Who: James Campos
What: '70 Ford Torino GT convertible
Where: Santa Rosa, NM
Why: James made himself a promise that he would buy a convertible musclecar before he turned 40. The Torino has a 351 Cleveland with some compulsory bolt-on goodies.
Who: Chris Barnes
What: '64 Plymouth Savoy station wagon
Where: Vashon Island, WA
Why: Aren't you curious how to get a huge wagon to lift the front wheel? The answer is a 426 RB that makes great torque combined with a reverse-manual-shifted 727 TorqueFlite and a 5,200-stall converter. The wagon campaigns in the NHRA Stock Eliminator B or C/SA classes and has seen 10.70 at 125 mph. It weighs 3,700-3,900 pounds, depending on what Chris has been eating, and it has a nice, stock bench seat.
We Say: This guy also runs the Wagons of Steel Web site because he really likes wagons.
Who: Ryan Mannella and his dad, Dominic
What: '01 Ford Mustang GT
Where: Bridgeville, PA
Why: Ryan and his dad managed to graft a '70s Boss scoop and a late Cobra nose to the Mustang. It is lowered 2 inches and has a rollbar, nitrous, a B&M shifter, and a lot of goodies under the hood to push it to around 400 hp.
We Say: Is it time for Car Craft to meddle in late Mustangs?
Red Line Treads
Who: Terry Dahlin
What: '66 Ford Fairlane 500 XL
Where: Coon Rapids, MN
Why: This is a ground-up resto of a rust-free Texas coupe with only 72,000 miles on it. All the trim is N.O.S., including the rocker moldings, wheel-opening moldings, headlight doors, grille, and all the scripts.
He Says: It has factory air, power steering, bucket seats, and a radio delete. The owner must have been into creature comforts, not rock 'n' roll.
Dear Car Craft,Remember back in the old days when you could buy a car with a barn-load of ponies under the hood and you couldn't wait to see what it would do? You definitely couldn't wait for a challenge or two. Well, then what's up with the new Corvette guys? The latest Vettes have more power than most of their owners know what to do with, yet you never hear so much as a tire squeak out of any of them. Are they too proud? When it comes down to it, they're still driving Chevys! C'mon, guys, have some fun. Put some pipes on that thing and let's hear it scream!-Sponge Bob, Pittsburgh, PA
Who: Brian Randle
What: '67 Pontiac GTO
Where: Dunlap, IL
Why: Brian has owned this car since 1978, and his brother owned it before that. Check the vintage slots and wish you had a 455 four-speed GTO like this one.
He Says: Why? Because it's a GTO, enough said!
Send Burnouts!Hey! You! Put the magazine down and go do a burnout (at an approved venue in a safe manner) getting sideways and on fire (with approved fire-suppression gear in an approved manner at an appropriate venue) then send the photos to Car Craft Burnout! 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90048 or fast mail at CarCraft@primedia.com with a photo that is at least 5 by 5 inches at 300 dpi resolution.
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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