Mark Vozka / Rhinelander, WI
How's this for an interesting collection of cars? Mark's been into AMCs and Fords for as long as he can remember. A 47-year-old logging contractor, Mark saved his pennies for years until he amassed enough green to build this 36x54-foot structure on his property in northern Wisconsin, and he began building cars in it as soon as it was up. And what a place to work-Mark's got almost a complete machine shop there. He does all the work himself, even paint, and he claims to be self-taught.
1. "I had always wanted one of those," says Mark, referring to his '68 AMX. He bought it five years ago from a guy who left it rotting in his garage for a quarter of a century. Though structural rust wasn't an issue, the car needed a full restoration. Mark built a rotisserie and got to work. Wanting to keep it mostly stock, Mark rebuilt the 390 and Borg-Warner automatic, and after rehabbing the body, resprayed it with the factory white and Go Pack stripes.
2. Mark bought this limited-edition John Force Racing rollaway toolbox from the local Mac tool truck. We were half serious when we asked if the Mac truck shows up at his house once a week. It doesn't, though. His son works as a mechanic and spotted the box when the Mac guy stopped at his shop. He phoned his dad right away and Mark, a huge John Force fan, chased the guy down and bought the box. How's that for dedication?
3. The former owner of this '75 Bronco started the suspension lift but abandoned the build. Mark swooped in three years ago, buying and finishing the project in two years. It sports a 5-inch suspension lift and a one-piece fiberglass front end. The whole thing tilts up when you pop the hood. Under all that 'glass is a fuel-injected 5.0 out of a '91 Mustang. Mark sprayed the cool black-and-yellow paint himself. He does a little rockcrawling and street cruising with it.
4. Our prying eyes immediately spied Mark's Jet vertical mill and lathe machines. He bought them about three years ago so he could build custom parts in-house. He made the driveshafts and many of the suspension pieces for his Bronco with them. In addition to the mill and lathe, he has a couple of welders, a plasma cutter, and an overhead crane for pulling engines.
5. The '96 Mustang GT belongs to Mark's wife, Cindi. "It's got some minor mods," says Mark.
6. Halfway through restoring the AMX, Mark bought this '68 Javelin SST. It had been owned by a bodyman, so the paint and body were good. He rebuilt the stock 290 V-8, freshened up the interior, and kept it as a cruiser.
7. Here's a clean-looking '91 Mustang GT. Mark ditched the stock slush box in favor of a Tremec 3550 five-speed. "Stick-shift is more fun to drive," he explains. Aside from the trans swap, the car is lightly modified with a cam and headers.
8. This is an interesting build-Mark stuffed a 351 Cleveland and four-speed Top Loader trans into the working end of this '86 Mustang. Why a Cleveland? Mark always wanted to build one. The drivetrain came from a '70 Torino GT. He rebuilt the engine adding a Weiand tunnel ram and dual 600-cfm Holleys. "It makes lots of torque," he says. "At about 3,500 rpm, it really pushes you back in the seat." He likes to take it to the local coffee shop on Saturday mornings.