1968 Ford Mustang GT
Dennis & Laureen Piechorowski
Lambertville, MI

This fastback Mustang may have been born on January 12, 1968, as a GT with a J-code 302 and four-speed trans, but Dennis and Laureen Piechorowski saw what it could have been if the original buyer had checked off a few more boxes when ordering it. What they envisioned was a 1968 Shelby that stayed very true to the original cosmetically speaking, but also dabbled just enough in modern technology under the skin. Using the limited edition GT350SR continuation cars Shelby produced a few back to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the cars, the Piechorowskis sought to infuse that formula into their 1968 and build a car that had the right 1960s brute feel and sound, but with even more power. It took seven years of hard work and patience, but the Piechorowskis say they've created a car that Shelby would be proud to have his name and GT350SR badge on. We absolutely agree.

BY THE NUMBERS
Engine: 347ci Windsor with forged crank and pistons, COMP Cams .545/.556-inch lift roller cam, AFR 185 heads, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, 780-cfm Holley, Mallory UniLite distributor, Hooker headers, 470 hp/450 lb-ft
Trans: Top Loader four-speed with Centerforce dual-friction clutch
Rearend: 8-inch with 3.55 gears and posi diff
Suspension: Shelby drop and Pro Motorsports springs with Flaming River rack-and-pinion up front, drop leaf springs with Shelby traction bars in the rear
Brakes: 11-inch, four-piston Wilwood front and rear
Wheels & Tires: 17x8 and 17x9 Unique Performance 454 wheels with 255/40 and 275/40 Falken tires


1971 Chevy Chevelle SS
Larry Tyda
Crest Hill, IL

BY THE NUMBERS
Engine: stock 270hp 350ci SBC
Trans: TH350 three-speed automatic
Rearend: GM 12-bolt, 2.72 gears
Suspension: stock front and rear with heavy-duty sway bars
Brakes: stock power disc and drum
Wheels & Tires: stock 15-inch SS rims with 255/60R15 BFGoodrich tires


1965 Olds Cutlass Convertible
Barbara Cooper-Schaeffer
Lancaster, OH

After her husband built a few GTO projects for himself, Barbara Cooper-Schaeffer decided it was time to have her own. Rather than a Poncho, she went for a 1965 Cutlass convertible that she found in Luckey, Ohio. It was a lucky find too; the Olds was solid with a strong engine, so they only needed to replace some gaskets, add dual exhaust, and drop in a Turbo 400 trans with a shifter conversion from ShiftWorks to replace the two-speed. That took it from an 18-second e.t. to a 15! After that, it was cosmetic work and a new interior. Barbara drives the Cutlass everywhere and has racked up a First in a local show, and an impressive Second Place finish at the Dick Miller Oldsmobile Nationals. "When driving, I always have people wave, toot their horns, and take pictures with their cell phones," Barbara says. "My husband thinks they are looking at the car, but really it's the hot chick behind the wheel. After all, I'm only 67!"

BY THE NUMBERS
Engine: 330ci four-barrel Oldsmobile with 600-cfm Edelbrock carb
Trans: Turbo 400 three-speed automatic
Rearend: stock, 3.08 gears
Suspension: heavy-duty springs, front and rear
Brakes: power discs up front, stock drums in the rear
Wheels & Tires: 15x6 Olds SSI wheels with 215/70 Diamondback Redline tires

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