Dan Buzniak— ’57 150 Sedan
We’ll let Dan tell this one—“When I was 18 I spotted a ’57 Chevy 150 model Black and White in a junk yard. It ran but smoked a lot so I knew the motor would need a rebuild. With the help of a friend we pulled the motor and in the process found it was a 283 Power Pack with a three-speed on the column and 4.11 rear. The body had a lot rust and as a kid I did not want to fool with it so I pulled the motor and trans and rear and put it in a ’55 Chevy. I eventually sold that car, but always had a craving for another ’57. When I found this one it had a built 400 small-block with a Muncie four-speed and 12 bolt rear. She was running great and brought back a lot of memories until about a month ago. I was driving and the motor seized, threw a rod through the block. So it’s back to the drawing board with a new motor to soon be added maybe even a fuelie.”
Buddy Austin— ’86 S-10
Buddy wanted a hauler that, well, hauled, and looked sharp. He pitched the ’86 front clip for ’91 sheetmetal, then installed a custom roll cage with Kirkey seats and five point belts. In the back is a Big Ten rear with disc brakes, being spun by a built 385-inch small-block with a single stage of nitrous, and a built TH350 trans. The combo propels the S-10 to 11.30 e.t.’s on just the motor, and Buddy hasn’t pressed the button on the nitrous yet. Look out when he does!
Jerry Shewbridge Jr.—’72 Monte Carlo
When Jerry picked up his Monte, it had a 400 Mouse between the fenders. Not good enough for the son of a drag racer, he borrowed a spare 454 from his father (who still races at age 74) and dropped it into the ’72 to make it into a real muscle machine. Even though it looks good now, Jerry says he still has more cosmetic work to do.
Dianna Rottner— ’68 Z/28 RS
Dianna’s had her Z/28 for 28 years, 20 of which it took to restore the F-body to its former glory. A super rare code ZZ “British Green” car, it still has its original 302 and four-speed. Dianna’s father-in-law helped restore the interior, and now she enjoys cruising and taking it to the strip, where it’s run a best of 12.97 at 106 mph.
Art Aylesworth— ’65 El Camino
Art’s El Camino is a true survivor and lifelong California high-desert resident. He bought the Elky from the grandson of the original owner. Originally purchased in Lancaster, California in April of 1965, its original four-barrel-equipped 283 and Powerglide still run strong.
Mike Hale— ’66 Chevelle 300
When this Chevelle 300 left the factory, it was a mundane six-cylinder/three-on-the-tree machine—real basic transportation. Thanks to Mike’s efforts, it now has the heart of a Kryptonian. Under the hood is a 496 backed by an M21 four-speed, and 12-bolt rear with 4.11 gears. The car is a stripper, with no heater or radio; the only luxury being a Flaming River tilt column.
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