This cluster from Florida...
This cluster from Florida 5.0 allowed KJ to utilize the stock location to mount a full array of Auto Meter Sport Comp II instruments. KJ opted for boost, voltage, water temperature, speedometer, tachometer, oil pressure, fuel pressure, air/fuel ratio, and fuel level. You can also catch a glimpse of the Grant wheel here. It's attached using the company's antitheft gear, so the wheel can be removed, making the car more difficult to steal.
Juxtaposing a resto-mod stock...
Juxtaposing a resto-mod stock aesthetic of later-model LX seats, recovered by Oscar Barrera using Latemodel Restoration Supply's upholstery kit, the interior is contained by a 10-point, T-top-specific rollcage from Chris Alston Chassisworks. This 'cage adds additional safety and security by bolstering the open roof with multiple bars. The steering wheel is by Grant and is affixed to a Flaming River tilt column. The gauges are from Auto Meter, and they reside in a Florida 5.0 cluster. G-force five-point harnesses and a Stroud window net keep KJ safe at the track.
There's no junk in KJ's trunk,...
There's no junk in KJ's trunk, only a Moroso battery box housing an Optima Yellow Top Spiral Cell battery. One item that hasn't shown up yet-and we stress yet-is a Nitrous Express nitrous kit. KJ has a thing for the juice, so we wouldn't be surprised to see him give in to temptation like Lindsey Lohan at an after-party.
KJ wasn't kidding when he...
KJ wasn't kidding when he said this car was built primarily on Sundays so it wouldn't interfere with his day-to-day magazine duties or Saturday honey-dos. Of course, he didn't do it all alone. Many of those days, his co-conspirator was Saul "The Surgeon" Gutierrez. Sure, Saul got some fame for Extreme Automotive [(818) 883-8184], but we have to think he had serious love for this project to get him over to the shop on Sundays-while his wife was at home pregnant-especially when Grandpa Jones gets moving at 3 a.m. Though she didn't spin any wrenches, KJ's wife Crystal supported the whole project by putting up with his antics.
ENGINE AND DRIVETRAIN
Scat forged-steel 9000 series
4.4-in Scat 4340 H-beam
SRP forged aluminum
Comp Cams hydraulic w/Comp Pro Magnum hydraulic-roller lifters, beehive springs, magnum 1.6:1 roller rockers
Holley SysteMAX II
Rick's Hot Rod Shop AlumaStealth fuel tank; Aeromotive A1000, fuel rails, fuel-pressure regulator; RC Engineering 650cc
JBA 131/44-inch stainless headers, X-shape crossover, high-flow catalytic converters, stainless mufflers and turndowns
Performance Automatic Super Comp AODE w/Precision Industries 3,500-stall converter, B&M Hammer shifter, BMR Fabrication driveshaft
Chris Alston Chassisworks Fab9 w/Detroit Locker differential, Strange 4.30 and 35-spline axles
MSD Digital 7 Programmable w/HVC Pro Power II coil and NGK BKR 6E
Auto Meter Sport Comp II in Florida 5.0 cluster
SUSPENSION AND CHASSIS
KW Inox Variant 3 coilovers
KW 170 lb/in
10.75-in Wilwood Dynalite Pro Series w/Racecraft manual brake kit
Street: 17x9-in AmercanMuscle.com GT 500-style
Strip: 17x4.5-in Weld Racing Alumastar
Street: 235/45ZR-17 Nitto NT 555
Strip: 26x7.5-in Hoosier
Chris Alston's Chassisworks antiroll bar
VariShock Quick-Set 1 double-adjustable
VariCoil 150 lb/in coilover springs
Chris Alston's Chassiworks upper and lower
12.19-in Wilwood Dynalite Pro Series
Street: 17x9-in AmericanMuscle.com GT 500-style
Strip: 17x9.25-in Weld Racing Alumastar
Street: 275/40ZR-17 Nitto Drag Radials
Strip: 275/40-17 Mickey Thompson ET Street Radials
Chris Alston Chassisworks 10-point T-top-specific rollcage and Maximum Motorsports full-length subframe connectors