'74 Chevrolet Vega
Lake Havasu City, AZ
Terry bought the Vega about a year ago from a seller on Craigslist. He says it's basically stock, except for the V8 swap and TH400 transmission, which are pretty cool modifications to a little car like this. Terry says he can annihilate the tires in First and Second gear.
'51 Chevrolet pickup
This is what happens when your grandchildren think you're taking too long to get your car running. Terry snapped this picture of grandsons Liam Cronican (4), Nick Benis (6), and Jaison Benis (10), getting his small-block buttoned up. Now, if he can only get them to finish the truck.
The Other Woman
'70 Plymouth Duster
This car was dubbed "The Other Woman" by Mike's wife because, as he put it, "I rub it more than I rub her." Throwing fuel on the fire, we can see why Mike likes his Duster. It's got a 0.030-over 440, with a 292-duration cam, forged rotating assembly, ported cylinder heads, a 727 trans, and an 83⁄4 rear with 3.55:1 gears. Mike built it all at home (except for the transmission), even the paint job, which is Duplicolor's medium metallic blue.
'53 Austin A-40
Here's an interesting build. Jean dropped the Austin chassis on a modified Chevy S10 frame. With a 406 small-block, TH350 trans, and 3.73:1 gears, Jean says it eats Mustangs and Camaros for breakfast, adding, "When I take it to shows, there may be 20 Chevelles and Mustangs, but only one like mine."
A Camaro and a Question
'96 Chevrolet Camaro
Manitou Beach, MI
Justin sent a picture of his LT1-powered F-car asking for past articles we've run on Chevrolet's unique, reverse-flow-cooling small-block. Justin, your best bet is to search "Car Craft LT1" on Google. You'll find the answers much faster than searching our website.
Creeping Wiener Dogs
"Mustang" Steve Wilkes
Windsor the Dachshund
Steve wanted to send pictures of his '66 Mustang doing a burnout, but says his tires refuse to make smoke no matter how fast he gets them spinning, so he sent a picture of his faithful garage helper, Windsor the Wonder Dog. "He likes to sleep on the creeper in front of the garage heater," Steve wrote. "If I get on the creeper, he likes to lay on my stomach."
How much power do you suppose a 25 percent overdriven 14-71 supercharger makes on a 530ci big block Chevy? Find the answer out next month.
We photographed this multi-colored Mustang at King of the Streets no-prep race at Great Lakes Dragaway in Wisconsin. The clock was turned off, so we don't have any e.t.'s or trap speeds, but it was fast and consistent enough to finish runner-up in it's class. Read more details next month.
Over the Limit
The bride says I'm approaching the limit in the garage. I said, "The minibike put me over, right?"
—John Clark, via email
Count me in as interested in an article on converting an OEM wiring harness to a stand-alone harness. I have all the parts: a 5.3, 4L60E, and a complete stock harness and ECM. It's going in a '72 El Camino Pro Street project that will later see a turbo, hopefully.
—Tony Brinson, via email
I'll Second That
I just read Mike Restad's letter in the Aug. '14 issue. I would also love to see an article on how to convert a stock LS harness to stand-alone. I recently purchased a 5.3 to throw in my '84 Monte Carlo, and I need this article!
—Mark Phillips, via email
*These are just two of the pile of letters we received, all asking for an article on converting a GM harness and ECM to work with an LS swap in an older car. Looks like we've got our marching orders.
Would you please do a build-up of the Ford 351 Cleveland engine using all the different cylinder-head combinations? Also, maybe include the different manifolds, as well. Some of us still build those engines.
—Dave Eisenhauer, Sparks, Nevada
Tom Friesen sent pictures of his blown-up 4.6L 2V mod motor that dropped an exhaust valve while driving from his home in Arizona to the Fabulous Fords Forever show at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA. In an act of heroism too long to describe here, friends Matthew Tatosian, Roy Murray, Dallas Guild, Matt Jones, Dietrich Hertel, and Jeff Levesque helped him change engines at Matthew's house, and he was back on the road three days later.
The connecting rod broke and flew out of the side of my '72 Simplicity Yeoman mower. I found a couple 8hp Briggs and Stratton engines that guys had in the back of garages. For a total cost of $70, I'll be mowing again in two weeks.
—Kev68, via email
Here is the piston from my father-in-law's 327-powered '69 Chevelle after sucking one piece of a two-piece, air-cleaner stud. The piston broke off at the wristpin, and the block cracked, but the head was fine.
—Michael Ehrhardt, via email
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