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    71 429SJC Mach I stock class drag race car. NHRA national record holder.


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  1. I bought the car from a guy in DesMoines, Iowa! It's been around.
  2. I recently discovered this site. I used to watch the 429 Megasite back in the day but I haven't been doing much with my '71 Mach I for quite a while. My car is a '71 429SCJ that has been a drag race car for most of its life. I have owned it since 2002 and raced it extensively in NHRA D/SA stock class for many years. I bought it from a fellow racer in the midwest who ran it for many years and he won a NHRA National event in it sometime in the 90's. I set a national record with it in 2004. Apparently, the car was purchased with the intention of racing it as it has very few options other than go-fast stuff. 4 speed, 4:11 detroit locker rear, front disk brakes and an AM radio. That's IT! No bells or whistles. Red on red. The car has been modified quite a bit over the years, but most of the changes are mostly cosmetic and reversible. It is now yellow with a black interior and does a nice wheelstand like this taken at a NHRA divisional event at Silver Dollar Dragway in Georgia. It has a C4 automatic with a 5500 RPM stall converter, 4:86 rear with a spool. Although this next picture is NOT my car, it is exactly what it would have looked like when it was new. Since it has been a racecar for so long, it is in pretty decent shape. I did sit for a while before the previous owner bought it so it has some cowl rust and a little on the trunk floor. But the floorpans and all sheetmetal, framerails, undercarriage, etc are all in great shape. It has a four point roll bar, but it is bolted in. I have a lot of the original parts for the car. Everything I have taken off has been saved and I got a lot of OEM stuff with the car when I bought it. Needless to say I have a LOT of engine components. I don't have any of the "numbers matching" stuff however. Those items are LONG gone. The car has been parked since 2010 after a run of bad luck with engine problems combined with my tiring of being treated like crap by the NHRA almost every time I went to an event. I have taken up road racing instead and have an 85.5 SVO that I will be running in various vintage events in the near future. If anyone here is familiar with the old Megasite, there was a picture of my car on there under the "Performance" heading. This was that picture, taken at Montgomery Motorsport Park in 2004. This was one of the two passes I had to run to set the National Record for D/SA. I finally finished tear-down at about 3AM the next morning! It was friggin' COLD, hence FAST! I look forward to following this site and perhaps getting back some of my excitement for the car. It's been kept safe and dry, with the intention of putting it back to street trim. Now that I am retired, there may be more time to work on it, although the SVO demands quite a lot of attention.
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