Richard Nedbal Sonora, CA
We’ve been accused of being negligent in representing the Pentastar lately. To help us out, Richard Nedbal sent us what he refers to as a “weird” Mopar, a ’64 Dodge. “Look up ugly in the dictionary,” Richard says, “and you’ll see pictures of the ’62-65 Mopar offerings.” Despite the self-loathing, Richard decided that although his would still look like a ’64 Dodge on the outside, it would be all high tech on the inside. He built a 725hp, 572ci second-gen Hemi and topped it off with FAST fuel injection—ideal, since he wrote How to Build Max-Performance Hemi Engines for CarTech and his fuel injection business is called FAST Man EFI. To address the unstable handling a tubular front suspension with coilovers and a power rack-and-pinion were added. In the rear, he went with ladder bars with coilovers, and a Ford 9-inch rearend. Keeping the two tied together is a set of 2x3 full-length subframe connectors. To keep the look nostalgic though, Richard decided to keep the pushbutton 727 trans and stock interior. Honestly, we don’t know what the fuss is over; we think the Polara looks great sitting low on 17-inch Torq-Thrust IIs. You can read more about Richard and his car on COMP Cams’ CPG Nation!
Tod Skrzynski • Brooklyn, MI
The first time Tod Skrzynski bought his ’66 Chevelle was way back in 1988 when he was 23 years old. As a newlywed and new father, the expenses for the project quickly grew, and after five years of ownership, he had to let it go.
Fast-forward 14 years to 2007; Tod just happened to see the guy he sold the Chevelle to all those years ago, and asked him whatever happened to the car? He responded that he still had it, and to Tod’s surprise he asked if he was interested in buying it back. How could he refuse?
The car was like a time capsule; the previous owner hadn’t changed anything; he’d driven it very little, and mostly just let it sit in his pole barn for all those years. The paint, wheels, tires, and even the yellow ACCEL spark plug wires were just as Tod had left them in 1993. He then sat down with his family and devised a plan to bring this long lost icon of Tod’s past back to life. In the last four years they all got their hands dirty handling most of the work themselves and only farming out the paint and body. The best part, Tod says, was that they spent time together laughing and learning. “Although some people think I’m crazy,” Todd says, “I even taught my son and daughter how to drive a four-speed in this beast. For what it’s worth, my daughter had a much easier time learning to drive and shift than my son. We still tease him about that!”
Britt & Kathy Smith Puyallup, WA
“Big, Brown, and Ugly,” that’s how Britt Smith described the $600 six-banger Biscayne he picked from an ad in the local paper. “As a joke,” Britt says, “we told our then 16-year-old daughter that we bought it for her first car. Let’s just say that tears were shed before we told her it was a joke.” Soon after, a big-block ’69 Impala parts car arrived to offer up a bevy of good parts: 396ci engine, TH400, 12-bolt rearend, and the entire front suspension. Also, around that time a friend of Britt’s was swapping the seats in his ’69 Elky over to buckets, so guess who got the bench seat, shifter hump, shifter boot, and trim ring for free? Combined with an M20 Muncie he got at a local shop for a couple hundred bucks, Britt dove into the Biscayne infusing all his scrounged-up goodies. The interior was pulled, and he and Kathy went to the local Boeing surplus store and found some material they liked. Using the original material as a pattern, they laid out a traditional-style wide tuck ’n’ roll. The only thing he hasn’t touched is the paint. “It really seems to bother people that I don’t paint it, so it may never happen,” Britt says. “The $99 Earl Schieb paintjob with the original white peaking through in spots doesn’t bother me at all. You can drive this baby anywhere. It’s almost stealth.”
John Hunkins Waukesha, WI
No, this good-looking ’69 Road Runner is not owned by PHR Editor Johnny Hunkins, it’s the pride and joy of John Hunkins, owner of Auto Paint & Supply. We know, because Johnny’s cars aren’t this nice!
John’s car wasn’t all that nice either when he first bought it though; it started off as a 20-footer at best, John says. Maybe 30 feet, depending on the angle. Despite that, the full rotisserie resto was completed in less than 10 months with John doing most of the work himself with the help of a couple friends, and even his wife chipping in once in a while. All the paintwork was tackled in the Auto Paint & Supply training center—John even got his DuPont paint rep involved. The big “605” on the hoodscoops denotes the 605ci Wedge that puts out 881 hp and 789 lb-ft of torque. Backing that up is a Cope Racing transbrake TorqueFlite, and a Strange 9-inch suspended by an Art Morrison four-link. Up front, the Road Runner uses an AlterKtion front suspension and Wilwood brakes. It’s nice at 2 inches now, but that doesn’t mean the Road Runner is a show queen; it’s been to the track once to try and dial in the suspension, running a best of 9.20 at 147 mph with the tires spinning. Once everything gets sorted out, John’s hoping for 8s. “I’m a little over budget,” John says, “but I’m still married.”