Michael purchased the Cortez Silver Chevelle eight years ago as an opportunistic buy while at the Las Vegas Super Chevy Show. We say opportunistic, because Michael has always been on the lookout for a twin to his ’70 Camaro race car. Thanks to help from friend Martin Charles—as well as his two daughters (one being PHR’s very own Laura Peltakian)—Michael is in the final assembly stages of his restomod Chevelle.
Engine: 502ci Chevrolet Performance big-block crate motor, March pulley system
Trans: GM Hydramatic 700-R4 four-speed automatic overdrive
Rearend: GM 12-bolt with Posi and 3.73 gears
Brakes: four-wheel disc brakes
Wheels & Tires: Billet Specialties wheels (20x8, front; 20x9.5, rear), Toyo tires (245/35R20, front; 275/40R20, rear)
Believe it or not, Monte Fuego, as it’s known, was near ready for the junkyard after decades of hard use when Chip Foose and the Overhaulin’ crew got their hands on it in 2004 and turned it into one the nicest Montes on the planet. Unfortunately, some people just don’t appreciate nice things that they didn’t have to work for; rather than receiving proper care, the owner continued to treat the Monte like a cheap rental car with no maintenance for 25K miles. When Mike Brush found it on Craigslist in 2010 it had body damage on every panel, the custom bumpers were dented and cracked, the custom interior was filthy, and the supercharged ZZ4 had three broken pistons and a bunch of collapsed rings. Mike couldn’t bear to see the Monte fallen from grace like that and brought it home for one more chance. Despite Overhaulin’, the neglect has meant Mike had to tear everything down and start from scratch to get the Monte back into respectable condition. So far the body is straight again, the interior is fresh, and the rebuilt drivetrain is set to drop in. With some luck, Mike should be cruising in Monte Fuego this summer.
Engine: 355ci small-block with forged Chevrolet Performance crank, Eagle H-beam rods, 8.3:1 JE pistons, Chevrolet Performance cam and valvetrain, Vortech V-1 supercharger
Trans: California Performance 200-R4
Rearend: Diff Works 12-bolt with 3.55 gears
Suspension: Hotchkis upper control arms, chocks, antiroll bar, tall spindle conversion, Baer bumpsteer kit up front, Hotchkis antiroll bar and shocks in the rear
Brakes: 14-inch Baer discs front and rear with Baer master cylinder and proportioning valve
Wheels & Tires: 17x9 and 17x11 Foose with 235/45 and 255/45 BFGoodrich g-Force T/A
Pete Krehbiel, Chicago, IL
Not since Alan Johnson built the g-Force ’71 ’Cuda in 2005 have we seen such an ambitious Mopar project come together. Pete Krehbiel’s ’68 Charger (the one on this month’s cover) is a virtual dream team of components being assembled in one of the sexiest bodies ever conceived, and if Pete has his way, it’s going live out its life equally on the street and on the racetrack. Tripower Automotive in Libertyville, Illinois, is using a Schwartz Performance chassis with an 8-inch engine setback and framerails widened by 8 inches to create the supercar performance. The wheelbase has also been stretched 4 inches. The setback all-aluminum 426 Hemi, which will be built by Indy, will channel power through a six-speed Tremec and into a Heidts IRS.
Pete is no stranger to the autocross or road racetrack. His previous rides have taught him what’s important: light weight, high-grip, good brakes, better tires, and lots of patience. And as for the ’71 Cuda grille? Pete loved the classic Charger body, but could do without the hideaway headlights. This project gave him the chance to try something we’ve always wanted to see, and it looks hella cool! Look for a feature on this when it’s finished.
Engine: 426ci aluminum Hemi by Indy Cylinder Heads, Hillborn injection, roller cam
Rearend: Ford 9-inch, Heidts IRS
Suspension: Schwartz Performance chassis, spindles, and control arms, QA1 coilovers, Heidts IRS
Brakes: Baer four-wheel disc brakes, 6-piston calipers, 14-inch rotors
Wheels & Tires: Foose Fishtail 19-inch wheels, Michelin tires (305/30R19, front; 345/30R19, rear)
Eric Hokenson, St. Paul, MN