Who: Michael Conner
What: '70 Mercury Cougar Eliminator
Where: Newton, KS
Why: This is a factory-stock rod with the 428CJ option, Hurst four-speed, power windows, and disc brakes. It even has the Rim-Blow horn, tilt steering column, factory rear defroster, AM, eight-track, and the appearance package. He added a performance exhaust and a Holley 850 but kept all the original Ford stuff so he can return it to stock if he wants.
He Says: I believe this is the most highly optioned Eliminator ever made. It was extremely pricey in 1970. If it doesn't have an option, it's because it was deleted by a higher option or Ford wouldn't put it on a 428CJ Eliminator.
The Guy Who Built A Six
Who: Bill Richcreek
What: You can't see it, but it's a '69 Ford Mustang
Where: Likely lurking at the fordsix.com Web site.
Why: Bill has done a very nice job of detailing and building the 250-inch six for his Mustang, and he sent some photos to persuade us to build the one that came in our '67 project car. The headers are made by Ford Six Performance Parts, and the carb is a Holley 2300. The rest of the work is paint, wax, and chrome.
He Says: It's sad to go to car shows and see a car that at one time had a six under the hood (this can be found by just looking at the VIN; Ford has an "L" in it for the six).
We Say: There is no correct decision. We should put the inline guys and the 5.0 V-8 guys in a pit and have them fight to the death. Winner gets a CC license plate.
"He broke off his ground effects from the front portion of the quarter-panel, provided massive smoke, shredding his tires and breaking a piece of his car. He got the most applause when he held up the broken piece from his car during the judging. He walked away a winner!" Dan Stolarczyk