1957 Chevy 150
Tedd Pierce Fairbanks, AK
Forty-six years ago in 1967 when Tedd Pierce was 17, he purchased this 150 sedan for $100. It was his only transportation until 1969 when he joined the Navy Seabees. It sat parked in a storage shed for 2.5 years until his return. He changed the oil and battery, and proceeded to drive it daily for the next 14 years. Family and home responsibilities eventually left no money for upkeep on the 1957, so when the brakes failed in 1984, Tedd parked it. The 1957 ended up sitting for the next 20 years and the harsh Alaskan environment was not kind to it, however, Tedd had started his own forklift business in 1995, and by 2005 he purchased a shop large enough that would allow him to get the 1957 inside. Four years later business was doing well, so he decided it was time to do what he had wanted for the past 42 years. Friends who were familiar with the 1957 and its condition tried to dissuade Tedd from the project, saying that it would be much cheaper and easier to just buy another car. They were right, but Tedd really wanted his Chevy back.
It's now been almost four years since he started the revival and the 1957 is sporting new quarters, fenders, doors, engine, trans, wiring, glass, interior, and sits on an Art Morrison GT Sport chassis. It may have been a lowly 150 when he started, but the 1957 will now be top-shelf with power accessories, A/C, and an audio system with DVD and GPS capability. So much has been replaced and changed that it won't look or feel much like his old Chevy, but Tedd says the soul of it will still be there.
BY THE NUMBERS
Engine: 460hp Edelbrock SS 383 small-block Chevy with E-Tec heads, Air-Gap intake, and hydraulic roller cam
Trans: TCI Turbo 400 three-speed automatic StreetFighter
Rearend: Strange 9-inch Ford with 3.70 gears
Suspension: Art Morrison GT Sport chassis with Strange coilovers and triangulated four-link in the rear
Brakes: discs front and rear
Wheels & Tires: 17x8 and 17x10 American Racing Torq-Thrusts II with 245/45 and 275/40 Toyo Proxes
Future plans: Tedd had pondered parting with the car a couple times, but his wife told him she would divorce him if he did, so there will be lots of driving in the '57's future.
1970 Dodge Charger
Tyler Hunkele Akron, OH
Every car guy has at least one body style that really speaks to them, and for Tyler Hunkele it's the iconic 1968-70 Dodge Chargers. He had to wait until after graduating college to make it a reality, but he finally got a 1970 project. The original idea was to turn it into a Daytona clone, but after catching an episode of Rides and seeing the Hammer Charger built by Steve Strope, his plans took an abrupt turn. Now he wanted a top-notch Pro Touring car. The Charger needed a good deal of panel patching and bodywork, but luckily a friend of the family owned a body shop and was willing to work with Tyler on a pay-as-you-go basis. The Charger spent a few years in the shop getting the steel in shape, which gave Tyler time to collect parts via articles in magazines on Mopars and advice from Steve Strope himself. Rather than Hammer's BMW Sterling Grey, Tyler went for Sassy Grass Green, and rather than a Hemi he opted for a 499ci low-deck 400 from Compu-Flow. Now Tyler and his dad are in the reassembly phase and learning a lot about B-Body Mopar construction.
BY THE NUMBERS
Engine: 499ci low-deck wedge big-block with Edelbrock Performer RPM heads and intake, custom COMP Cams cam, Holley Ultra HP 850-cfm carb
Trans: A833 four-speed manual
Rearend: Dana 60 with 3.73 gears
Suspension: Magnum Force 2-inch drop spindles and tubular control arms up front, Eaton Detroit Spring leaf springs in the rear
Brakes: Wilwood discs, front and rear
Wheels & Tires: 18x9 and 18x11 New-Gen, tires undecided
Future plans: Get the Charger finished by summer 2014 and take it on Hot Rod Power Tour with his dad.
1963 Chevy II
Bob DeGutes; Henderson, NV
Believe it or not, this 1963 Chevy II is the second car Bob DeGutes ever owned. He originally bought it in 1986 for $300. He, his brother, and his dad did much of the work to help restore it to driving condition while Bob was in college. It later followed him to Las Vegas, where Bob met other Chevy II/Nova enthusiasts who helped him swap out the drivetrain to a 283 from a 1964 Nova, a Muncie four-speed, and a rear from an early Dart. In 1990, Bob was activated for Desert Storm, so the Chevy II went into storage. Upon return, his parents surprised him with a truck for daily driving while Bob finished college and started a family. In 2001 he decided to tear the Chevy II apart for a full build. He even had a rendering done by Mascoll Designs for motivation. So far he has a Chassisworks front clip and TCI rear suspension installed, and a Goodmark 2-inch cowl and 1963 Acadian grille for unique style. Robinson Motorsports is installing a rollcage and a Wilwood reverse pedal assembly for the TKO 500 upgrade. The 283 is staying, but is now .065-over with custom JE forged pistons and forged Scat rods and crank. To shove in more air, a pair of T3 turbos from an '86 Thunderbird with JGS wastegates and blow-off valve feed a Godspeed intercooler and will boost the tiny SBC into big-block territory. All that will be controlled by a Holley HP series EFI system. Bob is still doing much of the work himself, including all of the bodywork and paint in his garage.
BY THE NUMBERS
Engine: Tuned Port Injected 283ci small-block Chevy with iron Vortec heads, custom JE forged pistons, forged Scat rods and crank, Cam Motion roller cam, twin T3 turbo system
Trans: Tremec TKO 500 five-speed manual
Rearend: 8.75-inch Mopar with 3.55 gears
Suspension: Chassisworks front clip with Varishock coilovers and rack-and-pinion, TCI four-link in the rear
Brakes: Wilwood disc brakes up front, stock drums in the rear
Wheels & Tires: 16x7 and 17x8 Centerline Retro with 225/50 and 255/50 Fuzion tires
Future plans: DeGutes plans to have the Chevy II on the road in 2014 after 13 years of patiently building it.