Jerry Porsch's 371cid Ford V8 Powered 1966 Sunbeam Tigeras published in British V8 Newsletter, Volume XIV Issue 3, December 2006
Owner: Jerry Porsch
City: Albuquerque, NM
Model: 1966 Sunbeam Tiger
Engine: Ford V8
|Engine:||371cid motor from World Products ("Man O War"), featuring Edelbrock Victor Jr. aluminum
heads, Edelbrock Super Victor intake manifold, and roller lifters. The engine is plate
mounted. It has a 2 stage NOS kit rated at 175hp on the plate and a 175 fogger.
|Drivetrain:||The transmission was a modified C4 automatic with 4500 stall, matched to an 8 3/4" Dodge
rear-end with a 3.77:1 gear and a spool... but after breaking several transmissions, the
was converted to use a Chevy Powerglide transmission.
|Wheels/Tires:||I've changed the rims to 15" Weld Rodlites. Tires are 26x1050 M/T ET streets on the rear
and skinny's on the front.
|Suspension:||Custom-made adjustable traction bars...
|Weight:||2912 pounds without the hard top and NOS bottle. A little over 3000 pounds in race trim.
|Performance:||So far the best ET has been 9:93 at 141mph with a 175shot of NOS, 11:09 on motor,
this was done in Phoenix at the Fun Ford event, we were runner up in the True Street,
and we won the bracket race.
(Update: as of 2/2/2007, Jerry reports that the car now runs 9.90's at 142.)
|Comments:||I've owned it for 36 years now, the car was a 260cid Tiger and it has had
about 15 different motors. This year's winter project will include fitting
a custom set of 2" Hooker headers, and maybe a new tubular front member.
In early 2008 Jerry updated his Tiger with twin turbochargers...
The turbochargers were mounted where they'd fit, back near the rear axle.
Earlier incarnation: Nitrous Oxide Injection
(New seats added April 2007.)