Reader Rides – Spring 2012

Mar 28, 2012

The latest collection of “Performance Business” Reader Rides should make classic muscle car fans very happy. Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge and Oldsmobile are all represented. Photos in gallery at the bottom of the article.

We’ll start with a 1980 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 owned by Koby/Jacob Shabtay, technical advisor and manager at King Engine Bearings.

“I got it the first week when I got out of the Air Force,” he says of the Z. “A few years ago I was project manager in the high-tech industry, but after recovering from cancer I chased my dream job and went to learn mechanical engineering. Today I’m living the dream, working on R&D and marketing in the racing and performance industry!”

His setup includes a new 383 SHP Dart block, 12:1 forged Ross pistons, Scat 4340 forged rods and crankshaft, Hellfire rings, King XP bearings, L19 ARP bolts, COMP Cams Custom Grind Solid-Roller camshaft and springs, Dart Pro 1 230cc heads, Cloyes timing gear, CSR electric water pump, ATI balancer, Edelbrock Victor intake, Hooker headers, BG Race Demon carburetor, MSD Digital 6 and HVC coil, and Nitrous Express 300-shot NX Stage 6 kit.

“Now I’m saving cash for this wish list: Jericho, G-force or Magnum tranny, clutch, Calvert Racing Suspension Caltracs and split leafs, Snow Performance water injection, Strange S60 or 9-inch rear end, 15-inch Weld wheels with M/T ET streets and a new Holley Dominator fuel system with Earl’s hoses,” he adds.

Next comes a 1969 Dodge Charger submitted by Richard from Sherman Oaks, Calif.

“I have been working on my car for 15 years,” he writes. “I built it with all my pocket money as I ran my business in Reseda, Calif., and raised three kids.”

The Charger features a supercharged 1958 Chrysler Hemi 392, Chevy Turbo 400 and a Ford 9-inch aluminum nodular rear end.

“I also run a spool with a 430 gear,” he adds, noting the Charger has “lots of custom features. I am still working on the interior, but I have built a center console and speaker pods.”

Through the wonder of the Internet, we were able to get the information on this next vehicle, but not the name of the owner. However, the reader did such a nice job on the description, we’re going to go ahead and run it anyway.

If this is you, or if you happen to know the person who submitted it, let us know and—again through the wonder of the Internet—we can update it with the proper credit.

Our anonymous reader writes: “This is a 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Phantom Car—meaning that Olds never built a Hurst/Olds with teal base coat/clear coat and white stripes featuring a W31 350 -ci engine.

“This car started out as being saved from going to the junkyard to becoming my pride and joy. I have owned it for 20 years and finished the restoration just in time for my wedding 15 years ago, but it still turns heads daily. I just finished a fresh engine rebuild and plan to hit the streets again this spring.

“I’m a gear head. I took every auto mechanic class offered in high school and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy Sea Bees as a heavy equipment mechanic. I would much rather work on vehicles and equipment for fun than for a living, so I started in the auto parts biz in 1988 and until recently I was a regional director of operations for GPI-CARQUEST Auto Parts supervising 30 of their stores in southern Michigan. I am currently back in school and looking toward my next challenge.”

And finally, the team over at Adjwok Design Ltd. offers this limited production 2012 Mustang retractable hardtop convertible.

“This exclusive Mustang RHT convertible is a post-title program based on the late-model Mustang convertible,” the company writes. “A serialized limited production for 2012 model year will be built in collaboration with manufacturing and distribution partners in Detroit.”

The car was introduced for the first time at 2010 SEMA show in Las Vegas by Galpin Auto Sports and its affiliate company Galpin Ford. More information is available at