Some of us know what we want to do when we grow up at an early age, and Justin Meyers of Oswego, Illinois, was one of those kids. He dreamed of owning his own shop where he would build the cars he loved. Justin graduated high school with a degree in mechanical engineering, giving him an edge over the competition. He could now integrate what he learned in school to build some really spectacular cars. That left him one problem: finances. That's when he teamed up with Ryan Diem of the Indianapolis Colts. With a slightly higher discretionary budget, Ryan invested in Justin's shop. As a team, they built the shop, Modern Muscle, into what it is today. We asked Justin what his specialty was, but the answer of anything custom seemed pretty vague. He has been focusing on the Pro Touring style incorporated into our favorite muscle cars. After doing a little digging, we found he is also on the late-model front, developing aftermarket parts for Mopar's LX platform, which covers Chargers, Magnums, 300s, and Challengers. With the Challenger new on the market, Justin will be ready when more people are looking to improve them.

With an in-house chassis dyno, Modern Muscle can really crank the muscle out of these cars. Like many builders, Justin has fallen in love with the LS engines, and has been setting cars up on the dyno with much success. Next on the to-do list is a '67 Camaro, which we think will top this Chevelle's 1,000-horsepower benchmark.

BY THE NUMBERS
MODERN MUSCLE
1964 CHEVY CHEVELLE SS
Owner: Justin Meyers, 28
Occupation: owner of Modern Muscle
Hometown: Oswego, IL
Engine size & type: 403-inch twin-turbo Gen III small-block Chevy
Transmission: TH400 with reverse manual valvebody
Performance: est. 1,000 horsepower
Front suspension: coilovers with tubular control arms
Rear suspension: parallel four-link, wishbone locator, and coilovers
Brakes: Wilwood
Wheels & tires: 18x8-inch and 20x12-inch Billet Specialties Stiletto wheels, Mickey Thompson 26x10- and 29x15-inch tires
Paint & body: Napa brand custom blend of black base and pearl
Built by: Modern Muscle
Vendor affiliation: Modern Muscle
Years owned: 1.5