Monthly Archive: July 2014

Jul 30

What you missed on 7.30.14

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Nissan Frontier diesel muleNissan lets us sample a diesel Frontier prototype

Hey. You. Yeah, you. Do you think Nissan should build a midsize pickup truck with a diesel engine? Yeah, so do we. And we just got the chance to drive just such a beast, though it's anything but a production model at this point. This particular example is fitted with a 2.8-liter four-cylinder from Cummins, and it puts out 200 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to tow as much as 7,000 pounds.

2016 Chevy Volt spy shot2016 Chevy Volt coming soon to an auto show near you... probably

There sure is a lot we don't know about the next generation of Chevy's extended-range electric vehicle. What we do know, though, is that it ought to be making its auto show debut sometime soon. How soon? Likely either Los Angeles later this year or else Detroit, Chicago or New York in early 2015, according to an anonymous source.

Blood muscle auctionBlood Muscle auction? Sounds terrible, looks awesome

It's nicknamed the Blood Muscle auction because the cars, which will be sold each to the highest bidders on September 12, were attained by the president of a blood-testing company who is now incarcerated for alleged bribery. There's a Boss Mustang, a trio of Yenko Chevrolets and our personal favorite, a Plymouth Superbird, among others, up for bidding.

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What you missed on 7.30.14 originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jul 30

Justin’s 2014 Mustang Project Car – Stage 2

Justin's 2014 Mustang GT

AmericanMuscle’s video host Justin Dugan is back to working on his 2014 Mustang GT Track Pack with Stage 2 mods.

In Stage 1, we saw Justin add some bolt-on power-adders and address the suspension, giving his Mustang more power and better handling. In Stage 2, Justin continues to build-up his S197 Mustang and really flush out the GT500 inspiration he has for the project. His 2014 is really starting to come together and it is really interesting seeing what parts he is choosing to turn his ride into a modified monster.


Continuing the quest for more power and bigger numbers on the dyno, Justin decided his Mustang needed to breathe better. Justin added a Ford Racing Cobra Jet Intake Manifold with a Super Cobra Jet Oval Throttle Body to get his 2014 breathing really well. One thing to note is that Justin had to modify his C&L Cold Air Intake a little bit to accommodate the new throttle body. Justin’s Mustang also got a new Off-Road H-Pipe that really makes the car sound aggressive and similar to a GT500.

To over-simplify it, the way you make power is to throw more air and fuel into an engine. So by adding more air with the intake manifold and throttle body, a tune from Bama Performance on his Bama SF4/X4 handheld tuner added more fuel, which really helped to give Justin a nice increase in power. After dynoing his Mustang, Justin saw an increase in power from 375HP to 421HP and Torque hitting 372 ft-lb. Pretty impressive for just a few simple mods.


Justin has made it quite clear in the videos that he is going for a GT500 inspired coyote Mustang. To help bring this theme out, he added some great styling mods to his 2014 Mustang to give it a great, yet subtle nod to the GT500. Replacing the stock spoiler that comes with the Track Package, Justin added a GT500 Style Rear Spoiler. To really set the exterior off, Justin did something a little different and added Matte White GT500 Style Stripes to his Gloss White Mustang. This caught a lot of people off-guard, but overall it was really well received.

Between the GT500 style spoiler and the GT500 matte white stripes, Justin’s Mustang is looking sick! They were both great choices for customizing the exterior of his Mustang, while giving off that GT500 feel without going overboard. This modding train is going to keep on rolling in Stage 3; Justin has already hinted at doing wheels, interior mods, and some more power-adders.

Be sure to check back to the AM Blog and the AM Youtube Channel and see Justin build his personal 2014 Mustang GT into a street beast!

Jul 30

‘Blood Muscle’ auction to sell impressive collection of ill-begotten classic cars

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Blood Muscle auction

The old saying goes that if you can't do the time, don't do the crime. But being a criminal can involve more than just taking a trip to the big house; it can also mean losing possessions purchased from any ill-gotten gains. Still, one man's loss is another's gain, and if you're in Lodi, NJ, on September 12, you stand the chance to buy some of the ultimate muscle cars from the US Marshals in what is being gruesomely nicknamed the Blood Muscle auction.

The grisly moniker was earned because all of the vehicles belonged to the president of a blood testing company who is facing prison time for alleged bribery, according to Hemmings. After all, they are muscle cars bought with actual blood money. The seven-vehicle collection includes some of the ultimate muscle cars ever made, and the original buyer clearly had an eye for rarity.

This cornucopia of V8 power includes a teal 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429, a 1967 Shelby GT500 Mustang, an orange 1970 Plymouth Superbird, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS convertible and perhaps most prized of all - a trio of 1969 Yenko Chevys with a Chevelle, Nova and Camaro all represented. From the included photos, all of them look to be in fantastic condition.

A.J Willner Auctions, which is coordinating the sale, has authenticating documents for all seven vehicles on its website. "This is a live auction, all bidders will need to attend and bid in person with the required $10,000 cashier's check as a deposit on them," the company says about the event. If you can get past how the cars were purchased, there could be some bargains here.

'Blood Muscle' auction to sell impressive collection of ill-begotten classic cars originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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