Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
August 31, 2012

As Chris pointed out to us, driving his '66 coupe is a lot like driving a late-model modular-powered Cobra Mustang, and his classic handled the cruise easily. He averaged 9.004 seconds over his three runs, good enough for Second place. However, the Bradenton event also plays host to the Spring Break Shootout, which pits the top 16 cars in True Street in a heads-up race the following Sunday.

With a healthy 24 psi of boost pressure feeding the cylinders, the Mustang went round after round toward the finals. An 8.25 at 172 mph led to an 8.07 at 174, to an 8.04 at 175, and to a final round win with an 8.06 at 175. Chris tells us that at 30-32 psi, the car should be capable of 7.80-7.90 time slips, however that won't be happening during a True Street event.

Though Chris' car passed the NMRA tech department, some felt that his suspension didn't fall within the spirit of the rules. A clarification has since ruled Chris' car out of competition. That hasn't really stopped the Bonaire fabricator from updating the coupe with additional lightweight parts, and Chris recently parted with his 4.6-liter engine to make way for a more potent, aluminum-rodded DOHC 5.4-liter combination.

In addition to that, Chris is also finishing up what one might consider a restoration on a Fox-body Mustang, and has also begun work on a '65 fastback for his wife, Nancy. Chris tells us that the build will be more along the lines of a Ringbrothers creation, and given that his last several cars have all been drag/street machines, this one should be something that his supportive wife, Nancy, and daughter, Kelly, will be able to enjoy as well.

The Details

Chris Lancaster's '66 Mustang Coupe

Engine

  • Ford 4.6-liter (281ci) DOHC V-8, assembled by Panhandle Performance (Lynn Haven, FL)
  • Aluminum Teksid block
  • Eagle ESP Armor forged crankshaft
  • Manley forged H-beam connecting rods and pistons
  • Ford aluminum cylinder heads, four valves per cylinder, fully ported
  • Panhandle Performance proprietary camshafts by Bullet Racing Cams
  • Sullivan Performance aluminum intake manifold
  • Owner-fabricated aluminum intake elbow
  • Accufab billet 90mm throttle body
  • Precision Turbo & Engine 88mm turbocharger and 3000 air-to-water intercooler
  • Big Stuff engine management system, tuned by Mark Biddle of Panhandle Performance
  • AMS 1000 electronic boost controller
  • 120-lb/hr fuel injectors
  • GM LS1 coil-near-plug ignition
  • 8.5:1 compression ratio

Transmission

  • Rossler Turbo 400 three-speed automatic
  • Neal Chance bolt-together 9-inch torque converter, 4,000 rpm stall
  • Hurst shifter

Rearend

  • Chassisworks Fab9 9-inch axle
  • Strange Engineering 35-spline axle shafts and 3.50 gears
  • Detroit Locker differential

Exhaust

  • Owner-fabricated stainless steel turbo manifolds with 1-5/8-inch primaries and 2-1/2-inch collectors, single 5-inch exhaust exiting the front fender

Suspension

  • Front: Rod & Custom independent front suspension, Strange adjustable coilover shocks
  • Rear: Total Control Products Fox-body–style four-link, Strange adjustable coilover shocks

Brakes

  • Front: Aerospace Components disc, single four-piston caliper, 10-1/4-inch solid rotors
  • Rear: Aerospace Components disc, dual four-piston calipers, 11-3/8-inch solid rotors

Wheels

Street
  • Front: BBS RK, 18x8.5
  • Rear: BBS RK, 18x10.5
Drag
  • Front: Holeshot Sun Star 1, 15x3.5
  • Rear: Holeshot Sun Star 1, 15x10

Tires

Street
  • Front: BFGoodrich KDW P255/40ZR18
  • Rear: BFGoodrich KDW P295/35ZR18
Drag
  • Front: Sumitomo radial, P185/70R15
  • Rear: Hoosier drag radial, P275/60R15

Interior

  • Restored black interior, Hurst Quarter Stick, Lokar billet gas pedal, Momo steering wheel with quick release, 25.5-spec chrome-moly rollcage, factory dashpad delete, power windows, Racepack UDX instrumention, AMS 1000 boost controller, Kirkey aluminum race seats

Exterior

  • Southern Polyurethane clearcoat, PPG Black, House of Kolors Ultra Orange Pearl tri-coat, bodywork and paint by the owner, Mustangs Plus Shelby front valance, Glasstek fiberglass cowl induction-style hood, Ed Quay aluminum sheetmetal rear wing, all of the upper trim finished in black powdercoat

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