Category: News

Squarebody Syndicate Indy Hauler Premiers at 2018 SEMA show

American Powertrain was very proud to sponsor  Joe Yezzi’s Squarebody Syndicate group Syndicate Series 02, a tribute to the “Indy Haulers” from the 1975 Indianapolis 500. Twenty-seven of those trucks patrolled Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Very limited edition truck. Only one is still on the road today.

This truck built-from-the-ground-up ’76 model, blew everyone away when unveiled Oct. 30 at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, taking the GM Design Award and wining one of Top Five Chevy vehicles at the entire show.

Motivated by a supercharged GM Performance LS3 crate motor by Pro-Dyno with 70s look and feel with all the latest technology. White powder coated headers, classic looking “Moroso” style valve covers and more. This thing screams retro but is packed with lots of technology. Featuring our TREMEC 6-speed Magnum and Hydramax hydraulic clutch for Squarebody’s. Helps get this truck rolling down the road with great performance and fuel mileage. 20″ Vector style turbine wheels just nail the look. Tons of great sponsors such as Holley, GM Performance, Baer brakes and the Roadster Shop to name just a few. One of our favorite parts? The “Wink” rear view mirror…Very 90’s cruising style…

 

 

 

 

BaconShift 2018 Holiday Sale

It’s that time of year again for #BaconShift! Starting Nov 21st through Jan 1st. Get Free Shipping to the lower 48 on all non freight items (TKO 5-speeds ship ground for free!) Get $100 off freight charges for 6-speeds, rear ends and engines. Also any transmission order gets 3 lbs of the best bacon on earth. Benton’s Bacon out of Madisonville, TN. Phone in orders only. 931-646-4836 or you can start your quote by hitting our RFQ link here.

 

Bobby Alloway of Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop Selects American Powertrain Exclusively for Manual Transmission Installs

Bobby Alloway gained his love of cars from his father who after retiring from a long term well digger career went to work as a local car salesman. Eventually and because of his love of cars, Bobby landed a job with a local Ford dealership and worked as service manager for 16 years. When the philosophy of that dealership began moving from serious customer service to placing all their resources toward moving vehicles in volume out the door, he felt the culture of the company did not fit with his beliefs and began seeking a change. Luckily, Bobby had a side job that turned into an illustrious career move for him.

For several years, he had been building from ground-up street rod project builds. While still with the dealership he won the coveted Ridler Award with his ’33 Ford Victoria Altered Street Sedan in 1985. The Ridler Award, sponsored by Meguier’s was named after Don Ridler who was hired in the 50’s to help promote the Detroit Autorama, and soon enthusiasts flocked to the event held at the Cobo Hall at the Michigan State Fairgrounds to see some of the wildest hot rods that cruised the streets of the Motor City. After passing away at an early age, the Ridler Award was established in Don’s memory. Since it has grown to be one of the most illustrious awards given in the indoor custom car show industry. The winners also receive a $10,000 cash prize, and entries must be making their first official showing at the Detroit Autorama. Best in Show Ridler Awards are judged on creativity, engineering, and quality workmanship.

After the success of his win at the Autorama, Bobby began building even more ground up project builds and as his reputation grew, the idea of going into the business of building ground-up projects full time got stronger and in 1991 he opened Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop. He has won almost every award there is to win including Battle of the Builders at SEMA, America’s Most Beautiful Roadsters, is in the Hot Rod Hall of Fame, IHRA Hall of Fame, and his builds have been featured on the covers of almost every magazine among the endemic press.

Bobby has a very strong work ethic and his business philosophy when it comes to his parts suppliers is that the products are no better than the people who sell them. When he finds a supplier who does what they say they will do, provides immediate customer support and deliver parts on time every time, that supplier has his loyalty. That’s why he has used American Powertrain exclusively for all of the manual transmissions he installs in his builds for the past five years, which is typically three to five per year for customers from across the country.

Bobby also serves on a number of builder panels, one at the SEMA Show and one at Detroit Autorama each year, and he does so in order to help preserve the influence of project builders in the industry by working with the youth who will be the future of the business.

American Powertrain Expands Distribution Adds Original Parts Group, Inc. (OPGI) to Dealer Network

Now offers American Powertrain 5 and 6 speed transmission conversion kits for Chevrolet A Body Vehicles

American Powertrain, the world’s largest TREMEC dealer and manufacturer of muscle car transmission systems and related components, is pleased to announce that the company’s products are now available at Original Parts Group Inc. (OPGI).  OPGI is the industry’s leading supplier and manufacturer of restoration and high performance parts for classic GM vehicles offering over 75,000 classic GM restoration and performance parts and accessories including transmission replacement parts.

Tony Giroux, OPGI New Products/High Performance Product Manager, says, “We are widely known for our comprehensive selection of GM restoration parts. In actuality, OPGI now offers many high-performance replacement products; though until now, never a transmission conversion kit. We have long noticed that 5-speed and 6-speed swaps are growing in popularity, especially for Chevelle, so the timing was right to investigate a conversion kit supplier that had the quality and depth of product we are looking for all our A and G Body vehicles. I’ve long been familiar with American Powertrain and this company fits our standards in product quality, ease of instruction and customer service.”

OPGI is now offering both 5 and 6-speed conversion kits for popular classics including the GTO, LeMans, Chevelle, El Camino, Cutlass, 4-4-2, Skylark, Monte Carlo, Regal and GS.

Currently, the 5 speed ProFit TKO transmission conversion kits for the GTO are featured in the company’s GTO free print catalog as well as being available online. Additional American Powertrain product offerings include the Hydramax T56 and Muncie/TKO hydraulic clutch kits and GM Bellhousing spacer.

Matt Graves, American Powertrain’s Marketing Manager, says, “OPGI is highly respected as the authority for restoration GM parts and is swiftly gearing up their high-performance product line. We are very excited to add OPGI to our growing dealer network and look forward to growing our sales with them.”

Giroux adds, “American Powertrain is now in the GTO catalog because our largest catalog, the Chevrolet Chevelle, was already out to the public. This has been an excellent decision based on the feedback we have received to date from our customers.”

All OPGI catalogs are completely free and available by mail, phone (1-800-243-8355) or through the OPGI website at OPGI.com.

For more information visit www.americanpowertrain.com. To speak with one of American Powertrain’s highly qualified technicians, call 931-646-4836. For weekend and holiday calls, a call back service is available at 423-773-9789.