Volume I, Issue 5, Page 39

Up From The Mud—With A Bullet!

Maybe the title for this story should be “local bad boy makes good.” It’s about facing fear, the virtues of patience and humility, and about positive goals and how to meet them. When he was 16, Scott Demo (not his real last name) began his upward mobility with nothing inhis arsenal but a fiery will to succeed.

“I grew up in a welfare family,” offered Scott. “When I was a kid, we didn’t have anything.” He was driven, wholly intent on making his life the best he could and

accumulating the things he didn’t have as a kid. He formed Demolition Specialists in Levittown, Long Island, and things ripped right along. Way too fast. By his 29th year Scott was addicted to crack cocaine and booze and had no address, no dreams left. He huddled desperately in the gutter, sinking out of sight under a grimy blanket of denial and self-hatred.

One day a light went on. He got the right help, identified the reasons for his discontent, and separated himself successfully from the toxicity. That was six years ago. No relapse, no regrets, only a hard charge into the future. Part of his expanded horizon centered on muscle cars or hot cars that he could drive every day and on this 1970 SS Nova in particular.

“I searched this car out for about eight years until I found what I thought was the right one. If somebody answered the phone and started telling me how fast his Nova was, I just hung up. I wanted the purest example that I could find. I found it on eBay but didn’t buy it from there. I hopped a plane for Buffalo with a buddy and made the deal. The Nova was a 4-speed SS 396 original that had been sitting in garages for 25 years.” They loaded the near-pristine 83,000-mile car on a Ryder trailer and booked back to Long Island.

Scott liked the fact that the original big block was still in place, but naturally he wanted more. He wanted an awesome straight-line performer hung with ultra-stock camouflage. He also wanted a stick shift, the nastiest Muncie box ever, the rock crushing, close-ratio M22. Soon, a crate 572/620 motor was rocking in the engine bay, but there was a lot more to do before The Demo Man was satisfied. The people who’d done the conversion had managed to screw up a bunch of other stuff along the way.

Fabricator and racecar builder Mike Ingrossio (MI Performance, W. Babylon, NY) is a man of considerable talent. He dispensed it liberally for the Demo Man, building headers from scratch because the store-bought stuff is a compromise, correcting the car’s stance and attitude, fitting more powerful aftermarket brakes behind runty original equipment wheels, amending the suspension and drive train for extreme duty, and massaging the motor until it was sweet. He also built the stainless steel fan shroud for the big Be Cool core. Note nostalgic Dzus quick-release fasteners.

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