By The Numbers
'69 AMC Ambassador
Mike Korecz, 44 * Kenosha, WI
Total cost to build: $21,000
Best quarter-mile ET: 12.05/111
Vehicle weight with driver: 3,790 lbs

Type: AMC 401 displacing 444 ci
  (4.250 bore x 3.915 stroke)
Block: '71 vintage 401
Oiling: blueprinted stock pump,
  Milodon 8-quart pan with swivel pick-up
Rotating assembly: offset-ground forged
  OEM crank, Carillo 6-inch SBC rods,
  J&E custom 10.8:1 forged pistons, TRW rings
Cylinder heads: Indy aluminum SR heads,
  2.10/1.65 valves, 235cc runner, 61cc chamber,
  ported by Proair (Escondido, CA),
  Unique Engineering sheetmetal valve covers
Camshaft: COMP solid roller, .650/.622-inch lift,
  251/254 duration @ .050
Valvetrain: COMP springs, COMP pushrods,
  COMP 1.6 roller rockers,
  Cloyes dual roller timing set
Induction: Indy 401-3 single-plane intake,
  Holley 950 HP carb
Ignition: Mallory 685 CD digital ignition,
  MSD Pro-Billet distributor,
  Taylor ignition wires
Power adder: none
Fuel system: Mallory regulator,
  Mallory 140-gph electric pump
Exhaust: 2-inch primary Hedman Hustler
  race headers, 3.5-inch collector,
  Dual 2.5-inch custom exhaust,
  Flowmaster 50-Series Delta Flow
  mufflers w/turndowns
Cooling: FlowKooler aluminum water pump,
  CR Racing Products aluminum radiator,
  bottom third of block filled with
  Hardbloc (no overheating either!)
Built by: LAM Automotive, Kenosha, WI
Transmission: Chrysler 727 TorqueFlite,
  TCI internals, rebuilt by owner
Torque converter: Dayco 9-inch, 4,200 stall
Driveshaft: stock, shortened by Don's Auto,
  Kenosha, WI
Trans cooler: B&M
Shifter: stock floor-mount
Rear axle: Strange Engineering Dana 60,
  4.10 gears, narrowed 1.5 inches
Front suspension: stock, N.O.S. shocks
Rear suspension: Hotchkis adjustable upper
  control arms ('66 Chevelle),
  Hotchkis lower control arms ('70 Chevelle),
  upper mounts fabbed by owner,
  QA1 coilover adjustable shocks
Subframe connectors:
Brakes: stock 10x2.5-inch drums, front;
  1970 Mopar 11x2.5-inch drums, rear
Wheels: vintage Rocket Racing Wheels;
  15x7, front; 15x10, rear
Tires: BFGoodrich 225/70R15, front;
  BFGoodrich 275/60R15 Drag Radial, rear
SPECIAL THANKS: Joan Korecz, Louie Savaglio