Who: Steve Gray
What: '70 Buick GS Stage 1
Where: Stow, OH
Why: Because he is beating on a real GS Stage 1 car, and those aren't that easy to find anymore. The car has a 430ci mill and runs 12.20 using a 3,500-stall and a 4.10 12-bolt.
He Says: I hope to restore it to its original condition someday.
Who: Joel Tenem
What: '66 Dodge Dart GT
Where: Coon Rapids, MN
Why: It's an all-original Dart with 70,000 miles. Joel painted the wheels and replaced the leaves and Firestones so he could drive it around.
He Says: I have a 440 built and waiting for a wintertime swap.
Who: Ralph Falvo
What: '55 Chevrolet
Where: Easy Street, USA
Why: Insane powdercoated everything with a 502 big-block, tubes for a chassis, and polished paintwork all over the car. We saw some of the photos of the frame-off and figured we could buy a house for the money this guy spent. Just thought you'd like to see it.
He Says: It's called the Cool '55.
Who: Carlos Loureiro
What: '69 Chevrolet El Camino SS
Why: Looks stock and carries a 0.060-over 396, a Demon 750, and some Flowmasters. We'll call it a resto because of the numbers-matching drivetrain and SS sport wheels. It's even the original Azure Turquoise color.
We Say: Having speed goodies on your resto is the right thing to do.
Who: Chris Cadotto
What: The Dodge truck from the June '06 Action!! Spread
Where: Centerline, MI
Why: Chris melted the truck's interior when the transmission exploded on the starting line at Milan Dragway last year. He rebuilt the truck with a 588-inch blown Hemi, and now it runs 8.71 at 157 mph on alcohol.
He Says: I figured you might want a follow-up photo.
Who: Bob Maxwell
What: '71 Ford Pinto
Where: Ontario, Canada
Why: Bob found this regular-guy Pinto then blasted it with a Sandy Elliot Pro Stock paint scheme and a 302 swap using a motor plate. He will be racing with a C4 and 4.88 gears, just like back in the day. Not like back in the day are the Victor Jr. heads, Demon carb, and block-huggin' headers.
Car Craft In and Out
In: Putting pics of burnouts in the mag!
Out: Old buggers saying burnouts are childish (who cares?).
In: My MK2 Ford Capri.
In: As much small-block Ford tech stuff as you like, as that's what I'm building for the Capri. -Tom Bevan, Darkest Glasgow, Wettest Scotland
Looking For 9.00
Who: Scott Walters
What: '67 Ford Fairlane
Where: New Orleans, LA
Why: Because Scott, Andy, and Big Rick pulled the 289 for a 514 swap. The new engine makes 796 hp on race gas.
He Says: Hopefully, I can get close to the 9s with this combo, if not, there is always nitrous.
Who: Jack Young
What: '74 Chevrolet Nova
Where: Abilene, TX
Why: This was a complete strip and rebuild Jack did for his daughter Jordan over the course of a year for $7,000. It has parts from a '72 Pontiac Ventura, a front clip from a four-door '72, and a '73 trunk lid. The front bumper has been filled, and the body was painted '04 SSR Radar Blue.
He Says: You can do lots of things for your kids, but when you put so much time, love, and care into a project like this Nova, they will remember all the time you spent together.
Interesting editorial "The Style" (Sept. '06). I just need more of your type of gearhead to keep our catalog moving!My '63 Z06 turns a hell of a lot more heads than a new one! I can wear jeans, drive the car fast, and feel real cool 'cause it's my car, not the next cool machine! -Mike Yager, Chief Cheerleader, Mid America Motorworks
Happy Guy Letter
I am dropping your magazine for the following reasons:
1. You, for the most part, are flacking for the advertisers. Articles are written to use advertisers' parts and not for technical reasons.
2. You have at least one person on your staff who has given out incorrect information and who has refused to acknowledge it. 'Just one?
3. Editorial direction seems to be for 22-year-olds, not mature individuals. -Alan Hale, Kingston, NV
Don't be sensible, live a little! Send your burnout photos and be the king of all guys who 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 5 by 5 inches at 300 dpi (1,500 by 1,500 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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