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Paul Stefansky’s Boss Hoss Mustang Funny Car

Rare notchback Mustang funny car driven by Paul Stefansky

Funny cars with Mustang Notchback body shells are fairly rare, but Paul Stefansky chose a notchback for his Boss Hoss fuel funny car

Last time around I explored Another Mustang Funny Car Mystery, in which I looked at an under construction car that looked suspiciously like Paul Stefansky’s Notch-back Mustang flopper.

Thanks to input from Daryl Huffman, we now know the car in question belonged to Tom Stanke and that the bodies on both Stanke’s car and the Boss Hoss came from Ford Styling. Ford used fiberglass mockups to demo the Mustang before the actual metal cars were built. According to Huffman (who knows more than a little about 1960s-era Ford and Mercury funny cars) Stefanky purchased the body shell for the Boss Hoss directly from Lee Iacocca.

If you compare this 1968 Detroit Autorama photo of the Boss Hoss with that of Stanke’s car, you will see that while the body shells are similar, the chassis are very different.

The chassis of the Boss Hoss appears to be a Logghe Brothers ladder frame, or at least a similar design. Power comes from an injected Ford SOHC V-8, the same power-plant used by the dominant Mercury Comets of Don Nicholson and Eddie Schartman in 1968.

I don’t know whether Stefansky ever converted the Boss Hoss to a supercharger, as most of his contempories did during the ’68 season. Stefansky did switch to a blown cammer for the sleek fastback Super Stang he campainged in later years.

Note that Stefansky’s car, like the other fuel cars of the period, lacked up-swept headers. Zoomie headers, designed to increase down force and increase traction, had yet to become popular.

The Boss Hoss has a full roll-cage. The original 1966 Logghe flip-top cars had dragster-style loop roll bars. At some point, NHRA and other sanctioning bodies mandated that funny cars be equipped with full four-point roll cages. Even before the new rules were enacted, however, many builders and competitors adopted the safer rollcage design. Stefansky was prepared with a complete roll cage.

I saw the Boss Hoss run at least a couple of times. His later ride, the Super Stang, was beautiful, swoopy Mustang fastback. I missed the notchback design, however. In a sea of fastback Mustang funny cars, Stefansky’s Boss Hoss always stood out from the herd.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Posted September 20, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    I met Paul Stefansky at the Shell Motorlab, Dearborn Heights, Mi. He was a mechanic there and he overheard my conversation with the write up man. Paul suggested that I come to his house and he would perform what I wanted done there. I went. Upon my arrival, Paul opened his garage door. I saw a 1957 Ford that I had seen several times at Detroit Dragway and many trophies. This began my relationship with Paul.

    A few months later, Paul was hard at work on his first Funny Car, Boss Hoss.

  2. Dennis Doubleday
    Posted November 6, 2015 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Hi Tom. Yes, at least by July of 1968, at the Super Stock Nationals at NYN, the car was supercharged. DD

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