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1966 Corvette, 1985 Camaro & 1997 C1500

Bowtie Keepers

Bill Klein Mar 16, 2018
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Corvettes are usually the exclusive province of our sister mag Vette, but we couldn’t pass on sharing this highly customized ’66 Vette of longtime Super Chevy fan Jan Zubek from El Paso, Texas. Every body panel on the Vette—named Presto 66—has been altered by Jan except for the C6 speed bumps and the rear deck. It not only looks very, very fast, but it goes very, very fast thanks to the 355ci aluminum headed mill with a B&M street blower. A worked-over 700-R4 trans sends power back to the stock 4.11:1-geared rearend. The wheels and tires are staggered Halibrands shod with BFGoodrich Radial T/As. 2016 was spent working out the bugs. For 2017, Jan plans to add lots of mileage to the AutoMeter odometer.

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005 1985 Chevrolet Camaro 305 Engine 5/16

John and Nancy Allen, of Mercedes, Texas, use their 1985 Camaro Z28 to go fox hunting ... Fox-body Mustang hunting that is. Look stock but carry a big stick could be the credo for the Allens. Among the many upgrades to the 305 are Aerohead Racing-prepped 601 heads, a hot GM cam, ZZ4 intake (ported and matched), and Cliffs Performance CC Q-jet. A Yukon LSD with 4.10 gears give the tires all they can handle, and more. A slight mishap with an uninsured motorist required the services of SS Auto Body (Mercedes, Texas) to put the paint and body right again, which the Allens say is factory perfect. John and Nancy, married for 35 years, are both 100-percent Service-Connected Disabled Veterans and found the Camaro on eBay to rekindle the memories of the one they bought brand-new when stationed together in Germany. From the staff of Super Chevy, we thank you for your service, and wish you happy motoring.

016 1997 Chevrolet C1500 16/16

Bought as a tow vehicle for his 1971 Camaro, Texan Larry Russell’s 1997 Chevy C1500 has been touched with several mods to make it perform and look better. The Hypertech programmer woke up the Vortec 350 and firmed up the shifts of the 4L60E transmission. A Flowmaster dual exhaust frees up extra power and adds a nice note. The stance has been leveled out with 2-inch drop shackles. The new stance pops thanks to the stainless grille, Foose wheels, and slotted rotors and dual-piston calipers from SSBC. QA1 adjustable shocks at each corner were added to help offset the heavier wheel and tire package and smooth out the ride. Originally bought as a dray beast, the C1500 is now a beloved stallion.

Photos courtesy of the owners

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