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2015 Eight Stack Fuel Injection | 500 Borla Drive Johnson City, TN 37604 | MADE IN THE USA

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1964 Mercury Comet Caliente
Owned by: Larry and Arlene Altmeyer - New Brighton, Pennsylvania

 

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We had a 4 barrel on it and my wife said, "I'm tired of everyone saying I had a 64 Comet just like this. If we put the injection on it, it won’t be just like this anymore." So that’s what we did. It was on my bucket list so we put the injection on it.

This car was bought by Larry's friend who found it sitting in a school bus; yes you read that right a school bus! The story goes; a husband and wife used to cruise in the car but when his wife got sick they parked it. Tired of having people coming around and asking if it was for sale, she told her husband to get rid of it. The husband asked "Sell it?" she said," No, I just don't want to see it anymore, just get it out of my sight." Since they owned a scrap yard the man took the car up a hill on their property and cut open the back of a school bus and parked the car inside then welded it back up. Hearing the story Larry's friend went looking for the car and found it.

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The car had been sitting for 9 years when they cut the back of the bus off to get a look at it. There was so much dust he couldn't even tell what color it was. A deal was struck and a new life for the Comet began. Larry's friend worked on it for 3 years getting the body straight and fixing up the interior. He approached Larry to build him an engine. Larry agreed and built a 331 stroker with some of Larry's old parts. Once the motor was done and running in the car Larry's friend asked if he wanted to buy it. His friend had just finished building the car and Larry already ran a Mustang in NHRA Super Stock C. It was Larry's wife who said, "Yeah, but we can go for ice cream in that car!

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When Larry brought the car home he went to work to make it into the car he wanted to drive. "The car is basically a tribute to the 60's era," Larry said. "I tell you what it's period correct Dyno Don Nicholson, Sox and Martin and I was kinda at a loss. I wanted to put a big block in it because they all ran big blocks but I remember when I was a kid, Nash ran a small block. The only small block car with Weber Carburetors and he was kicking buns. He did good, he ran as fast as the big bird cars so I said you know what I'm going to leave it in there."

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Larry had just finished the engine build for his friend when he ended up buying the Comet. The foundation of the build was a Motorsport block, Bryant crank, small roller cam and some AFR 185 heads. To bang the gears on the up and down rows is a T5 with G force parts which was also selected to help with driving on the street. The car was mini tubed when Larry picked it up. Since he had a spare Mark Williams 9 inch setup, left over from his race car, Larry threw it under the rear frame rails. With 31 spline axles and a 4.88 gears outback that 5 speed comes in handy when driving around on the street. He then decided to do something apart from everyone else who has a car “just like that” with a conventional carb; so, we decided to make a call to Eight Stack and install their injection system.

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Now you would think that a car this size with a little motor the car would fall on its face when launched but thanks to the fiberglass hood, trunk lid and bumpers that is not the case. The car weighs in at only 3100 pounds, lays down 1/4 mile times within the 11.50's at 119mph. Larry and his wife have built themselves a cruiser, show stopper and a racer all rolled into one car. For the Altmeyer family it's race on Sunday and go get ice cream on Monday!

 

 

"Panozster"
Owned by: Joe Powell- Hartville, Ohio

Hand built by: Jim Palosi - Customs Unlimited

“The Missing Link -- The Panozster P-III”

by Joe Powell

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The concept of the Panozster P-III hot rod project began in the mid-1990's. I first saw a Panoz AIV Roadster "in the flesh" at the Cleveland Auto Show. I first viewed it from the rear and thought that it was some kind of 427 Shelby Cobra replica. When I saw the rest of the car, all I could think of was that here was a new Hot Rod, a true roadster – with a Ford V-8, manual transmission, cycle fenders in front, and the proportions of a channeled '33 Ford Roadster, but with a modern independent chassis and an all-aluminum body and chassis. I lusted after a Panoz AIV, but couldn’t help to think about what the car would look like if it was not constricted by the modern bumper, lighting and other regulations; if it was even more “pure” hot-rod/427 Cobra roadster – all at the same time… The “missing link” between these hot roadsters conceived in the 1930’s and the 1960’s. Say, a “1948” Panoz roadster…. The 1948 Panoz would be a descendant of ’32 - ’33 Ford Roadsters and a precursor to the Cobra 427 S/C – a sports roadster that could have been made right after World War II. A minimalist hot rod – real light and very low – burly, with a powerful American V-8 and a body that just barely contained all the mechanical bits.

Fast forward to early 2005, I met Jim Palosi at his shop, Customs Unlimited in Hartville, Ohio. I heard he was just the guy to convert my 1977, 4-speed Corvette transmission to a 5-speed Tremec overdrive transmission. When I went to his shop, the walls had original paintings of some really cool cars. I asked him who did the paintings and he said, “A local artist, Brett Sutter.” I said, “That’s cool. After you build the car, the owner gets a painting.” Jim said, “No, the rendering is done with input from the car owner and then we build the car…. You dream it, we build it.”

Very cool. I knew I had just found the guy to build the 1948 Panoz roadster.

In late 2005, I began to look in earnest (ultimately, in vain) for a wrecked Panoz AIV. (Panoz only made 176 AIV roadsters from 1996 to 1999. See, www.panozroadster.com.) I figured if we could find a wrecked or really tired Panoz AIV, we could use that as a base to build the Panoz that was in my head – the Panozster P-III. (Three "P's" are for Danny Panoz, Jim Palosi and Joe Powell.)

After running ads in Hemmings and checking the web for a wrecked Panoz AIV, a gentleman from the Panoz owners' club in Atlanta hooked me up with John A. Leverett, the Director of Sales and Marketing for Panoz Auto Development. John said he would keep a look-out for a wrecked Panoz. A few days after our initial emails and telephone conversations, it became apparent that John and the owner of Panoz Auto Development were true car guys. John had told Danny Panoz about my Panozster hot rod project and he suggested that I purchase one of their AIV, factory development mules that they had from the mid-1990's – and any of the other pieces-parts we would need to build the Panozster.

On April 7, 2006, my longtime buddy and ardent auto aficionado, Dave Olivo, and I drove from Akron, Ohio, to Panoz Auto Development northeast of Atlanta, Georgia. When we got close to the Panoz plant in Hoschton, Georgia, we called John Leverett at the factory to see if we could drop off the trailer in their parking lot. He said sure and greeted us out front. After directing us to the back of their complex, Dave parked the car trailer and drove his Lincoln Navigator around to the front parking lot. John and I walked back through the factory to see the rolling chassis and the Superformed aluminum body parts that they had gathered for me. “Very cool” does not adequately describe the next few minutes. I saw the Panoz AIV, all aluminum, rolling chassis mounted on a work cart, and the all-aluminum body bits on a pallet. I saw several gorgeous Panoz Esperantes in the assembly area, the club racing cars, and a host of other cool projects and pieces parts for making hand-built automobiles. Racks of Mustang Cobra engines – a bunch with superchargers, transmissions, Superformed body panels, carbon fiber pieces, and the like.

We then walked through the Panoz factory museum. This is where they keep an example of an Esperante, the chassis for the new Mark II Esperante (one of their plastic bodied, tube-framed spec racecars), and a flip-flop painted, Le Mans race car that looked like Darth Vader could have driven if he decided to kick the Gothic black motif. They also kept one of the original, stainless steel, tube chassis (pre-AIV) Panoz Roadsters in the museum. They affectionately call it the “Atomic Pickle,” since the roadster is British Racing Green and is powered by a supercharged; fuel injected 302 Ford V-8. As we reached the front of the factory and the corporate offices to let Dave in the front door, I said to John there was a big problem – first, I did not have my camera with me to take pictures, and, second, my friend, Dave, God bless him, who drove with me over 14 hours, came all this way and did not get to see the plant. John said, not to worry.

The next day, Dave, my cousin, Bob, and friend, Steve, who were also in Atlanta, did the tour all over again with Danny Panoz who joined John as our tour guide. We capped it off with the owner of the joint, Danny Panoz, helping us push the rolling chassis and assorted body bits into Dave’s trailer for the ride back to Ohio.

Once Dave and I were back at Jim Palosi’s shop, we unloaded the chassis and the few aluminum body panels. The following Saturday, I began my “weekly visitations” to Customs Unlimited to see the progress Jim made with building the Panozster.

As the photos show, each part of the car was hand crafted, piece-by-piece by Jim Palosi at Customs Unlimited. (See, www.customsunlimited.net.) Each body panel was made from flat aluminum sheets, hand formed and welded together by Jim. The hood was first sculpted out of foam (over a wire frame). Once the shape was just right, then a reverse wood buck was made and the body panels were hand formed inside the buck. The hood inner panels were laser cut with the lightening holes and then welded together to make the inner supports. Even the suicide doors were made from scratch by Jim, using an English wheel, a body hammer and leather bag filled with sand, a planishing hammer and a metal stretcher.

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The Panozster’s engine started with a “427” Dart aluminum block (based upon a 351W Ford), with AFR aluminum heads, aluminum pistons, remote electric water pump, aluminum intake manifold and topped off with a beautiful Eight Stack “Weber-look” electronic injection system. The Eight Stack throttle bodies have all the modern functionality of EFI with the classic look of four, twin choke, Weber carbs.

The valve covers were fabricated by Jim with a sculpted aluminum transition piece coming up from the aluminum head, that is topped with four “Continental” script, aircraft engine valve covers over each piston. The spark plug wires will be cloth covered to go along with the magneto-look distributor. The generator-look alternator will complete the “1948” look of the engine compartment. The headers are polished 304 stainless steel, hand fabricated with four pipes into two Siamesed collectors on each side, with four pipes running to the back of the car. The mufflers are four spiral core inserts hidden inside each of the tail pipes.

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The engine compartment will have fairings and louvered panels covering most of the mechanical bits. Likewise, the entire bottom of the car has a formed aluminum belly pan – just like an airplane – covering most all of the aluminum Panoz frame rails. Even the rear license plate will retract into the belly pan when the car is off.

The handmade dash (Jim again!) contains aircraft-look, Classic Instrument gages in an engine-turned aluminum panel (engine-turned by Jim). The headlight switch is recycled from an old airplane magneto switch. The headlights are from a Harley-Davidson V-Rod motorcycle in custom made steel buckets – by Steve’s Auto Restoration, modified with aluminum mounts made by Jim.

The steering wheel was hand made in England and is a replica of a Jaguar D-type wheel – a wood-rimed aluminum frame, with lightening holes, of course. The steering wheel is equipped with a quick release hub to make entry and exit into the cockpit a little easier. The shifter for the Tremec 5-speed is a Panoz AIV unit, with the steel shifter rod connector replaced with one made from aluminum (more lightening holes); and the aluminum shifter handle is made from the right side of a U-shaped airplane control wheel. The “bomber seats” are aluminum racing seats, modified by Jim to mirror the contours of the door jams and the center console (and more lightening holes). The seats cushions will be covered in brown hides with black or cream piping. A black five-point harness will complete the aircraft/racecar look of the cockpit.

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The aluminum wheels are from Budnik with custom 3-ear spinner knock-off’s. The tires are from Dunlap, but will be shaved of all modern markings. They are 17” in front (to clear the large diameter Panoz/Mustang GT brake disks) and 18” diameter in the rear. The inside of the front brakes are covered with a flaring with air scoops for brake cooling. The coil over shocks and stainless steel springs are the original Panoz AIV units, as is the 1990’s Thunderbird independent rear differential.

In September 2011, the Panozster P-III had its formal debut at the Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles in Canton, Ohio. All day at the show, in its naked aluminum glory, the Panozster gathered a crowd of car aficionados – some wondering aloud what the heck a “1948 Panozster” was, and all marveling at Jim’s craftsmanship. Once the bodywork is finished and painted (probably in red with cream coves and cream colored belly pan – with black pinstripes separating the two colors), a lot of the details of Jim’s handmade coachwork will be smoothed over and hidden. I glad we had the opportunity to show the car in its unfinished state….

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When will it be done? Works of art, especially rolling ones, can’t be rushed. We are shooting for sometime in 2013… maybe. In the meantime, we are trying to enjoy the process of finding “the missing link”

1933 Ford Roadster
Owned by: Mark Trostle- Plymouth, Michigan

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American Speed is owned by Mark Trostle and is located at 6774 Curtis Road, Plymouth, Michigan 48170, phone number is 734-451-1141. They specialize in 33 Ford Roadsters in various configurations. They also have the capabilities to do Design and Engineering work for individuals and companies. Mark Trostle is a 39 year veteran in the auto industry and 35 of those were with ASC Incorporated. We are very proud that Mark and American Speed chose Eight Stack Injection when searching for a induction system to fit a new car that is being developed. The car is the Speed 33 Lakes Racer Demo. Mark and his crew are in the midst of building the car to show a different side to their product line. The pictures tell the whole story, the quality, attention to detail and the design. We at Eight Stack are looking forward to the completion of the Lakes Racer. For more information please go to, www.americanspeedcompany.com and look in the” portfolio “ area on the website.

 

1964 Mercury Comet
Owned by: Frank Butler Built by: Easy Street Speed and Kustoms

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Shown here is a beautiful example of a 1964 Mercury Comet Owned by Frank Butler. The car features a stunning Rangoon Red paintjob and sits on period correct Torque Thrust D style wheels. Under the hood features a 347ci Dart block stroker from Ford Racing breathes through a set of Doug’s headers and is backed by a Tremec TKO 600 5 speed transmission. Frank rows through the gears with a Hurst shifter with ease thanks to a modern hydraulic clutch assembly. An aluminum flywheel and driveshaft keep the rotating weight down and keep the engine at full song. Power is put to the pavement via a Ford 9” rear with a Detroit Locker and Moser 31 spline axles. A 4:30 final drive keeps this Comet revved to the moon.

Keeping with the flavor of modern engineering; an Eight Stack fuel injection system was installed along with an electronic MSD ignition by Easy Street Speed and Kustoms of Milford, OH. Easy Street will be showing the car at the Carl Casper Auto Show in Louisville, KY at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center.

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1956 Chevrolet Nomad
Owned by: Danny Matthews Charleston, West Virginia

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Builder- Bill Steele and Josh Hart
Steele Customs- Oakdale, Pennsylvania

Motor- ZZ4 Crate motor with our SB Chevy system with a FAST EZ electronic system.

Transmission- 700R4 -SS Automotive- Scott Thompson

Chassis - Roadster Shop
Suspension- Shock Waves by Ride Tech- Installed by Street Machinery

Brakes- Six Piston Corvette Brakes - Installed by Boris Maryanovsky - Street Machinery

Wheels- Billet Specialties
Sheet Metal Work- Josh Hart
Interior - Interiors by Shannon

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Awards- Builder Choice - 2012 Goodguys Builders Choice Award- Many other awards at smaller local car shows

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The car has been a work in progress for 5 years and Danny had the vision of what this car needed to be and continued to pursue his dream until finally the car was completed 6 months ago. Danny has spared no expense on the car and we at Eight Stack are very proud to be a part of this beautiful car! As Danny says, " The car is hot" and we just found out that Danny is SELLING THIS BEAUTIFUL CAR and will start building another one as soon as this baby finds a new home. If anyone is interested in this beautiful award winning piece of machinery please contact us at Eight Stack