Les Shockey's 1969 TR6, with a Ford 351 Windsor (408cid) V8This car was originally featured in British V8 Newsletter, Volume IX Issue 3, September 2001.
Owner: Les Shockey
City: Alexandria, VA
Model: 1969 TR6
Engine: 1977 Ford 351 Windsor, bored and stroked to 408cid
Conversion performed by: Owner
|Intake:||Edelbrock Stage 1 High Rise. Holley 750 carburetor.
|Cam / Heads:||Isky / Edelbrock. The heads have been ported and polished.
|Ignition:||MSD ignition unit, with a Mallory distributor.
|Engine Electrical:||Ford one-wire 100 amp alternator, Tilton Super Starter, dual batteries.
|Cooling:||Griffin radiator (five row, 1/2" tube) with a 20 Amp electric fan
and a fan shroud from a Ford Taurus. Edelbrock aluminum water pump.
|Exhaust:||custom fabricated headers into side pipes.
|Transmission:||Tremec 5-speed. (Driveshaft is just 12" long! Clutch actuation is hydraulic.)
|Rear Axle:||Ford nine inch, Strange axles, limited slip differential, 3.50:1 gears.
|F. Suspension:||Mustang coil-overs.
|R. Suspension:||Completely custom four link suspension, mated to a custom tube-frame
|Brakes:||Corvette discs. Hawk Blue pads are used front and rear.
|Wheels/Tires:||Centerline wheels (17x7 front, 17x11 rear). Tires are
BF Goodrich, 215/60 front, 315/35 rear.
|Interior:||Autometer gauges, custom dashboard, custom upholstery, tilt steering
wheel from a Ford LTD. Sparco seats (a little hard to get in and out
of, but once in they hold the occupants snugly and comfortably.)
|Body:||For the most part the body is stock, but the rear fenders and the hood
are fiberglass, with a scoop in the hood. The trunk compartment has been
totally revised, and now contains the fuel cell and dual batteries. The
front bumper has been replaced with "bumperettes" made from TR6 rear
bumper bars. A rear spoiler has been added.
|Completed:||Never. (Originally on-the-road with V8 power in about 1989!)
|Miles Driven:||100,000 (as of the British V8 2006 meet).
|Note:||When this car originally appeared in The British V8 Newsletter,
it featured a stock 1977 Ford 351 Windsor, hydraulic cam by
Competition Cams (284° duration, and a lift of 0.541/0.544 intake/exhaust),
roller rockers, 10:1 pistons, ported/polished heads, Edelbrock Victor
Junior manifold, Holley 750 carb.) Jet-Hot coated "Hooker Street-Rodder"
headers and Magnum mufflers were originally used. It also had a C4
|Comments:||Heat is a still problem on hot days, although Jet Hot coating the exhaust
helped. The 4-link rear suspension setup is a marked improvement over the stock IRS.
A firewall liner provides extra insulation. A vacuum reservoir keeps the power brakes working well.
Chassis and Suspension
Les built his own lightweight fiberglass hood. It only weighs about fifteen pounds!
The hood hinges up, or can be lifted off and moved aside for better engine access.