'71 Monte Carlo
Second Chance
Andreas Kwetkus spent six months at the University of Hawaii at Honolulu back in 1991. He needed temporary transportation so he bought a '70 Monte Carlo for $500. He was sad to sell it when he left, because it had become a great source of happiness when he had it. When he finally settled in the continental United States, he set out to buy a second one. This one wasn't as strong a runner as the previous Monte, with a tired and leaky 307 between the fenders.

Transforming the car from its sorry state became Andreas' main hobby. He spent most of his spare time working on it in his garage. He yanked the 307 and replaced it with a 383ci stroker motor. After two years, Andreas decided it was time to go big or go home, so he dropped in a 454 crate motor and converted it to a manual.

Inside and out, it's got everything any of the mainstream cars you see in the magazines have. The interior is cooled with a Classic Air A/C unit and the interior's design has comfort and style in mind. Andreas installed all of the Global West and Baer goodies he could find to help turn and stop the boat like the most nimble sports cars of today. Racing around isn't the car's primary duty, but rather cruising around with his wife and two kids.

Andreas Kwetkus, 46 • Aurora, IL
7.79-second eighth-mile
Type: 454ci big-block Chevy
Block: factory iron
Rotating assembly: all forged
Cylinder heads: iron
Camshaft: solid roller
Induction: Weiand 177ci Pro Street
Edelbrock 800-cfm AVS carb,
150-shot of nitrous
Ignition MSD
Cooling: Edelbrock water pump,
aluminum radiator
Fuel system: Edelbrock pump, Rick's gas tank
Exhaust: MagnaFlow mufflers
Transmission/shifter: Tremec TKO 500,
Hays clutch
Driveshaft: Denny's Driveshafts
Rear axle: GM 12-bolt, Auburn posi,
Moser axles
Front suspension: Global West control arms,
QA1 coilovers,
Hellwig sway bar
Rear suspension: Global West control arms,
Hellwig sway bar
Brakes: 13- and 10.5-inch Baer disc
Body: Glasstek fiberglass
hood and fenders
Paint: Blitz Black
Wheels: 17x8 American Eagle series 211
Tires: 235/45R17 and 275/40R17 BFG