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A Beginner’s Guide To Modifying A Muscle Car

If you own a muscle car, you likely already know what a special and valuable find it is. The “heyday” of the muscle car was back in the 1960s, when young drivers loved its largely no-compromise approach to packing power. However, as environmental concerns grew, the muscle car’s star faded.

These days, “muscle cars” in the strictest, vintage definition of the term are often hard to find. Therefore, if you’ve got one, you might want to investigate ways of enhancing it.

Why Are Muscle Cars No Longer A “Thing”?

Of course, you might be convinced that, in one sense or another, they still are. Wonderopolis acknowledges that the term “muscle car” is “used to describe a wide variety of powerful, high-performance vehicles”, though the site does specify what is often agreed to be the exact definition.

Muscle cars, the site notes, are typically deemed “two-door, rear-wheel-drive, small to midsize cars with large, powerful eight-valve (V8) engines”. Modern cars tend to rely on smaller, four-valve (V4) or six-valve (V6) engines that are more fuel-efficient and eco-friendly.

Newer cars also tend to lack the large, oversized engines of muscle cars. Some muscle cars were built with engines rated as reaching 450 horsepower until focus shifted to improving safety. Today, classic muscle cars like the Ford Mustang and Plymouth GTX are essentially collector’s items.

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How To Approach The Task Of Modifying Your Muscle Car

Given how rare muscle cars are these days, you probably wouldn’t be too surprised by advice that you should handle your own muscle car as though it is a precious jewel. Naturally, this raises the question of how you ought to modify such a sensitive vehicle without ruining its exterior.

The Streetdirectory website advises that you solicit advice from experts on the matter. Modifying your muscle car’s performance could lead you to contemplate rebuilding its outer shell – that is, the vehicle’s body – as well. Therefore, you need to pay strong attention to detail.

If you feel out of your depth, just leave experts to tinker with your muscle car instead. Explain to them what you seek and then let them complete the task on your behalf. Still, if you do have the appetite to do the modifying yourself, here are some tips…

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How To Carefully Go About The Hands-On Approach

Upon inspecting your vehicle, you could spot potential for changes to just one part, like the engine, or to the entire system. Perhaps you would like to repaint the vehicle or repair damaged parts.

You can wrap up the whole project by checking your muscle car’s overall electrical system, including the electrical wirings that ensure the lights and horns properly function.

As you can see, it’s possible to alter a muscle car in both its appearance and functionality. However, whichever direction you go, you should be wary of the potential implications for your car insurance premiums. You might need to look into modified car insurance, as specialist insurers tend to look relatively kindly on the risk of insuring a modified car.

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