not often that we get to cover seriously high powered
Ford motors. We're not talking about 500 or even 600
ponies, no, we are talking about the four-digit range.
So when our friend Kim Danielson, an prominent horsepower
junkie in Arizona, presented us with the opportunity
to cover the buildup of his A460-based 524 cubic inch
beast, we were all over it.
we proceed, we should explain the point of this article.
Obviously this isn't an engine that you'd put into a
street car. When this beast is completed it will go
into a race dedicated 1983 Mustang, which has been tubbed
and fitted with a 14 pt. roll cage, and of course NHRA
certified. This will be a car that runs in the 7.900
bracket, yes that's in the quarter mile. With that said,
this article is not meant to be a step-by-step "how
to". If you are even remotely close to considering
building a beast like this, then you hopefully are not
looking at articles on how to do it. Guys that build
these engines have gradually progressed to this level,
and along the way have made the right contacts who are
capable of carrying out the project. For the most of
us, this article is just something to look at in awe,
and for the few that may someday build something of
this caliber, hopefully the article serves up some ideas
on how one man built the beast.
Oh yeah, one more thing...If you want something like
this, you will need money and time. Lot's of it. Estimated
cost to build was $25,000, and it took over two years
to plan, purchase, and assemble.
Kim's '83 Mustang has come a long
way from its original 175HP 302.
The chassis will be certified to run as fast
is back halved and tube framed
12 point in the car now, going to a 14+ point cage.
Hoosier slicks provide the grip.
More on the car in a future article.
a little background on Kim Danielson. Kim's been messing
with race cars since elementary school. Under his fathers
tutelage they modded up Chevys, then progressed to Oldsmobiles.
After spending six years on overseas duty for the Air
Force (he's still active duty, going on 21 years), he
came back and picked up a clean, affordable, and reliable
1983 Mustang as a daily driver.
After beating on the stock 175HP 302 for a few years,
Kim decided to get back into the local racing scene
and began some typical upgrades. A stronger bottom end,
heads, cam, intake and a 250 shot of nitrous took the
302 to high 10's. The 302 was all good until a piston
gave up. Faced with a rebuild, Kim became inspired by
an article detailing a 460 install in a fox body Mustang.
After obtaining the swap parts a new Ford Racing 460
crate motor was dropped into the lightweight Mustang.
A dedicated race car was born.
crate 460 was impressive, moving the '83 to a best et
of 10.34, naturally aspirated. Unfortunately it too
bit the dust when the oil pump cavitated resulting in
scorched rod bearings.
again Kim faced the dilemma of rebuild or replace. Wanting
to stick with the 460 foundation, but desiring strength
and of course, more power, he decided to bite the bullet
and build what term "the beast". As he discussed
his plans with local experts and racers, he realized
that the stock 460 bottom end would be a limitation
if he wanted to put on the squeeze and venture into
the four digit horsepower zone. The decision was soon
made to order up Ford Racings A460 block.