1968 Ford Fairlane
Butch Gordo
Winnemucca, NV

One smart investment turned into another for Butch Gordo when he cashed in an IRA that he purchased in 1975 to pick up this supersharp 1968 Fairlane convertible. He couldn't afford a muscle car when they were new, so he waited patiently and got this one for enjoying his "golden years." This particular Fairlane came from a local drag racer named Tommy Johns. Johns was building it as a daily driver for his wife and had already tackled the paint, interior, and top, but got sidetracked on other projects before getting to the mechanicals. Luckily for Butch, the 68K Nevada car needed little to be dependable, just a PerTronix billet distributor and a Holley carb to get it road ready. It may get an infusion of more muscle later, but for now Butch says it's great for cruising and heading to car shows.

BY THE NUMBERS
Engine: stock 289ci small-block Windsor with PerTronix billet distributor, Holley carb
Trans: C4 three-speed automatic
Rearend: Ford 9-inch with 3.00 gears
Suspension: stock, lowered 2 inches, front and rear
Brakes: stock drums
Wheels & Tires: 15-inch Magnum 500 wheels with 215/70 and 295/50 Futura GLS tires


1968 Pontiac GTO
Mike Moose
Yardley, PA

BY THE NUMBERS
Engine: stock 400ci Pontiac HO
Trans: four-speed manual
Rearend: stock
Suspension: stock, front and rear
Brakes: stock discs and drums
Wheels & Tires: Pontiac Rally II wheels with G70-14 BFGoodrich redline tires


1964 Chevy Chevelle
Arthur Limbaugh
Los Angeles, CA

One day while out at a swap meet, Arthur Limbaugh ran across this 1964 Chevelle for sale. Well, sort of, anyway. At the time the Chevelle was just a nice street car that was being sold by a little old lady whose husband had just died from cancer. It was a nice car, but Arthur saw the potential for it to be oh so much more wild. He bought the Chevelle, and as soon as he got it home he began tearing it apart. The idea wasn't so much Pro Street looks as it was pro race with a tag on it. Tom Nelson at Nelson Racing Engines crated the visually stimulating and roofline-high 930hp blown big-block to give it the power cred, while Arthur worked to turn the chassis, body, and interior into something ready to put to use. Arthur didn't say how quick it is now, but we're certain this Pro Streeter is no poser.

BY THE NUMBERS
Engine: Nelson Racing Monster 572 big-block Chevy, Dart block, Callies forged crank, Oliver forged I-beam rods, 8.5:1 JE pistons, Brodix BB-3 heads, COMP Cams solid roller cam, Blower Shop 14-71, dual 1,000-cfm Holley carbs
Trans: TH400 three-speed automatic with J&W 3,000-stall converter
Rearend: GM 12-bolt with 5.14 gears and posi diff
Suspension: tubular control arms with QA1 coilovers up front, four-link with QA1 coilovers in the rear
Brakes: Wilwood discs, front and rear
Wheels & Tires: 15x4 and 15x14 Weld wheels with 26 x 7.5 and 33x19.5 Mickey Thompson tires


1971 Chevy Monte Carlo SS
Gary Karn
Homer Glen, IL

Yes, Gary Karn does have two entries this year. During the period where his 1970 Nova was getting the engine rebuilt and the body repainted, Gary needed something to drive. A buddy of his had just bought this 1971 Monte Carlo SS, but then found a Corvette he wanted, so Gary bought the Monte, mainly because it was dark green like his Nova. The Monte was fully luxo-loaded with all the options, but big-block guzzlers were cheap at this time, so he only paid $2,300 for it. After a three-week 5,000-mile trip with a friend, the door of the Monte got dented. Rather than spot paint it, a friend offered to paint it. The paintjob actually ended up launching his restoration shop. Since then, the Monte has remained stock with the original drivetrain, top, trim, and interior. Karn has attended shows with it since the 1980s and has won trophies, and once managed 13-second e.t.'s in the NMCA Heads-Up Stock class. Not bad for an all-original 4,200-pound stocker!

BY THE NUMBERS
Engine: stock 454ci big-block Chevy
Trans: TH400 three-speed automatic
Rearend: GM 12-bolt with 3.33 gears and posi
Suspension: stock, front and rear
Brakes: stock power discs and drums
Wheels & Tires: 15x7 Chevy Rally wheels with 235/70 Goodyear Eagle S/T tires

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