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Readers' Rides - March 2014

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Thrill Ride
1971 Nova
Matt Payne
Charleston, West Virginia

We first learned about Matt Payne's ride on our Facebook page. Powered by a 400ci small-block with a small hit of nitrous, this gem generates 605 horsepower on pump gas and 748hp on a 100 shot. Matt went on to say, "It is run regularly on the street, taking me to work and to the grocery store. To date, it's gone 6.06@113.5 mph in the eighth-mile with a 1.38 short-time. It has more in it since we have only been able to make four passes on the newly installed suspension. By the way, yes it has an interior and even the stock heating/vent system." Nice ride, Matt!


Barn Find Gone Pro Street
1957 Chevy
Mike Pisano
Hamilton, New Jersey

Mike Pisano originally found his ride in a barn back in 1973 when he was just 15 years old and living on a farm. It wasn't until five years later when he went back to the spot and it was still there. Turns out, it was a former NHRA stock car that was parked after the original owner blew the motor. He didn't want to sell it, but after agreeing on a price, Mike was on his way to building his dream car. Today, it's packing a 454 with Edelbrock heads, a COMP Cams 'stick, and dual side draft Weber carbs mounted onto an Edelbrock Torker manifold. Directly behind it is a Turbo 400 transmission that connects to a 12-bolt rearend with 3.55:1 gears. His wheels of choice are Billet Specialties on all four corners with 31x18.5 MT Street Radials out back and skinny rollers up front. The lacquer paint by Marks Yardville Auto Body is fresh from 1987 and still looks brand new with the all-metal steel hood scoop.


Third-Gen 'Rollin
1987 Camaro
Dennis Bruder
Mesa, Arizona

Third-gen rides are slowly trickling in to our mailbox and we're digging it. The latest example is Dennis Bruder's clean 1987 IROC Camaro. Dennis had the exterior resprayed, replaced the interior and left the performance enhancements to the Flowmaster 3-inch exhaust and the Hypertech chip. Under the hood is a factory 305ci TPI mill and he even left the suspension to the factory liking. Best of all, this is a clean and dependable ride that'll take him anywhere.


Father & Son Build
1966 Nova
Mark Araujo
Lyndhurst, New Jersey

Some of the coolest builds are homebuilt rides that are kept in the family. Case in point, Mark Araujo and his 1966 Chevy II was built with his father back in high school. Under the hood is a naturally aspirated small-block 350ci with a host of chrome goodies to dress it up. Out back the 4.11:1 gears are used to accelerate out of the hole, while the mostly stock interior with Grant GT steering wheel makes for fun comfortable drive. More importantly, we like what Mark had to say, "The real priceless things aren't in the car, but the memories I have made with my father building it."




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