Gratuitous Stripper Burnout
This is the '76 Camaro Type LT I am restoring for a friend. I just had to do a burnout before it snows and I finish taking it completely apart. It has the stock 305 two-barrel and a single-leg rear, but it will still light it up. I've had a subscription for years, and it would make my day and freak my buddy out if you ran this photo.
Bowling Green, OH
My father started building cars over 35 years ago, so I naturally began helping him shortly after I was born. I still remember working on cars with him back when I was only three years old. I've enclosed a few pictures of one of the cars we finished recently. It is my daily driver '94 Ford Thunderbird LX with a 3.8L V-6 and 4R70W transmission from an '00 Mustang. We were actually the first to install the split-port 3.8L V-6 in an MN12 ('89-'97 T-bird/Cougar). The engine swap involved converting the car over to DIS ignition, fabricating a number of brackets and mounts, and creating an entirely new wiring harness. The car has had an incredible amount of custom tuning done on a local chassis dyno to get the engine running correctly with our EEC-IV setup. We are running an FRPP centersection in the rear, which features 3.73 gears and a Trac-Loc differential. The car has quite a few other "firsts" that make it unique in the T-bird/Cougar community.
The burnout pictures I have attached were taken at an annual burnout contest hosted by myself and some of my good friends. The car was strapped down to a large steel burnout plate, and then I let the tires roast until they were on the verge of blowing. The burnout was definitely a crowd-pleaser.
Making it into your magazine would be an honor for me and would certainly mean a lot to my father. We have both been reading your magazine for as long as I can remember.
The Power of Money
These have got to be the first Ford GT burnout pictures ... and the customer didn't even bother to take it off the lot.
Premium fuel: $2.18 per gallon. Tires: $329 each. Ford GT: $298,000. Lighting up the tires for the entire staff at Stillwater Ford Lincoln Mercury: Priceless.
I have been a subscriber for about four years, and the technical articles and feature cars inspired me to build my current ride, a '64 Chevy Biscayne. It is powered by a '95 LT1 (iron-headed) with a 4L60-E transmission. Both the engine and trans are controlled by the factory PCM and owner-modified wiring harness with a homemade signal generator to bypass the VATS. Additional modifications include a 605 power-steering conversion, an SSBC disc-brake conversion, 17-inch Torq-Thrust IIs, PSC polyurethane bushings, new floors, new inner rocker panels, and a painted frame (POR15).
Future mods will include Hotchkis rear-suspension components, power windows, heated leather seats, and bolting on the Pro-Charger sitting in my garage. The car has been on a few long trips with no problems and nails about 22 mpg. This car proves that with hard work and some help from your friends, a reliable, unique car can be built on a budget. All of this wouldn't have been possible without the help of my wife, Kristie, Mazz, Joe, Tommy, Blair, and my family. Also, for teaching me the skills necessary to do this type of work I would like to thank my Dad, Mr. Flit, and Junior. Thanks for a great magazine, and keep the EFI articles coming.
Toms River, NJ