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1971 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 - Not Dad's

Photography by Marko Radielovic

CC: What does the future hold?JK: I'm through showing it. I didn't build it to show, but it turned out so nicely that we just had to. In fact, it's never done worse than Second Place and we've won Best of Show on four occasions. Ultimately, though, I want to fine-tune it, maybe add nitrous oxide, and then drive the hell out of it. I want to get the car to the point that the performance is maximized, and the only way to accomplish that is to run it at the track. You can't sort the bugs out on the street. Then, I just want to drive it.

The DetailsCar: '71 Oldsmobile 442 W-30Engine: 455 ci

Heads: Aluminum Edelbrock, 2.072/ 1.68-inch exhaust valves

Induction: Stock aluminum W-30 dual-plane intake, 800-cfm Rochester Quadrajet carb

Camshaft: Isky hydraulic flat-tappet, 256 degrees duration at 0.050-inch lift, 0.560-inch lift

Power: 450 hp @ 5,500 rpm (est.), 500 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm (est.)

Transmission: Turbo 400, Coan 3,500-stall converter, Gear Vendors overdrive

Rearend: GM 12-bolt with factory W-27 aluminum cover, 4.11:1 gears

Front suspension: Hotchkis tubular upper control arms, '79 Impala spindles, stock coil springs, Koni gas shocks, Hotchkis 111/48-inch sway bar

Rear suspension: Boxed upper and lower control arms, stock springs, Koni gas shocks, Hotchkis 1-inch sway bar

Brakes: '92 Camaro 1LE 12-inch discs, front; '79 Trans Am 10-inch rotors with Cadillac Seville calipers, rear

Wheels and tires: Specialty WheelSuper Stock I 15x7s with BFGoodrich P225/60R15 TA Radials, front; Specialty Wheel Super Stock I 15x8s with BFGoodrich P295/50R15 TA Radials, rear

Paint: Viking Blue Dupont base/clear, by Eastpoint Collision, Eastpoint, MIBest e.t.: N/ACost to build: $30,000

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