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Left: The '57 with the Vega
Right: My dad accepting an award at Summit Racing's TruckFest '06
Left: Loaded onto a ferry; going to a car show on an island (We won 1st place and $400)
Left: Parked next to the '73 Vega we no longer own
Left: Showing the split dual tailgate or, as my dad calls them, the barn doors
The guy who put this truck together had a hard time letting it go; We were there for about an hour while he took some pictures with his family and walked around it a few dozen times
400 Chevy small block, supposedly came from a Chevelle wagon
I couldn't believe my dad actually parted with his '66 Nova to pay for the '57
The cleanest engine bay I have ever seen
Last time I stared at a rearend this nice, I got slapped
Oh, how I miss them...
I think I was 12 when this was taken
My mom sold her '86 IROC to pay for the '57
My brother's Camaro. He tried to beef up the little 305, which anyone will tell you is a waste of time and money, and gave up on it. It was sold along the the '71 Nova.
Yes, it's pretty bad, but not as bad as you think. The "scoop" is part of an ancient furnace my dad had laying around in the garage (we set it on there for the picture). If my memory serves me right, it was supposed to be a '77 Dodge Ram. A neighbor wanted to get rid of it and actually PAID my dad $35 to take it. The only original equipment is the frame, the dash and the gauges, maybe the steering wheel as well. The cab was an Army surplus unit out of Pennsylvania and the bed was bought from a company in Texas for $500. When it was passed to my first brother, he installed a CB radio and the most ridiculously long antenna I have seen in my life. I swear to god, it was the stereotypical redneck truck. Well, I forget what happened next, but the block of the slant-6 (getting harder to find these days) was cracked and it was the first engine rebuild I ever did with my dad. Then it was used by my second brother for a two month period while he looked for another car. This thing sat around our property for more than 15 years before we sold it to some guy ($1300 took the Hooptie).
Left: Here's a '71 Pontiac Ventura we bought as a parts car ($400) for the black '71 Nova. The Ventura ended up being in better shape so we sold the black Nova with the red Camaro and planned on disguising the Ventura as a Nova (exact same body shell but different front fenders, grille, taillights, etc.) but the project was going nowhere so we sold it to my sister's then-boyfriend for $600 who got some other girl pregnant and sold the whole thing for $1000. Apparently, it had been an old drag car in the state of New York (327 small block and a GM Posi unit with 4.56:1 gears and Detroit Lockers). It's a shame, the body was really solid...another project that met the Reaper.
The black '71 Nova. In stark contrast to the Ventura, one of the biggest heaps I had ever seen. I guess that's why the guy wouldn't turn on the lights in his garage. To be fair, the guy was 76 years old and the car had sat for 20 years. His son had been working on turning the Nova into a drag car but was killed in an automobile accident shortly after taking up the project.