Monte Carlo and Flamenco
Who: Adam Stanton
What: 1973 Ford Mustang
Where: Menomonie, WI
Adam is really proud of his Mustang, and he has every right to be. He's been working on it since he was 16. Now, at 30, he's got a great-looking car he built on his own. He started by replacing the FMX automatic transmission with a much more engaging T-5 manual trans. He rebuilt the 4V 351 Cleveland next, adding a big Lunati cam, TRW pistons, Harland Sharp rocker arms, Hooker headers, and a Holley 750 double-pumper carburetor. Moving to the body, he replaced the quarter-panels, patched the doors, fenders, and floor, and then painted it himself in Monte Carlo Blue and Flamenco Black. Great work, Adam. The car looks killer.
If you lived in Talking Rock, GA, what would the rock say?
Who: Paul Toth
What: 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966 Chevrolet/GMC pickup
Where: Talking Rock, GA
Why: I had a bunch of extra parts in my way and decided to do a "Krass & Bernie" no-buck build. It didn't work, exactly—I had to buy some paint, tires, and engine-rebuild parts. Still, I came out with a head-turning pickup for less than a grand. Love your mag and what you do with it.
Who: Bruce Hastings
What: '62 Ford Falcon
Where: Hastings, NB
Why: Dennis says his grandparents bought this car new, and at the time it had a 170ci inline-six. He took his driver's test in the car in 1972. Now it's his, and he upgraded to a 5.0 and AOD out of an '88 Mustang, with disc brakes and an 8-inch rear axle. "I did everything in my garage at home except the paintjob and bending the exhaust," Bruce says.
Who: Kaitlyn Blanc
What: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
Where: Culpepper, VA
Why: Kaitlyn is just 18, but she's got a wheels-up view of the world as she launches her dad's LS6 Chevelle. She says that in addition to building a great car, he's been an awesome coach and instructor. "I'm so blessed to have great parents who support me. I will never forget that feeling on my first pass when I staged and watched those yellow lights blink down. I knew I was hooked when the light turned green and that big-block lifted the front wheels off the ground."
"My 1977 Chevy Monte Carlo."
Ron Klatt, Fillmore, NY
"How we go camping up north!"
Mike, Menomonee Falls, WI
"Here's a picture of me doing a burnout in my '72 GTO. I've had this car since I was 16 (24 years old now), and I just completed a frame-off last year. It's got a 461 engine, TH400 transmission, and 3.73:1 gears.
Tracy Schaefer, via email.
Blown Up Part of the Month
Dan Perrine, of Fowlerville, Michigan, emailed pictures of the exploded connecting rod out of the 360 in his NHRA Stock Eliminator '00 Dodge Dakota. He had the engine running in his garage while he was working on a tune-up, when the engine started to "sound funny" and spew billowy clouds of smoke. Crunchy! Show us your carnage! Email pictures to CarCraft@CarCraft.com. Please put "Blown Up" in the subject line.
Back to Du Quoin
Pass the word: After more than a two-decade hiatus, Car Craft is going back to Du Quoin, Illinois, for the Street Machine Nationals. Clear your calendar for June 28–30 this year and join us at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds for what's sure to be one hell of a party. There will be trophies handed out, swimsuit models to stare at, supercharged big-blocks, a burnout contest, a dyno challenge, and plenty of fairground cruising. In addition, a special build of a Tri-Five Chevy will begin at the show. Complete show information can be found at FamilyEvents.com.
CCSN is Coming!
Just because we're excited about the Street Machine Nationals, don't think that we're demoting the Car Craft Summer Nationals to second-class status. That car show is a proven success, and attendance continues to grow every year. The Car Craft Summer Nationals will be held on July 19–21 this year at the scenic Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul. Don't miss a second of the autocross, dyno challenge, or Real Street Eliminator competition. We're also bringing back the Pro Builder Shootout and informative DIY Garage seminars. The Tri-Five Chevy build will be finished here in St. Paul as well. Of course, the fairgrounds will be packed with thousands of the best street-machine cars around. Information for that show can also be found at FamilyEvents.com.
Make a summer out of it and attend both shows! That's what we're going to do.
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