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Where's The Fun - November 2013

Long Term
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.

Black Cheeze
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.

Vegas, Baby!
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.

Homebuilt
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.

Burnout!!

Chris Gibbany's 1978 Z-28 doing a burnout. When in doubt, gotta burnout, right? Harrison, Arkansas

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

Blown Up Part of the Month
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43 comments
Michael J Landi
Michael J Landi

Had a wagon. Should have kept it. Mini tubs with 383 and a t-5

Scott Brown
Scott Brown

Had a v8 vega in high school o what fun I had with that car ...

Joseph Perry
Joseph Perry

My dad used to have a couple. They were some of my favorite cars that he had.

Randy Voss
Randy Voss

Race anything down the 1/4 mile.

Phillip Russell
Phillip Russell

looks like mine was 73 drope pitman arm & idler arm ran regular oil pan chrome had Camaro spinals big brakes 12 bolt back in the day

John Elswick
John Elswick

A car before its time.I was working at a Chevy dealelship when these came out.I saw a glass cutaway engine for the Vega.

Michael Yateman
Michael Yateman

i had a 73 and a tubed 76 wish i still had them both

Randy Anderson
Randy Anderson

Aka little camaro I called them when I was a kid their cool cars in my book.

Roger Stratton
Roger Stratton

Owned a 74 prostreet vega.. Should never have sold it.. Small block on nitrous, short wheel base, 850 hp. Now that's a ride you won't forget. Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins was one of my Hero's..

Paul Williams
Paul Williams

Gave $50 for one in the early/mid 70's (74,75,76) that I was going to Pro Street. (Don't think it was called that back then). Never really got started on it. Sold it for $100 and put the money in my '64 Malibu SS with a 454 and M-22. Would love to build a Vega with an LS in it now though.

Gary Solomons
Gary Solomons

Maybe I am a bit bias but I love the look of the Vega and the street race heritage that goes along with them. Have the interior coming out of mine now then off to the Chassis shop.

Ronnie Richardson
Ronnie Richardson

Ive had three backhalfed street/strip vegas. They can take it. LET EM RIP!

Brandon Lewis
Brandon Lewis

Lol um its probably fast buuut its just not a good looking car but it is at least a Chevy!!

John Roberts
John Roberts

yuck a vega i worked at a g.m dealer when they first came out-

Eric Semaza
Eric Semaza

If that's the same owners car that owns Witchcraft .the wagon .then i sold that car to him cause color is obvious.

Gene Stribling
Gene Stribling

one of my friends got a new one put a 350ci.450hp. in it a week after getting it new he cut all apart and has it sitting in his yard new had a big Dana rear end in it asked hem just how will you gt it all back in one peace ?

Bob Gumm
Bob Gumm

Shameless plug... You can still get tons of tech and conversion kits for the Vega, Monza and other GM H-bodies at www.v8monza.com

Joseph Brown
Joseph Brown

Vega was a great looking liitle car! Too bad it was built to rust in the showroom!

Justin Perkins
Justin Perkins

My boss has a 71 vega that runs 9 second 1/4 mile.

Mario Haywood
Mario Haywood

Of course vega 's r time capsules!!! Light weight rear wheel drive shirt wheel base !! Perfect car 4 v8 swap & now especially the new ls. Swaps thts going on wow imagine this car with a Pro built Ls3 & a 6 spd with. 373's out bacc.. On a nice 8.5 rear end.. Dressed like a stocc sleeper can we say new mustang Sally coyotee motor killer !! Lol

Kenny Bowman
Kenny Bowman

Nice car...had a buddy in high school with a V8 vega wagon.

Rick Thomas
Rick Thomas

I had a 71 Kammback (wagon) with a small block!! I kick myself in the butt every time I see a picture of a Nice One like this!!!!

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