December 18, 2013

Summer Reading

Reading is food for the mind, and after you finish with the latest issue of Modified Mustangs & Fords magazine, CarTech Books has a number of great reads that are sure to keep you entertained. Visit www.cartechbooks.com to order.

First up is Steve Magnante’s 1001 Muscle Car Facts. Known for his contributions to automotive magazines and television shows, Magnante is always quick with facts about the automobiles at hand, and has done a great job of putting many of those tasty tidbits into this soft-bound, 416-page book. Magnante covers most of the popular automobile makes, as well as some not-so-popular ones. Retail for this delectable reading delight is just $24.95 plus $6.95 shipping and handling.

Next, we have two tomes that go hand in hand with each other. Penned by automotive scribe, Tommy Lee Byrd, Lost Dragstrips takes a look at many of the lost quarter-mile tracks across the country.

Drag racing exploded in popularity during the ’50s and ’60s, and as a result, drag racing facilities sprang up all over the country, some national in scale and others very small and local. Eventually, suburban sprawl and various economic conditions forced a great many of these tracks out of business. While some of them are gone completely, others are ghostly remnants of what once was.

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The book teems with then and now images; Tracks include Lions Associated Drag Strip, Orange County International Raceway, Riverside International Raceway, Bee Line Dragway, Motion Raceway, Motor City Dragway, Oswego Dragway, U.S. 30 Drag Strip, Dover Drag Strip, Pittsburgh International Dragway, Connecticut Dragway, Pocono Drag Lodge, and many more. Featuring 160 pages packed with over 299 black/white and color images, Lost Dragstrips can be purchased for $29.95 plus $6.95 shipping and handling.

Complementing Lost Drag Strips is The Dawn of Pro Stock by Steve Reyes. With 160 pages documenting the birth of the factory hotrods, this book talks about the humble beginnings of a class that now features tube-chassis machines running over 200 mph in the quarter-mile.

In its early years, Pro Stock was similar to the Super Stock era from a decade before, just with a little bigger and nastier engines. Competition spurs development, of course, and over the years, Pro Stock evolved and moved far away from those simple roots.

Drag racing photographer Steve Reyes was trackside at the biggest and best NHRA events from the mid 1960s throughout the 1990s. He was able to document the evolution of both the cars and drivers as he observed them throughout the season, and offers a genuine insider’s view. Retail price is $29.95 plus shipping and handling.

Rare Finds: Mustangs and Fords

It’s quite amazing that with the current popularity of muscle cars, there are still countless examples tucked away somewhere in a barn, a garage, a backyard, and yes, even a pasture. Some of these lost Mustangs and Fords were forgotten by owners, shuffled between family members, or simply parked to become non-descript garage fixtures. Some have lived hard lives on the street and in competition, and have since been neglected or abandoned altogether.

Modified Mustangs & Fords contributor, Jerry Heasley has been documenting the stories of the rarest and most sought-after Mustang and high-performance Ford rescue stories for years, and has built a collection of his finest stories, including the 1969 Boss styling prototype that was owned by Ford stylist Larry Shinoda, the original 1967 Shelby Mustang prototype that would become several other test cars, and a rare 1965 Shelby G.T. 350R. You can snag a copy for just $24.95 plus shipping and handling.

MSD’s Atomic EFI Now Supports Nitrous and Boost

As most enthusiasts are always looking for more horsepower, many wondered whether or not you could use MSD’s Atomic EFI with power adders such as nitrous oxide and superchargers—the answer is, yes!

For nitrous fans, a wet system (one that supplies its own fuel to compensate for nitrous) must be incorporated. From the Atomic handheld monitor, you’ll be able to program a target air/fuel ratio that will be used when the nitrous is activated. There is also a timing setting that will retard the timing during nitrous activation.

For boosted applications, whether it’s a blow-through or draw-through setup, the menu settings are similar. The throttle body incorporates a 2-bar MAP sensor and can manage up to 14 psi of boost. There is value for a target air/fuel ratio during boost on the handheld monitor, as well as a timing retard that is based off timing per pound of boost.

Keep in mind that when using power adders with the Atomic TBI, the injectors of the throttle body can support approximately 625 horsepower on naturally aspirated applications when used with the high horsepower fuel pump. Due to the increased fuel requirement on boosted applications, the maximum horsepower that the TBI is capable of supporting can be 20-30 percent less. You can contact MSD customer service at (915) 857-7123 for more information.

QA1 Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary

QA1 is celebrating 20 years in business this year, marking two decades of leadership and innovation in the motorsports and industrial markets.

“I’m very proud of the accomplishments and progress of the company over the last 20 years,” said founder and CEO Jim Jordan. “I’m excited to see where we can take QA1 in the future.”

In 1993, Jordan founded QA1 with more than 25 years of experience in the rod end and spherical bearing industries. QA1 was originally located in a rented warehouse in Burnsville, Minnesota, and began operations with just three employees. After rapidly making a name for itself in the motorsports market in sales of rod ends and spherical bearings, QA1 broke into the shock absorber business with the purchase of Hal Shocks in 1998. Quickly outgrowing the 8,000 sq-ft warehouse, QA1 moved to its current location in Lakeville, Minnesota. QA1 purchased Carrera Shocks in 2004, as well as CAP Auto Products and Edelbrock’s suspension line in 2011, further adding to its extensive product offering.

Today, QA1 has sold more than 1,000,000 performance shock absorbers and sells more than 1,000,000 rod ends and spherical bearings each year. QA1’s manufacturing and office space spans 66,000 sq. ft. and will be expanded to approximately 100,000 sq. ft. this spring. QA1 introduced many new products in 2013, and will be venturing into the driveshaft market later this year with carbon-fiber driveshafts made in its Lakeville facility.

As part of its anniversary celebration, QA1 will host several events, and you can find out more about that by visiting www.qa1.net/cruise.