Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
May 5, 2009
Boss 302 in final mockup before heading for header and exhaust work (stainless steel of course)

So what do you do when you have an honest to goodness G-code '70 Boss 302, but you got a hankerin' for better power, handling, and braking, but you don't want to drill a single hole in your Boss-Oh-2? Well, you start writing checks for a bunch of custom work!

While in Indy recently, we stopped by DVS Restorations to check in on our pal Dave Stribling to discuss our '68 project, since Dave is a wizard when it comes to modular engine swaps in classic Mustangs. So we found it strange for Dave to be working on, of all things, a pushrod project. But Dave has a little secret, he's a card carrying Mustang Melvin and really digs the rare stuff, so he was immediately drawn to this customer's project.

Currently in the final mock-up stage before everything gets torn down for final polishing, powder coating, and painting, the Boss features a Kenne Bell 2.8L blower perched on top of a 363 cube all-aluminum Cleveland. This insane small-block, which is expected to break 1,000 hp on the juice, features coil-on-plug (no distributor), liquid-to-air intercooler, dual throttle bodies, EFI, direct-port nitrous, and dry sump oiling (did we mention they found room to hang an A/C compressor and it all fits under the stock shaker assembly?). A G-force-built T56 six-speed with McLeod bell and twin disc clutch backs up the monster mill.

The Boss rolls on one-off 17-inch Minilites custom-made for the project and rolling stock is Goodyear's famous F1 GS-D3. Wheels are 17x10 out back and 17x8 up front with Stainless Steel Brakes visible through the wheel spokes. Inside are '05 Thunderbird seats, custom rollcage, and more, all mounted via existing mounting points on the body. We'll be following more of this project later in the year, so stay tuned to see how DVS handled all these installation hurdles.

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