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o hear Clifton Park, New York’s Jeff VanNorden tell it, he didn’t have a choice. On the streets in his hometown, there is an order. There’s an ethos. There’s a way you establish

yourself. And to fail to abide by those unwritten rules is… well…unforgivable. “A buddy of mine was riding his Hyabusa and he was stopped on ‘the bridge.’ For those who don’t know, ‘the bridge’ is all concrete and it’s the

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last straight section of street down from a local hangout,” VanNorden recalled. And if someone stops on the bridge, there is no option. “You have to throw down. That’s the rules. He might as well have took

a swing at me,” he said with a laugh. So what is a competitive young red-blooded American to do in a high-powered Mopar? Oblige, of course. The Dodge seemed to whisper

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ORANGE-YOU-HAPPY? The Challenger was originally yellow from the factory, but George Bourgeois & Mike Scensny of Vintage Motorsports laid down the Go-Mango color along with the factory-style RT graphics treatment. Most of the factory trim and brightwork was retained.

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in his ear: “You don’t have to stand for this. Just press the fun pedal on the right and let me handle it.” In most every fight, there’s someone who wanted it to happen just so they could show their mettle. An instigator. And in this fight, it was Jeff’s Challenger.

“We had no idea that on the other side of the bridge was five police officers who had just broken up a brawl at a banquet house, so they weren’t happy to be there already. They heard me coming over the bridge at a buck forty or so—in a 40 mph zone, mind you—

and let’s just say my day didn’t end so well,” he added. The car left on a flatbed that night, and VanNorden left with a pocketful of citations—thankful he at least wasn’t in cuffs. “Those were some expensive summers,” he admitted. It wasn’t the first time his trusty Chal-

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THE INSTIGATOR NOT AFRAID TO GET DIRTY Remnants of the sticky Hoosier rear tires adorn the Challenger’s rear flanks, proving this ride is just as much beast as it is beauty. The wheels are familiar Weld Draglites that have been updated with custom paint all around and beadlocks out back.

lenger would lead him into trouble. And it wouldn’t be the last. It’s hard to blame him, though. When you are behind the wheel of a potent street brawler, it’s only human nature to want to stand up for yourself. The car in question, a 1970 Dodge Chal-

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lenger, had been a trusty sidekick ever since 1993. “I heard about the car from a friend. It was in northern Vermont, and at the time it had a Barton Hemi. It was out of my price range with that motor, so I negotiated a deal to get the price down with a 440

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in it that the owner had,” he said. The 440 stayed for about three years but was eventually upgraded to a 451 and eventually the 528 it sports now. The owner-built big block began with an Indy Maxx

low-deck aluminum block. Fortified pieces like a Molnar crank, Eagle rods, and Ross pistons were selected to withstand steady and significant abuse. An Indy aluminum intake and Pro Systems E85 1050 Domina-

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JEFF VANNORDEN’S STREET/ STRIP 1970 DODGE CHALLENGER Chassis Type & Mods: 8.50 cert chromoly cage. Suspension & Brakes: FRONT: Factory torsion bar front suspension with tubular upper & lower control arms. Wilwood disc brakes. REAR: CalTrac leaf spring rear. Wilwood disc brakes. Body & Paint: Fiberglass front clip with functional factory-style hood scoop. Dodge Go-Mango basecoat/clearcoat paint with blacked-out hood and RT graphics. Prepped & painted by George Bourgeois & Mike Scensny of Vintage Motorsports. Engine: Owner-built 529 ci Chrysler big block. Indy Maxx aluminum low deck block. Molnar crank with Eagle rods & Ross pistons. Bullet solid roller cam. Indy SR aluminum heads with T&D roller rockers. Induction & Fuel Delivery: Pro Systems E85 Dominator carb on Indy aluminum high-rise intake. Power Adder: Induction Solutions port nitrous system. Electronics & Ignition: MSD Pro Billet distributor and 8mm wires. MSD Grid Ignition and Innovate LM-2 data logger. Exhaust: Custom fabricated headers. Transmission & Driveline: 727 TorqueFlite automatic transmission with Ultimate Converter. Differential: Dana 60 rearend with Moser axles and 3.73 gears. Tires & Wheels: FRONT: 15x4.5-inch Weld wheels with 27.5x4-15 Mickey Thompson ET front tires. REAR: 15x12-inch beadlocked Weld wheels with 29.0x10.0-15 Hoosier tires. Performance: “It’s a hoagie. Not fast enough.” Special Thanks: “George Bourgeois, Chris Selva and Tommy Selva. I would never be able to do what I do without their help. We all know every nut and bolt on each others cars. George and Mike at Vintage Motorsports painted the car. I was in a spot on a personal level and the car was a bit of a mess from the previous body man that was supposed to finish it months before. They took over and I couldn’t be happier with the way the car came out! It still gets compliments 14 years later."

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MANGO...JUICED A single-stage Induction Solutions wet port nitrous system works in conjunction with a Pro Systems E85 Dominator carb. The owner-built 529 ci Chrysler is based on an Indy Maxx aluminum block and Indy cylinder heads. Power output is top secret but considerable.

team comprised mostly of family members started experimenting with nitrous in the early 2000s and have used it ever since. “We tried various cobbled-together plates

and such and it’s amazing the stock block and crank in the 451 held together like they did,” he said. “We didn’t get really serious about it until 2010 when

I had Induction Solutions build me a system for E85, and that’s when it became a passion for me to study why and how to make a nitrous car work,” he said.

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they enter it. Backing the big-inch juiced motor is a 727 TorqueFlight transmission with an Ultimate stall converter. Self-professed as “stubborn and oldschool,� VanNorden chose to keep the chassis mods simple and to the point. An 8.50 moly cage keeps the tech inspectors happy at the track, while the factory torsion bar front suspension has been retained up front but updated with new tubular upper and

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lower control arms. Things are equally straightforward out back, where a Dana 60 differential has been stuffed with Moser axles and 3.73 gears before being hung via a CalTrac leaf setup.

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Straightforward but effective. “Overall, it’s a basic build that hooks in a car wash and almost always goes A to B,” he said. It does so with style, too. All the factory trim has been

STANDARD ISSUE Inside, the Challenger is straightforward with a simple and clean black vinyl interior. The pit shirt of fallen friend and fellow racer Pat “the Wheelie King” Vitetta adorns the passenger seat.


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Tires and wheels are classic Draglites that have been updated with black paint and rear beadlocks. The 15x4s up front roll on Mickey Thompson ET Fronts, while the 15x12s in back ride on drag radials. The interior of the

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The end result is a classic street machine that has the looks and the guts to be a formidable bully on the street, on the track, or anywhere in between.

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Just try and keep it off the bridge, Jeff. We’re afraid you might not be able to resist your Dodge’s yearnings to pick a street fight.


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t’s been said that variety is the spice of life. And try as we might to mix things up here at RPM, the truth is that for all our car

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guy and gal chest thumping for being different, unique, and individualistic, we sure tend to do things a lot more alike than different. We all like speed,

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power, and style, but judging by the homogeneity of our builds, most of us tend to get there in pretty much the same way. It’s safe to say that Antho-

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Neil Zimbaldi ny Albanese isn’t so much into the whole being-different-by-being-like-everyone-else nonsense. He likes to be different by being— well—different.


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Don’t take our word for it, though. Have a look at his hefty, high-cube, nitrous-stuffed 1971 Chevelle convertible. When’s the last time you saw someone blast a 150+ mph pass with the top dropped? We thought so. “Back in the early ’90s, I found the car on the internet (Editor’s note: dial up connection,

maybe?). The car was in a fire and was a basket case,” Albanese said. “I paid $900 dollars for it and it needed everything: all new sheet metal, wiring, etc.” A self-taught jack of all trades, Albanese set out on a full restoration in his garage after work and on weekends after working a 60-hour week at his day job. The car was treated to

new quarter panels, door skins, floors; pretty much everything everywhere needed attention. The car remains all steel with the exception of the Harwood fiberglass hood (and of course the ragtop). Only a fabricated aluminum wing strays from the classic Chevy lines. “I was able to use my buddy Kenny Guanieri’s

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TOPLESS AT THE BEACH Settle down. It’s not even like that. This droptop Chevy looks mighty fine with its rollcage hanging out for all the world to see.

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BIG BUNS Albanese knew his heavy Chevy would need big power and fat meats to propel its substantial heft at a high rate of speed. The 15x15 Convo Pro wheels and Mickey Thompson ET Drag tires fit the bill with matching 15x4s up front.

paint booth to shoot the car at his shop, Merrick Collision,” Albanese said. He applied a slick coat of DuPont Chroma Urethane basecoat/clearcoat paint that still looks as good today as when it originally exited the spray gun a quarter-century ago. Power for the rowdy ragtop has varied through the years, but started with a small block running a B&M

miniblower. “At this time I also owned a full-out race car—a 1965 Chevelle—that was all ’glass except for the roof and quarters. She was lightweight and fast,” he said. “Eventually I sold the ’65 Chevelle and went in a new direction with the ragtop. The car is very heavy, so we needed big power and big tires,” he added. Those big tires were up first. An

S&W Race Cars backhalf kit was ordered and installed by Albanese and some friends. The job was done with the car on jack stands in a two-car garage. A 10-point cage was used to tie the subframes together and add some much needed rigidity and safety to the topless cockpit. The factory wheeltubs were stretched to retain a factory-ish look in

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BIG CUBES The nitrous-assisted 632 Shafiroff big block is capable of smoking the big Mickeys with ease. The “454” badges on the fenders are but a distant memory. the spartan trunk. “When we tubbed it, I built a custom back seat to fit between the tubs so we could strap in a baby seat and take our newborn baby daughter for rides,” he said.

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“She absolutely loved it and as she got older, she liked to climb on what she called ‘the monkey bars,’” he added with a chuckle. The rearend under the Chevy is an S&W fabricated 9-inch unit with a Strange spool and 40-spline axles. S&W heavy-duty ladder bars keep


ANTHONY ALBANESE’S NO PREP/ GRUDGE 1971 CHEVELLE CONVERTIBLE Chassis Type & Mods: S&W RaceCars backhalf chassis with 10-point S&W cage. Stock front clip. Stock-appearing trunk with stretched factory wheel wells. Suspension & Brakes: FRONT: Drag coilovers with Global West tubular upper and lower control arms. Factory disc brakes. REAR: S&W heavy-duty ladder bars with QA1 coilovers. Aftermarket disc brakes. Body & Paint: All steel except for Harwood show car fiberglass hood. Fabricated aluminum rear wing. Car was painted 25 years ago with Dupont Chroma urethane basecoat/clearcoat. Engine: Shafiroff Racing pump gas 632 ci BBC. Callies Magnum Pro Billet steel crank, Oliver billet steel rods, and Diamond 11:1 pistons. Brodix Head Hunter 383 CNC-ported heads. Induction & Fuel Delivery: Brodix Head Hunter CNC port-matched aluminum intake with Williams 1450 Dominator carb. Power Adder: NOS Pro Shot Fogger nitrous system. Exhaust: Lemons headers. Electronics & Ignition: MSD Digital 7 box, Pro Billet distributor and MSD HVC pro coil. Transmission & Driveline: Freddy Brown Turbo 400 automatic trans with trans brake. Vigilante torque converter. Differential: S&W Race Cars fabricated 9-inch rear housing with Strange spool and 40-spline axles. Tires & Wheels: FRONT: 15x4-inch Centerline Convo Pro wheels with 27x7.515 Mickey Thompson Sportsman front tires. REAR: 15x15-inch Centerline Convo Pro wheels with Mickey Thompson ET Drag tires.

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SPRAYED, NOT NEUTERED With massive cubic inches, an equally massive Williams 1450 CFM Dominator carb, and an NOS Fogger nitrous system, the Chevelle has the stones to back up any amount of bragging. The thing is, Albanese tends to shy away from making any claims about the car’s performance. “It’s fast for a 4,000-pount street car, but I can’t reveal numbers to my competition,” he said.

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and fat MT ET Drag slicks on 15x15s out back. The next factor in the high speed ragtop equation was power. For this, Albanese turned to Scott Shafiroff who pieced together a roomy 632 ci pump gas motor with a Callies crank, Oliver

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built by friend Freddy Brown. The topless cockpit features a fabricated aluminum dash with aftermarket

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Albanese is tight-lipped with the performance data, the Chevelle is a formidable competitor on the

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Whether launching hard at the track or just standing still, this unique ragtop Chevelle looks wicked. It’s hard to believe that the mile-deep black paint is 25 years old!


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DROP TOP The convertible top is relatively rare in stock form and next to unheard of at the strip. The interior is a mix of factory and aftermarket pieces to enhance both style and safety.

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him on route 135 in Nassau County for $2000 and he got gapped again!” he laughed. But perhaps Albanese’s most important victory in the Chevelle

came 25 years ago. “I took my wife out for the first time in the car. Nothing crazy—just to 7/11 for a cheap date,” he laughed. If you’re anything like the rest

of us, Anthony, chances are good that while it was still the same cool drop top, the wind had a bit more hair to blow through back then. ;)

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of you could share a story or two about how your car has shaved a few years off of your life. Well sit back, relax, and enjoy the story of the last month of my life and how my Camaro decided to put my love for it to the ultimate test. If you’re a regular to

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1 & 2: After hermetically sealing my entire car from wet sand sauce and buffing compound, my buddy Matt came to the rescue and surgically removed the scratches from my defective microfiber cloth.

in time for Pro Street Palooza, I thought my car was absolutely breathtaking. For the first time in my life, I had a car that I was completely happy with. It was the first of several scheduled appearances at car shows, industry events for sponsors, and various charity events to help put a smile on the faces of those less fortunate. (Besides racing, that is my favorite thing to do.) Well I’d say the car was a smashing success. Everyone seemed to love the build and it brought home a ton of trophies and accolades since that time. During the last outing, I was giving the car a detail cleaning with a brand new microfiber cloth and noticed a spot on the roof that was not coming off. I gave it another spray, wiped a bit more, but it only got worse. As the detail spray evaporated in the hot sun, it revealed a series of really bad scratches. The brand new microfiber cloth I was using had a micro abrasive on it that destroyed my brand new paint job. Well the happiness that my car was supposed to bring me turned into agony

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at that very moment. Thankfully, later that day, Matt, the fellow who painted my car, visited the event, and when I showed him the scratches, he laughed and said, “Bro, no worries! I got this! I will come over and fix it in your driveway later in the week.” I have to admit his “no worries” attitude and my confidence in his abilities made me feel much better. So let’s fast forward to later that week. Matt showed up and knowing how I am, completely wrapped my car from front to back with a plastic car cover. He then strategically and surgically removed the roof portion of the wrap. I was immediately impressed as I was silently freaking out over the buffing compound that was going to get in every nook and cranny of my car. He gently wet sanded and buffed the scratches out in no time at all and left my car in better condition than before the scratches ever happened. But wait; the story isn’t over yet. Before Matt left, I asked him to help me push the car back into my shop as it sits on a drive-on lift. There is a slight ramp

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SHOP TALK at the back of the lift that makes it too steep for me to push it on by myself. If it gets pushed too far forward, though, the car will come off the ramps on the front of the lift, which then makes it impossible for me to push it out by myself. Since most of my excursions with the car require loading extremely early in the morning or late at night, I need to be able to do this by myself. You’re probably asking, “why don’t I just drive it in and out?” Well I tried that once, and it not only melted the paint off my shop wall, it also set off all of our car alarms. So pushing it in and out is really the best option, and not a big deal…as long as you do it my way. (By the way, my wife is usually my #1 helper with this task and has it down to a science.) Unfortunately—Matt not being accustomed to this science—was not able stop when I told him to because he had nowhere to pull back. So, in a frantic split-second reaction to save the car from rolling off the other side of the lift and smashing into my workbench, I leaned in the driver window, got a hold on the roll cage, and dug in deep to get it stopped. I was barely able to stop it from hitting the workbench and causing some major front-end damage. We laughed, I thanked Matt for his help, and he went back to his shop. I walked in and out of my shop over a dozen times that day. Each time I stopped and admired how beautiful I thought the car looked. During my last drool session, I noticed a spot in front of the rear wheel that looked like some wet sand sauce or polishing compound residue. I grabbed another brand new microfiber cloth and completely inspected it before touching my car. Much to my dismay, the spot

did not go away. As a matter of fact, I actually felt it through the cloth. There was a gouge in my freshly painted and buffed car. Yes, you read it correctly, a gouge, and it was down to the white sealer. I immediately got nauseous and panicked. Of course I put the blame on Matt. After all, he was standing in that exact spot while he was sanding and buffing the roof. But how? He is like 6’2” and this gouge is near the bottom of my car. Then it hit me: when I grabbed the roll cage bar to stop the car, I must have leaned against that spot and my pocket knife took care of the rest. So I gave Matt a call and told him the bad news. He asked me to immediately send him a picture of the damage. He called me back and once again said, “Bro, no worries! I got this! It could not have happened in a better spot. It is fresh paint, and we know the exact code. Relax, it will blend perfectly.” He told me to come to his shop first thing Saturday morning, and we’ll be out by noon at the latest. I decided to load the car Friday night, as 5 am was way too early to be starting her up and waking my family. As chance would have it, my winch decided to die as I was loading it into my hauler. As they say, “Timing is everything!” I called Matt and told him the news, and he gave me his usual response, “Bro, no worries! I got this! I will come by in the morning and load it into my trailer.” Matt showed up first thing Saturday morning. I fired the car up and made a ton of noise in the process loading it into his hauler. As we unloaded it back at Matt’s shop, I was just starting to calm down when I heard a horrific sound. In the blink of an eye, and with no warning at all, both

4: Before things could get better, they usually get far worse. This was the case with my scratch. It hurt me deep watching Matt sand into my fresh paint.

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8 exhaust pipes ripped right off the headers. The car had loaded into Matt’s trailer with ease, but the angle must have been slightly different when we unloaded, because its weight rolling backwards was just enough to cause all of that damage. My entire exhaust was custom Cerakoted, and it looked absolutely amazing. It was now scratched, dented, and the hanging straps were broken. Doing his best to calm me down, Matt told me to focus on fixing the exhaust while he once again covered the car and it prepped it for paint. Fortunately, he had a can of silver high-heat ceramic exhaust paint handy. It wasn’t million-dollar, super-durable Cerakote, but nonetheless it did the job. I straightened out the dents in the heat shield and prepped the exhaust for paint. I called the local auto parts store and had them drop off a pair of hangers for me to modify and use. At the same time all of this was happening, Matt prepped the car for paint, and laid down the white sealer that the color required to use. He then applied a few coats of red, followed by a few coats clear. Matt’s blending job looked fantastic, and as he promised, no one will ever know (except all of you of course)! We very carefully loaded the car back

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9: After a long winter of making changes to weight and many upgrades, the wheelie skids I designed to save my oil pan from further wheelie damage hit hard during testing. I make sure to give them a fresh coat of paint before every outing. This was the result of one really hard launch. into and out of his trailer and brought her safely back to my shop. I would really like to tell you that this story ends here, however, much to my dismay there are two more mishaps that happened that week. I needed to do some testing and see the data from some of the changes I made and everything was perfect, the car was running like a champ, until…I released the trans brake and launched really hard. When the car came down from late into 2nd gear, the “wheelie skids” I made under the oil pan hit REALLY hard. So hard I thought I broke my driveshaft, dropped the tranny, and hurt the rear all in one. Thankfully, once it leveled out, everything seemed to be working fine. When I shut down back at my shop, smoke started bellowing out of the back of the hood near the cowl. I jumped out thinking something was on fire. Thankfully it was just my oil sending unit that decided to start leaking on me. Do I have to remind you that our cars are supposed to bring us joy and happiness? After some math and suspension adjustments, the ride height situation is now under control. The sending unit lives in “no man’s land” between my firewall and the

9 back of my big block. A simple two-minute job took me hours of misery trying to find a way to fit my big hand in a tiny place. It probably would have been less of a headache to drop the entire K-member/engine than it was to do it in place. I’m happy to say that my pride and joy is once again running and looking good and is scheduled every weekend from now until the end of November. I’m praying that everything goes as smooth as possible and I can get it back in my shop for a long and restful winter’s nap. At the end of the day, things could have been far worse, and I could have been injured as well. But hopefully reading my rant and living through my stressful month has made you smile and feel better about your own situation. So, allow me to close this story by asking you all a few simple questions one more time: why do we do this? Are we stupid? Are we looking for stress to find us? Should we pick another hobby? The answer is probably yes to all of the above, but then that wouldn’t be any fun, would it? Until next time...keep Wrenching!


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cut my teeth in the custom car scene as a stereo installer beginning when I was 14. Any one task is fairly painless. It’s just that our pro street 2006 Mustang project car that you’ve been reading about in our pages over parts of the past six years is somewhat overwhelming. With boxes of hightech electronics including FAST XFI 2.0 EFI, Racepak data acquisition, MSD Power Grid ignition, not to mention Ride Tech air ride suspension, Vintage Air A/C, Rockford

Fosgate audio, and all factory power options, our build is—well—a special sort of wiring nightmare. Throw in factory and aftermarket lighting and the need for everything to be show car-tidy, and I was really leaning toward entrusting the whole thing to a professional. However, for anyone willing to invest the time and effort to learn and pay a reasonable amount for tuition and a modest collection of specialized tools, at its core, it is still just 12V wiring. Some

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power. Some grounds. Some relays. And a whole lot of patience, planning, and confidence to do it. That’s where High Performance Academy (HPA) comes in. Based out of New Zealand, HPA represents the status of technical education in the brave new world. After all, 20 years ago, the thought of learning high-end wiring fundamentals from the likes of current and former professional motorsports professionals located somewhere

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2: While the modules are clear and effective, most students will inevitably have application-specific questions. That’s where the HPA forum comes in. Organized into logical areas of interest like tuning, wiring, and a host of other things, the forums are patrolled by HPA faculty and helpful members of the HPA community who are more than willing to lend their expertise to get your question answered.

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3: Topics are covered in great detail, and suggestions for tools to buy to do the job right without spending a fortune are really helpful. For somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 the cost to have the job done professionally, you could buy the HPA course and the tools and be fully equipped to do the job yourself. Not to mention the satisfaction of being able to say you did it yourself. 4: The professional motorsports course includes lessons on how to pin and install mil-spec avionics connectors, concentric twisting, and a number of other skills and concepts that are incedibly helpful as you consider tackling an entire car wiring job, giving you the knowledge and confidence to give it a try.

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>>THIS HIGH-REVVING FOXBODY MUSTANG WAS BORN TO HOLD ITS OWN IN ANY DOGFIGHT

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WAR HORSE LOCKED AND LOADED With a killer stance, Weld wheels shod in Goodyear skins, and a gorgeous fighter planeinspired paint scheme, this 1990 Mustang looks like it is ready for war. The “Leslie Jaye” graphics on the quarters are in honor of owner Joe Murphy’s wife Leslie.

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or almost as long as man has done battle in the air, aircraft have been adorned with cool artwork. Growing significantly in popularity during World War II, nose art in particular grew both more common

and more elaborate. Sometimes intended to intimidate like ferocious shark teeth and other times intended to unify ground and air crews around a personal (and sometimes racy) image (usually a scantily-clad pin-up girl), cool graphics found their way onto aircraft like the Memphis Belle

and Flamin Mamie. The detailed hand-painted art helped make their namesake unique and memorable. It is a tradition that, in some ways, continues today. Likewise, Joe Murphy’s 1990 Mustang, the Leslie Jaye, is a standout wherever it goes. Maybe it’s the NASCAR heritage of the

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JOE & LESLIE MURPHY’S 1990 FORD MUSTANG GRUDGE CAR Chassis Type & Mods: C&F Race Cars 6.0-cert chromoly full tube chassis. Suspension & Brakes: FRONT: Strange single-adjustable struts with Hypercoil springs. Strange disc brakes. REAR: C&F custom 4-link with Strange double adjustable coilovers. Strange disc brakes. Body & Paint: Fiberglass front clip, scoop, and doors. Silver metallic basecoat custom graphics by Howie Nigor. Engine: Roush Yates NASCAR 358 ci small block Ford. 12:1 compression pistons. Flat tappet cam. D3 aluminum cylinder heads. Induction & Fuel Delivery: Custom fabricated Roush Yates sheet metal intake (second one ever built). Quick Fuel 1050 Dominator carb reworked by Don Bowles. Magnafuel pump and regulator. Power Adder: None. Exhaust: Custom stainless Roush Yates tri-Y headers. Transmission & Driveline: Powerglide 2-speed automatic transmission with Reid case and Hughes stall converter. Differential: Fabricated 9-inch rear housing with Strange spool and 40-spline axles. Tires & Wheels: FRONT: 15x3 1/2-inch Weld Racing Alumastar wheels with 27x7.5-15 Goodyear front tires. REAR: 15x15-inch beadlocked Weld Racing Alumastar wheels with 33x18-15 Goodyear tires. Performance: Grudge car (your guess is as good as ours). Special Thanks: “Charlie, Fred, & Ed at C&F Race Cars; Murphy’s Auto/ Autobody & 24-Hour Towing of Salt Point, NY; Brian & Robin Bossone of All Out Live; George & Karen Rubistello; Trish & Chris Biro. Extra special thanks to my wife, Leslie & sons Joseph & Matthew and daughter Amanda Jaye for all of their love, help, & support!”

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Roush Yates Ford small block under the scoop. Or perhaps it is the incredible craftsmanship of the C&F Race Cars 6.0-certified chassis. But both of those are only visible on closer inspection. It’s the cool fighter plane-inspired paint scheme that’s the

real conversation starter. It took a bit to get there, though. Murphy has been into cars his whole life, but drag racing is a relatively recent development. He has a 1955 Chevy Belair, a ’69 Camaro, a ’69 Chevelle, and a ’66 Chevelle, but are all


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RUNNIN’ AND GUNNIN’ Joe handles tuning and driving duties on the Mustang. Here he warms the tires and makes a pass at the ALL OUT: LIVE event at Lapeer International Dragway. Wife Leslie watches near the starting line. street cars. It was a chance encounter with drag racer and friend in 2008 that changed Murphy’s course forever. Murphy’s wife Leslie likes to tell the tale. “I was in a speed shop in Carmel, NY to pick up parts for Joe’s 1986 Ford Mustang with a 351 Hampton blower motor,” she said. “While I was there, I ran into a long-time friend George Rubistello who we hadn’t seen for years.” Rubistello, whose Loose Screw Nova was

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featured earlier this year in RPM, informed Leslie that he was going to drag race at the Pinks! All Out event in Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ—and that they should go. “I wanted to surprise Joe and our son Joseph since that was all they watched at home on TV,” she said. The rest, as they say, is history. Joe went home and decided he wanted to focus his efforts on drag racing. He started look-

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Strange struts up front and a custom 4-link with Strange double-adjustable shocks out back. Strange disc brakes were selected and installed to handle the stopping chores. Tires &

wheels for the Stang consist of Alumastar wheels with Goodyear tires. Skinny 15x3 1/2-inch five-spokes are shod with 27x7.5-15 Goodyear front tires, while double beadlocked

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15x15-inch units sport the meaty 33x1815s out back. During the build, Murphy crossed paths with racer Terry Bren whose Twisted Cheeto Mustang was running at ZMax Dragway. Bren’s car was running a high-winding Roush Yates powerplant and Murphy was impressed with the performance and dependability of the small block Ford. “Terry was able to arrange for

us to meet up with the staff at the Roush Yates facility in Mooresville, North Carolina and I decided then and there that I wanted them to build my engine,” Murphy said. However, it was Leslie who actually pulled the trigger on the build. “My wife ended up surprising me for my 40th birthday by purchasing me the engine,” he said. A boss wife move right there, to be

sure, Leslie! Details on the engine are hard to procure, but we do know that it measures 358 ci and runs 12:1 compression pistons. A flat tappet cam actuates the valves within the D3 aluminum cylinder heads. The gorgeous fabricated sheetmetal intake is one of the first ever produced by Roush Yates and is now home to a single Quick Fuel 1050 Dominator

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The C&F Race Cars 6.0 cert chromoly chassis is a thing of beauty. A fabricated 9-inch rides out back on a C&F 4-link with Strange double adjustable coilovers. carb that has been further tweaked by Don Bowles. There’s no blower, no turbos, and no nitrous. But that’s no problem. Perhaps most noteworthy is the screaming 10,000 rpm it typically slings prior to

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engine that when Joe is at the line doing his burnout, it sounds like it is getting ready to come apart—but that’s just the way that it is,” she said. Even better is the engine’s durability. To date, Murphy has made more than 400

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action as a part of Tom Bailey’s Woodward Pre-Party/RPM Mag Takeover event and at nearby Lapeer International Dragway where it was a formidable competitor. So don’t be fooled into thinking a naturally-aspirated 358 small block Ford won’t hurt your feelings and put you on the trailer quick. After all, as they say, “It ain’t the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.” Or in this case, the size of the fight in the dogfighter.

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WAITING TO STRIKE fall stroll. Thinking the cold-blooded animals are asleep for the winter and no threat, one careless step could be deadly. Such is the case for competitors around Church Hill, Maryland. Resident David Hall is a self-proclaimed lifelong car guy. However—like many of us—he spent a season of life focused on more pressing priorities like family and career. It’d be natural to think that years without a badass hot rod would point to a love for the auto that had either faded or died altogether. But such an assumption could be costly. That passion wasn’t sleeping or dead. It was just waiting for the right time. “Close to where I live in Ocean City, they have an annual show called

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‘Endless Summer Cruisin’’ After coming to the event for years with the kids and even when I was a kid myself, I realized it was time for my next build,” he recalled. After considering the options, Hall zeroed in on a ’68-’72 Gen III Nova bodystyle as the starting point for a 4-digit horse-

power pounder equally adept at cruising on the street as blasting down the strip. “I came across a 1970 roller that had a nice backhalf tub job already, but it needed a lot of work,” he said. For $3500, Hall agreed to take the car and a few boxes of spare parts. Instinct kicked in


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The 572 ci BBC by Skip White Performance has been treated to a belt-driven ProCharger and an FiTech EFI system.

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After doing some research and talking to fellow hot rodders, Hall called up Skip White Performance Engines to build a bulletproof and boost-ready 572 Rat. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to go turbo or supercharger, but I informed Skip that I

was going to go with one or the other,” Hall added. White put together a formidable all-aluminum combo consisting of a Scat forged stroker crank with Scat H-beam rods and Wiseco 10.5:1 pistons. A COMP solid roller

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DAVID HALL’S STREET/STRIP 1970 CHEVY NOVA Chassis Type & Mods: Mild steel backhalf. Suspension & Brakes: FRONT: Factory independent front suspension configuration with tubular control arms and QA1 single-adjustable shocks. Wilwood 6-piston brakes. REAR: Custom backhalf with ladder bars and QA1 single-adjustable coilovers. Wilwood brakes. Body & Paint: Fiberglass front clip with Harwood cowl hood. Super Sport grille kit. GM Charcoal Gray vinyl wrap. Engine: All aluminum 572 ci BBC by Skip White Performance. Scat H-beam connecting rods with Wiseco 10.5:1 forged pistons swinging from a Scat 4340 forged stroker crank. COMP solid roller cam (.575 intake/.575 exhaust) with COMP tie-bar roller lifters. AFR aluminum cylinder heads with COMP Ultra Pro Magnum rockers. Mezeire electric water pump with Mishimoto aluminum radiator. Induction & Fuel Delivery: Holley Sniper cast aluminum intake with FiTech 1200 EFI system. Holley electric fuel pump. Power Adder: ProCharger belt-driven supercharger pushes 8 pounds of boost. Air-to-air intercooler. Ignition: MSD Pro Billet distributor and 8mm wires. Exhaust: 3.5-inch collector Dougs headers with matte black ceramic coat. Flowmaster 3.5-inch mufflers. Transmission & Driveline: Tremec T-56 Magnum 6-speed manual transmission with McCleod 11-inch Super Street Pro clutch. Differential: Currie Enterprises narrowed 9-inch Ford rearend with 31-spline Strange axles and Richmond 4.56 gears. Tires & Wheels: FRONT: 17x4.5-inch JMS wheels with Mickey Thompson tires. REAR: 15x15-inch beadlocked Champion wheels with 31.5x16.5-15 Mickey Thompson ET Street R bias ply tires. Performance: 9.31@157 mph.

oxygen approach is a forced induction system that begins with a belt-driven ProCharger centrifugal blower that pushes roughly 8 pounds of boost through a custom air-to-air intercooler. The chilled charge then makes its way through custom tubing into a custom hat topping a FITech 1200 EFI system mounted atop a Holley Sniper aluminum intake. A Holley electric

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pump pressurizes the fuel system while an MSD ignition system lights the combustion chambers. Since the car was intended to see street duty, open exhaust seemed like a bad idea. A pair of Dougs black ceramic coated headers were teamed with a 3 ½-inch exhaust and Flowmaster muffs to keep the blown big cube motor relatively legal on the decibel scale.

While the idea of a classic big block Chevy mill was a nod to traditional hot rodding, Hall opted for modernity behind it, where a 6-speed Tremec T-56 manual trans now lives. The install was not without its difficulties, though. “Trying to fit the Tremec in the factory tunnel was a pain in the butt,” he said. “The T-56 is surprisingly large, so the ‘measure twice, cut once’


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Furious flick. Heavy lifting on the chassis had already been handled by an unnamed previous owner, but consists of a mild steel back half with ladder bars and tubs out back along with a factory-style setup complimented

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WAITING TO STRIKE with tubular control arms up front. A quartet of single-adjustable QA1 shocks now smooth the ride and a 6-point cage stiffens the chassis while affording occupants an added measure of safety. A narrowed Ford 9-inch from was put together by Hall himself with Strange 31-spline axles and Richmond 4.56 gears. Tires and wheels consist of blacked-out big-n-littles, with 17x4.5 JMS wheels with Mickey Thompson tires up front and beefy 15x15 beadlocked Champion wheels with 31.5x16.5-15 Mickey Thompson ET Street R tires in back. Paint and body mods were kept fairly restrained, with a fiberglass clip and pin-on Harwood cowl hood being the most notable

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      additions. A factory super sport grille was employed, and a sinister GM Charcoal vinyl wrap. Only the red powder coated disc brake calipers and red fabric seats stray from the villain-inblack theme. Last up, the interior of the classic Chevy was treated to a make-over, too. The bright NRG Innovations Type R

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ace it: some of us just can’t leave well enough alone. When “good enough” is rarely (if ever) good enough and when “decent effort” is unacceptable in light of best effort, rest assured that you’re afflicted. The unshakable roots of perfectionism have a way of plunging hard into the depths of your psyche,

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leaving you all but powerless against the unrelenting desire— no, need—to make whatever you are working on absolutely flawless. If you suffer from perfectionism, you know the drill. A “quick project” gets completely blown apart mid-stream because you just can’t be satisfied with a half-hearted, less-than-your-best effort. Time stands still. Budget be

damned. But at some point, you are finally able to rest easy in knowing that you did it right. Such is the familiar case with recently retired former maintenance manager Mick Bodigon. No stranger to RPM, Mick has a stable of wild Chevys, including a blown 1966 Nova that graced our pages back in April 2014. It doesn’t take a trained eye long to study Bodigon’s

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THE PERFECTIONIST work in order to make the diagnosis: the man is a perfectionist. Don’t take our word for it, though. Consider his most recent build, this nitroused, big-cube street/strip 210 ’55 Chevy. “I bought the car locally in December 2014. It had been torn down in the mid-’90s but never put back together. I bought it as a roller that I could build as one more hot rod while I was still working,” he said. “So what?

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Big deal,” you scoff. “Sounds pretty normal to me.” Wait for it. “When I got it, it had already been treated to new quarters, rockers, and tail panels and the rest of the car was rust-free. The rolling chassis had been minitubbed and caged already,” he said. “However, the work wasn’t up to my standards, so I cut it all out, and with the help of friends John Ammer and Fred Royer, redid it all,” he said.

There it is. The first few weeks of owning the car, the chassis was completely redone. Components from Fatman Fabrications were used to get the nose down in the weeds, while QA1 shocks smooth the way for the Weld 15x4 wheels with Hoosier tires up front. Fab chores were far more significant out back, where the prior backhalf was trashed in favor of a new 2x3 rectangular setup with a custom 4-link.

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ROLLIN’ CLEAN

Those fat Mickey Thompsons out back give the car an unmistakable pro street flair. Meanwhile, the gorgeous Sunset Fire paint is mesmerizing in the afternoon sun.

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THE PERFECTIONIST GLISTENING IN THE DUSK

There’s just something about that iconic ’55 chrome trim that says “American muscle.” Toss in some pristine chrome bumpers and it is a timeless look.

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MICK & JUDY BODIGON’S STREET/ STRIP 1955 CHEVY 210 Chassis Type & Mods: 2x3 .083 rectangular tubing backhalf by Mick Bodigon, John Ammer, and Fred Royer. Suspension & Brakes: FRONT: Fatman Fabrications 2-inch drop with QA1 single-adjustable coilover conversion. Wilwood 4-piston brakes with 11-inch rotors. REAR: Custom 4-link with QA1 springs and Koni single-adjustable shocks. Wilwood 4-piston brakes. Body & Paint: All steel body prepped and painted by Yost Customs. Sherwin Williams Sunset Fire Orange and GM Pearl White basecoat/clearcoat paint. Danchuk grille. Engine: 568 ci big block Chevy built by Mick Bodigon & Dave Crowell. 4.610 bore with 4.25-inch stroke. Callies Magnum crank, Molnar Power Adder connecting rods, and JE 13:1 forged pistons. Howards solid roller cam (.785/282 intake and .750/296 exhaust) with Morel lifters and Trend chromoly pushrods. Dart 355 CNC aluminum cylinder heads with Crower chromoly roller rockers. Induction & Fuel Delivery:Dart 4500 aluminum intake with QuickFuel 1050 E85 carb. Holley 12-1800 electric fuel pump. Power Adder: Induction Solutions 150-400 hp Saturday Night Special single-stage nitrous system. Electronics & Ignition: MSD Pro Billet distributor and 8mm wires. Digital 7 box with HVC coil and MSD crank trigger. Exhaust: 2 ¼-inch x 4-inch ceramic coated headers. 4-inch exhaust with Borla race mufflers. Transmission & Driveline: GM TH400 automatic trans assembled by Matt McBride. ATI full manual valve body. Coan 5600 rpm stall converter and CSR flexplate. Differential: Moser fabricated sheetmetal Ford 9-inch housing with 35-spline Strange race axles and Strange 4.30 gears. Tires & Wheels: FRONT: 15x4-inch Weld Alumastar wheels with Hoosier 25x7.5-15 tires. REAR: 15x16-inch Weld Alumastar wheels with 33x18.5-15 Mickey Thompson ET Street ZE tires.. Performance (quarter-mile): 9.17@148 with 150-shot. “Hoping for mid-8s in the near future with a larger shot and more aggressive tune.”.

A narrowed Moser sheetmetal housing was filled with Strange 35-spline axles and 4.30 gears with Bodigon handling assembly duties himself. Custom tubs were also installed to make way for the 15x16 Weld Alumistars with 33x18.5-15

Mickey Thompson ET Street tires. QA1 coils with Koni single-adjustable shocks control the bounce while Wilwood binders slow the roll. A custom full cage was also installed by the late Tony “Roscoe” Reitdorf to stiffen the modified chassis and add protection. No stranger to boosted pow-

erplants, Bodigon decided to go with a big displacement engine with nitrous for this build to make it a bit easier to cruise year-round—not to mention just to mix things up a bit. Friend Dave Crowell helped put together the powerful all-roller Rat, with a roomy 568 cubic inches to start. A Callies Magnum crank was

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“First and foremost to my wife for all the years of playing along with my car passion. John Ammer, my right hand man for help with complete build especially wiring and sheetmetal work. Wade Yost of Yost Customs for killer paint and body work. My son Dylan Bodigon for all the miscellaneous help in the garage and at the track. Final assembly help in no certain order: Dave Crowell, Fred Royer, Tom Jones, Tom Romano, Mike Berry, Mike Loraine, Mike Hobkirk, Jeff Franke, Duane Luckadoo, Junior Gamble, Jeff Lake, Tony Macafee (engine work), Jim Bly (glass install), and Everett Bone.”

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THE PERFECTIONIST partnered with Molnar Power Adder connecting rods and JE 13:1 forged pistons. A lopey Howards solid roller cam was teamed up with with Morel lifters and Trend chromoly pushrods that actuate the Crower chromoly roller rockers mounted aboard Dart 355 CNC aluminum cylinder heads. Up top, a Dart 4500 aluminum intake has been crowned with a QuickFuel 1050 E85 carb that is supplied by a Holley electric pump. An Induction Solutions 150-400 hp Saturday Night Special sin-

gle-stage nitrous system provides additional grins at the push of a button. Ignition duties are managed by a gaggle of MSD components, including a Pro Billet distributor, 8mm wires, a Digital 7 box, an HVC coil, and a billet crank trigger. The corn-fed fumes are routed away by 2 ¼-inch x 4-inch ceramic coated headers and out though a full 4-inch exhaust with Borla race mufflers. The resultant

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thunderous, lumpy exhaust note is fear-inducing even at idle. Backing the 800-horse (without spray) combo is a fortified GM TH400 3-speed automatic trans. Matt McBride handled assembly, adding an ATI full

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manual valve body in the process, A 5,600 rpm Coan stall converter and CSR SFI-certed flexplate ensure safe power transfer into the trans, while a custom Strange chromoly driveshaft with billet yokes do the same out of it.

Although the build progressed nicely over time, Bodigon says it entered “paint prison” in the fall of 2017 and wasn’t “paroled” until the spring of 2018. “Wade Yost of Yost Customs handled the paint and body

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A beefed-up 568 ci big block Chevy now resides in the well detailed engine bay. With spray, it can push 1,000+ horsepower.

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THE PERFECTIONIST work, and I kid him about how long it took but it was worth the wait,” he laughed. The car retains an all-steel body and all factory glass, making it a beautiful albeit somewhat portly specimen. The unique Sunset Fire Orange color is unique and breathtaking from any angle. The shifty hue looks crimson red in some lights and almost citrusy orange in others, making it difficult to adequately capture in print. It is accented nicely by the crisp GM Pearl White in the traditional ’55 Chevy

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two-tone split with flawless factory brightwork. Bodigon is particularly proud of the sheetmetal magic under the hood, where the big, bulky factory core support was scrapped and the custom aluminum radiator was dropped low in the doghouse for a unique look. “With the hood open, the motor really stands out and it made routine maintenance waaaay easier,” he noted. The Chevy’s cockpit is a well-appointed affair, where a pair of comfy black vinyl Scat Procar seats with headrest

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THE PERFECTIONIST delete take center stage. A Grant aluminum steering wheel resides just ahead of a dash full of aftermarket gauges. G-Force harnesses and the previously mentioned Reitdorf cage afford added style and protection. The trunk is also clean and businesslike, with a nitrous bottle, fabricated fuel cell, and Optima battery all cleanly and securely installed. “I have been into the car hobby since i started driving in 1973, and I still have a ’66 Nova that was featured in several magazines in the 1980s that was actually my

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high school car,” Bodigon said. The ’55 is just the latest in a long list of wild iron, but quite possibly one of the most fun. “I build cars as a hobby and been involved in dozens of cars and hundreds of motors. I have always been a big fan of pro street, and I do almost all my own work in my home shop with the help of a few friends,” he concluded. And no disrespect intended to any person or shop, but a true perfectionist can see right through that explanation, Mick. That’s the best way you can ensure it gets done right the first time!

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t’s alot like the movie Groundhog Day, only better. You see, if it feels like we’ve been here before showing you how our project car got some fenders it is because—well—we have. Several times, as a matter of fact. However, this time we have reason to believe that this will be the LAST time. Previous attempts have been numeous and ultimately

3 & 4: First the old fender needed to be cut away and the understructure cleaned up.

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Throw in the fact that two more were sacrificed along the way and that makes 26 fenders that have given their lives in this effort. Fabrication and artwork expert Bob Thrash is no stranger to labor-intensive hot rods. Bob has played a role on numerous high-end builds over the years as a team member at some of the most recognizable shops in the industry. When we shared

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12 11 10 9 & 10: Although previous attempts to weld the fenders in place made for a more rigid nose, a bolt-on design affords the adjustment needed for a street car. And done right, looks cool, too!

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11 & 12: With the understructure and main sheetmetal figured out, Bob started working on how to trim around the zoomie header outlets. precision and skillfully tacked everything together. At press time, he had completed the task on both sides and was preparing to do final metalwork in prep for paint. The work-in-progress is exactly the look we’ve

been after all along but we aren’t out of the woods yet. Another new hood has to be built to fit the new fenders and a variety of other small details are yet to be complete, but it is at least exciting to see progress again! Stay tuned!

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