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Season 2006

  • Spike TV
  • 25 mins
  • 4 hours, 27 mins (11 episodes)
  • United States
  • Special Interest

Television's first how-to series on sourcing, restoring, painting and modifying original V8 American muscle cars from the 60s and 70s, plus Detroit's current modern muscle machines. Experts demonstrate how to rebuild, paint and resto-mod these iconic cars while sharing information on vehicle history and statistics. This show constitutes the country's largest community of muscle car fans.

23 episodes

2006x01 American Steel is the Deal!

  • Season Premiere

    no air date — 17 mins

Muscle Car kicks off an awesome frame-off resto-mod: a ‘70 Dodge Hemi Challenger and TV’s first buildup of an all new, all steel Year One ‘69 Camaro rag top. This show also takes a look back at the history of Chevy’s potent ‘70 Chevelle with 454 LS6 big block hot enough to move 2 tons of steel into the 13s! American iron rules!

From rotisserie to sand blasting to frame jig, MuscleCar begins intensive bodywork transforming their swiss-cheezed Mopar: the ‘70 Hemi Challenger project. It’s time for the front clip to go on the ’69 Crate Camaro then it’s off to meet muscle car extremist Richard Rawlins on a trip to Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas… and we live to tell about it.

MuscleCar needs a new shop truck so their ‘78 El Camino gets a new fuel injected 350 Ramjet engine and 4L60E electronic tranny. Then the all new Crate Camaro gets it’s new front suspension fitted. Muscle Car revisits one of the most famous Pontiacs of all time: the wild '69, factory Ram Air GTO Judge.

It’s a dual purpose show as MuscleCar attacks two current projects: major bodywork problems like solving crushed spots and fender well rot on the Hemi Challenger. Plus, the Crate Camaro gets a 9-inch rear and welded-in sub-frame connectors. Then is a retro test of the ‘70 Plymouth Hemi Cuda!

The El Camino gets a little torch & tune to improve power. It's how to build a trick cold-air induction system from scratch and how-to improve radiator cooling. Plus short cuts and tech tips on hanging body panels on the '69 Crate Camaro. Then a look back at the hairiest brute power and seductive bodywork ever unleashed on the public that Corvette killer, the '65 427 Cobra!

How about a little NASCAR with your Mopar? With the Challenger's unibody finally straight, it's time to install shock wave air bag suspension and a trick fully-adjustable K member. Then it's new spindle tech, big disc brakes, plus how to make a muscle car look like it's laser-aligned. Then in this week's Muscle Car Flashback: the limited production '70 AMX, American Motors' Javelin-based pony car.

How to use body filler to get a 100 point car. What!? It's body prep tech required to get zero imperfections along the seams and body lines of the Crate Camaro. Then it's stabbing a 528 cid Mopar crate Hemi and 5-speed Kiesler manual gearbox in project Challenger with floor pan fab tech. Then it's a flashback back to the rarest of the rare...the Hurst GTO Tiger.

Anybody can restore a car, but it takes a real man to cut one up! Part one of the process of turning a '65 Mustang Fastback into a Shelby 350R clone -- R as in race, and also as in Roush engine hardware to come. Then it's Camaro interior resto tips, panel gapping for precision. Plus a flashback to one of the fastest "sleepers" Detroit ever produced: the 70 Buick Stage One GSX. Buick lost money on every one they built!

"The plasma cutter is my favorite tool!" Fabricating floor pans and replacing frame rails and building unibody subframe connectors for a 650 horsepower car. Muscle Car christens it's new col-met paint booth with how-to paint tips like a pro. Then, it's proper "blocking" techniques to get crisp, sharp show winning body lines.

This show takes you through how-to correctly align and custom-install a stout Dana 60 rear end in the Hemi Challenger, along with finishing the installation of a four-bar rear air bag suspension. Then it's how-to build a custom 3-inch exhaust system from a kit. Plus more detail on blocking body panels and contours to get them ready for paint. Makes our arms tired just watching, but the results are worth it!

The Crate Camaro body is straighter than a T-square! This week it goes into the booth for final coats of Guardsman Red base coat. Includes how-to tape and paint body stripes! While the paint dries on the Camaro, they need a little fresh air ride. So, they go out for a gear-slammin' run in the shop El Camino and manage to....well, tune in and see for yourself!

2006x12 Revenge Of The El Camino

  • 2006-06-10T06:00:00+02:00 — 17 mins

Lou & Jared build a new rear end for the El Camino parts Truck and head out on the road to see if they can break it again. The Challenger gets fender-well braces to back up its race-car suspension and we visit the Mopar Nationals in Ohio.

2006x13 Making Of The Autorox Mustang

  • 2006-06-17T06:00:00+02:00 — 25 mins

Spike TV needs a high-performance Mustang for the Autorox awards show and Lou and Jared only have three days to build it. They make a brand-new Mustang GT even stronger and more sinister... and drive it on stage with just minutes to spare.

2006x14 That Perfect Finish

  • 2006-06-24T06:00:00+02:00 — 25 mins

Jared shows how to get the Crate Camaro's paint just right with tools and techniques that you can use on your own muscle car. Lou demonstrates what to look for when you're buying a project car and we profile one of the most outrageous muscle cars ever built - the Plymouth Superbird.

2006x15 Super Shelby

  • 2006-07-01T06:00:00+02:00 — 25 mins

We visit a West Coast custom shop as an original '68 GT350 becomes a "retro concept" - the car that Shelby might have built nearly forty years ago.

It's final assembly time! The Crate Camaro and its ZZ4 crate engine are going together: radiator, steering, brakes, brake lines, drive shaft, fuel tank and fuel lines. Plus all the panels and the windshield and trim! Then it's a flashback to a Ford muscle car that was better on the track than the strip... the fabled '69 Boss 302!

2006x17 Mustang 4-Link

  • 2006-07-15T06:00:00+02:00 — 25 mins

HorsePower's Mustang project has more engine than its suspension can handle - so Lou and Mike Galley build a four-link rear and a roll cage to get all that power on the track. Our Muscle Car Flashback is a muscle legend - the Mr. Norm's 440 Dart!

2006x18 Mustang At The Track

  • 2006-07-22T06:00:00+02:00 — 25 mins

Lou and Mike finish the roll cage and four-link rear and take the Mustang to the drag strip for a test run. Four-door muscle is our Flashback this week, a '63 Ford police car with a Cobra Jet 427! and Lou visits the Good Guys show.

2006x19 Project Blue Hair Engine Swap

  • 2006-07-29T06:00:00+02:00 — 25 mins

Our all-original, low-mileage '70 Nova gets a 440hp GM crate engine - but the swap is not as simple as it sounds. And we'll see some Buick muscle... from the Buick Horsepower Nationals in Indianapolis.

2006x20 Project Blue Hair Part 2

  • 2006-08-05T06:00:00+02:00 — 25 mins

Our 33,000-mile original '70 Nova continues on the path to greatness! Lou finishes the motor and tranny installation and puts air suspension in the front - all without changing the stock look. And our "Flashback" segment profiles a rare Mopar - the 69 Road Runner 440 Six-Pack.

2006x21 Project Rustang

  • 2006-08-12T06:00:00+02:00 — 25 mins

Lou has a big challenge - a sadly abused '65 Mustang Fastback that's already been the victim of wrecks, rust, and bad repairs. First step - fabricate a whole new front end! Then, we'll go to the track with a muscle classic, the last of the real Olds 442s!

2006x22 Crate Camaro Complete!

  • 2006-09-02T06:00:00+02:00 — 25 mins

After months of work, the Crate Camaro is on the ground and running, and we'll give it away later this year! We'll "flash back" to a legendary Hemi - an all original '69 Super Bee street racer.

2006x23 Million Dollar Muscle

  • 2006-11-18T06:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

We'll revisit some classic muscle cars from the sixties - they were affordable street racers forty years ago, but today they're six-figure collector cars, and they can still burn up the pavement!