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Funny I seen this post again. Was talking to a guy yesterday at the track who was running a Mustang II drag car, he's had it for years, always a Jerico or Liberty (he has both, uses one when the other's broken) stick shift, and tons of different engines from an FE to mostly 8.2 deck stuff. Boss blocks, Dart, etc. So he shows up yesterday, this time with a 324" stock block. Makes first pass runs 6.00/113. Second pass 5.99/113. Ran it all day until he went out on a red light. 5.99-6.00 all day. Leave the line at 7600 on the 2 step, shift at 8600. Solid flat tappet nonetheless. True old school stuff but cool 8600 on a stock block and the car is 2713 race weight, so you can figure the HP level on that. Even he admitted that it was a grenade without a pin. Offset ground stock 302 crank too. Guy owns a machine shop and plays with oddball stuff like that. 383 windsors, 377 windsors, 388 clevelands, etc. There's even a 289 running around with cleveland iron 4V heads on it, I think in a Zephyr, as part of a "poor boy's" class. But that iron block and headed 289 has about $10k in it, and it hauls booty.

I guess some guys can make them live, and some guys can't. I'm in the middle....have had some with lots of power & RPM last a long time, then some with under 400 hp bust the block.
 
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