Where to even start with this monster affectionately known as MercZilla by the locals…the engine! A professionally built 402 Chevrolet big block lurks under the hood. The engine is bored 30 over runs on PUMP gas…yup, pump gas…with 11:1 compression and features rectangular port aluminum heads fitted with roller rockers. The cam and lifters, with 660 lift, are rollers as well. Fuel is delivered to the block via an 850 double pumper Demon carb. Spark is provided by an MDS ignition system and all the hardware tacked to the front of the engine is driven by a reliable Billet Specialties V-Trac pulley system. A trick electric fan system is engineered into both sides of the engine compartment, which keeps the heart of monster running cool. Power is delivered to the 390 cut gears in the Ford 9” rear end running along Moser axles to the wheels through a 700 R4 automatic transmission with a 3500 stall converter. The duel exhaust runs 3” pipes with engine notes provided by Flow Master mufflers. For the times when a little more power (and a lot more attention) is needed, electric cut offs are fitted just behind the headers which sneak out un-restricted just behind the front tire on both sides! With great power comes great responsibility! A popular quote and philosophy, which was understood and respected in the build of this car. In order to handle the massive power of the 402 big block, significant professional modifications were made to the braking, steering and suspension systems. To insure safe reliable stopping power is always at the ready, a Hydrobost Power Brake Kit was installed and disc brakes were added to all four corners. Ensuring the car goes where the driver commands, a Unisteer rack and pinion system was installed. To keep the wheels on the pavement, tubular control arms riding on QA-1 coil over shocks keep the front end planted and a professionally installed Cal Tracs suspension system supports the rear. The body of the car is wearing Prowler Plum Mist paint with hand painted pinstriping and shows rust free and laser straight. The B pillar has been professionally removed and the rear ¼ windows can be removed. Once the rear ¼ windows are out, they can be stored in custom made cases that match the interior. Keeping pace with the rest of the car, the interior is totally cool and custom as well. It features power windows and seats while the dash maintains the factory look with modern Auto Meter gauges keeping track of the engine systems. The A/C blows cold and a powerful modern stereo system provides the tunes. For how monstrous this car is, it is equally reliable and ready to hit the road…even on pump gas!
This car is another proud offering of the LP collection. Based in St. Paul MN, Mike and Cavan have built up a real classic car community. Enthusiasts, retirees, friends and family are the driving force behind their shop. With passion for classics, on any morning you will find a steady flow of people working together to tend to the shop and the stable of cars. The shop started as a hobby space and has now become a true resource for like-minded classic car people who put their heart and soul into maintaining and restoring their cars. Bathed in the glow of a large, and continuously growing, neon sign collection the shop has a nostalgic feel of a 50s era gas station. Like most gas stations, there is never a shortage of coffee and donuts to be shared while stories and memories are discussed and made. The cars in the stable are meticulously maintained and most importantly, to do NOT sit around and collect dust! Every weekend you can easily find this crew attending shows around the metro area. The most notable detail about their attendance is every car is driven to the shows, never trailered. That said, if you are fortunate enough to own a car from this stable, you know with confidence first hand, every car is meticulously maintained and ready for the open road!