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Mini Mac Malibu Mashed
A year or so ago, we started the story of the Mini Mac Malibu with Daniel McClelland building his first car, a '65 Chevelle. The good news is the car is finished, and it ran low 14s on its first shot at the drags with Daniel behind the wheel. The bad news is that days after this photo was taken, Daniel tangled with a UPS truck and the Chevelle lost. Daniel escaped unhurt, but the body is a total loss. Dad Kevin has located a replacement, and work is already under way.
This is the '68 GT-E Cougar we mentioned in Bob Thomas' This Guy's Garage in the Aug. '06 issue. You can't see it, but the fender badge claims 7.0L long before liters were popular with domestic cars. Note the asymmetrical inlet on the hoodscoop.
OK, so this thing is completely mangled and stripped bare, but it is still a fourth-gen Camaro. We saw four of these cars on the same day in the yard. Soon, we will be able to pick Gen III V-8 parts at will, then make big big power for tiny dough.
One Angry Letter
Just so you know, we had to cut the Challenger Rallye story from the July '06 issue and run it in this issue instead. No problem except we forgot to take the blurb off the cover. One guy got angry and sent an e-mail. It pays to subscribe.
Ever wonder how we can magically produce AMC parts (except for a 401 for some reason)? The secret is the American Motors section at the Pick-A-Part near Sun Valley, California. There is another AMC guy who knows of this location and has beat us to several choice parts over the last year. He leaves us notes in black Sharpie when he scores something good. Reveal yourself!
Where do old show cars go to die? Occasionally, the HOT ROD/Car Craft shop. This Dodge Ram pickup was a preproduction model that was turned into a SEMA prop a few years ago then built into a functional street machine by So-Cal Speed Shop complete with a 528-inch crate Hemi. Next, one of the truck magazines tweaked on it for a while. Now, it must be crushed. Who's better at taking things apart that won't go back together than us? By the way, Hot Rod pulled rank and swiped the Hemi.
Our latest score is a '73 Buick 455 from an Electra 225. It bars over just fine but has smog heads and 8.2:1 compression. We plan on testing some new aluminum heads sooner than later.