This '69 runs 11s at the strip and is driven on the street.
No Giant Leap
Who: Tim Schwennesen
What: '69 Ford Mustang
Where: Centralia, MO
Why: Tim knows we always run wheelie shots in the front of the magazine, and he wanted the honor. To get the job done, he stroked the 351 Windsor to 392 inches and added Brodix Track 1 heads and an 825 Race Demon on top of an Edelbrock Super Victor intake. We love the huge solid roller with 258/264 duration and 0.628 lift, and he uses it to slay during cruise night. Sure, it has 4.56 gears and a 3,500 stall, but it also has an overdrive so he can get to work.
"The Sassy Grass wagon on page 74 ("Sassy Grass v.3," Nov. '09) is like the nightmares I experienced before discontinuing my Chantix meds."
Joseph Vasquez, Anchorage, AK
Dealer Drag Car
Who: Bob Stoorza
What: '67 Ford Fairlane
Where: Beverly Hills, FL
Why: Instead of re-creating a factory lightweight car, Bob decided to make his Fairlane look like a dealer-sponsored drag car. He pulled the 289 and the automatic and replaced them with a 390-inch FE, a five-speed transmission, and a 9-inch rear with 3.89 gears.
Anyone remember the Comet we built a couple of years ago? This Fairlane is better.
The sticker on the core support says, "The surgeon general said nothing about smokin' a Ch
We have always wanted a tow truck.
Who: Bob Shuffett
What: 50-something Ford tow truck
Where: Smithfield, KY
Why: Bob saved this truck from a salvage yard in Kentucky that was crushing cars. It cost him $400, and it's resting comfortably in his woods waiting for attention.
Those are 325/50R15 Nitto tires under there.
Fairmont, the other Mustang
Who: Kenny Gray
What: '80 Ford Fairmont
Where: Northport, AL
Why: The Fairmont runs 10s in the quarter-mile thanks to a 429-inch V-8 and a light body. Kenny and his sons, Austyn and Matt, put together the car in the garage after buying it for $400. It now has mini-tubs, a C4 transmission with a 3,000-rpm converter, and an 8.8-inch differential with 3.55 gears.
See It On YouTube: Kenny Gray Pinks Montgomery
Sure, it's pink, but it runs 10s.
It's pink. So what?
Who: Ken Johnson
What: '69 Chevrolet Corvette
Where: Youngstown, OH
Why: We like the T-top cars instead of the roadsters, and Ken seems to agree. He bought the car in 1990 as a cruiser but could not resist an engine build. Now it has a 427-inch small-block with AFR 210 Eliminator heads and a Motown intake with a Quick Fuel 950 carb. The combo makes 628 hp and 585 lb-ft.
Your Rear View picture of Bill Grumpy Jenkins in the Oct. '09 issue took me back more than 55 years. At Cornell University, Bill and I were in a military honor drill organization named Pershing Rifles. Although it was only for a year or two, I recall him being very smooth, orderly, and mechanically adept. I saw him change a set of points on his '38 Chevy just off Times Square in about 90 seconds. We nicknamed him Jiggs after the comic strip character of the time.
First Annual Bikini Issue
I looked through all those bikini pages (Bikini Issue Nov. '09) six times before I noticed they had cars in them. Wow.
Silver Bay, MN
Will you people please stop trying to force straight-axle old-school builds down our throats? While the style can be cool, let us not turn it into a fad. One last note: Pro Street is not dead and never will be. What are dead are the old-style Pro Street cars that had $60,000 invested, complete with wheelie bars, parachute, full rollcage, multihue paint, and so on . . . and ran 14s at the track. That was never cool and never will be. If you are not running 10s or better, you do not need a trailer.
But we like the straight-axle cars. When people stop sending them, we will stop printing them. Send your Pro Street rides instead.
mail: 831 S. Douglas St.,
El Segundo, CA 90245
send: get off the couch and go to the mailbox
"Here's a couple of pics of my '85 Mustang GT doing a Fourth gear burnout at halftime at t
Bounce it off the rev limiter then send in the pics! Glossies go to 831 S. Douglas St., El Segundo, CA 90245, or send it fast by emailing it to CarCraft@CarCraft.com with a single photo file size of at least 1 MB. Files less than 1 MB will be tossed, forcing you to wonder why your photo didn't make it in. That makes us sad.
"I have owned this Olds 4-4-2 for 27 years. It didn't look like this when I bought it. The
"This is a pic of my friend's '96 Cobra. The car has a 4V 281 V-8 and runs 12.20s at 110 m
"Ten years ago, I put a GM ZZ502 crate motor in my '76 Nova-the best money I ever spent. T