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Old 07-15-2017, 11:28 AM
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Another car that was very cool back then was a 1969 Camaro dressed to look like a Z28 but, it had a bad ass big block and I think it also ran a Lenco. It was owned by a guy named Scott Brown and I think there was an article in Hot Rod or Car Craft where he and Steve Lisk were supposed to race for big bucks. Not sure if the race ever went down or not.

Another cool car from back in the day was a Mustang II built by Jack Roush for a guy named Joe R (won't even try to spell his name). It was called Sudden Death and ran a twin turbo 429. It has recently been lovingly restored to as raced condition and is stunning.
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Old 07-15-2017, 12:53 PM
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If memory serves me right the Camaro was green. I also remember the Mustang being a late 70's or early 80's dark colored fast back. Don't remember the twin turbo but do remember the 429. Good times.
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Joe Ruggirello is the name you were thinking of. Had one of the new Mustang II fastbacks. The story back then was Joe took the Mustang to G&R & they had a 505 match race motor on the floor. It was said that Joe said I want that in there & left them a check. Don't know what the truth was.
Scott's Camaro looked to be a 1969 Z/28 RS. It was orange with black stripes & black vinyl top...Joe
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Joe Ruggirello is the name you were thinking of. Had one of the new Mustang II fastbacks. The story back then was Joe took the Mustang to G&R & they had a 505 match race motor on the floor. It was said that Joe said I want that in there & left them a check. Don't know what the truth was.
Scott's Camaro looked to be a 1969 Z/28 RS. It was orange with black stripes & black vinyl top...Joe
That's right about both cars. The G&R Mustang wound up at the Atlantic Car auction some years ago and was white with blue stripes; looked kind of rough. A gentleman bought it (not at the auction) and has restored it to outstanding condition; he has shared some pictures of it since completion.
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Another car that was very cool back then was a 1969 Camaro dressed to look like a Z28 but, it had a bad ass big block and I think it also ran a Lenco. It was owned by a guy named Scott Brown and I think there was an article in Hot Rod or Car Craft where he and Steve Lisk were supposed to race for big bucks. Not sure if the race ever went down or not.
I remember that article. It was in Car Craft magazine circa 1978 (?). Yep, bad-ass big block with a Lenco transmission.
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Joe Ruggirello is the name you were thinking of. Had one of the new Mustang II fastbacks. The story back then was Joe took the Mustang to G&R & they had a 505 match race motor on the floor. It was said that Joe said I want that in there & left them a check. Don't know what the truth was.
"April 1977 Back In The Late '70s, Joe Ruggirello Commissioned Jack Roush (shown) To Convert His Mother's '75 Mustang II Into The Fastest Ford In The Detroit Area. Roush Pro Stocked The Suspension And Shoe Horned In A 505 Inch Cobra Jet. Mustang Joe's Stealthy 'Stang Produced A 140 Mph Timeslip At Milan Dragway."





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That's right about both cars. The G&R Mustang wound up at the Atlantic Car auction some years ago and was white with blue stripes; looked kind of rough. A gentleman bought it (not at the auction) and has restored it to outstanding condition; he has shared some pictures of it since completion.
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“This is the horse that ate the rat, that smoked the cat, that gobbled the goat. It came from the house that Gapp ‘n’ Jack Built.” Those were the words in the subtitle of Gray Baskerville’s story on this car in the Apr. ’77 issue of HRM. Sudden Death, the infamous Jack Roush and Wayne Gapp-built, Joe Ruggirello-owned ’75 Mustang II, also made the Top 100 Most Influential Hot Rods of All Time list in the Jan. ’08 issue. As mentioned in the bit on Steve Lisk’s Challenger (next page), this badass little car was a fierce fighter on the streets of Detroit and packed a 505ci big-block-huge for the time.

Nobody seemed to know what happened to it, even Jack Roush, until we were contacted by current owner Tom Tate, who saw the car at a Fun Ford Weekend show in 1995 with a “For Sale” sign in the window, but the owner was nowhere to be found. He instantly recognized it as the Ruggirello/Roush Sudden Death Mustang II that had burned such a vivid imprint on his teenage mind nearly 20 years prior, even though it was now painted white with blue stripes. The car disappeared after Tom walked away, and though he always kept an eye out for it, it didn’t appear until January 2010, when it popped up on eBay. Tom quickly leaped at it."



"It's The Same 505 Inch Roush Engine, But A Previous Owner Stuck Turbos On It. We're Sure It's Wicked Evil But Not Original, So They're Coming Off."

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"September 1977 Woodward Avenue Wasn't The Place To Be Back In 1977. The Hot Spots Were The Deserted Roads In And Around Detroit, Where Cars Such As Steve Lisk's '71 Dodge Challenger Had At It With The Likes Of Joe Ruggirello's '75 Mustang II And George Tassos' Feather Light '69 Corvette. Thanks To His Booth Arons Hemi And Three Speed Lenco, Lisk's High Nine Times Were Hard To Beat."





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"November 1979 With A Rare Exception, The Cars We Rod Tested Were Built For Or By Their Owners. Lou Mancini's '68 Dodge Hemi Dart Was One Of 72 Hand Built A Bodied Cars Produced By Hurst Performance In Detroit. Like Mancini Said, "It's A Nice Box With A Hemi Thrown In It.""

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speaking of Lencos......
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