A Different Corner

A Different Corner

This portion of the blog has to do with the background to much of what was happening and, in some instances, brings an alternative 60’s and 70’s gearhead view to readers. We will look at the ‘realities’ as opposed to the folk lore and ask many what-if’s. There will undoubtedly be some debate…

1965 Opel Kadett Station Wagon

A real opportunity for someone who wishes to create an original or in this particular case an absolutely unique Restomod. In restoring old cars, those who wish to do so fall into the two distinct categories … Firstly the detailed restorer where everything needs to be exactly as the car left the factory, including

2021-04-25T17:32:33+00:00By |Categories: A Different Corner, Featured, GM - General Motors|Tags: |1 Comment

Tuning the GM Little Block | PART 3

WE NOW GET TO THE MEAT OF TUNING THE LITTLE BLOCK…. PORTING THE CYLINDER HEAD This is one area where the game is won or lost and an ongoing discussion point with tuners who continue down the route of small diameter inlet ports. No tuned OHV looking for real horsepower  (I refer mainly to

Tuning The GM Little Block | PART 1

INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND Hello Little Block folk. I have been intrigued at the interest you have in this little masterpiece and in the type of questions being asked….So…I have decided to put together a very simple guide for tuning the Opel/Vauxhall OHV. Everything is based on the KISS principle (Keep It

A Different Corner Pt.1

This portion of the blog has to do with very different thinking and the absolute necessity to bring an alternative view of the 60’s and 70’s gearhead view to readers. Call it a different Compass. We will look at the ‘realities’ as opposed to the folk lore and ask many what-if’s.  There will undoubtedly be

The Blydenstein Project | Part Three

Finding The Power Before we get into finding the power, we will cover the remaining issues affecting combustion control and engine knock/detonation. Part Two has resulted in some interesting comment from readers who ask the question as to why I have focused so much on this aspect

The Blydenstein Project | Part 2

“26.15” Careful attention to detail in building the ultimate OHV Little Block has resulted in the sort of performance we could only have dreamed of back in the day. Surprisingly though, everything that has been done is 60’s relevant. In Part 3 at the end of his piece we will cover the most

The Blydenstein Project

The GM “Little Block” and the Magic 1273 Work on the GM's small four of the 60's an 70's continues...but this time on a larger capacity version of the engine. Whilst based on the work done on the magic 1088 I have not simply built a larger capacity version of

Park Drive – 1967 – “What Mom Doesn’t Know…”

I have recently been asked where it all started and to be perfectly honest it happened the first time I remember laying eyes on my Grandfathers 1949 Buick Straight 8. The car had an electric start connected to the accelerator pedal and my Grandad, knowing my fascination, would show me how magically the car

2020-07-16T08:53:13+00:00By |Categories: A Different Corner|Tags: , , |7 Comments

Part 4 The Top Ten | Mini Cooper S | Part 2 of 2

The Competition Legacy This is # 4 in the top ten Performance Saloon cars of the 1963 – 1973 era. The Cooper S range of Minis opened a new world of performance for small saloon cars and set in motion a track  and rally heritage shattering previous convention. #4 THE MINI

Firenza Can Am

THE CHEVROLET FIRENZA CAN AM WAKING FROM A DEEP SLEEP Part One This series of posts can best be read in conjunction with other blog articles on this site:            ‘NO OPTION BUT TO OPTION’….And… ‘FORDOMINATION PART 3' These stories give a picture of the macro GM status

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