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Take a Walk Around the “Scraptona” Daytona Scrap Car

Take a Walk Around the “Scraptona”

“Every good build should start with a story; it should tell a tale.” That’s the goal of Tred Wear’s Michael Hunt with every vehicle he builds. Cue the Scraptona, one of his most notable builds ever.

Take a gander below as Hunt shows us this one-of-a-kind vehicle.

Daytona 500 racer built from scrap

Literally made from scraps

The Scraptona earned its moniker for a reason – it’s literally built from the scraps of other vehicles.

“The tale here is, what if good ‘ol boys had run Le Mans back in 1972. What would they have brought? The Scraptona is the answer,” said Hunt.

Its shell comes from a 1969 Daytona Charger 500 that was left for dead in the Alabama backwoods. It had no glass, no rear end, no floor…not even doors. It had been cut apart for another project and couldn’t be restored, but worked perfectly for Hunt’s vision.

Continuing the theme, the Scraptona has a Superbird front end, Coronet fenders and Kawasaki motorcycle tanks for hood pods.

Its unique design tells the story of all the different parts that brought the project together. “We started to dig the different colors of all the different parts we brought together to make this creation happen,” said Hunt, “so we thought, ‘let’s just leave it as natural as possible.’” Thus the Scraptona’s eclectic look was born.

The Scraptona has the heart of a race car

Initially a skin sitting on a tube chassis, the Scraptona is actually a street-legal car that was made for the race track. It’s armed with a Petty R5P7 Mopar engine that revs to 8,000 rpm, makes 740 horsepower and turns the car into an “animal.”

 

The Scraptona relies on AMSOIL products to keep its high-performance parts running. It debuted at SEMA and has appeared at shows across the country. We found it while hanging out at the Hot Rod Power Tour.

Keep your eyes peeled for the Scraptona on the streets!

AMSOIL Expands Signature Series Line with 5W-50 Synthetic Motor Oil for Ford Mustangs

AMSOIL Expands Signature Series Line with 5W-50 Synthetic Motor Oil for Ford Mustangs

What is it about the Ford Mustang that so excites the imagination? Well, for starters, consider the name. Mustang. When I think of mustangs, I think of wild horses. And when older men think of Mustangs, they think of the wild horsepower packed under the hood of that particular breed of Sixties muscle car.

Introduced in 1964 at the New York World Fair, the Mustang became an instant hit. Muscle car madness overtook the American car scene with its lust for power. The ‘Stang was Ford’s definition, competing with Camaros, GTOs, Chargers, Hemi-powered Road Runners and ‘Cudas.

A half century has passed, and Mustang-love continues undimmed by the years. For a quick overview of the various stages of Mustang history check out this Pinterest collection or this Mustang timeline.

This year at the 2014 SEMA Show the Mustang took center stage as it celebrated its 50th birthday. In conjunction with this AMSOIL has added a new viscosity to its Signature Series line specifcally formulated for high-horsepower Ford Mustang engines requiring the Ford WSS-M2C931-C performance specification.

 

AMSOIL Signature Series 5W-50 Synthetic Motor Oil is fortified with a robust additive package, including top-quality detergents and dispersants to help prevent sludge deposits and keep engines clean. It withstands the stress of high horsepower and heat, resisting viscosity loss due to mechanical shear and maintaining protection in metal-to-metal contact regions for maximum engine life.

 

Like its Sig Series siblings, AMSOIL Signature Series 5W-50 excels in extreme temperatures. It resists thermal breakdown to maintain protection in high heat and it contains no wax, allowing it to remain fluid in the low temperatures for improved oil flow and protection at startup. Signature Series 5W-50 is designed for maximum efficiency. It exhibits an extremely low volatility rate to control oil consumption and emissions.

For more information on our new oil visit this insightful page on our website.

AMSOIL Engine Masters Challenge.

AMSOIL Gains Traction Amongst Premier Engine Builders

Builders compete for supremacy at the AMSOIL Engine Masters Challenge.

In 2010 AMSOIL seized the opportunity to become the title sponsor of an enginebuilder competition now known as the AMSOIL Engine Masters Challenge (EMC). Engine builders are among the most influential people in racing, making recommendations that have a direct impact on the performance of the vehicles that rely on them. Oil selection is one of these key recommendations. Through the Engine Masters Challenge, premier engine builders gain the opportunity to see and experience first-hand the capabilities of AMSOIL synthetic motor oils.

The EMC has evolved since Popular Hot Rodding passed the torch to Hot Rod magazine in 2014. One new twist is having different categories of engines compete on each day, a transition that began last year and has continued to evolve. This year’s engine classes included a Small-Block Shootout, Vintage, Big-Block Shootout and, for the first time, a Nitrous class. Ultimately, 25 engines were put through their paces during the week-long event.

The engine builders come from all across North America. They represent all levels of experience, from hobbyists to pros in the upper echelons of racing, from circle track and drag racing to tractor pulls and extreme marine applications. The University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) hosts this competition, which was designed, in part, to create content for hot rod magazines.

Events like the EMC have many benefits for all participants. The media gets something to write about, readers learn new performance tricks and sponsors strengthen ties to the builders. In addition, 40 UNOH students receive the privilege of working alongside many of the top engine builders in the country, gaining rare and invaluable experience. The school itself is a beneficiary of the halo effect generated by hosting the week-long competition. The builders have an opportunity to earn money if they win and gain visibility through the media coverage, which helps generate new business.

A major benefit for AMSOIL is the opportunity to work closely with top builders who all experience the capabilities of our products. According to AMSOIL Technical Product Manager – Powersports Len Groom, “The Engine Masters Challenge has been a great fit for AMSOIL. It allows us to validate our products in some crazy, extreme conditions. It also allows us to show these engine builders the advantages of using a high-quality synthetic. Influencing the engine builder is a key component since they hold all the power when it comes to recommending an oil for your race motor.”

Many builders were familiar with the AMSOIL name, but had not yet tried the products. Jesse Robinson of SKM Effects Engines in Summerstown, Ontario was one such builder. “Before Engine Masters, I was aware it was ‘The First in Synthetics,’ but I had never used it myself,” he said. “I love it; I love the stuff. My garage is stacked with it. And I try to promote it to my customers when they have a special need for quality oil that doesn’t seem to break down and protects really well.”

There were several new factors in this year’s competition. First, the school had new SuperFlow dyno equipment installed since last year. Initially promised to be an advantage, it caused delays the first day as the dynos were dialedin and confidence in the numbers was established. Dynamometers are extremely sophisticated pieces of equipment. Their primary functions include data acquisition and engine-control systems. Everything must be repeatable so that the information generated is reliable.

For the uninitiated, here’s how a dyno works. The equipment holds the engine’s power back and takes measurements while holding power. That is, the dyno operator runs the engine through its usable RPM band and measures the torque generated as it sweeps. Rather than use a transmission, the dynos at UNOH use water to provide resistance. Essentially, they’re pumping water instead of moving a vehicle down the road. The dyno measures the power the engine generates while pumping the water.

It’s definitely very different from race cars moving along a drag strip or around a track, but for the builders and journalists covering the competition, it’s exceedingly thrilling to see the innovations implemented to generate power.

This year AMSOIL sent three employees to the competition. In addition to Groom, who provides technical counsel related to the builders’ special circumstances, Advertising Manager Ed Newman and Photographer/Videographer Wyatt Gruben covered the event for social media and print usage.

One of the big takeaways from this year’s EMC was the striking evidence that our presence is making an impact. “In our seven years of sponsorship I have seen the competitors/engine builders transition from skeptical users to wholehearted supporters and endorsers of AMSOIL products,” said Groom. “It’s been exciting to see these guys gain confidence in our products.”

“The AMSOIL EMC provides benefits for Dealers as well,” said Newman. “Hot Rod magazine is one of the most widely read and influential publications among enthusiasts. Our involvement and the subsequent coverage reinforces our credibility. Their editors and writers have seen first-hand how seriously good our products are.”

Groom adds that furthermore, “Engine Masters has helped AMSOIL secure the approval of some of the premier engine builders in the U.S. This allows our Dealers to approach new accounts with real-life information from an influential third party, which gives potential customers peace of mind in selecting an AMSOIL product.”

 

2016 AMSOIL ENGINE MASTERS CHALLENGE WINNERS

Small-Block:

1st – Scott Main/MPG Heads

2nd – Greg Finnican

Big-Block:

1st – Joe Carroll/PTS Racing Engines

2nd – Bret Bowers/Atlas Performance

Vintage:

1st – Ted Eaton/Eaton Balancing

2nd – Chris Bennett/SAM* *School of Automotive Machinists & Technology

Nitrous:

1st – Zackary Nelson/SAM*

2nd – Bret Bowers/Atlas, Team 2 Horsepower King and Torque Monster awards both went to the School of Automotive Machinists.

ON THE BOX WITH JEREMY MEYER

There is enough glitz and glamour in Las Vegas to circle the globe a million times, but that doesn’t stop the automotive industry from trying to bring a little more each November.

The SEMA show is the epicenter of the automotive world each year and everyone spruces up their best projects to put on display for the world. Inside the AMSOIL booth the past few years, there has been plenty of gawking, and we were able to once again grab some headlines and some hardware.

Our friends at Creative Rod and Kustom (Pennsylvania) pieced together a 1968 Chevy* C-10* that artfully mixed the old (classic instrument gauges) with the new (LS3 Crate Engine). The truck drew a crowd, and was the recipient of the Chevy SEMA Design Award for Truck of the Year.

While Vegas can be overwhelming with its bright lights and glitter, classic cool ruled the day at the AMSOIL SEMA booth.

Check out pictures of the truck at amsoilracing.com/partnerships.