This year (2000) a Dolly's Machine & Welding (Clinton, IL) 8-pt roll cage went in, a complete D&D Motorsports tube front-end with coil-overs and a new shortblock by JDC Engineering (AFM's head porter). This represented a lot of work and the project took about six months to complete.

The goal this year was to go with a Bassani 3" exhaust, complete with stepped longtube headers, cats and cat-back. An AFM N-66 cam was chosen and the goal was to be emissions legal with this more aggressive cam.

We ended up making a tick under 350 rwhp through the cats and tailpipes but unfortunately never had it emissions tested.
Click here for a description of the engine combo
and here for the dyno results.


The New JDC 306 Being Built Up

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Picked up the Cobra from Dolly's Machining.

Motor is in and am now installing the Bassani stepped longtubes - not easy!! - but should be worth it.




Finally got to the dragstrip a couple of weeks ago. With no tune, about 125 miles on the motor and old slicks (spun badly all three passes) I went 12.18, 12.17 and 12.15 with a best of 114.28 mph. Not too bad considering it's going to take a while to get the chassis tuned correctly.

The next step was to make a run up to the AFM dyno and I think we made some decent power. It was the most hp Rick has measured on a naturallly aspirated motor through cats and tailpipes, at 349 (see dyno graph below).

An interesting thing was evident from the dyno runs. We made a mistake by running the 1.7 rockers with the particular valve springs we had in. The extremely high ramp speeds of the N-66 coupled with the 1.7 ratio floats the valves above 6,000rpm. I will be putting a set of 1.6's in and going back to the dyno shortly.


Dyno Results


Final Installed 306

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  • JDC Engineering 306 Short Block Running 10.5:1 Compression
  • TFS Twisted Wedge Heads - AFM Stage III Ported
  • Ford Motorsport Roller Timing Set
  • Holley Systemax Intake
  • AFM N-66 Camshaft
  • AFM Hi-Volume Power Pipe
  • Edelbrock 75mm Throttle Body
  • Pro-M 77mm Shorty MAF Meter
  • March Street Alternator & Water Pump Pulleys
  • March Race Crank Pulley
  • Ford Motorsport SFI Crankshaft Damper
  • Removed A/C and Power Steering


  • 255 lph Fuel Pump
  • 30lb Injectors
  • AFM Adjustable Fuel Pressure Regulator
  • Vortech T-Rex Inline Fuel Pump


  • Crane HI-6DS Digital Ignition
  • Crane PS-92 Coil
  • Livewire Ignition Wires


  • Bassani 1-5/8" to 1-3/4" Stepped Long Tube Headers
  • Bassani 3" Cat X-Pipe
  • Bassani 3" Quiet Thunder Cat-Back


  • Dolly Machining 8-Pt Roll Cage
  • D&D Motorsports Tubular K-Member, A-Arms and Coil-Over Conversion
  • Granatelli Bump-Steer Kit
  • Flaming River Manual Steering Rack
  • Eibach Drag Launch Springs Front
  • AVO Adjustable Struts / Shocks
  • AFM Subframe Connectors
  • HPM MegaBite Jr. Lower Control Arms


  • 4.30 Rear Gear Ratio
  • Moser 31-Spline Axles
  • Ford Motorsport 31-Spline Traction Lok
  • Simpson 5-Pt Harness
  • Motorsport Steel Bellhousing
  • Hurst Billet Plus Shifter
  • Synthetics Throughout
  • Ford Motorsport Brass Radiator
  • 180 Degree Thermostat
  • AFM 150-Amp Alternator Kit
  • Cyberdyne Oil Press/Water Temp/Fuel Press/Volt Gauges
  • PMS (Programmable Management System)


November of 2000

Here is a pic of my first 11-sec pass (11.93 @ 115.3)