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

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
Rearend: Mosier 9-inch with a spool and 4.10 Richmond gears
Wheels: 15x4 and 15x15 Weld Rodlite
Tires: DS-2 front runners and 14x32W Goodyears or 18.5x31 Hoosier Quick Time street tires
Future plans: When the snow clears, the Ghia is going back under the knife for a C5 Vette drivetrain swap, big wheels with sticky tires, side pipes, quiet mufflers, and maybe a couple of hair driers under a flat hood.

'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.

By The Numbers
Engine: stock 351 Cleveland, two-barrel
Trans: FMX
Suspension: stock
Brakes: factory power discs front, drums rear
Rearend: 9-inch with 3.00 gears
Wheels: 15x7 Cragar S/S
Tires: 245/55R15 all around
Future plans: TJ would love to do some more top-down cruising, provided his father-in-law will let him.

'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."