Who: Bill Oertel
What: '68 Nova SS
Where: Kansas City, KS
Why: In his email, Bill says he's owned more than 25 Novas over the years. "I wanted to build that very special last Nova," he says. A friend found this car for him, and it was less than 20 miles from his house. It was an original small-block, four-speed car with a 12-bolt rear. Wanting more power, he purchased a 383 and a TKO-600 transmission, which he and friend John Findley installed. He rebuilt the rear with an Eaton Detroit TrueTrac and added CalTracs traction bars. He upgraded the front suspension with Heidts tubular upper and lower A-arms and installed a quartet of Baer 13-inch brakes. The Butternut Yellow paint and black vinyl top are original to the car.
Who: Tom Jones
What: '55 Chevrolet pickup
Why: Tom and friend Todd are building a cool drag truck. They're gathering the ingredients to assemble a 1,400hp twin-turbo LS engine, and the chassis was just NHRA-certified to 8.50s. This is going to be a cool build.
Pro Street Barn Find
Who: Michael Pisano
What: '57 Chevy
Where: Hamilton, NJ
Why: Michael's father used to buy hay and straw from this car's previous owner, and he remembers first seeing it stashed in that guy's barn when he was 15. Looking for a car after turning 20, Michael went back to the barn and was pleased to find it still there. It had been an NHRA Stock racer that the owner parked after the 283 scattered. Michael paid him the $2,000 asking price (this was in 1978—it would cost 10 times that now!). He and a friend tubbed it in 1978. He dropped in a 454/TH400 combination, complete with dual Weber sidedraft carburetors. In 1987 he stripped the car to bare steel and had it painted in its current blue finish by Mark's Yardville Auto Body.
Who: Michael Yount
What: '82 Volvo 242
Where: Charlotte, NC
Why: In the April '14 issue, staffer John McGann confessed a secret desire to own a V8-powered 240 series Volvo, and it didn't take long for a reader to reply with pictures. Michael sent pictures of his 242 and made John drool over the spec sheet. It is a '92 model year Ford 302 with AFR cylinder heads, Explorer intake manifold (the junkyard version of the GT40 intake), a custom-ground Buddy Rawls cam, a Tremec T-5 five-speed, and a Ford 8.8-inch rear with a TrueTrac and 3.55:1 gears. Koni sport shocks and Eibach springs account for the killer stance, and the Voxx wheels are shod with Continental tires. At just 2,980 pounds, Michael says the car is not only light but also has a near 50/50 weight distribution.
Go to School
Who: Jason Glennon
What: '01 Pontiac Firebird
Where: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Why: Jason is an instructor for the Motive Power Program at Algonquin College in Ottawa and sent some pictures of some of the fun projects he and his students are working on. They built this Firebird as a race car, stripping it down to a mere 2,900 pounds and building the LS1 engine up with a Comp cam and long-tube headers, among other things. They also added tubular control arms, an adjustable torque arm, and a Panhard bar. "All this was done by the students with no prior experience," he says. Next on the list is an S-10 powered by a twin-turbo 4.8L. Kinda makes you want to go back to school.
Who: Paul Osborne
What: A 30x42-foot garage
Where: Heath, OH
Why: After sustaining hail damage, Paul used the insurance money to fix his house and remodel the garage. With the help of his brother-in-law and sons-in-law, he was able to construct this cool 1,200-sq-ft workspace to keep his cars out of the weather. The '62 Bel Air belongs to his son-in-law Adam, while the '55 is his. It's a car he purchased on eBay because he and his wife had a black primer '55 when they were first married 43 years ago.
During this shoot, Glad was driving and Wes Allison was hanging out of the back of the truck when a police car pulled in behind us. He must have known the guys because he trolled for a while, then left without a word.
"Here is a photo of my blown-up brake caliper piston from a '12 Mustang GT. This happened after a track day on street tires. During braking, the street tires were sliding and locking up the ABS, which overheated the brakes."
—Kyle Tate, via email
JR Blow Up
From 9-year-old Tyler Heim and his JR Dragster who says, "If you're not breaking parts, you're not going fast enough." Here's what's left of a piston, bent rod, and cracked block. Typical driver!
Neat trick getting your readers to get into the article on Shawn Carlson's '66 Mercury on page 72 (April '14). When I saw the name "Calrson" in the title, I just had to read the piece to see if the spelling was correct. I bit and you pulled me in!
—Gary Brown (havin' fun in a '41)
Keyboard dyslexia strikes again!
The Summer Shows
I was just wondering how I get my car into the Car Craft Summer Nationals? My dad has entered his car multiple times, but since he passed away last year, I would like to keep up the tradition and keep bringing it to the Summer Nationals.
—Brandon Moren, via email
Brandon, our condolences on the passing of your father. To you and any other reader looking to attend the Summer Nationals in July, go to FamilyEvents.com to register for it and our other show, the Street Machine Nationals in Du Quion, IL, the month before.
Used-Parts Engine-Build Challenge
I have been a CC reader for about a year now and love the publication. I have a challenge that you may have already taken before I started reading your magazine. I would like to know what kind of horsepower and torque you could get with a $1,500 budget using only Craigslist as your build source. The price includes block, any performance parts found on CL, and any machine work needed. I have a '65 Chevelle and that is my budget.
—Jeff Burns, via email
This is a story idea! Or at least letter for Jeff Smith's column. Thanks for the idea, Jeff, we will see what we can do.
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