'68 GTO • James Hines • Davenport, IA
Even with no engine, $1,200 is a good deal for a '68 GTO, so James Hines snatched it up when the opportunity arose while telling his three sons that he was going to drop a Tri-Power 428 in it. A few years later, James found the donor at a tow yard auction, not realizing that his wife and kids had just bought a 428 out of a junkyard as a Christmas present. He found it Christmas morning sitting in the living room, freshly hot tanked. Oh well, having a spare 428 isn't a bad thing. James' sons work at a machine shop, so they already spec'd out a 450-ish hp 455 that should be perfect for street driving and the occasional blast down the strip.
'78 Cutlass Sean Gates Ore, NE
Driving a truck for a living and having a shop that's 40 miles from his house keeps Sean Gates' wrenching time at a premium. Plus, when he's home, he makes sure to spend time with his family. Luckily he may be able to combine the two soon, since his 10-year-old on, Johnathan, is starting to take an interest in cars and wants to help Sean build the Cutlass. Who could ask for better motivation? Of course, if he's not careful, Sean may find Johnathan looking to take over the project in about five or six years.