View Full Version : Margaritaman by request...dial up, you've been warned!

09-29-2007, 07:52 PM
It was requested of me for more pics and info on my car. Far be it from me to say no! :D I'm always happy to share info so if you see anything that interests you and you want additional info please ask. This is compiled from various posts.

Best pass with 75hp shot of nitrous
85 degrees / 35% humidity / 2402 corrected altitude
.618 r/t
1.436 60'
4.117 330'
6.324 1/8
111.35 mph!!!

All race photos courtesy of Mike Morgan Photography

I spent all that time at car shows last year figuring out what I was going to do to the car in the off season. Finally came down to :1) New exhaust to let the motor breath, 2) certify the cage which meant stripping the interior and welding some new additions to the cage, well hell, since the interior is out lets try our hand at a DIY interior. I'm reasonably talented and creative so here it is...
New interior:

Old interior. Ya, I like the new one better too.





Suede is cool, but you have to brush it which I obviously haven't done. The headliner IS THE ONLY PART I farmed out. It looks like the headliner is loose, it isn't, it's tight as a drum, it's the shadow that makes it look that way.


Trunk came out pretty cool too!


Old trunk pic for comparison


New handmade headers - My buddy did those - 2" to 3.5"

And while I was waiting my space in line for the exhaust I pulled the A arms and had those plated and had the spindles ceramic coated.


I designed and built this shifter mount and it is oh so confortable to shift now.


Overall I'm very happy with it. As mentioned the headliner was farmed out. Thanks to Mom for her sewing machine and guidance.




Thanks for looking. I think I finally nailed the editors down on a date and they tell me the show queen will be in the upcoming January issue of Super Chevy which comes out the 3rd week in November. The pics were shot in July so it's been hard to not get excited. So keep an eye out.


09-29-2007, 08:03 PM
Awesome! Nice show-n-go...

09-29-2007, 08:12 PM
Looks really nice Jeff,nice details

Where is the margarita machine?Didn't see it in the trunk :P

So whens the smaller pulley going on the blower?

Wow that thing hauls the mail

Job well done Jeff

09-29-2007, 08:12 PM
Brother OMG that is fine fine fine what can I say as for Super Chevy it in my box ever month so want miss that.Its going to take more then once to take all of this hotrod in. What kind of muffler and size did you go with.I put 4" bullets on mine and it sounds like a ProMod car. Well that is just plan fine. Job very well done. I am proud for you.

09-29-2007, 08:26 PM
Currently the pulleys are 47/47. The "smaller" pulley goes on this winter when these not so race ProComp heads come off and are replaced with a particular set of 210 AFRs with Jesel Sportsmans. Current head gaskets are your run of the mill .039 Felpros and how they made it this long is a mystery to me.

The exhaust is all custom. I had Spintech builld the mufflers. They're only 2.5" thick and are LOUD. The headers were built by a long time near and dear friend, Mitch Howe. The headers are 2" (on adapter plates) to 3.5" round into the muffler and 3.5" oval out of the mufflers.

Mitch also helps to create everything I can think up in the metal department. He is a TIG welder extrordinaire! He is the ONLY person I let work on my car.

09-29-2007, 09:36 PM
Oh my god this is nnniiiiccce,nice, I love 66-67 chevy 2's man I want one for my wife to drive, ya right! no she had a 69 before we were married. I want to prostreet a 66-67 nova,(chevy 2) and go to some cruises, I kind of miss the street just a little.but GREAT CAR , GREAT WORK!!!!!!!!!! David.

09-29-2007, 11:09 PM
Jeff with the new heads and smaller pulley what is your new goal for spring. Looks like you've got some good numbers now but like the rest of us it's never enough. What trans are you running gear an converter stall and gear in the rear. Well I hope it all works out like you want it too.

09-30-2007, 06:47 AM
Jeff with the new heads and smaller pulley what is your new goal for spring. Looks like you've got some good numbers now but like the rest of us it's never enough. What trans are you running gear an converter stall and gear in the rear. Well I hope it all works out like you want it too.

I'm set up for the 1/8th right now with 5.00s and a spool. The converter is another custom piece built by The Converter Shop out here in Chino, CA. Right now on the brake it stalls at 3600. I'm going to build yet another center section with 4.71s for the quarter. Trans is a TCI manual 400 rated for a lot more hp than I have.

Goals: With the 5.00s in the 1/8th I want a 5.99 or better and in the 1/4 I want a 9.99 or better. Should be attainable as with the new heads I will be able to rev higher. Thanks for asking.

09-30-2007, 11:08 AM

What are your front buckets?

09-30-2007, 11:47 AM
Carl, The front seats are Kirkey Pro Streets 17.5". Covers are my doing. The seat bases were made by me and welded by Mitch out of 2" sq. aluminum. If you're asking about the old interior, those are out of a Pontiac Grand Prix (minus head rests) and now reside in a buddies 67 Camaro.


09-30-2007, 12:17 PM

I love the look, are they comfy?

If so, How can I get a pair?

09-30-2007, 01:22 PM
They're reasonbly comfortable, but I haven't been in them for any more than 30 minutes. Mine also have 2" of padding on the bottom.

They're pretty common and can be had through Summit or Jegs.

09-30-2007, 03:18 PM
Well I put you on Wallace Racing and looks like you are going to be well past your new goal after the new combo. Because right now at 6.32 that works out at 9.98 1/4 mile so they are going to want to see some licenses because you are going to be flying. And with that rear gear do you know what RPM you went through the traps at because I have 4:11 and I want mine for the 1/8th mile.

09-30-2007, 04:51 PM
I think, and I emphasize think, that I glanced down and saw 6700 past the finish line and I let off a bit after the line. Of course I was so wound up and am such a rookie that I forgot to recall the tach before shutting it off.

It's the perfect gear for the 1/8th and my car.

The license is a first quarter project. (We can do that in Southern California!)

09-30-2007, 05:36 PM
WOW! your car is so nice. I have to tell you that you have inspired me. I only hope to make my car close to that nice.

10-01-2007, 04:44 AM

GREAT JOB..its amazing you run it..Most cars that look like this are trailer Queens...DOUBLE THE SALT ON THE DRINK MY FRIEND...AWESOME JOB!


10-01-2007, 12:43 PM
One of the nicest I've seen. It's awesome you ran it at the track. Did it take along time to clean the wheel wells?
I'll bet it was worth it though. :wink:
If you do it again watch out for the cars in front throwing rocks in the burn out box. Again beautiful car. That's what they call show and go. No doubt about it.

10-01-2007, 01:14 PM
what all these other guys said. awesome

10-01-2007, 02:24 PM
jeff one of the finest cars I have ever seen, in a few yrs when I take my son to disneyland again, I would love to see in person, also to hear, speakin of hearing, you got a vid of that sweetheart running or hauling ass!!!!!!!!!!!

10-01-2007, 07:51 PM
My garage door is always open for you or anyone else that wants to stop by!

I wish I had a video. I figure I was pretty lucky to have a friend as the track photographer and get the documentation I did.

I've been threatening a video for a while now...hmmm.

10-02-2007, 05:13 PM
I think, and I emphasize think, that I glanced down and saw 6700 past the finish line and I let off a bit after the line. Of course I was so wound up and am such a rookie that I forgot to recall the tach before shutting it off.

It's the perfect gear for the 1/8th and my car.

The license is a first quarter project. (We can do that in Southern California!)

You might call yourself a Rookie at making a pass..but your sure as hell no rookie at making a car look good..
i looked back thru these pics reeeeeeeal SLOW and i am just in AWE at the craftsmanship that you put in this car,,,the car is no DOUBT MAGAZINE material and i mean front COVER if they are looking for 66-67 PRO-STREET BLOWN NOVA'S....You have talent #1 which means you can invision, next you have a lot of A$$ to materialize something like this,,,next you have tons of money in this project...

for what its worth i have been to MAJOR car shows and seen top of the line cars..my last being at the Good Guys show in Columbus Ohio..over 16k cars.....and trust me yours ranks right up there with the front runner pro-street cars.

i have seen your car on here for a few years BUT I had no idea IT WAS AS NICE AS IT IS..

Again my Hats off to you

10-02-2007, 05:18 PM
Now Brian anit you glad that I asked him to show us what it looked like.

10-02-2007, 06:04 PM
Wes u got that right !.....


10-02-2007, 09:00 PM
Well thanks Brian and thanks guys. :oops: :oops: :oops:

I do it because it's a challenge. I tell my Dad, " I can't hit a golf ball worth a shxt, but I can conceptualize a car." Ya it takes bucks, I don't need to tell anyone here that, but that just motivates me to sell more and work harder. Having a good woman to support you makes a HUGE difference too. In fact if it weren't for my two women it would never have happened. So how about I show them off too!!! Kim's birthday dinner from Saturday night. And my sunburn from Saturday's car show.

10-03-2007, 04:00 AM

Thanks for sharing!!!!!!

You are definately a lucky man to have such a supportive and beautiful family!!!
It sounds like a wonderful life. 8)

10-05-2007, 07:03 PM
Beautiful FAMILY....thats what this is all about...WE ARE A FAMILY BASED WEB-SITE/COMMUNITY..

Tell Kim Happy birthday from RJ AND HUG THE LITTLE ONE FOR US ALSO..

i have a pair of those woman myself...lol


10-06-2007, 07:31 AM
When I win the lottery I have a 68 Firebird I would like for you to do for me.LOL. :D :D .Really sweet ride you got there.http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa79/hotrod1024r/mustang84gt009Small.jpg

10-21-2007, 05:53 PM
That is the NICEST pro street Nova I have seen. Been salivating over it from the first time I saw it posted over at Chevytalk. Nice job on it and congrats on the great first track outing. Are you going to continue to run it at the track? Any projects planned this winter?

10-22-2007, 06:33 PM
Hey m man NNNIIICCCEEEEE NICE 67 NOVA i WOULD LOVE ONE ,LOOKING FOR 1 FOR THE WIFE!! MAN O MAN YOU'VE GOT , NICE FAMILY AND A GREAT CAR GOOD LUCK AND HAVE A BLAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! David. and no Im not sorry for shouting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!this is the best site !!!

10-25-2007, 11:09 AM
hey were you at the oc cruise labor day i think i saw you car there very nice i am hoping to make it ther next year

i won best graphics at that show in 99 thay however dont look that good now ..


11-01-2007, 02:38 PM
Thanks for al the nice words!

I wasn't at the Labor Day Cruise, but there is an older gentleman that was there in a blown 67 that is solid red. People see him a lot and often get us confused. His has a red vinyl interior.

11-02-2007, 08:53 AM
Red vinyl eeeeeewwwwwwwwww :oops:

11-30-2007, 07:04 PM
Car looks great as always MM

12-02-2007, 10:49 PM
do live in that car as if i owed it i would be scared somebody would rip it off.......lol........unreal a show car and a race car.........u must spent a alot of time on that beauty is your wife jealous....jk

12-03-2007, 10:38 AM
thanks. She's not jealous. She likes it because she knows I'm never any further than the garage. Without the car I might end up a a bar...

12-03-2007, 06:32 PM
i'm lucky i don't have a wife because i would never have my house as the shop is connected to the house and all u have to do is open the patio door in the living room and u r in the shop.....as u noticed my walls r cedar that is because there use to be a indoor pool.......whooooooo needs a pool it is filled in and a garage door added to the end now i have a 30x50 foot shop ....only one problem is the roof is ony 8 feet.....but i have lots of room for all my cars......have 4 cars and my truck in the shop......race car..75 pinto.....street car 64 fairlane sports couple 347 stroker....65 falcon futura doing a 427 sbf pro street......84 mustang gt with a 351 windsor done up.....still had room for my tools....a pool table...hot tub...a table and chairs...stero....pop machine for beer ...who needs any more i live in the frozen north so lots of cold winter nights and when we r done for racing it is a 7 month wait until racing starts again........still love your car though........i seem to have my hands into to many projects hence i bounce all over the place

12-06-2007, 02:42 AM
7 months??? I'd go stir crazy

12-06-2007, 08:12 AM
7 months??? I'd go stir crazy

You and me both! I think we "might" go down for 2 months "if" the weather got wet.

12-06-2007, 10:15 AM
let me see the weather today is 0 degrees maybe colder with a 15 inchs of snow.......have any chains for the slicks and a good heater can go for a ride.........hey this is the frozen north

01-01-2008, 06:52 PM
In an effort to keep up with Wesley's HP increase I changed a few things...LOL. Actually I had a planned head change a couple months back, but a recent major backfire caused me to change a few other parts too.

The ProComp heads came off. FWIW they worked great for the minimal strip usage. A close friend sold me his AFR 210s with Jesel Sportsmans for only a grand so I couldn't pass that up. I know there are better heads out there for blower motors (I did get your pm Bill which was greatly appreciated) but the price was way right. Also stepped up to some Manton pushrods 3/8" x .120 to keep up with those shaft rockers. The 6-71 came of and in it's place went an 8-71 from The Blower Shop with a matching intake. Head gaskets are now Felpro 1003s. And for piece of mind I switched to 8mm GT drive so I could use a kevlar belt.
Well, the difference is nothing short of mind blowing. A few spins around town caused a bit of fear and sore butt muscles. The only thing I don't have is a restraint which will be coming soon just in case it burps again (thanks again Bill).


01-01-2008, 07:57 PM
Anything I can do to help ya bud, let me know.

btw, was the video about blower restraints convincing?


01-01-2008, 08:13 PM
Sweet! Get's better looking every time I see it!

01-01-2008, 10:46 PM

01-02-2008, 09:22 AM
, was the video about blower restraints convincing?

I had actually seen that one before, but it was a good reminder. Of course the flames shooting out of my blow off plate at night was enough to scare the poo out of me!

01-02-2008, 01:00 PM

01-02-2008, 03:10 PM
, was the video about blower restraints convincing?

I had actually seen that one before, but it was a good reminder. Of course the flames shooting out of my blow off plate at night was enough to scare the poo out of me!

You NEVER want to EVER see a blower backfire. It's lighting all of the fuel in the manifold, in the blower, up to the base of the carburator.

Just once can do damage to the blower.

01-02-2008, 07:07 PM
Just once can do damage to the blower.

Yup! Amazing what a stuck needle seat assembly can do. There was a ton of fuel in that blower. Dumb part is that I KNEW is was running wrong so instead of shutting down I kept going. And this was on the street. Live and learn.

02-12-2008, 07:37 PM
That is one beautiful car!PLEASE be careful hauling it on an open trailer,though.Way too nice to sling gravels on.