Kevin Garce is a Mopar expert, muscle car enthusiast, author, Certified Health Coach and the founder of ultimatemusclecar.com
- Kevin’s first experience with a Mopar was as a toddler. His father owned a 1965 Plymouth Belvedere.
- After that his Father bought a ’73 Plymouth Satellite which is the car Kevin used to learn how to drive. It’s also the first Mopar he drove and turned a wrench on.
- He became fascinated with C3 Corvettes at an early age and studied every fact about them before high school.
- He quickly became interested in muscle cars and Mopars during high school.
- Changing oil, transmission fluid, tune-ups, brakes, exhaust and suspension work became the norm for Kevin. Why pay labor when you can do it yourself.
- At age 19, 38 years ago, Kevin bought his first car, a 1970 Cuda which had a 440 engine under the hood. He’s personally done everything mechanical on the car including rebuilding the engine, changing clutches, brakes, suspension and all maintenance.
In addition to performing all the repairs and maintenance for over 40 years, Kevin raced his Cuda at the drapstrip.
- Kevin then spent over 40 years studying up on Mopars and other muscle cars.
- Kevin’s experience was gained while working closely with restoration and automotive repair shops.
- Outside of turning a ratchet, researching muscle cars or going to car shows, he enjoys exercise, hiking and learning about nutrition.
More Mopar Experience/Expertise
- Attended most Chrysler at Carlisle events dating back to the early 1990s, 32 years.
- Repairing and maintaining Mopar engines for the past 36 years.
- Owning Mopars for the past 33 years.
- Attending countless Mopar and classic car shows.
- A few spring fling and fall fling events hosted by Chrysler Performance West.
- Attending Mopar engine and classic car technical and informational events and webinars.
- In my early days, I had the pleasure and honor to work side by side with my friend and Chrysler mechanic. Him and another Mopar enthusiast taught me everything I know. Together we built my first 440 engine.
Have Read the Following Books, Magazines and Service Manuals About Mopar Cars, Engines, History, Racing and Parts
I have read and studied the following books and publications about Mopars. It has taken me years to acquire and read the following material.
The following books have enriched my knowledge about Mopar car production models, engines, transmissions, rear ends, racing teams, factory race cars and restorations.
They have greatly added to my Mopar expertise and I’ve enjoyed reading them over and over.
- The Definitive Barracuda & Challenger Guide 1970-1974 by Scott E. Ross
- Challenger & Barracuda Restoration Guide 1967-1974 by Paul Herd
- How to Rebuild and Modify Chrysler 426 Hemi Engines by Larry Shepard
- Chrysler A-833 Transmissions: How to Rebuild and Modify by Jamie Passon
- Big-Block Mopar Engines by Don Taylor
- Mopar Small-Block Engines: How to Build Max Performance by Larry Shepard
- How to Rebuild the Small-Block Mopar by William Burt
- Mopar Factory Drag Cars: Dodge & Plymouth’s Quarter Mile Domination 1962-1972 by Steve Holmes
- Landy’s Dodges by Geoff Stunkard
- Hemi Muscle 70 Years: Chrysler, Dodge & Plymouth High Performance by Darwin Holmstrom
- Chrysler’s Motown Missile by Geoff Stunkard
- Dodge Challenger Plymouth Barracuda by Peter Grist
- The Art of Mopar by Tom Glatch
- Mopar: The Performance Years by Martin L. Schorr
- Dodge Challenger & Plymouth Barracuda by David Newhardt
- Mopar Muscle – Barracuda, Dart & Valiant 1960-1980
- Charger, Road Runner & Super Bee by James Manning Michels
Chrysler/Plymouth/Dodge Service Manuals
Mopar Magazines: Various Years and Months
- Mopar Muscle
- Mopar Collector’s Guide
- Mopar Action
- High Performance Mopar