I appreciate your going with an Olds for the $3,500 buildup in the Dec. '06 issue, but I can't imagine why you skimped by going with stock 8:5-compression pistons and spent a small fortune on a dashpad instead. You can always find another dashpad, but you don't rebuild your engine every day. Always go for the horsepower.-Jeff Antonucci, Olds nut,West Chester, PA
I just finished reading the article in your Dec. '06 issue, "High Gloss." I would just like to say that that Mustang is absolutely gorgeous! I love the orange paint, but my Favorite Part Is The Double-Scooped cowl-induction hood. Can you tell me if that is a custom fiberglass hood or if it's something purchased from a company? I am curious because it is the exact hood I would like to use on my resto-mod project, and I was afraid I was going to have to fabricate something myself.-Mathew J.
Good news, Mathew, the hood is a restomod RamJet hood from Mustangs Plus in Stockton, California, that was modified by the guys at West Coast Restoration in Snohomish, Washington. Call them at 360/568-8948 or go to mustangsplus.com.
Who: Patrick Tubrick
What: Laguna S3 and a '77 Chevrolet Malibu
Where: Omaha, NE
Why: The green one is a hand-me-down from dear old mom, and the gray one is actually a replacement for an '84 Monte Carlo that was stolen. It is becoming an S3 clone.
Who: Dennis Knight
What: '69 Chevrolet Chevelle
Where: Peralta, NM
Why: In a fit of luck, Dennis found what is likely the last ever $2,300 '69 Chevelle. He's been working on it for the last six years rebuilding the drivetrain and adding disc brakes. The best time is 12.23 at 113 with the 383-inch small-block, 700-R4 with a 3,000-stall, and Currie 9-inch with 4.10 gears.
A Buick Acre
Who: Michael Hunter
What: '65 Buick Wildcat
Where: Ukiah, CA
Why: The Nailhead-powered 'Cat cruises 10,000 miles a year on 15x7 Astro Supremes.
We Say: Worthy road sofa.
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