Back-halved and tubbed, thank you.
Who: Chuck Luton
What: '62 Pro Street Ford Falcon
Where: Mesa, AZ
Why: Chuck labored for seven years to get this Falcon tubbed and plumbed with a stroked 351 Windsor.
Those are 18.5-inch Hoosiers in the rear.
Two Pro Street cars in one issue? So what?
Who: Dave Vollmer
What: '62 Chevrolet Nova
Where: Grand Haven, MI
Why: We love Pro Street no-hood street machines. This dude raced Camaros and bikes until he decided to settle down with a docile street car. The 4.88s should be nice on the freeway.
Check out the front wheel buried in the mud.
Gonna Fix 'Er Up Soon
Who: David Curtin
What: Not for sale: Near-mint '69 Chevrolet Camaro, some rust.
Where: David doesn't actually own this dead Camaro; he just realized what it was after someone cut the lawn.
Why: In 2030, someone will consider restoring this car.
We like the Medium Green Z28, too. Anyone have one for sale?
Don't Wreck It
Who: Jojo (dad) and Wyatt (son) Azarcon
What: '80 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Where: Broomfield, CO
Why: Jojo is reliving his high school memories by passing on his high school car to his son. Goodies include an Edelbrock carb and intake, a rebuilt 350, a Comp cam, a 3:43 posi, a B&M shifter, and a rebuilt tranny with a street shift kit. The rest of the car is original, including the paint.
Bill says his best e.t. is 11.42 at 116 mph.
Olds Street/Strip Blaster
Who: Bill Sullivan
What: '72 Oldsmobile Cutlass
Where: Oak Grove, MN
Why: Bill has owned this Cutlass since 1986. The car is from Arizona and still wears most of its factory-applied lacquer paint. Under the Outside Air Induction hood is a 9.3:1 compression, Edelbrock-headed 455 making 498 hp and 536 lb-ft. Backing that is a TH400 trans with a manual valvebody and a 10-inch converter. A few years ago, he broke an axle in the factory 12-bolt, so he bought a Moser 12-bolt with 33-spline axles and 4.10 gears to fix it permanently.
I Like The Girls
Keep in mind that it is always easier to write a negative letter than a positive one. Don't let the vocal, whiny minority lead you to believe that the Nov. '09 issue was anything short of awesome. Bikinis with Mopars, Pro Street station wagons and Van Nuys Boulevard . . . life is good.
-Brandon Flannery, local
Thanks, Brandon, so far it's been 90 percent positive.
My Wife Hates The Girls
The return of the swimsuit issue was great. Cars and pretty girls go together like baseball and apple pie. I just hope you guys don't run for the tall grass once the first wave of angry housewife letters rolls in.
-Jim Rizzi, New Jersey
Please let Mr. Glad know that the louvered taillights on Mustang GTs didn't start until 1987. It appears his memory is fading just like mine. Also if Vanilla Ice makes a comeback now, I will be blaming him and will have to unsubscribe to Car Craft (not really, but it sounded good). Thanks for the hard work on putting together a great magazine every month.
-Al Haas, Harker Heights, TX
Yeah, Glad bit it on the taillight thing. You should have read the email he got from Mark Houlahan at Modified Mustangs.
Stop! Or Don't, Whatever
I was not impressed. LS motor? Cool! Add a blower. Very cool! Leave the single-cylinder, manual brakes? Total fail!
-Sam Sahli, Cranberry, PA
We are getting a lot of grief about the stock single-pot master cylinder on the '64 El Camino ("Install a Vortech VTS," Jan. '10). Is it because the car makes 600 hp? Could that be it? It stops eventually.
Send your project cars, garages, half-built engines, and dragstrip wheelies to
Car Craft magazine. Here's how.
email: CarCraft@carcraft.com (large photos, people!)
mail: 831 S. Douglas St., El Segundo, CA 90245.
Make sure you include the photo and the letter this time.
Dept. Of corrections
In the last few issues, we said the '86 Mustang GT had louvered taillights. Then we wrote that the Valiant was built by Dodge instead of Plymouth and that the Nova in the This Guy's Garage was both a '65 and a '66. We blew it. We should have taken the editorial positions at Cat Fancy when we had the chance.
"The only thing Chevy is the color."