Here at Streetside, we love talking about cars. New cars, classic cars, fast cars, rare cars, and race cars. Trucks, too! And if all of those subcategories of automobilia have one thing in common, it’s that they’re fairly expensive. Most of us would cruise around in ZL-1s or classic Continentals if we could, but for now, we’re stuck with what we have.
And sometimes, what we have is pretty stinking awesome, and we can make it even more so. Streetside’s own Kyle, for example, bought his F-150 EcoBoost to haul his boat, but he found a huge improvement just adding an aFe intercooler.
With this in mind, we’re launching a new series called AutoMods. Each week we’ll feature a new ride, some of the most frequently modded by our customers, some employee vehicles, and some we just think deserve some easy upgrades, and explore, in two or three blog posts, just how awesome it can be using parts we offer on Streetside.
So if we land on, say, a ‘96 Impala SS, we’ll take Monday to cover power. The SS came with an LT1 350, but like most cars of the era, it was underpowered at 260 hp, with cast iron heads and a torque-favoring cam. So we might list some possibilities for cams and rocker arms, but we’ll probably start with a cold air intake and an exhaust. We’ll provide examples, when we can find them, of others on the internetosphere, who have added similar mods and what kind of results they posted.
Then, on Wednesday, we might cover handling and brakes. And we’ll list some options, such as the Eibach lowering springs, or an Air Lift kit, with pros and cons of each. Add some Power Stop calipers, maybe some Hawk pads, and some EBC rotors, and you have a track machine on your hands.
Finally, on Friday, we’ll talk about interior, appearance, and audio, discussing the finer points of Dynamat, maybe some smoked headlight covers for a murdered out look, or some stealthy floor protection.
Now, all this could be alot of fun. But it will be more fun if you get involved. So once a month, we’re going to pick a car you’ve specifically sent us that you’d like to mod. Maybe you just bought it, or maybe you’ve had it since you were a kid.
Submit your own suggestions in the comments and if we pick it, we’ll get in touch to talk about your vehicle and get some photos from you. We’ll be virtually modding it right here on the blog. And then we’ll send you a $100 Streetside gift card, just because we like you.
This is in beta for us. We’ll likely adjust our parameters as we go, but the goal will be the same: making normal cars awesome for not alot of money. Stay tuned as we get this thing rolling…
Andy Sheehan is a blogger, aspiring novelist, and relentless hoon. He plans to will his 2002 Subaru WRX Wagon to his firstborn, plans his daily commute around the swoop of its roads, and doesn’t plan to ever buy an automatic. A cool-car omnipath, he loves the common Mustang or Chevelle, but hunts for the weird and wonderful Velorexes and Cosmos of the autoverse. And when he can afford a garage, he’s going to turn an MX-5 into a race car.