You gotta love a guy who straps a two-stage nitrous system to his blown engine. It just sc
With just over 7,000 Panteras produced for the U.S., it's no wonder you don't see them ver
Dan built his Pantera in stages. To get the car running, he yanked the factory wiring and replaced it with a Painless Street Rod Kit for better reliability. He also reinstalled the beltdrive, nitrous kit, and Webers that were tucked away in the boxes. The Pantera now ran, but it still looked tired. Dan had a fix for that little problem.
That fix was to send the car over to Hunter's Paint and Autobody in Mesa, Arizona, for some TLC. Hunter Rochstein stripped the car to bare metal, fixed the rust issues, and got ready to shoot the car in Nissan 350Z Daytona Blue paint. But before that, he installed a Group 4 body kit along with a Group 5 rear wing. These aero parts were borrowed from the Pantera competition cars of the 1970s and '80s, giving the DeTomaso more road-race flair.
Dan also started rebuilding and tuning the suspension of the 30-plus-year-old car with upgraded Group 4 coilover shocks on each corner, and a beefier Hall Pantera sway bar. The brakes are rebuilt stockers, and the wheels are vintage Pantera in 17x11-inch (front) and 17x13-inch (rear) sizes. Providing traction are 285/40 and 335/30 Kuhmo tires.
But like all hot rodders, Dan wanted more, especially more power. "The Webers and nitrous were cool, but every car I own is either turbocharged or supercharged, thus I had to go in another direction. I was contemplating a turbo kit, but with the small engine bay and the Arizona heat, I came up with a different route." The mill was sent over to Joe Martin Racing Engines in Scottsdale, Arizona, where it was worked over to accept a Roots-style 8-71 blower. The compression was set at 10:1, and the already huge Boss 351 Four-Valve closed-chamber heads were ported even further. As Dan tells it: "Most Cleveland engine owners will use different heads due to the huge 351C Four-Valve ports. Those lose bottom end on the street. My solution to fix the slow port velocity was 6 pounds of boost from a Roots blower and a two-stage nitrous kit." The blower is topped by a Holley 950 HP blower carb, and MSD puts the spark in the chamber. With such a cool plant right behind the driver, Dan felt it was a shame not to be able to see it from inside the car, so he formulated another cool idea. "I had a custom steel and bulletproof glass enclosure made, so I could see the front of the engine. With the polished Gilmer beltdrive pulleys and the blower snout, it looks like a pissed-off Swiss timepiece is sitting right next to you," says Dan. The headers are 180-degree units that were originally found on LeMans Pantera race cars and Ford GT40s. The 4.22-geared transaxle was polished, and the Spicer halfshafts chromed. With the different exhaust tone that the 180s give the car, plus the custom cam and the whine of the geardrive and blower, Dan says this car is a head trip to drive.