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78 THE SHOP NOVEMBER 2018 SKETCHBOOK PROJECT VEHICLE 1978 GMC C10 This is the fourth year that Finish Line Speed Shop is creating a Project Giving Back vehicle. Strong Roots is a 1978 GMC C10 being built for the Nichols family. Sponsored by Eddie Motorsports, see it at the 2018 SEMA Show and in the Battle of the Builders competition, Toyo Tires Top SEMA Build contest and the Chevrolet Design awards. The truck is powered by a 5.3-liter LS from Jasper Engines with an Elite S-Drive accessory drive from Eddie Motorsports, Russell Performance plumbing and AIRAID cold air intake and filter. Participants include: ARP (bolts); Hedman Hedders; Trans-Dapt Performance (valve cover adapters); Energy Suspension (LS motor mount adapters, transmission mount, cab mounts); Mishimoto (radiator, fan shroud with electric fan); Vintage Air (A/C); Black Widow Exhaust (mufflers); COMP Cams; DC Power Inc. (alternator); Edelbrock; Eaton (TrueTrac rear differential); Budnik Wheels; Toyo Tires; Wilwood (disc brakes); Nitro Gear & Axle; AccuAir (Endo-CVT, E-level air ride management); CTP Concepts (custom ashtray to hold the AccuAir touch pad controller); BrakeQuip (stainless brake hardline, tools); Boom Mat (sound deadener); KICKER (sound system); Custom Autosound (head unit); Flaming River (tilt column); Dakota Digital (RTX gauges); QA1 (shocks); Painless Performance (wiring harness); XS Power (Vintage series battery); RAD Machining (custom badges); United Pacific Industries (LED headlights, taillights, mirrors, marker lights); TMI Products (custom interior with suede inserts & accents); GSI (frame stiffener); Summit Racing; QuickTrick (alignment tools); The Whistler Group (radar detector, dash-cam); House of Kolor (paint); C10 Talk; Precision Replacement Parts (weatherstripping, refurbished wing window assemblies); and Covercraft (car cover). 1976 CHEVROLET VEGA Byron Burnham started with a lost cause 1976 Cosworth Vega shell and a little known Hooker Headers body kit to create an IMSA-inspired Vega RCR racer. Pfaff Designs was contracted to come up with the visual plan. Pfaff modified and refined the look of the body kit and then devised the Jekyll & Hyde color scheme with asymmetrical stripe to complement the extreme looks. Once the car was delivered to A-Team Restorations in Bend, Oregon the aging body kit was quickly discarded for a hand-fabricated steel version complete with air dam, flow-through widebody fenders and rear spoiler. The body was then smoothed and painted with BASF Matador Red with Artic White and Shark Grey body sides. To fit the Don Hardy-built LS3 engine and Tremec TKO 500 5-speed, the firewall, dash and interior were all moved back 3 inches. A Hilborn Fuel Stack Injection feeds the mill and the power channels through an Art Morrison Enterprises 3-link and 9-inch rear end with Watts link. Up front are tubular control arms and 2-inch dropped spindles with power rack and pinion steering and RideTech adjustable coil-over shocks front and back. Stopping power comes from big Wilwood brakes. Falken 315 wide tires wrap E-T LT-III 18x11 mini-lite-style wheels. Inside the cabin is a full interior with plenty of race car functionality. Procar racing seats face an extended ididit steering column, while Dakota Digital gauges keep track of all the vitals. A Kenwood touchscreen with 4-speaker system and Bluetooth provides audio backup to the symphony from under the hood, and an 8-point cage with fire suppression system ensures safety on the track.

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