Home-Built Heroes: Three Hot Rods Built For Show And Go

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It doesn’t matter whether you call any of these cars a Reader’s Ride or a Home-Built Hero, when it comes to seeing the cars that literally drive you guys around town, we can’t get enough. Although – for obvious reasons – the make of the cars enjoyed is the same with everyone reading this, but there are so many different models built by Chevrolet that all enthusiasts can find one that gets their blood pumping. We regularly get readers sending in images and information about their car(s), and we wanted to put a few together and share the eye candy with the rest of you.

Two For One

Rick Crockett says his 1967 Nova SS has a 406 cubic-inch small-block under the hood that uses a Holley 750 carburetor, aluminum heads, a steel crankshaft, and a .510-inch lift hydraulic camshaft. The transmission is a Muncie four-speed, and the rearend is a Dana 60 with 3:55 gears.

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Inside is a new SS interior with all the usual gauges, Vintage Air A/C, and a killer sound system with an amp and a sub-woofer in the trunk.

“I found the car during an Internet search. It was in Niagara Falls, so it wasn’t a bad ride to go look at it. It didn’t take long to realize this was the one,” Rick said. He also told us that he has always had a soft spot for ‘67 Novas, and he sold his ‘63 Nova SS and ‘72 Monte Carlo to purchase this car. “I don’t plan on doing a lot to it. It’s perfect the way it is. My girlfriend and I love going to cruises during the week, and living in Syracuse New York, the Nationals are literally in my back yard,” he stated.

Across The Pond A-Body

This week, we’ll be taking a little adventure. Mike Campbell is from New Zealand, and sent us some images of his great looking ’72 Chevelle. It’s not very often that car enthusiasts in the U.S. get to see what the guys across ocean are doing with their classic cars. So, when we saw this ’72, We needed to take a closer look.

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The Chevelle is a great looking car no matter where it is.

“When it came in to New Zealand, the gentleman from whom I purchased the car, had replaced both quarter-panels and removed the vinyl top. After this was done, his wife bought a Mustang, and the Chevelle had to go so the Ford could go into the garage,” Mike stated with a chuckle. We understand that gentleman’s dilemma.

Mike and his friends painted the car, and the job was done in a friend’s warehouse. What’s more, it was an endeavor in efficiency. “I drove the car into the building on a Friday night, sanded, painted, polished and reassembled the car, and drove it back home on Sunday night. It was a tiring, but great weekend with friends,” he said. The racing stripes were later created in vinyl, because Mike says he didn’t have time to do the stripes while painting the car, but they turned out great.

Under the hood is the original 350 small-block that is connected to a Turbo 350 transmission and a 10-bolt rear with 2.73 gears.

“I have a lot of plans for the car, but have to work hard and save up to complete them,” said Mike.

Second Choice Dream

Check out Mike Harris’ 1970 Monte Carlo. It was purchased by him in May of 2003. In Mike’s words, “I was just 14 years old at the time. I had been talking to my dad about locating a Chevelle, because that’s what he has. Of course, that’s what I wanted. It was Easter of 2003, when I talked to my uncle who was into buying and selling cars. He responded with, ‘I have an old Monte Carlo in my garage you should come check out.’ My dad and I went to see it, and it was love at first sight.”

“My uncle proceeded to tell us he had found it in a barn where it had sat since the ’80s, and that it had some brake and carburtor issues. My mom and dad discussed it, and picked it up for me to be a father and son project. It served as my high school car and daily driver through the summer months. Then, the performance upgrades started, and years of enjoyment followed. I even brought my daughter home from the hospital in it. I can truly say it’s part of the family.”

The upgrades Mike told us about involve building a 406ci small-block with an Eagle crankshaft and connecting rods moving Wiseco pistons in the bores. Also found in the recipe are AFR heads, a Comp Cams solid-roller stick, Procomp intake, Holley 750 carburetor, custom headers, and a Milodon oil pan. Behind that is a Turbo 350 transmission with a 3,200-stall, PTC converter and a shift kit. Finally, a 12-bolt with Superior axles, Eaton posi, and Motive Gear 3.73 gears round out the motivational parts.

Do you want to read about more Home-Built Heroes? All you need to do is click here. If you own a Home-Built Hero, we want to hear about it. Since we’ve started the series, we have received more than a few candidates, but we still want to see more – we can never get enough. If you want to see more cars built by you the readers, send us a few pictures of your car showing the engine, interior, and exterior, along with all of the pertinent information, and we’ll make you Internet famous. You can send your submissions to chevyhardcore@powerautomedia.com.

About the author

Randy Bolig

Randy Bolig has been working on cars and has been involved in the hobby ever since he bought his first car when he was only 14 years old. His passion for performance got him noticed by many locals, and he began helping them modify their vehicles.
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