The 400 cubic inch Chevrolet V8 fits neatly under the hood, putting big block cubes in a small block package. It’s not detailed for show, but it works rather well, starting easily and moving with genuine authority. There’s a Holley carburetor up top, an Edelbrock intake manifold, Mallory Unilite distributor, and stock ram’s horn exhaust manifolds, all proven performers that make this car both reliable and powerful. Service access is decent, even with all that hardware packed in there, and there’s nothing here that will be unfamiliar to a local mechanic. The front clip is the original independent front suspension customized with power front disc brakes and power steering, and with new shocks it rides and handles rather well. A TH350 3-speed automatic powers a Ford 9-inch rear end, so the powertrain is proven and sturdy, and with new shocks up front and air shocks in back, it rides surprisingly well. A newer Flowmaster exhaust system sounds great and it sits right on a set of Cragar chrome mags with 205/70/14 front and 255/70/15 rear BFGoodrich T/A radials.

Lithia Springs, Georgia, United States