Cleetus McFarland’s Mullet Makes 1,000+ Horsepower On Low Boost

Cleetus McFarland has been working on a new addition to his fleet. His El Camino was appropriately named the Mullet. In the beginning, McFarland wanted the Elco to be powered by a jet engine. Yes, like an engine used to propel an aircraft through the skies at blazing speeds. However, after realizing that a jet-powered El Camino might not be the best idea, the plug was pulled on this wild creation, and the Mullet headed in a different direction.

On the dyno, the Mullet made 1,329.69 horsepower on what most would call low boost.

Since McFarland changed direction on the Mullet almost three years ago now, the El Camino has undergone quite the transformation into a street/drag car. Kevin at KSR Performance & Fabrication has been hard at work on the machine getting it finished up for the Summit Midwest Drags, like Hot Rods Drag Week, where you drive your car to different race tracks and races before heading to another dragstrip. This event kicks off Monday, May 31th, at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, and ends Friday, June 4th.

As you can imagine, Cleetus is not taking this event lightly. In the video, the Mullet cranks out well over 1,000 horsepower on what most would consider low boost. In fact, the twin-turbocharged Texas Speed Dart block 427 made 1329.69 horsepower on only 19-pounds of boost. And while this number is super impressive, the build itself is not too shabby as well. 

The attention to detail on this El Camino is second to none and can be seen under the hood of this monster of a street car.

Kevin of KSR went entirely out of his way to make the Mullet as street-friendly as possible. Since the Mullet has an air-to-water intercooler, Kevin placed another pump in the coolant tank to feed water through the driver’s cool suit keeping McFarland comfortable if the weather decides to get hot. He also wired the transbrake so that when the vehicle is in reverse, McFarland doesn’t have to push the activation button to engage the backward gear. 

But street driving was not all that Kevin had on his brain for this build. One ingenious feature is the moveable fuel tank which acts as a ballast if needed. On a poorly prepped track, the tank can be moved to the very rear of the bed for added weight. If the track has a really good bite, it can be relocated toward the front of the bed, allowing McFarland to move weight around for better weight distribution. There are a total of five different mounting locations where the tank can be positioned. The El Camino also has a charging port for the battery hidden behind the gas door for easy access since the battery is hard to reach.

KSR used a lid off of a kayak to seal off the coolant tank for the air-to-water intercooler. A pump is also mounted on the bottom of the tank used to push chilled water through McFarland’s cool suit.

We’re excited to see this vehicle in action in just a couple of weeks from now. You can check out the KSR Youtube channel for more videos that cover the build of this street terror.

 

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