I purchased the car in 1980 and immediately converted it to SCCA SoloII action. The car was campaigned in the SCCA Solo II and Pro Solo’s in the race prepared categories until 1985.
The conversion and subsequent storage is what saved it from rusting out like other cars of the era.
I started working on returning it to the street in about 1988 and completed the ground up rebuild in 1998.
A 1970 Mustang shaker hood scoop with corresponding intermediate plate mounted to a 1985 Mustang HO air cleaner base was added in place of the stock plastic unit. The turn signals were moved to the bumpers for a more contemporary look. The nose was extended one inch and the grill was patched and recessed an inch.
The car rides on Progressive 15 x 7 rims with P205/50ZR15’s in the front and 15 x 8 rims with P225/50ZR15’s in the rear with a 5 lug configuration to open up the rim and tire options.
The 302 short block is relatively stock with forged TRW pistons cut down for a 9.5:1 compression ratio. The short block was fully balanced and blueprinted. The heads are 1970 351 Windsor units. They have been pocket polished and gasket matched. Screw in rocker studs, guide plates and hardened exhaust seats. Comp cams roller tipped 1.6 rockers with SVO push rods. The cam is by Crane with duration @ .050“ 210 Intake 218 Exhaust, advertised duration is 266 274 respectively with lift of .456” intake, .472” exhaust and 114 lobe separation. Jet Hot coated Hooker headers exit the exhaust through a Magnaflow muffler located in the stock location.
An Edelbroch Performer intake was used with the Holley 4160 with the biggest issue being finding the right carb/intake height in relation to the shaker unit. The carb is fed by a Holley mechanical fuel pump. The ignition is basically stock with an Accell blueprinted Duraspark distributor and MSD 6A ignition module..
Shifting is done by a Tri-Ax Steeda shfter mounted to a 1994-95 T-5 transmission which allows the use of the stock bellhousing. The transmission cross member was modified and the drive shaft shortened and balanced and 3:55 gears were installed in place of the stock 3:00.
The suspension has polyurethane bushing on the ride components, with aluminum sway bar mounts and a combination of polyurethane and heim joints to transfer the body roll. The car ride has been dropped by 2 inches by switching to softer and shorter coils in the front and by adding spacers and shorter shackles in the rear.
Four wheel disk brakes were added. Ford Granada rotors in front with SSBC calipers. The rear has 11 Lincoln rotors with Seville calipers with emergency brake provisions.