April 2011 Chevy High Performance Garage - CHP Garage

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LS Fest

I attended the LS show in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and really enjoyed it. Just like you said, it was a great first-time event. I also agree that it would have been a much better turnout if the local weather guys weren’t forecasting rain for the entire weekend; I’m sure that kept a lot of people home. My wife and I even waited until almost noon on Saturday before heading out. The sun was out and we decided to take a chance and we’re glad we did!

Other than that one small shower it was a perfect day to be at the park with all those great cars. I look forward to next year and after attending several events the last couple of years at Beech Bend; I really like the facilities there. Other than getting in and out, it is a great place for car shows. And while I’m not a camper, it’s nice to have that option should you want to stay on the grounds.

Unfortunately, I’ve been away from cars for well over 30 years and my last experience was selling a ’67 Camaro to help finance a down payment on a home. I have a lot to relearn, but between surfing the web and never giving up on my passion, it’ll be fun to get back into it. The good news is that I retired back in February and recently purchased a ’68 Camaro to play with. So far it has a 383 with a Lunati camshaft, a Holley carburetor, a set of World Products cylinder heads, a manual shift Powerglide with a transbrake, and 3.73:1 gears out back.

I also want to say that I love the magazine, and maybe I can meet you next year.
Gene Grinstead
Via email

Great to hear from you Gene and we’re glad you had just as much fun as we did. Next year promises to be even bigger, and you can bet we’ll be there. Keep us posted on your latest project and be sure to look us up and say hello.

Foreign Object

My Foreign Object that will soon hold an LS engine is a ’83 Mercedes-Benz SL500, so I hope readers agree that it’s OK. But wait, we don’t build cars to suit other people, do we? Keep an eye out for it running around the streets of Orlando, Florida, next year.
Gene Price
Via email

Some may argue that it’s wrong to transplant Bow Tie mills into other brands, while others simply love it. Either way, it’s hard to argue your philosophybuild it the way you want it. Granted, you won’t see those types of builds within the pages of CHP; however, it doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate them.

Reader’s Write

I just received this month’s issue and began reading it from cover to cover. I was surprised to see my question (Cut & Shim) and appreciate you answering it. On a side note my father, who recently died, was good with his hands, could make anything, and always said, Measure twice and cut once. Thanks again.
Anthony Obrien
Via email

Foremost we’re sorry for your loss. Also, thank you for taking the time to follow up with your initial email. It’s pretty rare to hear back from someone twice, but it’s always a pleasure when we do.

Got something to say? We’ll make you famous and put your letter here. Email us at chevyhi@sorc.com

Build A New Tri-Five

Beginning March 1, 2011, Real Deal Steel will be offering ’57 two-door hardtop body skeletons and body shells along with ’57 Bel Air convertible body skeletons and body shells. Later in the summer, you can expect a ’55 two-door hardtop body skeleton and body shell, including a ’55 Bel Air convertible body skeleton and body shell. Also slated for production is a ’55 and ’57 two-door sedan body skeleton and body shell. A ’56 two-door hardtop and convertible, and two-door sedan will be available, but only as skeletons.




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