Wednesday, November 14, 2018

1955 Chevy Truck Fabrication and Chrome Job Done at Wilson Auto Repair

1955 Chevy Truck Fabrication and Chrome Job Done at Wilson Auto Repair

This 1955 Chevy pickup is at our shop getting some work done to make the engine bay to look better. The truck has already had its bumpers chromed and now its time to focus on what is under the hood. We fabricated an engine cover, installed chrome valve covers, a chrome alternator and polished hood...   Read More

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

1983 Jeep CJ7 Jamboree Restoration at Wilson Auto Repair

1983 Jeep CJ7 Jamboree Restoration at Wilson Auto Repair

Have a look as the team at Wilson Auto Repair fully restore this rare 1983 Jeep CJ7 Jamboree. In this video you will see us completely disassemble this 1983 Jeep, do the necessary body work to get it ready for primer and paint.  Be sure to watch until the end so you can see the...   Read More

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The First Generation Dodge Challenger

Dodge ChallengerThe original Dodge Challenger, produced from 1970-1974, was Dodge’s attempt at entering the popular pony car market, epitomized by the Ford Mustang. The Challenger shared its Chrysler E-body platform with the Plymouth Barracuda, although it was slightly larger. Chrysler-Dodge intended the Challenger to compete with the more luxurious pony cars of the time. Unfortunately for the company, by the time the Challenger’s design was complete, it was a bit late and the pony car wave was already beginning to fade. For this reason, it did not have nearly the success that the Chrysler brain trust had hoped for.

Dodge ChallengerThe Challenger came with a slew of engine options over the course of its production; ranging from a base-level 225 cubic inch 3.7-liter, to a 426 cubic inch 7-liter Hemi V8, rated at 425 bhp. Hardtop, sports hardtop, and convertible models were all offered in 1970. In 1971 only hardtop and convertible Challengers were available, while from ’72-’74 they only produced the hardtop.

The basic E-Body style remained throughout the Challenger’s production, with only minor cosmetic changes made. 1971 and 1972 both marked changes to the grille, with 1971 models receiving a “split” grille, and 1972 models receiving a pronounced grille which protruded past the front bumper. From 1972 through 1974 the body style was nearly unchanged.

1970 was by far the most successful year for the Challenger, with nearly half of the total sales of the car taking place that year (over 70,000 Challengers were sold in 1970, while 165,500 were sold in total). 1970 is also largely considered by auto enthusiasts to be the best year for Challenger production in terms of quality, with 1971 a close second. 1972-74 Challengers are generally considered to be inferior to earlier models.

Dodge ChallengerDespite the bad timing of the original release of the Challenger, over the years it has gained extreme popularity among collectors. 1970 and 1971 models in particular are highly sought after collector cars. As many engine options were offered and fewer cars were built with the more powerful and expensive engines, Challengers built with the 440 V8 engine and the 426 Hemi are all the more rare and valuable. As more and more of the early models are being bought up, even ’72-’74 Challengers are now becoming increasingly popular among collectors.

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1964 Chevy Truck Getting Minor Bodywork & New Paint at Wilson Auto Repair

1964 Chevy Truck Getting Minor Bodywork & New Paint at Wilson Auto Repair

This 1964 Chevrolet pickup truck has been in the same family for many years.  It is coming to Wilson Auto Repair for some minor bodywork and surface rust removal, so it can get ready for primer & paint. The new color will be pure black which we think will look incredible when finished.  Black is...   Read More

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Monday, November 5, 2018

All-American Muscle: The Pontiac GTO

Pontiac GTOOne of the jobs of automotive designers is to look into the crystal ball and try to see into the future. What will attract the public as times change and a new generation of drivers are ready to hit the roadways? The history of the automobile manufacturing industry is filled with hits and misses as the “swamis” of automotive engineering placed their bets on educated guesses that became the next wave of motor vehicles offered by their respective companies.

Pontiac GTOIn the early 1960s, the powers that be were getting the idea that the younger generation was looking for speed, and this fueled the heyday of the American muscle car era. The GTO was Pontiac’s entrance into the muscle car sweepstakes, and it was designed and developed by Bill Collins who was the chassis man; Russ Gee, who was the engine expert; and the head of engineering at Pontiac at the time, John DeLorean. It was DeLorean who decided to call the car the GTO, and there was some controversy involved because he took the name from the Ferrari 250 GTO (GTO stands for Gran Turismo Omologato), which was a well respected race car. Some Ferrari loyalists took umbrage with Pontiac for using the name, considering it an intrusion onto hallowed ground.

The first GTO was introduced in 1964 as part of the LeMans series. It came standard with a 389 cubic inch, 325 horsepower V8, and one of the options that was available to give it some extra oomph was the three two-barrel carburetors known as the “Tri-Power” system of carburation. With the Tri-Power engine the 1964 Tempest GTO was capable of going from zero to sixty in 4.6 seconds, according to a test conducted by Car Life.

Pontiac GTOThe Tempest GTO caught on with the public, and in 1966 Pontiac made the GTO a distinct model apart from the Tempest series. People began to refer to the GTO informally as the “Goat,” and it’s popularity continued to grow. In 1966 just under 97,000 Pontiac GTOs were sold, a big number for a model in its debut year as a stand-alone.

In 1969 Pontiac introduced a GTO model called “The Judge,” which was named after a famous skit that was performed on the popular television comedy Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. Pontiac produced just over 6,800 specimens of The Judge, and one of them is extremely rare: just five of the 1969 Ram Air IV GTO Judge were produced.

Pontiac sold over 72,000 GTOs in 1969, but the model started to take a nosedive in the 1970s. By 1973 GTO sales had plummeted to just 4,806. The next year, 1974, was the final year of production for this classic American muscle car. Pontiac revived the GTO nameplate in 2004 and manufactured the Australian made GTO, also known as the Holden Monaro, through the 2006 model year.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

1979 Ford Ranchero Becomes a Dallas Cowboys Tribute Car

1979 Ford Ranchero Becomes a Dallas Cowboys Tribute Car

Feast your eyes on one of the coolest Dallas Cowboy tribute cars you have ever seen. This 1979 Ford Ranchero came to Wilson Auto Repair for a restoration, but got so much more! This video will show you how the Ranchero looked when it arrived at the shop, some of the restoration process, but most...   Read More

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Wilson Auto Repair’s Favorite Cars and Trucks at SEMA 2018

Wilson Auto Repair’s Favorite Cars and Trucks at SEMA 2018

SEMA 2018 has officially begun. Builders have their cars on display, booths are all in place and specialty aftermarket manufacturers are ready to mix, mingle and show off what their latest and greatest products. The show started on Tuesday, October 30 and some of our guys are there enjoying all the excitement and show vehicles....   Read More

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