If you saw this car here before June of 2009, keep
looking at the pictures on this page because they are all new!
While he was growing up, David's parents owned a 4 door brown 1974 Gran Torino with a 302. Economical, not a tire
burner. As kids, David and his brothers loved watching "Starsky and Hutch." Eventuality the family Torino
was passed down to his oldest brother, to his middle brother, then to David. David was driving the Torino when
he started dating "the woman of [his] dreams" whom he married years later. He drove the car for a few
years while they dated, and eventually sold the car to drive something more economical.
For his 40th birthday in 2005, David's wife came up with the idea of buying a fully restored Gran Torino. So after
a bit of hunting, she discovered Zebra3 in San Diego. They ordered a "Starsky and Hutch" replica from
Anthony Mannero's Zebra3 Coach Builders.
Original Features on this car from Zebra3SD included:
351M motor; Edelbrock 351 Performer manifold; Hooker headers; duel 2.5" Flowmaster exhausts with crossover;
rear defrost; power windows; floor shifter; black interior with leather seats; Police package including Galls PA
siren, wig-wag lights, tear drop red light, etc.; Sony Explode sound system with 600W sub truck boxed and carpeted;
Ansen Sprint A69 Rims; Cooper Cobra GTs, 235/60/15 front and 275/60/15 rear; working A/C; electric trunk opener,
and Viper alarm system.
As cool as is was already, David had the car tweaked a little by Legendary Motor Car (Home of Dream Car Garage).
The improved engine specs were: stroked to a 408 ci; blue-printed and balanced; Edelbrock 750 carb; Flat top pistons;
compression 9.7:1; Torque-orientated performance cam (Specs .519/.519 lift - duration@.050-224/224); complete MSD
ignition system; 4 core radiator. The car had 449 ft./lbs. of torque at 3200 RPM; 356 HP at 4900 RPM; C6 transmission;
Gearvender's overdrive unit; 2800 stall converter; 391 rear end with posi-traction
With those specs, the car was running in the low 14s at the Toronto Motor Sports Dragway, but when David saw that
Jim W.'s car was running mid 11s, David had "a new mission in life"
to run in the 11s as well. SO, he replaced the motor with a Roush 588R (variant of the 588RX), which is 588 cu.
in. (9.6 Liters), 605 HP, with 685 ft-lbs.
1st one build for sale by Roush, serial number 002. The car is now running 11.4s at 117 MPH on the 1/4 mile! David
has also upgraded to 3" chromoly drive shaft, 1350 u-joints, upgraded differential, 3" stainless duel
exhaust, custom Coan 2800 stall, and a slightly custom air breather.
The manager of the shop where the new engine was
installed talked David into going with him to Hot Rod Magazine's Draw Week in September 2007. He entered the Daily
driver class with 70 other cars. The event was 5 days, 5 tracks and 1,000 miles between tracks to prove the cars
are truly streetable. During the event, David says he "broke too many things in the drive train. Drive shaft,
u-joint, yoke, shattered a stall converter, replaced 2 other stall converters, had the C6 tranny rebuilt. The tranny
was in and out 4 times during the five days! But the week was a absolute blast!"
With help from his friends (who did all the actual work, he says) David won the "Spirit of Drag Week Award"
for never giving up - for keeping going only for the sake of having fun and not being defeated over the five days.
Soon after Drag Week, David was approached by the producers of Dream Car Garage to shoot a small segment in their
TV show. So on February 24, 2008 his car played on Dream Car Garage on Speed Channel - watch it here!