From V-6 To Wheelies
Who: Brad Wray
Where: Moline, IL
What: '89 Pontiac Firebird
Why: This guy drives the 'Bird to the track, bolts on the slicks, and pulls the trigger. This photo was taken when Brad went from foot-braking the car to a trans brake and a 200hp shot of nitrous oxide off the line. It started life as a V-6 car before he swapped in a 383 with a Comp Cams solid flat-tappet cam and 10.0:1 compression. It uses a Chevelle 12-bolt with 3.90 gears to take the impact of the launch to a best of 9.98 at 134.
He Says: It's scary that we drive this to the track then home; someday something is going to break.
Who: Ed Bitler
Where: Solon, OH
What: '06 Ford Mustang GT
Why: The Dream Car Factory makes the body kit for the new Mustang. This one also has a ProCharger and Corsa exhaust. Those dubs (20s) are HPD wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport A/S tires, 255/35 in front and 285/30 in back.
Who: Tom Bryant
Where: Edgerton, OH
What: '68 Dodge Coronet
Why: Tom snapped this picture of a '68 Dodge Coronet with a '69 Six-Pack hood at Hidden Valley Auto Parts in Maricopa, Arizona.
He Says: Someone please rescue it before it eats more of its young.
This Is Impressive
Who: Ken Szewczyk
Where: New London, IA
What: '72 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
Why: Ken restored this thing from 6-feet-under to an impressive state. He said he did everything in his garage, including the paint.
Sure It's Nonalcoholic?
Who: Scott Gunderson
Where: Athens, WI
What: A picnic table, don't know what year
Why: His wife says it is dangerous and that is all the information we needed to print these photos. The 350 is from a '73 passenger car, the Powerglide is from a '66 Chevy II, and the 10-bolt is from an '87 Chevy truck. It took four tries to get a turbo that would work, the winner coming from a '96 Dodge Cummins truck. Note the "speed-rated" cupholders and death-trap steering configuration. We want one.
The State Patrol Says: It weighs 1,900 pounds.
Who: Bob Szymula
Where: East Coast
What: '71 Boss 351 Ford Mustang
Why: These cars were only available in 1971, and this one is in mint condition. Bob told us he was going to send us a burnout photo. No! Don't do it (unless it's a clone, then have at it).
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Mild Cam Letter
I liked your comments in the front page (Front Man, June '06) about how people differ in their perceptions of what they would tolerate in an engine's manners. I personally like a mild combo with lots of nitrous. My current setup is a 383 with AFR 195 74cc heads, SRP flat-tops for 9.7:1 compression, and a GMPP Hot cam with 218/228 at 0.050. I also like big small-blocks like the Motown 434 block. The current combo runs 12.65 at 115 with a 100-shot, and I will be using a 175 setup later this year.-Steve Telkes, Saddle Brook, NJ
Pro Street Letter
A while back, you asked whether Car Craft should do another Pro Street build. I say emphatically, yes! My brother and his boss are building two '67 Chevy IIs. One has a full Heidt's chassis setup, tubs, and a blown 406. The other is a budget-built setup with drop spindles, custom minitubs, and a blown 383. Two awesome cars, and I know, because I had them both as stock Novas.-Peter Lefebvre
In and Out List
In: The new "On The Rack" column.
Out: Not actually getting to see "the rack."
In: Freiburger and McGean pulling all-nighters to finish cars and bring us the stories.
Out: Freiburger and McGean not pulling all-nighters in my garage to help me finish cars.
Out: Terry McGean
In: Including the prices of the go-fast stuff in the articles.
Out: The prices of some of the go-fast stuff.-Ray Green, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Who: Ted Baltuch
Where: Montreal, Canada
What: '68 Buick GS400 convertible
Why: No one ever builds these cars, and they look pretty cool. This one has a '72 Sportwagon frontend, and we applaud the guy who is willing to keep the stock 400 instead of swapping in a 455.
He Says: The biggest pain in the butt was finding decent trim.
Who: Doug Huie
Where: Garnerville, NY
What: '79 Z28
Why: The frickin' thing is so purple, we couldn't help but show it to you. These cars make excellent cruisers by the way. This one has a small-block with 11.0:1 compression and makes 709 hp with a big nitrous hit. It also has a TH400 with a reverse manual valvebody to confuse the valet.