'66 GTO • Pat and Pam Miller • Henderson, NV Pat Miller and his wife have always loved muscle cars and often dreamed about owning and building their own. Pat's boss also felt that he needed to accomplish a dream, and helped put together the plan to blend old-school looks with new GTO technology. Now that's a good boss. The goal was to have a car that stayed true to vintage GTO good looks, but was also fast enough to beat Pat's brother's '65 Plymouth Belvedere II-and all those pesky Mustangs roaming the streets of Nevada. Beginning with a mostly stock, somewhat finished '66 GTO, Pat kept the heritage intact by tracking down the drivetrain out of a wrecked new GTO to drop it in. Doing all the work himself, it took five years to finish, but Pat tells us, "My wife and I now go get ice cream on nice summer nights without fear of coming up short at the light."

By The Numbers
Engine: 5.7L LS, 490hp, Patriot Performance CNC Stage 3 heads, Edelbrock Victor Jr. intake manifold, MSD control module, Quick Fuel Technology Q750 carb
Trans: Tremec six-speed manual transmission, Centerforce clutch
Suspension: Hotchkis drag suspension front and rear
Rearend: Currie Ford 9-inch, 4.10 posi
Wheels: 17- and 18-inch American Racing Torq-Thrust
Tires: BFGoodrich G-Force T/A
Future plans: More cruising, but we'd guess less burnouts: "When you finish your car, don't do a big burnout in the parking lot because of our faithful men in blue. Keep that stuff at the track."

'65 Belvedere II • Mike Miller • Henderson, NV Restored and respectable with thin whitewalls and stock steelies is nice, but having worked half his life in a garage that drag raced their cars on the weekends, Mike Miller really wanted a car that was quick in a straight line-quicker than his brother's '66 GTO in particular. So far, he's already gotten the suspension in drag-ready shape and mini-tubbed the rear to fit fat tires that will make the most of the next phase. Currently, Mike's pulling together the parts he needs to put together a stroked 440 with aluminum heads and a roller cam, which he's hoping will put out well over 500hp. Meanwhile, between projects he and his wife take the Belvedere out at least weekly for a cruise.

By The Numbers
Engine: original 318ci two-barrel
Trans: 727 auto
Suspension: rebuilt stock with tubular control arms in the front, Super Stock leaves in the rear
Brakes: Dodge Aspen 10-inch discs in the front, 11-inch Explorer discs in the rear
Rearend: narrowed 9-inch with 3.50 gears
Wheels: 15x7 and 15x10 Centerline Telstars
Tires: 26x8.0-15 and 29x12.50-15 Mickey Thompson Sportsman S/R radials
Future plans: When the stroker is finished, a new 727 with a 3,000 stall will be swapped in. New upholstery and paint will be the finishing touches.