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.
In the Jan. '10 issue of CC, Glad explained the rules set forth by his wife to keep him from buying another car and asked the readers for help. Here's what you said.
I'm glad to see you're in the same boat that I am. My wife loves the reality show Hoarders. She says I'm a car hoarder and if it weren't for her, we would be living in a car. I have almost the exact same set of rules except mine also include: No family money is to be spent on cars. That one means I can't use any money from my regular paycheck and have to save money from side jobs. One thing you might want to try is the old, "It's not for me; it's for our son (or daughter)," trick. That one allowed me to pick up a very solid but somewhat rough '62 Thunderbird for my 16-year-old daughter. Of course, I then picked up an '01 Explorer Sport for her to drive until Dad finishes the T-bird.
-Joe Lullo, Addison, IL
I have the perfect solution for your issue with the wife's rules: I will loan you one of my cars. You can do whatever you want to it. You can cure the new project blues and it won't be yours, so it will be totally legal. Then when you are done, ready to move on, or have blown it up, I will get a car that has had a bunch of stuff I didn't have time to do done to it. It won't be yours, won't be co-owned, you didn't have to sell one to get it, and you won't even have to hide it. What do you want and where would you like it delivered?
Caleb, Drexel, MO
If buying a pile of parts constitutes buying a car, what about selling a pile of parts? Does that constitute selling a car? I know, selling parts can be as hard as selling a car, but it's a loophole either way.
Glad's wife is on to our way of life. Her rules were well thought out and brutal. We must make sure she does not ever talk to other gearhead wives so she cannot enlighten them. My wife gave only one rule, but the end result was the same, if not worse. The rule: You can have another car if I can have another baby, yeah, ouch.
-Name and address withheld
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"I bought my Judge for $1,800 in 1989 when I was 17 years old (yes, that's the PHS buildsh
"This is my '78 Lincoln Town Car that my dad bought new in 1978."
-Kregg Reynolds, MD
"This is my '06 Magnum SRT8 that was due for some new powdercoated wheels and rubber on al
"Just a little fun at a rod run."
-Bill Hite, Graham, WA
"This is me in my '74 Nova breaking in brand-new tires the day after I put them on. There
"I like the '64 El Camino (CC project El Guapo) and its '04 GTO engine, Keisler tranny, major bodywork, and $6,000 blower. What's up with the original single master cylinder drum brake system?" Ken Thompson
"Friends don't let friends build 305s." Charles in Ohio