stock is 17x10-inch Budnik wheels with P275/40Z Dunlops up front and 17x12 Buds shad with
P35/35Z skins out the back.
What bodywork was needed was handled by Funny Car painter Doug
Stabuck, in addition to installing a T/A hood and spoilers from Year One, before coating it
all in House of Colors hues.
Inside the full cage is a pair of 240Z bucket seats covered in
black and gray tweed, Simpson 4-point seat belts, and a new carpet. A budnik steering wheel
aims the car, while a full set of AutoMeter gages keeps tabs on the engine.
The Mace Brothers are no strangers to speed, or the machines
that create it. Doug worked on Top Fuel Cars for about 10 years, while greg has always been in
racing and holds records on Pro Stock bikes in Canada. With that background, they knew what to
use and where to go to get the most power. They found a '68 Plymouth Fury III 4-door someone
had fitted with a Hemi to pull a trailer, and used that engine as the starting point! The '69
vintage block had been fitted with a rare set of K heads, and both the block and the heads were
in excellent shape.
"We wanted the most outrageous, normally-aspired Hemi ever built,"
said Greg. With that gaol in mind, the block has been bored to 4.310 inches and stroked to
4.5 inches, for a total of 520 cubes. The holes were
then filled with Carillo rods and 12:1 JE pistons. The heads were ported and fitted with stainless
2.25/1.94-inch valves actuated by stainless Norris rocker arms with a 1.7 ratio on the intakes and
1.5 on the exhausts. A Crane 270/276-degree duration roller cam with a .650-inch lift was dialed in
with a Jesel belt drive, and stout 7/16-inch Smith Brothers pushrods motivate the valve gear. An MSD
billet distributor with a 6AL box lights off the air/fuel mixture, and a full custom 3-inch exhaust
system with Flowmaster mufflers aids in passing the spent gasses.
For induction, they started with a mgnesium Cross Ram, which made
about 650hp on the dyno. Then they went to a dry sump oiling system in search of more, but had
problems with room for the oil tank, so it got scrapped and was replaced with a custom
Stef's pan. Next, a custom-made Craig Davis 2x4 intake that was a cross between an inline and a
cross ram replaced the magnesium intake, and the numbers were up to about 700 horses. Then they went
to the Lee Brothers in Red Deerm Alberta, Canada, who are A-car record holders with their '68
Hemi Barracuda. They installed a massaged Indy intake and single Holley 1150 cfm Dominator, and
fine-tuned the oil system and rocker arm oiling and found 787 dyno proven horsepower between
6,800 rpm, with about 650lb/ft of torque between
3,000-3,500 rpm. "It will hold 600 lb/ft to six grand, then it drifts off a bit," said Greg. A
beast this big gets hungry, so Nathan custom built a 27 gallon fuel cell to hold its meals.
Having this power is one thing, getting it to the rear tire is another.
A steel McLeod dual disc 10-inch clutch with a hydraulic throwout bearing is used to get the
power through a Hurst-shifted Doug Nash 5-speed with a 1:1 final gear ratio.
Since Completing their project, the Mace brothers have started
their own businesses, which has left them little time to enjoy the fruits of their labor.