Project Grandma

Installing TRZ Drop Spindles and Aerospace Brakes On Our G-Body

Installing TRZ Drop Spindles and Aerospace Brakes On Our G-Body

After a brief hiatus, we've turned our attention back to Project Grandma with the installation of new spindles and steering arms from TRZ Motorsports and brakes from Aerospace Components for a return to the street after a tour of duty on the strip. Read More

Grandma Goes 10.59 All-Motor in Shakedown Runs

Grandma Goes 10.59 All-Motor in Shakedown Runs

After more than a year of construction, Project Grandma was finally ready for her shakedown runs! With the car strapped down on the trailer, we made the trip up to Fontana, CA for the 2009 LA Invasion Car Show and Drag Racing.Read More

Inside Spaghetti Menders Wiring Systems & Technology

Inside Spaghetti Menders Wiring Systems & Technology

Wiring is usually the last thing an enthusiast thinks about when building a new race car. And - it usually shows. Bundles of unlabeled wires, shorts, difficulty starting, and electrical gremlins usually show up when the car debuts, or soon after. Read More

Spaghetti Menders: Grandma's Wiring Job Preview

Spaghetti Menders: Grandma’s Wiring Job Preview

Check out a few highlights from our upcoming tech article on installing a Spaghetti Menders wiring kit in our 1979 Malibu. Read More

Day 20: Grandma is Getting Exhausted

Day 20: Grandma is Getting Exhausted

Project Grandma receives a new exhaust system, with Flowmaster mufflers, with everything coated using a Techline coating by Olympic Coatings.Read More

Day 19: Adding Simpson Belts and Parachute

Day 19: Adding Simpson Belts and Parachute

For our Project Grandma, we needed to add a nice set of restraints and a parachute to make sure our driver - and our car - make it back to the pits in one piece. We sourced famous safety-supplier Simpson to supply some of the safety gear for our car.Read More

Building Big Tube Headers with Lemons

Building Big Tube Headers with Lemons

You sit in the stands, anxiously awaiting the arrival of the next pair of performance monsters to line up at the tree. Burnt rubber and high octane racing fuel permeate …Read More

Grandma Day 17: Batteries & Rust Bullet

Grandma Day 17: Batteries & Rust Bullet

It’s been a little while since we have updated you on our lovely Project Grandma. But alas, an update courtesy of XS Power, who are getting Grandma all charged up with 16 Volts of Goodness, and Rust Bullet, who provided the rust-destroying paint for our frame. Follow along!Read More

Currie F9: New Bulletproof 9-inch for Drag and Street

Currie F9: New Bulletproof 9-inch for Drag and Street

Selecting a bulletproof rear end for your car may seem easy, but there are a lot of different builders, and hundreds of options from wild to mild. A name that has always been at the top of the list is Currie, and they have released a new fully fabricated 9-inch housing - the F9 - for hardcore drag racing applicatiRead More

Grandma Update, Day 13: Lemons, TRZ, TCI & More

Grandma Update, Day 13: Lemons, TRZ, TCI & More

In order to fit the new tubes and supports in place for welding in our new cross-member on Project Grandma, the drive train needed to be mocked up, and we've just been dying to get the Edelbrock/Musi big block crate motor into the engine bay along with the TCI Pro-X Glide. Plus, we figured we'd show off a little bRead More

Project Grandma Gets a New Fuel System

Project Grandma Gets a New Fuel System

Project Grandma started out as a plain-Jane, refrigerator white, underpowered, smog-strangled ’78 Malibu that was in desperate need of attention. After we got our hands on her, she was fitted out with a 25.5 roll cage and an asphalt-tattooing Edelbrock/Musi 555 cubic inch engine. Read More

Day 12: Grandma getting the 25.5 Treatment

Day 12: Grandma getting the 25.5 Treatment

We last left off with Mike bending the necessary bars for the funny car cage portion of our build. Since then he has finished the funny car cage required for the 25.5 SFI spec, and has moved on to the door "X" bars.Read More

Grandma Day 11: Roll Cage Part 2, Getting Funny

Grandma Day 11: Roll Cage Part 2, Getting Funny

Mike Ryan uses some clever tricks to ensure complete and safe welds as we weld the roll cage tubing to the frame of the Project Grandma Malibu.Read More

Warp-Stopping Ahead! - Installing Aerospace Components' Front Brakes

Warp-Stopping Ahead! – Installing Aerospace Components’ Front Brakes

Drag racing is all about going as fast as you can, but what some people seem to forget is that at the end of the track you need to be able to stop the car. With that in mind, we set out to put as much attention into Grandma’s “whoa” as we did in her “go.”Read More

Edelbrock's 555 Gets Nitrous'd & Dyno'd

Edelbrock’s 555 Gets Nitrous’d & Dyno’d

In the final segment of our Edelbrock/Musi crate engine build series, we’re putting the Edelbrock/Musi 555 crate motor on the engine dyno and spray it down with nitrous to see if the power we expected is actually there. Read More

Day 10, Building Bars: Installing the C/E Roll Cage

Day 10, Building Bars: Installing the C/E Roll Cage

We get rolling on the roll cage for Grandma with a 10-point chromoly setup from Chassis Engineering for our Malibu.Read More

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