This week’s episode of Big Muscle features a 1969 AMC AMX whose owner, Jimi Day, lovingly refers to as AMX-Cess. It’s a car that he fell in love with while working at a body shop as a kid. The host of Big Muscle, Mike Musto, says the hardcore AMC guys are going to be initially excited that they featured an AMC but then they’ll get mad when they realize there’s not much of the original car left. The AMX-Cess is powered by a GM Poerformance Parts LS3 under the hood with a Keisler 5-speed transmission, Ford 9 inch rear end and Ridetech suspension system. Jimi built it this way because he wanted a car that handled well and would be fun and reliable for track day thrashing. Mike ends up liking the car so much that he says it’s in the Top 2 of cars that he’s driven for the show.
Big Muscle is back on the DRIVE channel with this feature of the fastest 0-100 mph American production vehicle of 1978, the Dodge Little Red Express. This was the first real Muscle Truck with Dodge taking advantage of a loophole for trucks in the smog regulations of the time. The result was this pickup with a hot rodded version of their 360 police car engine, side stack exhaust and wood paneling. What an amazing crazy oddball piece of American automotive history.
You guys know that I really enjoy muscle cars that handle well. Check out Finnish drifter Mikko Viitala’s 1970 Z28 Drift Camaro. According to Speedhunters, it’s got a 505 horsepower LS3 under the hood, Corvette brakes and Bilstein shocks.
Hurst Shifters put together this video of a truck they’ve sponsored to run in the Goodguys autocross series. It’s a Chevrolet C10 built by No Limit Engineering that rides on a tube chassis and RideTech suspension and an LSx under the hood. Sounds like a formula for success to me.