Lance turned to Vic Hockley in Sydney to build him a stout, reliable combo that would make full use of the fresh suspension. Many fresh factory parts were used for the bottom end that, together with the freshening up of the bores, created a displacement of 306 ci.
Moving upward, a 670-cfm Holley vacuum-secondary carburetor sprays PULP (Aussie for Premium Unleaded Petroleum) and air into an Edelbrock Performer RPM manifold, and a set of cast-iron heads that have been ported by the guys at Trick and Mansweto--a company renowned for building big-horsepower race engines. Flowing just as quickly out through a set of custom-fabbed, ceramic-coated headers and a dual 2-1/2-inch exhaust system, the engine makes 445 hp at the flywheel and a healthy 435 lb-ft of twist. Taking the brunt of all the torque is a tough Tremec TKO five-speed gearbox and Centerforce single-plate clutch, with a slightly narrowed 9-inch rear out back running 3.50:1 gearing and a limited-slip differential.
Thanks to the extensive use of a Dynamat sound deadener, things remain pretty comfortable and quiet in the cabin of Lance's coupe. It has been tastefully and practically restored and modified using a pair of Celica buckets, a wicked Auto Meter dash conversion, a Flaming River column, and an Autotecnica steering wheel. The seats were re-covered using BA Falcon cloth, with fresh carpets and roof lining completing the effect. Lance had the hard surfaces painted like the door trims in the Ego hue that the engine bay and undercarriage were coated in. Finally, a Pioneer head unit lives in the restored dash, with two pairs of speakers making all the right noises in the cabin--should Lance tire of the sound coming from the small-block.
"It was really enjoyable having my non-car wife help out holding so many bits and using her much smaller hands to get into places I couldn't," says Lance. "Sarah, Zara, and Peta sure did lots of little bits that added up to complete the car and it is so appreciated."
With no plans to further modify the car, Lance simply plans to enjoy the hell out of it. "I had five shows I really wanted to take it to," concludes Lance. "I've done all those now, so now it's just a good little car to drive and enjoy. The next outing will be my neighbor's son's prom."
Lance Weiss' '67 Mustang coupe
- 306ci small-block Windsor
- Four-bolt-main block
- 4.030-inch bore
- 3.000-inch stroke
- Boss crank
- Boss 5.155-inch connecting rods
- Forged aluminum Speed-Pro pistons
- Ported cast-iron cylinder heads
- Trick Flow hydraulic roller camshaft, (232-degrees duration, 0.608-inch lift, 112- degree LSA)
- Yella Terra 1.73:1 roller rocker arms
- March Industries aluminum pulleys
- 670-cfm Holley Street Avenger carburetor
- Edelbrock Performer RPM intake manifold
- Mallory electronic distributor
- 10.45:1-compression ratio
- 445 hp, 437 lb-ft of torque
- Tremec TKO 3550 five-speed manual
- Single-plate Centerforce clutch
- 9-inch Ford (narrowed 3/4-inch)
- 3.50 gears
- Limited-slip differential
- Ceramic coated custom headers (1-3/4-inch primaries), dual 21?2-inch mild steel system, X-pipe
- Front: TCP coilover chrome-moly double A-arm setup, Bilstein coilovers, Whiteline antisway bar, TCP steering rack, KP Racing power steering pump
- Rear: TCP four-link adjustable
- Front: Wilwood disc, Dynalite four-piston calipers, 13-inch rotors, Endless pads, Wilwood high-volume master cylinder, 7-inch dual diaphragm booster
- Rear: Wilwood disc, Dynalite four-piston calipers, 13-inch rotors
- Front: Showwheels Streeter, 17x8
- Rear: Showwheels Streeter, 17x8
- Front: Yokohama A.drive R1, P235/45ZR17
- Rear: Yokohama A.drive R1, P235/45ZR17
- BA Falcon cloth trim, Autotecnica leather steering wheel, Dynamat sound deadener, '99 Toyota Celica front buckets, black carpets, Flaming River steering column, Auto Meter gauges, JME dash conversion, lighted sill plates, Pioneer head unit with front and rear speakers
- BA Falcon "Bionic," engine bay and floorpan painted in Ford Ego, LED taillights
- Who's Responsible: Bosskraft, Koutalis Automotive Services, Tunehouse, Lumley Special Vehicle Insurance, Canberra Automotive Refinishers, Peter Gumley Smash Repairs, Electroplating Technologies, Trick and Mansweto, Racer's Choice, Craft Differentials, Heasman Suspension, Terry Toomey