Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
March 16, 2010
Photos By: Steve Turner

Dan Schoneck/Brittian Gilbertson
Disco Dan Schoneck is a KOTS veteran, having built several cars for past competitions. We might as well reserve a spot for Dan because it's a given he'll have what we need-a supercharged powerhouse. It's no secret the KOTS has gone in a turbocharged direction, but since Dan has such a great relationship with ProCharger, we knew he'd come through with something wicked to compete against the turbocharged crowd.

This year's competition was no different. Dan brought Brittian Gilbertson's '94 Cobra featuring a ProCharged 306 under the hood. You'd think that would be a veritable knife to a gunfight scenario, but the 306 wasn't relying on a P-1SC; it was bringing an F-1C to the party. In true Dan Schoneck fashion, he was late because of tow-vehicle mechanical issues, but the wait was worth it. Brittian's Cobra was a loud, obnoxious answer to the quiet, pedestrian-sounding turbocharged entries. It was just what we needed to bring a little noise and excitement to the KOTS.

However, the Cobra must have caught something from the tow vehicle because it too ran into mechanical problems after Friday afternoon's Drag Race portion. It seems the engine's valvetrain didn't last through one of the drag passes, and Dan spent most of Saturday fixing the engine. We didn't see Dan until late in the afternoon on Saturday.

I hadn't been able to drive the car for the Ride & Drive segment, so Dan and I agreed to a drive Sunday morning, which would give him time to tune the car again, and hopefully not have a mechanical repeat. I witnessed Dan tuning the Cobra Saturday night, but while "tuning" the car on the highway, mechanical woes reared their ugly head again, this time putting the Cobra down for the count. That would definitely hurt the Cobra's finishing order for the KOTS.

Even though I was unable to drive the Cobra, I did witness it running and felt bad about the car's mechanical woes. Therefore, I gave it a pity score of 4 in the Ride & Drive. Before its woes, the Cobra made 763 hp on Modular Depot's portable Dynojet, which scored it mid-pack with a 6. The Cobra scored a 7 in both the Fit & Finish and Engineering categories. With an 11.57/134-mph pass, Dan scored a lowly 2 in the Drag Race category. And with its mostly absentee presence on the Popular Vote field, he scored an unfriendly 3 in that category to finish with a 51.

Ride & Drive: 4
Horsepower: 6
Fit & Finish: 7
Engineering: 7
Drag Race: 2
Popular Vote: 3

5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain

Block: Dart
Bore: 4.030 in
Stroke: 3.000 in
Displacement: 306 ci
Rotating Assembly: Eagle 4340 crankshaft and rods, Diamond Racing pistons
Camshaft: Bullet Racing Cams solid-roller
Heads: Fox Lake-ported Trick Flow Street Heat w/T&D shaft mount rockers and Ferrea stainless steel 2.02/1.60 valves
Intake: Edelbrock Super Victor EFI
Throttle Body: Accufab 90mm
Power Adder: ProCharger F-1C supercharger, 24 pounds of boost, ProCharger air-to-air intercooler
Fuel System: Magnafuel EFI Tuner 750 series fuel pump, Edelbrock fuel rails, Ford Racing 160-lb/hr injectors, Aeromotive regulator
Exhaust: Kooks long-tube headers, Custom X-shape crossover pipe and after-cat featuring Stainless Works mufflers
Transmission: D&D Performance T56, McLeod Twin-Disc clutch and flywheel, Pro-5.0, PST carbon-fiber driveshaft
Rearend: 8.8 w/Moser Engineering 31-spline axles, Eaton posi, and 3.73 gears

Electronics
Engine Management:
Big Stuff 3
Ignition: MSD 6AL 2
Gauges: Stock, Auto Meter Phantom boost and fuel pressure, AEM wideband

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