1976 Buick Skylark
Mark Weber
Sturgeon Bay, WI

BY THE NUMBERS
Engine: 360ci Buick small-block with ported stock heads, Erson cam (.514-inch lift, 230 degrees duration at .050 lift), T/A Performance intake
Trans: TH350 three-speed automatic with 3,000-stall converter
Rearend: GM 10-bolt with 3.90 gears
Suspension: stock front, stock rear with slapper bars
Brakes: stock discs and drums
Wheels & Tires: 14x6 and 15x8 Buick Rally wheels with 235/60 and 275/60 BFGoodrich tires


1955 Chevy Bel Air
Gene Lyons
East Peoria, IL

Do you have a favorite year for cars? For Gene Lyons, it's apparently 1955. He had a 1955 T-bird he was building, but ended up trading it for this 1955 Chevy Bel Air. Originally a California car, the 1955 had only been in Tulsa for about six years when he traded for it. He pulled the heads off the 327ci and had them magnfluxed, decked, and new valves and springs installed to accommodate the aggressive cam he had in mind. Paired with a geardrive, headers, and Flowmaster mufflers, you can definitely hear it coming! For the look, Gene wants it to stay old school, so the metallic blue paint and flames are set off by Cragar S/S wheels and the interior is a traditional pleated vinyl. He still has a few more custom touches in mind, such as a custom grille, a bit more rake to the stance, and maybe some new wheels and tires.

BY THE NUMBERS
Engine: 327ci small-block Chevy with custom cam, Edelbrock intake, and 600-cfm carb
Trans: 700-R4 four-speed automatic overdrive
Rearend: GM 10-bolt
Suspension: stock
Brakes: power discs up front, drums in the rear
Wheels & Tires: 15-inch Cragar S/S wheels with 215/65 and 255/60 BFGoodrich tires


1955 Chevy
Steve Clark
Crawfordsville, IN

When retirement came 'round, Steve Clark knew he needed to find something to occupy his time, so he and his wife went to car shows looking for the right car for sale. They zeroed in on a clean 1955 Chevy two-door. Steve dove right into it and swapped in a 383ci small-block engine, four-speed trans, 9-inch rear, Vintage Air, and Cragar wheels. Six months later he had a good-looking car, but not quite what he wanted, so he sold that 2955 and picked up another to build from the ground up. This time it was a father/son project and more aggressive. The firewall was moved back 4 inches to clear the big-block, and the rear framerails were moved in 5 inches per side to make room for big tires. The whole project took an unexpected two and a half years, but the result is one very low, loud, and scary fast 1955!

BY THE NUMBERS
Engine: 555ci Dart big-block with Merlin heads, Cam Motion cam (.565-inch lift, 294 degrees duration at .050), Edelbrock intake and 850-cfm carb
Trans: Tremec TKO 600 five-speed manual
Rearend: 9-inch Ford with 4.10 gears
Suspension: RideTech Strong Arms up front, RideTech Air-Over-Spring in the rear
Brakes: CPP 11-inch discs up front, Ford drum in rear
Wheels & Tires: 15x4.5 and 15x14 Cragar wheels with 27x5 and 29.5x18 Mickey Thompson tires


1956 Chevy Bel Air
Loren Batson
Springfield, IL

BY THE NUMBERS
Engine: 330hp 350ci small-block Chevy with Vortec heads, .435/.460-inch lift cam, Chevrolet Performance intake, Edelbrock 650-cfm carb
Trans: 700-R4 four-speed automatic overdrive with 1,800-stall converter
Rearend: original with 3.55 gears
Suspension: tubular control arms with 2-inch drop spindle up front, stock rear
Brakes: power disc and drum
Wheels & Tires: 15x7 American Racing Torq-Thrusts D wheels with 215/60 and 235/60 BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires

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