'66 nova SS
Stepping Away From The Box
We're suckers for these Novas, you bet. Look great from any angle and when it flaunts shady blue paint accented by ghost flames, its double-killer, dudes. Jim Noel infused his with a Pro Touring ethic because he wanted a good all-around ride, not one that just smoked the tires but could suck up a tight curve in style. He gave it a good, reliable, easy-driving constitution, something to bring joy rather than frustration. It has a ZZ4 crate motor (355 hp/405 lb-ft of torque) backed by a 200-4R overdrive and a 9-inch twisting 3.73:1 gears. That it's an original SS sweetens the whole deal. Jim's traveled to shows state-wide and claims there is a paucity of this particular sheetmetal. Hang on to this one Jim, please. He spiffed it up with Coy 17x8 wheels all the way around and tended the needy stock suspension with a CPP rack steering, tubular upper and lower control arms, and adjustable coilovers in front. He mounted disc brakes all around so that repeated, positive braking isn't an issue. Though Jim's still rounding up the parts, in a couple of months, a fully polished Tuned Port Injection system will be feeding the 350.
'83 El Camino
Copperas Cove, TX
There's a lot to be said for a two-seater with a mammoth trunk and the intimacy of a roadster cockpit juxtaposed with outstanding practicality (or 50 cases of grog). For some, it represents the perfect daily ride. For others it's an inexpensive way to stand out in a sea of sedans. Whatever the case, Harald needed reliable, repeatable performance, as if his job depended on it. So he built a car with some significant improvements. The most obvious improvement is a cowl hood painted to match the year-old coating. Harald finished off the upholstery and laid up a new headliner, too. The Elky's 350 was rebuilt with an IROC camshaft and corresponding TPI fuel injection. The drivetrain was simple: Harald gathered up a 700-R4 and some 3.42:1 gears for the 10-bolt. He stripped the clearcoat from the '77 Corvette wheels and simply polished the aluminum that was left. The bed was covered with a color-matched urethane spray and Harald closed up the tub with a Craftech cover. He swapped the rear bumper for a roll pan and illuminated it with sequential LED taillights. Weldon: "Did I mention this is not a trailer queen but a driver that takes me to work."
Not Going To Home Depot
Pete likes to have fun, like running mid 10s at 127 mph. He built a 355-incher from a Dart Little M block, Callies crankshaft, 5.700-inch Eagle H-beams, and Wiseco 14.5:1 pistons. A Comp Cams 0.630/0.630-inch solid-roller is connected the crank via a Comp timing belt. He set up the top of the engine with 64cc Canfield heads and a Victor Jr. intake set upon by a Demon 950-cfm carb. Flame for combustion is issued by an MSD distributor and a 6AL box. Pete worked the front with Belltech 2-inch drop spindles, tubular upper and lower control arms, 1-inch drop coils, and 90/10 Lakewood shocks. The 12-bolt axle jammed with Richmond 5.56:1 cogs and is secured by Competition Engineering ladder bars and QA1 coilover shocks. The drivetrain includes a stout stall converter and a Turbo 400 transmission. Weld Wheels all around, 15x3.5s in front and monstrous 15x15s chocked by 31x14 Hoosiers at the back door. Disc brakes stand in all corners. A one-piece Unlimited fiberglass nose, Harwood 'glass doors, and Lexan windows lighten everything up. Inside the cabin is a 14-point rollcage with little more than the six-point harness and Auto Meter gauges for vitals. Pete, how high can you get those front wheels?
Little Duece Coupe
Tim got the itch, got on Craig's List, and began to scratch with a vengeance. No telling what the Nova looked like when he took possession but according to Tim, he reduced the body to a shell and rubbed the metal naked. While it could be the beginning of a Pro Touring art form, we think that the project might have gotten out of hand early on. He fortified his Deuce with a TCI tubular front clip and coilover shocks, subframe connectors, and a Currie 9 hung with four-link rear suspension and propped by another pair of coilovers. The entire undercarriage was powdercoated. In the engine compartment, a brand-new LS3 cranks out 525 hp. Tim didn't discuss the type of transmission in the Nova, but it does have a safety loop and an aluminum driveshaft. He put big Wilwood discs at each corner, ran stainless mufflers, and a stainless steel fuel cell (filler behind license plate). That intriguing two-tone overcoat is '03 Chevrolet Anniversary Red and '08 Champagne Beige, set off quite nicely by flashy Foose wheels.
'66 El Camino
Bet you that somewhere on this piece is a "Lil' Devil" tattoo, right? This half-truck seems to have a mind of its own, too. No badges, very little chrome, tough DP-40 primer instead of some lustrous lounge lizard $200-per-gallon paint, door handles fell off, and dig that old timey hot rod mirror hangin' off the driprail. Tracy Thomas' Elky has definitely got a rat rod vibe going on. But this Camino ain't no sweetheart. You can tell by the top of the air cleaner that's trying to get all the way out of the engine compartment. Not much in the way of creature comforts, either, so we suspect that this primered predator might be a frequent attendee of the Midnight Drags. It's built like a drag racer, beginning with its 406 small-block that runs Edelbrock E-Tec 200 cylinder heads, a Comp hydraulic roller, MSD spark-making equipment, and a Quick Fuel-prepped 750 carburetor. Tracy backed it all up with a Super T-10 four-speed, Centerforce clutch, and a 9-inch with a Detroit Locker differential and 3.55:1 cogs. Tracy's mighty Camino looks the part with Weld Rodlite alloys and BFG rollers.