When we heard this monster backing out of the trailer at the Winternationals in Pomona last year, we were expecting a Pro Gas or similar tube-chassis and fiberglass wonder. Instead, Curtis Coulter showed us a 57,000-original-mile, 428CJ-powered, four-speed ’69 Mercury Cyclone that his father purchased new from a Ford dealer in Huntington, Indiana. Now, Curtis runs the car in Stock Eliminator with help from his father, uncle, and John Calvert from Calvert Racing. The original 428-inch Cobra Jet engine has been tuned using parts from Insane Power in Henderson, Nevada, and Keith Craft racing heads. Curtis still uses a four-speed transmission, although now it is a Jerico. Curtis has numerous class wins, a Stock Eliminator championship, and he even set a national record in D/Stock with a 10.68 at 124.50 mph.
Engine: The 428 has 10.6:1 compression, Keith Craft racing heads, and a cam with 0.520/0.520 lift. That’s about it. This is Stock Eliminator after all.
Rearend: The 9-inch has a Mark Williams spool, 35-spline axles, and 5.14:1 gears.
Suspension: All the tricks are in the rear springs and CalTracs from Calvert Racing. The brakes are from Wilwood.
Wheels: The wheels are from Bogart Racing. The fronts are 15x3.5 and the rears are 15x10. The car runs on a 30.0/9.0-15-inch Hoosier tire. The car wheelies hard and runs low 10s at 125. Impressed yet?