'Behind The Scenes
No. 28 On Edwin's To-Do ListThis is CC Art Director Edwin Alpanian's '85 Monte Carlo SS. It's all original. His parents bought it straight off the showroom floor in 1985, and he plans on modifying it soon. It's on the to-do list, right behind remodeling the kitchen and bathrooms.
Sprint to the Find
Barn finds are all the rage right now. The best we've personally come across is this '66 Pontiac LeMans that sits in a gentleman's garage. What makes it quirky is that it's one of those Sprints with the OHC inline-six. This one is the rare Q-jet model with 10.5:1 compression mated to a three-speed manual on the floor with a Hurst shifter. Unlike Freiburger, we exercised restraint. Damn....
Behind The Rack
"The On the Rack photo shoots are long, stressful, and completely exhausting-but, hey, our readers are worth it."- Edwin Alpanian
In a recent meeting with the folks from Garrett turbochargers, they gave us a miniature plastic turbocharger. We immediately brought it back to the office and began scheming on ways to adapt it to our high-revving, tabletop Visible V-8. Sources close to the buildup are already speculating on how long the head gaskets will last....
The Timing is Right
One of the behind-the-scenes things that magazine guys do is go to meetings with potential advertisers. To get us to show up, they ply us with little goodies. With the Pennzoil Platinum Oil people, we expected a case of oil or something. Instead, they gave us this cool little Pop-riveted aluminum lunch pail. It's 14 inches long and 8 inches tall, and we're going to line it with foam and use it to carry our upscale timing light. Paris Hilton will be so jealous.
Newspaper is not recommended for use as paint masking paper. Because it's porous, paint or primer can bleed through and stain the surfaces underneath. Buy real masking paper. It isn't that expensive, either.