Unless you're born into wealth, chances are your first car wasn't exactly the coolest or fastest ride in the high school parking lot. But it was probably your first introduction to real car crafting, and turning your driver into something cruise-worthy tested your skills and imagination. End results vary, of course, but we'd say Dewayne Stinson has one of the coolest high-school-commuters-turned-hot-rods we've ever seen. His dad bought the Caprice new off the showroom floor in 1976, and after driving it for 15 years, gave it to Dewayne when he needed a car for high school. Dewayne made it cool-and fast.
It didn't happen overnight. First, a built 350 replaced the anemic 305 and carted Dewayne and his friends around during high school. School ended, jobs put money in the bank, and the Caprice was torn apart and prepped for serious quickness. Dewayne built a dyno-proven 700hp tall-deck 427 and backed it up with a prepped Turbo 400 and a B-body-converted 12-bolt. The clean interior, cherry bodywork, and '95 GM Pewter paint were also Dewayne's doings. And that hood-it's a Harwood fiberglass cowl-induction scoop that's been seamlessly grafted into the stock steel bonnet. Yeah, Dewayne did that, too. He runs the Caprice in the Outlaw Street Car Association, and he's pushed the 3,900-pound behemoth to a best of 6.38 at 114 in the eighth. Extrapolate that and youu've got 9-second quarter-mile e.t.'s, folks.
Is there anything Dewayne can't do? Having friends like Shad Williams, Jim Belcher, and the AutoMotion Racing crew to help build and race this B-body is one of the secrets to building a show-stopping ground-pounder for under 20 grand. Racing a family-size tank isn't the easiest way to go fast, and it's harder on parts-for example, even the venerable 12-bolt eventually gave up the ghost (it's been replaced with a Moser 9-inch). But Dewayne is one of those guys who likes the challenge. And anyway, he'd be downright dangerous with a Camaro.