'78 Mustang II Cobra
Nick Steinhaus • La Crosse, WI
You may not recognize it, but Nick Steinhaus' Mustang II has actually been in PHR not all that long ago; he was selected for a Reader's Projects feature. Since then, he's come a long way toward his goal of building homage to his parent's Cobra II. He says the guys on the forum at MustangII.net have been a great help in the resto. Bet you didn't know there were forums for Mustang IIs, did ya? Nick still hasn't had time to spray the right green Cobra II graphics, but it's still a must do. After all, to really build one right you have to embrace the full cool quirkiness of the Mustang II.

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Photographer: Nick Steinhaus; La Crosse, WI
Camera: Fuji Film S5100
Engine: 302ci with Weiand intake and Carter carb
Trans: four-speed
Rearend: stock
Suspension: stock with rear air shocks
Brakes: stock
Wheels: Billet Specialties
Custom touches: The headlight covers, grille, and new 3-inch exhaust are all custom made by Nick.

'66 Chevelle Malibu
Maureen DeBello • Bensenville, IL
It was way back in high school when Maureen DeBello first fell in love with the '66 Chevelle when a mutual friend of her and her boyfriend (now husband) had one. They had half-heatedly looked for one, but one day a surprisingly cheap and solid example showed up on AutoTrader.com. Maureen contacted the owner for info and photos, and offered to pay him to take a video of the car's problem areas. The owner happily obliged and created an extremely detailed video showing every inch and angle of the Chevelle, including suspension, seams, and serial numbers-really everything. He ended it with a blast down the road and some quick shifting. Maureen was sold. When it arrived, the Chevelle was even better than expected. The first thing the transport driver said to her was, "Do you know how many people asked to buy this car?"

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Photographer: John C. Hegg; Forest Park, IL
Camera: Canon 40D, 70-200mm lens
Engine: 327ci with Motown 220 heads, COMP Big Mutha Thumpr cam, Edelbrock Victor Jr. intake, and Barry Grant 650 Race Demon carb
Trans: 4L60E
Rearend: 10-bolt with Auburn limited-slip diff and Richmond 3.73 gears
Suspension: stock with big-block springs up front, 5-inch blocks on stock leafs in the rear
Brakes: stock discs and drums
Wheels: Centerline Scorpion
Great quote: "The awards don't hold a candle to the thumbs-up of appreciation we get while cruising in my dream car."

Finalist
'61 Impala
Matt Ruvelson • Eagan, MN
In high school, driving a '69 Camaro that he built with his dad was cool, but just not exactly what Matt Ruvelson wanted. Even the '70 GTO that followed wasn't quite right. Matt had been bitten by the "bubbletop bug," and craved a '61 of his own. Later on while out on business trips around the country, Matt often had a copy of the local Auto Trader in his rental car so he could chase down leads in his spare time. Eventually he found the right car just five miles away from his house. The stock nosebleed height was the first thing to go; Matt got the stance in the weeds and added Intro wheels, which prompted one of this friends to dub it the "Pimpala." The name has stuck, and even appears on the tags.

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Photographer: Jason Stevensen; Monticello, MN
Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Engine: 350ci with COMP cam and polished aluminum intake
Trans: TH350 with B&M shift kit
Rearend: stock with 3.36 gears
Suspension: stock with 2-inch drop springs and GM 605 steering box up front, stock rear with adjustable Panhard bar
Brakes: GM disc swap up front, drums in the rear
Wheels: 18x8 and 20x10 Intro V-Rod
Great quote: "My first word was 'car'-just ask my mother."

'77 Corvette
Jake Ausburger • Lima, OH
Jake Ausburger only had a couple of months to drive his shiny red '77 Corvette around before mean Mother Nature stepped in and made a mess of the Vette via a windstorm, and the day before a big car show too. With the rear half of the body severely damaged and the glass shattered, the C3 spent the next nine months at a body shop getting repaired and resprayed its original silver. Fortunately, it was out just in time for Jake's senior pictures and to get its steering wheel autographed by the Corvette Racing Team at the American Le Mans series at Mid-Ohio Raceway. Spurred by a disappointing dyno session, the next project on the list is a new small-block that will help the Vette earn its "Hellraiser" nickname-so christened because the tag number is 6066.

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Photographer: Amanda Ausburger; Lima, OH
Camera: Nikon D-60
Engine: stock 350ci
Trans: stock TH350
Rearend: stock IRS with 3.31 gears
Suspension: stock front and rear
Brakes: stock discs front and rear
Wheels: Cragar
Great quote: "I dreamed of owning a Corvette since I was young. Now