Dale Amy
October 1, 2005

So scavenged, the white hatchback sat idle for about a year until Tim got around to installing his original, but freshened, 302 short-block, the Performer intake, and a set of ported '69-vintage closed-chamber heads with 1.94/1.60 valves. And that's the way you see it here, still sporting the Vortech S-Trim now wearing a less boost-crazy 3.1-inch pulley-at least temporarily. It seems Mr. Johnston has "fallen in love with turbos" and plans to fit a 66mm unit from Innovative Turbo, for which he will craft his own plumbing.

As for additional plans, "I'm sure that the car will change combinations many more times over the years," Tim admits. "But there is one thing I can guarantee: I will own this car forever. I remember my father talking about cars he used to own. With a gleam in his eye he used to say 'Man, I wish I still had that car.' I will make sure I never have to say that."

Tech SpecsEngine And DrivetrainBlockStockBoreStockStrokeStockDisplacement302 ciCrankStock , turned 0.010RodsStock w/ARP fastenersPistonsStock Compression Ratio10.5:1CamshaftCrane 2030Rocker ArmsTFS 1.7:1Heads'69 closed-chamber, ported by Philip Johnston PerformanceIntakeEdelbrock Performer, portedThrottle BodyEdelbrock 70mmMass AirC&L 73mmPower AdderVortech S-TrimInjectors42-lb/hrFuel Pump255-lph in-tank, plus T-RexHeadersMAC 131/44-in long-tubeExhaust3-in Flowmaster 3-chamberTransmissionAlternative Auto AOD w/Baumann ValvebodyDriveshaftFRPP aluminumRearend8.8 w/3.73 gears, Auburn Pro, Strange 31-spline axles

ElectronicsEngine ManagementEEC, w/Autologic chipIgnitionMSD 6ALGaugesAuto Meter

Suspension and Chassis Front SuspensionK-memberStockControl armsStockSpringsEibachStrutsLakewood 70/30Caster/CamberStockBrakesCarbon Metallic cross-drilled rotors, Hawk padsWheels17x8 OZ Racing Monte Carlo F1TiresNitto 555R 255/45ZR-17Rear SuspensionSprings BBKShocksCompetition Engineering adjustablesControl armsStock upper, Mega Bite lowerBrakesStockWheels17x8 OZ Racing Monte Carlo F1TiresNitto Drag Radial 275/40x17Chassis StiffeningSix-point by Philip Johnston Performance