Car of the Week: Rob Kruger's 2007 Police Interceptor Ford

Car of the Week: Rob Kruger's 2007 Police Interceptor Ford

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. This week we're featuring Robert Kruger from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, who drives a 2007 Police Interceptor Ford.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
 
My brother got me into drag racing when I was 14 years old. He gave me a '73 Oldsmobile and I built my first 455 old engine. Then I got an '84 Hurst Olds with lightning rod shifters (those were very cool), and I put a built 500 hp 455 Olds in. So I was hooked from the first day I got to get my hands dirty. 
 
When and where was your first race?
I lived in Oshkosh, WI, and my brother pulled up to a Dodge Viper in his '71 442 built. He raced the Viper and beat him, so that was my first time in a race.
 
What model/year do you race now?
Now I own a 2007 Police Interceptor Ford
 
Does your car have a nickname?
The nickname for my police interceptor is Black Sunshine. I kind of went off my favorite band Rob Zombie, and the song talks about a Ford. 
 
What's under the hood?
We decided to do a 4.6 2v mercury engine swap. We went with a Victor Jr intake and MSD modular box that we converted to quick fuel carb. With custom ground cams it runs on E85. It has a push button start and an air fuel ratio gauge. With the MSD box I can make any adjustment, so that's a pretty cool set up. I also have long tube headers, fuel cell, big fuel pump and Aeromotive regulator, along with a 2.5 inch dual exhaust and 456 gears. We lightened the car up over 700 lb. We also put 15x10 Mickey Thompson drag radials on the back.
 
Which BTE products are you hoping to use in your vehicle?
I love reading up on the stories on your Facebook page and looking at the transmissions, torque converters and other stuff you guys sell. I'd like to run trans and converter. I hear nothing but good things and like parts that hold up to torque. 
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
If money wasn't an object, I would keep building my 2007 police interceptor. I've been through a lot with that car. It even survived a huge fire.
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Listening to the CD that survived the fire. I keep that CD for good luck and listen to it while I'm in the staging lanes.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at 11:02 AM