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  • Transmission Conversion for Hot Rods and Muscle Cars

    Transmission Conversion by the Experts Transmission Conversion by the Experts

    Performance vehicles are the ultimate toy for driving excitement. We’ll help you with your transmission conversion by swapping out your old manual transmission or 3-speed automatic and replacing it using our bolt-on Tremec 5 or 6 speed transmission bundle.  We include everything from the transmission, clutch, hydraulic conversions, and electronic components. The result is an increase in your vehicles performance and value.

    American V8’s sound great when you hit the gas, but most imports will give you a run for your money unless you have something special under the hood. The first place to get moving faster is your transmission, as it optimizes your engines power.

    In the 1960’s and 70’s muscle cars only came with 4 speed manuals or 3 speed automatics. These old school gearboxes are now 40 to 50 years old, and repairing them is more costly than purchasing a new one, that bolts right in.

    We’ll show you the best options to make your car go faster, shift better, reduce engine wear, and be more fun to drive.

    Some advantages to converting to a manual transmission are:

    • More Efficient Highway Cruising at Today's Speed Limits.  Back in the day we used to use horse drawn carriages and went about 10 miles per hour.  Then we got 3 speed transmissions and were able to achieve speeds of up ot 55 miles per hour.  But today most highways allow up to 70-80 miles per hour.  
    • Faster Acceleration.  With  more gears to match the HP and torque of the motor you get faster acceleration!
    • Increased Fuel Economy.  A result of lower RPM's at cruising speed. According to Consumer Reports (July 2015) replacing an old automatic transmission with a new 5 or 6 speed transmission will result in better mileage, from 2-5 miles per gallon.
    • Extended Cruising Range.  With increased gas mileage you can drive further on every tank!
    • Reduce Engine RPM’s and Wear. Because the engine doesn't turn as many RPMs it won't wear out as quickly.

    We have transmission conversion kits for hot rods and muscle cars. Start by identifying your vehicle and engine, the transmission choices are listed below:

    After you select your engine and transmission, our site will help you identify and select all the correct driveline parts.  Making your swap an easy experience that will give you years of motoring enjoyment and increase the value of your car too.

    Transmission Bundles by Dederichs Mortorsports and 1ShopAuto Transmission Bundles by Dederichs Mortorsports and 1ShopAuto

    Here are some additional tips or explanations for selecting driveline options:

    Aluminum or steel flywheels are simple. For strictly street applications stay with steel, aluminum is much lighter and best suited for competition-use only.

    Hydraulic throw-out-bearings simplify header installations for cramped space in the driveline tunnel. These have one simple hose that are easily routed around the exhaust headers, self-adjusting and make shifting easier, quicker and lighter than old style linkage.

    Engine mounts, cross members, pilot bearings and various adapters or electrical couplings are all identified for your specific make and model.

    Each new transmission has a larger output shaft that will require a new “yoke” to attach the driveshaft to the rear-end differential.

    These complete transmission conversion kits are available to order online today.  Custom shifters and modified gears are also available but may take a few weeks to build. Transmission Conversion Kits

    For help selecting any parts or customization please contact

    This post was written by Joseph Dederichs and Alan Brown

  • 1998-2002 GM F-Body BBK Full Exhaust Headers Swap

    Repairing and upgrading any muscle car may conceal many surprises since you don’t always know what’s in a car till after you take it apart.  We are going to swap out an old rusty set of exhaust headers on a ‘99 TransAm to help the LS engine breathe better.  Lots of changes have been introduced since 15 years ago.  The newly designed, larger diameter, Y pipe configuration BBK Exhaust Headers will definitely allow some more ponies out of the barn when we are done.

    The new exhaust headers are full-length and come equipped with a ceramic coating to keep the exhaust headers system from rusting and to better control heat radiated from under the car. There are no cats on this system so we will not be legal by emission standards in some states.

    Click here to hear how great they sound. The BBK Exhaust Headers are $525.00 from 1 Shopauto’s arsenal of go-fast goodies:

    Exhaust Headers for LS1 F Body

    Let’s review what it took to swap the new exhaust headers, and what power was gained. Continue reading

  • Anderson Composites Debuts Muscle Car Carbon Fiber at SEMA

    SEMA highlights the latest Anderson Composites Mustang S550 and Corvette C7 muscle car carbon fiber body parts.

    Anderson has taken two great body-styles - the Mustang and the Corvette - and “Redefined Lean Muscle” by emphasizing the sleek lines to make these bodies even more powerful. Anderson Composites is widely held as having that “best in show” quality and the demand for their muscle car carbon fiber products proves it!

    Ford Mustang Muscle Car with Carbon Fiber
    Ford Mustang 'Hottest Car in Show'
    Corvette C7 Muscle Car with Carbon Fiber

    Corvette C7 'Definitely Not Stock'


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  • Review of All American Billet Front Drive Systems

    All American Billet Product Catalog

    Why We Recommend All American Billet

    We have been astounded at the huge response we’ve received from All American Billet’s Front Drive Systems. Our customer’s first reactions were “Wow” these look fantastic! They are more compact and less expensive than the other manufacturers front drive systems.

    These front drive systems are becoming the top selling serpentine kits in the industry, because they have so many advantages:

    • They are quality American built.
    • Superior compact design which fits tightly to your motor.
    • They save you $100’s over the competition.
    • Fully customizable with/without A/C and Power Steering.
    • Stainless Steel Fastenings – Gates Belts and Tensioners.
    • Includes the Billet Power Steering Reservoir.
    • Made for Chevy (Small/Big Block and LS), Ford (Small/Big Block and Cleveland), Mopar late-model HEMI.


    Serpentine Front Drive System Product Review:

    Serpentine Front Drive Systems are not all the same. Design, materials, cost and value are not on the label when the sales rep sells you what they want you to buy.

    We compared 100’s of products from March, Billet Specialties, and All American Billet and here are the facts.

    March Billet Specialties All American Billet
    Engine Small Block Chevy Small Block Chevy Small Block Chevy
    Cost $2,100.00 $2,300.00 $1,995.00
    Hardware Materials Cadmium Bolts/Screws Stainless Bolts/Screws Stainless Button Head Cap Screws
    Brackets Required 3 Brackets Not Required Not Required
    Dimensions 40% more space required in engine bay Compact Compact
    Water Pump Included Not Included Not Included Included - Tuff Stuff
    P/S Reservoir Not Included Not Included Included
    Fit and Finish 'C' Quality 'A' Quality 'A' Quality

    All American Billet won hands down, $200 to $300 less, included the reservoir and included a new Tuff Stuff water pump too. After buying a water pump and reservoir you are saving an additional $400 to $500 and that includes the best fit and finish in the shoot out!

    Check out our selection of All American Billet Front Drive Systems at, or check out their entire catalog here.

  • Anvil Carbon Fiber helps you reduce the weight of your vehicle and you look cool

    Using Anvil Carbon Fiber will help you look cool and reduce the weight significantly on your vehicle.

    Anvil Auto and its owner, Matt Lazich, are the premier producers of early muscle car carbon fiber parts. Their products have earned top awards in 2010 for Anvil’s car Halo Mustang, in 2013 for Steve Strope’s TT Camaro, and again in 2014 with Mark Stielow’s Hellfire Camaro, and now top honors at Good Guys Del Mar 2015 with Barry’s Speed Shop’s Mean Green Camaro - all go to heavily Anvil-clad Camaros and Mustangs. The key to Anvil’s success is Lazich’s straight-forward, clean and muscular design and the reason why award-winning builders choose Anvil. You can now put these award winning competition-proven parts on your car and we’ll show you how it’s done. Carbon fiber parts are available for body, interior and engine components. Wondering why you should investigate and purchase from Anvil Auto for your body parts? There are three major benefits: speed, handling and better gas mileage. Continue reading

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