2014 NAIAS

By Doni Langdon

Naturally, I love cars. Of course, if you’re reading this you are aware of this already, being that you are on the Throttle Gals website. However, when you really love something, you find that you end up being highly critical of that item group. Like the food critic (Anton Ego) in the Disney/Pixar movie Ratatouille states: “I don’t ‘like’ food; I LOVE it. If I don’t love it, I don’t swallow.

The North American International Auto Show

The Auto Show in Detroit is finishing up Preview Week, and going into full public swing next week. As media, we get first access to the cars, reveals and little ‘extras’ within the show. Most of the large displays had a latte/juice bar set up for folks to have a place to reflect and plan, with perfect spaces for meetings, interviews, or just to take a load off. Ultimately, I wasn’t ‘wowed’ by any of the displays; most were previous displays with different cars. Gone was the ever popular ‘Hot Wheels’  area in the GM display, although the track and the Z28 were there in full glory. A long row of the new Stingrays (which, by the way won the 2014 Motor Trend Car of the year award) were out for our viewing pleasure. Ford showcased their newly design Mustang, and the new Dodge Viper wowed the media. The Ford and Lincoln displays paid homage to their roots, with Ford using the 1965 Mustang and the 1962 Mustang Concept as the walkway to the new Pony car. Lincoln had a gorgeous 1932 Lincoln (with standing security) on the top level of the Lincoln display.62Stang

Only one car really pulled me, and it was not one of the high display vehicles. Tucked away on the top level of the GM display, was the new Chevy SS. The new V8 rear wheel drive sport sedan appeared to be built with my new car complaints in mind. Gone was the cheap feel of the plastic dash, replaced with a rich embroidered leather. An egress was designed behind the shifter, under the dash with room for a small purse, and there were extra electrical built within the console. Hidden ‘pop-out’ cup holders were placed in the bottom face of the rear seat, perfect for use when you need them, but gone when you don’t.

I have not had the pleasure of test-driving this vehicle yet, however I fully intend on putting this car to the test as soon as possible. This is the fist car I have been exctied about since the Pontiac G8. It is powered by the LS3 Chevrolet V-8, delivering an SAE-certified 415 horsepower (310 kW) and 415 lb.-ft. of torque (563 Nm), and is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission that can be shifted manually using TAPshift paddles mounted on the steering wheel. I can’t wait to feel this car do 0-60 in 5 seconds.Vette

As far as the rest of the show, there are some fun new reveals. The SMART display shows a SMART car with wings, showing that you can do many ‘customizations’. I guess this is the one for the Red Bull lover 😉 . The Mopar Garage is pretty neat, showing the new linup of Mopar accessories. Mini Cooper is promoting the ‘New Original’ and a new comer, VIA Motors is there with  their

Electric versions of the GM trucklines (promoting 100 MPG!) As always, it will be a fun family event, and if you are in the market for a new car (or just like to sit in cars you can’t rationalize buying) it’s a GO! Have fun, and remember this is one show SSwhere you are allowed to touch the cars, but watch those belt buckles!

Calendars are ready to order

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New Products! 2014 Jewel Case Calendars

junkyard Calendar_Web copyWe get so many cool pictures of people doing what we do, and figure it is a waste to not use them… so we created a series of calendars, for your desktop! Using photo outtakes from the magazine, as well as dedicated shots of Throttle Guys and Junkyard Jewels for your enjoyment. I hope that our passion passes through these to you! You can get your calendar under “In Print”. Choose your style from the drop down. Photos will be added as they are complete. Currently Junkyard Jewels is available, the Throttle Gals and Throttle Guys should be available next week!


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Tach tips — don’t take the internet articles as a Bible.

tachThe other day I was requested to install an aftermarket tach to my father in laws ’61 Chevy with a 235 Inline 6. The issue for me was that this tach had been purchased from a swap meet a while ago, with no instructions or information.

Now, I am from the Google generation. If I don’t have instructions, I’ll just Google the numbers on the part for more information. However, when Googled, the number 997SW6V came up with nothing worth noting. I knew it was a Stewart Warner, however that was about it.

After a short conversation with a tach ‘expert’ named Chris, I had the instructions I needed to set this tach up.

The first bit of confusion for me is that the tach was set up with a red, green, black and another red (light) wire. I could easily see the second red wire was for the light installation, but didn’t know what part of the harness to tap into for the rest of the wires.

An internet search told me to wire the red (ignition) wire to the battery. WRONG! This red wire needed to be installed to the ignition switch to the ‘key on’ position. NOT directly to the battery!

The black wire, according to this article was to be rerouted to the negative of the battery. This is not necessary, the black wire is simply a ground. Because the body is grounded to the engine, a bare metal bolt going through the firewall should be sufficient. I used one, with an appropriately sized eyelet on the wire, and added a nut to the back side.

The green wire attached to the tach side of the square coil that was installed with the mini HEI from Langdon’s Stovebolt. This is the wire that actually sends the RPM information to the tach.

So, red= power, black= ground and green= engine data.

The point here is not that you shouldn’t research this type of application through the internet, but you certainly shouldn’t take the first article you see as fact. You may be looking at a different product, or a different application. Or someone who is actually installing said product incorrectly. So, do your research, check multiple sources, and if still in doubt, contact an ‘expert’.


Issue 6 release date

cover_PosterThrottle Gals Issue 6 will be released at Autorama Extreme 2013 (basement). Ads are being accepted. Make sure you get in! We are currently an annual publication, and highly sought after! We are now also in Australia, expanding your advertising reach. Got ad questions? Hit me up at doni@throttlegals.com.

Throttle Gals Australia

Yup, we’re going Down Under! We are currently working with a bloke who will be operating Throttle Gals Australian distribution. Apparently there is a large showing of Gals who love their vehicle out there. Look for more content from them in the mag. If you haven’t seen the cover story about the Sidecar Racers from Down Under (issue 5), I strongly urge you to check it out!


Issue 5 going into PRINT!

The time has arrived! Issue 5, featuring racing gals (along with other cool chicks and vehicles) will be going into print in about 10 days! We plan to have them for sale at Detroit Autorama.

Thanks for your support and patience!

Doni and Trish

Black Friday Sale!

Yup, we’re doing it too! If Toys R Us can open at 9 on Thanksgiving to start their sale, we figure we can beat that! Sale starts now, ends midnight on Black Friday. Saturday, regular prices are back. Pricing will be adjusted after point of sale, as a refund back to you. (I can’t figure out how to do a temp price adjust without recoding the whole site… sorry!) 50% off all shirts, 25% off hoodies and necklaces. Shipping is still the same, as the post office won’t discount that. Have fun, buy a ton of stuff for all the Gals on your list, and help us get issue 5 printed!

Cheers! ~Doni