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Inside Jeff Schwartz's Garage - This Guy's Garage

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Jeff Schwartz / Woodstock, IL
If you're a longtime Car Craft reader, then you should recognize Jeff Schwartz's name. He first appeared in CC when he blitzed his Real Street Eliminator competitors in the '02 event driving a nitrous-infused '82 Cadillac Brougham (even the word sounds heavy) that ran 11.80s ("'02 Real Street Eliminator," Mar. '03). Most recently, he won RSE again in the Muscle Car class at last year's event driving a satin-black Pontiac Tempest. While we were at his shop, we thought it represented a great cross section of muscle cars under construction. If the idea is to upgrade muscle cars with lots of horsepower and infuse them with as much grip as they have power, then this is the place to be. Located next door is a full-tube-chassis '67 Chevy II with an LS motor, a '49 Chevy pickup with an '09 4.8L truck motor, and a '72 Vega that will get an all-aluminum 5.3L just to make sure Jeff's guys have plenty to do.

A. The '67 Chevelle also sports a full Schwartz chassis foundation, which will be necessary to contain the wicked, twin-turbocharged 509ci Rat that Jeff says should make 1,500 hp. Bowler is building a 4L85E trans that will have to be tough, as will the 9-inch rearend. That's a full RideTech ShockWave suspension to establish the suspension geometry, while Rushforth 19x12.5 rears and 18x9-inch fronts will mount fat Michelin Pilot Sport tires.

B. This '67 Camaro convertible was too rusted to save and will need an entire floorpan, plus quarters, so the customer is considering an entirely new Dynacorn body that would probably be cheaper in the final analysis. The plan is to dump the original 327 and Powerglide and slide in a 530hp LS3 with a full Schwartz chassis with Wilwood discs on all four corners.

C. While we were at the shop, the Schwartz crew was just about to lower the '64 GTO body on the full Schwartz chassis (do you see a trend here?). The Goat will be powered by a 650hp, normally aspirated LS7 427 that can make those beans on 91-octane fuel. Power will be transmitted by a T56 Magnum trans with 700 lb-ft of torque capacity. The Poncho will also sport a Winters aluminum centersection 9-inch and roll on 18x12.5-inch rear and 18x9-inch front Forgeline wheels and BFGoodrich KDWII 335/35R18 rears and 275/35R18 fronts.

D. Oh yeah, the '10 Camaro in the back has a P1SC Procharger and makes 555 rwhp from the variable valve timing 6.2L motor and automatic trans.

E. Keeping with the Pontiac theme, this red '65 LeMans convertible will scorch the pavement with a-wait for it-real Pontiac 389 sporting twin turbos. Those are Edelbrock Victor EFI intake mount injectors that are controlled by a BigStuff3 EFI package. Dyno testing has shown the motor makes 895 hp on pump gas. Bowler got the nod for the 4L85E trans, and the rear is a Schwartz-typical Winters 9-inch. Did we forget the Schwartz chassis? Baer 14-inch rotors with six-piston calipers handle the whoa. Fat tires abound here, too, with 345/30R19 rears and 255/35R19 front Michelin Pilot PS2 tires.

F. This '64 Chevelle two-door wagon has a full-tube Schwartz chassis supporting the body and is charged with a Schwartz-built LSX block 427 with a complete Eagle rotator kit. Jeff says the customer is debating whether to twin-turbocharge it or run with a large-by-huge centrifugal Procharger blower. Tough choice. The trans will be a Viper-enhanced T56 six-speed manual with an aluminum Winters centersection rear axle assembly with Moser internals. There are Baer monoblock six-piston calipers with 15-inch rotors for deceleration, and the wagon will roll on 335/25R20 Michelin Pilot Sports in the rear and 255/30R19s on the front mounted on Forgeline wheels.

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