'68 Torino GT
Simple Racer

It all began with Eric Wracker's uncle backing out of the driveway after a visit, and proceeding to spin his '70 Cuda's tires until there was nothing more than a plume of smoke where the car once was. Young and impressionable, Eric set out to get a muscle car of his own. He got a '73 Mustang with an engine on its last leg. His dad wasn't much into cars, so Eric took it upon himself to research how to build an engine. The '80s weren't the best time to crank out a performance engine, but somehow he managed. When it came time to pack up for college, Eric needed a more economical and reliable vehicle, so he had to sell the 'Stang for a Toyota pickup-a whole separate story, he says.

Eric bought and sold other projects along the way, most of them he regretted. In 2008, his friend Jim bought a '68 Torino that Eric and his fiancé picked up in Memphis. It was a running S-Code 390 car with three-on-the-tree shifting. It needed so much attention that he quickly realized he had bitten off more than he could chew. He found a second Torino that seemed to be in much better shape, but long story short, by the time it got to his house, it was on a tow truck. They worked hard swapping the good motor into the good car, leaving the first blue Torino roller outside to sit. After a year, Jim signed the car over to Eric. "We pondered what to do with the car for months and decided to make it a no-nonsense open-track car: no carpet, no radio, no BS." His son, Connor, is now 12, but looks forward to being able to drive the car when he's old enough, and spending evenings and weekends wrenching on it alongside dad in the meantime.

1968 Ford Torino GT
Eric and Conner Wracker, 40 and 12
Madisonville, TN • Estimated: 500 hp
Type: 408-inch 351 Windsor
Block: iron
Oiling: wet sump
Rotating assembly: 408 stroker kit
Cylinder heads: aluminum
Camshaft: TBD
Induction: Holley four-barrel carb
Ignition: MSD
Cooling: aluminum radiator
Exhaust: 2½-inch NASCAR-style side exit
Fasteners: ARP
Transmission/shifter: Tremec TKO-600 five-speed
Rear axle: 9-inch Ford, 3.90 gears, Detroit posi
Front suspension: Rod and Custom rack-and-pinion clip with coilovers
Rear suspension: Hotrods To Hell NASCAR truck rear clip
Brakes: Wilwood 11- and 13-inch rotors
'Cage: SCCA spec
Comforts: built for curves, not comfort
Paint: Hot Rod Black by owner and friend
Wheels: Boyd Smoothie II, powdercoated black
Tires: TBD