Three Month Power Tour Thrash 1970 Mustang Coupe
As enthusiasts, like you, we at HOT ROD tend to report for you the extremes of hot rodding—be it high concept professional builds costing over seven figures, or the rattiest of oddities that exhibit a certain shock factor. But in between are some really great cars, and compelling projects. Most of you fall into this category, and oft times get passed over for the wow-factor stuff. Greg Chentnik and his 13-year-old daughter, Holly, from Tallahassee, Florida, fall into this middle ground, and maybe have a story similar to your own.
Greg, who races endurance go-karts, wanted to join in the Power Tour action, but needed a car, or a buddy with a car. He has a friend that, for years, has been sitting on a 1970 Mustang coupe similar to one he had in high school. The friend would tinker on it, but for the most part it was left forlorn without much use. Greg convinced his friend to sell it to him, and with only three months before the 2016 Power Tour kickoff, Greg dove into bringing the neglected Mustang to road-worthy status for the unknowns you may or may not encounter during Power Tour. Reliability came first, followed closely by comfort, as Holly would be joining him. Wiring, carburetion, and a general replacement of all those parts that can deteriorate from nonuse were addressed, followed by installation of air conditioning.
One of the things that attracted the HOT ROD staff to this car was how well the Mustang sits, and the relationship of the wheels and tires to the rest of the car. Too often we see odd tire and wheel combos, and even odder stances where cars ride high in the rear and higher in front. This thing sits right.
Three months flash by when you’re Power Tour thrashing, but Greg and Holly have their Long Hauler wings as they made the entire 1500 miles without incident. But getting this pony to reliable status is only the first step. Greg has plans that call for a Tremec 6-speed trans to replace the C-4 automatic, and a Coyoye Aluminator Ford to replace the 351 Windsor currently residing in the car. RideTech coilover upgrades will also be on the list, as Greg wants to go road racing to capture some of the kicks he gets from his endurance racing. For now, the father/daughter duo are vibrating over joining Power Tour for the first time, and are already making plans for next year’s Tour.
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