The Rebirth of a GIANT
Special Thanks to all that have help thus far to make this happen!

Emory Nickels, Gorman Dillingham, Modie Dillingham, Mitch Nickels,
Johnny Williams, Keith Colyer, Jeff Shiveley, Tommy Williams,
Bill Holder, Jim Klette, Paul Jordan@Trident Specialty,
Year-One
Aesthetic Finishers, Gary Engle@Quality Electrostatic, Landrum Spring
Jimmy Henry, Leo Konik@Konik's Klassiks, Doug Lee, Fred Smith,
Dale Cubic@
CFM Performance Carbs, Rich Poe@Valvoline, PPG
KOI Auto Parts, Jamie Frankland, Kerry Henne@Frankland

Watch and listen to the GIANT awaken for the first time "Click Here"
Emory Nickels #17 in the early 70's.
This car was driven by the likes of Larry Moore, Chuck McWilliams,
Billy Teegarden, Don Lamb, and Rodney Combs.
Picture sent by Mitch Nickels
Back Row (L to R) Gorman Dillingham, Chuck McWilliams, Modie Dillingham.
From Row (L to R) Johnny Williams and Mitch Nickels.
Picture by Bill Holder
Emory, Mitch, and Johnny get the body fitted.
Picture by JT LeFever
Emory, Mitch, and Johnny get the body fitted.
Picture by JT LeFever
Emory, Mitch, and Johnny get the body fitted.
Picture by JT LeFever
Modie Dillingham re-fits the old interior before fabricating the new panels.
Picture by JT LeFever
Modie Dillingham re-fits the old interior before fabricating the new panels.
Picture by JT LeFever
Ready to take the body off to blast the frame for the final time.
Picture by JT LeFever
Ready to take the body off to blast the frame for the final time.
Picture by JT LeFever
Fox Sports Net brings the cameras into the house that built the GIANT.
Picture by JT LeFever
Mitch talks with Fox Sports Net.
Picture by JT LeFever
Camera crews are gone, frame is blasted and painted. The GIANT is getting
close to being done.
Picture by JT LeFever
Emory and Mitch get the roof pillars re-attached.
Picture by JT LeFever
Modie Dillingham's interior work is coming together.
Picture by JT LeFever
Modie Dillingham's interior work is coming together.
Picture by JT LeFever
Shot of the final paint in the interior.
Picture by JT LeFever
Shot from the backside of the GIANT.
Picture by JT LeFever
Johnny and Emory working hard on getting the roof ready for paint.
Picture by JT LeFever
Johnny and Emory working hard on getting the roof ready for paint.
Picture by JT LeFever
Emory Nickels working his magic.
Picture by JT LeFever
The Frankland rear end is back together and in.
Picture by JT LeFever
Getting the GIANT back on it's feet.
Picture by JT LeFever
The GIANT back on it's feet.
Picture by JT LeFever
Fuel lines, brake lines and shocks are back on the GIANT.
Picture by JT LeFever
Johnny Williams bubbled this wheel opening out with a hammer and dolly.
Picture by JT LeFever
The GIANT is on the verge of being born again.
Picture by JT LeFever
The GIANT awaits it's front hubs.
Picture by JT LeFever
Thanks to West Virginia dirtfan Jimmy Henry,
we have a grille and headlight doors.
Picture by JT LeFever
Emory Nickels works some magic on the front wheelwells.
Picture by Doug Lee
Mice rear shot with Emory and Modie hard at it.
Picture by Doug Lee
Another shot of the wheelwells.
Picture by Doug Lee
Body work is near complete.
Picture by Doug Lee
Another nice rear shot, the tail lights will be red.
Picture by Doug Lee
Beautiful rear!
Picture by Doug Lee
The stove is in and has been fired.
Picture by Doug Lee
A look at the flawless carb by Dale Cubic at CFM Performance Carbs.
Picture by Doug Lee
The GIANT fired right up with the original spark plug wires.
Picture by Doug Lee
The GIANT hits the paint booth.
Picture by Doug Lee
The GIANT hits the paint booth.
Picture by Doug Lee
Emory Nickels checks the body work before paint.
Picture by Doug Lee
Fred Smith did a great job on the paint thus far.
Decklid, hood, and fenders still to come.
Picture by Doug Lee
The rear shots just keep getting better.
Picture by Doug Lee
The candy apple blue and red stripes turned out great.
Picture by Doug Lee
Johnny and Modie fit the stainless steel goodies.
Picture by Doug Lee
Johnny and Modie apply stainless steel from the bumper to the body.
Picture by Doug Lee
Stainless steel bumper gaurds, door handle, key hole, and mirror covers.
Picture by Doug Lee
Nice shot of the back I missed in the last update.
Picture by Doug Lee
Not a real good shot to show the headlight and bumper detail.
Picture by JT LeFever
Flat black dash with all original gauges, all thats left in here is a steering wheel
shifter extention and shifter ball.
Picture by JT LeFever
The Giant awaits lettering, rub rails. stainless fender extension, and spoiler.
Picture by JT LeFever
The Giant nearing ride height.
Picture by JT LeFever
Johnny puts the stars on.
Picture by Doug Lee
Johnny puts the stars on.
Picture by Doug Lee
The GIANT with it's mean face on.
Picture by Doug Lee
Stars shining bright.
Picture by Doug Lee
Stars on the decklid.
Picture by Doug Lee
Johnny wipes down the decklid.
Picture by Doug Lee
Lettering on and GIANT ready to rumble.
Picture by Doug Lee
Picture by Doug Lee
Calm before the storm.
Picture by Doug Lee
Mitch, the GIANT, and crew arrive at the North/South 100 and National Dirt
Late Model Hall of Fame Presentation @ Florence Speedway.
Picture by Doug Lee
Picture by Doug Lee
Chuck McWilliams straps in as Dave Mcwilliams and Robby Hensley
check out the GIANT share a laugh.
Picture by Doug Lee
Chuck McWilliams prepares to take the GIANT for a spin.
Picture by Doug Lee
On display in front of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame.
Picture by Doug Lee
Picture by Doug Lee
Picture by Doug Lee
Picture by Doug Lee
Chuck McWilliams arrives at the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame
ceremony.
Picture by Doug Lee
(Left to Right) Modie Dillingham, Emory Nickels, Larry Moore, Doug Lee,
and the man who put many hours into the Rebirth.....Mitch Nickels.
Picture by Doug Lee
The famed GIANT hit the surface of the famed Florence Speedway.
Picture by Doug Lee
Picture by Doug Lee
Rodney Combs prepares to pace a heat race for the 2008 North/South 100.
Picture by Doug Lee
The Modern Day Cowboy John Gill had to sit behind the wheel of the GIANT.
Picture by Doug Lee
I again want to thank all the people that help make this possible and it was
great hearing all the stories and seeing all the fans and drivers take interest in
the GIANT!

I've heard about 2 late 70's camaro's being restored and I hope we can get
updates on them and other cars being built around the country. If you know of
any project cars being built out there please let us know and we will do all we
can to help bring these Giants back to life.

Thank you,
JT "Cat Scratch" LeFever
jtlefever@dirtfans.com
"Click" on a Photo
below to enlarge
I stopped in Nick's
Frame and Body Shop
in Sharonville, Ohio
in 2005 to see if
Emory had any
photos of his cars
that ran dirt in the
Cincinnati tri-state
area. Emory informed
me he still had the
last car they ran.
This is the way I
found it back in the
junk yard with Larry
Moore's name still on
the top and #33 from
the last time it ran at
Winchester Speedway
for the Dri-Power 400.
Picture by Bill Holder
It was buried so deep
that the easiest way
to get it out would be
to hook to it with a
crane from the other
side of the fence.
Picture by Bill Holder
Rust had almost
overcome it.
Picture by Bill Holder
A shot of the Monte
Carlo nose. Even
though this car is a 70
Chevelle they used
the 70 Monte Carlo
nose since they
wanted the single
headlight look.
Picture by Bill Holder
These next few shots
are after Mitch
Nickels pulled it out
from it's hiding place.
Picture by Bill Holder
Thanks to Year~One
it will get a new skin
and keep us from
much body work.
Picture by Bill Holder
Amazingly the window
net wasn't even
rotted, while some of
the frame was lost to
rust. Thankfully
Mitch had a 70
Chevelle parts car
that has a perfect
frame.
Picture by Bill Holder
The rear bumper is in
great shape, no
matter Mitch
informed me they had
a stack of them they
saved while they were
racing.
Picture by Bill Holder
Take a look at the
knots on the steering
wheel. Emory told me
that Larry Moore was
having trouble with
the wheel slipping out
of his hand. Emory
took heater hose and
wrapped it around the
wheel and covered it
with tape.
Picture by Bill Holder
After a meeting with
Mitch Nickels, Johnny
Williams, The
Dillinghams, Morgan
Chandler, Chuck
McWilliams, Bill
Holder, and Myself.
It was decided that
this Giant deserved to
be taken down bare
are rebuilt the right
way and driveable
with a big block just
like it was.
This is a shot after
Mitch and Johnny
Williams cutout the
frame to be replaced.
You can see from the
photos above how
much work has
already been done.
Picture by Doug Lee
A shot of the roll cage
cutout and the quick
change rear end.
Picture by Doug Lee
A shot of the grill,
springs, brake drums,
trailing arms, and
other various parts.
Picture by Doug Lee
A shot of the cage,
and front clip.
Picture by Doug Lee
A shot of the seat
cage, a 2 piece type
that is only seen
today in Scott
Bloomquist car with
the seat and headrest
seperate.
Picture by Doug Lee
Picture by Doug Lee
Another shot of the
roll cage.
Picture by Doug Lee
A shot of the heater
hose covered steering
wheel.
Picture by Doug Lee
A closeup shot of the
quick change rear end.
Picture by Doug Lee
Here's a shot of some
of the suspension
parts cleaned up.
Picture by JT LeFever
Shot of the rear
bumper and fuel cell
frame to be
re-created.
Photo by JT LeFever
Shot of the 1970
Chevelle SS Frame
Specs.
Picture by JT LeFever
The new/old frame
turned out
unbelievable. The
parts car it came out
of was in great shape.
Some might wonder
why they would use
such a valuable piece?
When the car was
originally built they
purchased a brand
new 1970 Big Block
Chevelle from a local
dealer, drove it home,
stripped it, and built it.
Picture by JT LeFever
The roll cage after
being sand blasted.
The bars you see with
rust on them still will
be cutoff and replaced.
Picture by JT LeFever
The clutch and brake
pedals were left intact
for exact firewall
placement.
Picture by JT LeFever
With a new frame
comes a lot of work
putting in spring
buckets and many
other handmade
brackets. Just like
back in the day
everything needed is
custom made or in
the case of this spring
bucket the original is
used.
Picture by JT LeFever
Another shot of an
original spring bucket
used on the new
frame. Once brackets
are in we'll have to do
a second sand blasting.
Picture by JT LeFever
Another shot of the
spring bucket and to
the top right of the
picture a new panhard
bar bracket.
Picture by JT LeFever
Other spring bucket
with new handmade
upper trailing arm
bracket.
Picture by JT LeFever
With a new frame
also comes a lot of
work plating the
stock frame.
Here's shot of a piece
that was cut to fit the
siderails of the frame.
Mitch said, "whoever
gets to drive it
North/South weekend
will be able to haul it
in there. If they
wreck it we'll fix it."
Picture by JT LeFever
Mitch gets the frame
side rail plating
welded.
Picture by JT LeFever
Original engine
mounts used and
turned around for
engine setback. When
electrical fuel pumps
were outlawed the
cross member had to
be notched for a
mechanical fuel pump
to be installed. The
original notch was
cutout of the old
frame and welded in
the new. New jackbolt
threads can also be
seen welded in.
Picture by JT LeFever
New transmission
cross member mounts
made and welded in.
Picture by JT LeFever
This is a top shot of
the frame rail that
goes up over the rear
end.
You can see how
much it has been
narrowed,
just like the original
car was done some 37
years ago.
Picture by JT LeFever
Stock rear lower
trailing arm mounts
have been plated, just
like they did 37 years
ago. This car is
essentially a 4 bar car
without a birdcage.
Picture by JT LeFever
When I arrive on
Sunday morning
Mitch has the chassis
upside down,
welded, and ready for
me to blast one last
time before paint.
Picture by JT LeFever
Shot of the roll cage
going back in. After
the cage is back in
place we will cutout
and replace any bad
bars.
Picture by Doug Lee.
I'll try to get a better
shot of the frame
rails that go over top
of the rear end. They
have been split and
narrowed, the
underside of the rail
is maybe 1" wide.
Picture by Doug Lee
Old school frame
gauges hang along the
bottom of the frame.
Mitch had to dig the
gauges and 70
Chevelle frame book
out of the archives to
make sure everything
goes back where it is
suppose to.
Picture by Doug Lee
Make shift cross
members with
sandbags help keep
the frame from
movement while the
cage is tacked in.
Picture by Doug Lee.
Bottom shot of the
frame rail that goes
up over the rear end.
You can see how
much it has been
narrowed,
just like the original
car was done some 37
years ago.
Picture by JT LeFever
Some of the damaged
bars have been cutout
and replaced.
Picture by JT LeFever
Mitch gets the
original fuel pump
bracket welded in and
is
nearing completion of
rear of the chassis.
Picture by JT LeFever
Johnny Williams
marks for a notch to
be made in the tail
clip.
Mitch Nickels works
on re-creating a new
tube rear bumper in
the background.
Picture by JT LeFever
Johnny Williams
smooths out his notch.
Picture by JT LeFever
Johnny getting her
smooth.
Picture by JT LeFever
Mitch Nickels cuts the
ends even on the new
rear frame bumper.
Picture by JT LeFever
Now it's back like it
was on the original
frame.
Picture by JT LeFever
Notched rear tail clip
awaits the new rear
frame bumper resting
against the frame in
the right lower corner
of the photo.
Picture by JT LeFever
Noticing the width and
indentations on the
rear tail clip while
measuring the fuel
cell opening. We see
that original frame
was cut and flattened
to fit the fuel cell. Not
a big deal to some,
worth the time and
effort to Mitch and
Johnny.
Picture by JT LeFever
Johnny Williams
grinding the finish of
his fresh cut.
Picture by JT LeFever
Johnny Williams gets
ready to first fit the
cowl.
Picture by JT LeFever
Mitch and Johnny
hold the GIANT down.
It has the race shop
feel just like when I
was kid.
A lot of help in and
out because they love
it, not beacuse they
are getting paid.
Picture by JT LeFever
Mitch hooks to the
chassis to put it back
on the horses as
Grandmother
Simmons looks on.
Picture by JT LeFever
Mitch sets the chassis
back on the horses.
Picture by JT LeFever
The chassis returns
from being painted at
Quality Electrostatic.
Picture by JT LeFever
Meanwhile, Mitch
pressure washes the
Frankland rear end to
see what we're up
against.
Picture by JT LeFever
Pinion bracket at
10:00.
Picture by JT LeFever
The rear end turned
out decent, although
the brackets and
tubes may need
repaired/replaced.
Picture by JT LeFever
Fuel cell bars tacked
in and a great shot of
where the rear
bumper connects with
the frame and the
downtubes.
Picture by JT LeFever
This is a shot of the
front cage clip sitting
on the frame.
It will get welded into
place once the firewall
is in place.
Picture by JT LeFever
The new Cowl ready
to be stripped and
prepared
Picture by JT LeFever
Mitch and Johnny hit
a small snag when it
came time to measure
for the cowl. The old
cowl was inspected
and appears to be
shortened and gas
welded back together.
So this is a shot after
the cowl has been
cutoff to be trimmed
8"~ 9".
Picture by JT LeFever
The cowl coutout and
prepared to have 8-9
inches taken off.
Picture by JT LeFever
Scraps of what was
cut out of the cowl.
Picture by JT LeFever
Firewall ready to go
back onto the cowl.
Photo by JT Lefever
The Teacher and one
of his many students.
Emory Nickels
explains to Johnny
Williams that it's
better to grind with
an electric grinder
then to grind with an
air grinder. Just
before Johnny
explains that he knew
that but he just
burned up one of
Emory's electric
grinders:-)
Picture by JT LeFever
Mitch and Johnny
discuss the Giant.
Picture by JT LeFever
The floor pan is in
and awaits the
firewall.
Picture by Doug Lee
The firewall ready to
be set in place.
Picture by Doug Lee
The firewall set in
place.
Picture by Doug Lee
Shot of the firewall in
place and if you look
at the left side of the
firewall you'll see
where the battery box
will be placed.
Picture by Doug Lee
Firewall in place and
ready to be joined to
the floor pan.
Picture by Doug Lee
Mitch prepares to
tack weld the firewall
in place.
Picture by Doug Lee
Mitch and Johnny
after the firewall is
set in place.
Picture by Doug Lee
Mitch tack welding
the firewall in place.
Picture by Doug Lee
Mitch and Johnny
discuss the front roll
cage alignment.
Picture by Doug Lee
Ready for the front
roll cage clip.
Picture by Doug Lee
Shot of the floor pan
and firewall.
Picture by Doug Lee
JT listens as Johnny
tells how much of the
roof pillar will be used.
Picture by Doug Lee
Johnny works hard on
the floor pan.
Picture by JT LeFever
Mitch gets the floor
pan nearly all welded.
Picture by JT LeFever
If you could only see
my face as I sit in the
most comfortable
racing seat I've ever
been in.
Picture by JT LeFever
Mitch ended up
making a mostly new
seat frame.
Picture by JT LeFever
Another shot of the
driver's seat.
Picture by JT LeFever
Original Stewart
Warner guages and
steering wheel. The
wheel will get retaped.
Picture by Doug Lee
Some of the
suspension gets bolted
on while Mitch awaits
for me to get back
from Charlotte with
ball joints.
Picture by JT LeFever
The shortened cowl
ready to meet the
firewall.
Picture by JT LeFever
A look at the
transmission and
handmade Emory
Nickels headers that
custom fit above the
transmission
crossmember.
Picture by JT LeFever
The Emory Nickel
headers turned out
great after sand
blasting and will be
sent to Aesthetic
Finishers for ceramic
coating.
Picture by JT LeFever
The headers are back
a little from where
they will be, but will
be a little higher to fit
above the custom
transmission
crossmember with
straight pipes out the
back. With the way
these headers were
made this car could
sit much lower than
most cars of the day.
Picture by JT LeFever
Custom transmission
crossmember made to
run the custom
headers above it.
Picture by JT LeFever
Another shot of the
Emory Nickels header.
Picture by JT LeFever
The chassis pulled
back outside for
sandblasting after a
rain delay.
Picture by JT LeFever
The chassis pulled
back inside after
blasting is complete.
Picture by JT LeFever
Another shot of the
headers ceramic
coated by
Aesthetic
Finishers in Piqua,
Ohio.
Picture by JT LeFever
Picture by JT LeFever
Mitch gets the
dummy block, heads,
intake in with the
headers bolted on.
This had to be done to
make sure the new
crossmember Mitch
made cleared.
Picture by JT LeFever
Mitch gets the
dummy block, bell
housing, and
transmission
in to set and repair
the crossmember.
Picture by JT LeFever
I picked the header
up today from
Aesthetic Finishers in
Piqua, Ohio.
As you can see they
turned out beautiful!
Picture by JT LeFever
This shot shows how
precise Emory made
these headers to clear
all around.
Picture by JT LeFever
Just another fine
piece of fabrication by
Mitch.
Picture by JT LeFever
Lower control arms
before removing the
ball joints and getting
their final blasting.
Picture by JT LeFever
Lower control arms
and trailing arms
blasted.
Picture by JT LeFever
Shot of the upper
control arm after
having the primer
applied.
Picture by JT LeFever
Shot of the upper
control arm after
having the primer
applied.
Picture by JT LeFever
Shot of many of the
parts after primer.
Picture by JT LeFever
Johnny did a great job
on refinishing the
control arms.
Picture by JT LeFever
Other componets
finished.
Picture by JT LeFever
The Frankland rear
end back together.
Picture by JT LeFever
The Frankland rear
end back together.
Picture by JT LeFever
Shot of the massive
carburetor that will
power the 500+ C.I.
Big Block.
Picture by Doug Lee
Another shot of the
massive carburetor
that will power the
500+ C.I. Big Block.
Picture by Doug Lee
Pretty nice dummies.
Picture by JT LeFever
Pretty nice dummies.
Picture by JT LeFever
New crossmember.
Picture by JT LeFever
Tight squeeze.
Picture by JT LeFever
Tight squeeze.
Picture by JT LeFever
Tight squeeze.
Picture by JT LeFever
Shot of the
bellhousing Johnny
reworked.
Picture by JT LeFever
Mitch sandblasting
the new handmade
inner rocker panel's.
Picture by JT LeFever
Modie re-fits the old
interior before
fabricating the new
panels.
Picture by JT LeFever
A shot of the
underside of the
GIANT.
Picture by JT LeFever
The stove has arrived!
Picture by JT LeFever
As soon as the stove
is in the bell housing
and transmission will
follow.
Picture by JT LeFever
All of the new sheet
metal, with the
exception of the cowl
induction hood
have arrived from
Year-One. Here is a
shot of the new left
front fender.
Picture by JT LeFever
Shot of one of the
new floorpans.
Picture by JT LeFever
The Year-One Cowl
Induction hood
arrives.
Picture by JT LeFever
Mitch gives the new
fenders a haircut.
Picture by JT LeFever
Checking the fit of
the new fender.
Picture by JT LeFever
A good shot of the
fender braces. All the
panels of this car are
bolted on.
Picture by JT LeFever
Getting a look at
some of the new sheet
metal.
Picture by JT LeFever
Johnny gets the new
outer rocker fitted.
Picture by JT LeFever
Left side rocker and
door look great.
Picture by JT LeFever
A special thanks goes
out to Year-One for
their help in
restoring this GIANT.
Picture by JT LeFever
Dirt Racing 101
links associated with
this car & Nick's

Emory Nickels
Tommy Simmons
John Cummings
Don Lamb
Chuck McWilliams
Larry Moore
Jay Wyatt
Ronnie Hines
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Original lettering
done in paint and
decal by
Harold Sharp
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Special Thanks
to all that have help
thus far to make this
happen!

Emory Nickels

Gorman Dillingham

Modie Dillingham

Mitch Nickels

Johnny Williams

Tommy Williams

Keith Colyer

Bill Shiveley

Jeff Shiveley

Bill Holder

Jim Klette

Doug Lee

Fred Smith

Paul Jordan@
Trident Specialty

Year-One

Aesthetic Finishers

Gary Engle@
Quality Electrostatic

Landrum Spring

Mike Osborne@
Left Behind Racing
513-739-9790

Jimmy Henry

Leo Konik@
Konik's Klassiks

Dale Cubic@
CFM Performance Carbs

Rich Poe@
Valvoline

PPG

KOI Auto Parts

Jamie Frankland
Kerry Henne@
Frankland

NDLMHOF
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Original Crew

Emory Nickels
Gorman Dillingham
Modie Dillingham
Mike Nickels
Mitch Nickels
Johnny Williams
Bill Jewett
Bill Shiveley
Howard Duff
Glen Wilson
Harold Sharp