As this issue of Mopar Muscle hits the streets, Justin Swank's '70 'Cuda is awakening from its winter-long hibernation, ready to rumble on the streets and twisties of central New York. Justin, who hails from Phelps, New York-in the heart of NY's Finger Lakes region-is this month's Young Guns Club winner, scoring a gift certificate from Blue Zombie.
Justin is the fourth generation of gearheads and car collectors in his family. He cites his grandfathers, father, uncles, and cousins as huge influences on restoring and collecting cars. As Justin puts it, "It's always been about family restorations and going fast!"
A '70 'Cuda had been Justin's dream ride, long before he found and purchased this numbers-matching 'Cuda 340 in 2002. All the engine, drivetrain, body, paint, and detail work was done by Justin and his family. That included building up a 360 to replace (for now) the 340, which Justin says will go back in eventually, paired up again with the 'Cuda's original 727.
It's been his good-weather fun car over the past two summers, taking the brutal New York winters off, escaping the snow and salt that comes with them. Justin takes it to a couple cruise nights a year, and he also enjoys the simple pleasures of laying patches and cruising around in it.
Blue Zombie of Collinsville, Virginia, is one of largest suspension companies in the United States, offering full suspension kits and individual components for virtually all Mopars.
Selling only Made-In-America parts and components is just one thing that separates Blue Zombie from the rest. Selection is another. Blue Zombie sells graphite polyurethane and OEM-style front suspension kits, tubular A-arms and K-frames, sway bar kits, and American Made rear leaf springs.
Blue Zombie's distribution and customer service facility is headquartered alongside their parent company, AutoInstruments.com, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, only a few miles from Martinsville Speedway in an area known as The Moonshine Capital of the World. Curvy mountain roads and a heavy NASCAR influence in the region have influenced the design and quality of their suspension kits.
If you need to have the suspension rebuilt on your car, give Blue Zombie a call today and let them help bring your car back from the dead!
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