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.
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 Marty writes that it began life with a 260-inch inline six, which got superseded by a 302, then later by a 347 with a Ford Racing 303 cam and Holley 750 carb.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.
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.
Why is there no such animal as the 4500-flange dual plane intake? Specifically, one for the small block Chevy? Holley does make a 750 cfm Dominator, why not drive it on the street? The carburetor community is a dying breed. Why not reintroduce the famous 750 Double Pumper in Dominator form?
#1 Super Fan, Jonathan Roberts, via email
Jonathan sent of a barrage of emails and Facebook messages all posing the same question. Would you buy a 4500-flanged dual plane intake manifold if someone made one?
Dog of the Month
My Mav and Rex. He's good at stealing wrenches and playing keep away.
Kev68, via email
"It's always a great day for burnouts or basketball in my driveway. Since I purchased my '54 F-100 in '75, it has been restored twice, basically in my driveway."
Marshall Hamlin, Michigan City, IN
"It's a '90 Mustang LX with a Chevy 350, TH350, and a freshly-built 8.8 with 3.55:1 gears. Built Ford Tuff with Chevy Stuff."
Rusty McWilliams, Schneider, IN
Wendell sent this old-school montage from sometime around 1974. "Many, many more tires have been melted with this car over the 41 years I have owned it," he says.
Wendell "Uncle Bat" Smith, Spokane, WA
Department of Corrections
In the July issue of CC on pg. 30, we duplicated the LQ9 specs in the LS6 specs box, an inexcusable mistake for a magazine with the slander Chevy Craft. Here are the correct specs for the LS6 camshaft.
||405 hp @ 6400 rpm
||389 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm
|HP/TQ Gains (Over LM7 cam) at 2,500
||44 lb-ft (45 hp)
||78 lb-ft (98 hp)
Holley Announces Plans for LS Fest 2013
Holley will supply the cars and engines! You bring the team and tools!
Are you pretty handy around an engine bay with hand tools? Are you well versed in performing engine swaps? Then you might have what it takes to compete in the '13 Car Craft Engine Swap Challenge held September 6–8, 2013, at Holley LS Fest in Bowling Green, Kentucky, at Beech Bend Raceway.
For 2013 two teams will be presented with two equally prepped running vehicles along with two GM LS crate engines. From there, the two teams must face off to see which team can install the GM LS engine in place of the older engine and get it running in the shortest duration of time. The winning team gets to keep the engine, which is equipped with numerous bolt-on LS parts from Holley Performance including an EFI system!
If you're interested in competing in Holley's '13 Car Craft LS Fest Engine Swap Challenge event, please send an email to EngineSwap@Holley.com that includes your contact information and what makes you think you're up to the challenge. More information is available at: Holley.com/LSFest/EngineSwap.asp.
Blown Up Part of the Month
Eric Moreland, of Asheville, NC, sent some pictures of a broken piston from his '94 Firebird. He boosts it with an ATI centrifugal supercharger set at 12 psi. "After a good burnout, it had a miss and no compression on [cylinder] number 2," he says. Yup, that will do it. What have you broken lately? Send us pictures. Email them to CarCraft@CarCraft.com and please put Blown Up in the subject line.
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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