Dave Murphy started off with a cool Pro-Street style '56 Chevy, but when he decided high 10's just weren't his thing anymore, he decided it was time to walk a new path with his racing ventures. After posting the '56 up for sale, he shortly cashed in on a trade for an '87 Mustang that's already seen some action on the low side of the 7-second club. The plan so far with all this newfound power is to get used to it at his local 1/8th mile track, then to some local Outlaw 10.5 events, and some events at Pacific Raceway in Seattle.

Photos: Dave Murphy

While Dave was a Chevy guy by heart, he'd secretly been digging the venerable fox-body platform over the years. The car's build was kicked off in John Urist's shop originally, but was then sold, unfinished, to Mike Dutchek in Canada who was responsible for the remainder of the build. It doesn't have many runs on it, it's only been out for a little bit of shakedown and exhibition passes. The best performance so far has been a 7.36 at 190, but Dave hopes to improve on that in time.

Underneath the spotless Viper red paint lies a 388 cubic inch small block backed by a powerglide transmission. Topped off with some Yates C-3 heads, an Edelbrock Victor 351Y manifold (both ported by Heads Up Performance) and a little 106mm Precision turbo it put down 1145hp to the rear wheels at a moderate 21 pounds of boost. On the very intricate wiring electronics setup is a Big Stuff 3 EFI tuned by Don Bailey, AMS 1000 boost controller and Spaghetti Menders wiring. Out back is a 4 link rear end with a Mark Williams axle housing with a 3.90 gearset inside.

While it's much more car than Dave has driven in the past, he can't wait to get this new bullet out. It'll be a learning curve for sure, but an interesting one at that. I mean, who wouldn't want to try their hand at wheeling a car to nearly 200mph in just a quarter mile? If all goes well, this car could become a lethal small block Outlaw 10.5 contender in the near future.

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