Wide Track Warrior
Photography by Henry De Los Santos
Sure, its not terribly difficult to build a fast car, provided you have a blank check in your pocket and a Summit catalog in your hands. Jeff Puckett tossed the catalogs aside and set a more ambitious goal: Getting a stock-type engine to run wickedly quick times in a stock-bodied car. We found Jeff and his super-clean Nostalgia Super Stock 67 Tempest at the 2001 NMCA opener. The car is a gorgeous example of the Coke-bottle Pontiacs, but its clean appearance belies the fact that its capable of clicking off a 10.86 e.t. at 125 mph. Even more impressive is Jeffs total investment of around $10,000 to get the Tempest into its current state. By now youre pondering the question, How does one build a show-worthy 10-second car on such a conservative budget? In Jeffs case, the answer is patience and luck. He sold the car and bought it back (for the original selling price!) after the owner installed a new motor, interior, and wheels. We could use friends like that.
Like most of our cars, Jeffs Tempest will never truly be finished because hes having too much fun perfecting it. The Tempest was purely a street car until three years ago, when he decided to go all out and build the car for NMCA Nostalgia Super Stock competition. A brutal 500hp 455 was installed and coupled to a built TH400 via an ATI converter. A Chevy 12-bolt with mild 3.73 gears complements the torquey drivetrain. He credits his wife, Jessica, for her support, since staying competitive mandates an enormous amount of time tuning and racing the car. Jeff is counting on a successful race seasonafter all, he told us, Some guys race here for fun; I want to win the money. Competition aside, were sure Jeffs still having plenty of fun racing his Wide Track Warrior.
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