Number FourDominic AgazioCommerce, CO'68 Dodge Dart17-year-old Dominic Agazio was the youngest competitor in the second annual Mopar Muscle True Street Challenge. All we can say is, Dominic is off to a stellar start. He chose as a platform to fulfill his Mopar fantasy an affordable A-body in the form of this '68 Dart. Bought for 500 bucks from a police auction in his native Commerce, Colorado, it took Dominic, his dad, and good friend Bill Righter a mere six months to get the A-body ready for Dominic's high school drags. In that six-month span, the Dart went through a complete makeover including a heart transplant in the form of a .030-over 440. The RB was treated to JE forged slugs, a Hughes hydraulic cam for maintenance-free performance, and Hughes ported iron heads. An Edelbrock Performer RPM found its way on top along with an 850 Holley carb.
Being from Colorado where the air is thin, Dominic ran his fastest times to date while in Vegas attending the Mopars at the Strip show, turning a 12.82 at nearly 106 mph. Some temperature issues during the ride-and-drive ultimately hurt Dominic's final score. But, no worries-Dominic was led down the right path, and we can only wish our first efforts at going fast were done this well. We'll bet Dominic has the fastest car in school.
Number ThreeTony CarbaughTurner, OR'69 Dodge ChargerTony Carbaugh's '69 Charger was the street fighter of the bunch. Overall detail was a bit on the rough side, but it was well engineered. Tony didn't build his Charger for show, he built it to go-to kick butt and take names, and kick butt it does with alacrity. Its very nature hurt it on the ride-and-drive, as it's loud, obnoxious, loud, fast-oh, and loud. Purchased from a local wrecking yard 10 years ago for the lowly sum of $850, replete with a blown 318 and a 904 trans, Tony immediately set out to make a statement.
Under the glass six-pack hood beats the heart of one very healthy .030-over 440. That it turned an 11.57 at 117 mph in the heat and elevation of Las Vegas with a compression ratio under 10:1 is testimony to Tony's engineering capabilities. Sporting SRP forged pistons, a Crower solid bumpstick, extensively ported 906 heads, Crane roller rockers, an M-1 single-plane manifold, and a tweaked Holley 750 that flows more than 900 cfm, Tony's 440 was built to run squeeze. Unfortunately, he hadn't installed the bottle for the TSC, but subsequent testing a few months after the Mopars at the Strip resulted in some low 10-second passes at 133 mph. But Tony brought enough motor to clench the second fastest times of the bunch.
Number TwoJohn HuffCasper, WY'70 Plymouth BarracudaJohn's Plymouth is nothing short of spectacular. Not only does it look great, it runs hard as well. We have to give John the hard-luck award for having endured a blown engine last year, and a broken output shaft on the trans this year. But it never fazed him as he kept smiling the entire weekend. In fact, we invited him back this year because he broke last year. John, for the sake of the well-being of your 'Cuda, leave it home next year!
Purchased in 1979 for a meager 125 bones, John doesn't even want to speculate what he has in it to date. Suffice it to say, John ditched the slant-six in short order for a slightly more potent powerplant. Four engines later, 25 years, four different women, five transmissions, one hernia (try unloading a Dana from the back of a truck solo), and John alas succumbed to the concept of the Hemi. Exactly 528 inches worth, all screwed together by Ken Lezzari of Indy Cylinder Head fame, featuring Wiseco pistons (for a final compression ratio of 10.75:1), Eagle rods, an MP stroker crank, MP aluminum heads, a Comp solid cam, and an Indy single-plane intake with a Holley 950 taking up residence up top.