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August 2010 News & Event Schedules - CHP Garage

Jun 23, 2010
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Block Help
I have a block with the casting number GM 14010201. Do you know what size and year this engine is?
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Frank Martinez

According to our MSA-1 books, it looks like you have a 305ci small-block that was built between 1980-84. If you haven't heard of MSA-1, they offer complete books that list detailed information based on the factory casting numbers and suffix codes. Check them out at

Nova Love
I'm currently in New Jersey and finished reading through Chevy High and I'm in love with that Nova! I'm moving out to Los Angeles soon and need to hook up with [you] guys and I need to build a motor like that or better!
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Since you didn't specify which Nova, we're going to assume you're checking out the latest issue with the 598ci big-block build for our '71 drag radial Nova. That engine is impressive to say the least and by far the wildest big-block we've ever produced. On that note, we're at most drag racing events on the West Coast, so be sure to stop by and say hello.

The Vitals
Thanks for the great picture and write up of my '69 Corvette in the June 2010 issue (pg. 80, "The Vitals"). Just one issue though; the engine numbers were transposed. Believe me, I'd LOVE to have a 472ci mill, but the number should read "427." Again, thanks. It's always great to open a magazine and see your own car!
Via email
Ken Johnson

Oops, sorry about that Ken. Still, we're glad to know you're happy and we're even happier that you took the time to submit your ride-a really nice one at that!

Unique Impala
Hi there! I'm checking to see if you guys might be interested in a FWD project that I've been working on and should come to fruition here soon. Project car is an '05 Chevy Impala base model currently with a 3400 LA1 running 16.8 at 82.84 mph. I'm pulling the engine and trans and swapping it for a supercharged LS powerplant.

The engine will be tuned by Intense Racing in Columbus and I'm expecting to make somewhere in the area of 280 hp at the wheels, but I'll be shooting for 300 hp. I know it's FWD, but it's a Chevy so I thought what the hey.
Via email
Will Anderson

Your Impala is a bit different than what we're used to seeing. Even so, be sure to keep us posted and send us images after it's built and let us know how your build turned out. Good luck!

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Free CHP Wallpaper!
If you're looking to spice up the boring background you have on your home computer or laptop, then head over to our site at Once there, hit the Wallpaper tab and it'll direct you to a list of images, all of which are presized, and can be downloaded with a simple click. Be sure to come back frequently, as we're planning to add new images from any number of photo shoots and events to behind the scene shots from various manufacturers.

Paint It At Home DVD
As many of you know, we tend to visit most forums that feature everything Bow Tie related. In this instance, one of our stomping grounds is, which specifically caters to second-gen Camaros. It's there we met Mark Eckert, who owns and operates Hammerhead Racing and Hammerhead Kustoms out of Edgewater, Florida. This is a talented guy who does it all, including building race cars and handling paint and bodywork. If you're interested in learning how to paint for yourself, Mark offers a two-disc DVD set for just $34.99 (four hours of video footage) that shows you the basics, explaining a number of topics to get you through the process. Don't expect to see a high-dollar film production; instead we're talking a no nonsense grassroots-style approach that really gives you a better perspective on how to paint. For more information, head over to or email the man himself at

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Rooster Call
Sean Haggai
Recently, our project Nova's undercarriage was revamped by CPP to accommodate our latest quest: open-track days and autocross events. We did just that-then reality set in.

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To prepare our little Nova for the events ahead, we ordered up last minute items like Scat race seats with brackets, a Grant steering wheel, a helmet, and even a set of 220 treadwear rated Kumhos from Summit Racing. With it all set to go, we made our first event at the El Toro Marine base for the Run to the Coast. This was a three-day driving extravaganza filled with an auto-cross, a speed-stop challenge, and a rather large 2.2-mile road course.

Within a couple of weeks, we were preparing for the Goodguys show in Del Mar. Only this time around, while heading over to Rubio's Auto Body to roll the fenders for additional clearance, I heard something clunking when shifting into Second. Admittedly, we had heard the same sound at El Toro, but we let it pass. Once we had the Nova lifted on jack stands; sure enough one of the four large nuts that fastens the leaf spring to the housing was missing and the other three were on their way out as well.

In a panic, I tried to locate and borrow some from a friend's shop; not even our local auto parts store had them. By this time, we're late into the night at 10:30 p.m.-of course the night before the event. In a last minute funk, my brother and I loaded up a few tools into his truck and stole them from a friend's Camaro that's been sitting dormant in his backyard. We hurried to the garage, installed the missing nut, and retightened that side completely.

While under the Nova we decided to go through the remainder of the chassis. Sure enough, the driver-side leaf spring U-bolts was missing one nut and the other three were loose. Again, we loaded up the truck, looted the Camaro, and reinstalled the nut. A last minute oil check was completed and while shutting our brand-new hood, it fell off the hinge. Guess what? The hood bolt was gone too! After a quick hood alignment, I took a step back to admire my work and found one more issue; one more missing piece of hardware, a lug nut. Needless to say, we got the Nova squared away and made the event the following day. Our reality check? Let's just say it's been "checked."

NMCA Events Near You
It's still early in the year and you still have plenty of time to check out the wild heads-up NMCA action at a dragstrip near you.

8th Annual Kooks Custom Headers NMCA Muscle Car Nationals
Reading, Pennsylvania
June 4-6, 2010
Maple Grove Raceway

5th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing
Joliet, Illinois
July 15-18, 2010
Route 66 Raceway

2nd Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA All Star Nationals
Concord, North Carolina
August 5-8, 2010
zMax Dragway

4th Annual JE Pistons NMCA Muscle Car Nationals
Milan, Michigan
August 27-29, 2010
Milan Dragway

9th Annual NMCA World Street Finals Featuring the LS Shootout
St. Louis, Missouri
October 7-10, 2010
Gateway International Raceway

2nd Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Lone Star Shootout
Houston, Texas
November 12-14, 2010
Houston Raceway Park

Win A Chance For Free Goodies!
Goodmark Industries announces its first-ever shopping spree contest after response from its Facebook fans. A poll on Goodmark's Facebook fan page was the deciding factor. The contest features three shopping sprees in the amounts of $500, $1,000, and $1,500. Entry is simple; by video entry, fans plead their cases and tell what they are willing to do for free parts. Entry is available to all with the contest closing July 31st, 2010.

Goodmark owner, Tom Owen commented, "Our fans are serious when it comes to their rides, just as we are when it comes to all of our parts and accessories. The shopping spree contest is a fun way to thank our fans and assist their project builds. I can't even begin to imagine how far our fans will go for free Goodmark parts!"

Goodmark is embracing the online world and the wishes of their fans via YouTube and Facebook. The video entries will be hosted by and fans will vote in the three winners.

For complete contest rules, log onto the web and check out

Meguiar's "Quik Tips Series" Video Guide
In an effort to educate automotive enthusiasts on common car care conundrums, Meguiar's is making easy-to-follow videos available on their website. The "Quik Tips Series" is a collection of nine short video tutorials. These information-rich videos offer easy-to-follow tips for some the most common car care issues, which are demonstrated in short, 2-3 minute videos and tailored directly to the end user. It's the perfect way for consumers to achieve that Meguiar's famous show car shine from home and provide the ultimate protection for their car year round. Visit

Topics in the series include:
• Restoring Headlight Clarity
• The 5-Step Paint Care Cycle
• Washing 101
• How to Choose the Right Wheel Cleaner
• Creating a "Smooth as Glass" Paint Finish
• Using the Meguiar's Dual Action Polisher
• Swirl Removal
• Waxing Your Paint Finish for Maximum Protection
• Waxing Your Car in 15 Minutes or Less

2010 Goodguys Event Schedule
9th Mid-Western Nationals
September 3, 4 & 5
Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS
Rods, customs, classics, and muscle cars through 1972 vintage. Car Show, vendor exhibits, swap meet, live entertainment, autocross, track cruise & more!

4th Peak Chicagoland Nationals
September 17, 18 & 19
Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, IL
Rods, customs, classics, and muscle cars through 1972 vintage. Car Show, vendor exhibits, swap meet, live entertainment, autocross, track cruise, Friday Night Drags & more!

6th Great American Nationals
September 24, 25 & 26
Pocono Raceway, Pocono, PA
Rods, customs, classics, and muscle cars through 1972 vintage. Car Show, vendor exhibits, swap meet, live entertainment, autocross, track cruise & more!

18th Lone Star Nationals
October 1, 2 & 3
Texas Motor Speedway, Ft. Worth, TX
Rods, customs, classics, and muscle cars through 1972 vintage. Car Show, vendor exhibits, swap meet, live entertainment, autocross, track cruise & more!

3rd Nostalgia Nationals
October 15, 16 & 17
Beech Bend Raceway Park, Bowling Green, KY
Rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, and race cars through 1972 vintage. Car Show, vintage drag racing, vendor exhibits, swap meet, live entertainment, & more!

17th Southeastern Nationals
October 29, 30 & 31
Lowe's Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC
Rods, customs, classics, and muscle cars through 1972 vintage. Car Show, vendor exhibits, swap meet, live entertainment, autocross, track cruise, Friday Night Drags & more!

For more events and information, log on to the Goodguys website at



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