Michael Johnson Associate Editor
May 1, 2013
Photos By: Steve Turner

Joe “Coffeeman” DeCaria’s 2011 Ford Mustang GT

Horsepower: 6 (833.91)
Ride & Drive: 8
Engineering: 7
Fit & Finish: 5
Drag Race: 10 (9.56)
Popular Vote: 5
Final Score: 68

Like Jon Lund’s car, Joe “Coffeeman” DeCaria’s ’11 GT is pretty familiar. Since Joe lives in South Florida, we usually see it at all the Florida drag events, and Coffeeman is always fun to hang out with.

When we initially received Coffeeman’s application, we thought it was the perfect KOTS car. We knew the car ran deep into the 9s and was more than street worthy. When we first saw GT at the competition, however, we were blown away by its condition. When we see it at the track, it’s in race trim, but at the King of the Street, we didn’t think it was the same car. At the track, the car is usually dirty and looks hard, but for King of the Street, it looked amazing. However, it definitely was the same car.

For its King of the Street close-up, it looks like Coffeeman’s GT received a full detail, new pinstripes and graphics, and most importantly, RTR wheels. The car looked the best we had ever seen it…by far. Both Editor Turner and I were in agreement: Coffeeman’s GT was going to do well. But of course, at that time, we didn’t know how it would do in every category.

After Editor Turner photographed the car, it was time for the Ride & Drive. Here’s where the wheels momentarily fell off. Unfortunately, Coffeeman’s GT stalled a couple times on the Ride & Drive, which might as well be a death sentence when it comes to this category. The explanation given for the stalls is that the car was tuned in the Florida heat, and the E85 fuel system management is a little temperamental in cooler temps. That is probably an accurate assumption since the car seemed to run fine further into the Ride & Drive test loop. I was still impressed with the car’s manners on the street, aside from the stalling issue. Again, I still think of Coffeeman’s GT as a race car, so the fact that it rode and drove so well was dazzling. It far surpassed my expectations on the street, but the initial stall issue really hampered the car’s Ride & Drive score.

When I put Coffeeman’s GT through its paces on the street, it made me a believer—it could be a true representive of a King of the Street car. A Coyote engine mixed with a ProCharger F-1A supercharger on E85 with a Circle D-fortified 6R80 automatic transmission—that’s an amazing combination. The 6R80’s gear ratios keep the rpm in the sweet spot with all momentum going in the forward direction. With 22 pounds of boost on hand, that forward direction is at a rapid pace.

It was quickest in the Drag Race category with a 9.56 at 144 mph, just a tick quicker than Jon Lund’s GT. For Coffeeman, the King of the Street competition could’ve ended right then and he would’ve been happy. He was ecstatic that he beat Ken Bjonnes in Jon Lund’s car. The 9.56 secured him a 10 in the Drag Race category, and even with the stalling issue, it earned an 8 in the Ride & Drive, since it performed flawlessly otherwise.

For the Horsepower category, there were several competitors in the mid-800-rwhp range, and Coffeeman’s 833.91 number was at the lower part of the 800-rwhp club, so he scored a 6 in that category.

In the Engineering category, Editor Turner said, “Despite its sleeper personality, Coffeeman’s ride does percolate with some hidden engineering tricks that merit reward. First it’s been converted to an unseen air-to-water intercooler fed by an ice tank in the trunk. More importantly, its ProCharger operates with an electronically actuated wastegate—borrowed from the turbo world—to bleed off boost at low rpm, making the car more tractable on the dragstrip. It obviously works, as Joe topped the Drag Race category.” With those engineering feats, Editor Turner scored Coffeeman’s GT with a 7 in the Engineering category.

For Fit & Finish, Editor Turner was less impressed with the changes Coffeeman made to his GT. “Prior to KOTS, we had only seen Coffeeman’s GT under the knife at Power by the Hour or thrashing at the track. It was never so clean as it was in Bowling Green, but even though he dolled it up with a stripe, there were few surprises that you wouldn’t see on the dealer lot. Likewise, the interior was as-delivered save for the cage. Underhood it’s pretty industrial with a rat’s nest of vacuum hoses detracting from its simplicity,” Editor Turner said. As such, Editor Turner gave Coffeeman’s GT a 5 in Fit & Finish. For the Popular Vote, it seemed Coffeeman couldn’t perk up many votes, finishing almost at the bottom of the cup with a 5.

All in all, I think both Turner and I both came away impressed with Coffeeman’s GT, and with a new respect for him and Power by the Hour Performance in Boynton Beach, Florida. In the end though, it was the small details that came back to haunt him and his overall score.

5.0 Tech Specs

Engine and Drivetrain

Ford Racing Aluminator

Ford Racing Aluminator

Manley Performance H-beam w/ ARP rod bolts

Mahle forged

Ford Racing Aluminator

Cylinder heads
Ford Racing Aluminator

Intake manifold
Boss 302 w/ stock throttle body, and Pro-M mass air meter

Power Adder
ProCharger F-1A supercharger w/ 22 pounds of boost, a 4-in pulley, a Turbosmart wastegate, a Turbosmart E-boost 2 boost controller, and a Fluid Turbo Concepts intercooler

Fuel system
E85-compatible w/ Fore Innovations triple-pump hat with Walbro pumps, Fragola lines, Metco Motorsports rails, and Injector Dynamics 1,000cc injectors

American Racing Headers long-tubes w/ X-shape crossover pipe, and GT500 mufflers

Circle D 6R80 automatic with Circle D 3,200-rpm stall converter, an Axle Exchange driveshaft, and a stock shifter

Stock 8.8-in w/ stock differential, axles, and 3.15 rear gear


Engine management
Stock Copperhead w/ Lund Racing tune

Stock w/ Brisk spark plugs

Stock w/ Auto Meter boost, water temp, transmission temp, and wideband in a Speed of Sound A-pillar pod