Who: Tyler Strumski
Where: Chehalis, WA
What: '67 and '70 AMC Rebels
Why: The '67 has a six that is likely more economical than anything you can buy new. The '70 has a stock two-barrel 304 with an auto tranny; we just dropped one of those into the CC/Rambler.
He Says: The '70 belongs to mom, who will brag to anyone who will listen that her Rebel is faster. We just don't talk about the speed, it's more about cruising.
We Asked For It
Who: Bob West
Where: Ozark International Raceway
What: '72 Chevy Chevelle Malibu with '71 turn signals
Why: It has a pump-gas 505-inch big-block with 10.5:1 compression, a Comp Cams solid roller, Brodix RR oval heads, an Edelbrock RPM intake, and a 950hp carb. The car weighs 3,900 pounds, so he uses an 8-inch ATI converter, a TH400, and a Moser 12-bolt with 4.11 gears to get the car moving.
Looks Like Fun
Who: Phillip Tripp
Where: Austin, TX
What: '66 Ford Mustang
Why: It's pretty cool. We like the no-bumper Shelby look.
He Says: It was a four-wheel drum cruiser with a 289 and a C4. Now it has a 331 with a roller cam, fuel injection, and four-wheel disc brakes. All the parts were sourced from junkyards and friends in the Austin, Texas, Mustang community.
Is It Done Yet?
Who: Emerson F. Jenkins
strong>Where: Pearland, TX What: A faux GSX Pro Street convertible
Why: We can't think of anything else he could do to this car. It already has a Stage 1 455 with a supercharger, a TH400 with a lockup converter, a 9-inch, and huge M/T 33x18.5 tires. It is a convertible with a 'cage and a good paint job. Time to buy a new project.
He Says: You should see the look on the faces of the guys at the inspection station. It passes every time.
Who: Todd Phillips
Where: Denver, CO
What: '71 Chevy Camaro
Why: Todd spent most of a year stripping the gold paint off the garden-variety Camaro and then changed the brown interior to black and sprayed it factory Hugger Orange. Even though he wasn't trying to clone a Z28, he added the spoiler and wheels because he liked the look.
He Says: The motor is a mild 350 with some chrome. It has a 4:11 Posi-traction and mainly sees sunny drives out on Denver's highways.
A Disco At The Track
Who: Eric Charles
Where: Topeka, KS
What: '78 Chevy Nova
Why: Because, yes, this guy has a Nova that actually runs instead of languishing in the Car Craft shop. It has a 355 small-block with iron heads and a Summit 224/234 camshaft. It runs high 13s with 4.11 gears, a spool, and a set of Lakewood traction bars
He Says: Haven't seen your Disco Nova in the mag for quite some time. Maybe I'll finish mine before you. Hah!
Built With The Car Craft 440
Who: Tony Miles
What: '66 Dodge Coronet 500
Where: Eureka, CA
Why: It has a 440 out of a '69 CHP Polara that he built to the exact specs of the Mo-Power 440 on CarCraft.com (carcraft.com/techarticles/116_0111_mopar/) with the addition of a TTI 3-inch exhaust system. He rebuilt the 727 TorqueFlite and added a 3,000-rpm stall converter and a TCI manual valvebody. The car has an 831/44 with 3.23s and Sure Grip in the rear and disc brakes up front.
He Says: I have only been to the track once, and on the third run, it turned a 13.01 at 108 mph on BFG tires. Thanks for the 440 buildup.
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