Big Boss ’Liner

Craig Bu­ga­jski’s ’55 Chevy 210 David Walsh’s ’50 Ford Star­liner

Street Rodder - - CONTENTS - JOHN GIL­BERT PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY ROBERT MCGAF­FIN

There are cus­tomized cars and then there are cus­tom-made cars. The dif­fer­ence is a cus­tomized car still has the ma­jor­ity of its orig­i­nal chas­sis and driv­e­train rel­a­tively in­tact, and a cus­tom-made car is a body shell placed over the top of a com­pletely re­vised new rolling chas­sis, com­plete with a fully up­graded en­gine and trans­mis­sion. What we have here is a cus­tom-made car.

It was the first year of Star­liner pro­duc­tion and there weren’t a lot of Ford Star­lin­ers made for 1960—only 68,641 to be ex­act. The fast­back styling of the roofline was a prod­uct of NASCAR’s early stream­lin­ing wars and there only had to be so many ex­am­ples built to sat­isfy ho­molo­ga­tion. And since a note­wor­thy per­cent­age of the ’60 Ford Star­lin­ers found their way onto cir­cle tracks and even the road course at River­side Race­way it didn’t take at­tri­tion long to make a rare car scarce.

OK, so there were a lot of ’60 Ford Star­lin­ers around back in the day, but try find­ing a de­cent ex­am­ple in the 21st cen­tury. Thanks to the rav­ages of the Rust Belt, car ac­ci­dents, and frankly not a lot of mass pub­lic in­ter­est in pre­serv­ing the model, a ’60 Ford Star­liner in good con­di­tion th­ese days isn’t that easy to find.

Nev­er­the­less, Bobby Al­loway, of Al­loway’s Hot Shop, did know where to find a re­ally clean ’60 Ford Star­liner, and the right client to com­mis­sion the build: En­ter Honda

dealer David Walsh of Ma­con, Georgia. David ex­plained to STREET RODDER how Bobby called and said he had the per­fect car for him, and that was all it took. Hav­ing com­mis­sioned Al­loway in the past to cus­tom build a car from scratch, David knew to stand back and let Al­loway in­cor­po­rate his sig­na­ture touches to the ’60.

The fac­tory-painted Wim­ble­don White ’60 Ford Star­liner Galaxie with a red in­te­rior and a 352-inch Ford V-8 FE en­gine was stripped to the bare shell and its orig­i­nal chas­sis

rolled out from un­der it. Then Al­loway’s process be­gan with set­ting the stance, the floor­pan is cut out, and four BFGoodrich tires mounted on Al­loway’s pro­pri­etary Bil­let Spe­cial­ties wheels are placed un­der the empty shell that’s sit­ting at the de­sired stance on wood blocks.

From here Al­loway’s takes pre­cise mea­sure­ments and fires off an or­der to Art Mor­ri­son En­ter­prises (AME) in Fife, Washington, for a chas­sis. The ve­hi­cle main­tain­ing a tight steer­ing ra­dius is al­ways im­por­tant when Al­loway’s Hot Rod Shop con­structs a car, but it’s eas­ier said than done be­cause Al­loway’s Hot Rod Shop’s sig­na­ture look is a slammed jackrab­bit stance that doesn’t leave much room un­der­neath. AME had to pinch the front fram­erails snug along the sides of the en­gine to make space for the front sus­pen­sion with DSE spin­dles in or­der to turn sharp.

On David’s ’60 Star­liner the 17x7 front wheels are shod with 215/50-17 BFGoodrich tires, and in the rear 20x10 mounted with 275/55-20 BFGoodrich tires. The 13-inch disc brakes at all four cor­ners are from Wil­wood, with a Wil­wood mas­ter cylin­der on a Kugel Kom­po­nents pedal assem­bly ap­ply­ing unas­sisted (no brake booster needed) stop­ping power.

Un­der what is likely the widest hood ever put on a car by Detroit is an en­gine that can trace its roots back to NASCAR’s 1969-1970 sea­son. The Kaase Boss Nine is based on Ford’s Boss 429 and fea­tures im­prove­ments over the orig­i­nal de­sign. In par­tic­u­lar the fa­mous-for-fail­ing C9AE-6051 Cooper rings have been su­per­seded with Fel-Pro head gas­kets.

The dis­place­ment on the built-to-Al­loway’s-spec­i­fi­ca­tion Kaase Boss Nine is 505 inches that dyno’d 706 hp at

6,500 rpm with 630 lb-ft of torque at 4,900 rpm. The cam re­spon­si­ble in con­junc­tion with Kaase Boss Nine alu­minum cylin­der heads is a COMP hy­draulic roller cus­tom ground to Kaase spec­i­fi­ca­tions. A pair of Edel­brock AFB car­bu­re­tors sits atop a Blue Thun­der dual-quad in­take man­i­fold mod­i­fied with a wa­ter cross­over.

A Lu­nati crank­shaft and rods fas­tened with ARP bolts sus­pend Di­a­mond forged 9.8:1 pis­tons. Al­loway’s smoothed the Bes­sel cast-iron four-bolt main block be­fore paint­ing it PPG Al­loway Black. Ad­di­tional super de­tail­ing in­cludes Dan’s Pol­ish­ing and Best Metal pol­ish­ing the in­take man­i­fold and heads to a mir­ror fin­ish. Ig­ni­tion comes from MSD. Sup­port­ing a lux­ury con­ve­nience, a Bil­let Spe­cial­ties Tru Trac front run­ner ser­pen­tine belt sys­tem drives a Vin­tage Air air-con­di­tion­ing pump. Bar­il­laro Speed Em­po­rium was the source for head­ers and pipes with 3-inch ex­haust coated in sil­ver ce­ramic by Gene Mob­ley at Per­for­mance Coat­ings. Liq­uid stor­age is ac­com­plished via a Walker ra­di­a­tor and a 15-gal­lon stain­less steel gas tank from Rock Valley.

Run­ning a man­ual trans­mis­sion gear changes are han­dled with an Amer­i­can Pow­er­train–sourced TREMEC TKO 600 five-speed mated to a Cur­rie 9-inch rearend with lim­ited-slip.

The first glar­ingly ob­vi­ous clue a car was built by Al­loway’s Hot Rod Shop is its flawless Al­loway Black paintjob. It took many hours of body­work and prep to get the ’60 into its PPG paint. Not to men­tion the time in­volved track­ing down hard-to-find N.O.S. trim

• parts, in­clud­ing an N.O.S. back glass. Dan’s Pol­ish­ing in Adamsville, Ten­nessee, did all of the chrome plat­ing, in­clud­ing the front and rear bumpers tucked closer to the body. Ma­jor met­al­work con­cealed from the eye by the hood in­cludes widened front in­ner fend­er­wells fabri­cated by Josh Bai­ley. Scotty Trout­man was re­spon­si­ble for fabricating and in­stalling the heavy steel floors and spray­ing PPG color.

The sexy XL in­te­rior op­tion wasn’t of­fered on the Ford Galaxie un­til 1962. In­side, on the Star­liner’s de­cep­tively stock-ap­pear­ing in­te­rior, Steve Hol­comb’s Pro Auto Cus­tom In­te­ri­ors added the feel of a Galaxie XL in­te­rior by cus­tom fabricating a cen­ter con­sole com­plete with a ball milled bil­let alu­minum cen­ter­piece. A white head­liner bounces light illuminating Lip­stick Red leather cov­er­ing the cus­tom-made back­seat and ’65 Ford Thun­der­bird bucket seats. Other ap­point­ments in­clude a leather-wrapped Le­carra steer­ing wheel on an ididit tilt steer­ing col­umn, Lokar ped­als, and Clas­sic In­stru­ments be­spoke gauges. Un­der­neath the car­pet­ing there’s a Dy­na­mat ther­mal acous­tic mat to soak up the sounds and heat. Vin­tage Air air con­di­tion­ing keeps the ’60 Star­liner cool and com­fort­able.

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