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Induction Upgrade - Eight Stacks, No Waiting
Get the nostalgic look of Webers and the benefits of EFI with help from Inglese, FAST, and Granatelli Motorsports
Remember when you first saw a Cobra or a Mustang with eight barrels underhood and went into a fit of induction envy? Made you want them badly didn't it? Webers looked better from a safe distance, however. They looked great, sounded terrific, but were never user friendly unless you knew your way around them—when properly tuned, Webers are an outstanding fuel/air metering system.
Inglese, more than anyone, knows how to help enthusiasts with Weber induction systems. In 2007, Inglese was acquired by the Comp Performance Group, and the news only gets better because Comp also owns FAST (Fuel Air Spark Technology)—the perfect marriage partner for the Inglese port fuel injection system. Although some folks prefer those classic Weber multi-bore throaty atomizers, if you want real reliability and performance, you go with something that looks like Webers, but performs a whole lot better. Enter Inglese/FAST EZ-EFI—eight individual stacks fed by eight injectors. This isn't just exhilarating eye candy, but a system that works well on top of any carbureted vintage Ford V-8.
Inglese Eight Stack With FAST EZ-EFI
FAST's EZ-EFI from the Comp Performance Group is the latest in crisp, reliable fuel/air management technology. You can install it in a weekend and be back on the road Monday because it is a self-learning EFI system. What we mean by “self-learning” is that the system monitors and records a variety of parameters as you drive while refining fuel/air/spark programming, subsequently yielding better performance as you pile the miles on. Because the Inglese/FAST system employs adaptive technology, you can install this system on top of nearly any induction package you can think of.
The Inglese EZ-EFI system comes with throttle bodies, fuel injectors and rails, and throttle linkage. Keep in mind that this kind of technology, engineering, and craftsmanship does not come cheap. However, it is worth every penny in what it does to improve your driving pleasure, and your car show cred under the hood. Installation involves an Inglese/Weber specific intake manifold available from Inglese—in this case Ford's legendary 351C poised mid-ship in the exotic Pantera originally sold through Lincoln-Mercury dealers in the 1970s. On top, eight 50mm throttle bodies with 39-lb/hr injectors makes this strictly a high-performance street/track induction system.
The setup also includes a wideband O2 sensor, coolant temperature sensor, intake air temperature, manifold air pressure (MAP), and IAC (idle air control) solenoid. A throttle position sensor (TPS) is part of the throttle body assembly. Two different stack lengths are available—1.5 and 3.5 inches. Stack length affects torque curve. The shorter the stack, the more torque moves toward high rpm. For street use, you want the taller 3.5-inch stack. Inglese/FAST EZ-EFI is strictly an air/fuel management system. It does not control spark curve, which means you need a compatible ignition system from MSD. Ideally, you will have access to a chassis or engine dyno where you can dial in the spark curve while the EZ-EFI learns its new environment.
When EZ-EFI is installed and ready to run, you have three air/fuel targets to play with—idle, cruise, and wide-open throttle. You may also dial in rev limits, idle speed, and throttle position sensor. Not only is this system easy, it is also exciting because the FAST microprocessor puts control in your hands without all of the mystery found in a lot of laptop-based electronic fuel injection systems. If you opt for a custom-fabricated EZ-EFI system, Inglese/FAST has everything you're going to need to make it happen. A fuel pump kit (PN 307503) or the pump alone (PN 307500) are available. Check out the installation photos to see how easy it is to add some modernized, yet vintage-looking eight-stack induction to your ride.
Inglese, more than anyone, knows how to help enthusiasts with Weber induction systems. In 2007, Inglese was acquired the Comp Performance Group, and the news only gets better because Comp also owns FAST (Fuel Air Spark Technology)—the perfect marriage partner for the Inglese port fuel injection system.
Before you is a vintage, second-owner '72 Pantera with 351C power and a port-injection fuel system. The car belongs to Source Interlink western regional sales director Scott Timberlake, who thought the Pantera needed something a bit more fitting its exotic roots than your typical four-barrel mixer. Despite the supercar wrapper, this package would be at home in any of the more conventional Ford-powered models. Our Cleveland test subject specs out as follows:
351 Cleveland V-8, bored and stroked to 393ci
AFD (Air Flow Dynamics, Australia) 4V Cylinder Heads with 64cc chambers, 2.19-inch intake/1.71-inch exhaust valves
Comp Cams custom ground mechanical roller camshaft and roller lifters
CNC-machined Scorpion roller rockers and 7⁄16-inch studs
Inglese NG4010 50mm throttle bodies
Inglese NG1686 intake manifold
K&N filters on 3.5-inch stacks
MSD Billet distributor with mechanical advance, 6A box and Blaster coil
Built by Barry Sale at PHP Race Engines; Wauconda Lake, Illinois
Wiring It Up
One of our biggest pet peeves when we attend a car show or racing event is sloppy workmanship. Want to impress friends and influence others? Begin with fierce attention to detail when you wire and plumb your vintage Ford. There's no comfort in a sloppy underdash, engine compartment, or trunk area that looks like a bowl of spaghetti. Route your electrics and plumbing like you would an aircraft with great precision. Because aircraft can't just pull over to the side of the road when things go wrong, there is huge effort to get it right before the darned thing flies. And because aircraft wiring is numbered instead of color coded, detail and access should be paramount. You've got to be able to find the problem quickly. Granatelli Motorsport, in particular J.R. “Joey” Granatelli, prides himself on practicing strict craftsmanship in anything he does because he wants ease of serviceability for the customer regardless of where they go in the future. This calls for a nice clean installation where wiring, electronics, and plumbing can be tracked easily.