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Reader's Rides - December 2013

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Second Time Around
1971 Chevelle
Russell Karchner
Newport News, VA

Karchner is no stranger to us and we've showcased his 1971 El Camino in the past. This time around, Karchner is back with a beautiful 1971 Chevelle. Karchner has spent the last three years restoring and building his new ride from the frame up. With the help of his friends, they handled all the metal work and built a 496 ci with a COMP Cams Big Mutha' Thumpr camshaft, a set of aluminum heads, a dual plane intake, and a Holley 850-cfm double pumper. Expelling the fumes is a pair of Hooker Headers that lead into a 3-inch exhaust with an X-pipe. Transferring the power is a TH400 trans with a 3,000-stall converter that connects to a built 12-bolt rearend with Moser axles, 3.73:1 cogs and Yukon posi. When it came to the suspension, a combination of UMI control arms with Hotchkis springs and sway bars, were used. We dig the Elco, and the Chevelle is a great addition to the family, well done!

 Chevy Chevelle 2/4

1969 Corvette
Allen and Brooke Bowie
Leesburg, Virginia

Allen and his daughter Brooke Bowie are big time Corvette fans and wanted to build a period correct hot rod from the 1970s. Allen told us, "My daughter and I have worked on our baby for the past five years and she currently owns and is building a 1980 Corvette that she received for her graduation."Rather than farming out most of the labor, the father and daughter team spent a large portion of their weekends and a lot of late nights to produce what you see here. Under the hood is a Chevrolet Performance ZZ454 crate engine, while a M22 Muncie four-speed is used to row gears. They also installed a set of stainless side pipes, old-school Centerline wheels, and loaded up the engine compartment with plenty of the shiny stuff.

 Chevy 3/4

Graduation Gift
1973 Nova SS
Tim Smith
Greencastle, Indiana

Tim Smith owns a unique 1973 Nova SS that started out as a graduation gift from his father; it's 1 of 3,259 made with the sky roof option. Underhood is a 350hp small-block 327 ci and transferring the power is a built TH350 transmission. Smith went on to say, "All the bodywork was done by Tony Thompson of Triple T Automotive out of Bainbridge, Indiana. It was soda blasted down to the bare metal and both rear quarters were replaced along with the tailpanel. From there it was block-sanded multiple times and painted Impulse Blue Metallic."Smith continues, "I've been restoring this car for close to nine years now, and I'm now 27 and am finally able to enjoy it." Very nice Tim, very nice.

 Chevy Nova 4/4



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