So I decided to start a build thread here to document what I'm doing with my Montego GT.
For those who aren't familiar, here's a little background.....I found this car in 1996 sitting in a field behind a truck stop up in the mountains. It had been there for 14 years at the time and the weeds around it were as tall as the car. I saw the fastback roofline through the weeds and decided to take a closer look. After some negotiation with the truck stop owner, I had it towed to my house and attained title on it.
From what I've been able to gather, a woman was driving the car in the dead of winter when the radiator hose blew and she kept driving it until she arrived at the truck stop. After being given an estimate to repair the car, she never returned, so the car was parked out back and forgotten.
It was also around this time I started hearing about open road racing, where a stretch of public road 50-100 miles long is shut down for people to run at speeds that would result in felony charges under any other circumstances, so I decided to build the car to run in these events.
At this point, I've run two open road events which have been fun, but I decided to take a run at Bonneville this year to see what that is like.
The plan was to have a new engine ready for Bonneville, but as I'm sure most of you are familiar, family obligations came first so I'm going to run the factory installed D3 headed 429. This is the same engine that caused the car to be abandoned all those years ago. When I tore it down, I found two melted pistons, but everything else was fine. It still has the same block, crank, rods, heads and timing cover.
The thread title is a play on the movie World's Fastest Indian, and because I've been seeing people call out their cars as fastest (insert make/model). My goals for the car are to have the world's fastest street legal
72/73 Montego GT. At this point, I don't know if anyone has been faster than my 132 mph run at the SORC, so I'm laying claim to being the fastest. Fastest meaning top speed, not 1/4 mile time. This time around at Bonneville we're running for the 150 club ( http://saltflats.com/I50_Club_2009.html
). Not sure if we have the power to run the number, being at 4800 ft out there, but we're going to have fun trying.
Link to a picture gallery on the car:
Current specs on the car:
Stock crank and rods
D3VE heads - ported with 2.08/1.65 stainless valves
Harland Sharp roller rockers on a D3 Crane stud conversion
Hyd flat tappet - 224/234 .538/.562 112LS
10.5:1 Arias dome top pistons
Custom built 9 quart baffled pan
C6 rebuilt with red clutches, etc.
Edge racing custom low stall converter ~1800 stall
Broader Performance full manual reverse valve body
B&M Pro ratchet floor shifter
2.75:1 gears with open diff (3.25:1 track-loc was stock)
Circle track adjustable shocks
Boxed control arms
Larger than stock anti-sway bars
255/50R17 Riken Raptors, W-rated (168mph), 300 treadwear
Black Rock 17" aluminum type D
Stock disc/drum with ceramic pads
3" pipe throughout
Dr. Gas X-pipe
3" flowpacks (like a glasspack but smooth inside)
3" Warlock mufflers
Custom side exits
Custom 6 point roll bar
Kirkey racing seats
22 gal fuel cell
Quick release steering wheel
Trunk sealed off from passenger compartment