own personal project, it’s a 1976 Chevrolet Laguna S3. This is a very rare car, and I saw one for the first time at a small Chevrolet Dealer in Augusta, Kansas in October 1975.

    It was a really cool Bronze/Copper color with the white Laguna S3 Stripes, and white interior, I instantly fell in love with that car, and always wanted one. I have only seen 6 of these in 35 years, and ironically, that dealership was the same Chevrolet Dealership that I started my Professional Parts Career just a mere 5 years later.

    This is what my Laguna S3 looked like in the ad on Craigslist, but by the time I finally got hold of the seller, he had already sold the Tilt Steering Column, Swivel Bucket Seats, Console, Front Bumper Cover, Engine, Transmission, the extremely rare Rear Spoiler, Rear Bumper, and the Complete Frame. I managed to rescue the what was left of the car before he was going to take it to the crusher the next day.

    Unfortunately guys like him part out numbers matching cars thinking they’ll make more money instead of selling the whole car.

    That makes it harder to find the missing parts, I would have paid him twice what he made parting it out, but he was in too big of a hurry. I had to drive to Oklahoma City to get a Front Bumper, and Steering Column, and Wymore, Nebraska for the Seats, and Console.

    It took me over two years to find the Headlight Bezels for it and at a price of nearly $200. I would have passed on this car had it not been the car I’ve loved and wanted for over 30 years.

    Reviving A Stolen And Forgotten 1967 Chevelle SS

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      Jeff Crowson finally had the opportunity to start reviving his dream car, which in this case happened to be a stolen and forgotten 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle.

      Growing up in the 70’s in a San Francisco bay area rural town, drag racing up a local road was the thing on a Friday night.

      While not yet driving, Jeff always felt out of all the cars the Chevelle was king in looks and performance.

      While in the early stages of building a 68 El Camino SS. Jeff saw an ad on Craigslist for a 67 Chevelle SS in Bakersfield and after finally finding his dream car it was goodbye El Camino and hello Chevelle.

      The previous owner acquired it in an estate where the car was in a garage for 25 or 30 years on 4 flat tires and was still basically original.

      Jeff wishes he had been the one that could have gotten it at that point. Jeff was also told the car was stolen in the mid 70’s but was recovered. After some period of time, he proceeded to take things apart and started ordering parts from a catalog.

      Unfortunately not really knowing what he was doing, he wasted his time, money, and gave away the original motor. Finally giving up on the car he parked it on the side of his house for 3 or 4 years.

      When Jeff bought it, the car still had its original paint. Jeff began pulling the car apart. He removed the glass, bagged, tagged parts, took photos and removed all the rodent remains. The first step after deconstruction was having the car media blasted.

      The car was in pretty nice shape other than some rust around the back window/package tray.

      Then the car was off to the body shop, unlike the horror stories about body shop prison the Chevelle’s body work was done in about 3 months. After the body was massaged to perfection, the Chevelle received a mile deep black paint job.

      The tab for the body work and paint came to right at $17,000. All the metal work around the rear window, painting the interior, as well as helping Jeff with the assembly, many might think that’s too much to spend for body work and paint.

      Unfortunately, the days of a $5,000 paint job are long gone unless you can do it yourself. Jeff says after seeing the finished product that it was one of the nicest paint jobs he’s ever seen.

      The frame was boxed in for strength and powder coated, along with all the suspension, brackets, battery tray, radiator support and the rest of the parts. Jeff didn’t want to do the whole aftermarket suspension. He installed all new Moog suspension parts.

      Then he rebuilt the rear end with 3:08 gear set to make it more driveable, than the 4.88’s. Right Stuff 4 wheel disc brakes improved the braking and were on the car already. This makes getting replacement parts just a local auto parts store away.

      They unfortunately looked pretty bad from sitting for 3-years despite being brand new. Jeff cleaned and painted them up and they are looking great.

      Power for the Chevelle is in the form of a 467/530 horse power big block, from Mark Jones at VortecPro Racing and Machine in Colorado Springs, Colorado; and then backed up by an M23Z 4-speed transmission from Jody’s Transmissions in Reading Pennsylvania.

      Jeff says he should have the restoration done by mid-summer, so hopefully we should be seeing this beauty hitting the car shows around Vacaville, California just anytime now.

      You might also enjoy:
      Basics Of Getting Into The Automotive Hobby Part I Rat Rods and Traditional Hot Rods
      Basics Of Getting Into The Automotive Hobby Part II Classic Cars and High End Street Rods
      Basics Of Getting Into The Automotive Hobby Part III Lead Sleds and Gassers

      Basics Of Getting Into The Automotive Hobby Part III

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      Welcome to the final installment of our three part series “Basics Of Getting Into The Automotive Hobby”. Be sure to check out Part I Rat Rods and Traditional Hot Rods and Part II Classic Cars and High End Street Rods.

      Lead Sled cars are a work of automotive art, they include many body sculpting modifications. Most have had the tops lowered (chopped) some mildly and some to the extreme, some even have sections of metal removed from the bodies (channeling).

      The headlights, taillights, and antennas are recessed into the body (frenching), and the hoods, deck lids, and grille openings are often pie cut and the edges rounded (nosed and decked).

      Many have the chrome trim, drip rails, and door handles shaved off to smooth the appearance of the body, most have 2” side pipes called Lake Pipes, and almost always have rear fender skirts and wide white wall tires.

      Lead was usually used and some still use it today for the body modifications, hence the name Lead Sled.

      The paint jobs on these cars are very elaborate, with custom candy colors, pearls and very intricate pinstriping, although recently a trend of “Suede” paint jobs have been emerging usually a matte black color, other colors are now being offered in the matte finish.

      These cars have very reliable drivetrains and very nice interiors, often in a Tuck and Roll or Button Tuck style. The extensive body work often requires several hundred or in some cases thousands of hours to complete.

      This gorgeous 1949 Cadillac was built by a friend of mine Chris Carlson and his crew at Chris Carlson Hot Rods in Mulvane, Kansas. It doesn’t get any better than this.

      This beauty was built by another friend of mine Derek Spitsnogle and his crew at Xotic Customs in Lincoln, Nebraska. This is a Text Book Example of 1950 Mercury Leadsled.

      GASSERS

      Gasser, A/FX and Altered Wheelbase cars are extremely popular right now, they’re a throwback to the glory days of Drag Racing, many of these examples are similar to what you saw blasting down your local strip.

      They are being built out of most any year, and any make, but many people are staying true to the 50’s and 60’s style of these racing icons.


      This is just a glimpse of a few of the different styles of cars that you’ll see at shows and events.

      Before buying your 1st project, attend as many shows as you can to see what style of car
      peaks your interest.

      Research what style of car you like, ask lots of questions from people that have similar cars, search the internet for available parts suppliers, call them up and ask questions.

      Most will always answer any questions you have, if they won’t take time for you, then don’t waste your time with them.

      Visit the vendors at different shows, most will have free catalogs and you’ll see tons of cool stuff, ideas you’d never thought of and take lots and lots of notes.

      Most importantly before you ever spend a dime, or turn a wrench, plan your project completely. It’s very easy to make changes on paper than after you’ve spent a lot of time and money in fabrication.

      Now get out there and see some shows, get some good ideas and let’s get you started building your new Hot Rod.

      This is my own project, it’s a 1976 Chevrolet Laguna S3 that I saved the day before it was to be crushed. I’ve loved the Laguna S3 since I saw one the first time when I was 14 at the same Chevrolet Dealership in Augusta, Kansas, I went to work at 5 years later.

      Be sure to check Basics Of Getting Into The Automotive Hobby Part I Rat Rods and Traditional Hot Rods and Part II Classic Cars and High End Street Rods.

      We Are Mopar Car Show at Texas Motor Speedway

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      DFWLX We Are Mopar

      The summer is here and the car shows are in full swing. This weekend was no different as it started off at a pretty fast pace.

      Car Guy Speed Shop had the pleasure of attending the ‘We Are Mopar” Car Show at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas where there was everything from vintage and modern to high-performance Mopars.

      If you want to see first-hand some of the coolest Dodge Chargers, Challengers, JEEPs and other dope rides in the Mopar family from all over gathered in one place, try not to miss it next time this event is held in the great state of Texas.

      The We Are Mopar show was organized by Pedro Murillo of DFWLX and designed to unite and celebrate the Mopar community and after talking to few owners about their experience they were all pretty certain they would be back for the next one and we are too.



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      Ford Introduces Good Neighbor Mode on the 2018 Mustang

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      2018 Ford Mustang

      The 2018 Ford Mustang GT is already shaking things up with the all-new 2018 Pony Package and being touted as the fastest Mustang GT to hit the pavement, but now Ford is taking it up or should I say down a notch by giving you more control over the sound of your vehicle.

      Yep, Ford unveils ‘quiet start’ and ‘quiet exhaust’ also known as “Good Neighbor Mode” on the 2018 Mustang.

      On a four separate configuration in which – Normal, Sport, and Track are to be expected, the motor company introduces Quiet or Good Neighbor Mode on the Mustang GT.

      Yes folks, you can actually reduce the sound of your Mustang’s exhaust note. Similar technology is being used in the Chevrolet Camaro, known as Stealth mode for its exhaust system.

      However, what’s unique where Ford is concerned is that you can actually schedule Good Neighbor Mode. In other words, you can pre-program these modes for a specific time of day or night; and therefore not upset your neighbors if you are an early bird or a night owl.

      In a press release Tuesday, Ford said the idea came after police were called by the neighbor of its former head of vehicle engineering Steve von Foerster, because of the sound of his Shelby GT350.

      Foerster didn’t get a ticket but he did come up with a solution for the problem.

      “I love the sound of the V8, but it can be loud, and you can’t annoy people like that in your neighborhood,” said von Foerster, who now leads Ford’s user experience team.

      “It sounds so cool, but I thought, ‘There has to be a way to give people more control over the engine’s sound’,” he added.

      According to Ford “With quiet start activated, the decibel level of the new Mustang GT drops by about 10 decibels, to a much more comfortable 72 decibels – about the level of a household dishwasher.”

      If I can only install this technology on my neighbor’s lawn mower the world would be a quieter place.

      Chevrolet Places Hold On 2018 Corvette Orders, Possibly Until December

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      2018 Chevrolet Corvette

      Cars Direct recently reported beginning August 2017; the Chevrolet Corvette manufacturing plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky is being suspended for 3 months for upgrades.

      According to spokesperson Ron Kiino, the reason for the shutdown is “to finish construction of a new, state-of-the-art paint shop.”

      There is already a lot of speculation and rumors beginning to circulate with everything from the automaker ditching the Chevrolet Corvette C-7 in favor of a revamped C-8 model, to GM may be retooling the plant for production of a new mid-engine Corvette; but neither of these has been confirmed.

      Currently, most Corvette’s in stock are 2017 models, therefore if you are hoping to get behind the wheel of a new 2018 ‘Vette you may not be able to do so until late November or early December.

      We’ll keep an eye on this one.

      Basics Of Getting Into The Automotive Hobby Part II

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      On the Basics Of Getting Into The Automotive Hobby Part II, today we are going to talk about Classic Cars and High End Street Rods in this segment; and, just to keep things extra spicy we’ll even throw in a little Pro Street and Pro Touring. Enjoy!

      Classic cars can fall into several categories, many usually range in years from the mid 30’s to the 60’s, the most common is the Resto Rod.

      Resto Rods are cars that have virtually no body modifications, but updated drivetrains and interiors. These cars are very fun to drive and can be used as daily drivers and for vacations.

      A lot of the cars you’ll see at your local car shows will fall under the Resto Rod category, these cars can usually be built very easily in your home garage.

      This amazing 1933 Ford Victoria “Vicky” is a product from the Iconic Street Rod Shop
      of Roy Brizio Street Rods in San Francisco, California.

      Resto-Mods are another category of Classic Cars, they are very similar to the Resto Rods but are built with extremely modern drivetrains, electronics, and interiors usually with very luxurious fabrics.

      These cars are usually built with all the latest bells and whistles as well as an emphasis on high performance, handling, braking, and luxurious comfort.

      These cars are very enjoyable to drive on long trips and even cross country, the updated drivetrains, electronics and interiors will often make you feel like you’re driving a brand new car.

      Original Classics are cars that are mostly original that have been well kept, and usually driven on a regular basis, but haven’t been restored. These cars are fun to own and drive but are usually driven short to moderate distances due to their age and sometimes limited parts availability on the road.

      Restored Classics are cars that have been taken apart and everything cleaned, refurbished, or replaced by a like new, or sometimes even better than new condition.

      Restorations are usually regulated by time and the depth of your finances. Frame On Restorations is where the body and frame are not separated, and the restoration consists of a thorough cleaning and painting, and sometimes depending on the condition of the car, overhauling the drivetrain.

      This type of restoration with the exception of painting can usually be done in your own garage and is the type of restoration that you’ll see on the typical TV car shows.

      These cars are usually driven to shows, but sometimes trailered to the show and then unloaded and driven a short distance to the show.

      Frame Off Restorations are where the car is completely disassembled, all parts are cataloged, depending on the type of car, parts availability and the value of the car, the car may be restored with aftermarket, or the original parts may have to be rebuilt or completely fabricated from scratch.

      This can be the most expensive and time-consuming type of restoration and is usually left to professional shops.

      Depending on parts availability and the condition of the car, labor hours can be from several hundred to even several thousand to complete the restoration.

      These cars are almost always transported in enclosed trailers and hardly driven at all. Many of these end up in museums and private collections and kept as an investment or sentimental value.

      Pro Street cars are built to resemble their dragstrip counterparts, many have large cubic inch engines, an emphasis on straight line acceleration, minimal comfort, and are basically Street Legal Drag Cars.

      Pro Touring cars are built for high performance in all areas, with extra emphasis on handling, and braking. Most have the widest tires and wheels that can be installed within the body lines, and road race inspired suspensions. Interiors are usually a performance style upgrade from stock and are extremely enjoyable to drive on long curvy roads.

      HIGH END STREET RODS

      High End Street Rods are usually at the top of the food chain, many of these are driven very little annually and are trailered to events. These cars are equipped with the latest technology, have top notch paint jobs and lots of Chrome or Billet Aluminum parts.

      Many of these cars can easily run in excess of $100,000 and usually built by the best Rod Shops for some of the most prestigious shows in the world. The construction for these cars is only limited by how much money you want to spend.

      We’ll see you on the next segment of the Basics Of Getting Into The Automotive Hobby, in the meantime check out the awesome rides in our gallery below.

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