Day Ten

SAL­VAGE JOB

Street Machine - - Driver Reviver -

ON TUES­DAY, POR440’S steer­ing woes re­quired a trip to Purkey’s Auto Sal­vage, a wreck­ing yard filled to the brim with Amer­i­can metal. Orig­i­nally spot­ted from the air by Mark and Steve in one of Dale’s planes, Purkey’s is a vast au­to­mo­tive grave­yard, with rusted hulks fill­ing acres of Kansas wood­land.

Un­der the tree canopy, mod­els of ev­ery mar­que were hid­den. Even clas­sics like tri-five Chevs were rep­re­sented in high num­bers, await­ing the day they too may be re­stored.

Aus­tralian street ma­chin­ers would be amazed to find just one such ve­hi­cle in a wreck­ing yard, let alone rows of them. But that’s a tes­ta­ment to the size of Amer­ica; even yards of this size aren’t re­ally a big deal in the US, and you can find your dream restora­tion – or the pieces to com­plete it.

Mark was able to find a suit­able steer­ing box from a Dodge Dart, with Dale trans­fer­ring the in­ter­nals from this to the Valiant box. A bet­ter-steer­ing and safer POR440 was thus on the road for the fi­nal leg to Cor­dova for the start of Hot

Rod Drag Week. How did Arby fare? Turn to page 138 s to find out.

Jon’s man­ual Hemi Dodge Charger Day­tona is one of only three in ex­is­tence, so he’s only driven it – very briefly – once

Arby was in Hemi heaven when drag racer Jon Stouf­fer showed him around his in­cred­i­ble Mopar col­lec­tion

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