Street Machine - - Readers’ Rockets -

“MY ORIG­I­NAL plan with my Fal­con ute was to build it as a burnout car, be­fore the de­ci­sion was made to go the whole way and present it as a good all-round street ma­chine. Body and paint were done by my­self in the shed at home, along with cus­tom in­te­rior and styling that goes with piec­ing it all to­gether. I made the choice to max out a small-block Ford, with a 9.5-inch-deck Dart Iron Ea­gle block, Cal­lies crank­shaft, Oliver rods, Di­a­mond pis­tons and CHI Kaase C400 heads. This ended up mak­ing 851hp on Ad­vanced En­gine Per­for­mance’s en­gine dyno. An ATI con­verter and Re­ac­tor billet alu­minium flex­plate feed the two-speed Pow­er­glide trans­mis­sion through a ’moly tube tail­shaft to a Strange al­loy cen­tre, which is full spool with a billet pin­ion car­rier and 35-spline Moser axles. Calvert split mono-leaf springs, shocks and Cal­tracs help get the ute to hook up. My third out­ing to a test-and-tune at Wil­low­bank saw the car be­hav­ing well and run­ning an ET of 9.51@136mph. I aim to have a 9.20 by the end of the year be­fore a re­fresh, which will in­clude more head­work by Gerry at Ad­vanced En­gine Per­for­mance. The goal for next year is a 1000hp nat­u­rally as­pi­rated small-block that runs eights.” Photos: Steve Kelly

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