That not what I was referring to. According to the article, the rear bulkhead behind the seat and in front of the gas tank (where the turtle deck or truck bed would normally butt up) has been cut down several inches. to bring it down closer to the top of the seat. That is one of the identifying characteristics they use to link the car to Isky.
There is a thread on the HAMB on that picture. People with a lot more knowledge than me say it's a Dodge chassis with a T rear cross member and 2 speed rear axle. The body is a T also but it has been cut down behind the seat. Some speculation that it has a connection to Ed Iskanderian because of some of these features.
About 30 years ago, I noticed a 69 Shelby GT500 sitting behind a paint and body shop not far from my house. After it sat there for several months, I stopped one day and asked the shop owner about it. He said the guy who owned it had brought it in for a paint job (it had a new black lacquer job) but had gotten busted for drugs and didn't have the money to pay for it. I kept checking with him to see what was up and the car owner eventually went to prison for a bunch of years. The shop owner said he was afraid of the guy and did not want to risk filing a lien on the car and selling it. The car ended up sitting there for years until I moved out of the area. A couple of years later, I was in the neighborhood and swung past to see if it was still there. The shop had closed and the lot was cleared of all cars. I never found out what happened to the Shelby.
My senior year, I blew the engine in my 65 Mustang. My dad found a 55 Buick 4d Special that I could buy for $35 dollars. It had just been registered so it had a years worth of license plates ($32) on it. I drove that thing until it needed new plates and sold it for $35! The old Buick was a real beater but it was as reliable as any car could be. It had working AC (with rear vents!), dual heaters, and Buick's version of a Wonderbar AM radio. The Wonderbar was an early version of Seek where you could just hit the long bar-shaped button on the front of the radio and it would seek to the next strong station and lock in. This was very rare even in 73 when I bought the car. To make it even cooler, it had a switch on the floor next to the dimmer switch to activate the seek. The other unusual feature for the time was that the key did not have a start position. You turned the key to the Run position and floored the gas pedal to activate the starter. These two features are what brings me to the fun part of the story. My friend and I concocted a story about the car. We would tell people that the car was haunted by the previous owner and that she hated Rock and Roll music. Then after riding around a while with some unsuspecting passenger (usually female) I would tap the seek button of the floor. Since I live in Texas, it wasn't hard to make the radio change from RnR to country! Then my bud and I would laugh while our dates would get nervous and usually slide over real close for protection. This worked especially well when parked. That's when the "can't start the car with the key" feature would come in handy! Let them twist the key all they wanted but the old Buick would never even give a grunt. "I guess she is punishing us for listening to RnR!" Of course we always let them in on the joke and usually there were no problems until one particular night when I ended up getting one young lady home late. She got so scared she jumped out of the car and started running. By the time we caught her, got her calmed down, and talked back into the car we were close to an hour after her curfew. :-(
It is not unusual for movies to have multiple versions of the cars for different uses. The most detailed for close up filming is termed the "hero" car. Lots or cheaper, less detailed versions would be used for stunts and such.
That pretty nice but it's not a true 427 FE. It's is some sort of hybrid because it doesn't have the extended block skirts which are used for the cross-bolted mains. Instead, it is using a more conventional 4 bolt main cap set up. It also does not have the side oiler provisions of the race 427 but instead is oiling through the center of the block similar to the hydraulic cammed version built for street and marine use.
That said, Kirkham builds really nice stuff. Aluminum bodied Cobras with all billet suspension pieces and now a billet block option. "What's in your wallet?" ;-)