As a few of you know, I competed in Hot Rod magazine's Drag Week adventure this year. I got second place in the Gasser-AF/X class with my 55 chevy. It was a lot of fun, but my car was kind of slow...the winning 55 was running low-mid tens, my best run was 11.19. So, to stay competitive, I decided I need to up my game a bit. (although I know the other guys will do the same, so I'll still be too slow!) There are a few ways to do this, such as make more power, get the car to launch better, remove weight, etc. I decided I should do the weight loss thing...which really means, build a different car. My 55 is a nice car, but it was built for driving, not racing, so it has all kinds of heavy things in it that really don't belong in a race car. After talking it over with my copilot Dan on the way home from Drag Week, I decided I need to build an early Chevy II. I looked around for a while, and finally found a 62 2 door sedan, in rough, incomplete condition, for $500. It was pretty much on it's way to the crusher if I didn't buy it. Thanks to good friends, I found some parts in nearby Bisbee to fill in most of the missing stuff....hood, fenders, good used windshield, trunk lid, lights, etc. Now that I had something to build, I had to decide how to build it. There are a lot of conflicting requirements, and I have to find a middle road that will get the performance I want, and actually get it done. First, the performance goal is low ten second ETs. Then there's drive-ability...it has to be a car I can get in and drive several hundred miles every day for a week, and make it down a drag strip every day. It has to be able to deal with crappy weather, and crappy roads, etc. Then there are the real world concerns, like money. There's only so much, so I have to make it go as far as I can. Then there are the aesthetics....the car is being built to meet a set of rules for a racing event http://www.hotrod.com/dragweek/1308_2013_hot_rod_drag_week_rules/ but I have my own standards of how I want it to look. My plan is to make it a pretty legit looking match race car from the mid 60s, not quite legal for any of the classes (AF/X, Gasser, MP, etc) but close enough that you can tell it's an old drag car just by looking at it. Follow along as I figure all this out, I'm probably going to need some help.