Gizmos Minnesota Auto Shop Amsoil Muscle Car Giveaway
Part 1: MEET THE MUSTANG
Greg: Amsoil is looking forward to giving this car away. we could’ve given away a new car but it didn’t seem right. We’ve always been a company born on innovation and engineering. We enjoy taking something that’s really good and making it even better. Especially when we found this car. The 1972 Ford Mustang is a perfect car to improve. It will be a beautiful car to give it away to someone.
Greg: The first thing we’re going to do is get it running. We’ve got to do a few things to make that happen. Fuel intake is gonna be the biggest issue. It’s destroyed from the last six or eight years of storage. After that we can pretty much just go over it with a safety check and start it up and see how well it runs. If possible drive it to see what major issues have to be addressed. After that, take the engine out and starting into the engine. It’s looking good at the moment. Its a really nice car and we’ve got a lot to work with.
Part 2: Starting the Mustang
Greg: We did try to start the Mustang and we ran into some issues. The engine was getting no fuel so we ordered a fuel pump. They initially sent the wrong one which is pretty standard. Now we’ve got the right one and we can start putting it in. Hopefully we’ll get it fired up this afternoon. I’m just hoping we don’t have a lot of drivetrain issues and hopefully this transmission is solid. That way we don’t focus a lot of energy and time on that and we can focus on the rest of the car.
Greg:I kinda grew up in a barn and always working on cars. I was always wrenching on something with my dad or family and friends. It began to be a way of life which kind of continued on.
Greg: Now its time for a shakedown cruise, let’s see how it goes. I’ve got fire extinguishers on hand and hopefully we don’t need them right now. Were just driving it to see what is wrong with it before we pull the engine out. We want to know how well the transmission is shifting, how the rear ends doing, if it makes any noises, and check the breaks so that while we have the engine out we can address all of those issues. Hopefully we will not have any surprises. Things are looking pretty well for the most part the engines coming out and we’re just plugging away on it.
Part 3: Pulling The Engine
Greg: 72 mustang is a year that’s really coming back in style. It’s just a cool car. It’s got a lot of cool characteristics, got a lot of cool style, one of the not so cool things is it didn’t come with a lot of power. It came with about a 270 hp engine from the factory and that’s not enough. Amsoil wanted to do some engine work on a muscle car and this is the perfect car for that.
Greg: The engines coming out and basically were building a whole new engine. We are working to use the factory block which is a 351 Cleveland and we can use a factory block and crank and that’s about it. Everything else is going to be replaced. The place we’ve got doing the machining has got extremely nice and very accurate equipment. That’s what sets them apart from the average engine builder and that’s why were dealing with Ravenworks. We’re going to be shooting for about 430 hp which is a pretty big increase from a factory 270 horse.
Part 4: Fine Tuning The Engine
Greg: All right, we just showed up at Ravenworks and Porter Muffler, lets go inside and check everything out and see how the engine build is going. As you can see its a very nice building with very nice equipment. I actually met them at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Dan: I’m Dan at Raven works and I do the engine machining and motor building here. Greg originally came to us with the 1972 Mustang motor as kind of a tear down rebuilt the car had been sitting for a big number of years so we just want to tear it apart and make sure the bearings are okay and there’s no rust in the cylinders or anything. We had just dropped the motor in and start tearing it apart to find out that someone had already been in the motor and had done a bunch of work to it. Now we are in the process of putting in the router machine. It takes a little extra work to make it right but it’ll be worthwhile. The next step of the car is that the engine builders are going to finish building the engine and getting the engine ready for the dyno
Part 5: Dyno Test
Greg: Were at R&R performance Dynoing the Amsoil Mustang 351 Cleveland engine. It did really well today. It got big horsepower numbers, good torque numbers. 437 hp and 428 peak torque. We’re really happy with that. Now that the engine is dyno’d we can get the car repaired so we can get the engine back in.
Gizmos Minnesota Auto Shop Amsoil Giveaway – Part 6:Dropping The Engine In
Greg:Were back at the shop and the engines ready to go back in the Mustang. Because the engine made well over 400 hp the rest of the Mustang is to meet or exceed the same level of performance. The whole front end needs to be replaced. Also, all the front-end suspension and rear-end suspension, all the steering needs to be replaced, and the brakes. It’s just gotta be safe and reliable and the next step is to work on all the chassis and suspension parts.
Part 6: Suspension And Breaks
Greg: Today we will be working on all the new chassis and suspension components. As for the brakes we went with Wilwood, for piston calipers with 12 inch drilled in slotted rotors. For shocks, Afco billet – adjustable all the way around this will help the car handle and perform better than it ever has. An upgraded fuel system is also needed for the extra horses. The list can go on and on but those are just a few of the many improvements this Mustang is getting.
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Amsoil Muscle Car Giveaway – Part 7: The Journey Continues
Interviewer: Today we are at Gizmos with Greg Friedrich and were talking about the Mustang that we’re getting ready to give away. This thing is just about finished as you can see its sitting here behind me in right now. What I want to do is have Greg talk about some of the things that he’s done the car and why he’s done them. Get a sneak peek into some of the decisions he’s made and why he’s done some of the things to this car that he’s done. So we came to you with this car and said here you go we rolled it in in various parts and pieces and said we want to build this car and we want to give it away. What are the decisions we had to make?
Greg: So what type of car were we were looking for, a mid-70s muscle-car that we wanted to make into a pro touring car.
Interviewer: Just for reference speak to that a little bit.
Greg: Pro touring cars are basically like a muscle car or something of that area that’s not built up at only the engine, but the suspension and everything that goes along with it to meet todays standards.
Interviewer: Okay, so what do we have right off the bat?
Greg: We start with the engine. To figure out what we can do to the engine. We’ve gotta figure out how much power we can make. Making the rest of the build pretty much revolves around that.
Interviewer: So the engine drives built?
Greg: Yes the engine drives the build. Everything is engineered and built around it so you gotta figure out how much power you have to accommodate. We made 430 force 440 torque out of a 351 Cleveland on pump gas fuel. It’s a really good number.
Interviewer: So there ya go, you set the bar. Where do you go from there?
Greg: You go to the rest of the components the suspension, the breaks, the rest of the drivetrain, tires, which ends up leading to wheels.
Interviewer: Okay so let’s talk suspension on this car. Stock, I’ve driven these things before. Basically it’s more of a swimming than a driving and that can be said with many of the 60’s era muscle cars. Their made to go in a straight line in a big hurry.
Greg: Yeah most of the time the car had a control. Now days you gotta be able to control the car. Gotta be safe to drive.
Interviewer: What did you choose for the suspension?
Greg: We chose Afco double-adjustable billet shocks all the way around. All of these suspension parts are new, all the steering rods, upgraded sway bars, and that leads up to the brakes.
Interviewer: Brakes are something that people tend overlook?
Greg: Yes brakes are commonly overlooked.
Interviewer: All this power and then he can figure out how to stop it. So in this case I looked at the brakes and its pretty sweet.
Greg: Ya, we’ve got Wilwood four pistol disc brakes all the way around and this cars going to stop on a dime.
Interviewer: We’ve got the suspension figured out and how to stop it, what about feeding it fuel? Was feeding it fuel a consideration?
Greg: Yes, you’ve gotta get the right size fuel system. Start with choosing the right engine right away so you can choose the right fuel system. Something too small is going to starve the engine of fuel and you can eventually blow the engine up. Something too large and it will create too much heat in the fuel system which is basically going affect the tuneup.
Interviewer: So if were going to take it on cruise-night or drive or something like that it could create problems with drivability?
Greg: Absolutely. Which is something somebody could do with this car.
Interviewer: It sounds like it’s a pretty well-balanced package.
Greg: It is a very well-balanced package! It’s very safe, it’s very well done, and someone is going to get very lucky getting this car.
Interviewer: I appreciate you letting us have this behind the scenes look and I can’t wait to give it away to somebody
Greg: Absolutely it’s gonna be fun.