1969 Plymouth GTX
Justin Major
Cedar Park, TX

GTX convertibles are pricey and fairly rare, but you can slide into a clever clone of one for much less. Justin Major found that out when browsing eBay. He ran across a mostly done 1969 clone with a very reasonable buy-it-now. The auction was only two hours old, but the bidding was already within a couple hundred of the buy-it-now. Justin got in contact right away to ask a couple questions, then clicked the link to make it his. Rather than wait the lengthy time required to ship it, Justin decided to roll the dice and get a one-way flight and drive the GTX 2,000 miles home through the snow. He has pictures of icicles hanging from the fenders to prove it. The paint and GTX conversion were already done, but Justin redid the interior and began upgrading the performance right away. The next plan is an overdrive trans swap since the 727 is starting to slip a bit.

BY THE NUMBERS
Engine: 340ci Chrysler LA small-block with Mopar "purple" heads and cam, Edelbrock Air-Gap intake and 600-cfm carb
Trans: A727 TorqueFlite three-speed automatic
Rearend: stock
Suspension: stock, front and rear
Brakes: Wilwood discs up front, stock drums rear
Wheels & Tires: 17-inch American Racing wheels with Nitto NT555 Extreme ZR tires


1969 Chevelle SS
Richard Sengpiel Jr.
Cuyahoga Falls, OH

BY THE NUMBERS
Engine: 396ci big-block Chevy with ported heads, Crane Fireball II cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, Summit Racing 750-cfm carb
Trans: TH400 three-speed automatic with custom 3,000-stall converter
Rearend: GM 12-bolt with 3.90 gears
Suspension: 2-inch lowered stock up front, 2-inch dropped stock in rear
Brakes: stock discs and drums
Wheels & Tires: 17x8 and 17x9 Centerline Thruster wheels with 245/45 and 285/40 Kumho Ecsta tires


1973 AMC Javelin
Michael Pinto
Loop Nelson, WA

If this Javelin looks a bit familiar, that's because it was included in our 2012 Readers' Projects special. Right after that hit the newsstands, Michael Pinto got the Javelin running and on the road again. About two weeks later, his mom flew in to visit and meet her new grandbaby, and they took the Javelin to the Unique Tin car show in Longview, Washington. During the cruise portion, Michael let his mom slide behind the wheel and she proceeded to do a block-long burnout in front of the spectators and some (fortunately!) gearhead cops. Turns out mama had way more speeding tickets than Michael's dad and owned several Javelins including a Mustard Yellow 1971 AMX and a Big Bad Orange 1970 with a 360. It's mostly used for cruising, though Michael did run the Javelin in an autocross with the local Porsche club and surprised himself by not coming in last!

BY THE NUMBERS
Engine: 360ci AMC with No. 6090 heads, Carter AFB carb
Trans: A727 TorqueFlite three-speed automatic
Rearend: Model 20 with 2.73 gears
Suspension: stock, front and rear
Brakes: stock discs and drums
Wheels & Tires: 14x6 and 14x7 Weld Rodlite wheels with 195/60 and 205/60 BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires


1968 Chevy Nova
Dwaine Hogsed
Monroe, GA

BY THE NUMBERS
Engine: 396ci big-block Chevy with Patriot 119cc heads, Howards hydraulic roller cam, Edelbrock intake, Quick Fuel carb
Trans: M21 Muncie four-speed manual
Rearend: Ford 9-inch with 3.70 gears
Suspension: CPP drop spindles and coilover conversion up front, mini-tubbed rear with RideTech AirBar and coilovers
Brakes: CPP 11-inch up front, Ford Explorer rear
Wheels & Tires: 15x3.5 Team III Gasser and 15x11 Team III Five-Window wheels with Mickey Thompson SRT Street radials

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