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Who ever came up with this idea is a genius. Get a whole slew of classic hot rods and cool rides, gather them all together in one place, then get Metallica to play for all the gathered car enthusiasts. It sounds like every metal and motor head’s dream.
This combination will come to fruition in real life at the first annual Orion music and more festival taking place on June 23 and 24 at Bader Field in Atlantic City.
In hot rodding circles, GM Performance Part’s E-ROD, a 1955 Chevrolet powered by modern 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 has been generating a lot of buzz.
Fresh off the Hot Rod Power Tour this year, the car, along with a second E-ROD; a 1955 Chevy pickup, built by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering and sporting a 5.3-liter E-ROD motor,will be on display at the GMPP stand as part of Barrett-Jackson’s Orange County collector-car auction this coming weekend.
The purpose of the display is to highlight the benefits of dropping a modern, 50-state certified low emissions V-8 into an older car. California’s ultra stringent emissions laws incorporate strict guidelines when it comes smog requires, even for ‘specially constructed’ vehicles such as modified collector cars or hot rods, which can sometimes make a minefield for hobbyists who want to build and modify their own special interest cars.
The E-ROD 6.2L V-8 attempts to take away much of that hassle , thanks to being granted an Executive Order (EO) number (D-126-30) from the California Air Resources Board (CARB). This makes the engine legal for installation in pre-OBD II (1996-and-earlier) vehicles in that state. In addition, depending on the driveline and suspension components added, it’s capable of delivering 23 miles per gallon under certain conditions.
Although most hot rods and classics are driven as pleasure vehicles, where gas mileage isn’t generally much of a concern; GM Performance Parts’ product integration manager, Dr. Jamie Meyer, said that, “with fuel prices not showing any signs of retreating, greater fuel economy is definitely a welcome benefit.” He’s got a valid point.
Both the ‘55 Chevy and the truck on display at Barrett-Jackson’s event this weekend, feature 4L65-E automatic transmissions, along with a GMPP Supermatic transmission controller, to enable the trans to work in conjunction with the E-ROD V-8′s engine control system. Combined with complete wiring harnesses available from GMPP, this essentially makes the E-ROD and automatic an essentially plug and play affair, even when installed in an older car.
While the 6.2 E-ROD is already CARB certified, the 5.3 version, featured in the Chevy truck, is still undergoing tests, though GM hopes to have a CARB EO number granted sometime this summer.
In addition, GM Performance Parts is also working with state legislators and CARB to allow the E-ROD engines and related hardware to be installed in newly built specialty vehicles, essentially cars and trucks that use brand new reproduction parts and late model chassis, have new VIN numbers, but maintain the appearance of a classic.
The Lingenfelter pickup is actually an example of this, riding on a late-model Trailblazer SS chassis, while sporting a Dynacorn reproduction 1955 Chevy truck cab and bodywork. For more information on the E-Rod engines and related components, click on the link below:
[Source: GM Performance Parts]
For many people, the term Euro and hot rod blend together like oil and water (insert BP joke here). But this great symbol of automotive Americana does have a sizable following across the pond and in perhaps the most unlikely of places. When we think of Sweden, images of snow, pine trees, good looking people and Saabs or Volvos often come to mind. But the land that brought us ABBA and Ace of Base is home to a thriving American hot rod car culture.
Sweden hosts one of the largest American car shows in the world – The Power Big Meet in Vasteras – and some of the nicest ’50s cruisers and hot rods you’ll find are based there. Vizualtech, a design company that specializes in creating technical illustrations, concepts and packaging design on everything from boats, to cars to forestry machines, for organizations as diverse as car companies and advertising/PR firms, has recently revealed this: a custom hot rod concept with some very ‘classic’ touches. Note the 34 style Ford grille, traditional Indy car wheel spinners and ’50s type greenhouse with wraparound front windshield.
But while it may look old school, this rod is conceived to be thoroughly modern in execution with a long wheelbase for greater stability and state-of-the-art suspension and steering. Power on this concept rod will come from a 6.2-liter 556-hp supercharged small block GM V8 as found in the Caddy CTS-V, allowing it to likely blow the doors off most things with wheels. You have to hand it to those Swedes for coming up with something like this – we’ll never look at a Volvo the same way again. For more information on this and other Vizualtech products, click on the link below.
GALLERY: Vizualtech Cadillac CTS-V Powered Hot Rod