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Super Chevy Readers’ Rides from Around the Bow Tie World: 1972 Chevelle, 2011 Camaro SS, and More!

Bow Tie Keepers

John Gilbert Apr 18, 2016
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Mike Ruffing
1972 Chevelle

Quick Take: Mike Ruffing purchased his 1972 Malibu in 2006. Power comes from a 469-inch big-block backed with an Art Carr 200-4R and 12-bolt rearend with 3.73 gears. Bucket seats with console and a Covan Classic dash with Auto Meter gauges spruce up the interior. Torq-Thrust II wheels are stuffed with Nitto 555 tires and the suspension features CPP upper and lower control arms. Mike says his best run was 11.72 at 116 mph at Milan Dragway. The car pulls 15 mpg on the highway.

002 2011 CAMARO 2/5

Thomas Peel
2011 Camaro SS

Quick Take: Thomas bought his 2011 Camaro SS in March 2011, and spent the last five years modifying every aspect of the car. Engine specs: 2.9-liter polished Whipple supercharger, methanol injection, 231/242 Comp cam, ZL1 fuel pump, long-tube headers, McLeod RXT 1,000hp clutch, and Corsa exhaust. Rear-wheel-horsepower is 666 with 650 lb-ft of torque. Audio is an Alpine system through two 3,500-watt Genesis amps with two 8-inch JL subs in a custom box.

003 1966 CHEVELLE 3/5

Jeff Eyman
1966 Chevelle

Quick Take: Power for Jeff’s 1966 Chevelle comes from a 383 stroker with Edelbrock heads, Holley carb, and MSD distributor plus MSD coil hidden under dash. The exhaust system features Hooker headers with MagnaFlow stainless X-pipe exhaust with Doug’s electric cutouts. Updated electronics include a Lokar gas pedal with fly-by-wire connection and American Autowire modern fuse wiring harness. Driveline features include a 700-R4 with B&M Pro Ratchet shifter, 10-bolt posi with 3.55 gears, and Strange Engineering axles. The car is painted in Corvette Electron Blue and Galaxy Silver.

004 1957 CHEVY 4/5

Tony Foti
1957 Chevy

Quick Take: Under the hood of Tony’s 1957 Chevy Bel Air coupe is a Jim Shewbert-built, BDS-blown 383 with Arias pistons, Isky cam and components, Lemon’s custom headers, and a Scat bottom end. The driveline includes an A-1 Racing Transmission and converter with a narrowed Strange 9-inch Ford rearend. Outlaw Garage Inc. of Santa Clarita, California, mini-tubbed the wheelwells and installed a Pro Street ladder bar suspension. Central Coast Upholstery of Paso Robles, California, stitched a custom interior.

005 1956 CHEVY 5/5

Jeff Cross
1956 Chevy

Quick Take: There’s nothing quite like swapping 1955 Chevy front fenders and hood onto a 1956 Chevy Bel Air and then hand-making a custom grille to concoct an argument starter. Further custom modifications include sectioning the body 3 inches. Under the hood, power comes from a 396-inch big-block backed with a beefed 700-R4 automatic overdrive transmission with a 2,500-stall converter and 9-inch Ford rearend. Mini-tubs help to tuck fat meats and Jeff says “disc brakes help stop this beast.”



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