To wrap up season 2 of Big Muscle, Mike Musto shows us his two personal cars, a 1969 Dodge Daytona clone and a 1968 Dodge Charger. Musto’s back story is interesting in that he was born in New York and was a successful financial analyst whose office was a block away from the World Trade Center when 9/11 happened. The tragedy made him re-evaluate his life and a few years later he decided to quit his job to pursue what made him happy. The thing that made him happy was muscle cars. He built these two cars in a way where they were awesome but very practical so they could be driven and enjoyed without worry. Check out the video to see how they came about:
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.
The coverage of the National Hot Rod Diesel Association World Finals in Ennis, Texas continues with what looks to be some pro-class Dodge Rams. The fastest of these drag radial equipped trucks puts down a 9.116 quarter mile at 149 mph. That’s even faster than the awesome Triple Turbo Diesel Dragster put down at the same event. This YouTube user is promising more videos from this event this week including a compilation of torque induced parts grenading. I’ll post the good stuff as it becomes available.
This 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona is owned by Lee Sicilio and it will be running in Bonneville this August. It’s running a twin turbo 496 cubic inch Hemi built by Ray Barton and tuned by Scott Clark. The dyno run gets cut short, but you can tell this car is going to be a beast. They’re shooting to break 300 mph and Bangshift estimates the final power numbers to be in the 2000-2500 horsepower range.