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September 2016

Leisinger Race Team & Gearstar Performance Transmissions

Leisinger Race Team

Leisinger Race Team & Gearstar Performance Transmissions

Leisinger 1970 Crusher Camaro

The Leisinger Race Team & Gearstar Performance Transmissions. Gearstar is the official transmission of Lesinger Race Team and currently the only race cars running automatics in top 16 finalist. Back in 2007 Dave and Karen witnessed their first Goodguys autocross competition.

“I was hooked,” explains Dave. “I’m not the type of guy that likes to sit around, so autocross racing is a perfect fit for me and my family.” It’s easy to see the attraction-autocross gives hot rod enthusiasts a whole new way to participate in their hobby.

When Dave and Karen Leisinger drew up the wish list for their new family ride, they tossed the standard creature comforts out of the window-heck, they even jettisoned the windows and the back seat, too! “The car has to be as light as possible, and still hold together,” says Dave with a smile. That’s because this is no ordinary grocery getter. This 1970 Camaro is called Crusher and it has one serious aspiration-to reign supreme on the autocross course at just about every Goodguys Rod & Custom Association show in the country.

Source: Family Car: Dave and Karen Leisinger’s 1970 Camaro

Leisinger Race Team & Gearstar Performance Transmissions

Leisinger Crusher II

Gearstar Equipped Crusher II

The Leisinger Crusher II Corvette is equipped with a Gearstar 200R4 transmission.  The transmission is customized for Dave and Karen while catering to their needs in autocross racing.  Check out the 200R4 here.

gearstar performance transmissions 200R4

Gearstar 200R4

Install – 200R4 Transmission – Automatic Overdrive – Hot Rod Network

Install – 200R4 Transmission – Automatic Overdrive – Hot Rod Network; Check out how to install a Gear Star 200R4 Transmission, Featured in the 2007 March Issue of Custom Classic Trucks Magazine

Source: Installing a 200R4 Transmission – Automatic Overdrive – Hot Rod Network

Install - 200R4 Transmission - Automatic Overdrive - Hot Rod Network

Install – 200R4 Transmission – Automatic Overdrive – Hot Rod Network

Excerpt from article written by Hot rod Network featuring the installation procedure of a gearstar transmission:

Before we started our installation, we rounded up all the pieces we would need-besides the Gear Star-built 200R4 and their slick installation package-from Classic Performance Products (crossmembers for the engine and transmission), Lokar (shifter), and PowerMaster (starter). Follow along as we complete the initial installation of our new drivetrain and get our pickup that much closer to some enjoyable highway and daily cruising.

Read the full length article here.

1940 Ford – Gearstar Performance Transmission Equipped

Hot Rod Network

This is an article written by Hot Rod Network of a Road Tour 1940 Ford – Gearstar performance transmission Equipped.  Read the full length article at the link below.

Source: Road Tour 1940 Ford – Hot Rod Network

Road Tour 1940 Ford - Gearstar Performance Transmission Equipped

1940 Ford – Gearstar Performance Transmission Equipped

The Road Tour 1940 Ford is fixed with an enhanced Gearstar 4R70W which is a wide-ratio four-speed automatic and as a result allowed 362 hp at 6,500 rpm at the rear wheels through the Gearstar automatic.  Additionally, pulls to 7,200 rpm showed the power curve continued to climb.  Also, A Gearstar transmission cooler with its own electric fan was mounted under the car and out of the way. The 1040 Ford was an extensive Road Tour build.  The car was built to ride and only the best and most reliable parts were carefully selected for this project. Finally, while writing the article the car has 10,000-plus miles and it’s going as strong as it did when it left Burbank and the HHR shop.

Performance Transmission

Hand Made By One

Each performance transmission is different and each customer has different needs. A single builder crafting your transmission means that he is intimately involved with both the transmission and the project. He has your requirements in mind while building through every point in the process.

Performance Transmission

We’ve Got You Covered

That’s right, we’re not looking to rebuild your wife’s minivan transmission. Hot Rods… Street Rods… those are our loves, so we’ll leave the soccer practice and 9-to-5 commuter transmissions to the bulk manufacturers. We know how you feel when you are looking for someone you can trust with your baby, and we treat it like it is our own. Whether you are looking for a Ford performance transmission, a GM performance transmission, or a Mopar performance transmission – we’ve got you covered.

Born In The USA

We take pride in knowing we provide products made in the USA. We only use the top US made parts when it comes to our transmissions.

Life Is Good

Gearstar has selected our master builders for their extraordinary expertise and we treat them with the respect that every skilled craftsman deserves. When it comes to your transmission, our builders are given the time and resources they need to do it right the first time.

’67 Crusher HOT ROD

The ’67 Crusher HOT ROD

The ’67 Crusher HOT ROD displayed dyno-test time in HOT ROD, Car Craft, and Chevy High Performance magazines.  How quick is it? Answer: 10.62 at 126 mph in the quarter. Not bad. After posting those numbers on the web and in a YouTube video folks wanted to know the skinny, so here it is.

Skip the excerpts and read full Length article here

67 Crusher HOT ROD

The Power

The ’67 Crusher’s focal point is the engine, which is a 489ci big-block Chevy that’s been around for many years. We know from old stories that it made 650 to 660 hp at about 6,000 rpm and 650 lb-ft at 4,400. That’s actually not too impressive for a blown Rat but the engine is very, very tame. Most important, induction comes from a Weiand 8-71 blower that has been Teflon-stripped and blueprinted by The Blower Shop We run the blower significantly underdriven to deliver only 5 psi of boost, and we’ve never run it on higher than 91-octane gas, even at the track.

'67 Crusher HOT ROD


The Crusher’s best asset is the Gearstar transmission which modernizes the dinosaur. The Gearstar transmission uses computer-controlled shift points and adjustable shift firmness. Moreover, the performance transmission will handle 400 more horsepower than it’s being fed.

Gearstar transmission


Zero rocket science here. In fact, it’s pretty wrong. Out back, we’ve got sagged-out multileaf springs and old-school slapper bars. In the front, it’s all stock but with CPP (PN FCS6330D) big-block Chevelle springs to hoist the nose for an old-school look. We’ve got QA1 double-adjustable shocks all around. In race trim, the car weighed 3,475pounds. Add 175 for the driver and another 20 in video equipment, and you get 3,670 pounds rolling down the track.

read about track performance here


The Crusher remains badass as-is. We can drive it anywhere and it runs cool in traffic.  The Crusher is not what we expected.  The Changeling morphing our styles at will ceases to exist. We’re pretty well loving it as is.

1957 Chevy Nomad

The Dream

A 1957 Chevy Nomad, Woody’s Hot Rodz, created for Steve McCullough of Kenton, Ohio.   Steve’s 1957 Nomad began with the car he bought for $12,000 and decided to customize to his liking.

1957 Chevy Nomad

Steve dreamed what would a Nomad would look like if Chevrolet had offered a plain Jane base model 150 Nomad and consequently commissioned automotive artist Eric Brockmeyer to create a rendering. The focus, determination, drive, and motivation raised the bar for all.

The Details

The Art Morrison GT Sport Tri-5 chassis Steve purchased became the center of attention and platform to install the latest greatest drive-train components. Read the full length detailed parts description here

1957 Chevy Nomad

1957 Chevy Nomad

The affection and detail in the body rivals the performance parts list and describing the countless details would take forever. Woody’s body man and assembler, Chris Baldwin, helped transform Steve’s 1957 Chevy Nomad into an over-the-top show car. An exterior look of a 150 trim level and an interior treated to full on luxury.  Woody’s trimmed the Nomad’s custom interior. Specialty Automotive wired the 1957 with an American Autowire harness, and Mike Haberthier was responsible for a boatload of specialized assembly work during the course of the Nomad’s build.

1957 Chevy Nomad

1957 Chevy Nomad

1957 Chevy Nomad

1957 Chevy Nomad

1957 Chevy Nomad

The Results

The results are outstanding. The nomad truly is custom from the ground up.  The car has a look of perfection while remaining road worthy. A vision of museum elegance.  A man with a vision, a detailed plan of attack and impeccable results. We asked Steve what his plans were for the Nomad. He said after a year of touring nationwide on the car show circuit he’s going to pile in both of his dogs and run the wheels off the car driving to California.

What Makes For a Good Hot Rod Overdrive And How To Install One – Rod Authority

This story is all about high performance overdrive automatics. Modern automatic transmissions go far beyond the old slushbox technology inside the typical TH350 or C4 you find in most hot rods. We talk with Gearstar and TCI as well as show to custom install a late-model overdrive in your classic.

Source: What Makes For a Good Hot Rod Overdrive And How To Install One – Rod Authority

gearstar performance transmission

4L65E – Level 4 Transmission with Torque Converter

Rod Authority Interviews Patrick from Gearstar

Rod Authority spoke with Patrick, a Master Builder for Gearstar, talking about what to look for in a performance overdrive. “Each Gearstar transmission is fully remanufactured by one Master Tech Builder,” he told us. “From tear down to prep and even selecting the parts that go in each Gearstar transmission.”

In order to get quality and performance out of the transmission, you need quality parts. Gearstar uses only the best for their transmissions.“We use Koline steels, Torrington bearings, Raybesos Stage1 clutches and Sonnax hydraulics to ensure the customer ends up with a transmission that will last and perform” Patrick said.

Gearstar performance transmissions are classified in level’s. Level 1 is basically stock, Level 2 is typically good to about 450 hp, depending on the transmission itself. Gearstar’s Level 3 builds are a good choice for the mid-level power range. A Level 4 4L65E is good to 650 hp, while the same level Ford 4R70W is only good to 450 hp.

Burnouts Are Good

The Burnout

Horsepower, roads, and an excitable driver almost always lead to burnouts sooner or later.  The burnout is exciting and fun.  Moreover, it’s like a body builder flexing a muscle.  All that time, energy and money displayed with the implementation of one lead foot.

Drag Race Burnouts
The engine roaring, the tires flexing and smoke crawling from the tires as if they were going to burst into flames. An exciting endevour to say the least. The mere thought of it will have gearheads chopping at the bit to dump the clutch and send their tires spinning into oblivion.  The burnout, as it relates to cars, by definition cannot be found in the dictionary. However, some very interesting material is listed in the urban dictionary. The burnout is a method of forgoing traction and spinning tires on a vehicle as quickly as possible to create emense amounts of friction.

The burnout is cool , however, there is much more here than meets the eye.

Why do burnouts?

A very ingenoius and scientific approach can be found at the heart of the burnout and it’s a must in specific applications. The burnout plays a very important role in many forms of racing, especially in drag racing. First, a burnout can help tires to gain better traction and second, a burnout can keep the tires warm. So while the fans get a charge out of seeing precision machines flex muscles the cars driver and crew consider this as necessary as stretching before running.  The burnout causes emense amounts of friction between the tires and the road. Consequently, the tires are warmed and cleaned from and foreign debris. Additionally, when done properly, the burnout will leave behind a trail of sticky rubber as the tires reach high temperatures.

Burnouts Good!

In competition you can expect that all competitors will attempt gain every advantage possible. Automotive sports are no different. Therefore, the next time you lay smiling eyes on that beastly hotrod  smoking it’s tire; you can sit back and enjoy the show knowing full well the real reasoning behind it. The sport of drag racing, and racing in general; actually spends far less time racing then they do preparing. Burnouts are just another step in racing preparations. Finally, with all the preparations, time and money invested, the driver, the crew and everybody in attendance can see what the car is really made of.


American Muscle Car

What Is A Muscle Car?

Muscle car is an American term used to refer to a variety of high-performance automobiles. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines muscle cars as “any of a group of American-made 2-door sports coupes with powerful engines designed for high-performance driving” and according to Muscle Cars, a book written by Peter Henshaw, a “muscle car” is “exactly what the name implies. It is a product of the American car industry following consumer desire for taking a small car and putting a large displacement engine in it.  The muscle car is as American as apple pie, moreover it’s an American past time rivaling that of baseball.

Muscle Building

Muscle CarAmerica has long been recognized for automotive it’s production and there was a time when the automotive industry ruled in America.  The early years were geared towards productivity as opposed to performance, but such a thing wouldn’t last.  The birth of an era known as the horsepower wars reached it’s full glory in 1970. The youth flocked to the showrooms like bugs to a light, and made their way into the driver seats of these mid sized cars. Furthering this development, the manufacturers modified some of them into turn-key drag racers. Consequently, this race to the top has become a way of life and became a marathon of American muscle building still proceeding today.

Bulk Up America

The American muscle car is thriving today. America is currently living a muscle car revival. The cars today closely resemble the cars of the glory days.  However, they can be lighter, faster and more fuel efficient. Now that’s awesome. Additionally, the glory day muscle has become more collectible, desirable, and valuable.  The market is creating increased desire for performance parts, replacement parts and more. The muscle car is here to stay and its driving the industry.  The entire car industry can see it’s imprint. Dig deep America, roll up your sleeves, join the fun and bulk up.