Who: Mitch Sheveloff
Where: Orange, CT
What: 1988 Chevy Caprice 9C1 Police Interceptor
Why: “Although a relatively unconventional automobile to be featured in an enthusiast magazine, I think your readership might appreciate the unique approach taken with this 9C1 build,” Mitch explained. “I bought this car from a local municipality in 1996 because I had always loved the body style since it had been first unveiled as ‘The New Chevrolet’ in 1977.” There’s a new drivetrain with a reengineered engine bay (from the fans to the tanks), a Chevy Fastburn 383 crate engine, Holley 750, 2-1/2-inch custom stainless dual exhaust/headers, upgraded suspension, Moser Ford 9-inch/3.73 posi differential, rebuilt brakes, custom American Racing wheels, a resculpted nose, and a restored police package interior, among other enhancements.
This Truck, Again
Who: Dave and Darlene Luton
Where: Hudson, CO
What: 1978 Chevy Silverado
Why: If you’re thinking this pickup looks familiar, you’re right-it recently appeared on these pages doing burnout action. But due to popular demand to know more, here’s more: “The original truck was a 125,000-mile survivor Big 10. It was pretty rusty in all the usual Chevy-pickup places and the 350 leaked everywhere it could.” Dave said his neighbor did the bodywork and paint (we live in the wrong neighborhood), and Dave himself installed a warmed-over 355 and a built TH350 with a 2500-stall converter; he did all the engine work, in fact. But post-burnout, he replaced the combo with a 355 that makes about 425 hp and a built 700-R4. He also installed Hedman headers with 2-1/2-inch pipes and Flowmaster 50 Series mufflers. “I left the firewall stock because it still has the chalk marks from the factory production assembly line.” The future holds a posi rearend and disc brakes. And, we’re guessing, more smoke.
Drywall-Screw Game Strong
“I love the magazine! I have been reading every month for 19 years. I wanted to send you my 1968 Cutlass at the Merrill Ice Drags. It was a nine-year quest to race at the Merrill Ice Drags, and this year I made it happen. I traveled 674 miles to get there. It took me 20 hours to put the 4,600 drywall screws in the tires. I pulled off some low-9-second passes and won two classes. It’s powered by a stock-looking small-block Olds and a TH350 with a 12-bolt and 4.66 gears. It gets driven all over and runs 12.81 at 104 mph on the asphalt.”
-Mike Trimboli, via email
Reminder: Call Your Dad
I just wanted to say how much your article “The Fine and Pleasant Misery of Home Auto Repair” by J. Joshua Placa in the May 2016 edition really brought back some memories for me. I too was my dad’s dirt crawler and assistant grease monkey; most of my childhood memories consist of spending weekends draped over or crawling under one car or another with my dad lovingly and hatefully fixing yet another broken part. Yet today I find myself looking back on those days fondly and wishing I could have just one of them back. Though my father is still alive, we are living on opposite sides of the country now and this daddy’s girl misses the simple days of working away on that old Falcon or even the dreaded Dart. Thank you for putting into words just exactly what I’ve been feeling lately. You definitely were able to take this girl down memory lane, and I will be sharing a long phone call with my dad and hopefully several good laughs, and without a doubt, a lot of good memories.
-Theresa Goin, via email
When CC Readers Go Rogue
Somewhere in Detroit: 1959 Impala. It looks pretty good, at least the top side. The orange car in the foreground is a Cutlass convertible. I trespassed to get the
-Anonymous, via email
“This is a photo of my Rangoon Red 1965 Falcon Ranchero Deluxe at the Nostalgia Drags at Little River Dragway outside of Temple, Texas. I have been a member of the Falcon Club of America for more than 25 years and a founding member of the Capital City Chapter in Austin back in 1993. The truck is 1 of 990 Deluxe Rancheros with factory bucket seats, and 1 of less than 50 of those with an original ‘A’ code 289 4v. The original 289ci and C4 automatic are still in the truck/car, but now is bored 0.020-over, has a 0.512-lift Crane cam, Edelbrock Performer intake, Holley 650 carb, and Ford 9-inch rear with 0.370 gears. This is the first burnout that I have proof of since I purchased the little truck back in 1995. I bought the helmet off eBay just for the effects! And, no, the rearend really isn’t on fire!”
-Gary Brubaker, via email
“This is how you say goodbye to last year’s tires on the way to mount some new Mickey Thompson street tires!”
-Nick Vitone, via email