KJ Jones
Brand Manager, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
May 5, 2010
Photos By: KJ Jones

Horse Sense: Over the years, the AETC has awarded several Lifetime Achievement Awards recognizing individuals who have dedicated their lives to the high-performance industry. The award's first recipient was the late Don "Sully" Sullivan, the man responsible for originally designing Ford's legendary Flathead V-8 engine (back in the early '30s), who was still punching the clock at SVO (after two retirements) when he received the award at the inaugural conference in 1989-at age 85!

Knowledge is good." We're pretty sure a lot of you are too young to recognize this quote as the motto of Faber College, the fictional institute of higher learning where John Belushi and his maniacal fraternity wreaked havoc in the 1978 comedy-classic, Animal House. While the statement may have come about a long time ago, there's certainly no disputing its premise. Knowledge, indeed, is good, and it's something any Mustang enthusiast worth his salt will always seek.

We meet and hear from many of you who think that we magazine guys (Editor Steve Turner, Associate Editor Mike Johnson, and your tech editor) know everything there is to know about late-model Mustangs. While our crew, as a collective unit, does know quite a bit about '79-'10 'Stangs, we're always seeking additional information, whether it's through our work with various aftermarket parts manufacturers or even directly from many of you. When we see some of the technical innovations that you apply on your personal Ponies we love to learn more.

There are instances when our quest for additional knowledge takes us beyond simply gaining it through hands-on experiences. Sometimes we learn new things through telephone conversations and e-mail correspondence. Occasionally we even have the opportunity to actually sit and talk about all-things Mustang with the folks who actually make things happen for our favorite ride.

Your tech editor recently had the pleasure of experiencing this type of unique opportunity at the 20th Annual Advanced Engineering Technology Conference (5.0 Mustang & Super Fords was a Platinum sponsor), which was held at the Orlando Convention Center prior to the Performance Racing Industry trade show.

The AETC is a three-day symposium on engine technology, during which insights on various topics such as combustion efficiency, valvetrain stability, ring sealing, gasket sealing, carburetion, rods and pistons, and more, are shared. Attendees range from featured speakers to engine builders, racers, engineers, salesmen, and media. By way of your favorite magazine, you can now get a taste of that knowledge too.

Yes, after many years of diverse discussion platforms, modular Ford engines were the headliners at the '09 AETC gathering. A panel of 13 industry types, highlighted by Ford Racing's former Director of North America Motorsports Brian Wolfe, were on hand for the casual but educational chat with attendees.

We're not sure when AETC will be 100-percent Fordcentric again (circle track racing is the featured topic for the 2010 conference), but we strongly recommend you check the event's official website from time to time for details about future discussions that may be of interest to you.

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On the Panel
The 20th Annual Advanced Engineering Technology Conference was headlined by an outstanding panel of Ford modular-engine product manufacturers, designers, builders, tuners and racers.Here is a rundown of the speakers and topics:

Al Noe, Trick Flow Specialties
"Designing the Ultimate High-Performance Modular 2V Cylinder Head"

Jim D'Amore, JDM Engineering "Advanced Building and Tuning of Supercharged Mod Motors"

Devin Rickey, Power-Tec Engineering, LLC
"Advanced Supercharger Technology for the Modular Engine"

David Clinton, Darton International Inc.
"Advanced Cylinder-Sleeve Technology and Building Big-Inch Mod Motors"

Kyle Carrothers, Roush Industries
"Developing the Mod Motor Roush Ford Super Stocker"

Jeff Lyjak and Rob Deneweth (Co-Presenting), Ford Racing
"An Insider's Look at Ford's Modular, From Inception Through Racing 2010 Cobra Jets"

Brian Wolfe, Ford Racing
Round Table Panel Discussion, "The Vision of Ford Racing"

John Maddox, Roush Yates Engines
"Developing 4V Mod Fords for Daytona Prototype Racing and Ultimate Performance"

Richard Holdener, Automotive Writer
"Developing Compound-Forced Induction for Ford Mod Motors"

Chris Johnson, SCT
"Advanced Performance Tuning of Mod Engines and Factory ECUs"

Joe Pando, MSD Ignition
"Advanced Theory and Application of Performance and Racing Ignition for Ford Modular"

Sean Andrew, Diamond Racing
"Understanding Advanced Piston Technology and Optimizing for Ford Mod Motors"

Best In Stock
We always receive questions asking about "the best" stock pieces for building an engine. Years ago, back when 5.0-liter pushrod bullets were all the rage, the Internet was abuzz with enthusiasts sharing info on castings. We've noticed similar talk about the mod-motor components (Two-, Three-, and Four-Valve). Here is a rundown of preferred blocks and heads for high-output applications, according to Rob Deneweth and Jeff Lyjak of Ford Racing:

Blocks
•4.6 Cast-Iron Blocks: Windsor
•5.4 Cast-Iron Blocks: Windsor after 2001
•4.6 Aluminum Block: Three-Valve Mustang

Heads
•Two-Valve PI Heads: Windsor after November 2002; Romeo after November 2003
•Three-Valve Heads: All after October 2007; Mustang-only after 2009 model year
•Four-Valve Heads: 2C5E (Aviator, Mach 1, Marauder), Ford GT and Shelby GT500