Jim Smart
December 1, 2007
Photos By: Patrick Hill

In 2004, Rusty opened Classic Mustangs, a restoration and race shop where he practices his craft in the Tampa area. His first order of business was to completely restore this Mustang Super Stocker to the as-raced condition of his glory days. Southern Polyurethanes (www.southernpolyurethanes.com), and his good friend Barry, made all of this glistening Candyapple possible.

When Rusty reflects on 37 years with a winner, he's inspired most by the people who helped him get there. He says it never would have been possible without the friends he has known for the better part of a lifetime.

The Details
'69 Mustang SportsRoof Super Stocker
Owner: Rusty Gillis, Port Richey, Florida

Engine
428ci FE-Series Super Cobra Jet
Built by Franco Motorsports, New Port Richey, FL
4.155-inch bore
3.980-inch stroke
Concrete-filled block for strength
Venolia forged-aluminum pistons
Cobra Jet connecting rods
Cobra Jet nodular-iron crankshaft
Canton race pan
11.0:1 compression ratio
Crower roller hydraulic camshaft, 0.653/0.664-inch lift, 254/260 duration at 0.050-inch
Edelbrock Performer 428 aluminum heads, ported by HPS Cylinder Heads
2.09-inch intake/1.66-inch exhaust valves
Comp Cams double springs
Harland Sharp roller rockers
Ford aluminum Sidewinder intake manifold
Dove aluminum water pump
Holley fuel pump
Factory 735-cfm Holley carburetor
MSD ignition
Hooker Super Comp headers (2 1/8-inch primary, 3 1/2-inch collectors)
Griffin Aluminum radiator

Transmission
C4 JPT with reverse-shift valvebody built by Jim Ludera, Bradenton, FL Turbo Action 8-inch 4,500-stall converter

Rearend
9-inch
Mark Williams 31-spline axles
4.71 gears
Detroit Locker

Suspension
Front: Stock coil over upper arm, Moroso springs, Shelby drop with urethane bushings, 90/10 drag shocks
Rear: Conventional five-leaf, Cal Trac traction bars

Brakes
Front: Aerospace Components disc
Rear: Aerospace Components disc

Wheels
Front: Cragar 15x3.5 Drag Stars
Rear: Cragar 15x10 Drag Stars with a 5 1/2-inch backspace

Tires
Front: Hoosier, 4.5x28
Rear: Hoosier, 10.5x30 Slicks

Interior
In the raw with factory knitted-vinyl high-back bucket seats, Auto Meter tachometer, full rollcage, Turbo Action shifter

Exterior
SPI epoxy primer, SPI urethane primer, RM Diamond Pearl White basecoat, RM Carizzma candycoat, SPI clearcoat