Les Shockey's 1969 TR6, with a Ford 351 Windsor (408cid) V8

Les Shockey's 1969 TR6, with a Ford 351 Windsor (408cid) V8

This 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 (back half).
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.
Weight: 2300lb
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 automatic transmission.
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.

Engine Installation

Les Shockey's TR6, with a Ford V8

Ford 351 Windsor

A firewall liner provides extra insulation. A vacuum reservoir keeps the power brakes working well.

Ford 351 Windsor

steering linkage

TR6 cooling system with Griffin radiator

Chassis and Suspension

TR6 roll cage

TR6 roll cage main hoop

TR6 tube frame with adjustable suspension link points

TR6 tube frame - driveshaft hoop

TR6 with Ford nine inch axle

TR6 with four link rear suspension

TR6 with fuel cell and trunk mounted battery boxes


TR6 dashboard

TR6 safety harnesses

Les Shockey's TR6, with a Ford V8

bikini top


Les Shockey's 1969 TR6 V8

Les Shockey's TR6, with a Ford V8

lightweight fiberglass hood
Les built his own lightweight fiberglass hood. It only weighs about fifteen pounds!

hood pins hold down the lightweight fiberglass hood
The hood hinges up, or can be lifted off and moved aside for better engine access.

modified hood hinge

Drag racing TR6

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