Even though the car is 36 years old, it never reached the level of decay and decline that most old cars do. Accordingly, the interior is mostly original. The seats are original and the front buckets have been recovered once in the original material. Keith ditched the swivel feature of the seats for more weight savings. The Rally gauge cluster that came with the police package is still mostly there and functioning. The tachometer died, and Keith couldn't find anyone who could fix it. But he noticed that an '87 IROC Camaro tachometer was about the same size and had the same sweep, so he swapped the guts to use the IROC tach with his original gauge face. Similarly, the clock croaked, and he swapped in an oil pressure gauge from an '80s GM diesel truck. There are few things in the interior that you don't see. Inside the center console is an MSD ignition retard control. Behind the glovebox door is the MSD 6AL box where Keith can plug in rpm-limiter chips. Flipping down the ashtray reveals a start button. The original rear-window defogger switch now turns the Holley electric fuel pump on and off. These are the type of cool and thoughtful details that set Keith's car apart from stripped-down race cars.

Keith's racing affair with this '74 Chevelle was incremental for many years. In the mid '90s, he was playing around with the rear suspension and the attachment points in particular. He drilled some extra holes for upper control arm mounts and ended up breaking the frame. At that point, he and his dad-who worked with him on the car throughout-decided that they needed to take the body off the frame. They ended up narrowing the rear framerails of the car 11/4 inches on each side and re-engineering the suspension mounts. To narrow the framerails, the rear crossmember was sectioned and the factory rails were simply moved closer together. That change allowed him to fit a 131/2-inch tire on a 10-inch wheel without modifying the factory wheel tubs. The new locations for the trailing arms allowed Keith to achieve a better instant center, delivering race-car four-link geometry with factory parts.

The only question at this point is, what's next? Keith has had quite a bit of success in the NMCA racing series, racking up wins from 2001 to 2008. He's thinking he might have a good recipe to compete in the Factory Appearing Stock Tire (F.A.S.T.) racing series. Just like any good relationship, time is well spent embarking on the next step in the adventure.

Keith Seymore • Troy, MI
Total cost to build: $15,000
Type: Chevy 555 big-block
Block: GM Performance Parts
Bow Tie short-deck CNC
Oiling: Moroso wet sump
Rotating assembly: K1 Technologies
4.250-inch forged crank
and H-beam rods;
forged 13:1 Weisco pistons
Cylinder heads: AFR CNC aluminum castings
with 118cc chambers
and 2.30/1.88-inch valves
Camshaft: Cam Motion 284/297 at .050,
.798/.764-inch lift
Valvetrain: COMP Cams stainless
1.7:1 rockers; PSE springs,
COMP Cams retainers and pushrods
Induction: Dart 4500-series intake manifold
ported by CFE,
Holley 950-cfm for NMCA racing,
and 1050 Dominator for bracket racing
Exhaust: Modified Hooker 2 1/4-inch headers
with 4-inch collectors,
dual 4-inch Flowmaster mufflers
Power adder: none
Fuel system: Holley mechanical fuel pump
at the engine,
Holley electric pump at the tank
Ignition: MSD 6AL, distributor, coil, and plug wires
Cooling: Two-core replacement radiator,
mechanical fan, aluminum water pump
Output: (estimated) 900 hp at 7,000 rpm
and 900 lb-ft at 4,500 rpm
Built by: Scott Williams at S&K Racing
Transmission: GM TH400 auto
with full-manual valvebody
built by Jim Paquet of JPT,
Coan 9-inch 4,000-stall converter,
factory console shifter
Rear axle: stock 8.5-inch 10-bolt
rearend housing with 4.10:1 gears,
Mark Williams axles,
C-clip eliminator kit and spool
Front suspension: factory control arms,
90/10 drag shocks, travel limiters
Rear suspension: station wagon
passenger-side leaf spring,
stock shocks, driver-side spring,
and boxed factory control arms
Brakes: factory front disc and rear drum brakes
Wheels: Corvette Rally wheels 15x6, front;
15x10, rear for street (15x8 for racing)
Tires: 235/70R15 Firestone, front;
Mickey Thompson 29.5x13.5x15 ET Street
(29.5x10.50x15 slick for racing), rear