(Photos by Dave Nutting) – We all do the hot rodding thing for different reasons. We have different tastes, different motivations, and different opinions on how to best capture the right look and feel of a car. In the case of young Andrew Bostrom, it was being regaled by stories of drag strip fun and glory by his dad, talking about the era he raced in, which was the early 1970s. After growing up and being enthralled with those stories and eventually the history of that era on the strip, it was only natural that his tastes and style would be marked by that era heavily. Now that you know that, the fact that he’s built one of the most bitchin’ 1970s drag themed street cars we have ever run across makes total sense. Oh, and about that comment in the title of the story about him being born late? Yeah, he’s in his early 20s. The fact that he did the homework, tracked down the period pieces, and invested every red cent possible into this car is a big point of pride with him and it should be. He totally earned the right to brag on this thing and we loved drooling all over it while shooting this feature with Dave Nutting.
There’s a purity to this car that’s really tough to accurately describe because often times when we see guys built a car that “is just like they were in the old days,” they’re really not. Because you smashed some cool lace paint onto your street machine with EFI, overdrive, and zooty suspension, doesn’t mean that you have a car like the rest of the guys in high school had circa 1973. In Andrew’s case, he does. This thing is a gnarly cammed, big geared, drag suspended, raucous mother that both sounds and runs the business. Making 400+ horsepower at the tires with no help from nitrous, a supercharger, or exotic fuels out of 340 cubic inches is pretty awesome, especially when you see an old school Edelbrock intake, the ancient Mallory Ignition, Moroso Cool Can, and the sounds of a mechanical roller (yeah, the roller is a little modern but you can’t see the lifters!). This is a car that sounds like it wants to tear your face off. Andrew is done the vast majority of the work on this machine himself, at home, in a portable garage/car port thing that more spoiled gearheads wouldn’t even park under, let alone use as their primary shop space. We love that part. The determination of a kid to complete the vision in his head, complete with radio and heat delete is pretty spectacular in an age where more guys want to score high on shoot ’em up video games than actually apply themselves to something, especially a car that occasionally made Andrew want to shoot at it.
The story of the hows and whys of Andrew Bostrom’s 1971 Demon will be told through the awesome Dave Nutting photos and captions below. This car is 100% BangShift approved from the front bumper to the tail lights. You’re about to see why below –
KEEP READING AND SCROLLING DOWN TO SEE ANDREW BOSTROM’S 1971 DEMON, WHICH IS A MOPAR THAT PUNCHES ALL THE RIGHT BUTTONS –