In 1994, Ken once again parked the car to begin another metamorphosis. Of course, he never intended it to be what it is today. "It just kind of evolved," he says. "You know, paint a piece, polish another, next thing you know..." Yeah, we know, Ken. "I worked on it in my spare time," he adds. "But I work 60-plus hours a week, so I don't have a lot of spare time."
What little time Ken did have to work on the car he put to good use. Out came the four-cylinder and four-speed and in went a CRC Automotive Racing Engines-built 388ci short-block. The stereo became a huge, thumping system with an equally impressive assortment of custom enclosures, switches, and lights. Instead of the Dodge Conquest blue, the body now plays host to PPG Emerald Green pearl coat. The body has seen its fair share of massaging as well. The 16-inch Riken's and Falken treads were swapped out for huge (by Fox Mustang standards) 18-inch Freedom Design 2005 wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza S02 Pole Position shoes. The braking department took a giant leap forward with the addition of Baer brakes both front and rear, in concert with a '93 Cobra booster and a Wilwood proportioning valve.
Ken has some trophies to throw in the faces of those who doubted he could turn around the fate of the little '79. At the NMRA '02 World Finals, the car took First Place in Editor's Choice and Second Place in the modified division.
Ken would like to thank his dad, his friend Scott Marvin, "and all the tech guys at all the companies I called." He also sends out thanks to those who supported him-and especially those who didn't. "They were my fuel," Ken says.