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Not only is Darrin Gartrell’s ’55 Chevy 210 one outstanding-looking ride but shoehorned between the framerails is an obscure V-10 LS engine, making it a truly one-of-a-kind hot rod. Check out the full feature and cool story starting on page 16.
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Darrin Gartrell’s ’55 Chevy 210
Anthony Cacioppo’s ’71 Camaro
John Blane’s ’55 Chevy 210
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Tony Karamitsos’ ’69 Z/28 Camaro
Sidney Dyson’s ’65 Chevelle Malibu SS
Why You Want a Serpentine System for Your Small-Block Chevy (and How to Install One)
A ’55 210 Handyman Upgrade With a Roadster Shop SPEC Chassis
Prepping a ’57 Chevy Engine Bay in Anticipation of an Engine Swap
The Fusible Friction Link Between Your Engine and the Road
How to Restore Beat-Up and Oxidized Aluminum Trim at Home
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Old School Appreciation

ith all aftermarket parts available today to make our classic Chevy muscle cars hit corners like a modern track fiend and at the same time drive as smooth as a new La-Z-Boy Talladega Rocking Recliner (yep, it’s a real thing. Google it.) there are plenty of holdouts who prefer to keep their car’s technology in or near to the decade it was born … and I, for one, totally dig it.

Now, I’m all for employing the latest technology available to help make our vintage cars handle and perform to the best of their ability. Heck, my ’71 Camaro has LS power and updated aftermarket suspension and brakes, yet I can’t help but also love cars clinging to the spirit of the late ’60s and early ’70s. I especially admire the guys who build gasser-style cars and are willing to give up some driveability in pursuit of period-correctness….

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Classic Industries announces the arrival of the all-new OER reproduction of the upper paint divider moldings designed for use with ’55 Chevy Bel Air and 210 Series two- or four-door sedan models (PN 748695); ’56-57 Chevrolet Bel Air, 210 Series, and Del Ray models; ’57 150 and Handyman wagon models (PN 748693). Manufactured from premium die-formed and stamped stainless steel, each molding is carefully polished, leaving a beautiful high-luster finish. The moldings are not painted, allowing the customer to paint, if desired, or use the black adhesive inserts included with each set; sold in pairs.
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’72 Chevrolet El Camino
Vehicle Owner: Terry Davlin

ig-block? Six-speed manual transmission? Upgraded suspension? OEM styling? Sign me up! This El Camino really keeps the GM DNA alive and just adds more fun to that stock package. Owner Terry Davlin started with a stout heart for the build: a 468ci big-block Chevy that pumps out over 600 hp thanks to Canfield heads and a Holley Terminator EFI kit. Backed up to that stout mill is a T56 Magnum spinning a 4-inch aluminum driveshaft ending in a Moser 12-bolt rearend.

Keeping the Elco glued to the road is the job of UMI suspension parts front to back. QA1 coilovers control the up and down while Baer six-piston calipers slow down the custom Forgeline CR3 wheels.

On the outside there are little details like custom mirrors and a cleaned-up tailgate area. The big eye grabber is the BMW Long Beach Blue paint with satin charcoal stripes. Murpho’s in Buda, Texas, will handle the paint and body to make this project shine.

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Darrin Gartrell’s ’55 Chevy 210 Has a Unique Powerplant

BY Shawn Brereton Photography by THE AUTHOR


he car show portion of the Tri-Five Nationals in Bowling Green, Kentucky, never ceases to amaze. How in the world can a car event — featuring what is essentially three models — still show us something completely new? The August 2022 version sure had its fair share of standout rides with gleaming paintjobs, sparkling chrome, and buttery smooth interiors, but this ’55 Chevy 210 stood out for a very different reason.

It wasn’t outlandish. The PPG red and black paint seemed flawless, the fit and finish were close to perfection, and the interior was a light gray custom leather Ron Mangus masterpiece. However, it was in the engine bay where things went beyond understanding. Ladies and gentlemen, this ’55 was packing an LS but it had two extra cylinders. Yes, a GM LS V-10!

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Simple, Modern, Better

here is no engine platform more ubiquitous in the hot-rodding community than the small-block Chevy. Of that engine family, the Gen I holds on as the longest running and most popular—sorry to break it to you, LS. With small-block Chevy production starting for the ’55 model year, the basic technology of this engine is, admittedly, old. But the magic of the small-block lies in its overwhelming aftermarket support. Sixty-eight years later, companies are still finding ways to make better products to support these engines.

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Anthony Cacioppo’s ’71 Camaro is Almost Above the Law

orking in law enforcement can be a rewarding career, though it’s not a lifestyle for everyone. Hours can be long, and shifts can start at any time during the day, making it not only hard on families, but also keeping up with friends and enjoying leisure-time hobbies.

For Anthony Cacioppo, finding that balance between family, work, and fun time was a process—a matter of negotiation, sacrifice, and compromise—but luckily for him, the end result was well worth it. See for yourself; check out his stunning ’71 Camaro Pro Tourer on the pages in front of you.

“I grew up around drag racing. My dad had a track car and my brothers always had something that was fast. That wore off on me and of course I had to do the same, so I got hooked on circle track racing. Around the same time, I started racing go-karts throughout the northeast,” Anthony states. That was pretty much life growing up in the Cacioppo household in Ronkonkoma, New York.”

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1. The big day! The Roadster Shop (RS) SPEC chassis arrived in its crate and the ’55 Handyman rolled in from its cross-country drive to Orange County Hotrods (OCHR) in Corona, CA.

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f you ask Jeff Thisted if hot rods were meant to be driven, stand back. He’ll tell you about taking his Autumn Bronze metallic ’55 210 wagon (that he found on eBay) from California through Nevada to Bonneville, or how it’s been on the highest paved road in the U.S. (the Mount Evans Byway at 14,130 feet), or hanging outside Illinois’ Joliet State Prison (the one-time home to one of the Blues Brothers) with it, or cruising through the Eisenhower Tunnel in Colorado (the country’s highest tunnel), or driving over the Continental Divide, plus being behind the wheel of it at 12 different Goodguys shows, the C10 Nationals, and driving the Hot Rod Power Tour—twice!

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John Blane’s ’55 Chevy 210
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Bob Falfa: “Hey, you’re supposed to be the fastest thing in the Valley, man, but that can’t be your car. It must be your mama’s car. I’m sorta embarrassed to be this close to ya.”
John Milner: “I’m not surprised, drivin’ a Field Car.”
Falfa: “Field Car? What’s a Field Car?’
Milner: “A Field Car runs through the fields, drops cow shit all over the place to make the lettuce grow.”


hat classic smack talk took place between two of the baddest car owners in the coming-of-age comedy drama American Graffiti. But most of us car folks knew that just by the names associated with the quotes.

Those lines can help when you need a smile on your face or if you need a little inspiration when it comes to building a hot rod. It was Bob Falfa’s ’55 Chevy along with the souped-up Primer Gray ’55 from the 1971 movie Two-Lane Blacktop (both car-guy cinema classics) that inspired John Blane to build a ’55 Chevy in a style that reflects both of those cars. “This car has been a childhood dream after watching American Graffiti and Two-Lane Blacktop,” John confesses. “Those two cars were totally badass and influenced me to build this car the way it is.”

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Prepping a ’57 Chevy Engine Bay in Anticipation of an Engine Swap
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hen performing the typical engine swap, there are a few dozen considerations to be made when it comes to upgrading the plumbing system, electrical upgrades, chassis, and even sheetmetal modifications, but the engine compartment itself can be forgotten about. But, there’s no time like now, when that engine compartment is laid bare following the removal of the original engine, to detail the panels and clean things up a bit.

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Tony Karamitsos’ Street/Strip ’69 Z/28 Camaro

BY Kevin DiOssi  Photography by The Author


o matter how you look at it, car guys are a different breed, especially those with their callous hands submerged deep into the performance world. They are always looking to go quicker and faster regardless of the cost–financially, mentally, or otherwise. Tony Karamitsos, the owner of this brutally quick ’69 Z/28 Camaro, is no exception. He’s always been into cars, beginning as a youngster playing with toy cars, which he still does today, only now he gets paid to do it as he’s a die-cast brand manager/senior designer for Johnny Lightning, Auto World, Racing Champions, and American Muscle.

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The Fusible Friction Link Between Your Engine and the Road

et the new century prognosticators spew all they want about the demise of the traditional manual transmission. For those not quite ready for dual-clutch transmissions or care even less about 10-speed automatics, there is still much to celebrate for left pedal fans when it comes to the current crop of manual transmissions for hot street cars. What we will cover here is the friction connection between the engine and the input shaft of that manual transmission.

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Sidney Dyson’s ’65 Chevelle Malibu SS
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very enthusiast remembers that one unique old car—the one that was a special gift or the one you wish you never sold. While it wasn’t perfect, over the years memory erased its faults and all your succeeding cars were measured against it. It’s always a great reminiscence but that’s not quite the tale that Sidney Dyson from Tampa, Florida, recalls.

Joining the Air Force after high school in 1965, Sidney has fond memories of the best assignment in his military career; the time when he and his wife enjoyed an accompanied tour in Okinawa, Japan. Returning to the states in 1971 and needing transportation, his first purchase was a ’65 Chevelle Malibu SS. The affordable $400 car was fairly quick and reasonably good looking but not without its faults. He drove it to South Carolina the following summer and wound up replacing the worn-out cam and rockers. On the way home, the left front wheel fell off. Although it wasn’t a good start, Sidney was not a man easily discouraged. Not only did he make those initial repairs, he continued the maintenance effort on this family favorite for the last half century.

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1. Restoring trim is an intricate process, but it can be done at home with the right tools and careful craftsmanship.

How to Restore Beat-Up and Oxidized Aluminum Trim at Home
By Tommy Lee Byrd Photography by THE AUTHOR

here are certain types of automotive tasks that qualify as weekend projects, such as a disc brake upgrade, while others, like an LS engine swap, qualify as a winter project. What we’re dealing with in this article is in a time zone of its own. Trim repair is a task that very few folks want to tackle on their own, and it’s a task that even fewer want to pay for at a professional shop because it can get pricey. In the case of our ’66 Chevy II, the most popular solution is to weld up the holes in the body and make it look like a Super Sport, which came from the factory without any trim along the body reveal. Had we known just how difficult it would be to source new (or even used) trim for this car, we would’ve gone the Super Sport clone route, but we didn’t realize this one-year-only trim was made from “unobtainium” until after we completed the bodywork and fresh paint.

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