Who: Todd Oberholtzer
What: 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
Where: Fargo, ND
Why: Quick, what's wrong with the car in this picture? Answer: Nothing! We love the look of Todd's Chevelle with its tunnel ram, dual quads, and rubber-crusted quarter panels. Todd says this is his first car, and he bought it in 1992 when he was 15 years old. Since then, it's shed its green/green paint and upholstery scheme and 307 engine for its current red hue and 454 power. That's a Weiand tunnel ram fitted with a pair of Holley 650 Double Pumpers poking through the hood. LS6 pistons and 781 casting cylinder heads calculate to a 10.7:1 compression ratio. The cam is a Lunati hydraulic roller design, and Hedman 2-inch long-tubes handle the exhaust. "Everything but the paint was done by me. I buy nothing new—all eBay stuff—[and I] drive it on the street all the time," he says. Its best pass was an 11.28 at 117 mph with the previous single four-barrel intake, but he's hoping for 10s with the tunnel ram. Oh, and he wanted to thank his wife for putting up with the car all these years.
Retired Shop Truck
Who: P. Miele
What: 1961 Ford Ranchero
Where: St. Augustine, FL
Why: Mr. Miele writes that he first saw this Ranchero when he was a kid out with his uncle who was car shopping. He found it again, 10 years ago, and bought it, adding that at this point it was a total rust bucket. He says it's taken two years of work to get it to its current condition and says he drives it nearly every day. It has a 302, C6 transmission, an Econoline front axle, and an 8.8-inch rear axle out of a newer Mustang.
Who: Mike Endicott
What: 1955 Chevy
Where: Tripp City, OH
Why: Mike's friend, Victor, sent this picture of his stunning-looking 1955. It's hard to describe just how hard Mike nailed the look of the car. Victor writes that Mike refers to his car as "The Money Pit," and that it took a couple of years to build. They had considerable help from pro builder Scott Sullivan. Well, no wonder it looks that good.
Who: Mark Puckett
What: 1973 Chevrolet Vega
Where: Galesburg, IL
Why: Mark is so stoked about his Vega that half his email was written with CAPS LOCK on. He bought it two years ago and described it as a "total mess," with an "oil-burning, gutless 350" small-block, a cracked transmission case, and dodgy wiring. He fixed that stuff and more with a 383, built by Larry Wright of Galesburg, Illinois, a Hughes TH350, and a Strange rear axle. Now putting 497 hp to the ground, Mark says from "zero to 100, this beast will make your hands sweat."
Pull a Gear
Who: Ted Miko
What: 1966 Ford Fairlane
Where: Wimborne, Alberta, CA
Why: Ted writes that he's waiting for it to stop snowing and raining in the Great White North, so he can finally see what his car can do. It has a high-revving 302 with a T-5 transmission and an 8-inch rearend. He's also finishing up a '65 Comet 202 with a 351 and a Toploader, "Because real race cars have a stick shift!" he says.
Who: Christopher Galka
What: 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1
Where: Burns Harbor, IN
Why: Christopher says he's a retired sniper who now works for a steel manufacturer. He was eager to show us pictures of his Mustang, which he says was merely a shell when he bought it. "I rebuilt everything myself," he wrote, farming out only the paintjob. The car's original 351W is in storage, while an E85-burning 395 stroker resides under the hood right now.
Chris Gibbany's 1978 Z-28 doing a burnout. When in doubt, gotta burnout, right?
Please, please, please put this picture of my car in your magazine. It is my 1964 Chevy II Nova Gasser. It has a tunnel-rammed small-block Chevy, a Turbo 350, and the stock-housing Nova rear. I was wearing out a pair of tires before mounting the new pair.
Brian Brandow, Churchville, MD
Hello from southwestern Wyoming. Just burning off some tread of the N50-15 Pro-trac soft compound tires in my '72 Pontiac LeMans Sport Coupe. It sports a B&M supercharged 454, a Turbo 400, and 4:10s in a 12-bolt with a Posi.
Rick Ackerman, Rock Springs, Wyoming
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