'55 Buick Special Harry Laughy Jr. Fairfax, VT When Harry Laughy Jr. was 15, he used to watch a neighbor drive this '55 Special every day, and always dreamed of owning it. Then one day the neighbor offered: "The engine's blown; it's yours for $20." Harry combined parts from two other cars and built the '55 as his first car. It took him to high school until he hesitantly sold it for a down payment on a '63 Impala 409. Sadly, the guy he sold it to never drove it; it sat beside a barn until the property was sold and was unceremoniously pushed over the bank where it sat for 30 years with no hood or windshield, and provided target practice for hunters. Harry often wandered down and sat in it to reminisce. On his 50th birthday, his wife and daughter presented him a small treasure chest full of money and a note that read: "Here's a bank roll for your Buick." After clearing some trees, the Special returned home with Harry, and is now undergoing a '60s-style hot rod resurrection.

By The Numbers
Engine: 322ci Buick Fireball V-8, Offenhauser Tri-Power intake, Carter and Stromberg carbs
Trans: three-speed Buick
Suspension: rebuilt stock
Brakes: stock Buick power drum
Rearend: stock, 3.90 gears
Wheels: 15x7 Pontiac steelies
Future plans: After completing the body and interior, Harry plans to rebuild the engine, upgrade to a Chevy four-speed trans, graft in a coilover suspension, add disc brakes, rack-and-pinion steering, and some 18-inch wheels.

'70 Mustang Mach 1 • John Harris • Chesnee, SC What started as an $800 project car has been transformed into a Mach 1 so nice that John Harris' friends can't believe he still wants to drag race it occasionally with a Cleveland making horsepower numbers in the high 600s. Nevertheless, that's still the plan with the Engine Masters-inspired Cleveland engine. John wanted this car to be a complete nut-and-bolt resto because he's always liked Mach 1s, and 1970 is his birth year. Of course it hasn't all been fun. "It's been frustrating at times and some days I had to just walk away, but it's worth it when you realize you brought a car back to better-than-new condition."

By The Numbers
Engine: 392ci Cleveland, Scat crank and H-beam rods, SRP forged pistons, COMP Cams solid roller, CHI 225cc 3V heads
Trans: Tremec TKO five-speed
Suspension: rebuilt stock with Summit Racing adjustable shocks, Cal-Tracs bars, and subframe connectors
Brakes: factory discs and drums
Rearend: 9-inch Ford with Detroit Locker, Moser 31-spline axles, and 3.89 gears
Wheels: 15x8 Magnum 500
Tires: 245/60R15 Cooper Cobra
Future plans: John says he's actually building this car for his 8-year-old daughter, Shelby, and has been telling her it's hers since she was old enough to understand.