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1972 Chevy Nova 355- Readers' Pages

Always Drive A Manual

Who: Barry Williams
Where: Maple Grove, PA
What: '72 Chevrolet Nova
He Says: "The car has run a best of 11.01 at 121 mph normally aspirated. It has a 355-inch small-block with 11.0:1 compression, Sportsman II heads, a Victor Jr. intake with a 2-inch spacer, and a 750 DP Holley. I had Comp Cams grind me a flat-tappet mechanical cam with 0.580 intake and 0.585 exhaust lift and 270/275 duration at 0.050. I leave at 6,500 rpm and shift the Jerico four-speed at 7,000. With slapper bars, subframe connectors, 4.88:1 gears, and 9-inch Eagles, it pulls the wheels on the launch.

The Year Of The Six-Cylinder Delete

Who: Mark Schulman
Where: Edwall, WA
What: '73 Dodge Challenger
He Says: "I've owned this Challenger for two years. It's Eggshell White, and other than repainting the 340 engine and working on the interior, it was good to go when I bought it."

Fast Talk

Did you hear about the latest absurdity to go on at the Barrett-Jackson auction? A '70 Vitamin C Orange ragtop Hemi 'Cuda went for $2 million. Can you imagine the collection of cool old musclecars you could buy with that much money?Mike via e-mail

These Guys Are Trouble

Who: Chris and Aaron Beckett and Manny Mays
Where: Phoenix, AZ
Why: The Beckett brothers own the LeMans and the white Nova. The green Nova belongs to Manny Mays, who took care of the cars while the brothers were serving in Iraq. A healthy competition has been taking place among them, and the current leader is younger brother Aaron. Now that Chris is back from his tour, he plans to even the score and take back the bragging rights.

Cars In Barns

Who: Mark Leedham
Where: Somewhere in New England
Why: Mark sent us a couple of spy shots from an East Coast barn. He wouldn't tell us where exactly. Would you?

Muscle Trucks In Car Craft?

Who: Timothy G. Bourque
Where: Broussard, LA
What: '90 Chevy Truck
Why: We ran a tiny photo of a Ford truck in the Mar. '06 issue and asked if anyone would like to see a muscle truck built in the pages of Car Craft. A lot of people were enthused and sent in their truck-build photos. Timothy built this '90 454 SS clone with a 496-inch big-block, a TH400, and a 9-inch rear for about $10,000.
He Says: "Over the years I have come to enjoy building Pro Street trucks over cars due to the lower cost."

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That's Viper Red

Who: David Price
Where: Bowling Green, KY
What: '7011/42 Camaro SS
Why: It's got a big-block! A 427 to be exact, with GMPP oval-port heads, an Edelbrock Air-Gap intake, and a Speed Demon carb.
He Says: "When I got this car it was a complete basket case. My son and I did everything but the machine work on the block and bending the tailpipes."

A Boss 357 Ram Air Cobra Jet?

Who: Eddie D'Amato
Where: West Chester, PA
What: '70 Mustang
Why: It's really an ordinary Mustang Sportsroof that got the green paint scraped and the engine hoisted and traded for a 0.030-over 351 Windsor with TFS heads, an RPM intake, a 750 Holley carb, and a Comp Cams XE 268H cam. That Boss 429 hoodscoop is functional, and Eddie has produced a string of 13.10s at 107 mph at Maple Grove Raceway on street tires.

Seen On Carcraft.Com

I kind of like the broads in the mag. It provides a little eye candy, and gives me gift ideas for the woman.Posted by AmericanMuscle13, referring to the On the Rack section

Kind Of Looks Like An Early Charger

Who: Phil Heitman
Where: Durham, NC
What: '66 American Motors Marlin
Why: The Marlin is stock vintage muscle with a 327-inch AMC mill making 270 hp, a Holley 4150 carb, a Borg-Warner T10 four-speed, and 3.54:1 gears. It is original except for the Vintage Air air conditioning.
He Says: "I take it to a lot of car shows, and during a trip to a show in Atlanta, it got 19.1 mpg both ways! I have put over 2,000 miles on it since restoration, with many more to come."

Reader's Letter

I just wanted to say thanks to you all for such a great mag. You guys are for-real car guys, warts and all. Reading one of your articles is like hanging out with my buds. You make me laugh out loud, as well as provide me with useful information. You put Krass & Bernie back in print, and you put at least one AMC in every issue!I'm including a photo of me on a Camaro, taken for a compilation CD my band is on. We'll be heading out to Cali on tour soon-maybe I can be a Car Craft On the Rack model? Check us out at vibrolas.com. We're all about cars!Love-Leila A. Coppala

P.S. Maybe next time I'll send you a photo of me in my Halloween costume-I went as Linda Vaughn, Miss Hurst Golden Shifter!

Send Burnouts!!

We know you go straight to the Burnout!! section as soon as you get this mag. So if you want to see your steaming hides in the magazine, send photos that are at least 5x5 inches at 300 dpi (1,500x1,500 pixels) via e-mail to CarCraft.com now. If the e-mail bounces, try again! Or drop a photo in the mail to Car Craft, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.

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