He couldn’t afford a Corvette in the late ’50s when they were new, so Larry Hatch had to just look and dream until the right opportunity came along to purchase a Silver Blue ’58 hardtop in 1976. When the Army shipped James off to Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, the Corvette came along, and he and his wife had a great time enjoying the local Corvette club events. It also followed Larry to the Presidio in San Francisco in 1979, and then Fort Lewis, Washington, in 1982. In 1983, Larry took the Vette’s body off the frame and went to work restoring, re-plumbing, and installing a nicely built 283 backed by a Muncie four-speed. The body, however, stayed separate from the frame for the next 32 years until Larry retired. He spent the time gathering all the NOS parts he needed, and after Customs Northwest in Olympia, Washington, perfects the body and sprays the Mercedes-Benz 799 Diamond White paint, it’ll soon be ready to rejoin the frame and undergo final assembly. “The moral of the story,” Larry says, “is to never give up and live long enough to complete the project.”
Engine: 283ci small-block built by HAT Racing Enterprises in San Rafael, CA, balanced, bored .040 over, with high-compression pistons, forged crank, Crane cam, and 1.94 heads with hydraulic lifters. Original ’58 dual four-barrel manifold and carbs will be installed.
Trans: Muncie close-ratio four-speed coupled to a stock flywheel and McLeod 11-inch pressure plate
Rearend: stock 3.70 gears
Suspension: rebuilt original
Randy T. Hines, Port Arthur, TX
The pictures of Randy Hines’ ’70 Chevelle just don’t do it justice. Twenty-two years ago, Randy was outgunned, outspent, and outnumbered when he bought his A-body as a shell for $500. Since then, he’s put in a ton of sweat equity, slowly remaking it into a dual-purpose street/strip dream car. Randy mentions that he got a lot of tips from PHR’s own Street Sweeper ’68 Chevelle—we’re guessing we can take credit for the big-block with the Air-Gap intake, COMP cam, Demon carb and custom evac system then!
The big blue bruiser runs deep 11s on motor and dips 10s on happy gas and is very reliable and consistent, writes Randy. He regularly runs the local grudge and index matches, and has even been on Pinks: All Out. The Chevelle has also run NMCA True Street, a grueling test combining a lengthy street cruise with quarter-mile action. Over the years, Randy’s had three paintjobs and three engines—the most recent big-block combo arriving six years ago. Next up, says Randy: ignition, carb, and exhaust!
Engine: 468ci big-block Chevy, ZL1 aluminum heads, .588-lift COMP cam, Edelbrock Air-Gap intake, 780-cfm Demon carb
Trans: GM Turbo 400 automatic three-speed, 3,500-rpm Hughes converter
Rearend: GM 12-bolt rear with Richmond 3.73 gears, Moser axles, and Detroit Locker
Suspension: stock with 90/10 drag shocks, Southside rear control arms, Moroso drag springs
Wheels & Tires: Mickey Thompson 28x10.5 slicks
Growing up in a family full of AMC fans, it was just a matter of time before Michael found his own. The first couple of attempts to find a project fell through, and one ’73 Hornet turned out to be held together by undercoating, but when he ran across this ’73 Javelin that had been sitting abandoned at a mechanic’s garage for over 25 years he knew he’d finally found his AMC. The catch was it was 200 miles away with no wheels and didn’t run. After a good friend helped him get it home, Michael went to work on the 360 and in short order he had it running again. Video or it didn’t happen, right? See it here: www.YouTube.com/AMC310. Since then, Michael has been slowly working his way through the whole car with the help of his AMC-loving dad and grandpa. Right now they’re converting to disc brakes, installing new suspension bushings, and going through the cooling and fuel systems in the hopes of having the Javelin road worthy in time for the Mopar/AMC day in Woodburn, Oregon, this summer.