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Where's The Fun? (WTF?) - September 2013

High School Nova

Who: Craig Stofko

What: 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS

Where: Carmel, NY

Why: Craig recently emailed pictures of his ultra-clean Nova. Now 47 years old, he's had this car since high school. We approve of his powertrain combination: a 427 big-block with Brodix BB-2 heads, 11.5:1 compression, a 950 Holley, TH400, and the original 12-bolt with 4.56:1 gears. He says he's collecting the parts needed to go back to a four-speed manual transmission. Be sure to send an update when you do, Craig.


Who: Jeff Altman

What: 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle

Where: Fletcher, OK

Why: It took Jeff three years of badgering this Chevelle's previous owner to sell, but he finally got the car he'd wanted since he was 12. Now in his 50s, he was able to completely restore it "from the ground up, it's been totally redone to my liking." It's good to hang on to your dreams.


Who: Michael Pinto

What: 1973 AMC Javelin

Where: Kelso, WA

Why: Mike loves these Javelins, and managed to find one for the low price of just $250. It needed a bunch of stuff, but at least it was a real SST package, complete with a 360 V8, and a 727 transmission. He's been working on it for a couple of years, getting it running on the cheap. The pictures he sent were taken at a local Porsche club's autocross event.

Pro Street

Who: Curtis Boyer

What: 1973 Chevrolet Corvette

Where: El Cajon, CA

Why: Curtis is the original owner of this car, and says he has made a few changes over the years. He must be a master of the understatement. Check out the 6-71 supercharger atop his 383 small-block. Other goodies include Cragar SS wheels and a Richmond five-speed manual transmission.


Who: Marty and Kay Hartman

What: 1964 Ford Falcon

Where: Manchester, MI

Why: We like the clean look of the Hartman's Falcon. Marty writes that it began life with a 260-inch inline six, which got superseded by a 302, then later by a 347 with a Ford Racing 303 cam and Holley 750 carb. The transmission is a C4 with a 2,700-rpm stall speed, and he's got electric cutouts welded in just past his Doug's Headers. His best pass so far is a 12.98 at 108 mph at Milan Dragway.


Panther Revival

I need your help please!! I would like to know exactly what you did to that '03 Crown Victoria to get that stance. I would like to know the exact springs used in the front and rear, as well as the tire size. I am currently running stock 17-inch steelies, but I have a set of '09 Mustang GT 18x8.5-inch wheels that I would like to put on.
Cesar Ruiz, Lathrop, CA

Out of the blue, we recently received several letters about our resident ex–cop car, including one from a girl who's working on her '03 Mercury Marauder. All the articles can be found online, and your best bet is to type "Car Craft Crown Victoria" into a Google search. To answer your question, Cesar, The Vic has 650 in/lb springs on QA1 double adjustable coilovers, front, Eaton Detroit 1-inch drop springs (minus 2 coils), rear, and 285/40ZR17 Kumho Ecsta ASX tires on stock, '06-and later steel wheels widened to 17x9 by Pico Wheel and Tire. Read all about it in the Dec. '11 and Feb. '12 issues of CC. —John McGann

They Do Exist

Look! Krass and Bernie came to my shop! These are a couple friends of mine, Kelly Benitez and Mike Burney. While hanging out, I realized they look like K&B.

Mike Harvey, Concord, NC

Our Next Paint Job

Our "Number 1 Crazy Fan" George Eischen of Fairview, OK, sent this picture from a 1922 Montgomery Ward catalog. Paint Your Ford for $1.98. Don't tempt us, George, we have some paint/body articles scheduled for this December's issue.

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