Jim Smart
May 1, 2008

When it comes to performance, there has never been an adequate substitute for displacement. At one time, it meant having a big-block and the weight disadvantage. Today, a Keith Craft Performance Engines 351W-based small-block stroked to 408 ci (thanks to a Scat 4340 steel crank, 6.250-inch H-beam rods, and forged flat-top pistons) fits the bill. When you combine the right parts with a perfectly machined block and heads, the result is a confident, reliable, powerful engine ready for cruising and racing. Deep in the valley is a Comp Cams hydraulic roller bumpstick with nearly 0.600-inch lift and 319/320-degree duration. When you mix that cam profile with AFR heads with port work, that's a huge lung full of air, fuel, and power. A DaVinci-built Holley 750-cfm four-throater does the induction work beneath a K&N air cleaner.

Like most of us, Robert wanted the sweet combination of performance and efficiency. In reality, he couldn't kid himself. He knew he was never going to see 25 miles to a gallon of gasoline from 408 ci. However, he wanted to cruise across Texas with greater range between fuel stops. That's why he chose Tremec's World Class T-5 five-speed transmission and a Currie 9-inch rear with 3.25 gears.

Robert handpicked his Mustang's suspension system, going with what he felt worked best at the time. It's an interesting mix of Global West, Total Control Products, and Flaming River components that seem to work well together in a coilover rack-and-pinion package. In back is a Total Control Products pushrod coilover racing suspension system that dances circles around conventional leafs. Those are PS Engineering 17-inch wheels greeting the ground via Goodyear Eagle F1 radials for super-sticky performance. Aerospace Components disc brakes offer immediate stopping action.

The blacker-than-black Jet Black Glasurit classic-car finish was carefully applied by Street Works' Steve Watkins and Mark Gallardo in Denton, Texas, just north of Dallas. This is the super-hard finish we're used to getting from Glasurit. Not only does it offer a deep, rich shine, but it's also durable.

Robert teaches us something important about dreams with his story from deep in the American heartland. He demonstrates there's a lot to be learned when you get ahead of yourself. It's important to first have a doable plan and to know something about who you're doing business with. Once Robert found Steve, a lifelong dream and plan fell into place, and this seasoned physician found his own seventh heaven.

The Details
'67 Mustang Fastback
Owner: Robert Bulger, Plano, TX

408W stroker
Built by Keith Craft Performance Engines,
Arkadelphia, AR
Scat 4340 steel crank with 6.250-inch H-beam rods
Mahle forged flat-top pistons
Comp Cams hydraulic roller (0.576/0.596-inch
lift, 319/329 duration)
AFR CNC-ported aluminum heads
2.08-inch intake/1.60-inch exhaust valves
Scorpion 1.6:1 rockers
Edelbrock Performer RPM Air Gap
DaVinci-prepared Holley 750-cfm 4V
Ford Racing Performance Parts cast-aluminum valve covers
MSD billet distributor with vacuum advance
Powermaster alternator

Tremec World Class T-5 five-speed

Currie 9-inch
Limited-Slip differential
3.25 gears
31-spline axles

JBA shorty headers
2 1/2-inch custom dual exhaust
Flowmaster Delta Flow two-chamber mufflers

Front: Global West upper and lower control arms, coilover shocks, Total Control Products rack-and-pinion steering
Rear: Total Control Products pushrod suspension (torque arm, Watt's link, coilover shocks)

Front: Aerospace Components disc, 12-inch rotors
Rear: Aerospace Components disc, 12-inch rotors

Front: PS Engineering, 17x8-inch
Rear: PS Engineering, 17x9 1/2-inch

Front: Goodyear Eagle F1 GS, P245/45ZR17
Rear: Goodyear Eagle F1 GS, P275/45ZR17

Cobra bucket seats in black leather, Alpine IVA-D310 head unit, Alpine N872A GPS, Alpine 6x9 and 10-inch subwoofers, Alpine MRP-M450 amp, Alpine MRA-D550 amp, Alpine XM tuner, four-point racing harness, custom roll bar, Moto-Lita steering wheel, JME instrumentation, Steve Brinlee of JBS Interiors did all interior work

Rich Jet Black Glasurit paint, shaved for a clean look