Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
May 6, 2004
Photos By: Michael Johnson

While wives, friends, and family often don't understand why we do it,performance Mustang freaks such as you and I live, breathe, and eathorsepower, e.t.'s, and dyno numbers. It's all we can do to put down ourfavorite car magazine and have a decent conversation during dinner. Butthat's who we are, and people in our close circle of friends and familyhave learned to accept it. We want to drive the baddest Mustang around,and we'll spend countless hours--and our kid's college fund--to achievethat dream. The thing is, once you have your combination dialed in andare making that 450-or-so horsepower, someone else comes around and topsyou with 500 hp. Then it's back to more work on the car. It can be bothfun and frustrating.

What we want to do in these pages is give a bit ofnotoriety to those who have worked so hard seeing their project dream toreality. We're sure as you and your buddies read this article, therewill be lots of comments--so-and-so has a nicer paint job,what's-his-name has a better interior, whatchamacallit has morehorsepower. These statements may be true, but you know what--we neversaw those cars! If you don't enter the King of the Street with thewillingness to drive or trailer to our testing location, then don'tcomplain that your car is faster or has nicer paint. It all comes downto the owners who participated, and we believe we chose a good crosssection of our readership.

This year's King of the Street competitionhad 11 participants--more than double the turnout last year. Instead ofscheduling the competition the same weekend as the NMRA Finals (as wedid last year) and killing ourselves with work, we moved the KOTS tocoincide with our annual trek to Bristol, Tennessee, for the Year OneBristol Bash. The Year One people were instrumental in getting the WerxMotorsports portable-dyno crew to bring a second dyno for us to use (oursister magazine Car Craft and its Real Street Eliminator competition ranthe same weekend). Year One also graciously offered two tickets to theBristol Bash to each KOTS participant. Besides the beautiful countrysidethrough which to take our participants' Mustangs for a spin, the BristolMotor Speedway facility offered plenty of room for photography. With arace track available to us, we even offered our KOTS participants a rundown the 1,320, which for some was their first time doing so in 30years.

The 11 participants were culled from a list of approximately 30entrants. The owners chosen are typical readers of this magazine, andthey drive what we would expect most of our readers would like to. Wesaw dyno figures ranging from the mid 300s to more than 600 hp. Therewere Mustangs on the bottle, Mustangs that were supercharged, andMustang that were stroked--a couple of them incorporate all three! Somehad more suspension and brakes than pure horsepower, while others hadenough "show" to go with the "go." We had Fox coupes, SN-95convertibles, and even a New Edge (an '03 Cobra at that!). There wereowners in attendance who worked for big-name auto shops, while othersbuilt their cars in their own garages. The age of the participantsranged from those in their early 20s to some AARP cardholders (and wedon't mean Publisher Shiver). This great group of participants had a lotof fun and played well together, but unfortunately there could be only one winner. Here are the highlights.

Dewayne Stiles came from Buford,Georgia, knowing he was going to break his Mustang. How's that for apositive attitude! His '91 notch, which he custom painted himself,sports a Twisted Wedge-headed 383 stroker, topped off with a bigold-school Holley carb and seasoned to taste with a serious 250hp shotof squeeze. Fighting head-gasket problems, Dewayne had buttoned up themotor the day before heading out to Bristol. With a best e.t. of 9.62 at143 mph, he believed he could be a contender for KOTS, especially sincehe drives his car on the street several times a month.

The car's racyinterior and lack of creature comforts would have hurt Dewayne's scoresin our driving impression evaluation (though he is run- ning a sweetLentech AOD), but after squeezing another set of gaskets on the Werxdyno during our testing, Dewayne had to sit the rest of the weekend onthe sidelines. He took everything in stride and still had a good timecutting up with us and the KOTS contestants. He says he'll try againnext year, and we can't wait for his submission. For the record,Dewayne's coupe will go down as the first KOTS casualty.

Dewayne Stiles '91 LX Coupe
Engine and Drivetrain
Block351 Windsor
Displacement383 ci
CrankEagle steel
RodsEagle H-beam
PistonsJE, Speed-Pro rings
Compression10:1
CamComp Cams solid-roller
HeadsTrick Flow Twisted Wedge, Charlie Peppers Racing Engines-ported (Greg Brown), 2.02/1.60 valves, Crane rockers and valvesprings
IntakeEdelbrock Victor Jr., Charlie Peppers Racing Engines-ported (Greg Brown)
CarburetorHolley 4150-series 830
Fuel SystemAeromotive pump (engine), Holley (for nitrous), Russell lines, Holley regulator
HeadersKooks long-tubes
ExhaustFlowmaster mufflers
Power AdderNOS Big Shot, Bottle Heater, NOS purge
TransmissionFord AOD, Lentech internals and transbrake, Gunter Automotive and Performance-built, Lentech 3,000-stall converter, Hurst Quarter Stick
Rearend8.8, Moser differential, 3.73 gears, Moser 33-spline axles
Electronics
IgnitionMSD 7AL3, Taylor plug wires, Autolite plugs
GaugesAuto Meter
Suspension and Chassis
Front Suspension
K-MemberUPR tubular
Control ArmsUPR tubular
Caster/CamberUPR
SpringsQA1
StrutsLakewood 90/10
BrakesStock
WheelsWeld Draglite
TiresMickey Thompson Front Runners
Rear Suspension
SpringsStock
ShocksCompetition Engineering adjustable
Traction DevicesUPR upper and lower control arms, UPR antiroll bar
BrakesStock
WheelsWeld Draglites
TiresMickey Thompson E/T Streets
Chassis StiffeningCompetition Engineering rollcage, Trick One subframe connectors

The Violet '96GT owned by Ken Higgins of Butler, Pennsylvania, ran like a stocker onthe road. It looked great thanks to its Roush wheels and Roush/FRPP/Steeda body parts. The GT's 338 rear-wheel horsepower made for afun ride without a lot of the headaches often seen in higher-horsepowerMustangs. The horses come courtesy of a PI-headed, Two-Valve swap from acomplete '00 GT 4.6 engine, to which Ken added a Vortech S-Trim. At 67years young, retired Ken enjoys pushing his purple powerhouse with hisfavorite hobby-- road racing. He has been to Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio,Nelson Ledges, and Beaver Run road courses with his machine. Afterseeing the list of suspension mods, we thought Ken's GT would be a roughride, but with an IRS in place we were pleasantly rewarded with a suppleride along the test route. We can see why he drives the GT regularly,and a trip to a challenging road course would likely be a royal blast.With his car having the least power of the bunch, Ken wasn't quite athome on the dragstrip, but he did have a lot of fun.

Ken Higgins '96 GT
Engine and Drivetrain
Block'00 Mustang Two-Valve
Displacement281 ci
CrankCobra
RodsManley Forged
PistonsCP, Moly Rings
Compression9.5:1
CamStock '00 GT
HeadsStock '00 PI Heads, ARP Bolts
IntakeStock '00 GT
Throttle BodyFRPP 70mm
Mass AirPro-M 80mm
Fuel System190-lph in-tank, Vortech T-Rex inline stock lines and rails, FRPP 42-lb/hr, stock regulator
HeadersFRPP short-tube headers
ExhaustMAC high-flow H-pipe, Thrush mufflers, custom tailpipes
Power AdderVortech SQ S-Trim supercharger and Aftercooler
TransmissionStock T45, FRPP King Cobra clutch, Steeds Tri-Ax shifter
Rearend'99 Cobra IRS, 3.55 gears
Electronics
IgnitionMSD, Motorcraft plugs
GaugesAuto Meter gauges, Auto Meter custom gauge bezel w/fuel pressure and boost gauges
Suspension and Chassis
Front Suspension
K-MemberStock
Control ArmsStock
Caster/CamberMAC
SpringsEibach
StrutsTokico
BrakesStainless Steel Brakes Cobra, Raybestos pads
WheelsRoush 18x9(street) '03 Cobra 17x9(open track)
TiresBF Goodrich KDW265/35(street), BF Goodrich KD 255/40(open track)
Rear Suspension
SpringsEibach
ShocksBilstein
Traction DevicesPaul's High Performance IRS Bushings
BrakesStainless Steel Brakes Cobra, Raybestos pads
WheelsRoush 18x9(street), '03 Cobra 17x9(open track)
TiresBF Goodrich KDW 265/35(street), BF Goodrich KD 255/40(open track)
Chassis StiffeningLaurel Mountain Mustang eight-point cage

How would you liketo tool around every day in a Viper Red '93 hatch that's powered by a331 stroker and force-fed via a Vortech supercharger pullied for 10pounds of boost? Yeah, us too. Joe Pierrel is the person you should bejealous of. Joe's hatch started off as a wrecking-yard special on whichhe built a custom rollcage. He then stuffed the engine compartment witha stout stroker sporting an Eagle 4340 crank, a Steeda No. 18 cam, andEdelbrock cylinder heads (2.02/1.60). It's all topped off with a Cobraintake, Hooker headers, and the aforementioned Vortech.

Joe is a bodymanby trade, and if those bumper covers and ground effects don't lookfamiliar, don't sweat it. Joe built them by grafting together threedifferent body kits and then shooting the PPG Viper Red himself. Being aclose friend and neighbor to Ken Higgins, Joe also enjoys turning leftand right on a road course, and he drives his '93 on as many nice daysas he can. He even converted the car to tilt wheel and has all theaccessories for comfortable street driving in place. With 393 hp and 412lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels, and a whisper-quiet interior, Joe'shatch is one sweet ride.

Joe Pierrel '93 LX Hatch
Engine and Drivetrain
BlockStock
Displacement331 ci
CrankEagle Steel
RodsEagle
PistonsN/A
Compression9:1
CamSteeda No. 18
HeadsEdelbrock, 2.02/1.60 valves, Crane rockers
IntakeCobra
Throttle BodyFRPP 65mm
Mass AirPro-M 75mm
Fuel SystemVortech T-Rex, stock lines and rails, 40-lb/hr injectors, Vortech FMU
HeadersHooker
ExhaustMAC H-pipe, Flowmaster after-cat
Power AdderVortech S-Trim
TransmissionT5, FRPP King Cobra clutch
Rearend8.8, FRPP differential, 3.55 gears
Electronics
IgnitionMSD, FRPP plug wires, Motorcraft plugs
GaugesAuto Meter
Suspension and Chassis
Front Suspension
K-MemberStock
Control ArmsStock
Caster/CamberHotchkis
SpringsBBK
StrutsKYB
BrakesPower Slot 13-in rotors, Raybestos pads
WheelsEagle 17x9
TiresBF Goodrich g-Force 275/40
Rear Suspension
SpringsBBK
ShocksKYB
Traction DevicesStock
BrakesPower Slot 10-in rotors, Raybestos pads
WheelsEagle 17x9
TiresBF Goodrich g-Force 275/40
Chassis StiffeningSix-point rollcage, custom subframe connectors

Among the KOTS cars were six-speedtransmissions, five-speed transmissions, four-speed transmissions, andeven a three-speed. But Meadowview, Virginia's Baron Yarber got theaward for the least number of gears with his Powerglide, which is a GMtwo-speed transmission commonly used in drag racing. Baron's reasoningfor the 'Glide was that he had trouble shifting his old Tremec 3550 withstraight-cut gears. We guess he never heard of the Ford C4 or AOD, butto each his own.

Another supercharged entry, Baron's Mustang sports a347 stroker dressed to kill with Canfield heads, an Anderson FordMotorsport B-41 cam, a Holley SysteMAX II intake, and a Vortech T-Trim.It seems his 3,500-stall converter was more like a 5,000-stall unit, soa tighter converter was on the list of future mods to dial in thecombination. To his credit, however, Baron made the swap shortly beforethe KOTS competition, so to have the car running as well as it did was agreat accomplishment. More race car than daily driver, Baron's Mustangfeatures a business-only interior and drag-race-specific suspensionslowed down by stock brakes. It's not a Lincoln LS, but it gets the jobdone.

Baron Yarber '93 {{{Coupe}}}
Engine and Drivetrain
BlockFRPP
Displacement347 ci
CrankEagle Steel
RodsEagle I-Beam
PistonsJE, Speed-Pro rings
Compression9:1
CamAnderson Ford Motorsport B-41
HeadsCanfield, box-stock, 2.02/1.64 valves, Crane rockers, Comp Cams valvesprings
IntakeHolley SysteMAX II
Throttle BodyBBK 75mm
Mass AirPro-M 92mm
Fuel SystemAeromotive pump, rails, 72-lb/hr injectors
HeadersMAC long-tubes
ExhaustCustom high-flow H-pipe, Flowmaster one-chamber mufflers w/tailpipes
Power AdderVortech T-Trim supercharger, 73-tooth lower pulley, 30-tooth upper pulley
TransmissionPowerglide, TCI 3,500 stall converter, Hurst Quarter Stick shifter
Rearend8.8, FRPP differential, Moser 31-spline axles, 3.73 gears
Electronics
Engine ManagementA9L computer, Anderson Ford Motorsport PMS
IgnitionMSD, Moroso plug wires, Autolite plugs
GaugesAuto Meter
Suspension and Chassis
Front Suspension
K-MemberStock
Control ArmsStock
Caster/CamberStock
SpringsMoroso Trick
StrutsLakewood
BrakesStock
WheelsWeld Racing Draglite
Tires165R15
Rear Suspension
Springs{{{Mustang GT}}}
ShocksLakewood
Traction DevicesLakewood upper and lower control arms
BrakesStock
WheelsWeld Racing Draglite
TiresHoosier Quick Time Pro
Chassis StiffeningS&W six-point rollcage, custom subframe connectors

Liverpool, New York's Tim Bronchetti bought his last two Mustangson eBay, the popular auction Web site. After purchasing a '93convertible with an AOD, he decided he wanted another manual-trans car,so he searched and won the auction for the '92 black GT he brought tothe KOTS competition. He passed the '93 on to his wife and promptly wentto work on the '92. After many calls, he settled on DaSilva Racing inCanada and sent the car in completely stock form to Joe DaSilva to wavehis magic wand over. When Tim got his GT back, it was sporting a 306stuffed with Keith Craft internals, a Ford Racing Performance Parts B303cam, and Edelbrock Performer RPM heads. Another fan of supercharging,Tim enhanced his GT with 16 pounds of Vortech S-Trim boost passingthrough a Vortech intercooler.

The red interior in the '92 is not themost desirable hue, and with more than 500 hp on tap, the stock brakespoking through the four-lug Cobra R wheels made us rethink how we wouldspend our seat time in the car (we hammered on it, anyway). Tim drivesit every day, and he claims that for street use, the brakes suit himfine--for now. The car had a slight vibration at idle, but other thanswapping out the red interior, we would leave Tim's car as is if it wasour own. (Did you hear that, Tim? Please--no automatic.) With 512 hp,524 lb-ft of torque, and a quarter-mile time of 10.47 at 129 mph (onslicks), we're sure Tim surprises his fair share of wanna-be conquerorsin his neck of the woods.

Tim Bronchetti '92 GT
Engine and Drivetrain
BlockKeith Craft
Displacement306 ci
CrankKeith Craft
RodsEagle I-Beam
PistonsKeith Craft
Compression8.5:1
CamFRPP B303
HeadsEdelbrock Performer RPM, 1.{{{90}}}/1.60 valves, Crane rockers, Edelbrock valvesprings
IntakePerformance Products Power Plus
Throttle Body Performance Products 70mm
Mass AirPro-M
Fuel SystemWalbro 255-lph fuel pump, Russell lines, Mallory fuel rails, FRPP 42-lb/hr injectors, Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator
HeadersMAC 1 5/8-in long-tubes
ExhaustMAC off-road H-pipe, Flowmaster three-chamber after-cat
Power AdderVortech V2 S-Trim supercharger and Aftercooler, Anderson Ford Motorsport Power Pipe
TransmissionStock T5, Centerforce Dual Friction clutch, Pro-5.0 shifter
Rearend8.8, 31-spline axles, 3.73 gears
Electronics
Engine ManagementStock computer
IgnitionMSD, Taylor plug wires, Motorcraft plugs
GaugesAuto Meter
Suspension and Chassis
Front Suspension
K-MemberStock
Control ArmsStock
Caster/CamberStock
SpringsStock
StrutsLakewood 10/90
BrakesStock
WheelsCobra R (street), Weld Racing Draglites (track)
TiresNitto 555 245/45 (street), Mickey Thompson (track)
Rear Suspension
SpringsStock
ShocksLakewood 50/50
Traction DevicesDaSilva Racing upper and lowers
BrakesStock drums
WheelsCobra R (street), Weld Racing 15x10 Draglites (track)
TiresNitto Extreme Drag 275/40 (street), Mickey Thompson E/T Drag slicks (track)
Chassis StiffeningDaSilva Racing subframe connectors

Beginning with an original, 14-second, '95Cobra, Meadowview, Virginia's Nick Yarber (cousin of Baron Yarber)decided he wanted to go faster after getting the racing bug from hisfamily. The Cobra soon saw cylinder heads, cam, and a 150-shot of thejug to put it solidly into the 12s. But it wasn't enough for Nick. Hewanted 11s, which was made pos-sible with a blower and blower grind cam.Then he wanted 10s. Are you getting the picture here?

After a 347 andthe aforemen- tioned blower, Nick dropped a 400- inch Windsor with aVortech YS-Trim supercharger between the framerails, resulting in 725 hpto the wheels. But tranny and blower malfunctions kept Nick fromrealizing his 9-second street-car dream. Nowadays, an NOS BigShot-assisted 424ci Windsor, sucking through an 825-cfm Race Demon carb,a Victor Junior intake, Trick Flow heads, and a positively monstroussolid-roller cam get the job done to the tune of 686 hp (Nick won theYear One Dyno Shootout). With this kind of power, the chassis is more athome at the dragstrip.

We found the Hurst Quarter Stick shifter a breezeto use, but big and littles, an adjustable suspension, manual brakes andsteering, and a jungle-gym rollcage don't make for the best streetmanners and comfort. Is it fast? Of course. Is it loud? Sure is. Wouldwe want to drive it every day? Probably not. Then again, Nick is 24, andwe're all over 30 (with Houlahan being the old man at 35). But that'sjust what Nick does--he drives it just about every day and takes it tothe track weekly.

Nick Yarber '95 Cobra
Engine and Drivetrain
BlockDart Windsor
Displacement424 ci
Crank{{{Eagle}}} Steel
RodsEagle H-Beam
PistonsRoss
Compression9:1
CamComp Cams solid roller
HeadsTrick Flow, ported by Scott Vestal of Yarber Performance, Comp Cams Pro-{{{Magnum}}} rockers, 2.02/1.60 valves, Comp Cams valvesprings
IntakeEdelbrock Victor Jr
Carburetor Barry Grant Race Demon 825
Fuel SystemBarry Grant 280 fuel pump, Holley fuel-pressure regulators
HeadersHooker 2-in long-tubes
ExhaustDr. Gas high-flow X-pipe, Flowmaster 3-in mufflers
Power AdderNOS Big Shot, bottle heater and purge
TransmissionPerformance Automatic C4 w/ transbrake, TCI 3,500 stall converter, Hurst Quarter Stick
Rearend8.8, Auburn Pro differential Moser 31-spline axles, 3.73 gears
Electronics
Engine ManagementNos Progressor for nitrous control
IgnitionMSD, Taylor plug wires, Autolite plugs
GaugesAuto Meter
Suspension and Chassis
Front Suspension
K-MemberUPR tubular
Control Arms UPR tubular
Springs175 lb-in
StrutsTokico Illumina five-way adjustable
BrakesAerospace
WheelsWeld Racing Pro Star)
Tires165R15
Rear Suspension
Springsfour-cylinder
ShocksLakewood 50/50
Traction DevicesHP Motorsports upper and lower control arms, urethane bushings
BrakesStock
WheelsWeld Racing Pro Star
TiresHoosier Quick Time Pro
Chassis Stiffening10-point rollcage, FRPP subframe connectors

We've known Fred Mills for many years. He's one of thesmiling faces we look forward to seeing whenever we visit SteedaAutosports. Fred--as does just about every Steeda employee--has aserious Mustang that makes lots of power. While the car has been usedfor Steeda product testing (he says he stumbled on some major partsdeals to build the car), it is not sponsored or sanctioned by Steeda.

True to the nature of Steeda cars, though, Fred's Mustang "walks softlybut carries a big stick." One look at the Mustang at a stop light andyou might see the huge Brembo brakes or notice the blower whine or eventhe Aeromotive fuel tank hanging down, but you would never expect thisunassuming white hatch to pound out 641 hp! That's only 45 horses lessthan our top power maker, yet Fred's Mustang maintains a killer stereo,a full interior, and A/C.

Fred's horsepower fiesta comes courtesy of anA4 block stuffed with a 347 stroker and fed 12 pounds of boost via aVortech S-Trim. The car is driven every day--which unfortunately showson its 12-year-old body--including the trip from South Florida to theevent, nearly 20 hours away. We were impressed.

Fred admits the12-year-old hatch has seen better days and needs the interior freshenedup and a new paint job, but then again, so does my '90, and my cardoesn't make nearly 650 hp. Unfortunately, Fred broke Third and Fifthgear in his transmission during drag testing (which we ignored whiledriving his car) when a 29-cent snap ring failure allowed Fifth gear toslide back on the countershaft. But, even after making the 20-hourreturn trip in Fourth gear at 3,000 rpm, the hatch still knocked down 16mpg. Fred and his Mustang really made a good showing.

Fred Mills '92 LX Hatch
Engine and Drivetrain
BlockFRPP {{{A4}}}
Bore4.030
Stroke3.40
Displacement347 ci
CrankCola forged
RodsManley forged
PistonsWiseco, Speed-Pro rings
Compression10.7:1
CamSteeda No. 20
HeadsEdelbrock Victor Jr, 2.05/1.60 valves, 1.7 rockers, Isky valvesprings
IntakeHolley SysteMAX II
Throttle BodyAccufab 70mm
Mass AirPro-{{{M}}} 80mm
Fuel SystemAeromotive fuel pump, rails, and regulator; Bosch 42-lb/hr injectors, Vortech FMU
HeadersBBK 13/4-in long-tubes
ExhaustDr. Gas off-road X-pipe, Flowmaster Delta-Flow mufflers, DynoMax tailpipes
Power AdderVortech S-Trim supercharger, Anderson {{{Ford}}} Motorsport Power Pipe, Vortech bypass valve
TransmissionG-Force T5, Clutchmasters Stage III heavy-duty clutch, Fidanza aluminum flywheel, Steeda Tri-Ax shifter
Rearend8.8, Eaton Posi, heavy-duty 28-spline axles, 3.27 gears
Electronics
Engine ManagementStock computer
IgnitionMSD, Taylor plug wires, Motorcraft plugs
GaugesAuto Meter
Suspension and Chassis
Front Suspension
K-MemberStock
Control ArmsStock, revised {{{pickup}}} points; Steeda offset A-arm bushings, bumpsteer kit, and X2 balljoints
Caster/CamberSteeda
SpringsSteeda Competition
StrutsTokico Illumina five-way adjustable
BrakesBrembo four-piston, 13-in rotors, HPS pads
Wheels'03 Cobra 17x9
TiresNitto 555 275/40
Rear Suspension
SpringsSteeda Sport
ShocksTokico Illumina five-way adjustable
Traction DevicesSteeda upper/lower control arms and adjustable rear sway bar
BrakesFRPP M-2300K rear discs, HPS pads
Wheels'03 Cobra 17x9
TiresNitto Extreme Drag 275/40
Chassis StiffeningSix-point cage, weld-in subframe connectors

Last year, PaulSvinicki of Paul's High Performance submitted a shop project car calledThe Ignitor. It was a fun car to drive and it handled well on thestreet, but it didn't quite have the oomph to run with the more powerfulcars in last year's KOTS competition. This year, Karl Roekle (pronouncedwreck-lee), Paul's lead technician, decided to throw his car into theapplicant barrel and we invited him to participate. In his spare time,Karl came up with this plan: Take one '97 Cobra with lots of electricaland tuning problems, buy it cheap from a distressed owner, and then useyour professional mechanical abilities to resurrect the car into a dailydriven street machine with more than 600 hp.

His 4.6 Cobra features anoverbore, with new Manley rods, ported heads, a ported intake, customcams, and other goodies. Topped off with a Vortech SQ, pumping 16 poundsof Mother Nature's oxygen into the 4.6 equals 637 hp in our KOTS dynotesting. Karl drove his Cobra all the way from Jackson, Michigan. Hedrives it every day--except for when the snow is as high as the car'sroof--and the OE paint finish and interior show it. The car is mildmannered on the street, while the '03 Cobra six-speed gives it plenty ofgear to stretch its legs. The swing-out door bars make the car easy touse for daily use. Karl even brought his young daughter along for theride, strapped in a child seat in the back. All in all, it's a fun carthat can hold its own.

Karl Roekle '97 Cobra
Engine and Drivetrain
BlockStock Cobra
Bore3.{{{57}}}
Stroke3.54
Displacement283 ci
CrankStock Cobra
RodsManley
PistonsDiamond
CompressionStock
CamCustom
HeadsStock Four-Valve, Paul's High Performance-ported w/custom valvesprings
IntakePaul's High Performance Stage 2, deleted IMRC plates
Throttle BodyFRPP
Mass Air95mm
Fuel SystemWeldon pump and regulator, Aeroquip lines, Paul's High Performance rails, 55-lb/hr injectors
HeadersBassani Mid-Length
ExhaustBassani high-flow X-pipe and after-cat
Power AdderVortech SQ S-Trim and Aftercooler, Paul's High Performance heat exchanger
TransmissionTTC-Tremec T56, McLeod clutch, Paul's High Performance shifter
Rearend8.8, Eaton Posi unit, 4.10 gears, Moser axles, Paul's High Performance axle braces
Electronics
Engine ManagementStock computer, Paul's High Performance/SCT tuning
IgnitionMSD, ACCEL coils, MSD plug wires, Motorcraft plugs
GaugesAuto Meter (shift light, boost, oil, fuel, water temp)
Suspension and Chassis
Front Suspension
K-MemberStock
Control ArmsStock
Caster/CamberStock
SpringsPaul's High Performance
StrutsStock
BrakesStock Cobra
WheelsFRPP Cobra R 17x9
TiresBFGoodrich
Rear Suspension
SpringsPaul's High Performance
ShocksStock
Traction DevicesPaul's High Performance upper and lower control arms
BrakesStock Cobra
WheelsFRPP Cobra R 17x9
TiresNitto Extreme Drag 315/35
Chassis StiffeningPaul's High Performance six-point cage and subframe connectors w/integrated driveshaft safety loop

The one and only New Edge Mustang in the KOTScompetition is also one of the most desirable of all Mustangs rightnow--the '03 Cobra. Sure, it comes from the factory with the highesthorsepower level of any Mustang ever produced, but to make it this farinto the KOTS competition it has to have more than stock numbers, right?You bet. Norma Wallis, who owns Livernois Motorsports, also owns this'03 Cobra. Her son, Dan Millen, along with the rest of the crew atLivernois, yanked the OE Eaton off the top of the Four-Valve andinstalled a Kenne Bell Blowzilla pumping 17 pounds of boost through anotherwise stock 4.6 Cobra engine (save for a K&N air filter and an FRPPthrottle body). The mod motor also wears a full dress of Bassaniexhaust, including Mid-Lengths, X-pipe, and after-cat, to put out 559 hpfor the KOTS dyno test. Livernois employee Rick LeBlanc, who brought thecar to the competition, says some tuning issues prevented them fromputting up a bigger number, but Dan got after the tuning issues once thecar was back at the shop, where it made 658 hp and 591 lb-ft of torque.With that kind of power and everyday driveability, Norma's '03 Cobrawould be a blast on any boulevard.

Some MGW billet interior bits and aCDC Light Bar dress up the otherwise stock interior, and the HRE wheelsand Steeda/FRPP suspension goodies provide a wicked look. While we givethe Livernois crew kudos for building Norma a drop-dead, sweetconvertible, we had to acknowledge the car's innate performance.

Norma Wallis '03 Cobra {{{Convertible}}}
Engine and Drivetrain
BlockStock Cobra
Bore3.55
Stroke3.54
Displacement281 ci
CrankStock
RodsStock
PistonsStock
CompressionStock
CamStock
HeadsStock
IntakeStock
Throttle BodyFRPP
Mass AirStock
Fuel SystemTKenne-Bell Boost-a-Pump, stock lines and rails, Siemens-Deka 55-lb/hr injectors
HeadersBassani Mid-Length
ExhaustBassani high-flow X-pipe and after-cat
Power AdderKenne-Bell Twin Screw Blowzilla
TransmissionStock TTC-Tremec T56, Ram {{{900}}} clutch, Pro-5.0 shifter
RearendStock IRS, stock differential, 3.55 gears
Electronics
Engine ManagementStock computer, tuned by Dan Millen using a Livernois Motorsports chip
IgnitionStock
GaugesStock
Suspension and Chassis
Front Suspension
K-MemberRelocated stock
Control ArmsStock, Steeda X2 balljoints
Caster/CamberSteeda
SpringsFRPP lowering
StrutsStock Bilstein
BrakesStock Cobra, FRPP cross-drilled/slotted rotors
WheelsHRE 542R 18x9
TiresYokohama 275/35
Rear Suspension
SpringsFRPP lowering
ShocksStock Bilstein
Traction DevicesSteeda urethane differential bushings
BrakesStock Cobra, FRPP cross-drilled/slotted rotors
WheelsHRE 542R 18x10.5
TiresYokohama 295/35
Chassis StiffeningStock subframe connectors, Steeda chrome-moly strut brace

BayCity, Michigan's Tim Barber thought he would be at a disadvantagecompared to the shop cars that attended the KOTS. But we were impressedwith the overall quality of Tim's convertible. A dual-power-adder enginebuilt by Tim and Hunt Machine Shop, the 'vert made 630 hp and 595 lb-ftof torque on the Werx Dynojet in KOTS competition.

With a built AODE onboard, Tim's car was a piece of cake to drive. The tranny features amanual valvebody, a shift-improvement kit, and an Art Carr 4,200-stallconverter. Hit the Overdrive button, and the car could probably becomfortably driven from Florida to California. With every interioramenity working as designed, Tim's 'vert hit on all cylinders for thecompetition. Cervini's Auto Designs Stalker components and a CincinnatiComposites hood combined with Intense Blue Pearl paint really hit hardin the fit-and-finish category. If we had included dragstrip numbers aspart of the competition, Tim would've won the whole shebang. On hisfinal test-and-tune run on Sunday of the Bristol Bash, he realized hisgoal of a 9-second pass--a 9.96 at 138 mph to be exact--at a portly3,738 pounds. Only Nick Yarber's '95 Cobra was quicker during ourimpromptu drag testing. We didn't count drag testing this year, thoughwe may try to talk Editor Turner into adding it for the '04 KOTScompetition. Alas, Tim was ever-so-slightly beaten out for the title byhis best friend.

Tim Barber '94 {{{GT}}} Convertible
Engine and Drivetrain
BlockFRPP Sportsman
Bore4.030
Stroke3.25
Displacement331 ci
CrankScat
RodsScat H-Beam
Pistons{{{Probe}}} SRS, Total Seal rings
Compression8.4:1
CamAnderson {{{Ford}}} Motorsport B-41
HeadsTrick Flow Twisted Wedge, Total Engine Airflow-ported, 2.02/1.60 valves, Harland Sharp rockers, Anderson Ford Motorsport valvesprings
IntakeTrick Flow R
Throttle BodyBBK 75mm
Mass AirPro-{{{M}}} 92mm
Fuel SystemTwin Walbro 255-lph pumps, braided lines, UPR billet fuel rails, Siemens-Deka 72-lb/hr injectors, Aeromotive fuel regulator
HeadersMAC 13/4-in long-tube
ExhaustMAC ProChamber, DynoMax UltraFlo mufflers, MAC tailpipes
Power AdderPaxton Novi 2000, Compucar 50-shot nitrous kit
TransmissionAODE, TransGo manual valvebody, Art Carr 4,200-rpmconverter, B&M Hammer shifter
Rearend8.8, Moser full spool and 33-spline axles, 3.55 gears
Electronics
Engine ManagementA9L computer, Detroit Speedworks-tunedAutologic chip
IgnitionMSD 6AL, MSD coil, FRPP 9mm plug wires, Autolite 3923 plugs
GaugesAuto Meter
Suspension and Chassis
Front Suspension
K-MemberQA1 tubular
Control ArmsQA1 tubular
Caster/CamberHotchkis Springs X2C Motorsports coilover
SpringsGranatelli Motor {{{Sports}}}
StrutsLakewood {{{90}}}/10
BrakesStock
WheelsWeld Pro Star
TiresMickey Thompson Sportsman Front
Rear Suspension
SpringsX2C Motorsports
ShocksLakewood 50/50
Traction DevicesUPR adjustable lowers, Steeda double adjustable uppers, solid bushings
BrakesStock
WheelsWeld Pro Star
TiresMickey Thompson E/T Street
Chassis Stiffening{{{Eight}}}-point cage, subframe connectors

That's right, Jim Matzke of Saginaw, Michigan, is 5.0Mustang and Super Fords '03 King of the Street. Though he didn't seem tobe in sync with Tech Editor Houlahan's KOTS organizational scheme, andhe acted as if he'd never been to a dragstrip, Jim put his '95 GTconvertible in the bulls-eye of all aspects of the King of the Street.His 'vert made the fourth-highest horsepower number at 634 and thethird-highest torque number at 595. The car also scored well in thestreet manners, fit and finish, and ergonomics/interior categories totake Jim to the top of the KOTS heap. What kept most of the othercompetitors from finishing strong is that they did well in one categorybut not in another. Jim's GT finished near or at the top, in everycategory.

Take one part SN-95 GT convertible, mix it with Ground DesignsBlack Widow ground effects, a Cervini's rear spoiler, a Harwood hood,Xenon side-scoops, BASF Ocean paint, APC pro- jector headlights, chromeCobra R wheels, 630-plus chromed-out horsepower, a TTC-Tremec TKOfive-speed, a nice interior, everyday driveability, and you have the '03King of the Street. To be honest, some staffers weren't crazy about theBlack Widow body kit, but it fits the overall profile of Jim's 'vert.

Onthe street, the Spec Stage 3 clutch was a little grabby, and the Moserspool made tight turns interesting, but both are needed with a powerfulstick car. And they're easily learned with just a couple minutes behindthe wheel. The worst fear of driving Jim's car was that of ripping offthe Black Widow front bumper cover.

While Jim subscribes to thedual-power-adder school of thought to arrive at 630-plus horsepower, healso uses a Vortech S-Trim set up for 14 pounds of boost, with aCompucar nitrous kit to cool the air intake charge. Jim has had his fair

share of problems on the way to KOTS king-dom. In fact, this combinationis his fifth powerplant since owning the car, with Hunt Machine (thesame shop that performed the work on Tim Barber's 'vert) takingresponsibility for the latest underhood power iteration. Before addingthe nitrous, the car made 588 hp on Anderson Ford Motorsport's Dynojet,but with the Compucar nitrous system and 50hp jets fitted, it has madeas much as 679 hp and 649 lb-ft of torque. Fortunately for Jim, hedidn't need all that to win King of the Street. He simply took advantageof a spectacular blend of a lot of power, streetworthiness, and stunninggood looks.

Well, that closes the book on the '03 KOTS. Unlike the '02competition with just five cars competing and one clear winner, the '03version kept us up at night trying to decide a winner. If you're out inthe garage working on your street thug of a Mustang and you wanna playthe KOTS game, read up and study the execution of these Mustangs. Youhave your assignment. We hope to hear from you for next year'scompetition.

Horse Sense: Everyone has a different definition of "streetable." Oneperson's ideal street manners could be far different from someoneelse's. But make no mistake about it--the King of the Street competitiontakes street manners seriously. There's a reason it's not called "Kingof the Track."

Jim Matzke '95 GT Convertible
Engine and Drivetrain
BlockR302
Bore4.030
Stroke3.4
Displacement347 ci
CrankScat forged
Rods{{{Eagle}}} H-Beam
PistonsTrick Flow
Compression9.2:1
CamAnderson Ford Motorsport B-451
HeadsTrick Flow Twisted Wedge, Total Engine Airflow Stage II-ported
IntakeTrick Flow R, Total Engine Airflow-ported
Throttle BodyBBK 75mm
Mass AirPro-M 80mm
Fuel SystemAeromotive fuel pump, lines, rails, and regulator, RDI 72-lb/hr injectors
HeadersCoast High Performance 13/4-in long-tube
ExhaustDr. Gas 3-in X-pipe, Flowmaster two-chamber 3-in after-cat
Power AdderVortech S-Trim, Vortech Mondo bypass valve, Compucar nitrous kit
Transmission TTC-Tremec TKO, Centerforce flywheel, Spec Stage 3 carbon-fiber clutch, Steeda Tri-Ax shifter, FRPP aluminum driveshaft
Rearend8.8, Moser spool and 33-spline axles, 3.73 gears
Electronics
Engine ManagementA9L computer w/Pro-M PIH, Anderson Ford Motorsport PMS
IgnitionMSD 6A, Blaster coil, Taylor plug wires, ACCEL plugs
GaugesAuto Meter
Suspension and Chassis
Front Suspension
K-MemberQA1 tubular
Control ArmsQA1 tubular
Caster/CamberMaximumMotorsports
SpringsGranatelli Motor Sports
StrutsLakewood 90/10
BrakesCobra calipers, cross-drilled rotors
WheelsAutumn Fleet Sales chrome Cobra R 17x8
TiresNitto 555 235/45
Rear Suspension
SpringsGranatelli Motor Sports coilover
ShocksLakewood 50/50
Traction DevicesHP Motorsport upper and lower control arms
BrakesCobra calipers, cross-drilled rotors
WheelsAutumn Fleet Sales chrome Cobra R 17x10.5
TiresNitto Extreme Drag 315/35
Chassis StiffeningHP Motorsport subframe connectors