With the chassis completed, Steve focused on upgrading the original 289ci V-8 with a thunderous big-block reminiscent of his days spent watching Gene Cromer tear up the quarter-mile at Starlight Dragway. He sourced a ’67 Ford 428ci FE from a derelict T-bird and brought it to Kenny Jackson in Greenville to do all the machining. Steve then assembled the fire-breather using all the right goods, including Eagle rods, Ross pistons, COMP Cams stick, and Edelbrock aluminum heads. To crown the shaker, an Edelbrock Performer intake was topped with a Demon 750-cfm carb and a finned aluminum Cobra-style air cleaner. An MSD ignition lights the spark, while spent gases get dumped through Sanderson headers and custom-fabbed Don Jacks 2-1/2-inch pipes. Power moves rearward through a Cain’s Transmission–built C6 trans coupled to a stock driveshaft. The body was the handed over to Don Jacks who gave it a clean shave and prepped it to perfection before laying down a lustrous coating of Spies Hecker Midnight Blue metallic, accented by custom silver stripes. To add even more dazzle to the mix, all plating was sent off to Paul’s Chrome and a set of ’08 Harley-Davidson Sportster headlights were installed in the modified factory grille. To create a memorable business office, Steve fabricated a custom dash and filled it with Auto Meter dials to monitor the vitals while a Billet Specialties steering wheel and ididit tilt column handle the navigation and a B&M shifter picks the gears. For the ultimate in comfort, Paul Atkins stitched up plenty of dove gray leather to complement a set of ’65 T-bird buckets and the factory rear bench as well as custom door panels, with plush matching gray carpet completing the deal. This Street Shaker with its seductive flowing lines and hard-core big-block Ford bite proves that you can bring the best of both worlds together.

Tech Tips

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Proper Lifter Cleaning Technique

Clean lifters by soaking them in a parts cleaner or mineral spirits and then blow air in both the pushrod seat hole and the oil feed hole on the side of the lifter to force any remaining fluid out. Do not presoak hydraulic flat tappet or hydraulic roller lifters, as this will cause them to be pumped up and you will not be able to properly preload the lifter. Dipping them quickly in oil will properly lubricate without causing harm.


When To Change Fuel Pumps

If you switch from a carbureted setup to an electronic fuel injection setup, you need to upgrade your fuel pump. EFI systems require a higher fuel pressure that would drown a carburetor. Conversely, a fuel pump for a carburetor will not supply enough fuel for an EFI system to function properly.


Best of Both Worlds

Inglese partnered with FAST to create a series of fully customizable induction systems that feature classic Weber styling but utilize state-of-the-art fuel injection technology. Discrete EFI components and 50mm IDA-style throttle bodies give any hot rod timeless good looks and unbeatable performance.