January 15, 2017

Dyno Test: Re-built Small Block Chevy 350

This Chevrolet Small block isn't stock any longer!

Our customer wanted just over 400hp under the hood of his 1968 Chevy C10 show truck currently in our restoration shop getting a frame off restoration. We discussed the truck owner's goals, planned the build, had the block machined, assembled it, and painted it a high gloss Chevy orange. The results will get him to the shows in a hurry and he can do some burnouts on his way home!

A few details about the engine shown on the dyno in the video below:

  • Small block Chevy 350
  • Bored .060
  • Roller rockers
  • Roller cam
  • Aluminum intake 
  • Aluminum heads

Dyno test and block machine work performed at Advanced Engine Concepts in Green Lake WI.



Dyno test results: 432HP  460lbft torque
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Assembly on the left, fresh paint on the right. The 350 looks great!
The SBC is now mounted on it's freshly refinished chassis and is backed by it's new 5 speed Tremec transmission with a more goodies on the way.

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See more details and photos at the link below

December 12, 2016

Mopar Metal Repair 1970 Road Runner

Every once in awhile we stumble across an "original" car, which isn't quite as un-molested as we were led to believe. Unfortunately this very low mileage B-body Mopar had some hidden history despite rarely seeing the road. 
The owner of this 1970 Plymouth Road Runner did in fact know about the previous repairs in the lower quarters, however, the rocker panel was a surprise. 1" of mud is NOT how to repair major damage. Ever. No excuses. Here we take you step by step through the repair process, to correct a horrendous repair job done several years ago. 
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1970 Plymouth Road Runner being mechanically stripped of all paint
The work is just getting started. Continue reading...

March 30, 2016

1968-1970 B-Body Mopar Windshield Replacement

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1968-1970 B-Body Mopar Windshield replacement

In the event that you have to replace your windshield on your 1968-1970 B-body Mopar, you need to know what you're getting into before getting started. This is a step by step guide to the process of replacing or removing and reinstalling the original glass. 
In our example, this 1970 Plymouth Road Runner was receiving a complete paint job with interior and exterior color change. To paint a car properly, the windshield must be removed. 
Read on for our step by step process of handling the windshield. 

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BEFORE: This 1970 Roadrunner will receive a complete interior and exterior color change and the vinyl top will be eliminated

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Before: Existing trim and glass
Before: Existing trim and glass




















1. Remove the existing stainless trim around the windshield. Careful not to bend or crease your trim, look at the clip type and location(more photos later in this post), and use a clip removal tool (looks like a forked pry bar in most cases) suitable for your application.

2. Remove the windshield gasket and glass. It is likely that you will need to cut the rubber weatherstripping gasket that is holding the glass in place to remove the glass without breaking it. There are a variety of tools made for this purpose which will allow you to cut the gasket without gouging your windshield. 
NOTE- Save any and all clips that are screwed into the body of the car which hold the trim in place. You will need these or their replacements. 

March 19, 2016

1973 Pontiac 400 Built for HP and Fun!

Years of storage and memories on the road have this 1973 Pontiac Grand Am showing it's age with a moldy and mouse infested interior and worn out smog motor. It pulled into the shop running on 7 cylinders with a plume of blue smoke behind it. This wasn't quite what the owner remembered enjoying about the car when he first got it in the mid 70's.

 It was quickly decided that a complete mechanical overhaul was a necessity. With orders to add a lot more power, enhance handling and freshen the interior, we began tear down on this customer project in the summer of 2015. It's going to be a sleeper, keeping the original look and paint of the classic Pontiac. The Hooker Aerochamber mufflers and new Crager wheels are the only hints at what's hiding under the hood. 


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BEFORE: 1973 Pontiac 400 smog motor, stock
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BEFORE: 1973 Pontiac Grand Am: broken front facia



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The seats have seen better days. Mice and mold are eating the upholstery away bit by bit. All new interior is on  the way!


Let the work begin!

Engine is removed and complete mechanical dis-assembly is under way


March 9, 2016

Wisconsin Car Shows and Events Calendar

View our Google calendar showing a current list of 2016 Wisconsin Classic Car and Truck Shows as well as a few other major automotive events. More events will be added as dates are finalized.

This is a LIVE calendar! 

  • View events in coming months by clicking the arrows near the month name 
  • Click the event name to see more detail and website links for each event
  • Something missing? Comment below or email [email protected] to have your event added to this calendar





Parades are a great place to see some classic cars and trucks
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Wisconsin Dells Automotion
Top Truck Award Winner 2013
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Attend an indoor show in the winter
months in the Midwest. 
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Collect some trophies for your classic by attending
concourse style judged shows
Shown here: Customer owned 1949 Chevrolet 3100

Dodge County Car Show and Swap Meet

Lodi WI, Tuesday Night Cruise In

3 C's Car Show, Randolph WI

February 16, 2016

Black Beauty B-body Mopar: 1970 Charger R/T 440 6 Pack Restoration

Her story begins here. She arrived for her beauty shop appointment in October of 2014

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1970 Charger arrived at our shop
This project has been much anticipated all summer and is about to receive

November 23, 2015

1968-1970 B-body Mopar Heater Box with A/C Rebuild

Rebuilding a heater box is hopefully something you'll only have to do once. For that one time you choose to complete it, do it right.


Begin with the correct heater box for your make, model and year. This one will fit a 1968-1970 B-Body Mopar, in this case, a Dodge Charger WITH AIR CONDITIONING. 
There is a big difference between an A/C box and one without A/C. They are not interchangeable.
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1970 B-Body heater box as purchased used from an online seller. The lip is typically folded over but the seller had already had this unit apart and didn't bother to re-fold the seam. It will need a little flattening to get it to seal up and fold over properly.










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Close-up of bottom of linkage system and vacuum actuator. Taking pictures before you begin the re-build will help you put it back together again...correctly.

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1970 Charger Heater box, side view. Most of the hardware is 1/4".