Inspired by Us
Who: Austin Sirotin
What: 1969 Dodge D200
Where: Salem, Michigan
Why: David Sirotin emailed pictures of his son's first vehicle, this D200 pickup. They were inspired by our 1967 Chevy C10, reproducing the primer paintjob we gave it last year (“Weekend Rehab,” Dec. '12). David writes, “We did it like the one in your mag. Our paint cost $39.99 for a gallon of flat-black from Ace. It sprayed nice! Thought you might dig it.”
Who: Michael Jernigan
What: 1979 Chevrolet El Camino
Where: Gates, North Carolina
Why: Michael is just 15 years old. He and his father built this 1979 Chevy El Camino together, with some help from a few friends. They got it running in early May, just in time for him to take it to its first car show. It has a 350/350 combination and Michael says, “The last picture is me having some fun burning rubber in my first car!”
Who: John Johnson
What: 1989 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer
Where: St. Petersburg, Florida
Why: John's Blazer is all homebuilt and pretty damn cool. He got rid of the truck's V6 for a 350 small-block with Vortec heads and a junkyard-sourced serpentine belt system. The trans is a 700-R4, and he's got disc brakes on the rear axle. Those are Boyd's wheels, 16x7 up front and 16x8 on the rear.
The city of Los Angeles has a new mayor, and one of the groups volunteering for his campaign was the Brotherhood of Street Racers, some of whom are seen here with Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti. Garcetti, who is an enthusiast, was receptive to the Brotherhood's wishes to re-open Brotherhood Raceway, the on again/off again quarter-mile dragstrip on Terminal Island, near the Port of Los Angeles. Does this mean the track may re-open soon? We will follow this story as it develops.
Blown Up Part of the Month
Here are the remains of a piston and related damage to Tyler Garlock's 2002 Ford Lightning, when he turned the boost up to 18. “One piston made it to the pan, the other is stuck in the cylinder refusing to move.”
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