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Ultra Grudge – Tony Alm’s New Grudge Car | Presented by Nitto Tire


By Ainsley Jacobs

Photos Courtesy of Tony Alm

Floridian Tony Alm has been a mainstay on the Ultra Street scene for years (along with NMRA/NMCA Street Outlaw and NMCA Xtreme Street) with his white ’93 Mustang, but now he’s ponied up and added a new member to his family – an ’87 Mustang – and he plans to hit the grudge scene in a big way.

Back in the day, Steve Atkinson built the cool coupe and it eventually wound up with Greg Blevins, Jr. Blevins had Skinny Kid Race Cars do some updating on it and the car returned to Atkinson’s possession. In early November, 2018, though, Alm purchased the ride from Atkinson and put an end to the circuitous sales.

Alm purchased the Fox body as a turn-key race car (in need of paint, though) and threw it on the dyno right after he brought it home, then he did what any rational racer would do – he took his toy out to put a few runs on it and see how it would perform.

“We’ll definitely be making some changes to it like putting on Menscer Motorsports shocks and struts, and changing the Powerglide out to a Turbo 400 from RPM Transmission with a ProTorque EV1 converter,” noted Alm, who also plans to have his new-to-him Mustang rewired with SpeedWire components to run a FuelTech FT600 engine management system instead of its current BigStuff3 configuration.

For its power production, a Roush Yates D3-headed 440ci big block Ford engine (built by Atkinson) with an intimidating set of 82mm WORK turbochargers sits between the Fox body’s frame rails. “It looks like a show car under the hood,” Alm added proudly of his new possession, “and there’s a Behind Bars Race Cars intercooler with integrated ice tank.”

Out back, the Fox body runs on Team Z rear suspension parts and Racecraft bits up front. Weld wheels at all four corners will be wrapped in Mickey Thompson rubber, although the specific tire is still to be determined.

With a few test hits from Orlando SpeedWorld under his belt now, Alm’s admitted to a solid 1.10-second 60-foot time but knows the car is capable of way more. “The car kept wheelie’ing since it’s only got single-adjustables on the front and we had zero control. Then, we started hitting the limters and knocking the tires off,” laughed Alm of the less-than-ideal performance that still gave him a lot of hope for how things will go once he gets the combination set to his preferences. Alm is working with Steve Lee from Thunder Autosports for tuning consulting and dyno time, although he handles most of the keyboard jockeying himself.

Alm plans to make a splash on the grudge scene and run a bunch of local no-time events, as there are quite a few within easy traveling distance from him. His gray car’s future, though, is still up in the air as he hasn’t decided whether or not to keep it or sell it. “I did recently buy another SC1-headed motor with a good block that may end up in this car… then I could run 88mm turbos and it’ll be real fast…” mused the man who knows it’s only a matter of time (and money) before he’s the one collecting the checks.

Ainsley Jacobs
Ainsley Jacobs
P.TEN Marketing's Ainsley Jacobs is a freelance motorsports marketing professional with extensive experience in marketing and communications, website development, social media management, photography, journalism, and more.