Classic American Muscle When American Cars Ruled
Everybody has a different thought of what an American Muscle Car is. For some of us it’s the Ford Mustang, for other it’s the Chevrolet Camaro. But no matter what you like in a muscle car; things were done different back in the day.
I’m not saying that I don’t like all of the modern goodies because I am a man I do like the electronics of these modern cars. But something has been lost in the translation; some of the classic bump and grind feeling of a excellent ancient muscle car.
Back in the day American Muscle meant a car that made a lot of power. The thought behind it was to shoe horn the largest mill into a mid sized that you could fit. Then later on the Camaros and Mustangs hit the seen and the thought of a muscle car changed.
They would now be known as pony cars, i though I still to call them muscle cars; it just sounds better. Both the Ford mustang, and the Chevrolet Camaro changed the entire muscle car seen. Before these two car muscle cars were Chevelles and GTOs.
Again don’t get me incorrect; I like Chevelles, and GTOs so I don’t need a bunch of comments saying that they were muscle cars to, I already know it. The pint that I’m trying to get across here is this, back in the day the engines loped they were nothing small of annoying.
They chewed ethyl fuel, and nobody cared what the hippies said about it. They weren’t about creature comforts; a muscle car was all about the feeling that it gave you to drive it. The classic high arching body lines, the huge stout tires and running with no mufflers.
Yes they were loud and obnoxious, but that is what all the work we did made them do. You’d reckon twice about racing that car the looked like a rocking chair at the stop light. If it had a couple of four barrels hanging out of the hood it could really place the dread of god in you.
Not to mention a huge 6 or 8-71 GM huffer hanging out of the hood. The whine from one of those things could scare the hell out of the banshee. You can’t have this kind of fun with the new American Muscle.
With the regulations that they have place on today’s cars you really can’t change a thing. Yes you can modify some things, but nothing like the ancient days. In these new cars it has to have the same type of engine that it came with from the factory or there will be no passing emissions testing.
Back in the day we could place any engine that we wanted in our hot rods. We could pull out a straight six, and install a huge block V8, I did it in my 69 Camaro. We could make a car run without all of this crazy computerized electronics.
They were just more fun to play with, i realize that those days are gone for ever, but it is truly a sad event. I reckon that technology is a wonderful thing, but we don’t need to introduce new things, and make the people use them.
Or we could give the people the freedom to do as they please with their cars. They paid their own hard earned money for them, and they should be able to modify them in any way they want as long as it doesn’t make the car a road hazard, or perilous to other people on the road.
Cars are all about freedom, and it was that thought that spawned hot rodding in the USA. Hot rodding turned in to drag racing in the 1950′s and became a sanctioned sport. This was all brought about by kids modifying their cars to make them better, and quicker then what their friends drove.
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