Who: Norm Krantz
What: Pro Street Nova
What: Green Bay (go, Packers!), WI
What: In his email, Norm asked how he could get his car in the magazine. Well, it’s as simple as including a couple nice pictures and having a cool car. So here you go, Norm! He says he built the whole car himself, with a little help from friends Randy and Adam when installing the glass and wiring the car. The engine is a warmed-over 454 with a Comp 292 cam, a Holley 770 Street Avenger carb, and headers Norm made from a Hooker weld-up kit. The trans is a TH400 and connects to a 9-inch with 4.88 gears and a Detroit Locker differential. Norm’s a painter by trade, so the bodywork and paintjob were a breeze. We especially like the wheels—polished Ansen Sprints, measuring 15x3 and 15x15.
Who: Walter Anderson
What: ’56 Chevy Sedan Delivery
Where: Multiple emails
Why: We’ll give 15-year-old Walter the benefit of the doubt and attribute his nearly 15 emails of the same picture to a server malfunction, or something. Nevertheless, here’s his grandfather’s ’56 Chevy. Walter says they dropped in a Vortec 350 and backed it up with a TH400 trans. He says a paintjob is next, promising to paint the car black. Send a few dozen more pictures when it’s done, man!
Who: Stan Brown
What: ’64 Buick Skylark
Where: Wichita, KS
Why: Stan dug this car out of someone’s backyard, spent a couple months rewiring everything, and got it back on the road. Along the way, he dropped in a Chevy 350 (sorry, Buick guys!) sporting Vortec cylinder heads, a Crane cam, and a Carter AFB carb. He installed an old M22 four-speed that had been sitting in his basement for 30 years, and grabbed the brake and clutch pedals from a ’64 Chevelle. The ground-scraper ride height came by way of CPP drop spindles and cut coil springs. Stan bolted up a pair of Sanderson shorty headers and had an exhaust system built to match. A staggered set of 14x7 (front) and 15x7 (rear) rally wheels complete the look. He says no one even looked at the car when he was trying to sell it before, but since he’s gotten it road-worthy, people are now shooting him offers.
Who: Gannon Brown
What: ’85 Chevrolet El Camino
Where: Emory, Texas
Why: Gannon says, “I’m 16 years old and just got my first car! It’s got a 350 in it with a 200C tranny. I have lots of plans for it, as the budget allows. Wheels and tires first, braking upgrades, a Posi, and hopefully, by the end of the summer, LS power! Car Craft is an awesome mag, and I steal it from my dad as soon as it hits the box.” Awesome, Gannon. Send some burnout pictures next!
Who: Patrick Speer
What: ’69 Lincoln Mark III
Where: Indianapolis, IN
Why: Patrick actually wrote in asking for an article on 429/460 Ford cylinder heads. He included some pictures of his Mark, and we couldn’t resist running them here. He wants to upgrade his 460 with a stroker crank and better heads. To answer Patrick’s question about cylinder heads, Trick Flow, Edelbrock, and Jon Kaase Racing Engines make really good heads for these engines. Who else wants to see a big Ford cylinder-head shootout?
In the News! The Car Craft Street Machine Nationals Returns to Du Quoin, IL
After a 15-year hiatus, Car Craft is bringing the Street Machine Nationals back to Illinois at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds on June 28–30. In addition to gawking at the thousands of cars expected to be in attendance, attendees can expect to be entertained by a huge manufacturers midway, a dyno challenge and burnout contest, and the Miss Summer Nationals contest.
Tickets are available online as well as at the gate on the day of the show. Go to Family Events’ website for pricing information: www.familyevents.com
Finishing off the tires on my ’85 Camaro with a mild 350, T5, and peg-leg 3.73:1s. I’m hoping to get a Posi in it this winter.
—Adam Hubley, via email
Mark, we’re jealous of your city’s name. Your car’s pretty sweet, too.
Here is my ’69 El Camino at a local track, lighting up the new drag radials. It has a 0.030-over 396 with a 750 Holley double pumper, Hooker Competition headers, and a Ford 9-inch with 4:11:1 gears, an Eaton posi, and 31-spline Moser axles. The Hurst line-lock and shifter make burn outs easy. I love Car Craft and read it cover to cover. Keep up the great work.
—Marc W. Nagley, Gun Barrel City, Texas
This is my ’63 Polara 500 convertible. My dad bought it back in the ’70s. I bought it from him earlier this year, as he’s no longer able to work on it. It has the 383 Magnum and 727 transmission from my deceased ’69 Charger.
—Dave Herrington, St. John, WA
Blown Up Part of the Month
Don Hura of Columbus, Ohio, emailed this picture, saying, “This is the broken rod from my ’68 Camaro’s 355 small-block. Notice the ARP bolt is still attached! Do you have something better? Send pictures to CarCraft@carcraft.com and please put Blown Up in the subject line.
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Pick up a crayon or iPad, scrawl your best version of English, and send it to Car Craft. Here’s how:
mail: 831 S. Douglas St., El Segundo, CA 90245
disclaimer: If you can’t write a complete sentence, don’t worry, we will make your work comprehensible. That includes making up stuff we thought you meant. And, sorry, we can’t return photos.