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1961 Chevy Impala - 'Readers' Pages

Send Your Tire Fire

Got rubber? Prove it. Make yourself a target for the local fuzz like these guys by sharing your burnout shots with the readers of Car Craft. We need photos or digital images of at least 300 dpi and about 4x5 in size. Just set the digital camera to "large" and let fly. E-mail the mayhem to You can also mail photos to Car Craft Burnout!!, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Fuselage Styling

Who: Joe Palmer
Where: Somewhere in Jersey
What: '71 Plymouth Road Runner 440+6
Why: He says he restored the thing at home in just six years, and who wouldn't want a Sassy Grass Green '71 V-code car? During the restoration he bought an N.O.S. cassette player, and it was loaded with a "Sounds of Chrysler" tape with Henry Mancini tunes.

Waiting For The Summer Nats

Here are some anxious members of the Minnesota Street Machine Association ( with their cars on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds waiting for the '05 Car Craft Summer Cruise. It was a weekend in the middle of January with a temperature of 9 degrees F. Were we a little early?Jim Thoren, MSMA vice president

Warning: Mouse Motor

Who: Patrick Chalupiak
Where: Rochester, PA, home of loud bogging noises
What: '81 Olds Cutlass Supreme
Why: It was the only Oldsmobile Readers' Ride we had in stock, so send in your pure Olds-powered beasts as soon as you get irate and discover there's a 327 Chevy in this one. With all the basic bolt-ons, a TH350, and 4.11s in the Ford 9-inch, he's G-Tech tested it into the low 13s . . . on a legal racetrack, of course.

Send In The Fords

Who: Pamela & Steve Sullivan, plus a bun in the oven
Where: Salem, OR
What: '65 Ford Mustang. They're the second owners and drive the thing everywhere, which is why the little 289 is currently getting rebuilt.
Why: Because this was the only Ford we had in the Readers' Rides archives that had a big enough photo to use. We need more! Make sure that your digital images are about 4x5 in size at at 300dpi when you e-mail them to us. Reader Poll

How Bling Can You Go?
You can now buy whitewalls for 20-inch wheels. It's got to stop. Doesn't it? There's no denying that big-inch wheels are the single hottest trend in street machines, but how far are you willing to go? Click onto now to vote on which wheel size is the maximum you'd ever want on your musclecar.

When You Can't Get A Date, Get A Hobby

My hobby besides cars is building 11/46-scale (G.I. Joe-size) dragsters. I've built several and have attached a few pics of them here. I have a modern Top Fuel car and a slingshot or two. All the smoke in the pics is from a smoke bomb and all the people are G.I. Joes. The other props are all handmade. The cars are built from scratch using copper plumbing pipe, sheet aluminum, and anything else I can find.Tim Hare, Evil Genius, Dayton, OH

When Is It No Longer Legit?

I saw the 10-second "pure Pontiac" Tempest in your April issue-the one with the aftermarket block, heads, crank, rods, pistons, cam, carb, and gaskets. Let me guess, the thermostat housing and timing-chain cover are both "pure Pontiac," right? Great engine in an awesome car, but come on. I recently read in Hot Car Rodding (one of the Primedia mags anyway) that the engine in a Top Fueler isn't really a Mopar because all the parts have been beefed up and modified, so if that's the case how is this bad boy a pure Pontiac?L. Baker, Via e-mail

Like it's a bad thing that you can build an entire Pontiac with aftermarket parts? Maybe it's not "pure," but it's a victory for musclecar guys everywhere.

Reminder: Readers' Rides Live On Carcraft.Com

Last month we announced the new section on for readers' videos. Don't forget to send your under-10Mb movies to us via We'd like to see dyno runs, dragstrip passes, first firings, and any other gearhead fun that makes us forget our miserable lives spent welded to our desks.

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