The JE pistons help squeeze a mild 10.5:1 compression ratio, while a custom .660-inch lift Bullet cam, mated with Schubeck lifters and Manley valve gear, keeps the fuel flowing through a pair of Bucky-prepped Holley 770 carburetors.
A set of custom headers flowing into a 3-inch exhaust keeps the rumble to a legal minimum, and MSD parts, Moroso wires, and Autolite plugs light the explosions in each cylinder.
Behind this combination is a 727 TorqueFlite rebuilt by Gene Strouse, with a ProTrans valvebody, and an ATI 8-inch converter that stalls out at 5,500 rpm. There's a Dana 60 setup with Mark Williams parts, and a Detroit Locker is surrounded by 4.10 gears; mileage is not a crucial issue with this package.
After spending a month scraping the undercoating off the car and painting the floor, Travis turned it over to Straightline Performance in Hagerstown, Maryland, where a six-point cage went in, and the car was setup with mini-tubs and Super Stock springs. In keeping with the old-school look, Radir 15x4 mag wheels were mounted up front, and steel wheels measuring 15x10 inches host M/T 31/14.50x10 tires on the back. Front disc brakes were added as well.
The body is still the same blue that a previous owner had applied, but Travis redid the roof in a metalflake silver. He also added the small Von Dutch-inspired pinstriping touches. Inside is a blue A990-type interior with aluminum work. Auto meter gauges, a Mooneyes steering wheel, and M&R belts round out the Super Stock look.
Does it work? The car has clicked off some very respectable times in the 10.20s with speeds approaching 135 mph. Travis gives special credit to his dad Bucky, Cole at Straightline, Chris at ATI, and transmission guy Gene Strouse for all their help.
"I love this car because it has patina," says Travis. "It looks like it has been together for 40 years. If it was perfect I would never want to drive it or lay rubber with it. Sure, I could make it perfect, but I probably never will!"