Fair and Fast
You won't usually find a bracket car at a car show, especially one with a Dominator carb and a 514ci big-block. So when we spied Herbert Klemz's ET Street meats parked with the spit 'n' shiners, we immediately jumped off the golf cart to take a gander. What looked like a resto from across the fairgrounds at the Car Craft Nats was actually a former radio-delete six-cylinder driver that now has a big stall, a 'cage, and a set of dead-consistent 11.70 timeslips.
Taking a fast car to a show is worthy of street cred in our book. To do it, Herbert first had to "borrow" the car back from his daughter who used it to commute to school in the summer with the promise that he would build it into something fast. He knew he wanted big-block power, and at the time the Ford Motorsports crate engine gave you 600 hp for $6,500. Herbert says it's the best bang for the buck he's ever seen. The crate required the addition of some race-car-type stuff he collected from local yards and builders. A tool maker by trade, Herbert knew that to get the car to go straight, he'd need help with the chassis, so he took his collection of parts to Bob Fuller at C&F Racecars to install the 9-inch, suspension, and put the 'cage in the car. He wanted a big Ford with no compromises, hooking hard and driving like a Cadillac on the freeway. Now he cruises it around his hometown of Blaine, Minnesota, and to car shows in surrounding cities. With streetable gears, he digs being able to get on the freeway and loaf along then blast it on the track.
Car: '69 Ford Fairlane 500
Owner: Herbert Klemz, Blaine, Minnesota
Engine: Ford Racing 514-inch crate motor, 4.300-inch crank, 9.8:1 compression ratio, mechanical-roller camshaft with 254/258 degrees at 0.050, 0.647-inch lift, Cobra Jet aluminum cylinder heads, Victor Jr. single-plane intake manifold, Pro Systems 1,080-cfm Dominator carburetor, 600 hp @ 6,250 and 600 lb-ft @ 4,800
Trans: Lofgren Auto Specialties C6 with a 3,500-stall converter
Rear: Ford 9-inch with 35-spline axles and 3.73:1 ratio
Wheels & Tires: M/T Sportsman pancakes, front; M/T 28x10.5-15 ET Streets on Drag Star wheels, rear
Performance: 11.70 @ 116 through the exhaust with a full tank
Would anyone expect a ragtop Mustang GT pumping bass to be a serious threat? If it's John
The 5.0L Mustang movement that seemed to overtake the streets and strips of America in the '90s showed the hot rodding community that late-model cars can be deadly serious. But somehow the sight of a Fox Mustang GT convertible with aftermarket wheels, headlight covers, and a booming stereo still conjures images of backward baseball caps and gold chains rather than blistering e.t.'s. Applying that stereotype to John Garner's GT would be a large mistake for any would-be opponents. Garner has been a hard-core motorhead since his teens back in the '80s, but as an IT specialist, he tends to handle projects with a very methodical approach. He knew he wanted to enjoy top-down cruising, but he also wanted in on the 5.0 action at the track. Building two cars wasn't an option, so the cruiser would just have to get faster. So, starting in late 1997, John began building a Mustang that would be completely streetable-as in, daily commuter-while blazing the quarter-mile in single digits. To date, the heavily blown 347 has turned very low 10s, and John is still confident that a 9-second timeslip is within his grasp. Several staffers have driven the LenTech AOD-shifted 'Stang and can attest to its street manners. John swears he can milk 20 mpg out of it on the open road as long as he can control his right foot.
The Vortech YS-I-trim supercharger is driven with a custom 50mm cog-belt arrangement becau
Car: '90 Mustang GT
Owner: John Garner, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Engine: Ford 347ci small-block using SVO R302 block, Probe crankshaft, H-beam rods, 8.5:1 pistons, Comp Cams hydraulic roller of undisclosed grind, Edelbrock Victor Jr. aluminum heads ported by DG Motors and fitted with 2.05/1.65-inch valves, Cometic gaskets, and Probe roller rockers; Vortec YS-i supercharger with custom cog beltdrive making 22 psi feeding a custom air-to-water intercooler/intake manifold with 90mm Accufab throttle-body, 95 lb/hr injectors; MSD distributor and ignition, factory EEC-IV electronics with Tweecer tuning software; MAC 1 3/4-inch headers with 3-inch MAC H-pipe and mufflers
Trans: Ford AOD, built and modified by LenTech Automatics; LenTech 9-inch 2,800-stall converter
Rear: Ford 9-inch housing with Currie 9+ nodular case, Ford 3.40:1 gears, and Moser axles
Wheels & Tires: American Racing 16x7, front; 16x8, rear; BFG ZR225/50-16 Comp T/A front, 255/50-16, rear; for the track, Mickey Thompson E/T Street 26x11.50-16 in the rear
Performance: Engine power approximately 1,000 hp at flywheel, measured 770 hp and 790 lb-ft at the wheels; quarter-mile: 10.1 at 145 mph