'66 Mustang Gene Carpenter Stanwood, WA About 10 years ago, Gene Carpenter had a different '66 Mustang with a Rat Fink figure on the dash called "Alley Cruiser" that he parted with to finance bigger priorities, including supporting his son's motocross efforts. This new coupe has been christened "Alley Cruiser II," since he wants to pick up where he left off. So far, the $2,500 coupe has only had minor bodywork finished and a fresh coat of flat black primer applied, but now that his son is 20, Gene says it's time for him to get back to hot rodding.

By The Numbers
Engine: 289ci, Edelbrock RPM intake, Holley 650 DP carb, ACCEL ignition
Trans: stock C-4
Suspension: stock with High Jacker air shocks in the rear
Brakes: stock drums
Rearend: stock 8-inch
Wheels: 15x3 and 15x8 vintage slotted mags
Tires: 165R15 and 255/60R15
Future plans: new paint and a fresh build on the 289, plus a performance C-4 and 4.11 gears in the rear to make it fun for cruising and the occasional eighth-mile run

'72 Grand Prix • Bill Newcomer • Salem, OR The Grand Prix doesn't get a lot of attention, but it's been Bill Newcomer's focus since he took a ride in his brother's '71. This '72 is the latest in a line of GPs for Bill, and a replacement for a '71 that met an untimely end, thanks to an engine fire. By chance he happened to spot it at a local body shop with a fresh coat of black paint. A black-on-black '72 GP? Bill had to have it and after negotiating a deal with the owner he had the body shop add the gold accents to match the wheels from his ill-fated '71. Nice touch, we say. So far, the GP is still mostly stock, but Bill says the GP helps preserve his sanity by just being there: "It puts a smile on my face every time I'm around it."

By The Numbers
Engine: stock original 455ci
Trans: TH-400 with Pistol Grip Hurst handle on the factory Z-Gate shifter
Suspension: KYB shocks, PST polygraphite bushings, 1.25-inch WS6 sway bar up front, and 1-inch Addco in the rear
Brakes: stock power discs up front and drums in the rear
Rearend: 12-bolt with Safe-T-Track and 3.07 gears
Wheels: 15x7 and 15x8.5, Enkei 62
Tires: 265/50R15 and 295/50R15 BFGoodrich Radial T/A
Future plans: a fresh 455 and a shift kit for the TH-400, as well as Year One's 17-inch Snowflake wheels and the biggest tires he can squeeze under the sheetmetal, paired with bigger brakes