Dig The Deep-Dish Cragar SSTs.
Vintage Drag Car
Who: Brian Kobylinski Sr.
What: '65 Chevrolet II
Where: Chicago-area Racetracks
Why: This car raced in the Chicagoland circuit (Rockford/Byron, US30, Great Lakes) in the '70s before it was retired and packed in storage in 1981. Recently, it was reassembled with a new 700hp mill and a TH400 with a transbrake and ran 10.70 at 134 at the Wisconsin International Raceway. Brian retained the original vintage parts, including the interior, paint, and lettering on the body.
He Says: "The paintwork was performed by a guy named Stits-freehand with lots of leaf."
Early Hemi Build
Who: Anthony Bridgette
What: '67 Plymouth Belvedere
Where: Monterey, CA
Why: "The computer says 900 hp and 745 lb-ft of torque," Anthony says. We'll assume the computer was attached to a dyno, making this Hemi more than enough for the 9-inch in the rear.
The '67 has an Indy-headed '66 426-inch Hemi. What, no burnout photo?
Look closely and you can see Indy Cylinder Head tattooed all over this engine.
Reminds us of the Corvette Gran Sport.
Early Pro Touring
Who: Steve Lemieux
What: '65 Chevrolet Corvette
Where: Clarkston, MI
Why: It's hard to ignore the big meats and kickstands on this '65. The engine is a 327-inch small-block with a Muncie four-speed.
This Camaro makes 680 hp on cheapo gas.
Who: Mike Zurl
What: '68 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Where: Remsenburg, NY
Why: Mike built this car to combat rising gas prices. While his friends drive machines with high-compression, big-cubic-inch engines using $14-per-gallon racing fuel, he built a 496 to run on $3-per-gallon, 93-octane pump gas. This monster made 680 hp and 650 lb-ft using a Comp Cams roller, aluminum heads, an 850 carb, and 10.5:1 compression.
He Says: "The car is capable of going 9.80s all day long on street slicks and is fairly affordable to drive."
It's been a while since we tubbed anything. Should we do it to the green '64 El Camino?
Who: Daniel Miller
What: '65 Chevrolet Malibu
Where: We're thinking East Coast.
Why: We just love tubs, especially when there is a stock 454 and TH400 dragging them down the street. In the eighth-mile, this cars is in the mid-7s.
We Say: We recommend some nitrous.
Who: Joe Decaro
What: '67 Pontiac LeMans
Where: Spokane, WA
Why: Joe Decaro is a Chevelle guy, but he couldn't resist this '67 Pontiac LeMans. The first thing he did was hoist the stock engine and swap in a 355 Chevy and a homebuilt turbo kit. Using a set of Patriot headers flipped upside down and a couple of $150 T3/T4 turbos from eBay, the car is an exercise in the art of the welder, a bandsaw, and beer. He expects to put it in the 10s.
Does it need paint? No.
We did the math and there is about $1,000 in the turbo kit.