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92 The Shop November 2015 92 The Shop November 2015 The 1970 Porsche project named 918 RSR/LS3 was created by The Custom Shop in Flanagan, Illinois, and company owner John Wargo. The resto-mod European build includes: a wide body with custom vents and bumpers; and a rear-engine LS3 that's been cammed, ported, polished and topped with a stacked injection Holley EFI system. It makes 534 hp with a 996 6-speed transmission. Added touches include Wild Cherry and Bronze Satin Pro-Spray paint, Forgeline three-piece Heritage wheels and Continental tires. Participants include: Advanced Plating, Auto Custom Carpets, AMSOIL, ACDelco, Badger Air-Brush Co., Beam's Seatbelts, Domi- nation Motorsports, Eddie Motorsports, Eastwood, Enduratex, Fragola Performance, GT Racing, HushMat, Hedman Hedders, J.W. Speaker, Jiffy-tite, K&N, Lloyd Mats, Leather Hide Store, Magnaflow, MSD, McGard, ODYSSEY, Painless Performance, Presta Products, PriorityStart, Pace Performance, Race Ramps, RaceMesh Grilles, SPAL, SATA, Sony, Speedmaster, SoffSeal, Speedway Motors, Thermo-Tec, Devilish Products, Tred Wear, U.S. Chemicals, Undercover Innovations, Vintage Air and Valspar. See it in the Pro-Spray booth #10851 at the SEMA Show. 1970 Porsche 1937 Ford Rat Rod When Dave Lopez drives his 1937 Ford Rat Rod truck, it obviously puts a smile on his face. He knows he also never rides alone; his late best friend Todd Paul is always riding shotgun in the truck they started working on together. Lopez stumbled upon the old pickup and knew that he wanted it to stand out and be something others either loved or hated. Paul was there from the start, but sadly passed away before the project was complete. The pair built the Rat Rod's frame from scratch, chan- neled the body 4 inches and left the traditional suicide front end. They added a Ford 9-inch rear end and dropped in a small-block Chevy 267 with a Turbo 350, topping it with a Lokar 32-inch shifter. Adding some comforts of modern vehicles, the seat was replaced with a modified minivan seat that needed to be completely disassembled and shortened 2 inches. The bare metal patina look fits in around Lopez's home in Centralia, Washington, and the truck has won numerous awards in shows around Washington state. Giving it a more modern sound, the truck features the new Thrush Rattler exhaust, among other aftermarket parts. It will be displayed in the DynoMax/Rancho booth #25133 at the SEMA Show. 1974 Chevy Nova C & A Auto Service in Machesney Park, Illinois, is cur- rently involved in a 1974 Chevy Nova recreation. Pur- chased in 1985, the owner transformed it from a tan car with plaid interior to a midnight blue street car, then drag car, then project car that arrived at the shop in pieces. He put it away 12 years ago when his daughter began junior drag racing, knowing there wasn't time or money for two racers. After imagining all the possible modifications to make his Nova like no other, he enlisted the assistance of Keith Kaucher for a professional rendering. The plan for the car's rebirth into a Pro-Touring machine includes: a 1968 Firebird tail pan, '67 Mustang rear bumper, '69 Camaro hideaway headlights, lower valance and front bumper, plus other secrets yet to be revealed. The Speedtech Pro-Touring Subframe, torque arm rear suspension and RideTech shocks lay the groundwork for the Speedtech Chicane 9-inch floater rear axle. Powered by an LS motor cooled by AutoRad, the 6-speed Nova will turn heads as it turns corners and avoids cones in autocross. Sponsors include: Baer Brakes, Hopperstad Customs and PPG.

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