The Muscle Car Clone wars: (Another way to get your dream muscle car) 

To the not so mechanically experience car enthusiasts, muscle cars of the 1960s-1970s  are just muscle cars; but many of us fail to realize just how similar some of them are to one another. A crucial part of beginning to work on a classic car is finding compatible parts whenever doing repairs or restoration mods. For example, not many chevy fanatics are aware that the 1967-1969 camaro sub-frames can also be found on many mid-1960s novas. In other words, when you can’t find parts filtered as “camaro parts” on Craigslist or eBay, you can always look up F-body parts for a more wide range compatibility. This is due to manufacture using the same platforms. I will go over everything from GM to Chrysler. But first, let’s start with my favorite Muscle car chassis. 


This picture includes the very popular and beautiful first generation F-body Camaro and firebirds. GM allowed Pontiac and Chevrolet to use the same platforms not only to save cost of production, but to allow us car enthusiasts to swap interchangeable parts(probably not true). Now here is where a lot of OG car guys will loose there shit but tough it out bros. From my stand point, I see potential to not only change out basic suspension components, but changing complete look of the car. Now 80% of the body is the same in the camaro in firebirds, minus the front and rear grill and valance. This is visible in every camaro and firebird 1967-2002. 


Say you’re are Firebird fanatic but you come across a 1972 camaro for dirt cheap; has the full powertrain but a roughed up body. From a backyard Mechanic point of view I’d just build to car to asthetically please me. The early 1970s weren’t so different for the F-Body twins and all you’d need and front grill and radiator support bracket to get that Firebird you’ve been dreaming about. This is what I call a “CLONE”… Yeah the vin won’t come up as a Firebird but to 80% of the car guys out there and 99.99% of ordinary civilians, no one would know the difference. All they’d see is a badass car that you took time to build. This doesn’t apply to just GM cars; same goes for the rare and popular Mopar cars. 


The 1970s Challenger and Barracuda are 90% identical! Aside from the grill and rear lights only a few aesthetic differences differentiate these two legends. Same goes for there Other Mopar cousins. 


The infamous Charger and the ridiculous super bird are the same exact platform, give or take the giant wing and toucan Sam nose at the front. Not hating, just not my taste and that’s my point! Not everyone likes the Firebird but they could easily aim for a camaro look. So If that superbird or Kuda is your dream car, whose to stop you from putting that front insert and wing on?  (JUST DO IT) Another famous pony car that’s been in the dark way too long is the cougar! 


Based directly off the mustangs unibody chassis, the Cougar performs just as great as the notorious pony car. The body is the same and the interior almost identical; the difference is the badass hideaway lights and the rear tail lights Dodge ripped off years later. Essentially I’m trying to say that with these classic muscle cars, your options are limitless. If you’re dreaming of a mustang but that old lady down the street is selling her classic cougar for next to nothing, pick it up. Start a project and make it your own! Build something no one else has seen yet. Make a choice to revive the muscle car clone wars. Just remember that at the end of a good or bad day in the garage, you’re building that car for yourself and no one else. Even if people talk their crap, at least you know you got their attention. After all, “they hate us cuz they ain’t us” …with that being said, thank y’all for reading. I hope these blogs give fellow car enthusiasts like myself new ideas on how to build their dream car…

Author: BlackoutGarage

Blackout Garage is the most badass in house fabrication shop in LA. We make the best of what we have and rebuild classic muscle cars ways others couldn't even imagine.

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