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MUSCLE CAR CORRAL
Do you have more horsepower than a stable? Is your ride hot off the blocks? Then this is the category for you. Share your old school style – from your Chevelle, Mustang, Camaro, Corvette and more from the 1960s and 1970s.
The Old School Muscle category will be judged by Bill Elliott, NASCAR Hall of Fame Member, 1988 NASCAR Cup Champion and 16-time Most Popular Driver in NASCAR
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Special Modifications: Gary purchased the complete vehicle partially disassembled. It is a total frame off restoration. Motor rebuilt with some modifications to increase power. Rebuilt clutch and transmission, rear, and added air ride suspension and disc brakes. Added digital dash. Did body work ready for paint, including bumpers. I am a retired firefighter. I work on old cars n trucks as a hobby 5-7 days a week in my shop with little experience in restoration. Also have pictures available from start to finish.
Special Modifications: It is a 1974 American Motors Javelin. It is Black with a very subtle stripe down the sides that was done by Larry Hook Pin-striping. The engine is a 1969 AMC 390 with a lot of work done and obviously Blown with a dual carb setup putting out over a 1000 hp. The transmission is a AMC 727 Torque Flite with a high stall. The rear end is a shorten Dana rear end with 4:56 gears, four link and coil overs. The whole frame/uni-body has been reinforced and tied in as well to handle all them ponies. Car has a complete 3 inch exhaust running thru a Borla setup. And there is nothing sweeter them smashing the gas, holding on, and listening to the roar. The interior is all custom as well from the dash setup, to the seats, to the roll cage. There is also a lot of other custom details not only under the hood, but in other place as well, due to there is not a lot of availability of parts and especially aftermarket ones. Always liked these cars and like to be the different one at shows. It is cool hearing “You don’t see these often” and then I reply well come over and I will show you a few more I own. And of course I drive this car every where and every chance I can. But yes I have to keep in mind on how much gas in the fuel cell because “Boy it loves gas” .
Special Modifications: This Shelby features a Roush 402 Cu in with 48 IDA Webers. The combo makes for a lot of tire smoking fun. The dual roll bar is a unique roll bar but wanted to make it safer for 2 people.
Special Modifications: This 1973 Pantera was built by Car Crafters.
The car we chose for this build was a 1973 Ford Pantera. We decided to do a build based on a factory GTS-5 style Pantera
modernized with modern styling cues, drivetrain, suspension, steering and braking without sacrificing the original look and feel
of DeTomaso’s design. We began the body redesign by extending the nose and growing the fenders to become more reminiscent of the original GTS-5 car, but with a modern twist. The front of the car is still chiseled in its very straight body lines and smooth curves as the lower splitter and extractor hood add to the styling. The cowl has been smoothed and the front windshield flush fitted along with the removal of the drip rails for a cleaner look. To give the effect of a lower car we added steel box rockers down the sides of the car leading into the huge rear fenders which cover 19” x 13” wheel size and 345 wide tires. The rear of the car grew to except the rear diffuser. The original lights were used throughout the build with the exception of the half opening front HID headlights.
The powertrain it is a Ford rebuilt, Terminator 4.6 liter, forged bottom end built for the 2003-2004 Supercharged Cobras. The blower has been milled off and an intake fabricated to accept the twin turbos from the rear of the car. The cold air for each turbo is
taken through the side scoops which also serve to duct air into the oil and water coolers on the driver side and on the passenger side the air-conditioning condenser. The rear wheel wells are louvered at the front to create a negative pressure to draw the air out as
the fans are pushing air through the coolers on each side.
The transmission has been upgraded to Porsche 930 Turbo CV joints with a solid axle shaft. The clutch, brake and gas pedal assembly is a Tilton racing design that has been changed to make more room for the custom fuel tank moved under the hood to make room for the modern engine and the addition of power steering and air conditioning. The front brakes are from a 2014 Ford Mustang and the rear brakes are 2004 Ford Cobra front brakes modified to fit the stub axles and uprights on the Pantera with 6 piston front and 4 piston rear calipers.
The interior is also modernized starting with modified Recaro seats covered in a combination of red leather both perforated and non-perforated style sitting on dropped floor pans to accommodate taller drivers. The more modern radio and switch layout to its custom aluminum and stainless trim dash panel with modern gauges. The roll-bar adds chassis stiffening as do the front and rear crossmembers built to add structural rigidity.
We feel we accomplished the goal of a modern GTS-5!
This Farmers’ exec is an enthusiast through and through. His Cobra features a Windsor based 500hp engine with a custom grind Comp Cam, Edelbrock Alum heads and intake. Quick Fuel 750 card, 3-link rear suspension with 3:55 gearing and a T5Z Ford Racing transmission all in a 2200lb car riding on Nitto 555’s. BBK headers going into stainless steel side pipes. Kirkey Racing seats and 4 wheel disc brakes.
Decided to build one of my favorite cars back in 2005. Ordered the kit from Factory Five Racing and started work on it in January of 2005. Car was completed in September of 2006 with most work done on Saturdays. Painted in PPG E4 with the stripes being PPG Vibrance black covered with PPG clear. Car has also been ceramic coated. Car has appeared in magazines, calendars and has been featured on the show Caffeine and Octane based out of Atlanta. With 21k miles on the odometer she is used often and is garners attention wherever it goes.
Special Modifications: Motor is a 350 bored 30 over, original block. Edelbrock Aluminum heads, Dual Edelbrock 4bbl carbs, Vintage Air, Dougs headers, Be Cool Radiator, EMS serpentine belt system, Dakota Digital Gauges, 4L60E 4 speed automatic/overdrive tranny. Moser 12 bolt rear end with Eaton posi and 3:73 gears. 4 wheel Wilwood disc brakes, Foose wheels with BFG tires, L88 fiberglass hood.
The story behind this car is one of which I am extremely proud of and only what is above has the answer.
Three years ago I was hit in the head with a hot tub cover on Christmas Day. After being taken to the doctor and extensive tests being done I was diagnosed with two brain tumors. I ended up at Madison University and had brain surgery for the removal of one of the tumors which was cancer. During my extensive recovery, brain radiation and chemo, my cancer counselor says, “Dave you are very special. There is something very different with you that the medical people cannot figure out. You shouldn’t be doing the things your doing and you keep on moving forward.”
She started to push the idea of me building and painting a car as it is what I did most of my life. I thought she was crazy!! Well, she has become the sole reason for me taking the chance on it. She was right and I ended up building this White Camaro in six months while on chemo. I do not know how or why but it happened. I was able to take the White car and my Black Camaro to the World of Wheels in Milwaukee in February of 2020 and I received the Steele Master Builder of the Year award for what I have accomplished.
Now please know, I do not have a shop, lift, special tools or any help, just me in my garage. If I had answers for all the questions that people ask I would be very smart. Well, I tell them, “I’m OK”
I am very fortunate making it through to this point. I enjoy going to car shows and having people see what I have accomplished.
I am a Very Proud Cancer Survivor!!! To all the Cancer patients out there, “Never Give Up”
Special Modifications: The
motor is a 350 bored 30 over, original block. Vortec heads, Jim Inglese 8 Stack carb system, Vintage Air, Dougs headers, Be Cool Radiator, EMS serpentine belt system, Dakota Digital Gauges, 4L60E 4 speed automatic/overdrive tranny. Moser 12 bolt rear end with Eaton posi and 3:73 gears. 4 wheel Wilwood disc brakes, Foose wheels with BFG tires, L88 fiberglass hood.
I purchased this car back in 1982. It was a one owner vehicle. During the following year I decided to restore the car and start taking it to local car shows. as time went by over 21 years I ended up redoing the car four times, just to keep making it better. Then I ended up selling the car to a couple from Iola, Wi. After 10 years without having a car to show we went back to Iola and actually ran into the people who bought the car from us! We talked for a long time and they told us there was a reason we all met that day, they wanted us to have our car back!! It was in the same condition as the day we sold it 10 years prior. So, we bought it back and I rebuild it one more time. That was in 2015.
One year ago we were headed to a car show and a pickup truck ran a red light. Hit our car and tore the front end off. Over $26,000 in damages. I was able to repair all the damage and make the car something I could not even dream of!! With the Help of Jim Inglese, this car is a one of a kind in Wisconsin and I am extremely proud of it!
And Yes, It is Driven!
Special Modifications: This is the Hot Wheels car paint job. I drove a 1966 Ford Fairlane 289 automatic (Great Aunt’s old car) when I was 16. I found the Hot Wheels Fairlane in Toys r Us when I was with my son years later. (He was in the Star Wars section, I was in the car section!) Found a REAL Fairlane a couple of years later, a 1966 4 speed 390, restored it and wanted something different, so I painted it like the Hot Wheels car!
Special Modifications: Here is a restored to stock 1970 BOSS 302 Mustang. The color is Medium Blue Metallic with white deluxe interior. Stock BOSS 302 engine with 290 rated horsepower. Behind this is a close ratio 4 speed transmission and a 3.91 traction-lok rear end. Factory options include power steering, rear window louvers, rear spoiler, Magnum 500 wheels and more. This BOSS is a “one of one” per the Marti report. Of the 7,014 1970 BOSS 302’s, this is the only one optioned out as it stands! A unique feature is the reflective side stripes as shown in one photo. These are original type stripes as came on these Mustangs. A driven Mustang that shows well. The BOSS 302 is a time capsule of pure American muscle car and Trans-Am history.
Special Modifications: My 65 Buick pulls triple duty every year: grocery getter, parade car and the only Nailhead racecar in Pure Stock, FAST and Supercar series drag racing competition. The car was built to compete in stock tire muscle car racing series, meaning no aftermarket parts or modifications are allowed. The car is very competitive against better known muscle cars (GTO’s, Road Runners and Mustangs for example) and has run a best of 13.85 @ 99.0 mph with a 2 speed automatic and 3.42 rear gear. I’ve owned the car for 10 + years and it has been raced consistently since the day I got it.
Special Modifications: This is a LS3-4L65E Trans-Coan TQ-12 Bolt 3.73-Church Boys front Suspension.
I’m the third owner since 1987. It was purchased from Air Force Lieutenant Colonel B52 Pilot, at Offutt Air Base, Omaha, Nebraska.