myPowerBlock: 1969 AMC S/C Rambler burnout

Many of you probably know that the Rambler was produced by the American Motors Corporation between 1958-1969. But, did you know that the SC stood for “Stock Car,” and the classic muscle car was was nicknamed the “Scrambler?” The S/C Rambler packed a 390 cubic-inch AMC V8 engine from the AMX that was coupled to a four-speed manual transmission, and a 3.54:1 “Twin-Grip” limited slip differential. It also had heavy-duty brakes with front discs and a sway bar, as well as strengthened drive train and body components that were slightly modified from previous models.

The S/C Rambler became a head-turner on the track, putting down quarter-mile times that only Hemis and Cobra Jets were familiar with.

Only 1,512 were built, and they cost about $3,000 in the late 60s (which translates to about $19,000 in today’s economy.)

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myPowerBlock: Bill Grace posts video of AMC Gremlin wheelstand

We asked our Twitter Followers and Facebook fans earlier today if they wanted to see a burnout vid or an off-road vid. The results were fairly even, so we were gonna show you both.

But then we stumbled upon Bill Grace’s profile, who had a video of Brian Ambrosini’s AMC Gremlin doing a sick wheelstand. Bill notes in the video for viewers to see that all four wheels were off the ground at one point.

Did you see it? Tell us what you think by sending a tweet to @PowerBlockTV, or leave a comment on our facebook page.

Because of the excitement of the crowd, you actually might need to turn your volume down just a bit.

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PowerBlock shows off couple’s custom muscle cars

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This weekend on PowerBlock Courtney has two muscle cars in her shop this weekend, and both were done by our good friend Randy Borcherding of Painthouse in Cypress, TX. The ’67 GTO is named “Blew Bayou” and is owned by Noel Irvin. It has a Butler Performance fuel injected 467 Pontiac engine that makes 611 hp on pump gas! The color is a custom Painthouse creation called “Blew Blue,” and rides on Painthouses’ first set of custom wheels and Falken Redline Tires with another dead-on custom leather interior by Ron Mangus. The gorgeous ’65 Mustang is Dana Irvin’s pony car and a gift from husband Noel. It’s powered by a blown 4.6L Cobra with a six-speed that makes 517 horses!  It has a split front bumper to feed the intercooler, and it too has a Ron Mangus interior done in Italian leather. It rolls on ceramic coated Budnick Wheels and Falken Redline Tires. There’s more to see on PowerBlock December 1 & 2. For more on check out PainthouseTX.com

NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, husband divorce after 7 years

 

From the Associated Press:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Danica Patrick and her husband are divorcing after seven years of marriage.

Patrick announced the split with Paul Hospenthal on her Facebook page Tuesday.

“I am sad to inform my fans that after seven years, Paul and I have decided amicably end our marriage,” she said. “This isn’t easy for either of us, but mutually it has come to this. He has been an important person and friend in my life and that’s how we will remain moving forward.”

Hospenthal is a physical therapist who met Patrick while treating her for a non-racing injury. The two were married in 2005, and he is 17 years older than the 30-year-old driver.

Patrick just completed her first full season in NASCAR, running the full Nationwide schedule and 10 Sprint Cup Series races after leaving IndyCar.

Earlier this month, Patrick had her best finish in nine Cup starts this season, finishing 24th at Texas and running every lap for the first time. Tony Gibson was Ryan Newman’s crew chief for Stewart-Haas Racing, but is moving to Patrick’s team next season. They got a head start with her final two races this season and she finished 10th in Nationwide points, becoming the highest-finishing female driver in the history of NASCAR’s three national series. The previous record was held by Sara Christian, who finished 13th in 1949 in the Cup series.

On Monday night, Patrick won the Nationwide Series’ most popular driver award, which is voted on by fans, and she remains one of the most recognizable drivers in auto racing. Patrick challenged for the Indy 500 win as a rookie, becoming the first woman to lead laps while finishing fourth. She was a career-best third in 2009.

There was speculation that her appeal with advertisers had waned, but earlier this month Go Daddy said Patrick will again appear in the website domain provider’s commercials during the Super Bowl next year. Patrick and Go Daddy first teamed up when the company became an associate sponsor for her IndyCar in 2007. Go Daddy became the primary IndyCar sponsor in 2010, along with a partial NASCAR schedule, and followed her for the full Nationwide Series and limited Sprint Cup schedules this year.

Go Daddy has committed to sponsor the Cup schedule next season, when Patrick moves up to NASCAR’s top level on a full-time basis.

Thank you PowerBlock Fans!

PowerBlock has this weekend off for Thanksgiving holiday weekend, but we’ll be back December 1 & 2 with automotive how-to you can use. Plus, Courtney will welcome husband/wife owners of a ’67 GTO and ’65 Mustang, two beautiful muscle cars you’ll want to see!

At PowerBlock we’re thankful we get to share our tips, tricks and tech knowledge with our fans every weekend on Spike TV. So from all of us to all of you, have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Rachel De Barros points out anniversary of General Lee jump

On November 11, 1978, “The Dukes of Hazzard,” debuted the show’s most recognizable stunts in automotive history. Their 1969 Dodge Charger, the General Lee, jumped 16 feet high and 82 feet long.

Thanks to Rachel De Barros for reminding us on myPowerBlock with this video. If you have something you’d like PowerBlock to feature, post it to www.mypowerblock.com!

Check out this compilation of “Dukes of Hazzard” jumps here:

Are You Mr. Gasket?

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This weekend on PowerBlock find out how you can become the next Mr. Gasket! V.P. of Sales Bob Bruegging is our guest, and he’ll tell you how to enter the Search For Mr. Gasket Contest. The winner basically becomes the spokesperson for Mr. Gasket, including appearing in TV and print ads, websites, social media and making public appearances. Plus, there’s a cash prize!

Also we’ll go dry lake bed racing at El Mirage, California, with PowerBlock Magazine’s West Coast Reporter – Jason Lewis. Plus we’ll check out this gorgeous boat of a classic car, a 1963 Ford Galaxie 500. Owner Calvin Dale was the original owner, and after his son Jeff drove it in high school and college, it sat in the driveway for 15 years. Then the family turned to Terry Petersen of Fredric & Petersen Collision in Franklin, TN, for the full and original restoration. See it all on PowerBlock November 10 & 11. For more go to TheSearchForMrGasket.com

Summit, Royal Purple, Edelbrock, Magnaflow, contribute to women’s Mustang build

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Join Courtney this weekend as she reveals the “Mustang Build Powered By Women!” Hypertech’s Marla Moore and Ford’s Jennifer Seely will stop in to preview this pony car that you’ll be able to bid on to own. Earlier this summer an all-female team from the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network, 40 in total who all work in the automotive aftermarket, came together in the Source Interlink Media “Hot Rod” garage to make history and build a tricked out 2013 Ford Mustang. Over 30 companies donated over 50 parts, including Ford with the Mustang GT, Edelbrock with a supercharger, Magnaflow donated an exhaust, Wilwood donated brakes, P-Zero tires from Pirelli and Forgeline gave GA1R wheels with a custom finish, as well as numerous parts from Summit Racing and products from Royal Purple. Jennifer came up with the winning design for the car that will be unveiled at SEMA October 30 in the Ford booth. Then it goes up for auction on eBay with all proceeds benefiting the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Last, but certainly not least — check out this killer resto Greg Rogers did on a very rough ’68 Chevy C-10. He swapped out the old 307, 2 barrel, three on the three, for a 383 Stroker automatic built by TNT Engineering that makes 425hp. Gary Hibdon did all the body and paint work, spending six weeks on the rear bed alone. As his first ever resto, Greg replaced just about everything on the truck. It’s wrapped in PPG Concept, GM Light Green and White and rolls on 20 inch Toys Wheels and Toyo rubber. Check it out on PowerBlock October 27 & 28. For more go to www.sema.org/SEMAMustangBuild

 

 

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myPowerBlock: Chris Steinhaus shares hotrod’s burnout

One of myPowerBlock’s newest members posted a video of a hotrod in action doing a burnout on an empty neighborhood street. Looks like he held back a little bit, but it sure did leave a nice trail of smoke!

Chris Steinhaus didn’t give any information about the hotrod, but we’re certainly glad he posted this video for all of us to enjoy!

Check it out, PowerBlock fans!

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