More pics:SILVER BULLET
The owners this month's cover car need no introduction to street machiners. They've never missed a Summernats and with their famous black'n'flamed '66 Mustang, they've notched up seven Burnout Champion of the World titles and a Street Machine of the Year gong. You might think they've got nothing to prove to anyone, which is probably right. But deep inside, they have a burning desire to be the ones holding the Summernats Grand Champion sword at Summerats 18 in January, and they built their new Muzzy to do the deed. Here are some pics showing how the car came together over more than two years.
It all started with this old '66 (what else?) six-cylinder Mustang that Gary bought three years back. Tube chassis was constructed to accommodate some serious rubber - 18.5 inch Micky Ts - and the HQ-style four-bar rear end Full tube chassis was fabricated by John Taverna Chassis and runs under as well as through the car, forming the transmission tunnel. Notice the missing turret section The two-inch chop required the turret to be cut into sections, trimmed to fit, and then re-welded which took another 220 hours. This also meant that the original screens no longer fitted. While the front one was cut down to fit, a new one had to be custom made for the rear
The huge tubs required massive fabrication and sheetmetal work. Note that the tub extends all the way down to the guard's trailing edge. The modern-looking dash is from a 1991 Mazda MX-6. Of course, it required a bit of 'massaging' to get it to fit. The gauge pod has been replaced by three carbon fibre Autometer gauges. This shot is a bit deceptive as it looks as though there's no room for the driver thanks to the masses of tubing Fully fabricated front suspension uses twin A-arms pivoting on rose joints, with airbag. Jig ensures the alignment is spot-on. Finished front-end shows fabricated firewall and tunnel, ready for engine fit-up
Huge tunnel was necessary to fit the 3-in tailshaft and the twin 3-in exhaust. There still wasn't enough room for the fuel, brake and air lines, so they now run inside the car, along each side of the tunnel With the chopped roof, side glass has been deleted altogether. This required all the openings to be filled and shaped By the time the Muzzy was a rolling shell, Gary had been working on it more than 72 hours per week. Towards the end, it was almost 24/7 Meticulous attention was paid to the underbody which is detailed to the same standard as the rest of the car
Over the House of Kolor Orion Silver Glamour Metallic paint are duel layer flames which turned into a nightmare to get right but the effort shows in the result Nine-inch diff is choc-o-bloc with Romac pinion support and full spool Centrepiece is the twin supercharged 393 cube Hemi. Ever since seeing a similar set-up in a Top Fueller back in the 80s, Gary wanted something just like it
Intricately fabricated extractors just add to the car's overall detailing The Hemi had to be mounted high due its deep sump. Without air in the bags the bottom of the sump sits just 25mm off the ground.