1967 Firebird
Darren Wood
Barkhamsted, CT

BY THE NUMBERS
Engine: 632ci big-block Chevy with Dart 18-degree Big Chief heads, Jesel valvetrain, Dart intake, 1,250-cfm Barry Grant carb, 1,130 hp, 15.5:1 compression, optional Gibson Les Paul Custom "Black Beauty"
Trans: JW Powerglide two-speed automatic
Rearend: Strange 9-inch with 4.56 gears and 31-spline axles
Suspension: custom control arms with Chassis Engineering shocks up front, ladder bars with QA1 coilovers in the rear
Brakes: Aerospace Components four-piston discs, front and rear
Wheels & Tires: 15x3.5 and 15x14 Weld Magnum wheels with 25x4.5 Goodyear Front Runners and 33x15 Mickey Thompson tires


1966 Chevy Chevelle
Mike Appio
Groton, CT

The story of this 1966 Chevelle is quite simple, Mike Appio says. He wanted a 1966 Chevelle like the convertible he had in high school, except this time he wanted one that wasn't a rolling death trap and could pass more than time on the freeway. He found exactly the right car and exactly the right shop to build it, but when his Chevelle arrived at the Roadster Shop, Phil Gerber had to break the news that it was far too rough. Another car was found and the project got underway with only one can't-miss deadline: It had to be ready for the Anchor Fest show in Centralia, Missouri, in 15 months. This would allow him to show his '66 Chevelle with his stepdad's 1966 GTO. The Roadster Shop delivered, and Mike's Chevelle took Grand Champion and his stepdad's GTO took Third in its class. That award meant a lot to him, but the memories with his stepdad meant more as it was the only show they were able to get both cars to before Mike's stepdad died.

BY THE NUMBERS
Engine: 572ci big-block Chevy with AFR heads, COMP Cams custom hydraulic roller, Edelbrock Victor intake, 1,120-cfm Holley/AED carb
Trans: Tremec T56 six-speed manual, Science Friction Atomic twin-disc clutch
Rearend: Ford 9-inch with 3.89 gears, 31-spline axles, and Eaton Truetrac diff
Suspension: Roadster Shop Fast Track chassis with fully boxed 10-gauge framerails, RS Fast Track front suspension using proprietary geometry, C6 Corvette spindle and Z06 hub assembly, 1.25-inch splined front sway bar with C6 endlinks
Brakes: six-piston 13-inch Wilwood up front, four-piston 11-inch Wilwood rear
Wheels & Tires: 18x9 and 20x12 Forgeline SOP3 wheels with 265/35 and 335/30 Pirelli P-Zero tires


1978 Chevy Nova
Joe Austin
Buffalo, MO

BY THE NUMBERS Engine: stock 1994 350ci small-block Chevy LTI
Trans: 4L60E four-speed automatic overdrive
Rearend: GM 10-bolt with 3.73 gears
Suspension: stock, front and rear
Brakes: stock discs and drums
Wheels & Tires: 17x8 American Racing wheels with 225/50 tires


1968 Chevy Nova
Bill Oertel
Kansas City, KS

Bill Oertel has owned over 20 Novas, but when he retired in 2002 he finally had the time he needed to find and restore one last perfect Nova. After looking all over the country, the right car turned up only 20 miles away—a 1968 Butternut Yellow Nova Super Sport with a black vinyl roof. It was love at first sight! Bill drove the Nova for a couple years with the 355ci small-block, a four-speed stick, the factory 12-bolt posi, and an original black bucket seat interior. But like all hot rodders, he wanted more. After a new 383ci stroker, five-speed trans, Baer brakes, Heidts suspension, A/C, a smattering of tasteful billet bits, and a refurbished interior with 2006 Pontiac GTO seats in black Italian leather with black ostrich inserts, Bill now has a Nova that will run the quarter-mile in 11.026 seconds at 120.61 mph, and it also wins awards like "Meguiar's Magnificent Masterpiece" at the Goodguys' Midwestern Nationals.

BY THE NUMBERS
Engine: 383ci small-block Chevy with 460 hp and 467 lb-ft, Dart Platinum Pro 1 heads, 770-cfm Holley Street Avenger carb, and a March Performance pulley system
Trans: Tremec TKO 600 five-speed manual, Hays clutch and flywheel
Rearend: Moser 12-bolt, 3.73 gears, Detroit Truetrac diff, 33-pline axles
Suspension: Heidts tubular upper and lower control arms, CalTracs bars in rear
Brakes: 13-inch four-piston Baer brakes, front and rear
Wheels & Tires: 17x7 and 17x8 Billet Specialties Street Lites wheels, 225/45R17 and 275/40R17 Toyo Proxes tires

SOURCE
Auto Meter
413 W. Elm Street
Sycamore
IL  60178
866-248-6356
http://www.autometer.com
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