When You Can't Refuse The Beer Bong
Who: Chris Letorneau via Chris Fryer, who claims no responsibility for his actions
Where: BC, Canada, just barely north of Fontana, California
What: '77 Chrysler New Yorker with lots of doors
Why: You have to ask? Our Readers' Rides bins are loaded with more Mopars than Chevys (no joke) and this one had more character than any of 'em. Per Fryer, "This was a combination of drinking, leftover race car parts, and a winter beater. It runs great; it's hard to steer and harder to stop." The bone-stock 440 was topped with an appropriate 6-71 huffer overdriven 22 percent, and with 2.76:1s out back, we bet it smokes 'em a long, long way.
Stop The Amc Coverage Now
Now you have done it. I didn't mind that you would occasionally show an AMC or two and then brag about your car crafting fairness, but now you have invited the unappreciative, slovenly masses to dive into one of the most ignored venues of cheap street performance with your Feb. '05 article on building AMCs. The last thing I ever wanted is for AMCs to even be considered as part of the stream (much less the mainstream) because then it will be hard to wow them in their ignorance. The other thing I hate is that I have seen the price of junkyard 401s triple in the last three years when so few cared, and now they will probably be worth real money.
Dwight Southerland, Southern Middle Earth
You're an AMC fan and a Tolkien freak? Ever been kissed by a girl? Actually, we can forgive the AMC lust, and since 401s in our neighborhood are already slim pickin's, we're working on a 360 buildup instead. Doug Glad is in his office fondling the Edelbrock heads right now, and they still won't go with him to see Return of the King.
The Neater Two-Seater
Who: Chris Holley (who has an Edelbrock carb)
Where: He won't tell us
What: '70 AMC AMX
Why: Because we're the new AMC Craft, in case you hadn't noticed, and we couldn't pass up the vibe of this Big Bad Orange car with the Shadow Mask paint treatment. Those are 18x9 wheels front and rear with 265/35 and 275/35 rubber, but he doesn't know the make of the wheels because he bought them on eBay Motors and has no clue. But we want a set as soon as we have our own AMX. This one's an original 360 car that now has a mild 390, an automatic, and 3:15:1 cogs with Twin Grip (and it's a good thing we knew better than to say "Posi").
In: Buying a new "pipe bender"
Out: Getting it home and realizing you have a new pipe kinker
Nick Garloch, IN
In: Finding the tool I looked everywhere for.Out: putting it down, answering the phone, then forgetting where I put it.
In: Making it to qualifying at the World Street Finals and seeing Brad Brand set the record of 7.28 @ 202 mph.
Out: Realizing your 10-second naturally aspirated small-block Camaro is not fast.
John Benko, St. John, IN
Seen on CarCraft.com
"Let's see, the best way to repair a sagging headliner.1) Hot Rod's way: Send it to an upholstery shop. 2) Car Craft's way: Thumbtacks. Nuff said." Posted by 4-est Gump
He's Picking Our Bone
I have been reading Car Craft for a long time and I have a big bone to pick with your writers. Your cop-car articles are pretty good but they're Chevy, Chevy, Chevy and one small mention of Ford. This despite the fact that Chevy hasn't even made a rear-drive service car in nearly ten years. You're a lot more likely to find a good buy on a P71 Crown Vic than an LT1 Caprice. The P71s are essentially Mercury Marauders with less weight and a much smaller price tag, and it seems everyone can't say enough nice things about the Marauder.
Aaron Workman, Via e-mail
People say nice things about late-model Mauraders? P71s are certainly nice cruisers and excellent beaters, but they run like a two-legged dog. No amount of speed parts makes 281 ci really happy about dragging 3,800 pounds.