By The Numbers
Engine: 511ci BBC, 4340 forged stroker crank, 6.385-inch H-beam rods, 13.5:1 compression ratio. Ported Dart Pro-1 heads with 2.3 and 1.88 stainless valves, Nextek valvesprings and Crower stainless rockers with Dart Z-bar stud girdle, Crane mechanical roller cam, Edelbrock Victor Ram intake with twin 660 Holley carbs, MSD crank trigger and multi-stage timing retard
Trans: TCI Powerglide with pro Tree transbrake and Neal Chance 5,200 stall torque converter
Chassis: Chassisworks NHRA-legal chassis kit, plus double Funny Car 'cage, current certification to 8.50 e.t. Chassisworks four-link with torsion-type antiroll bar with adjustable coilovers in the rear, Mustang II tubular front control arms with adjustable coilovers and travel limiters
Brakes: Wilwood billet Dynalite four-piston vented disc brakes front and rear
'71 Cougar TJ Congleton Charlotte, NC
The last thing TJ Congleton's father-in-law said to him when he tossed the keys to the Cougar for a little summertime cruising was, "Don't wreck it." Of course, the day before TJ was going to return it, a driver in a big SUV sideswiped the Cougar. With the insurance settled up, the hunt for parts dragged on for another six months since almost nothing is available in the aftermarket for these cars. Fortunately they've managed to track down everything they need, and the Cougar should be as good as new in a few more months.
'69 Mustang Coupe Joshua Gleason Hickory, NC
There are a lot of good '69 Mustang SportsRoofs out there, but it's hard to find a well-loved '69 coupe, so Joshua Gleason was thrilled when he finally found his dream car only 45 minutes from his house. The original-paint Winter Blue coupe is 80 percent original, with a stock 200 straight-six, but that's ideal for Joshua's plans. So far, he's upgraded the suspension, but there's much more to come. Just like he and his father worked on muscle cars as he grew up, the plan is to spend time with his kids wrenching on the coupe. "These cars always get a little older," Joshua says, "but the memories they create for my family and others just like us will never end."