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Real Cars, Real People

Compiled by Eric Kaminsky - January 10, 2013 10:00 PM


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My first car as a 16-year-old in 1960 was a ’47 Ford four-door (inset). My dad and I built it up from a worn out, smoking backlot beater. It was my hot rod for three years until it was totaled in a wreck. I was heartbroken and kept the hulk for years until finally scrapping it.

I found a project on Craigslist last year, a ’47 Ford four-door body shell on a Camaro front clipped re-engineered frame with a 5.0 Ford EFI set in. I was bit with the nostalgia bug and sold my Fox body Mustang GT convertible and ’40 sedan to purchase and finance completion of the ’47. I got it running and road worthy, installed a Caddy interior, repaired or replaced all the trim and had it painted candy apple red. It’s a low-slung restomod. I spent way too much money on this project, but I’m like many guys from that time, reliving the ’60s car era. In fact, I have my original car club plaque on the rear: Gear Lords, New Berlin, Wisconsin.

I’m driving the doors off it, having logged nearly 4,000 miles this past summer.



My car is a 1993 Reef Blue Mustang, which I have had since 1997 and is in pristine condition. I have intentionally kept the exterior modifications to a bare minimum and have concentrated more on function than bling. All systems have been upgraded and much of the work has been professionally done.

I would consider my car as being the traditional sleeper, and after 15 years I have finally reached a pivotal point in the build where I feel that the major modifications are complete and now it’s time to simply enjoy the car.

On a very mild dyno tune, my car made 500 rwhp and 480 rwtq and on a one-time run she ran 11.6 at 124 mph. A little practice and it should run 10.80s.


Some of the modifications:

• 331ci balanced and blueprinted, 

       with forged internals

• Vortech supercharger/aftercooler

• Twisted Wedge CNC-ported heads

• COMP Cams camshaft

• Holley fuel injection

• Aluminum radiator with Black 

       Magic electric fan

• Edelbrock high-volume water pump

• Tremec TKO600 five-speed with 

       Centerforce DFX clutch

• Fidanza aluminum flywheel and TCI 

       steel bellhousing

• Steeda Tri-Ax shifter

• BBK long-tube headers

• Flowmaster Super 40 mufflers with 

      electric exhaust cut-outs

• Motorsport HD 31-spline Traction-

      Lok differential with 3:73 gears

• Trunk mounted battery

• Six-point cage with swing-out arms

• MSD 6AL ignition

• Raptor shift light 

It’s your pride and joy and we want to help you show it off, right here in Auto Enthusiast. We want to see your car and your passion and hear the story that connects you. Send your high-resolution pictures and details to us via e-mail to and we’ll tell your story.

We don’t care about the color or the condition, but keep it American-made only, please.