I have a nice stainless one-piece intake valve from a 351C 4V that's bent on my desk from kissing the piston top when the engine only -slightly- over-revved the build sheet max rpm. Lesson learned.... rev-limiter.
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1973 DeTomaso Pantera L 2015 Silver State Classic Challenge First Place - 120 MPH Class Winner Photos taken in 2015 near Spokane, WA I was the second owner of this fine example of an original Pantera L purchased from the estate of the original owner. For many years I kept it as original as possible, only performing maintenance as needed to keep it on the road. My wife and I took it to many car shows, nights on the town and vacation trips. After getting one or two trophies at car shows, I turned my head toward open road racing with other Pantera enthusiasts at the Silver State Classic Challenge held in Ely Nevada. To do this, I rebuilt the brakes and added new higher-grade race compound pads, replaced all the suspension bushings, updated the rear sway bar, new Koni coil-over shocks, a roll cage and safety equipment. I removed the numbers-matching original 351C 4V engine for future restoration and replaced it with a higher horsepower modified 351C 4V from my 1971 Mach I (another project in-progress). After two prior races that left me topping out at about 130 MPH, I rebuild a donor carb from another Team Pantera Racing member. This got me to a top speed near 138 MPH (on the GPS) during the run with plenty of carb left over, and helped contribute to a smooth 120 MPH average, nailing it nearly perfectly. With the SSCC win, I had done nearly everything a person could do with a car to enjoy it during my ownership. After over 15 years, I sold it to another racing enthusiast who is converting it to a DeTomaso factory Group 3 racer. He's already campaigned it at a handful of vintage open track events and had a blast. All photos are copyright 2015 Steve Isaacs, my good friend who snapped the photos. Asa Jay 1973 DeTomaso Pantera L, 5533 Near Spokane, WA
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