We locked up the brakes on the Cushman and piled out like the first wave at Normandy when we saw these cars lined up in the shade at the CC Nationals. No, the chrome wasn't gleaming, no, the rims weren't the latest aluminum hoops, and no, these guys weren't looking to be seen. And to the average dude with 40 Series FloMos and a small-block on the cruise loop, they weren't noticed at all. But a peek under the hood, where there was one, revealed hardware with a specific purpose in mind. Some CC staffers have secret secondary lives in LA, and we know moneymakers when we see them.
The Black Car
Brian Lofquist is part of a larger group of a dozen or more guys with fast street cars in the St. Paul, Minnesota, area. They meet on Snelling Avenue, a big four-laner with a pleasant green divider that connects the Minnesota State Fairgrounds and Interstate 94 in nearby Roseville. During the summer, you'll see Brian and his friends parked at the HarMar Mall most Friday and Saturday nights. It's there you will meet guys like Brian, Derek Peterson, and Tremayne Brown. These are guys with similar interests and serious turbocharged cars.
"I know these guys through the car scene and street racing," says Brian. "You end up talking to people and racing them."
Brian bought a '62 Ford Falcon when he was 16 and started to build. While he learned some things about street machines, the car proved to be too much and it was shipped to his uncle, so Brian could start again.
"I liked the body style, so I picked up this '63 through a local forum's For Sale area," Brian says. "Saw one little picture and decided to take it."
The Falcon had a Heidts front end, four-wheel disc brakes, and some new parts in the trunk. Before long it also had a 302 small-block, then a string of different engines as Brian looked for power. "I'd pull it out of the driveway every spring with a different combination," says Brian. "I was never satisfied with what it was. I wanted to be fast. I wanted a fast street car."
At some point, Brian started working at SharaDon Performance in Hugo, Minnesota, and swapped in a 460-inch Ford big-block for even more power. All along, Brian and his friends kept hearing about a guy with a dump truck turbo and a Fox Mustang. His name was Tremayne, and his car would change everything.
Who: Brian Lofquist
What: '63 Ford Falcon
Where: St. Paul Park, MN
Engine: The 5.3L V8 is from a rolled '01 Chevy Silverado and little has changed. Everything on the bottom end is stock. The heads are factory 706 castings with eBay torque-to-yield head bolts and a pair of Chevrolet Performance LS9 head gaskets to put up with 24 psi of boost from the BorgWarner 75mm S475 turbo. The roller cam is from Futral and has 232/242 duration and 0.595/0.585 lift at 0.050. The cam required a set of 7.420-inch Thunder Racing pushrods, and that's about it. The engine is managed by a GM computer and tuned by Brian using HP Tuner software.
Fuel: One trick to keeping a turbo engine from self-destruction is high octane and cool pistons. Brian uses a Walbro 255 pump assisted with a boost-referenced Aeromotive A1000 to feed the combo a big load of E85 that can be had from the local gas pump for about $3 per gallon.
Fabrication: Yes, those are flipped truck manifolds connected to the turbo with a 5-inch downpipe. Simple.
Power: At 18 psi of boost, the LS makes 623 hp and the Falcon can run 10.16 at 138. At 24 psi the LS makes 748 hp. No track numbers on the big tune-up—yet.
Transmission: The LS is connected to a Rossler TH400 with a BTE 5,000-rpm converter.
Rear: This a leaf-spring car with a set of CalTracs bars and a Ford 9-inch with 31-spline Strange axles and a set of 3.50:1 gears on a spool. Those are Racestar wheels with 28.0/9.0-15 M/T ET Drag meats.
Front: The Falcon already had a Heidts front end with GM single-piston calipers and rotors. The rear brakes are also from GM. The shocks are from AFCO.
Speed: You may be wondering how Brain knows he can run 10s when he has no safety gear. He did at a closed track. And by closed, we mean the last day of the season at a track where he knows people.
Interior: The seats are from an Econoline van. The fire-suppression system is a bottle of water. The sound system is a 5-inch downpipe. The gauges are from Auto Meter.
Cool: Brian bought the car for $700 and did everything himself.
Thanks: Dad. SharaDon Performance. Air pressure.