Boss Hoss: A 1969 Pro Street Powered by an Alan Root Headed Hemi

 
 
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text by Brian Lohnes
photos by Dave Nutting 

Lately we have been featuring sleepers here on BangShift, so consider this our way of breaking that trend. This car is a sledgehammer, both visually and mechanically. It would be impressive enough to tell you that the car was powered by a 604ci Ford engine, but that would be selling it far too short, because lots of the incredible appeal of this machine are the specifics of that 604ci mountain of aluminum. 
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The cylinder heads are Alan Root A-441 pieces that car owner Mike Conte scored NOS and unused. The tunnel ram intake that the twin Holley Dominators sit on is another Alan Root piece made of magnesium and it still had the green factory coating on it when Conte came to own it. The glorious noise that this car makes was amplified by the crisp air when we met up with Mike to put this feature together early on a Sunday morning. Shockingly, the twin Dominators were perfectly happy in the 20-degree chill. They were probably just scared of pissing off the rest of the motor.

 
 
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