1969 Opel GT
Ricky Slade
Gulfport, MS

We're pretty sure this is the baddest Opel ever built. It didn't start that way, though. Ricky Slade's original plan was to restore this Opel GT to resemble the one he had back in college, but Hurricane Katrina changed that. After being submerged in 20 feet of water in his garage and ruining almost everything, Ricky decided to rip it apart and go full custom Pro Touring. Several parts cars, four fenders, four quarter-panels, and two hoods allowed him to stretch the body 4 inches and widen the rear 6 inches to fit 11-inch-wide wheels. The Opel now sits on a custom frame with a Fatman Fabrications Mustang II front suspension and custom four-link rear. Our favorite part, though, is the hopped-up 300hp 215ci aluminum Buick V-8 underhood that provides plenty of power without throwing off the weight balance of the teeny sports car. We liked it so much that we shot it for a feature. Look for more details and pix of Ricky's Opel in the February issue of PHR!

BY THE NUMBERS
Engine: 300hp 215ci aluminum Buick V-8 with ported heads, Crower cam (.488-inch lift, 276/281 duration at .050), Edelbrock carb
Trans: T-5 five-speed manual
Rearend: Strange 9-inch with Eaton Truetrac diff and 3.89 gears
Suspension: Fatman Mustang II with coilovers and rack-and-pinion up front, Quarter Max four-link with coilovers in the rear
Brakes: Engineered Components discs, front and rear
Wheels & Tires: 17x8 and 17x11 American Racing Torq-Thrusts II wheels with 215/40 and 315/35 Goodyear Eagle F1 tires


1968 Ford Falcon
Bruce Schintgen
Cedar, MO

BY THE NUMBERS
Engine: 302ci small-block Ford with Edelbrock Performer heads and Performer RPM intake, Crane cam, Holley carb
Trans: C4 automatic three-speed with Hughes converter
Rearend: 9-inch Ford with 3.55 gears
Suspension: RideTech air suspension up front, four-link with RideTech air suspension in the rear
Brakes: factory discs and drums
Wheels & Tires: 16- and 17-inch American Racing Salt Flat wheels with 205/55 and 235/55 tires


1971 Chevy Nova
Matt Pagel
Plover, WI

BY THE NUMBERS
Engine: 350ci small-block Chevy with GM camel-hump heads, Crower solid cam, Edelbrock Air-Gap intake, Pro Systems carb
Trans: TH350 three-speed automatic with B&M 3,000-stall Holeshot converter
Rearend: GM 12-bolt with 3.55 gears
Suspension: stock, front and rear
Brakes: stock discs and drums
Wheels & Tires: 18x8 Boss 338 wheels with 245/40 Nitto NT555 tires


1967 Cobra Replica
Peter Ballentine
Beavercreek, OH

BY THE NUMBERS
Engine: 351W small-block with AFR 185 aluminum heads, COMP Cams custom retrofit roller cam, Scorpion roller rockers, Levy Racing low-profile pan, Trick Flow 351 EFI intake, Accufab 75mm throttle body, Pro-M 75mm MAF, 36-lb/hr injectors, Walbro 255-lph electric pump, Vortec fuel rails, Kirban fuel pressure regulator, Mallory HyFire VI-AL box, and 1993 Mustang ECU
Trans: 4R70W four-speed automatic with USShift Quick1 controller, B&M Quicksilver ratchet shifter, and paddle shift buttons on a Moto Lita steering wheel
Rearend: Dana 36 with 3.75 gears
Suspension: C4 Corvette suspension with QA1 coilovers in front and narrowed C4 transverse leaf spring in the rear, custom front and rear sway bars from Hunter Kit Cars
Brakes: C4 Corvette disc brakes with Wilwood brake pedal assembly and dual master cylinders, line lock kit from Summit Racing
Wheels & Tires: 17x8 and 17x11 team III wheels with 245/45 and 315/35 Nitto NT01R tires

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