Jim Barret, in his very nice Mk II gives all the appearance of a nice fast stock MkII. However, Jim is very competent in conceptual design, and has the mechanical ability to do things by himself. At one point in time he decided to replace the tired 289 on the car he has owned since it was new. By that time it was just another old car, and yet not old enough to be considered a rare (about 500 made) collectible. So, he 'just' moved the firewall back about 4 inches and dropped in a well modified 351C Ford!!!! This is some hot machine, except in engine temperature.
Jim is a 'hands-on' type of guy. He not only crammed a 351C into his Tiger, he did all
the work himself.Jim Barrett, a Tiger II owner since 69 has rebuilt the following : Ford
S6, Ford Flathead V8, Berkley S2, Crosly S4, Austin S4, Metropolitan S 4 ,Capri V6,
215 Buick V8, Mustang 3.8 V6, 289 Tiger(3 times), 302/351W marine(twice), Boss
302, 318 Dodge, 305 Chevy, 400C, 351C 2 barrel and 351C 4 barrel (twice) motors.
Put Boss 302 and 351C 4 barrel into Tiger II, Capri in Alpine, Buick in Metropolitan and
Crosley in Berkley. He is fairly good with tools, builds own headers, exhaust,
suspension parts, body work etc. He makes his living as a System Engineer for
extremely high speed satellite communications.
Look at all that room! Did you ever see the BACK of your valve covers, while installed? This neat installation shows what Shelby might have done, if he had cared to give Lord Rootes something hotter than his own Cobras! Knowing the Le Mans 260 engine story ought to answer that one.
Would you like to know just how much room there is? Just turn YOUR AC air cleaner around till it points like Jim's. Small hint, you may have to remove it from the carburettor.
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