Who: Brian Anton
What: '91 M931 A2
Where: Santa Maria, California
Why: We can think of few less effective ways to attract attention to your store than by parking a 12-foot-tall military transport vehicle in front of it. Brian Anton, owner of Tacti-Cool Guns and Gear, and whose Mustang appeared on our July '10 cover, bought this piece of military surplus and had it spiffed up a bit to serve as a way to grab people's attention while driving by on Highway 101. The Tacti-Truck is registered and street legal. It rumbles along with its 8.3L diesel and Allison automatic transmission.
It has air brakes, so it makes cool, commercial truck noises, and the on-board air compressor means the crowd-pleasing train horn installation is merely an easy air hose routing away. Check the truck out for yourself during normal business hours, and fire his rental AR 15 in the indoor range while you're at it.
Who: Todd Girnus
What: '67 Chevrolet Camaro
Where: Visalia, California
Why: Todd began building this Camaro in 2004 right after the death of his father. It has a 454 big-block, a TH400 trans with a 3,000-stall converter, a 12-bolt, and four-wheel disc brakes. He says building the car “has been the biggest help” in getting past the death of his father and dedicates it to his dad, Ron.
Sinister New Hemi
Who: John Grace
What: '06 Dodge Charger R/T
Where: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Why: Well, why not really? John's Charger looks pretty menacing with its blacked-out trim and lights. He didn't just stick with the cosmetic stuff, though. He had the cylinder heads ported, slipped in a FRI Sparrow cam, and dropped on an Eagle intake manifold. He also added bigger fuel injectors, JBA headers into Pypes exhaust, and a higher-stall Pro Torture torque converter.
Homebuilt and Awesome
Who: Brian McMillan
What: '84 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
Where: Fort Mill, South Carolina
Why: All of us staffers here like a clean Monte Carlo SS, and Brian's is especially clean, but we tripped out over the interior pictures he sent. Three pedals—that's how GM should have sold these cars, in our opinion. Brian chucked the slushbox for a Tremec TKO five-speed and upgraded the rear axle to a Grand National 3.44:1 with limited slip. The surprises continue under the hood, where Brian used a mix of stock LS1 parts and stuff from EFI Connection to convert to LS-engine-style coil-on-plug ignition and sequential fuel injection. With AFR cylinder heads and 11.0:1 compression, Brian says his car is sending a stout 375 hp to the wheels—way more than the stock 305 did. Brian teaches the BMW training program at his local community college, so electronics are no big deal to him.
Cool Classic Hemi
Who: Bill Cole
What: '65 Dodge Coronet
Where: Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
Why: Bill says when he first bought his Coronet it was lacking a few things, namely a floor and brakes. It also had a broken 318 Poly under the hood. It took a couple years, but he fixed all those problems, plus he did the bodywork and painted the car. He dropped in an old-school 392 Hemi and backed it up with a 727 TorqueFlite transmission.
Likes Our Taste in Cars
Keep up the great features like Shaun Burgess' '66 Mustang (Oct. '13). His home-style engineering embodies the real spirit of car crafting. By all means, please return to the car. We need more details and more tech.
—Brian Williams, via email
We received a bunch of email about Shaun's Mustang, and all were positive. Thank you for your feedback. Since we visited, he finished building this '69 Fastback for his wife and continues to hammer on his coupe at track events in the Midwest.