I was just over there last week having dinner at Venticello's. Great old school Italian food restaurant with cable car views.
I gottaI built what I believe is the world's best Bullitt Mustang, owned a ERA 65 FE 427 Cobra and now the Redeye among my builds and collections over the years. I also built a Gator McCluskey White lightning car, but will post that up later. All very different cars and I can't pick a favorite. I also built an incredible 68 Charger to match the Bullitt Mustang--it was a killer driving car with a 440 Wedge physically identical to the movie car. Will dig up those pics too. I have built dozens of cars, but these 3 are on my mind tonight.
1.) The Bullitt Mustang was a Candian owned 68 C Fastback that I had shipped into the U.S. under NAFTA rules and eventually picked up and drove right out of Oakland port and straight into a shop and immediately tore it apart.. It was a total nut and bolt rebuild and I spent a fortune building it. I installed a Ford Motorsports 392 circle track racing engine, Tremec 5 speed, Currie industires locker diff and had Maier Racing install a custom roll bar that you had to look twice to see, as it was perfectly tucked into back sail panels. I had it painted Highland Green. Physically it looked identical to the Bullitt Movie car. Yet it was just one hell of alot more powerful than the movie car and it was incredibly fast car--it sounded like a circle track car. The car still resides in the Bay Area.
2.) The ERA Cobra was a FE 427 side oiler with a 428 crank (454) and 545 dyno power and about 2,200 lbs. I originally had a toploader and later went to a Tremec 5 speed. This car was just incredible from 0-160. I was never beaten by any car and it was pure fun to toy with Ferrari's around the Bay Area. It was a great looking car at Alice's Restaurant! The car now resides in New York.
The Gator McCluskey car was a stroked 429 and yeilded 472 inches. It was the meanest looking car I ever built--will have to post those pics by the weekend. That car still resides in San Francisco.
Now the Redeye--I just find it almost incomprehensible that a warranted car has 800 h.p. and is capable of routinely running 10 second quarters and 200 m.p.h... I still love all the builds I have done but the HellCat platform sets a new bar in automotive production that I just wouldn't have believed was possible when I was building and fabricating years ago.
I know this is a Hellcat website but I will post several if my builds in coming days and weeks many of my builds. I hope that's o.k.. Thank for looking!
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