'70 Challenger • Kaitlyn Ridings Cheboygan, MI
This '70 Challenger belongs to 13-year-old Kaitlyn Ridings, and it's going to be her first car when she turns 16. How envious do you think her classmates will be? She and her dad already dissembled it, sandblasted the body, and Kaitlyn is currently researching and making the parts list. What she does know for sure is that it will be Plum Crazy Purple, and have a 340 in it topped by a shaker and backed by a Keisler Engineering five-speed. So far, working on the build with her dad has taught her how to sandblast, and use an air hammer, Sawzall, and die grinder because one of the agreements of the project is that she has to spend an equal amount of time working on it as her dad does. The other rule comes from mom: No boys are allowed to drive it!
'71 Chevelle Darin Gallagher Sedro-Woolley, WA
Mom's Chevelle became Darin Gallagher's daily driver in college, provided he keep the maintenance up and do minor repairs. When the engine blew though, it sat for almost 10 years while Darin finished his shop and house. Though his mom tried to give him the car, Darin resisted since he wanted to focus on his own '71 Chevelle and his wife's '69 Nova, yet he couldn't return his mom's Chevelle to her in rough condition. Instead, Darin and his dad decided to restore the Chevelle and surprise her. The engine, suspension, and drivetrain have been done; bodywork, paint, and interior are next on the list.
'68 Chevelle Steve Smith • Gainesville, TX
In 1991, this Chevelle was just a shell in a field, and Steve Smith was looking for a good place to transfer the parts from his '68 Chevelle dirt track car. At the time, his two boys were small and money was tight, so everything that could be reused was, and the rest was scrounged up when funds were available. As the boys got older, they helped Steve put the Chevelle together and repair it, always learning. Now 16 years later they're graduating from Texas A&M and Steve's celebrating with a fresh 468 ci. He can still count on his helpers though; it's become a tradition and Steve promised them the Chevelle will remain a family heirloom.