30 Minutes With...Darin Smith


Name: Darin Smith

Occupation: Car Mechanic/Restoration Shop Owner

Home: Orange County, California

First Car: 1969 Mach 1 Mustang with a big block and a 4-speed transmission 

Vehicle Featured: 1965 Pontiac GTO. Aluminum Dart 565 cubic inch engine. 800 horsepower, 800+ ft/lb torque. Cypress Candy apple red from House of Colors. Wheels: Budnik E85 18" on front 20" wheel on back. 2006 GTO seats. Engine-turned by hand metal dash. Strange engineering independent rear. Only 10 miles on the engine.

Additional Truck: 1964 GMC Shortbed fleet side. 396 cu. inch engine with a 4-speed transmission.  

Additional Car: Dodge Coronet 440 with a punched out 426 to a 472 Hemi big block engine. Factory 15" steel wheels. Tires: bias ply front runners and Hurst cheater slicks on the rear.  It's a mid-11 second 1/4 mile car.

Dream Car: 1965 GTO Convertible we built for a customer for SEMA 2015.