The original seats were still in place when Tony bought the GTX, but otherwise, a lot of replacement pieces were needed. Year One supplied the headliner, armrests, black carpet, door panels, and the black leather for the seats. There is also a stock radio ready to go into the dash. Even though the car was built for racing, all of the electrical systems are functional, including the headlights and turn signals. "Except the gas gauge," Tony adds, "I can't get that thing to work."
Tony also kept a street sense about this race car by leaving the factory suspension components intact. It still has the original torsion bars, and the leaf springs are still in place, as is the Dana 60 rearend. He has replaced the factory front discs with a new setup from Wilwood. "The factory discs had too much drag," Tony adds.
Another interior addition was the half rollcage Tony installed himself. "It does well for a heavy car with original [leafs] and torsion bars," he says. "It's temperamental, but it runs good when it's on. It's a trailer queen, but I do drive it some. When I take it to a show, though, it's either to show or race-not both. I can't stand being out [on the show field] and hearing [the races]. I want to say 'see you later,' and hit the track."
When Tony hit the track at the '02 Bristol Bash, he rung up a 9.8 e.t. at 135 mph. So Tony's GTX is a self-admitted trailer queen with a rollcage that runs 9.8's, but has full interior, working electrical, and factory suspension. Is this a street car? What do you think?