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Text and Photos by Harley Camilleri

This Chevelle is Packing a Huge Punch!

A lot of thought goes into planning a custom-built muscle car. We want the best of all worlds combined: good looks, great handling, plenty of power, comfortable interior and the ability to hop in and drive anywhere. Many builds go way off the scale one way or another, with too much flash or too many body mods to feel comfortable driving, but it’s the well-balanced machines that really grab our attention. But, what is a well-balanced muscle car? Charles Currie of the Anaheim, California, has built what we believe to be a muscle car that most anyone would absolutely love to own.
If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Mr. Currie is part of the family making some of the world’s finest axle assemblies. But one of the great things about Charlie Currie is his desire to drive his toys. He has a couple to be sure, but he is no stranger to getting behind the wheel and motoring down the road. Check out the images of the undercarriage on this ’65 Chevelle SS. It’s as clean as most any trailer queen, yet this car has been driven across the country and back. That is the kind of positive attitude we can get behind.

The Dotys’ Deuce Cabriolet Rises

Chapouris Column Photos by: PC3 & Jimmy Shine

The Dotys’ Deuce Cabriolet Rises

I met Floyd and Darlene Doty in October 2010 under a pretty grim circumstance: Their pride and joy, a beautifully prepped black Deuce Cabriolet, just days from being delivered, was severely damaged in a shop fire. There’s nothing I fear more than fire, and nothing demonstrates the devastating reality of fire more than Jimmy Shine’s post-apocalyptic photos of the Dotys’ cabriolet.

Thompson Streamliner at Bonneville

Thompson Streamliner at Bonneville

By Roger Rohrdanz

Bonneville Test#1

 

It’s been nearly five decades but the Thompson streamliner made it back to Bonneville. The Thompson Challenger II with Danny Thompson on board made its first pass down the Bonneville salt since 1968. It made a clean 246mph pass on the 3 mile course. A whole lot of important things went just right.

Thompson Streamliner Test at El Mirage

Thompson Streamliner Test at El Mirage

By Roger Rohrdanz

Thompson Streamliner Test

 

Shortly after 8:30am the Thompson Challenger II with Danny Thompson onboard made its first pass down the track since 1968, 46 years ago!

Put on a Happy Face: Retrofitting a VDO Tach Into a Vintage Mustang

Put on a Happy Face: Retrofitting a VDO Tach Into a Vintage Mustang

 

Text and Photos Matt Emery

Put on a Happy Face: Retrofitting a VDO Tach Into a Vintage Mustang

Instrument repair is becoming somewhat of a lost art. There are a lot of little springs, magnets and other items hiding inside the average instrument, and it takes knowledge and practice to get them working again. Sure, you can get entire clusters from the major suppliers, but what if you want to retain the stock appearance? Back in the day, there were plenty of places where one could get stock instruments repaired and upgraded, but not any longer. Repairs have become a virtual cottage industry.