John and Peggy Bender
Linden, New Jersey
Engine: The current 440 is bored .060-inch over and sports the required stock-lift cam (.455/.480) from Comp Cams, with big duration, along a few typical Stocker tricks, such as a crankshaft that is up-stroked .013-inch. The heads have the stock valve sizes (2.08/1.74) as well. The mill, now sized at 453 cubes, produces just over 500 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and a strong 530 lb/ft of torque at 4,500.
Transmission: A lightweight 727 and loose converter comes from Frank Lupo’s Dynamic Converters.
Rear: It’s a basic 8-3⁄4 with a set of 4.88 gears with a spool replacing the 4.10 gears John installed years ago.
Suspension: With the help of Frank Bialis, they have dialed in the torsion bars up front, and combined that with the very best from Cal-Trac in the rear.
Brakes: Stopping the beast is a complete brake setup from Wilwood. Whoa’ing is not a problem.
Wheels/Tires: A set of Weld Drag Lites (15x3-1⁄2) up front, and (15x8) in the rear are wrapped with Moroso Front Runners and 9x30 Hoosier radial slicks out back.
Paint/Body: The non-custom-mixed, factory shade of paint is still covering the metal. The repaint was done by Dave Starr at Body Work by Fischer.
Interior: Looks original, doesn’t it? Well, it is and has been augmented a few aftermarket components over the years.