After Daniel Sauget watched too many car restoration shows and got fired up about building something, he saw this ’72 Chevelle on the side of the road for sale that he just had to bring home. The teardown on the Chevelle began right away with help from Daniel’s son, Randy, and daughter, Brittany. Unfortunately that revealed the trunk was completely rusted out as were the rear wheel openings and the corner of the package tray. Well, at least that certainly made the cutting for the Chassisworks backhalf and Competition Engineering rollbar much easier! Rather than send it to a fabricator, Daniel jumped in and just learned metalworking as he went. Motivated by daydreams of summer cruising, Daniel’s future plans are to complete the bodywork, paint, and interior with a Painless Performance wiring harness, Procar Hi-back bucket seats, RJS five-point harnesses, Classic Thunder Road SS dash panel with Auto Meter Sport Comp gauges, and a Flaming River steering column.

By The Numbers

Engine: 540 Dart Big M block, Wiseco pistons, Lunati (cam, roller rockers, lifters), Dart aluminum heads, Rattler damper, Moroso oil pump and pan, Edelbrock Victor Jr. intake, Holley 4150 carb, Barry Grant fuel pump and filter, PerTronix Flame-Thrower distributor and coil, Doug’s headers

Trans: Tremec TKO600 five-speed

Rearend: Winters quick-change with 4.86 gears

Suspension: Global West upper and lower A-arms with coilovers, Chris Alston Chassisworks backhalf and four-link with QA1 coilovers

Brakes: stock GM

Wheels & Tires: 15x7 and 15x15 Center Line Auto Drags with 225/70R15 Cooper Cobras up front, 31x18R5LT Mickey Thompson Sportsman SRs in the rear

1970 Chevy Camaro

Dave VanderKolk, Fennville, MI

As a family man living in a home with a wife and three daughters, Dave VanderKolk can certainly be forgiven for escaping his estrogen-filled environment whenever possible. That escape plan calls for a beeline straight for the world of hot rodding. Dave’s hot rodding world not only has a very bitchin ’70 Camaro (which he’s owned for 22 years), but the friendship of fellow car nut, Mark Plaggemars. These two partners in crime have been slowly revitalizing Dave’s Rally Sport during the weekends over the past few years; you may remember Mark from our June ’10 readers’ projects issue. That was Ford freak Mark on our cover with his ’69 Mustang—and now it’s Dave’s turn for the money shot!

Like Mark, Dave wants a well-rounded Pro Touring car that can do everything well, and that has looks that go way beyond the plane-Jane restomod. There’s a lot of custom bodywork, including fabricated fuel filler and flush firewall, and the big prize: a homebrewed triangulated four-link rear with Panhard bar. Dave says every panel on the car has been modified, and the work is far from finished.

By The Numbers

Engine: 355ci small-block Chevy with EFI

Trans: Magnum T56 six-speed manual

Rearend: custom narrowed Ford 9-inch, nodular case with 4.11 gears

Suspension: CPP drop spindles and tubular A-arms and QA1 coilovers (front), custom-built four-link rear suspension with adjustable Panhard (rear)

Brakes: Wilwood disc brakes TBD (front), CPP 13-inch discs (rear)

Wheels & Tires: New Gen wheels (18x9, front; 18x12, rear) with Nitto tires (255/45R18, front; 315/40R18, rear)

Other: smoothed firewall, working cowl induction, custom cowl hood, custom fuel filler, exhaust tips through valence, electric exhaust cutouts

1956 Buick Special Riviera

Mike Bradley, West Jordan, UT