Dale Amy
July 20, 2010

How's it goin', eh? In the parlance of Bob and Doug McKenzie, those flannel-wrapped, tuque-wearing, ale-swilling caricatures of Canadians on SCTV's "The Great White North," a "two-fer" usually referred to a 24-pack of Canadian beer. But for our purposes, the term simply means two for one-two '88 5.0 Mustangs for one Tony Zeppieri, a real Canadian who bears absolutely no cultural resemblance to the TV McKenzies, and who not once in the course of our conversations was heard to utter that clichéd Canadian-ism, "eh?"

Tony is now a police officer, but before making that career change, he operated his own speed shop for eight years out of his father's auto repair business, catering primarily to the Mustang crowd in southern Ontario. It probably helped that his first car at age 16 was a 10-year-old '79 5.0 hatchback, which no doubt helped teach him many useful hands-on lessons about maintaining and improving the breed-as did his mechanic father, Mike, from whom he clearly inherited his gearhead genes. In total, 36-year-old Tony has owned 11 Mustangs, including three at the moment.

There was really no intention on his part to end up with a pair of '88s-it just worked out that way. He purchased the blue GT in 1990, somewhat ironically as a theft-recovery vehicle. The ironic part is that a decade later, Tony ended up spending time in the Auto Squad, where vehicle theft investigations were part of his responsibilities once he joined the police force. Anyway, the GT was pretty much a gutted shell, missing its interior, headlights, taillights, rims, and tires when he got it. As you can see here, things have improved considerably.

Underhood, as with many such projects, it's been an ongoing evolution. Once wearing 351W heads and a ported stock intake force-fed by a Paxton SN-92 blower, Tony took it to the strip on street rubber, ran a 12.60 e.t. at 121 mph, and was told not to come back until he had a rollbar or cage. These days the GT's combo consists of a Paul Silva-built 306, sporting Edelbrock heads and induction with a 12-psi Paxton Novi 2000 centrifugal. It's still without roll protection, so he hasn't tracked it in its present form, though taking the GT down the quarter is certainly on his wish list.

By the way, if the Silva name rings a bell, it's because Paul and his brother Joe once formed the well-known J&P Performance that at one time had such prominence in 5.0 Mustang drag racing.

Tony's red LX coupe is a much more recent acquisition, picked up in November of 2006, and it solved one of his quarter-mile requirements since it already had a six-point cage. As you can tell by the big-and-little rolling stock, this has become his primary drag toy, though he also has a set of street shoes for the coupe, so it is by no means restricted to the track.