Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
November 1, 2003
The interior of the notch is all business, with Kirkey race seats, Auto Meter gauges, a Hurst Line-Loc, and a Quarter Stick shifter. A custom 10-point cage keeps Sal safe, while a pine-tree air freshener adds that special touch not found in other race cars.

Toward the end of that year, Sal took a liking to the Drag Radial class and decided to go in that direction for 2002, using a 402/C4 combination with a boost of nitrous via an NOS two-stage plate system. "We went to three NMRA races and broke at all three," he says. To say 2002 was a learning experience for him would be putting it mildly. He broke pistons, transmissions, and other components, but he still managed to finish in the ninth spot overall.

For 2003, Sal decided to take advantage of the rules by backing down to a smaller engine with a 360 and adding a Dynamic Powerglide, a TCT converter, and an NOS Pro Shot Fogger. At the '03 Bradenton NMRA opener, he qualified third with a 9.13 at 156 mph with a less-than-stellar 1.59 60-foot time. As does everyone else in Drag Radial, Sal has a ton of respect for Chris Little, but he still wants to beat him in the worst way.

Just before this story went to press, Sal ran a best of 8.87 at 156 mph with a 1.40 60-foot time. With his 60-foot troubles behind him, Sal hopes Chris will be back there as well.

Now do you see the importance of Dad's musclecar?

To take advantage of the NMRA's Drag Radial rules, Sal's '03 combination centers around a 351-based Merkel Racing Engines-built 360. The 14:1 short-block plays host to Frankie Ford-ported Trick Flow Street Heat heads, a "big" Comp Cams grind, an Edelbrock Super Victor intake, and a Da Vinci HP1000 carburetor. The motivational force comes from an NOS Pro Shot Fogger capable of adding 500 hp to the mix. Backing up the Windsor is a Dynamic Powerglide with a TCT stall converter, which sends power through an Inland Driveline driveshaft back to a Moser-outfitted 8.8 rear.

5.0 Tech Specs
ENGINE AND DRIVETRAINELECTRONICS
BlockIgnition
Ford Racing Performance PartsMSD 7AL3, MSD Blaster coil,
S351Moroso plug wires, Autolite plugs
BoreGauges
4.125Auto Meter
Stroke 
3.336SUSPENSION AND CHASSIS
Cubic InchesFront Suspension
360Struts
Rotating AssemblyQA1
Sonny Bryant crankshaft, Oliver Springs
billet rods, Ross custom pistons,AFCO
Childs & Albert ringsControl Arms
HeadsD&D Motorsports
Trick Flow Street Heat heads,K-member
2.125/1.60 valves, Harland SharpD&D Motorsports
rockersBrakes
CamshaftAerospace
Comp CamsWheels
IntakeWeld Draglites
Edelbrock Super VictorRear Suspension
CarburetorTraction Devices
Da Vinci HP1000Wolfe Race Craft double-
Power Adderadjustable control arms, Wolfe
NOS Pro Shot Foggerantiroll bar
Fuel SystemShocks
Product Engineering pump andStrange adjustable
regulator, Russell fuel linesSprings
ExhaustStock
Kooks stepped long-tubeBrakes
headers, DynoMax Bullet mufflersStock
TransmissionWheels
Dynamic Powerglide, TCT stallWeld Draglites
converter, Hurst Quarter StickTires
shifter, Inland Driveline driveshaftBFGoodrich Drag Radial
Rearend325/50/15
8.8, Moser spool and axles, 3.73Chassis Stiffening
gears10-point cage, Kenny Brown
 subframe connectors