Where The Money Went
Car (thanks, Gramps): free
Engine block: free
Rotating assembly, valvetrain, assembly/prep, oil pump and pan, dyno test: $7,500
Cylinder heads and intake manifold (swap meet, used): $700
Transmission: $200
Torque converter (used): $200
Shifter: $200
Ignition (used): free
Driveshaft: $200
Rear axle housing (used): $50
4.56:1 gear and limited-slip diff. (swap meet, used): $300
Axle Shafts: $300
Headers: $300
Exhaust and mufflers (swap meet, used): $100
Weld Pro Star wheels (eBay, used): $300
Tires (swap meet, used): $300
Paint and supplies: $800
Paint and bodywork: free
Carburetor (swap meet, used): $150
Carb modifications (Steve Lasheff at SRC): $250
Alston rollcage (installed by Jeff Gerhardt): $650
Alston ladder bars (installed by Terry Tenca): $250
Strange front disc brakes: $650
QA1 and Lakewood 90/10 shock absorbers (swap meet, used): $200
Miscellaneous (gauges, fuel cell, battery and box, switches, swap meet): $600
Total: $14,200

By the Numbers
'68 Ford Galaxie 500
Phil Tenca, 42 * Palatine, IL
Vehicle weight without driver: 4,200 pounds
Best ET: 10.91/127 (on motor)
Cost to build: approximately $14,200
Type: Ford 460 displacing 514 ci (4.390 bore x 4.250 stroke)
Block: 1971 vintage
Compression ratio: 14.5:1
Oiling: Canton pan and oiling system
Rotating assembly: 4.250-inch stroke Scat forged crankshaft, Ross pistons, Eagle H-beam connecting rods
Cylinder heads: Ford Racing Super Cobra Jet aluminum, 72cc chambers, 2.20/1.76 valves, 330-cfm intake/225-cfm exhausts, Ferrea valvesprings, FRPP retainers, locks, and keepers
Camshaft: COMP solid roller, 289 degrees at 0.050, .800-inch lift
Valvetrain: Crane roller rocker arms, Manley 3/8-inch pushrods, Jomar stud girdle
Induction: FFRP Dominator single-plane intake, Super Sucker spacer, Holley 1,050-cfm Dominator enlarged to 1,190-cfm and built by Steve Lasheff, K&N air filter
Power-adder: Nitrous Express Twin Gemini, 200-shot
Ignition: MSD Digital 6, 37 degrees total timing
Exhaust: Crites custom-built headers, 2-inch primary pipes, 3.5-inch collector, 4.0-inch system, Race Magnum bullet mufflers
Fasteners: ARP throughout
Built by: Zapp Racing, Plainfield, IL (zappracing@yahoo.com)
Transmission: Ford C6 three-speed built by Don Stanley at TSI Racing (Addison, IL), TCI 9-inch 4,500-rpm stall converter, transmission cooler, Cheetah shifter
Driveshaft: custom, steel
Rear axle: Ford 9-inch, limited-slip, 4.56:1 ring-and-pinion, Strange Engineering 31-spline axles
Front suspension: stock spindles, Lakewood 90/10 shocks, big-block springs, no antisway bar
Rear suspension: QA1 coilover shocks, Alston ladder bars, no antisway bar
Brakes: Strange Engineering 12-inch discs, four-piston calipers, braided lines, front; stock drum, rear
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: Weld Pro Star 15x3, front; 15x8, rear
Tires: Mickey Thompson ET Front 29.0x4.5-15, front; M/T ET Street, 8.0x12.5-15, rear