Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
November 21, 2013

The race was going well and the guys were winning rounds; that is until the fourth round of competition. The Fourth round is when Josh and Doug’s Mustang would really test their love of the sport of drag racing. The driver in the opposing lane lost control of their race car and crossed over into Josh’s lane, hitting the left front of Josh’s Mustang and pushing him into the wall, which also damage the right side. To add insult to injury, the other racer’s car spun and then hit Josh’s Mustang again in the left rear quarter. The Mustang, practically a family heirloom at this point in its life, didn’t have a single straight panel on it except for the trunk and the roof. For a month, Josh and his dad labored over what to do. The Mustang had been in the family longer than Josh! Doug had spent nearly 30 years building the Mustang up to that day. Could they rebuild it and make it better in just two short years so they could continue racing it? The team decided it was worth it and embarked on said two-year commitment to rebuild the Mustang and make it better.

Over the winter of 2009, Josh and his father stripped the car, and added an NHRA-certified ’cage (so they could go faster than 9.99). Attempting to get the car into primer and race ready for the 2010 season, the father and son team worked on replacing damaged sheetmetal and upgrading bolt-on metal to fiberglass, including the doors, and stretching the rear quarters to accept some serious 14x31 slicks. Josh had hoped to paint the car but he simply ran out of time. As such, for the 2010 season, the Mustang ran in primer and bare fiberglass to ensure everything was in working order and the car went down the track straight. As soon as the 2010 season was in the books, Josh and his father tore the car down again, finished the fiberglass work, and Josh laid down a fresh paintjob. “I wanted this car to be my business card or my rolling resume,” Josh stated. The finished build debuted at a 2011 Mid Michigan Motorplex test session and ran a career best of 9.99 at 133 mph. By the end of the season, Josh was able to shave a little more off, running a 9.985 e.t.

Josh has enjoyed many a career highlight behind the wheel of their ’67 Mustang. Many of his memorable events include winning his first race in 2004, taking a best in class award at an All-Ford & Mustang show in 2005; winning the cash and trophy at the 2006 Fun Ford Weekend no-box shootout; best in class at the 2007 ISCA show in Grand Rapids, Michigan; a full color photo spread and story in the local newspaper in 2008 due in part to a small mention in our sister magazine Car Craft; beating NMCA superstar Brian Merrick in Nostalgia class eliminations and going “runner up” at the King Ford run off both at the 2008 Fun Ford Weekend at Norwalk Raceway Park; and winning day one of the 2008 Mid Michigan Motorplex Labor Day weekend marathon at 2:13 am on day two.

Josh ran the 2010 season in primer and gel-coat to shake down the car.

Quick Specs

351 Windsor stroked to 410 ci

Eagle 4340 forged steel crank

Eagle 4340 forged H-beam connecting rods

DSS Racing Pro Lite pistons

Bullet Racing solid roller camshaft

AFR 205cc aluminum heads

Edelbrock Victor Jr. aluminum intake

Holley 1,000-cfm carburetor by Pro Systems

MSD 7AL-2 ignition, 2-Step, and coil

C4 automatic with Neal Chance bolt-together converter

Mighty-Mite trans brake

Deadenbear air-shifted Cheetah SCS shifter (self shifting with MSD rpm module)

2x3 square tube main rails from firewall rearward

S&W Race Cars 14-point ’cage used in conjunction with Jeg’s Funny Car ’cage, certified to 8.50 e.t. by NHRA

Narrowed 9-inch rear housing with Currie center, 4.62 gears, Mark Williams spool, and 35-spline axles

ART ladder bar rear suspension with QA1 coilovers

Vector coilover conversion with QA1 adjustable shocks up front

Aerospace front disc brakes with Wilwood rear disc brakes

Weld Pro Star wheels with 31x14 Goodyear slicks in the rear

Weld Aluma-Start 2.0 wheels with Mickey Thompson ET tires in the front

One-piece VFN fiberglass nose, fiberglass doors and hood by VFN, fiberglass dash by Glasstek

Lexan windows

Vehicle weight is 2,850 lbs. with driver

Rear wheel openings stretched 3.5-inches

Best quarter-mile e.t./speed: 9.985 at 133.78 mph

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