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Readers' Rides - February 2014

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Ultra-sano Third-gen
1989 Camaro IROC
David Lee
Ontario, California

We're always on the look out for clean third-gens, and this time we found David Lee's clean 1989 IROC on our Facebook page. When we inquired about his ride, David sent us a list of hop-up goodies to make anyone envious. Starting with the powerplant, a BluePrint Engines' 383 small-block, which is topped with a 750-cfm Summit Racing carburetor and produces 355 rear wheel horsepower to the rollers. David also rows the gears through a five-speed World Class transmission. Suspension is a set of Eibach lowering springs and a set of American Racing Torq Thrust II wheels are on each corner, featuring 17x8 with 245/45's up front and 17x9 with 275/40's out back.

1989 Chevy Camaro 2/5

G-body Fun
1985 Monte Carlo SS
Carlos Quintero
Brownsville, Texas

We've been asking for more G-body street machines and we're digging this one. Twenty-two-year-old Carlos Quintero is the proud owner of this 1985 Monte Carlo and has put a lot of time and effort into his build during the past year. The small-block 350ci is connected to a 700R4 overdrive transmission and his rollers of choice are a complete set of 15x8 Rally Wheels with 245/60 BFG rubber. Future plans call for a set of aluminum heads for added power, but we'll have to wait and hear which set he went with.

1985 Chevy Monte Carlo 3/5

Wheels Up Thrill Ride!
1997 Camaro
Thadd Dawson
Durham, North Carolina

Thadd Dawson's 1997 Camaro is flat-out sick. We opened up his email to find several cool shots, but him busting out the big wheelie definitely caught our attention. And you can forget about the LT; instead, you'll find a built LS engine that's still sporting the factory 346 cubic inches. The healthy LS powerplant features aluminum rods, a set of Trick Flow cylinder heads, a custom camshaft, CP pistons, an Edelbrock Victor Jr. intake manifold, an Accufab 4150 throttle-body, a Wilson Pro Flow nitrous plate, and a BS3 stand alone system. The remainder of the drivetrain consists of a built Powerglide and a Moser 12-bolt rearend. Thadd told us that his combination is tuned and has the suspension set up by Mayhem Motorsports. Thadd went on to say, "Back in April of 2013, we were the first to run an 8-second quarter-mile pass with a factory cubic inch LS1 on nitrous, running 8.93 at 150 mph. We are now in the process of going turbo and our goal is a 7-second pass in the quarter-mile." Thadd, keep us posted and we want videos!

1997 Chevy 4/5

Eye Candy
1968 Camaro
Thieman Watkins
Conroe, Texas

We don't know what Thieman Watkins has planned for his 1968 Camaro, but we know its been built with some of the best pieces offered by the aftermarket. The suspension features all components from Chris Alston's Chassisworks, including the VariShock coilovers, sway bars, uppers and lowers, drop spindles, and even a narrowed Fab 9 rearend. When it came to brakes, only the 14/12-inch front/rear Wilwood binders would do. His rollers of choices, a 19/20 front/rear wheel combo from True Forged Wheels. Powering this first-gen is 5.3L LS with ARP bolts throughout and topped off with a 76mm snail from Comp Turbo Technology. Our only question...can we take this gem out for a ride? Or three?

1968 Chevy 5/5



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