'55 Chevy • Mike Wells • Brunswick, GA
To say that the movie Two-Lane Blacktop hooked a few guys on '55 Chevys would be the gearhead understatement of the decade. Mike Wells blames his love for the first year Tri-Five on it, as well as a childhood hanging out at local gas station watching hot rods being wrenched on. He didn't get his '55 until 1994, and only got to enjoy it until 1996 when a careless driver plowed into him. The '55 sat on the back-burner until just a few months ago when Mike decided to revive it properly with a burly big-block.
'69 Camaro Mike Goodwin Hixson, TN
Mike Goodwin plans to do all the work on his project-save the upholstery-so before he even found the car, he purchased a paint booth from an autobody supply company and installed it in his basement. It's good he's that committed, since what looked like a good purchase on eBay turned out to be really rusty, requiring floorpans, firewall, cowl, dash, rockers, wheelwells, trunk pan, trunk lid, doors, fenders, roof skin, and more. The list goes on and on, but suffice it to say Mike basically rebuilt the entire Camaro from scratch. Fortunately all that metalwork helped him go from amateur to experienced welder and gave him the opportunity to shave and smooth the whole body and install mini-tubs in the rear.