Maybe there’s something in the water, but the vast majority of email we’ve received in the last two months has been about blown-up parts. So for this month’s WTF, we present you a blowout of the blown-up stuff.
I’m writing in for my friend, Kevin. Just saw this catastrophic failure of his Ford FE block. After 350 passes, the crankshaft finally broke in several places, blowing out the side of the cement-filled block and bending the aluminum rods. Time for a new motor!
—Tim, via email
I’ve been beating on my ’69 AMX (390, four-speed) since I bought it in 1978. Finally, the stock Model 20 rearend got noisy and sounded like bad pinion bearings. I pulled the cover, and metal teeth fell out.
—Jeff Sackley; Golden, CO
Here’s what a Straight-8 Buick piston ($1,400 a set) looks like after 20 pounds of boost and a coolant flow problem (read detonation). The engine powers the Salt Cat II Streamliner at Bonneville and has gone 242 mph.
—Doug Grieve, Morris/Grieve Racing
I’m sending a few pics of my little transmission explosion that occurred last year at the OC cruise in Maryland. During a particular high-speed run down the highway, the tranny decided to give up the ghost, not only destroying the transmission but also shearing off the driveshaft and destroying the exhaust system, too. I got the car back on the road after a solid month of trashing!
—Nick Varnalis, via email
Went to Lunch!
I lost this rod and bent a couple more when the Godzilla boost bypass valve stayed closed on my ’06 SRT8 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a Paxton Novi 1500. At about 7 pounds of boost, 525 hp feels great in an all-wheel-drive SUV. I was merging onto the highway, and it went to lunch as the shift to Third hit.
This is what happens at 7,000 rpm in a 4,000-pound Buick!
Non-Blown Up Part of the Month
After all the blown-up parts, how about a nice, intact car? Check out Gary Hartzell’s ’55 Chevy. He almost bought one like this in 1969, but the seller’s asking price of $100 was a little too steep for him at the time (if you can imagine that!!). His college buddy, Dick, bought it instead, offering to let Gary buy it if he wanted. The car eventually sold to a third friend, whom Gary bought the car from in 2009. It cost him more than $100, but he says it was well worth it, considering the sentimental value the car holds.
Send us pictures of cars, parts, dogs—whatever you want to show us to CarCraft@carcraft.com
Department of Corrections
Last month we printed the incorrect price for the new K-member from QA1. The price is: $299.95 for Mustang; $694.95 for Mopar.
I absolutely love the dual quads on the [Sept. ’13] cover. The manifolds were nice, too.
—Robert Williams, via email
Just Email Us, Bro
I wanted to inquire as to how I should submit pictures of my car to be considered for a feature in your magazine.
—Wayne Hipple; Bourbonnais, IL
Send some pictures of different angles of your car to CarCraft@carcraft.com. We read everything you guys send.
A Cry for Help
Loyal CC fans, would you please help us update our archives? We are in the process of scanning every page of our old issues to create a digital archive of Car Craft going back to its inception. To make the best scans, we need the following issues:
1953: May, July
1959: January, April, July, August
1963: All issues
1966: All issues
1967: All issues
1968: All issues
1969: All issues
1970: All issues
If you have any copies to spare, please mail them to:
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El Segundo, CA 90245
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