CH 7. The Mach 1 *In a hotel room in Rural Maine* *Bang bang bang* Taylor: (groggily) huh, wuh, oh, Ok ok I'm up. *opens door* I thought we were off today? Dad: We are but I don't doubt you'd wanna check out the road and early morining is the time to do it. Taylor: If you say so. Gimme a minute and I'll be ready. Dad: I'll be in your car waiting. Taylor: Am I driving your car? Dad: no, but there is no sense in taking both just yet, besides I'm gonna be out alone with it tonight tuning. Taylor: Ok? * Gets dressed* Dad: What the are you thinking? Taylor: *puzzled* what? Dad: It's 9 A.M. and you're under 21. You shouldn't be drinking let alone drinking and driving!!! Taylor: I know. It's just a Energy Drink. No Alcohol. Dad: Looks like a tall boy to me. Taylor: nope, 100% alcohol free, try it. Dad: *takes a sip* Woah, thats got a bite to it! Taylor: It's an acquired taste, what can I say. Dad: So is beer Taylor: Oh haha. Lets go. Dad: Looks good out today. Let's get up to the other side of the sharp hill. See what turns up. Taylor: Yeah, Sounds good Dad: She rides a bit stiffer now. Haven't been in her since the new suspension Taylor: Yeah, I like it because it's not too stiff but it helps with body roll and road handling. It also helps with the dipping and extending on acceleration and braking. Dad: Yeah, she did kinda handle like a barge. Taylor: A bit of an overstatement but she didn't handle like she should have, but, worn out shocks and bushings make even the best cars into, as you put it, Barges. Dad: *chuckles* yeah, that is true, which reminds me we need new shocks on the work truck. Taylor: Ok? for what that thing is a barge on wheels. Dad: good one, but shocks also help smooth the ride out so when we haul sheet rock or concrete board, we're less likely to break them. Taylor: Oh I see. Dad: Almost there though, wow there are a lot of people out today. Taylor: Yeah, kind of nerve racking. Dad: Don't take this the wrong way but I doubt they're here to see you. Taylor: Yeah, My Z is nice but not that nice. Dad: park here, I have a feeling we'll find out whats up before long. Taylor: Ok. *engine noise in the distance* Taylor: Do you hear that? Dad: Yeah, what ever it is, it sounds like a monster. Taylor: Best guess, American V8, possibly Small block? Dad: Sounds about right Taylor: It's coming quick. Dad: I saw something yellow come around the corkscrew Taylor: I did, Holy Dad: Wow, that's the most air I have ever seen coming off that hill. Atleast, with out really messing up the car. Taylor: I know, that was even higher than the jump that toasted the Supra. Dad: Well the supra's frame was on it's way out being rusted to almost nothing by that time. Taylor: True, by the way I was right, that's a Mach 1, and by the sound of it it still has the 351 Cleveland in it. Dad: Yea, but I highly doubt much of it is Ford OEM any more. Taylor: Sounds like a racecar. Wait he parked just a little way further down the road. Taylor: Aside from the lowering and wheels it looks stock from here. Dad: Yea, but don't judge a book by it's cover and don't judge a beast by it's looks. Taylor: Well, let's talk to the guy. Taylor: Hey, nice car Driver: Thanks, she's a beast. Taylor: I'm Taylor Driver: I'm Mikko.(pronounced Me-Co) Taylor: Bet it took a while to build. Mikko: Not really, The car was Cherry and I had the 351 mostly built when I got her. *Taylor, Slyly looks to his dad* Dad: Ok, you were right. Mikko: Huh? Taylor: I called the engine type and size as you drove by just from the sound. Mikko: Not bad, Especially considering this car is very far from stock. Taylor: How far if I may ask? Mikko: Frame Stiffening, and custom race suspension as far as the car it's self. Engine wise it's got a Custom built 351 Cleveland with reinforced mains, High performance lightweight low compression pistons, Jon Kaase Cobra Jet style heads gasket matched and polished with a Weiand Supercharger all adding up to 728hp and 820ft/lbs of torque. It's got a custom built Borg Warner T-5 as well to handle all the power. Taylor: Well, that explains the air time you got. Sounds like a car Jeremy Clarkson would bust one over. Mikko: Well, The tranny is acting funny in 5th so I can only get going so fast. Taylor: What's the issue? Mikko: pops out of 5th when I get on it and there is no use holding it in because it'll just tear up the trans. It's probably just a synchro or the linkage. Dad: Well, we gotta go, it was nice meeting you and your car Mikko. Mikko: Yup, see you around. End Ch7.