Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
August 1, 2005
Photos By: Steve Turner

At the '04 NMRA Bradenton opener, Bob destroyed an engine because he didn't check and change out the valvesprings after running the '03 season. Bob Kurgan came to the rescue with a pair of Fox Lake Power Products-ported Trick Flow Twisted Wedge heads and a set of Ross flat-top pistons. PER Race Engines re-sleeved Bob's R302 block and added a 0.040-inch overbore. The engine was back together in six days, which was in plenty of time for the NMRA Reynolds, Georgia, race. There, Bob re-tuned the new combination and the car's performance level picked up again. "I ended 2004 with a win in Columbus, runner-ups in Georgia and Kansas City, No. 1 qualifiers at Maple Grove and Joliet, and finishing the season Third in points."

As usual, the '05 NMRA season opener brought Bob back to Bradenton, and his pit was Damage Incorporated once again with a holed number-7 piston after qualifying. He almost packed it in, but he noticed the EFI Renegade attrition rate was higher than the price of gasoline. With at least 15 people jumping in to help, Bob's engine was out of the car, cleaned up, and the number-7 cylinder was beer-canned since he didn't have a replacement piston to go in the hole. The engine was back under the hood and running in time for eliminations, and with so many racers out, Bob made it past the first round. An also-hurt Clair Stewart, however, ended Bob's run for points with a 9.11 to Bob's 9.28 on seven cylinders. That's a far cry from the 8.60-8.70s he's used to when his GT is running on all eight cylinders, but to run low 9s on seven cylinders speaks volumes for his racing program.

Speaking of Bob's racing program, he thinks his wife, Sherry, may be of the mind that the car should be sent back to the kitchen, but to us, it's oh so right.

Tech SpecsEngine And DrivetrainBlockFRPP R302Bore4.040Stroke3.00Displacement308 ciRotating AssemblyEagle crankshaft, Scat steel H-beam connecting rods, D.S.S. pistons, Childs & Alberts piston rings, Billet Fabrication custom oil pan w/kickoutsCamshaftCompHeadsTrick Flow Twisted Wedge, Fox Lake Power Products-ported, Harland Sharp 1.6 shaft rockers, dual valvesprings w/dampenerIntakeHolley SysteMAX II, port-matched by Fox Lake Power ProductsThrottle BodyAccufab 75mmMass AirPro-M 80mmPower AdderVortech YSi-Trim superchargerFuel SystemWeldon 2035 fuel pump, stainless steel braided fuel lines, Cartech fuel rails, Siemens/Deka 83-lb/hr injectors, Aeromotive fuel pressure regulatorExhaustKooks 171/48-in long-tube headers with 3-in collectors, Kooks X-pipe, DynoMax Bullet mufflersTransmissionDynamic Racing Transmissions Mighty Mite C4, TCT 9-in 5,000-rpm stall converter, JW Ultra Bell housing and flywheel, Turbo Action Cheetah SCS shifterRearendMoser-built 8.8, spool, Motive Gear 3.90 gears, Moser 33-spline gun-drilled and star-flanged axles

ElectronicsEngine ManagementStock computer, Anderson Ford Motorsports PMS with InterACQ software, Uego 1000 wideband sensorIgnitionMSD Digital 7, Blaster coil, Moroso Ultra 40 wires, NGK plugsGaugesAuto Meter

Suspension And Chassis Front SuspensionK-memberPA Racing tubularControl ArmsPA Racing tubularSprings Afco coiloverStrutsStrange adjustable w/ BBK caster/camber platesSteeringPA Racing Pinto rack-and-pinion setupBrakesAerospace ComponentsWheelsBogart Force 5TiresGoodyear Eagle Rear SuspensionSpringsStockShocksQA1 12-way adjustableTraction DevicesHP Motorsport Megabite upper and lower control arms, UPR antiroll bar, spherical upper bushingsBrakesStrange EngineeringWheelsBogart Force 5 15x10TiresMickey Thompson E/T DragChassis StiffeningTRZ Motorsports chrome-moly rollcage, HP Motorsport subframe connectors