It’s no secret that I and the rest of the MotorMavens Crew have a certain affinity for old school cars; especially cars from the 1960s and 1970s. When it comes to modifying a car from this era, I personally find it extremely important to retain the car’s old school look and personality. After all, the retro character is what I like most about a nostalgic car!
For those interested in making tasteful upgrades to their vintage vehicles in a period correct fashion, the ignition experts from MSD have released a limited edition retro redux version of their popular MSD 6AL ignition amplifier to celebrate the company’s 40th Anniversary! This 40th Anniversary 6AL amp features all the spark amplification power and features of their current 6AL model, but has the vintage MSD logo from 1970 on the outer casing. COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL.
Since I’m all about retaining the period correct style when making performance upgrades to my beloved 1973 TE27 Corolla SR-5, I just had to get one of these vintage MSD boxes for my car. My TE27’s factory 2TC pushrod engine has been swapped in favor of a Japanese domestic market 2TG twincam engine (Toyota’s 2TG engine is like the grandfather of the popular 4AG in AE86s), and built up by a close friend from Toyota Racing Development. It has been upgraded everything that TRD makes for the 2TG – race cams, oversized valves, dual valve springs, big bore pistons, rods, gear drive, you name it. The car hasn’t been tuned yet; it’s still sitting in the garage. I figured that right now would be the perfect time to upgrade the car’s ignition.
If you have a classic Toyota, Datsun, Mazda, Chevy, Ford, Volkswagen, BMW, or other vintage vehicle sitting in your garage, you absolutely must get one of these retro ignition amps. You better act quickly, though – there were only 4000 of these bad boys made, and I have number 3245. (In the voice of an old Chinese guy from a 1970s kung fu movie) Hurry up and buy!
:: Antonio Alvendia
PS: Stay tuned… I’ll definitely post photos when I install it in the car.
That is rad!!! Yes, more pics of your ride is required!
Well, I’m sure you know that this forces you to give us a full feature on the Mango.
Are you going to do a before and after dyno? and like Chris said, PICS of the car!
@Avon and Antonio
I second that!!!
We Want Mango, We Want Mango!!
HAHAHA! You guys, there’s a LOT more things that need to be done to my mango before I let anyone (even myself) shoot and present a complete feature on the car. For almost 10 years, my friends at Super Street have been talking to me about featuring the car… and same with the good people at Grassroots Motorsports!
While I do want to finally complete the car this year, my answer to everyone is… I don’t want to present it until it’s perfectly done the way I like. I built this car for MYSELF and for my own enjoyment, not to get any magazine features. Sorry to make you all wait… but I definitely will show more pics from time to time! =)
In the garage, and… ON THE RACE TRACK!
@Ant-Much respect for that, BUT we want to see the car because you’re our friend and you share this same passion for cars (specifically old Japanese cars) and the PROCESS is a big part of our relationships we have with our cars. But, we’ll be patient and respect your wishes, and keep bugging you from time to time.
EDIT: We’ll take any sneak peeks we can get.
*seconds motion for even just sneak peaks!*
You guys are awesome. hahahahahhahaha Okay. Well, I’ll need to re-powdercoat the valve cover. I’ll make sure to document that process and post pics.
I also need to lower it some more. I’m going to adapt the front suspension to AE86 coilovers, because I screwed up. It used to sit lower because when I bought the car, it had cut stock springs. Then… I bought some TE27 specific racing springs from Japan, but when I installed them, it actually RAISED the ride height cause they were rally springs. I didn’t know that when I bought them in Japan. #FAIL hahahaha
It’s still a work in progress. But yes, we’ll create a special section of MotorMavens just to track progress on this car. (and the cars of all our other contributors)
Thanks for your support, fellas! You’re the best!
@Lumberjack: I don’t think I’ll dyno it before and after the MSD install. I will dyno it after I install a few more things though…
oh the mango…sorry ant i left a little something in the back of it…
I’m starting think Yoshi really did leave something in it. That always comes up lol
Antonio, we need a feature on your Mango. ASAP!
LRG SOUP: Actually, we need a feature on your Supra ASAP! When can we shoot it? CMon son!
Good move for MSD. I like it. That’s eff’n badass…. it’s technology/period correct, haha