Built, Not Bought. Episode 6
Our friend Eivind is a man to be envied for many reasons. The beautiful car that is the subject of this post is certainly high on the list. The fantastic garage, visible in the background of one of the photos and built in the style of a vintage filling station (check out the gas pump) is another reason. But here’s the kicker: his partner in building this fantastic ride? His wife!
Eivind and Kathleen built this car almost ten years ago. Far from a garage queen, it now has 20,000 on the clock since hitting the road in finished form in 2007. “We both love to drive it. One of our favorite trips was a run along the Mississippi river (on the beautiful Wisconsin side) in November wearing gloves and Norwegian ski hats and big smiles on our faces.” Indeed.
Eivind goes on to tell the story of their car. “We bought a 1987 mustang as the donor car and spent probably as much as half of the total build time rebuilding everything we needed, including the T5 transmission. We did everything on the Factory Five Racing project except the paint; my wife chose the color which is Chevrolet Victory Red. I used the block from the donor engine and built a 347 CID with a forged crankshaft, .030 overbore, 10.5:1 compression ratio, and a pair of high-flow iron heads from a 351 Windsor. Fuel delivery is a 750 CFM Holley 4 barrel and ignition is all Mallory. I never did run the engine on a dynamometer, but power is adequate as the car tips the scale just shy of 2200 pounds.”
Oh yeah, the shop where Eivind and Claire built the car is visible to the left in the “rear quarter” picture. They designed and built it themselves to look like a 1940’s gas station and it has heated floor for year around projects.