Matt Austin
Mason, Michigan
'67 Barracuda
314 Horsepower

A mechanic by trade, Matt knows a thing or two about making a car run its best, and at our dyno showdown, his best was 314 horsepower which put him in the middle of the pack. Matt's owned his car for five years, and when it came time to build an engine, the first thing that came to mind was a stroker. Matt took an LA block, and opened the cylinders up to 4.060-inches, and filled them with Keith Black pistons. A set of Mopar Performance connecting rods connect them to the Eagle 4-inch crankshaft, and all together, Matt runs pump gas with a very streetable 10.3:1 compression ratio. The Comp Cams Xtreme Energy 272 shaft Works the valves in the mildly ported J heads, and the M1 single plane intake supports a Davinci-prepped 750 carburetor. A complete tti exhaust with headers runs the fumes out from under the rear bumper, and at full song, this thing sounds impressive.

Behind the big small block is a 727 that Matt rebuild himself by adding a 10-1/2 inch converter, and he makes the gear changes with a Hurst Quarter Stick. Finally, the 8-3/4 rear is filled with a Sure Grip, and a set of 4.10 gears.

The combination that Matt has assembled has proven itself at the track, with an impressive 12.59 second et, at 109 m.p.h.

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