Niagara Falls, NY
Every time we even think about the demise of Pro Street in the face of cars that are far more practical and driveable, up pops the devil. The Flaming Sun paint on Pedulla's F-body keeps it from going unnoticed and the racket from its exhaust underscores that notion. Though the sheetmetal says 1970, it cloaks a '77 Camaro chassis. No news of the front suspension but the back of the orange defiler holds a narrowed 9-inch within a four-bar setup. The centersection cranks 5.00:1 gears and spins a Moser spool and 31-spline axles. Attached to them are the Pro Street badges of honor-mammoth tires (33.0x18.5 Mickeys) couched in tubbed sheetmetal. The 502 crate motor was massaged by ProFormance Specialties in Rochester, New York. It's already got forged pieces throughout, making it a perfect candidate for fussin'. ProFormance swapped in Arias 11:1 pistons and a Isky roller camshaft, and a Super Victor intake with a Dominator reworked by RM Competition Fuel Systems. That fat carb is fed by a BG fuel pump and a two-port regulator. Ignition is by a complete MSD ensemble and the waste is extracted by Hooker Super Comp headers. Competition Transmissions built the Turbo 400 with a Coan 3,500-stall converter. Best of all, the motor puts out 700 hp and runs on pump gas. What's not to like?
'84 El Camino
Looking For A Convert
Gary's like most of us when it comes to his personal pleasure craft. He wants to get noticed but he doesn't need 600 hp to do it. His Elky is mild and looks sweet. Its 350 four-bolt main bearing block was fitted with an Edelbrock cam, Performer intake manifold, and a matching 600-cfm Edelbrock carburetor. The powerplant is backed by a Turbo 350 and the stock 10-bolt rearend. Gary had just bailed the car out of paint jail, complete with an SS Monte nose, fiberglass hood, and a fiberglass rear roll pan. Now for the fun part. "After taking the photos of the car, I pulled the engine and transmission to investigate the antifreeze in the No. 7 cylinder. I found a blown head gasket and scored cylinder walls. Time for a rebuild or an LS transplant," he groaned. Take it from us, G, put the LS in and forget about it. You don't need an exotic rotating assembly; the nodular iron crank, powdered metal rods, and cast pistons can take tremendous abuse-about 800 hp worth-without fail. We put well over 700 pulls on a stock early LS1 crate before it was retired. No harm, no foul. Go for it.
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
A Real Bad Dad
Arguably, the Pro Street faction had a much greater impact on the hot car community than anyone could have imagined. Fads and flirtations come and go, but ol' Pro Street won't ever die. You have so many cars that are proficient in all performance arenas as represented by the Pro Touring genre. Since most geezers (us) bit down on the drag race theme back in the '60s, it was all Street and Strip and that's still how it's known today. While we can definitely appreciate, covet even, a machine that can handle, brake, accelerate like a race car, and be driven home with air conditioning making ice. We distinctly remember the first back-halved car we'd ever seen, a '55 Chevy with monster mother Mickeys that really made a statement. A drag race car on the street. What a concept! This Chevelle was James Plummer's first car. Bought it when he was 16, 21 years ago, and he's been wrenching on it ever since. He recently back-halved it with mini-tubs and put up a narrowed 12-bolt stocked with 4.11:1 gears, along with the gigantic 33x22.00R15LT Mickey Thompson Sportsman S/R Radials. Transmission Specialties built him a custom Turbo 400 and equipped it with a 3,700-rpm converter. So what's the hook? That new Shafiroff 632 cannonball rated at an even 1,000 hp-and a 250 shot of nitrous.