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Auto Enthusiast Influences Along an American Muscle Car Landscape

The sort of vehicles that someone gets exposed to in one's upbringing can lead to the kind of cars and trucks that the driving age person wishes to own. If the vehicle is old enough (and the car's would-be caretaker has sufficient spending cash), it could be the sort of car/truck that an auto enthusiast wishes to purchase as a project vehicle to maintain (if it's running), renovate, or resto mod. The various forms of media - a la radio, TV, the movies, the internet, video games, etc., all can contribute in a big way to this sort of automotive exposure and influence.

Video: Dylan McCool's Abandoned Challenger Rescue Project

"I have always wanted a Challenger," says Dylan McCool. "When I was a kid, I grew up with Dad having Challengers and 'Cudas around. I grew up watching Vanishing Point with the 4-speed, so my dream has always been to have a Challenger with a 4-speed in it. And now I have that! It's finally here." At Classic Industries, we love to see this level of enthusiasm and determination from young classic car owners like Dylan, so we were glad to help him get the restoration parts he needed to take his Challenger from a rusty yard ornament to a running, driving muscle car.

New Product: 1966-70 Dodge and Plymouth V8 Emblem

No designation is more directly tied to the history of muscle cars than the term V8. Although not every V8-powered car was a muscle car, every one of the most famous American muscle cars offered at least one V8 engine option. From the 318 to the 383, and the 440 to the legendary 426 Hemi, Dodge and Plymouth offered a fantastic selection of V8 engines during the late '60s and early '70s. Classic Industries recently unveiled a new product for owners of vehicles powered by these Mopar V8s: OER's authentic reproduction of the 1966-70 Dodge and Plymouth V8 fender emblem.

Lighting Up Your 1960-72 Chevrolet & GMC Truck's Cab

Whether you're building a show truck, a daily driver workhorse, or an occasional use weekend cruiser, sometimes you just need to find those parts and accessories that will finish off your ride. Even if they're small and inexpensive components, because of their engineering, design, function, fit, and finish they can form the basis for items that are categorized as must have automotive jewelry. Something as prominent as a Bow Tie grill or GMC emblem that adorns the center of your 1967-68 GM pickup's nose would be a glaring example of such an exquisite sort of trinket.

PLYMOUTH - Your 1968-72 Mopar's Badge of Honor

The Chrysler Corporation created the Plymouth automobile division to compete with Ford and Chevrolet in 1928 in the "entry-level" car market. Then Chrysler employee Joe Frazer, who later in his automotive industry career founded the Frazer-Nash car company, coined the Plymouth moniker. Many folks believe that the car brand is named after Plymouth Rock, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where the Pilgrims landed on November 11, 1620, but that’s not the case.

Video: "Fully Torqued" Restores a '66 Impala with Classic Industries Parts

We always enjoy helping customers restore their classic cars, but it's especially fun when we get to see the results firsthand. So, when the TV production team for HISTORY channel's "Fully Torqued" reached out to us for some help with a local 1966 Impala restoration project, we were glad to assist. The episode, which recently aired, shows how new bumpers, trim, and other parts from the Classic Industries Impala/Full Size Chevy catalog revitalized this '66 Impala convertible.

Grill's Up! New Grill & Grill Kits for the 1973-74 Dodge Dart

Automotive designers and automotive aficionados around the world know that the most dramatic and important feature to a car’s overall look is the grill or the nose. Of course, every aspect of a car’s design has to form an overall cohesive design aesthetic for the automobile to have a chance at being a winner in terms of units produced and sold. What’s more, the car has to be well engineered and comprised of quality components for it to be considered a success while it’s being sold and when it gets collected and chronicled in American pony and muscle car history.

New Product: 1969 Firebird Dash Instrument Carrier Assembly

The first-generation Pontiac Firebird is a vehicle that experienced some substantial changes over its three-year production run, and the 1969 model is immediately recognizable as a result. It features an aerodynamic bumper and grill design that's unique to this model year, new front fenders with recessed fender ornaments, and eye-catching details such as bird-shaped side markers on the rear quarter panels. There were also some updates inside the Firebird, including a new dash carrier that contained the gauges, air vents, and radio. Classic Industries is excited to announce the availability of a new OER reproduction dash carrier assembly for the 1969 Firebird and Trans Am.

New! Two Delicious Grills for the 1967 Chevy Impala & Two Grill Kits, Too!

The Chevrolet division of General Motors first used the name Impala for its 1956 General Motors Motorama concept car. The graceful African antelope was used as the car’s logo starting with this show car that incorporated Corvette-like design cues, especially in terms of the vehicle’s front grill. Notice the word grill is missing the ‘e’ at the end of the word. For some reason GM always left the ‘e’ off the end, ala BBQ grill, while other car companies use the more common and generally accepted spelling of grille replete with the ending ‘e’.