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Were the good old days...

REALLY THAT GOOD?

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onestly, I have lost count. As best I can remember, I attended every Street Machine Nationals from 1986 through 1996, and have been back for the rebirth of the show from 2013-present—meaning this year marked my 15th trip to “the Big Show.” Now granted, there are some true veterans of the event who attended what I call “the early years” from 1977-1982 before it ended up in Du Quoin. And there were two years I missed (1997-1998) in there, too. But the bottom line is, I have a pretty fair recollection of how things used to be, and I’ve seen how they’ve transformed in the new era of the event. My bottom line assessment is this: it isn’t the show it once was. But the good news is that it doesn’t need to be. Part of the appeal back in the day was seeing the newest, latest, greatest builds. In that regard, this year’s show fell a bit flat. Headliner, cutting-edge, brand-spanking-new builds were few and far between. But there were plenty of familiar rides. And plenty of familiar faces. You see, in the pre-internet stone age of the ’80s and ’90s, it wasn’t possible like it is today to basically follow along on social media to see a car being built in real time. With the exception of a rare teaser build photo in a monthly mag, you simply didn’t see cars under construction unless you happened to be (or know) the person building it. So yeah, in that regard, the show has lost a little luster. However, in my opinion, it has more than made up for it in others. Gone are the days of youth unrestrained taking a small

town hostage for three days with wild partying, copious drinking, and risky automotive behavior. In its place, a family friendly atmosphere has taken root. A true sense of community has developed. And a chance to see old friends on an annual basis has been established. It may be tempting to reflect back on Nats-gone-by and lament the passage of an event so wild and untamed that it got thrown out of four different cities or towns. But was it really that great? Was it really sustainable? It’s like thinking back to a high school or college relationship with a party guy or gal. It may have been cool for some laughs and a good time for a while, but it wasn’t something you’d want to commit to forever. In a way, the old Nats weren’t what I’d consider “marriage material.” The new Nats are. The addition of Saturday night drags, city-embraced cruising, and stuff for the kids have truly made it a one-stop gearhead destination. There really is something for everyone now. And if you haven’t experienced the event, you need to. As fun as they’ve been, they have been missing one thing: YOU. So to answer my own question, were the good old days really that good? At the time, they sure as heck were! However, would most of us want them repeated today? I for one wouldn’t. Instead, I am thankful for what we have and thrilled to see things like this issue of RPM, especially dedicated to the 2017 Nats, as proof that not only are they back.... they’re better than ever!

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SILV-ATION FACTORY OR NAH? The craftsmanship and attention to detail on the build is incredible. The factory chrome bumpers retain that classic musclecar styling, but the AN fittings peeking from the fabbed fuel cell sump are a clue that the Chevy is packing some serious power under the hood.

steadfast and focused on one thing: building his dream car. No stranger to the high performance and custom car scene, Jachimiak has previously worked as an honorary crew member on Bruce Litton’s top fuel dragster team and also handled clutch duties on an A/Fuel team. “Usually in big-time drag racing, if you win, then you have the crew chief to thank…and if you lose, you have the clutch guy to blame,” Jachimiak said, flashing his infectious grin. He’s

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also wrenched on an A/ Fuel nitro dragster and in the sportsman ranks, as well. Along the way, he’s owned a pair of ’66 Chevelles, another pair of ’67s, and a ’69. He acquired his current ride as a solid builder in 1991 for $2800. “It was in good shape, and I initially restored it and repainted it Jade Stone Green in the late ’90s,” he recalled. In 2007, he was ready to take the plunge on a no-holds-barred resto-mod project, with visions of a

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LABOR OF LOVE Jachimiak says there were plenty of days during his 3 1/2 years confined to a hospital bed that he spent dreaming and detailing every last aspect of the finished product you see here. nitrous-assisted big block and 10.5 tires dancing in his head. Unfortunately, with the car in pieces, disaster struck again. “Right in the middle of re-doing the car, I had surgery on my right femur,” Jachimiak shared somberly. That surgery spiraled into a nightmare of massive chronic infection, searing

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as much of the build as possible with his own two hands. First on the list was some serious muscle under the hood. Jachimiak opted for a 582 ci big block pieced together by Ultra Tech Racing Engines (UTRE). The 4.600 bore/4.375 stroke rat started with a Dart Big M block equipped with a K1 4340 steel crank and K1 4340 steel H-beam rods. Diamond 10.5:1 slugs fill the bores while an aggressive Crane Cams bumpstick (.714/.254 intake, .714/.262

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exhaust) directs the valvetrain. Manton custom chromoly pushrods articulate with Crower solid roller lifters, while a pair of heavily massaged Pro TopLine 320cc aluminum heads have been equipped with Crane roller rockers. Up top, the engine sports a Dart 4500 aluminum intake with a Mark Whitener 1050 Dominator carb. A MagnaFuel electric pump keeps the thirsty Chevy satiated, while a Melling high-volume oil pump lives inside a Moroso 6-quart pan to

keep things slippery. An MSD ignition consisting of a Digital 6 box and a Pro Billet distributor handles the sparking duties, while a pair of Powershield-coated Lemons 2 1/8-inch headers route the spent gases rearward via 3 ½-inch tubes equipped with Flowmaster 30 Series racing mufflers. The combo was good for an impressive 800 hp at 6,250 rpm and 760 ft./ lbs of torque at 4,800. Backing the Ultra Tech engine is a Coan Racing Transmissions TH 400 automatic


SILV-ATION FLAWLESS FINISH...FINALLY The gorgeous paint job on the car was completed when a tree fell on Jachimiak’s shop, damaging the building and the driver’s side front fender. It was back to the body shop for several months before it re-emerged as good as new. The metallic rally stripes really pop in the Du Quoin sun.

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SILV-ATION SQUEAKY CLEAN The well-detailed 582 ci Ultra Tech mill cranks out 800+ horses without boost or juice and is managed via hand controls.

trans. A Coan 10-inch 4,200 stall converter aids street drivability and a JW Performance flexplate enhances safety. A Strange 3 ½-inch chromoly driveshaft spins the power back to the Strange-equipped

12-bolt posi differential. DTS equipped the Chevy housing with Strange 35-spline axles and Richmond 3.73 gears suspended via TRZ stock-mount tubular upper control arms and QA1

lower arms. Strange Engineering double-adjustable shocks smooth out the bumps. Meanwhile, up front, the car has been equipped with QA1 drop coils and QA1 double-adjustable shocks for a subtle rake. Rolling stock consists

of a pair of Weld Magnum Drag 15x3.5-inch front wheels shod with ProTrac 225/60-15 tires and matching 15x8 Welds with 15x11.5 Hoosier Quicktime Pros out back. With the drivetrain and suspension out of the way, Jachimiak turned his attention to paint and body on the classic Chevelle.

Jack Stone handled paint and prep duties, spraying the laser-straight GM steel a gorgeous Mercedes Brilliant Silver hue with custom-mixed black metallic rally stripes. The lone body mod is a Harwood 4-inch fiberglass cowl induction hood that has been fully finished so flawlessly top and bottom that you’d

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swear it was steel. Shortly after Jachimiak got the car back from paint, his run of bad luck continued. A storm blew a tree onto his shop, landing right on one of the car’s front fenders. Always the optimist, Jay says he was just thankful that it didn’t land on the roof. After several months of waiting, the damage was repaired and Jachimiak continued

the build. Inside, the car features a well-executed factory-style interior with a few notable exceptions. First, it has been equipped custom hand controls,

allowing Jachimiak to cruise his ride solo if desired. The stock GM seats, door panels and headliner have all been recovered or replaced in factory-style black materials, and a full


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HANDS-ON CRUISIN’ The factory-style black vinyl SS bucket seat interior has been treated to an aftermarket shifter and gauges as well as custom hand controls to actuate the throttle and brake pedals.

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JAY JACHIMIAK’S 1970 CHEVELLE SS STREET MACHINE Chassis Type & Mods: Stock GM. Suspension & Brakes: FRONT: QA1 coilovers with QA1 double-adjustable shocks. Factory GM disc brakes. REAR: Stock mount TRZ tubular upper control arms with QA1 lower control arms. BMR springs with Strange double-adjustable shocks. Stock GM drum brakes. Body & Paint: Sikkens Mercedes Brilliant Silver basecoat/clearcoat prepped and sprayed by Jack Stone. Custom-mixed black metallic GM rally stripes. Harwood 4-inch fiberglass cowl induction hood. Engine & Rotating Assembly: Ultra Tech Racing Engines 582 ci big block Chevy (4.600 bore/4.375 stroke). Dart Big M block with K1 4340 steel crank, K1 4340 steel H-beam rods, and Diamond 10.5:1 pistons. Crane Cams roller cam (.714/.254 intake, .714/.262 exhaust) with Crane solid roller lifters. Manton chromoly pushrods with Pro Topline 320cc aluminum cylinder heads. Crane roller rocker arms. Induction & Fuel Delivery: Dart 4500 aluminum intake manifold with Mark Whitener custom 1050 Dominator carb. MagnaFuel electric fuel pump. Electronics & Ignition: MSD Digital 6 box with MSD Pro Billet distributor and MSD plug wires. Exhaust: MLemons 2 1/8-inch Powershield-coated headers with 3 1/2-inch exhaust and Flowmaster 30 Series race mufflers. Transmission: Coan Racing Transmissions TH400 automatic trans. Coan 10inch 4,200 rpm stall converter with JW Performance flexplate. Differential: GM 12-bolt posi assembled by DTS. Strange 35-spline race axles with Richmond 3.73 gears.. Tires & Wheels: FRONT: 15x3.5 Weld Magnum Drag wheels with 225/60-15 ProTrac tires. REAR: 15x8 Weld Magnum Drag wheels with 15x11.5-inch Hoosier Quick Time Pro tires. Performance: 800 hp 6,250 RPM and 760 ft./lbs. at 4,800 RPM.

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compliment of AutoMeter gauges relays the car’s vital signs. A custom CO2-actuated Cheetah shifter handles the gear changes, and the entire interior was installed by Jachimiak and friend Jim Orzlack. Jachimiak is quick to thank the many friends who had a hand in the car’s transformation, including Greg Wegenke who helped with fabrication duties, Jack Stone who handled paint duties, Jeff Freymuth who handled wiring, Norm Beerhorst who handed engine chores, and Arte McElwee III,

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Mike Weller, and Carlos Gutierrez who provided other support. Lastly, Jachimiak is thankful to his parents who provided support and assistance along the way. The ever-positive Indiana native has come full circle, taking in his first show in 1992 when he attended the Street Machine Nationals in his hometown South Bend. More recently, he showed the car to the delight of friends and impressed onlookers at the 2017 Street Machine Nationals in DuQuoin. When asked what he’d do differently if given the chance, Jachimiak is short and to the point. “Not one thing. This build has been on my mind for 40 years.”

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ack in the 1990s, Ace Hardware ran a campaign where they bragged about being the place with the “helpful hardware man.” Dave Sneade and his wife Lynne know a little something about that, being as the Huntington, Maryland couple own and operate Ace stores in both Owings and Lusby, Maryland. However, in 2006 Dave opted to occupy his spare time and spare change dealing not in hardware but in hardcore— hardcore, old-school power, that is—when he kicked off a decade-long pro street Dodge Charger build. “I started looking for a project in 2006, and eventually ended up acquiring this car out of Michigan

after selling my 1968 Road Runner to my friend Henry Ruiz,” Sneade recounted. After hauling the clean Mopar 600 miles east, the build was on. “The car already had a 528 Hemi crate motor with less than 400 miles on it, so the plan was to put a cross ram 2/4 intake on it, keep the 727 reverse valve body trans, and backhalf it for the pro street look and be done,” he said. Famous last words, Dave. Instead, before the 10-hour drive home was even complete, Sneade had

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BRINGIN’ HOME... already altered course with plans of a blown Hemi with a killer stance, new paint, and a street-rod-nice leather interior. While the car is gorgeous from any angle, there’s no denying the overthe-top appeal of the blown Elephant lurking under (and poking through) the hood. The all-aluminum 528 Hemi was built by South State Speed Shop and features a 4340 forged steel crank, 4340 H-beam rods, and Ross 8.25:1 blower slugs. A Crane roller cam was selected to work well with the supercharged application, and a pair of South State-prepped Hemi

heads were fitted with stainless valves and roller rockers. A Milodon wet-sump high volume pump operates within a high-capacity 7-quart pan to keep things lubed properly, while an MSD ignition provides plenty of sparking energy. Topping the spacious mill is a fully polished Blower Shop 8/71 billet huffer that has been crowned with a pair of AED 1050 Pro Series blower carbs. A polished BDS scoop keeps out the bugs and debris for the car’s frequent cruise laps around town and other shows. Exhaust duties are handled by a pair of TTI headers with Spin-

JAW DROPPER The incredible Charger had participants and spectators alike talking all weekend at the Nats. The blown Hemi sounded as good as it looked!

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...THE HARDWARE

STEAMROLLIN’ The classic Mopar features a fully detailed undercarriage. The huge Mickey Thompson Sportsman Pros are mounted to MT HR-1 wheels and tuck nicely thanks to a narrowed Dana 60 and a mild steel 2x3 backhalf.

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Tech oval exhaust tubing and matching SpinTech mufflers to maximize ground clearance. A Mezeire electric water pump has been partnered with a big Griffin aluminum radiator to keep the engine cool, while a Vintage Air AC unit was installed to keep pilot and passenger comfy. Sneade ditched the Torque Flite trans in favor of a more modern automatic overdrive unit, opting for a fully-built and beefed-up GM 4L80E Gearstar unit. A Wilcap aluminum bellhousing adapter was used to mate the Mopar mill to the bowtie

tranny, and a Yank 11-inch stall converter was selected to aid drivability and minimize power loss. Next up, Sneade turned his attention to the stance and suspension components employed on the mile-long Charger, opting for a mild rake and mighty pro street meat out back. In order to accommodate those visions, Sneade employed friend Ricky Lajoice to backhalf the car with a 2x3-inch mild steel frame and a 12-point chromoly cage. A Chassis Engineering 4-link with double adjustable shocks

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YEAH, IT’S GOT A HEMI The 528 ci Elephant motor was in the car when Sneade got it, but he added the gorgeous billet Blower Shop huffer later. The mill will produce nearly 900 horses all day long on pump gas. keeps the steamrollers hooked in rear, while a set of Magnum Force tubular control arms and lowering coil overs improves handling while getting the nose down up front. Suspended from that 4-link is a narrowed Chassis Engineering Dana 60 rear

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housing that has been stuffed with 35-spline Strange axles and a 4.10 Strange gearset. Wilwood disc binders were installed on all four corners to slow the polished Mickey Thompson HR-1 wheels and Sportsman Pro tires. Fronts consist of 15x3.5s with

26x8-15 tires and rears are big 18x15s with 33x22-18s. Although the Crystal Red Metallic paint on the car is flawless and every panel is laser-straight, it didn’t happen without much aggravation and heartache. The car had been modified with


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LEATHERED UP The original spartan interior (top right) was replaced with plush leather with plenty of billet accents. The car took best interior at the Nats in the Pro Street division. shaved door handles and a custom fabricated dash by a previous owner. “We opted to return the car back to factory door handles and put the dash back to a stock configuration,” Sneade recalled. The lone body mod is a 5-inch GlassTek cowl hood, while ev-

erything else is Dodge steel. “I had to take the car to three different paint shops before I was satisfied,” he lamented. Despite the struggles, the juice was worth the squeeze, as the Charger’s mile-long flanks are straight and true and the fine metallic paint

absolutely dazzles the eye in the sun. The final aspect of the build to be completed was the luxurious leather interior. A pair of fourthgen Camaro seats were installed and several hides of rich leather and embossed gator skin were employed to create a

unique and fully finished cockpit. A polished Budnik SplitGrip wheel matches the MT wheels nicely, while a B&M pistol-grip shifter has been cleanly integrated into the custom-fabbed trans tunnel. The fully painted cage has been adorned

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with polished stainless wear caps, and the dashboard full of AutoMeter instrumentation and Vintage Air controls have all been equipped with cool blue LED backlighting. The theme continues into the trunk, where a removable beauty panel conceals a spacious cargo


DAVE & LYNN SNEADE’S PRO STREET 1968 DODGE CHARGER Chassis Type & Mods: Mild steel 2x3 backhalf with Chassis Engineering 12-point chromoly cage. Suspension: FRONT: Magnum Force tubular front suspension with coilover shocks. Wilwood 4-piston disc brakes. REAR: Custom chromoly 4-link with AFCO double-adjustable shocks. Wilwood disc brakes. ABS Power Brake master cylinder. Body & Paint: 5-inch GlassTek fiberglass cowl induction hood. Custom Crystal Red Metallic basecoat/clearcoat that required three different paint shops to get just right. “Grrrr,” said Dave regarding his paint experience. Engine: 528 ci Chrysler Hemi crate engine from South State Speed Shop. 4340 forged steel crankshaft with 4340 H-beam connecting rods and Ross 8.25:1 blower pistons. Crane roller camshaft (.584/.310 intake, .565/.314 exhaust) with Crane roller lifters. South State Speed Shop-prepped cylinder heads with stainless valves and roller rockers. Milodon 7-quart oil pan with Milodon oil pump. Mezeire electric water pump. Induction & Power Adder: Blower Shop aluminum intake manifold. Blower Shop billet 8/71 supercharger pushing 9 pounds of boost. Dual AED 1050 Dominator-style boost referenced carburetors with BDS polished Dominator scoop. Fuel Delivery: MagnaFuel ProStar 500 electric fuel pump. Electronics & Ignition: MSD electronic ignition with Pro Billet distributor. Exhaust: TTI headers with SpinTech oval exhaust and SpinTech mufflers. Transmission: Gearstar GM 4L80E automatic transmission with overdrive. Wilcap Hemi-to-GM bellhousing adapter. Yank 11-inch stall converter. Differential: Chassis Engineering narrowed Dana 60 housing with Strange 35-spline axles and Strange 4.10 gears. Tires & Wheels: FRONT: 15x3.5 Mickey Thompson HR-1 wheels with Mickey Thompson 26x8-15 Sportsman Pro tires. REAR: 18x15 Mickey Thompson HR-1 wheels with Mickey Thompson 33x22-18 Sportsman Pro tires. Performance: 870 hp @ 5,900 RPM and 872 ft./lbs. @ 4,100 RPM.

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HAPPY CAMPER Whether it is behind the wheel or posing proudly beside his killer Mopar, Dave Sneade is all smiles!

area for hauling a cooler or other cruise night essentials. “One of the most memorable experiences in the car was the maiden test drive,” Sneade recalled. “After seven long years, I thought the car was ready so with plenty of excitement, I asked my

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wife to come along for the first ride. We made it about 10 feet and the car shut down,” he said with a laugh. As it turns out, the thirsty Hemi had drained nearly all of the 5 gallons Sneade had poured in during initial firing, tuning,

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etc. With the gauges not yet hooked up, it took a bit of troubleshooting to discover the empty cell. “Still excited and not wanting to lose the moment, I added the 2-3 gallons of gas I had sitting around for the lawn mower and tried again. We made

the short 2-mile ride no problem,” he concluded with a grin. Since completion, Sneade has taken the car to a number of large events and has been enjoying the fruits of his labor. The Charger snagged not just

a highly-coveted Legends’ Choice award, but also Best Interior in the Pro Street division at the 2017 Street Machine Nationals. Now that’s some hardware this Ace handy man didn’t have before!


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THE CHILD WHO JT

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hose of us fortunate enough to have had a happy childhood can remember how stress-free life was and the simple things that occupied our minds. We looked

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forward to coming home from school and playing outside. Once homework and chores were complete, a typical day consisted of riding my dirt bike or go-kart with my buddies and not coming home

until after dark. Some days we spent fixing or rebuilding them just so we could ride and repeat this process over again. If your homemade machine didn’t break, it didn’t mean you were a great mechanic, it

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meant you didn’t ride it hard enough! This simple hobby kept me motivated while sitting in class all day at school and I can recall dreaming about the new trails we found and figuring out how to cross

a large creek bed. The school day couldn’t come to an end fast enough as I planned each afternoon’s off-road adventure. As I got older, football season took me away from my


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2 1: The other day I stumbled across an amazing car show that had a few insane ProStreet machines. I felt like a child again as I drooled over each car. At one point I was in a trance as I followed the scent of race gas over to planet “Big Tire.” 2: Adult life is by no means easy. Being a parent, going to work or running a business, keeping the bills paid, and making sure the house is in order, all make for a stressful life. Our cars give us an escape from this and take us back to our care-free childhood days.

after-school motorhead madness. It also had a way of taking me away from school and reality. I enjoyed football and was rewarded for my enthusiasm and willingness to practice harder than my friends, who dreaded being there. It was a very simple way of life. If you outworked the guy next to you, you were rewarded. This became a habit for me, and the accolades I received from the coaches during practice turned into accolades from

cheering fans on game day. Football was easy: run fast, hit hard, don’t give up, and kick @$$, which all resonated loudly with my personality. This escape from reality didn’t last very long, though. Before I knew it, the season was over, and I was in search of the next challenge. Of course there was wrestling and martial arts in my life, but each had too many rules and limits on how hard you could push your body, or

more importantly, someone else’s. Football did not! Once I got my driver’s license, the off-road adventures slowed down and getting my car ready for the dragstrip consumed any “non-girlfriend” time I had after school. It’s funny, the simple football principle that generated so much success for me— outworking the guy next to you—also paid off on the dragstrip. I didn’t have any money, but I worked my tail off in tune-up shops

and gas stations just to fund my new sport. Having the fastest car in high school back in the ’80s was not about money. There were no fast “new cars” that someone’s parents could buy them. You needed knowledge and an obsession for speed. Thanks to the genius mechanical skills my father had, fueling my obsession for more power was easy. He passed on more knowledge to me than I realized at the time. Today, there are times I

3 3: Football was simple and easy. Outwork the guy next to you and you will find success. This same principle carried over to the dragstrip for me when I was a teenager. There were nights when I fell asleep working under my car.

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encounter a challenge in the shop and remember my Pop showing me how to do it when I was a kid. By now you are probably asking yourself, “Where is he going with this story?” Well these days, adult life is by no means easy. Being a parent, going to work or running a business, keeping the bills paid, and making sure the house is in order all make for a stressful life. There are no days off from this responsibility, but there are ways to alleviate the stress! The fact that you are reading this article means this is one of the ways you choose to escape from the stresses of life. I love writing this column and providing you with a way to escape while I ramble on for a few pages. It’s a mission I hold very dear to my heart. Our cars—especially our extreme horsepower cars—make us feel like a child again. During a long day at work, you can find me dreaming about tearing up a good set of tires at the track. My mind often wanders into gearhead mode, and I am fixing things in my head without even being near my car. This past weekend, I stumbled across a car show while taking my

5: This shirt says it all. We all have some kind of un-healthy habit or addiction. Fast cars can take you away from all of them. There is simply no time to do anything else... daughter and her friends to a movie. I said to myself, “what a great way to spend an hour and a half while they are at the movies.” After a few minutes of walking around, it was clear it was predominantly a Corvette show. I enjoyed strolling down each row and appreciated the time and effort that went into making each Corvette show-ready. As I turned the corner into the next row, I was happy to see some old muscle cars. There was a plethora of cool cars in this section. Camaros, Novas, Chevelles, ’Cudas, Dusters, Road Runners, Darts, Javelins, and Mustangs. It was like being a kid on Christmas morning. (I was feeling like a child again!) Then out of nowhere, like the hammer of Thor falling from heaven, I heard it: the insanely loud, large cammed, big block Nova with two huge four barrels sticking out of the hood. It passed right in front of me and headed to the far side of the parking lot. I followed the scent of the race gas like I was in a trance, and it led me to an oasis of Pro-Street behemoths. I hit the mother load and found the planet I must have been born on. I introduced myself to every one of my new

brethren and drooled over their cars. I never knew this many ProStreet cars lived in my area. They simply NEVER come out to play. My mind raced trying to figure a way to get back home, find someone to drive the SUV back to the movies and pick up the seven girls so I could fire up my own beast and introduce her to her new friends. This perfect plan was quickly squashed as I remembered I’d promised my little princess I would take everyone out to dinner and ice cream after the movie. With operation playdate on hold, I made the best of the situation and gave every car a thorough examination. It’s funny, the youngest owner of these cars was in his late 40s, and the average age was between 55 and 65. The one thing that all of these gentlemen had in common besides big tires and horsepower, was that they all acted like kids again while telling me about their machines. It warmed my heart to see the pride and excitement that came over their faces while sharing their stories. One older man in particular finally had the car of his dreams with his ’68 Camaro. This car was absolutely stunning. I will


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6: Stress and worry are two totally different things. Sure, I worry about my car and how she will perform, scratching it while wrenching, or wrecking it while racing. In my opinion, stress comes from not being in control or having the ability to fix a situation. This is clearly not the case with my car. While I may worry about hurting her, I thoroughly enjoy fixing her. In the process of doing both, the stresses of life melt away.

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5 most certainly be sharing it with all of you in an upcoming feature car story. His name was Jim, and he went on to tell me how his car makes him feel young again. He is very much like me in that all he has to do is open up his garage and look at it to get that “feeling.” He, too, has a wife that “puts up” with this ridiculous extreme hobby, and she, too, takes pride sitting in her lawn chair as crowds of people walk by and gaze in awe at their baby. There is a child inside all of us that wants to come out. Not only does it want to come out, it NEEDS to come out! Our cars and the passion we have for motorsports gives us that portal to a carefree childhood day. I saw a t-shirt the other day that appropriately sums up the theme of this story. I actually stopped the guy that was wearing it, and asked if I could take a picture of his shirt. It said, “some do drugs, others pop bottles, we solve our problems with wide open throttles!” There are plenty of alternative escapes from life and reality, but in my opinion there is none better than doing a long, smoky burn out, and hearing the thumpity

thump of a massive cam. I hope this story encourages everyone to take a moment to embrace their garage or shop, and find their inner child. If this moment just so happens to last a bit longer and takes you to the local ice cream shop, car show, or drag strip, know that I am with you, and that there are a lot of us that must have come from that same planet. Until next month, keep wrenching!

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7 7: I spent the past year working extremely hard on my Pro Street Camaro. Countless hours of research, fab work, and wrenching. Many all-nighters were spent in the solitude of my shop. Hearing that big block roar inside of the frame rails for the first time and having the first person say, “you built that?” was an incredible feeling. Haters are always going to say something about your success and victories in life. No one could ever discount or take away your hard work and the pride you earned from it.

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to go ever-faster in the sportsman scene and decided to try his hand at a street/strip build that could be enjoyed at local cruises or at the race track. And after deciding on one of the smallest production vehicles to roll off the assembly line

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all three approaches to their near extremes, many of the rest of us have to pick and choose our strategies. Take Martinsville, Indiana’s Jay Teitz, for instance. The long-time drag racer had grown tired of beating and banging every weekend trying

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during the muscle car era, he opted to stuff the biggest tire he could under it, thereby going all in on the “more traction” and “less weight” approach to going fast. “I have been looking for an Opel 1900 since 1979, but I was very particular,” Tietz said. “It

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had to have a nice body, no rust, and no history of collision. It took me 35 years, but I finally found one,” he said with a grin. The car of Tietz’s dreams was originally from California and had been held by the same owner for more than two decades before moving to Georgia. “The

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original owner had taken it apart after he moved, but didn’t have time to put it back together,” he said. Tietz discovered the car on the web and promptly drove to Georgia to see it. A deal was made, and for the princely sum of $3000, he hauled the bare shell home.


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CLEAN-N-SIMPLE The naturally-aspirated 410 ci small block makes 750 horsepower, which is enough to make this 1,950-pound lightweight more than a handful.

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“The car had no motor, no trans, no interior, and no glass,� Tietz recalled. Within two weeks, he had started to prep the car for a new 25.1-cert chassis (read: the Sawzall was applied to the floor). Another two months later, the

lightweight Buick was delivered to Greg Risk Racecraft for fab work. Risk had done fabrication work for Tietz in the past, and he was ready to tear in to the full chromoly tube chassis build right away. Close inspection reveals

that the new chassis and associated tinwork were created with incredible craftsmanship. Each joint is clean with gorgeous TIG welds and the bead rolled sheetmetal work covers the interior and undercarriage perfectly.

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JAY TIETZ’S PRO STREET1969 BUICK OPEL GT 1900 Chassis: Greg Risk Racecraft 25.1 cert full chromoly tube chassis. Suspension & Brakes: FRONT: Strange double-adjustable struts with Strange 10-inch disc brakes. REAR: Custom Greg Risk 4-link with AFCO double adjustable shocks and Strange dual-caliper rear disc brakes. Body & Paint: Factory original body prepped by Mike Burns and painted by Matt Goforth. PPG Isuzu Red basecoat/clearcoat paint. Custom Street Rodders, Inc. fiberglass lift-off hood with functional fiberglass aero scoop. Greg Risk Racecraft fabricated aluminum rear wing. Engine: 410 ci 23-degree small block Chevy balanced, blueprinted, and built by Jay Tietz. Callies forged stroker crank with Oliver 3.800-inch steel billet connecting rods and JE 14.2:1 pistons. Cam Dynamics solid roller cam (715/321 intake, 630/331 exhaust) with COMP Cams roller lifters and Manley chromoly pushrods. Brodix Aluminum track cylinder heads ported by Ron’s Porting. Jesel shaft-mount rockers. Moroso electric water pump with Griffin aluminum radiator. Hamburger 7-quart pan with Melling high-volume oil pump. Induction & Fuel Delivery: Edelbrock 4500 aluminum intake manifold with Holley 1050 Dominator carb. Holley electric fuel pump. Exhaust: Owner-built 2 1/8-inch stainless headers with 4-inch exhaust and Vibrant mufflers. Electronics: MSD 7AL box with MSD Pro Billet distributor and MSD plug wires. Transmission: Lenco ST 1200 5-speed manual transmission assembled by owner. Hayes Soft Lock 10.5-inch clutch with Hayes pressure plate. Mark Williams 3.5-inch aluminum driveshaft with Spicer u-joints. Differential: Indy Gear narrowed Ford 9-inch rearend with Strange 40-spline axles and Richmond 5.00 gears. Tires & Wheels: FRONT: 15x3.5 Weld Racing Aluma Star 2.0 wheels with 26x4.5-15-inch Moroso front runner tires. REAR: 15x15 Weld Racing Aluma Star 2.0 wheels with 33x18.5-15 Hoosier Quick Time Pro tires. Performance: 750 hp 7,600 RPM. “I had this same engine and transmission in a Beretta that weighed 2,250 pounds and ran 8.60s @ 157 mph. Now I have that same combo in this car, and it weighs 1,950 pounds, so it is probably in the low 8/high 7-second range.”

Up front, Risk installed a pair of Strange double-adjustable struts, while the custom-fabricated 4-link relies on a pair of AFCO double-adjustable coil-overs out back. The funny car-style cage adds a necessary level of protection in the interior, while the tight confines of the underhood area was clearly well thought out, being equipped with mounting provisions for all the necessary components. With the chassis work well in hand, Tietz turned his attention to the drivetrain

of his little Buick. Using the engine and transmission pilfered from his former sportsman Beretta drag car, Tietz freshened things up for his new build. First, the iron 400 ci Chevy block was punched out to 410 cubes and a Callies stroker crank, Oliver 3.800 billet rods, and JE 14.2:1 compression pistons were lovingly placed into position. Your meager pump gas is useless. A lopey Cam Dynamics solid roller cam was selected to direct the valvetrain, partnering with

COMP roller lifters and Manley chromoly pushrods. A Cloyes double roller timing chain, Melling high-volume oil pump, and ARP fasteners round out the mill’s insides, while it wears a Hamburger 7-quart pan and Moroso fabricated valve covers on the exterior. Induction for the spacious mouse is au-naturel, with an aluminum Edelbrock 4500 intake partnered with a sinister-looking black Holley Dominator 1050 cfm carb. After all, when your ride weighs in at a svelte 1,950 pounds,

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ON THE INSIDE The craftsmanship on the cage and tinwork is second to none. Greg Risk Racecraft handled the heavy lifting on the fab work, while Tietz and his OCD managed final assembly. If you look closely throughout the interior, you can see that every fastener has been oriented the same direction, every wire expertly hidden, and every surface has been flawlessly finished.

turbos, blowers, or nitrous would probably just be overkill. A Holley electric fuel pump keeps the high-octane race fuel flowing, while a full MSD ignition consisting of a Pro Billet distributor and a 7AL box ensures it burns adequately. One peek in the car’s cozy confines

inside is all you need to know that backing the 750-horse powerplant is a Lenco manual transmission. Specifically, the ST1200 5-speed was assembled by Tietz. A Hayes Soft Lock 10.5-inch clutch and Hayes pressure plate help deliver the ponies rearward, while a Mark Williams

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3.5-inch aluminum driveshaft sends it back to the Ford 9-inch differential. Assembled by Indy Gear, the narrowed housing was stuffed with Strange 40-spline axles and Richmond 5.00 gears. Stopping duties on a car this light could probably be handled Flintstone-style with a new pair of shoes, but Tietz opted instead for a full Strange disc brake setup. Up front, a pair of 2-piston calipers and 10-inch rotors were installed, while a dual caliper/4-piston setup was mounted to each corner out back. A Strange master cylinder was hidden away and the entire system was plumbed via handformed Russell stainless hardlines. The next step in the build was to smooth out the 40-year old body and prep it for a glass-like, mile-deep coat

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HOOSIER DADDY? Jay Tietz with his ’69 Opel GT 1900

of PPG Isuzu Red basecoat/clearcoat paint. Indianapolis-based KDC Body Shop’s Mike Burns handled prep and Matt Goforth handled the spray gun. The car features a cool aircraft door to access the nose-mounted

fuel cell, with a Dzus-fastened panel on the deck lid to access the battery. The car was fit with a number of Street Rodders, Inc. fiberglass pieces, including an aero scoop-equipped lift-off hood that

manages to clear the valve covers of the small block by a whopping ¼-inch. We told you it was a tight fit. Lastly, the interior of the Opel is clean and crisp, befitting a brutally fast, no-nonsense street/strip ride of this caliber. Painted and recessed beadrolled tinwork

abounds, and the tunnel mounted Lenco sticks look decidedly classic pro stock. A pair of Kirkey fabbed aluminum racing seats have been upholstered in black vinyl and draped with RJS 5-way harnesses. A dash full of Auto Meter carbon fiber gauges resides behind a quick

release Grant GT steering wheel. In just 18 short months, Tietz was able to pull together the street car of his dreams that he’d been wanting to build since 1979, handling final assembly, electrical wiring, and plumbing in his own shop. “I finished the car on a Thursday

and took the car to its first show two days later” he recalled. The Buick took best of show from nearly 300 other participants. While he hasn’t had a chance to make any passes in it just yet, with 750 naturally-aspirated horses in a less-than-oneton wrapper, he’s confident it will

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t’s been said that it is easy to build a car that’s good at one thing, but when you try to build one that’s good for everything, lots of times it’s good for nothing. For example, old-school mechanical injection has been a mainstay in competitive drag racing for decades, but it can be a real pain on the street for all but the most knowledgeable tuners. Likewise, the

creature comforts afforded from a finished interior with stereo and air conditioning are great for cruise nights, but the added weight compromises performance at the track. However, modern technology has made the possibility of a true street/strip performer more possible than ever. And for Benton, Illinois native Keith Abbott, the pursuit has almost become an addiction.


DUAL THREAT “I wanted to build a car with more power than any car I’ve ever had before,” said Abbott. The longtime hot rodder spent his formative years taking mental notes and turning wrenches alongside his dad, who was in the auto repair business. “I have been building and putting together motors since the age of 12. My dad would bring cars in and I would get to help him a lot,” he added. Over time, that cultivated love for all things performance led Abbott into the business, as well, as he now owns and operates a towing company of his own. But for his latest creation, he didn’t want anything that had to be towed anywhere. He wanted a driver. “I found the car about three years ago outside of Bristol, Tennessee,” Abbott said. The car was a solid starting point, but Abbott quickly tore into it to make it uniquely his own. “I re-did the entire drivetrain, added some creature comforts, and updated the tires and wheels. The goal was and is to drive

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it from my house, down the interstate to the track (the eighth-mile I-57 Dragstrip), run 4s, and drive home,” he said with a grin. That’s no small goal, so it required no small power plant to begin. For that, Abbott turned to CBM Motorsports for a bulletproof balanced and blueprinted 440-ci twin turbo LS. First, the gang at CBM started with an aluminum GM block poked and stroked to 4.065 and 4.100 inches, respectively. A Callies Magnum crankshaft spins Callies Ultra I-Beam connecting rods with Manley Platinum boost-friendly 9.0:1 pistons. A custom-grind CBM roller cam (.622/.228 intake, .644/.240 exhaust) was partnered with Johnson short-travel tie bar roller lifters. ARP studs and fasteners were used throughout, including to hold down the aluminum CNC ported LS7 cylinder heads. Cometic gaskets keep things sealed properly, while a Peterson 10-quart dry-sump oiling system circulates the lubricants

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SHHHHHHHHH! KEEP IT DOWN OUT THERE! We asked (and received!) permission to shoot Keith Abbott’s gorgeous 1969 Camaro SS on the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, but that still didn’t stop a particularly opinionated groundskeeper from trying to run us off after the distinctive twin-turbo side-piped LS motor roared to life. We used to think if you’ve seen one red ’69 Camaro, you’ve seen them all, but Abbott proved us wrong, as his ride boasts insane amounts of power with all the creature comforts you’ve come to expect from a modern muscle car. Well...except for quiet exhaust, that is.

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OLD MEETS NEW The Camaro looks incredible with its flawless paint, classic black vinyl top, and sidepipe exhaust, but the black powder coated Billet Specialties wheels add a high-tech, sinister flair that leads you to the likely truth that it is ready, willing, and able to destroy you should you decide you want to tangle. readily and reduces power loss due to windage. Induction consists of a pair of Garrett GT4094 turbos stuffing up to 50 pounds of atmosphere down the throat of an aluminum Holley LS EFI intake. An octet of Holley 220-pound injectors spray copious amounts of fuel and are commanded by a Holley Dominator EFI controller. LS7 coilnear-plug ignition sparks the fire, and an Aeromotive Eliminator dual in-take fuel pump system ensures there’s always plenty of fuel to burn. Exhaust consists of a pair of custom turbo headers welded up by friend Don Storey.

“I came up with the design I wanted, and Don handled the rest,” Abbott said. With the twin Garretts tucked up behind the headlights, an air-to-air intercooler was mounted ahead of the radiator on the cool side. The install has been so well executed that we drove by the car twice without realizing it was even turbocharged. A pair of black ceramic coated functional sidepipes were crafted from 4-inch DOM tubing. The result is a unique alternative to now commonplace fender-dump exhaust and gives the car a true classic street machine vibe.

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The combo was good for over 2,000 horses on the dyno. But as it turns out, making power isn’t the hard part. Putting that power down is. “We’ve been through a few transmissions, and we finally decided to go with a pro-mod-level automatic in the hopes that it will hold up,” Abbott said. An M&M Turbo400 GM automatic

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transmission has been bolted in ahead of a Gear Vendors electronic overdrive intended to help the Camaro ease down the interstate at a leisurely 1,700-1,800 rpm but withstand all the punishment the twin turbo LS can muster when the fun pedal is smashed. A PTC stall converter and TCI SFI-rated flexplate help keep things safe,

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TIGHT SQUEEZE In the first heyday of the Street Machine Nationals, the thought of making four-digit horsepower was a pipe dream, but modern technology has made it possible— and it all fits under a cowl hood! The twin Garrett turbos are tucked away just behind the headlights and nearly disappear among the maze of cleanly-fabbed Don Storey plumbing work. However, as you look closer, you notice the air-to-air intercooler, the CBM blow-off valves, and the dry sump oiling system and you quickly realize this is no simple, run-of-the-mill LS swap.

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KEITH ABBOTT’S 1969 CAMARO SS 10.5 TWIN TURBO STREET/STRIP

Abbott’s goal has always been to drive the car to his local eighth-mile track, run 4s, and drive home. Although he hasn’t done it yet, it is only a matter of time.

Chassis Type & Mods: Chromoly backhalf with 10-point cage. Suspension & Brakes: FRONT: Santhuff springs with AFCO doubleadjustable shocks and Aerospace Components 4-piston disc brakes. REAR: Custom chromoly 4-link with AFCO double-adjustable shocks. Aerospace Components disc brakes. Body & Paint: PPG Guards Red basecoat/clearcoat with gloss black GM rally stripes. Harwood 4-inch fiberglass cowl induction hood. Custom black vinyl top. Engine: CBM Motorsports custom-built 440 ci LS. Callies Magnum 4.100-inch crankshaft, Callies 6.125-inch Ultra I-beam connecting rods, and Manley Platinum 9:1 pistons. CBM model 630h roller cam (.622/.228 intake, .644/.240 exhaust) with Johnson short travel tie bar lifters and Manley 4130 chromoly pushrods. CNC ported LS7 6-bolt aluminum cylinder heads. GM 1.8 rocker arms. Peterson 10-quart dry sump oiling system. Induction & Power Adders: Holley EFI aluminum intake manifold with Holley 220# injectors. Custom dual CBM/Garrett GT4094 turbos. Fuel Delivery: Aeromotive Eliminator dual in-tank electric fuel pumps. Electronics & Ignition: Holley EFI Dominator system with LS-7 coilnear-plug. Exhaust: Custom LS turbo headers with functional black ceramic coated 4-inch side pipe exhaust by Tim Ramsey. Transmission & Driveline: M&M Turbo400 trans with Gear Vendors electronic overdrive. PTC stall converter with TCI LS flexplate. PST chromoly driveshaft with billet yokes. Differential: Moser fabricated 9-inch rearend with 40-spline Moser axles and 3.50 Moser gears. Tires & Wheels: FRONT: 15x3.5 Billet Specialties Street Lite wheels with Mickey Thompson 26x7.5-15 tires. REAR: 15x10 Billet Specialties Street Lite wheels with Mickey Thompson 295/65-15 ET Street tires. Wheels custom powder coated by Joshua Gulledge at 2BoyzBlasting in Johnston City, IL. Performance: 2,000+ hp on 91-octane pump gas.

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and the PST chromoly driveshaft with billet yokes reliably sends the ponies aft in the chassis. Four-digit horsepower has a way of spotlighting the weak point of a driveline, so Abbott knew the differential needed to be bulletproof, too. A Moser fabricated

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blows the tires off at the hit or sits on the back bumper,” Abbott said. Chassis modifications consist of a chromoly backhalf in the rear with Santhuff springs and AFCO double-adjustable shocks in front for suspension duties with a custom 12-point chromoly cage with

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swing-out sidebars to stiffen things up and add protection. Paint and body on the classic Chevy is clean, simple, and unfussy with a flawless PPG Guards Red basecoat/clearcoat that has been adorned with a pair

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of iconic GM rally stripes. A 4-inch Harwood fiberglass cowl hood is the lone exception to an otherwise all steel body. The red paint contrasts nicely with the cool black vinyl top and the black powder coated

wheels. Speaking of wheels, Abbott selected a set of Billet Specialties Street Lite hoops that have been shod with Mickey Thompson tires. The 15x3.5s up front and 15x10s in back were treated

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SITTIN’ PRETTY The classic Bowtie sits perfectly over a custom 4-linked Moser fabricated housing on AFCO double-adjustable shocks. Up front, Santhuff springs have been partnered with another pair of AFCOs to get the ride height just perfect.

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COOL CRUISER Whether Abbott is ready to blast down the track or idle around town, this Camaro is ready. In addition to the neatly appointed factory-style interior, Abbott added a 10 point cage for safety and a Kenwood sound system and Vintage Air heat and AC unit for comfort. The AC compressor was wrapped with heat shield to protect it from the nearby turbo header.

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SCS shifter commands the gears and a pair of 3-inch 5-way harnesses add another measure of safety. The car features a full Kenwood sound system and even has full heat and air conditioning, making cruise nights as comfortable as they are fun. We spotted Abbott’s ride at the 2017 Street Machine Nationals, where he brought the car up for the day on Saturday before heading to the track on Saturday night. And while it may seem difficontinued on page 76

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While there were several cars we could have chosen, the insane power and the practical drivability of the Camaro made it our logical pick for the inaugural RPM Editor’s Choice award. TOP: Abbott receives the super cool custom Fastlane Metalworx award from RPM’s Toby Brooks. RIGHT: Abbot (right) poses with friends Don Storey and Marcia Kelley.


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t’s like a family reunion, except you have something in common with pretty much every person on the premises. That’s right, campers, the Street Machine

Nationals were back for their 34th installment in their familiar spot at the end of June in picturesque Du Quoin, Illinois. The expansive Du Quoin State Fairgrounds (DSF) again played host to

the three-day event and the city of Du Quoin embraced the show in a way the return-version had not enjoyed since the previous 13-year run from 1986-1998 was unceremoniously shown the door.

In a well-used and clichéd sense, it was just like old times. Only different. On the familiar side, the Southern Illinois weather was as unpredictable as ever, with the remnants of Trop-

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3: Pinstriper extraordinaire Von Hot Rod came in from Huntington Beach, California and made an appearance on News 3, too. He pinstriped several items live on TV.

2 of the 3,000+ pro street, street machine, modern muscle, hot rod, street rod, sport truck, 4x4, and rat rod rides in attendance. In short, there was a little something for everyone to enjoy. The new show’s personality continues to evolve, with the wild displays of public nudity, rampant public intoxication, and general sense of rowdiness of those legendary events of the past long gone. And while folks were generally well behaved again

4: We hustled straight to the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds after the news cast only to be greeted by a steady soaking shower much of the morning. The remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy gave the Nats a soggy start, but by midday it was gorgeous.

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5 & 6: Pro Street Alley was hopping all weekend. While there were plenty of familiar rides on hand, this low-slung Monte Carlo SS was one of several making their first appearance at the event.

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Once the skies cleared up, the evidence of Tropical Storm Cindy’s work made for some cool photos around the grounds. -Kayleigh Skaggs photo

Pro Street Alley was a sight to behold from the RPM Mag booth. -Jerry Gary, Jr. photo

Just days after the show, we asked YOU to send us your pics of the show via social media and you delivered! Any pic you see displayed in front of the filmstrip graphic was sent in by an RPM reader. Thanks for participating!

7: Carl Peters’ impressive his-n-hers pair of flamed and tubbed rides looked awesome. Carl drives the red Blazer while wife Kelly drives the green ’30 Ford.

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and entire families could be seen enjoying the action. In short, it was a welcome change to see the town embrace the show again and acknowledge the boost it brings to the region both in dollars and in good clean fun. The show was dotted with a few high profile new builds that we’ll bring to you starting this month. Keith Abbott’s incredible 1969 Camaro took our first-ever Editor’s Choice award and can be seen in this month’s center feature.


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What do you get when you combine a bunch of street machining buddies and a box of beanie caps? An impromptu bunch of hood rats! -Beth Bramley photo

Colin Davis left his pro street Javelin at home and instead brought his ProCharged purple small tire AMX. -Russ Gray photo

The Nats isn’t just a pro street show, as this clean protouring ‘66 Nova can attest. -Chris Earl Hahn

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8: This ProCharged Dodge Stealth sounded incredible as it whistled its way around the cruise route.

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9: The Illinois State Police were on hand ensuring everyone had good, safe fun.

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Another fan favorite was Jay Tietz’s ultra-clean Opel pro streeter, which is also featured in this issue. The highly-coveted Legends’ Choice pro street awards went to Jeff McCormick’s 1986 Corvette, Dave Sneade’s 1968 Charger (also featured in this issue) and Rob Delp’s 1970 GTO. Delp also walked away with First Place in the Pro Street division, followed by Stan Hutchinson and his low-slung 1970 Chevelle in second and Randy Watson in his blown and injected 1966 Nova in third. Plenty of fan favorites were there, too. Pro street legends Matt & Debbie Hays’ pink Thunderbird, Mark & Diana Grimes’ blown & injected pro street Malibu, and Bret Voelkel’s air ride equipped 1970 Mustang were on hand all weekend. Past RPM Mag feature cars like Keith O’Fal-

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lon’s cover car Corvette, Terry Podschweidt’s pro street Mustang, Rich and Kyle and Amanda Avery’s twin turbo 10.5 Nova were seen cruising the grounds. Tony Mifflin’s Camaro, Rich Bryant’s twin turbo Chevelle, Adam & Andrea Britz’s Falcon, and Jerry Gary’s cool little Vega were in the house, as well. Sister publication TUBBED feature cars were well represented, too, with good friend George Norovich’s super cool ’57 Chevy Wagon and ’55 Chevy 210 surrounded by admirers all weekend as were Rod Bollini’s Dakota and Tony Netzel’s Plymouth. RPM took a more prominent role this year, with Pro Street Era

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founders and RPM ambassadors of goodwill Jerry and Shari Gary manning the RPM booth Friday and Saturday. Their Nats veteran Chevy Vega made the trek again one last time, with Jerry hinting at an oldschool Mustang build for next year. Speaking of next year, some notable absentees made the painful decision to scratch the 2017 show with hopes of debuting in 2018. RPM’s own Project aPocalypSe Horse just couldn’t get pulled together in time, leaving us to answer the painful, “so where’s the car??” question all weekend. Another high-profile build is pro street legend Wally Elder’s Hemi-powered blown and injected Dodge Daytona. Elder brought his dad’s cool 1936 Ford that was fea-


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18 LS-equipped Chevy S-10 and snagged a best engineered award. But again at the risk of leading the readership to believe it was nothing but a big tire gathering, it certainly wasn’t. The number and quality of 10.5 cars was up again this year, and we shot more than one that you’ll be seeing in the coming months. -Jerry Gary, Jr. photo

18: SM Nats resident rock star Rocky Robertson was on hand along with gal pal Laurie Umfleet to check out the rides and catch up with old friends. As a Legend of Pro Street, Robertson helped select the three Legends’ Choice award winners that were awarded to Jeff McCormick, Rob Delp, and Dave Sneade. -Jerry Gary, Jr. photo

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BEST PAINT & GRAPHICS

• Randy Howard, Philpot, KY. 1966 Nova

BEST ENGINE COMPARTMENT

• Marvin Frick, Bonnie, IL. 1969 Camaro

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• First Place: Rob Delp, East Alton, IL. 1970 GTO • Second Place: Stan Hutchinson, St. Louis, MO. 1970 Chevelle • Third Place: Randy Watson, Omaha, NE. 1966 Nova

BEST ENGINEERED

• First Place: Rick Dobbertin, Pennellville, NY. 1994 S10 • Second Place: Michael Taylor, Clarksville, TN. 1976 Monza • Third Place: Jeff McCormick, Beaver Creek, OH. 1986 Corvette

BEST PAINT & GRAPHICS

• Rick Wozniak, Hickory Hills, IL. 1969 Camaro

BEST INTERIOR

• Dave Sneade, Huntington, MO. 1968 Charger

BEST INTERIOR

BEST SUPERCHARGED

• Marvin Frick, Bonnie,, IL. 1955 Chevy

• James Riley, Jacksonville, MO. 1973 Dodge

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• Brandon Wargo, Flanagan, IL. 1977 Trans-Am

• Tony Netzel, Duluth, MN. 1961 Plymouth

BEST FORD

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• Rick Ryan, Ullin, IL. 1952 Ford

• Keith O’Fallon, St. Charles, MO. 1966 Corvette

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• Paul Clines, Leslie, MO. 1967 Chevy

BEST INTERIOR

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BEST GM

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Rain on Friday aside, the show was again improved in many respects. Audio throughout the fairgrounds was much improved, helping spectators and participants alike know what was going on across the event space. Marvel characters Spiderman and

Thor were on hand to pose for pics with the kids and renowned pinstripe artist Von Hot Rod was available to lay some custom licks on shoes, Frisbees, phone cases, or pretty much anything else you could think of…all for free. The demolition derby returned on

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19: Another new feature for this year was Marvel Comics superheroes Spiderman and Thor roaming the grounds to pose for pics and show the kids a good time. Here, Spiderman nearly gets RPM’s Jerry Gary with his web, but Jerry deftly avoided the tangle and proceeded to knock Spidey off the cart and give him an atomic wedgie. We didn’t get pics of that, though. 20: Von Hot Rod was busy all weekend pinstriping nearly anything fans could bring by. Phone cases seemed to be most popular, but he also stylized shoes, Frisbees...you name it! JE_BBC_RPM_2015_Layout 1 8/11/15 2:29 PM Page 1

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21 & 22: Pro Street Legend Rick Dobbertin was on hand with his cool mid-engine LS-equipped S-10 pickup. If Dobbertin’s name sounds familiar, it is probably because you built the Revell model kit of his incredible twin turbocharged, twin supercharged, and nitroused 1986 Pontiac J-2000 when you were a kid. Rick is an incredible craftsman and this truck took home a Best Engineered award.

Saturday night for a second year and the stands were packed. And for our more hardcore readers who are thinking RPM has gone soft with all this fairgrounds cruising talk, never fear. Just 15 miles east of the grounds, I-57 Drag Strip again hosted a companion event for those who wanted to do

more than just look fast, packing more than 1,000 fans into their recently renovated facility. The event featured some of the baddest doorslammer drag cars in the Midwest and talk has already started about an even bigger grudgestyle event with big payouts next year to run in conjunction with the 2018 Nats.

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Although final numbers were not available at press time, both participant and spectator counts for the 2017 show were up over 2016 numbers when 2,800 cars and 30,000+ came through the gates. Likely hampered somewhat by the soggy start, it was an excellent showing for an event that is slowly gaining momentum toward those historic shows of the ’80s and ’90s when as many as 5,000 cars and 100,000+ participants would

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be involved in a single weekend. Show promotion company Bonnier Corp/Family Events has not yet released the date for next year’s event, but has already publically stated that they are committed to renewing the contract

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for the Nats for another 3-year term, as 2017 was the final year of the previous 3-year deal. “We are looking forward to finalizing the details for 2018 and beyond after we arrive in town for this year’s show and have a chance to meet with Du Quoin

25, 26, & 27: We were literally right in the middle of photographing Troy LaCrone’s wicked fast 1968 Camaro when that massive cloud you see in the upper left rapidly swept in and poured on the fairgrounds for about 15 minutes straight on Friday afternoon, then promptly the skies were clear again. It wasn’t ideal for folks who had been shining their rides all day, but it made for a killer photo shoot!


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the office Monday morning. However, despite the 16hour drive one-way, it was well worth it just to see old friends, cool cars, and enjoy great times. It really is like no other event on the planet. Start making plans now to attend next year. We hope to see in 2018 at the Nats!

28: This super-cool Beretta was a blast from the past! Origianlly debuted in 1989, the Scott Sullivan-painted Chevy was built by Tom Davis and had been stuffed away in storage for over two decades. In addition to killer paint, the car sports a Roots-blown all-aluminum Rodeck small block Chevy. Sadly, Davis passed away last year and friend of the family Shawn Kinsey purchased the car from the family. After blowing the cobwebs out, he brought it to the show where it was quite a hit!

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1: STILL no paint. STILL no powder coat. We are seriously beginning to wonder if this car will ever see the color it has so desperately needed for SO long. No one is more disappointed than we are, but there was just no way to make it happen.

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month” for well over a year. Yet here we are in installment 38. Still no powder coat. I won’t even humor myself with such a threat this time. But let’s just say our fingers are crossed. Heck, even toes and what little

remaining hair is, too (I’ve pulled most of it out over the four tough years of this build!). We were in striking range of making the Nats when the front suspension threw us for a loop. Fix it and ensure

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the car was right? Of course. But in the process, we knew we’d miss the deadline of the debut. That was better than the alternative to cobble it together knowing it was wrong all for the sake of a self-imposed


2: We spent the weekend before the Street Machine Nationals at Yates Performance Chassis working on the car. This pic shows Jeffrey Cox (left) and Steve Yates (right) as we prepare to get after it and try to finish up the chassis in time to get it to 2Boyz Blasting for powder coat.

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3: Here’s where we spent most of the next 27 straight hours of our lives. The firewall area where the body mounts to the chassis needed to be finished with tinwork and the cowl that Yates had built needed filler panels on the edges to tie it in with the firewall.

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4 deadline. So after considering our options briefly, we opted for the correct (and slower) approach. The Nats were out. With the pressure of the deadline off, we took a moment to gather ourselves and reassess the whole situation. Many times, in the throes of a “thrash,” it is easy to lose sight of the things that you wished you had time to do differently or that you’d do over given the chance. It didn’t take us long to find just such things on the Horse.

First, Steve Yates and friends Keith O’Fallon and Kurt Pfitzner had crafted an incredible double-articulated flip-off nose from a stretched Ford steel and factory urethane bumper. That was the cool part. The downside was that some aspects of the car— namely the firewall— that would have been easier to overlook before with a bolton, fixed-mount nose would now be front and center with the Quik Latch removable unit. To solve that problem,

4: We fabricated a matching pair of recessed bead rolled weld-on outer fillers and a pair of C-shaped, dimple-died and bead rolled bolt-on panels (held in place with Cleco pins) to trim the area out. It took some time, but the end result was clean and functional.

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7: These cool radiator supports were crafted from chromoly by Keith O’Fallon. They bolt on to tabs on the upper strut bar on the chassis onto bolt bosses that had already been installed when the radiator was built by Saldana Racing Products.

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5: With the front side of the outer edges of the firewall completed, we turned our attention to the back and top. the bead roll recessed panel you see just forward of the door edge filled the void nicely, then another piece tying it into the upper cowl was created and tacked into place. This will all be bodyworked and painted by Braddy’s Custom. If we can ever get it to them, that is.

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we needed some intricate tinwork. Since we were planning to be in town a few days before the show anyhow, we opted to head on up to Yates Performance ourselves and lend a hand. We arrived at 5:30 Saturday night, trailer in tow (borrowed from local buddy George Norovich) with plans of finishing up what we could and getting the chassis to 2Boyz Blasting for powder coat. The plan was to get as many little jobs done as we could, get the car on down the road to be powder coated, and maybe at least roll out the finished chassis at the show. As things tend to on this project, they didn’t quite go according to plan.

After 27 straight hours of work (you read that right), it still wasn’t ready to go. Dejectedly, we pulled out of Yates Performance at 8:30 Sunday night with an empty trailer in desperate need of a shower and a hot cooked meal. Steve and I worked through the night and made good progress, but it just wasn’t enough. We managed to get the firewall looking good front and back. The work was tedious and the progress was slow, but with Steve manning the TIG, installing new Quik Latches, and generally orchestrating the plan, me working as much sheet metal as I could, and friend Jeffrey Cox lending a helping hand along the way, we

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8 & 9: Yates had already templated these intricate pieces of tinwork before we arrived, so we started fabricating them based on those patterns using our Eastwood motorized beadroller and NexGen Offroad dimple die set. The finished product will consist of another pair of panels just like these on the driver’s side along with a piece in the center tying everything together. These again will be bodyworked and painted and they serve to stiffen the front end while hiding the massive Ford factory HID headlight housings.

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got as much done as we could and called it a day. The car sat dejectedly in Steve’s shop for the duration of the show and the predictable steady stream of “Hey! Where’s the car?” started first thing after the show began and continued all weekend. It wasn’t that folks didn’t deserve an answer. It was just hard to swallow that we’d come so far and endured so many setbacks only to fall short and admit it wasn’t ready in the 11th hour.

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Since the show, Yates has been back at it, methodically checking off the list of things that need to be done before the car can be moved down the road. Most recently, that has meant mounts for the myriad of electronics that will be located under the dash, fortifying the steering column, planning and re-routing the brake lines, and mounting the billet floating floorboards. In addition, he has mounted up the ProMeth pumpless

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10: As is typical in this build, we have 10 pounds of stuff to cram into a five-pound bag. Case in point, clockwise from upper left we have the FAST XIM module for the coil-near-plug setup, the Racepak V500SD data acquisition system, Racepak SmartWire system, ZadaTech digital gauges unit, MSD Power Grid, and FAST XFI 2.0 controller. All of this stuff is getting a shock absorbent mount crafted from ABS and mounted to the chassis.

11: The steering column previously had a single triangulation bar because we had to remove the second to make way for the new fiberglass dash. Yates solved that problem, crafting two additional mounts from 1-inch chromoly and welding them in place.


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methane tank, Ride Tech on-board compressor, and Lokar remote battery disconnect switch in the trunk and fabricated a radiator overflow tank from scratch using stainless tubing and a Philadelphia Racing Products billet screw-on cap. This will be center-mounted just behind the radiator and will ensure that we are able to fill the cooling system without pesky trapped air compromising efficiency. We’ve said it before, but this time we REALLY mean it. The

15 13: Yates then mocked up the Vintage Air Gen IV Magnum unit on the firewall. The fiberglass dash gave us lots more room, but it is still critical to ensure good fit.

12: Believe it or not, one of the first parts we got for the car was a Hurst billet pistol grip QuarterStick and a Hurst line lock WAY back in December 2013. After sitting on the shelf for over three years, that line lock FINALLY made its way out of the packaging and onto the car this month! Using the pedestal we had created to mount the Lokar billet throttle pedal, Yates attached the Hurst unit to the back side, allowing easy access but also hiding it somewhat from view. It seems like the parts we need right away are never in our possession, while other parts like these seem to wait around on us for a while. That’s another way planning a build like this can be such a challenge.

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16, 17, & 18: That big hunk of billet is cool looking, but also heavy. Yates decided to map out the perimeter and leave it full thickness, but back mill out a 3/8-inch recess. Using his trusty Bridgeport and a steady hand, he quickly milled out the unneeded material and reduced the weight of the floorpans by half.

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19: During our first stab at tinwork, we had made the mistake of using 10-32 screws to hold the floorpans in place. However, we later discovered that the SFI 25.3 spec requires at least the driver’s side floorpan to be made of steel and to be welded in place. As a result, we had some screw holes on the bottom side that needed to be welded up. Steve plugged in his Miller TIG unit and made quick work of the problem.

list of fabrication chores keeps getting shorter and shorter. We still need to mount the parachute and fire bottle lever/actuator mounts, finish the driver’s side underhood tinwork, and weld in the floor pans per SFI spec, but otherwise there is just a lot of finish welding that needs to take place before we call the chassis done and move on at long last to the

20: Moving to the trunk area, Yates welded in the tabs for this Lokar remote battery disconnect switch. Not only can the battery be killed from the rear bumper per NHRA tech requirements, a Morse cable routed up to the shifter also allows the driver to be able to throw the switch from the cockpit.

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22 21, 22, & 23: Yates then whipped up an overflow catch can from stainless tubing. Using a Philadelphia Racing Products billet screw cap, the reservoir will also serve as a convenient spot to fill the cooling system.

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24 & 25: On the driver’s side in the trunk, Yates added a mount for the ProMeth pumpless water/ meth injection tank. We will be showing you more on this system’s install in the future, but this sealed aluminum tank is pressurized to around 175-200 psi by the on-board air compressor and tank for the air ride, then solenoids similar to a nitrous system actuate the spray when needed.

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26: We previously had provisions for dual batteries. However, the ProMeth tank necessitated a change in arrangement, so Yates made a billet plate to mount the Ride Tech on-board compressor to the previous battery mount on the driver’s side. This compressor will power not only the air ride system, but also the water/ meth and could also be used for chute launchers or other such systems.

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LS Series Conversion Mounts

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Syclone S-Blade Reversible Electric Fan A powerful electric motor helps this fan move an impressive 2,500 cfm of airflow. Can be used as an auxiliary or primary cooling. • Height 15 3/4" • Width 16 5/8" • Depth 4.0" • Air Flow 2,500 CFM PN 398

Spiro-Pro Universal Spark Plug Wire Sets A two-layer 100% silicone inner core & outer jacket keeps the wires flexible for the life of your vehicle maintaining its vibrant color with heat protection to 600º F. Featuring 350 ohms per foot resistance which provides more fire power to the spark plugs than OEM resistor core wires. Available with 90º, 135º or 180º boot angles in Red, Blue or Black.

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'15-'17 Mustang GT Cold Air Intake & Power Pack Kit • Includes GT350 cold air intake with 87 mm throttle body and exclusive intake adapter • 21 hp and 24 lbs/ft peak gains over stock • 40 lbs/ft gain at 1500 RPM • Industry exclusive open air filter with CARB EO • Ford Performance ProCal tool, included with all calibrations, requires laptop and internet access for calibration install PN M-9603-M8A * Note - computer not included

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GM LS Series Retrofit Trunnion

Kits PN 13702-KIT • Designed to convert stock LS Series rocker arms into captured roller trunnions for high-rpm race applications • NASCAR spec LS engine proven • Increases stability & stiffness

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