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1970 Pontiac LeMans - 'Readers' Pages

Wrinkle Walls

Who: Patrice Dessureault
What: '70 Pontiac LeMans
Where: Quebec, Canada
Why: Wrinkled slicks are like deep-fried Twinkies. Good. Patrice launches the 4,000 Pontiac to a 12.40 at 109 mph using a 455 and a TH400 trans.
He Says: Don't play with me at a red light.

OCCUPATION: MECHANIC

Who: Mike Volpe
What: '67 Chevrolet Nova
Where: East Haven, CT
Why: It's a cool street/strip drag car that runs 11.74 at 119 with an 11.0:1 small-block, Dart Pro 1 cylinder heads, a roller cam, and a Proform 750 carb. The wheels are 15x7 and 15x3.5 Draglites.

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THE ONE

Who: Dave Storie
What: '70 Buick Skylark with a GS front clip
Where: Canandaigua, NY
Why: Dave and the dudes wanted to have fun, so they built this pseudo-clone. He knows it's a post car, but have you seen what clones are going for? It has a 350/TH350 and 2.41s in the 10-bolt. Burnout ready.
He Says: I have less than $5,000 tied up in the "hulk car," as the boys call it.

403s ARE GREAT?

Who: A couple of Trans Am guys
What: '79 Pontiac Trans Am
Where: Colorado
Why: Hey, the '79 Trans Am is the best year for that body style, but this was also the beginning of CAFE and the introduction of the Olds 403 instead of the 400 Pontiac engine. Will these be collectible or no?
They Say: It has 36,000 original miles and still has a new-car smell.

MORE DISCO

Who: Scott Windle
Where: Upper Dublin, PA,
What: '76 Chevrolet Nova
Why: It's the car that got him into Novas and eventually starting the novaresource.com Web page. It has a '69 327 with an L79 cam, iron heads, 1.94-inch/1.50-inch valves, a Performer RPM intake, a Holley 750 carb, a TH350, a 3000-rpm B&M Holeshot, an 8.5-inch 10-bolt with 3.90 gears, an Eaton Posi, and CalTracs traction bars. It runs 13.5 at 102 mph with an 1.8 60-foot time.
He Says: We need to see more Disco Novas!

Pro Street!

Who: Mark Burton
What: '70 Buick Skylark
Where: East Wenatchee, WA
Why: You can see the Sawzall he used to install his own tubs. Looks like a lot of work. Under the hood, the Buick has a 455 with two T04B turbos.

The New '55 Chevy?

Who: John D. Hartman
What: '93 Ford Mustang
Why: It has a nasty 428-inch Windsor-based stroker that makes 508 hp at the wheel and a Viper T56 transmission. The car is used to cruising the 100 miles to the dragstrip on a regular basis.
He Says: I hang out at Indianapolis Raceway Park, drop in and say hi.

Stock Eliminator Wagon

Who: A reader just sent us a snapshot of this AMC
What: A Matador wagon running in Stock Eliminator
Why: Why not? Dig the cool luggage rack and hurkin' slicks. If you've seen this car, give us a shout, we want to hear about it.

More Wagons!

Who: John Culbert
Where: London, Ontario, Canada
What: '94 Buick Roadmaster wagon
Why: John picked up the Buick in New York State and drove it back to Ontario. It had 90,000 miles on it, and it sees action at St. Thomas Dragway where it ran 15.80 all day with a stock 2.56 gear and a girthy 4,500-pound weigh in.
He Says: I dialed it in at 16.10 and ran 15.80s. I don't understand bracket racing.

It Lives

Who: Ron Johnson
Where: La Harpe, IL
What: '69 Dodge Dart F/Stock
Why: In 1969, Cragar and Dodge got together with Car Craft magazine to build an F/Stock drag car to give away at the Winternationals. It made it all the way to the finals before being given away in the Cragar contest. Ron spotted it parked near his home and snapped some photos for us. He doesn't know who the current owner is.

Missing The Iroc

Who: John King
Where: Winchester, VA
What: '90 Chevrolet IROC Camaro
Why: What used to be $16,000 supercars are now $2,000-$5,000, so John went out and picked up the IROC with the Tuned Port, 230hp LB9 with the G92 performance package, five-speed trans, N10 code dual exhaust, and DX3 code decal and stripe delete.
He Says: I live for monthly updates on your project L98 Firebird Formula. Brings back the late great '80s memories of the EFI 5.0 Mustangs, TPI IROC Camaros, and Formula 350 street battles.

Resto!

Who: John Hartman
Where: Temecula, CA
What: '67 Rally Sport convertible
Why: Just look at this thing! This car has the original matching-numbers engine and a 700-R4 so he can cruise around. The original transmission is stored in his garage. He rebuilt the original 327 and heads and added a few aftermarket speed parts to make it reliable. He calls the paint 20 footer, but he drives it every weekend.

Jonesing

Who: Michael Walter
Where: Didn't say exactly
What: '64 Ford Galaxie 500XL
Why: He said he had been jonesing for a '64 since he was 16. Now at 54, he has this one

High-Compression Letter

I've read enough about hydraulic roller cams and pump-gas street/strip motors. How about a radical, solid flat-tappet race-cammed, high-compression, race-gas-powered, nitrous-injected,low-geared, high-stalled stroker Chevy small-block for bracket racing? Or should I drive my project to your office when I finish it? -jdixon920@charter.net

Police Pursuit

After finishing the "Ford's Secret Weapon" article in the Nov. '05 issue, I had to chuckle at the dollars put into a cop car to allow it to reach 135. I was doing that as a rookie deputy sheriff in my bone-stock, 200-pounds-in-the-trunk '78 Fury. We get to take our cars home, so a local gearhead did a little tuning to it, but nothing the motor-pool guys would immediately notice.

The last true cop car was the LT1 Caprice. Lots of power and room. We really don't need a 130-mph car, just one that will go from 40 to 100 rapidly before those pesky Geo Metros get away from us. As a patrol sergeant, I am issued an Expedition, as they have the room needed for all the current high-tech equipment we now must carry. It is chipped at 100 mph, and I can't tweak a computer. As the mighty dollar rules, our agency buys our vehicles from what they call "state bid," i.e., the cheapest cop car available. PLEASE Dodge, underbid them by $25 and let us drive a cop car again. I'll put in my 25 bucks! -Joe Reiss, Kelso, WA

Burnout!!

Send Burnouts!!
Don't be sensible, live a little! Send your burnout photos and be the king of all guys that cannot or will not do their own burnouts. If you send them via e-mail to CarCraft@primedia.com, always send large files. That's at least 500k and 5x5 inches at 300 dpi (1,500x1,500 pixels). If you don't know what we're talking about, ask a 12-year-old kid. Send tangible photos to Car Craft, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.

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