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SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Curt Hooker Edelbrock Dyno Professional
« on: March 02, 2022, 01:03:57 PM »
Curt Hooker passed away recently. Auto editors, not to mention the aftermarket,  will instantly know the name, but it wasn't wide spread among enthusiasts. If you purchased an Edelbrock product, it had Curt's influence.

Starting as a shop janitor, it's no surprise he was fascinated by engines, which led him to investigate the dyno room whenever he could. In his 50 year Edelbrock career, he became the head of engine testing and dyno room operations. He had hands-on experince developing and testing Edelbrock products, not to mention scores of engine projects from street to race. It's a testament to his character that he had a sterling reputation for being genuinely nice to work with.

He was one of the greatest names in hot rodding.

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Marlan Davis Hot Rod Technical Editor
« on: February 01, 2022, 03:36:30 PM »
In case it hasnít been mentioned, I offer sad news on the passing of THE Hot Rod technical editor, Marlan Davis due to pancreatic cancer. He was read by millions of HR readers and probably more that a few SAAC forum readers.

IMHO, there were two Marlans. One was socially awkward. There was never a Mrs. and in conversation he could express non-PC opinions. Never in malice, but just his opinion.

The other Marlan was the automotive technical editor, which was his raison dˈ Ítre. In almost 40 years of monthly output, he covered cars from the tire contact patches to the roof and from stock to full on race cars.

He wasnít a know it all. His MO was research, research, and research with technical sources he trusted ranging from small shops to OEM sources. People in the aftermarket no doubt have stories about his information gathering intensity.

He was intense with his own projects. Back in the Ď90s, he had a body-off C3 Corvette project where he powder coated the frame and safety wired all the aircraft grade fasteners. All of them. One source recalled him calling in search of a 20-foot length of aircraft grade stainless steel tubing. Why 20 instead of two 10-foot sections? He didnít want a splice in it.

Readers were rewarded with  concise, informative, well written (with a pinch of wit) tech stories and columns. That was reinforced by his excellent tech photography and charts summarizing details.
Not too long ago, he did Weíre Gonna Fix It stories, where he would choose a readerís car that had engine or brake or drivetrain issues that went unsolved. Employing trusted sources,  they worked through the issues, correcting problems other mechanics had missed.

Want to know about valve springs? He wrote a multi-part story on their design characteristics from stock to performance applications. He even included spring details for class 8 diesel truck engines.
He may be gone but thank goodness for the tech content he created. 

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Joe Mannix returns
« on: September 13, 2021, 02:06:37 PM »
Lately Iíve been watching episodes of Mannix on cable, and it offers a late Ď60s/ early Ď70s LA automotive time capsule. 
Offered for your consideration are two vehicles. One is the original Mannix driver, a 1967 Oldsmobile Toronado that someone though would look cool as a convertible. IMO it doesnít look right even though it was the work of George Barris.

Since Chrysler supplied the cars, the second car of interest was Mannixís unusual í67 (?) Dodge Dart GT convertible. Unusual considering that he could have driven a Barracuda convertible. It also serves as an example how subtle custom touches transform a car. The styling was handsome to begin with. Next, a small spoiler was integrated on the rear trunk edge. Add on driving lights, custom wheels, and a Highland Green-like color and Mannix has a car thatís noticed. I think Side-Oilers offered details about the car a while back.

The street scenes offer plenty of cars on view. I wonder if any Shelbyís showed up on the show. BWTM. One episode ended with Mannix driving off in a 1967 Lime Gold Mustang convertible.

Ultimately, no one could have imagined that 20 years later, Carroll Shelby would be hip deep in his bib overalls creating Chrysler performance vehicles. 

The Lounge / Carroll Shelby & A new Ferrari
« on: March 27, 2021, 12:13:57 AM »

Stumbled across this photo online. Carroll looks great and the bumper sticker says it all.

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