1983 Monte Carlo SS
Dan & Jennifer Johnson
Huber Heights, Ohio
We don't come across many G-bodies this clean, but when we do, we sure like them. Dan Johnson told us, "I bought it from the original owner. He was a GM retiree who bought the car with his employee discount back in 1983. It was garaged its entire life; it only has 52K documented miles on it. Anything that needed attention over the years was always repaired with genuine GM/Chevrolet parts." He went on to say that the only custom touch is the billet steering wheel, however, he still has the original wheel put away for safekeeping. Johnson thanks his father for building his love for Chevys.
What started out as a basic no frills, work truck, has transformed into a performance-minded C10. In went power steering, including all-new brakes with stainless lines, and a 530hp small-block 383ci from Pat Musi Racing Engines that's mated to a 700-R4 overdrive transmission. The body was rough, but Ted Bednarsky took his time with the help of his buddy John and farmed out the paint to Derby Auto Body, who laid down the Sunset Red with Pear and Meal Flake. Best of all, his efforts netted him a winning trophy during his first car show outing. Bednarsky is quick to admit that all of this wouldn't have happened without the support and patience of his wife, family, and friends.
1984 El Camino SS
Nuzzled in the engine bay is a 383ci stroker, but we'll let Ray Smith share his pride and joy. "I bought it new in Dallas and drove it on a daily basis until I retired in 2002," he says. "Then, I decided to build myself one last hot rod and here is the end result. It's around 600 hp, but it still has A/C, power steering, brakes, and power windows, and it's a good cruiser. It does not overheat, even on the hottest Texas days with the air on; engine temp hovers between 160 and 180 degrees with the trans temp around 115 to 140 degrees." Big power in the Texas heat is impressive in itself. Added details include a 700-R4 overdrive transmission, a built 12-bolt rearend, and a complete 3-inch Flowmaster exhaust system. Smith also thanks his buddies at Prostreet Motorsports for helping him build and maintain his street hauler.
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1968 Malibu 300
Mike & Charlotte Johnson
As soon as we read Mike Johnson's email, we knew he was a certified car guy; he's a 66-year young enthusiast and put quite a bit of eddort into his 1968 Malibu. Underhood is a stroker 383ci small-block that's topped off with a SMI 750-fm carburetor, an Edelbrock Super Victor intake, a pair of ported Bow Tie heads, and a COMP Cams roller 'stick. Ou back is a Strange Engineering 12 bolt with 4.10:1 cogs.