Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
July 19, 2005
Photos By: Michael Galimi, Jim Campisano

MM&FF's first shoot-out of the year was undoubtedly a suc-cess. Never before have we witnessed so many clutch drops with so little breakage. Engines singing at 6,000 rpm and then--bam--they're heading down the track.

Our first shootout was spurred by a forum thread on www.modulardepot.com, where the naturally aspirated Two-Valve lot was having quite the discussion about their cars, and one of our former shootout winners alerted us to this intense debate. So there we were in the editorial meeting deciding what shootout to do first. It only made sense to accommodate these hard-core gearheads, and the results were pleasing.

Shootout Rules

1. No power adders of any sort.

2. Overdrive automatic or manual transmissions only.

3. No gutted race cars. Lightening OK, but up to our discretion. Rear seat removal OK. Racing seats OK. Two required.

4. Cars/drivers must possess all required safety equipment per NHRA rules for elapsed times.

5. Slicks, skinnies, drag radials OK.

6. All cars must be muffled and not be louder than 94 decibels. No open headers or bullet-style mufflers.

As customary, we had a few people drop out of the competition prior to track day. Amy Friedel of Texas had to opt out when her 12.0-capable colt was involved in an accident that caused damage to the car's chassis but thankfully not to Amy.

Dave White of Monroe Township, New Jersey, was upping the ante of his 12.29-second ride with a new intake, but he was greeted with some horrible sounds upon startup. Mass quantities of coolant in the oil pan didn't stop him from coming to the track and helping out, though.

Alex Posegate found himself battling flood-level waters at his homestead after being drenched with a few days' worth of rain. The shootout would go on, however, as we had a few people step up and fill the spots to leave us with a full field.

In addition to posting on the Modular Depot site, we also dropped a few hooks in ModularFords.com and SVTSnake.com. Why the Four-Valve site you ask? Well, the folks there know quite a few people, so we always drop them a line whenever we have a shootout. The scheduled timeframe did not allow us to make a mention in the magazine, but you'll want to check out this month's Horse's Mouth, as well as future editions, as we will be posting upcoming shootouts.

As far as the rules for this event were concerned, we caught some flak by not inviting some of the fastest known Two-Valves in the country, but we really wanted to limit the shootout to street cars. MM&FF covers more than 15 racing events each year, so there are already plenty of drag cars in these pages.

Many of our participants made some lightening modifications, but we are confident that our rules and subsequent choice of vehicles represents what can easily be accomplished by the average gearhead. Now that we have all the pleasantries out of the way, let's get down to business.

1st PLACE

Burnt out on racing his low-11-second LX 5.0, Mike Bowen eventually purchased this '01 GT with the intent of keeping it a weekend-road-trip and occasional commuter car. "After the very first pass down the dragstrip in it, it was back to business," Mike says.

Four years later and with just a tad over 18,000 miles on the odometer, this Mustang is pounding out 293 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. This was accomplished with a virtually stock Ford Explorer engine and a set of aftermarket camshafts. The Explorer aluminum block shaved off some 90 pounds from the front end, and Mike has made other efforts to jazzercize his colt to a svelte 3,066 pounds with driver.

60-FT1/8 ET/MPH1/4 ET/MPH
1.6167.651/89.4612.030/109.89
1.6177.668/89.1612.041/110.22
1.6317.701/89.2512.080/110.15

STRIP SPECS
Owner: Mike Bowen
HometownTrenton, New Jersey
DriverMike Bowen
Year/Model'01 {{{Mustang GT}}}
Weight w/Driver3,066 lbs
Engine'03 {{{Ford}}} Explorer 4.6-liter, 281ci
Built ByFord Motor Company
TunerMD Motorsports of Cincinnati, Ohio
Intake ManifoldBullitt
Cylinder HeadsStock
Compression RatioStock 9.4:1
CamshaftsVT Engines Stage II, 225/235 at 0.050, 0.560/0.575 lift, 108 LSA
ExhaustBBK long-tube headers, BBK off-road X-pipe, MagnaFlow after-cat system
TransmissionTremec 3650 five-speed
Converter/ClutchSpec Stage I clutch, Fidanza aluminum flywheel, Pro-5.0 Shifter
Rear Type8.8, 4.30 gear, Superior 31-spline axles, Detroit Locker
WheelsCenter Line Telstar 15x4 front, 15x8 rear
Tires F/R Moroso DS2 26x4.5 front, {{{M}}}/T ET Drag 26x10 rear
Suspension FrontQA1 tubular K-member, '86 Mustang lower control arms, stock coil springs, Lakewood 90/10 struts, sway bar removed
Suspension RearSteeda Hardcore lower control arms, '86 Mustang rear springs, QA1 adjustable shocks, swaybar removed
Previous Best ET/MPH12.05/112.69

2nd PLACE

Tony Whetstone's Mustang is an exercise in how to get the most from your Mustang, as it has run 12.77 on street tires with just bolt-ons. Since then, the Pony has progressed to its current state, where it serves drag duty in Fun Ford's Street Stang class. Tony's ride is another low-mileage, quarter-mile killer as well, with only 33,000 miles on the ticker.

60-FT1/8 ET/MPH1/4 ET/MPH
1.6257.695/88.6812.089/112.34
1.6197.682/88.6412.102/111.35
1.6207.675/89.3312.063/112.16

STRIP SPECS
Owner: Tony Whetstone
HometownTallahassee, Florida
DriverTony Whetstone
Year/Model'02 Mustang {{{GT}}}
Weight w/Driver3,326 lbs
Engine'02 Stock 4.6-liter, 281ci
Built ByFord Motor Company
TunerChris Johnson of SCT
Intake ManifoldStock w/Accufab intake elbow
Cylinder HeadsStock, ported by Competitive {{{Edge}}} of Sarasota, FL
Compression RatioStock 9.4:1
CamshaftsVT Engines Stage II 225/235 at 0.050, 0.560/0.575 lift, 108-deg centerline
ExhaustHooker 15/8-in long-tube headers, Hooker X-pipe, Borla XR-1 mufflers
TransmissionTremec 3650 five-speed
Converter/ClutchMcLeod dual-friction clutch
Rear Type8.8, 4.30 gear, Ford Racing 31-spline axles and Traction-Lok
WheelsWeld Pro Star 15x3.5 front, 15x10 rear
Tires F/R{{{M}}}/T ET 26X4.5 front, M/T ET Drag 26x10 rear
Suspension FrontUPR tubular K-member, UPR coilover shocks and caster/camber plates
Suspension RearStock coil springs and shocks
Previous Best ET/MPH12.55/107.3
Click Here to View Horne's Run

3rd PLACE

Anyone willing to make a 26-hour haul to our shootout definitely has some screws loose, but all the important ones under the hood were nice and tight. Mike Horne convinced his employer, Tommie Vaughn Motorsports, to give him a week off, and then he wrangled his buddy Brian Metzger of Texas Hotrods to haul his car to the Garden State.

As it turned out, Mike also provided one of our alternate cars, which belonged to his roommate, Patrick Thompson. Brian's reward for hauling both cars up from Texas was piloting Patrick's Mustang since he couldn't make it himself to our event. Mike informed us that after our shootout at E-town's test and tune, his Stang cracked off a 12.05 at 110 mph with a 1.61 short time.

60-FT1/8 ET/MPH1/4 ET/MPH
1.6587.746/88.7112.153/109.67
1.6477.722/88.7212.141/109.42
1.6447.716/88.8012.140/109.09

STRIP SPECS
Owner: Mike Horne
HometownKingwood, Texas
DriverMike Horne
Year/Model'00 Mustang {{{GT}}}
Weight w/Driver3,326 lbs
Engine'01 283ci
Built ByTexas Hotrods of Houston
TunerTriangle Speed Shop of Orange, Texas
Intake ManifoldBullitt, ported
Cylinder HeadsVT Engines Stage II, CNC-ported, multi-angle valve seat, Ferrea stainless valves, Comp Cams beehive valvesprings
Compression Ratio11.4:1
CamshaftsVT Engines Stage II, 225/235 at 0.050, 0.560/0.575 lift, 108 LSA
ExhaustHooker long-tube headers, Hooker X-pipe, Bassani after-cat w/dumps
TransmissionTremec TKO 500 five-speed
Converter/ClutchRam {{{900}}}
Rear Type8.8, 4.10 gear, Moser 31-spline axles, {{{Ford}}} Racing Traction-Lok
WheelsCenter Line Telstar 15x4 front, 15x8 rear
Tires F/R165R15 radials front, Hoosier 26x10 slicks
Suspension FrontAJE tubular K-member, control arms and coilover shocks
Suspension RearSteeda adjustable upper control arms, UPR adjustable lower control arms, D&D rear coilover shocks
Previous Best ET/MPH12.40/111
Click Here to View Dike's Run

4th PLACE

Justin Dike (pronounced "deekay" for the English majors in the crowd) got bitten by the track bug behind the wheel of a '98, ahem, Honda Prelude, but he quickly realized just how much he would have to invest to get the two-seater just into the 13s, so he traded it for his current Mineral Grey colt. "I always wanted a Mustang," Justin says, "but I can be dumb with the throttle sometimes, and it was this dumbness that kept me from buying one until I was ready."

Springs, a shifter, and MAC's ProChamber pipe got the car into the 13s, and it was all downhill from there. Now making 285 hp and 299 lb-ft of torque to the wheels, Justin's Mustang has come a long way and did so on the stock 16,078-mile long-block.

"I'd like to thank my mom; my girlfriend, Aisha; Joe Marshall; and Randy Stinchcomb," Justin says. "Without you guys, I couldn't have made it here."

60-FT1/8 ET/MPH1/4 ET/MPH
1.6617.834/87.5312.288/107.66
1.6367.807/87.3712.258/107.83
1.6787.869/87.3712.324/107.75

STRIP SPECS
Owner: Justin Dike
HometownUpper Marlboro, Maryland
DriverJustin Dike
Year/Model'02 Mustang {{{GT}}}
Weight w/Driver3,134 lbs
EngineStock 4.6-liter, 281ci
Built By{{{Ford}}} Motor Company
TunerMD Motorsports of Cincinnati
Intake ManifoldStock
Cylinder HeadsStock
Compression RatioStock 9.4:1
CamshaftsComp Cams XE270, 234/238 at 0.050, 0.550/0.550 lift, 113 LSA
ExhaustMAC long-tube headers, Dr. Gas X-pipe, MAC Pro Dump mufflers
TransmissionTremec 3650 five-speed
Converter/ClutchMcLeod dual-friction, Spec flywheel
Rear Type8.8, 4.10 gear, Superior 31-spline axles, Eaton limited slip
WheelsWeld Draglite 15x3.5 front, 15x8 rear
Tires F/RPep Boys Futura 165/15 front, {{{M}}}/T ET Drag 26x8.5 rear
Suspension FrontH&R Supersport springs, Tokico Illumina struts
Suspension RearH&R Supersport springs, Lakewood 50/50 shocks, Pro3i lower control arms, stock upper control arms
Previous Best ET/MPH12.31/113.70
Click Here to View Metzger's Run

5th PLACE

Patrick Thompson's Mustang was one of our alternates, and it did well with Brian Metzger at the wheel. Knocking down numerous miles as a daily driver, the GT was purchased new and has certainly been bitten by the bolt-on bug, while still maintaining its street manners.

60-FT1/8 ET/MPH1/4 ET/MPH
1.6717.900/86.9612.411/107.76
1.6627.914/86.7412.426/107.99
1.6597.885/86.4912.420/108.58

STRIP SPECS
Owner: Patrick Thompson
HometownKingwood, Texas
DriverBrian Metzger
Year/Model'01 {{{Mustang GT}}}
Weight w/Driver3,218 lbs
EngineStock 4.6-liter, 281ci
Built By{{{Ford}}} Motor Company
Intake ManifoldStock w/Accufab upper intake elbow
TunerTriangle Speed Shop of Orange, Texas
Cylinder HeadsStock
Compression RatioStock 9.4:1
CamshaftsComp Cams XE270, 234/238 at 0.050, 0.550/0.550 lift, 113 LSA
ExhaustFord Racing Shorty headers, MagnaFlow off-road X-pipe, Flowmaster mufflers w/turndowns
TransmissionTremec 3650 five-speed
Converter/ClutchStock
Rear Type8.8, 4.10 gear, Ford Racing Traction-Lok, Moser 31-spline axles
WheelsWeld Pro Star 15x3.5 front, 15x10 rear
Tires F/R165/R15 radials front, {{{M}}}/T ET Drag 26x10.5
Suspension FrontEibach drag springs, Lakewood 70/30 struts
Suspension RearUPR upper and lower control arms, Steeda springs, QA1 adjustable shocks
Previous Best ET/MPH12.44/107
Click Here to View Bohr's Run

6th PLACE

When Lewis Bohr's Mustang showed up with its nitrous-oxide kit still intact, we made sure all the competitors got a good look at it to verify that there was indeed no bottle hooked up.

Having had a couple of classic Mustangs, Lew was ready for a change and purchased this '02 GT brand-new. To this day, the car has only 10,000 miles on it as it sees mostly strip duty.

Originally equipped with an automatic, Lew tossed in a stick to improve the fun factor, but the clutch was a little weak at our shootout, preventing the Pony from performing to its potential.

60-FT1/8 ET/MPH1/4 ET/MPH
1.6537.925/87.3612.450/107.88
1.6567.923/87.1612.435/108.25
1.6637.938/87.0212.478/107.50

STRIP SPECS
Owner: Lewis Bohr
HometownHightstown, New Jersey
DriverLewis Bohr
Year/Model'02 {{{Mustang GT}}}
Weight w/Driver3,094 lbs
EngineStock 4.6-liter, 281ci
Built By{{{Ford}}} Motor Company
TunerJD's Performance of Huntington Valley, Pennsylvania
Intake ManifoldBullitt
Cylinder HeadsStock
Compression RatioStock 9.4:1
CamshaftsVT Engines Stage II, 225/235 at 0.050, 0.560/0.575 lift, 108 LSA
ExhaustMAC Long-tube headers, VRS X-pipe, Pro-Flow after-cat system
TransmissionTremec TKO II five-speed
Converter/ClutchRam {{{900}}}
Rear Type8.8 33-spline axles and spool
WheelsWeld Draglite 15x3.5 front, 15x8 rear
Tires F/REuro 165/R15 front, 26x10 slicks rear
Suspension FrontPA tubular K-member and A-arms, Lakewood {{{90}}}/10 struts
Suspension RearUPR coilover shocks, Steeda upper and lower control arms
Previous Best ET/MPH12.43/109.72, 11.61/119 with 100hp NOS
Click Here to View Berila's Run

7th PLACE

Our only '96-'98 Mustang in attendance, Tomas Berila's '97 started life as a six-cylinder car. But after the 3.8 induced a few too many hits of the giggle gas, it called it quits, so Tomas dropped in a '99 SOHC V-8.

Further performance improvements followed, culminating in a LaRocca's Performance-tuned, Vortech-supercharged 460-rwhp Mustang. Tomas decided to take it back to naturally aspirated form to be more consistent for Fun Ford's Mod Motor class, which he intends to run this year.

60-FT1/8 ET/MPH1/4 ET/MPH
1.6447.986/86.1412.568/105.90
1.7138.079/86.3512.645/106.26
1.7058.039/85.8712.591/106.93

STRIP SPECS
Owner: Tomas Berila
HometownBrick, New Jersey
DriverTomas Berila
Year/Model'97 Mustang
Weight w/Driver3,112 lbs
Engine'99 Stock 4.6-liter, 281ci
Built ByFord Motor Company
TunerJim LaRocca
Intake ManifoldStock
Cylinder HeadsStock
Compression RatioStock 9.4:1
CamshaftsSean Hyland Motorsport, 236/246 at 0.050, 0.550/0.550 lift, 113 LSA
ExhaustFlowtech long-tube headers and X-pipe, MAC Pro Dump mufflers
TransmissionT45 five-speed
Converter/ClutchCenterforce dual friction
Rear Type8.8, 4.10 gear, Moser 33-spline axles and spool
WheelsWeld Pro Star 15x3.5 front, 15x8 rear
Tires F/R{{{M}}}/T front runner, M/T ET Drag 26x8.5 rear
Suspension FrontQA1 tubular K-member, UPR coilover springs, Lakewood 90/10 front struts
Suspension RearEibach Drag Launch springs, Lakewood 50/50 shocks
Previous Best ET/MPH12.71/107 NA, 11.73/117 supercharged
Click Here to View Singleton's Run

8th PLACE

"I always wanted a Mustang," Tim Singleton says, "so I just decided to get one." It's as simple as that sometimes. This '99 model had a ProCharger P1-SC on it at one time and produced 400 rwhp with it.

The combination lasted about a year, until the motor let go, at which time Tim decided to sell the blower and put the money toward a new stroker engine, which incidentally was the only one in our shootout. No, he didn't decide to go naturally aspirated as he has plans for a pair of 57mm turbochargers.

60-FT1/8 ET/MPH1/4 ET/MPH
1.9788.316/86.0012.851/108.25
1.8228.260/85.2712.813/108.12
1.7658.219/85.5212.829/105.49

STRIP SPECS
Owner: Tim Singleton
HometownVirginia Beach, Virginia
DriverTim Singleton
Year/Model'99 Mustang {{{GT}}}
Weight w/Driver3,288 lbs
EngineVT Stroker 5-liter, 302ci
Built ByVT Engines of Lansing, Michigan
TunerBrent Hughes of Dyno Tuned Performance of Chesapeake, Virginia
Intake ManifoldStock
Cylinder HeadsVT Engines Stage II, CNC ported, multi-angle valve seat, Ferrea stainless valves, Comp Cams beehive valvesprings
Compression Ratio9.2:1
CamshaftsVT Stage II, 225/235 at 0.050, 0.560/0.575 lift, 108 LSA
ExhaustMAC long-tube headers and off-road H-pipe, MAC after-cat system
TransmissionT45 five-speed
Converter/ClutchCenterforce dual friction
Rear Type8.8, 4.30 gear, stock axles and Traction-Lok
WheelsCenter Line Telstar 15x4 front, 15x8 rear
Tires F/RFutura 165/R15 front, BFGoodrich 275/50/15 drag radial
Suspension FrontEibach drag springs, Lakewood {{{90}}}/10 struts
Suspension RearEibach drag springs, UPR Pro Series lower control arms
Previous Best ET/MPH12.72/107.1
Click Here to View Kelley's Run

9th PLACE

How often do you find the car you've been looking to buy driving right in front of you? Probably never, but that's how Jim Richards of Virginia Beach found his '00 Mustang GT.

Once Jim finally had the Mustang he wanted, money came slow for the mods. When he saw that there were naturally aspirated Two-Valves running 11s, he decided that was the way to go. With help from Sean Kelley at MAS Racing Development (below) and Kimnach Motorsports, Jim is almost to his goal of 11s or better.

60-FT1/8 ET/MPH1/4 ET/MPH
1.8818.303/85.4312.866/107.71
1.7018.200/83.7712.891/102.99
1.6558.183/83.4312.919/102.35

STRIP SPECS
Owner: Jim Richards
HometownVirginia Beach, Virginia
DriverSean Kelley
Year/Model'00 {{{Mustang GT}}}
Weight w/Driver3,390 pounds
EngineStock 4.6-liter, 281ci
Built By{{{Ford}}} Motor Company
TunerBrent Hughes of Dyno Tuned Performance
Intake ManifoldStock with JLT cold air and C&L intake elbow
Cylinder HeadsSean Hyland Motorsport Stage I
Compression RatioStock 9.4:1
CamshaftsSean Hyland Motorsport, 242/232 at 0.050, 0.550/0.550 lift, 113 LSA
ExhaustMAC long-tube headers, ProChamber and MAC mufflers with dumps
TransmissionTremec 3650 five-speed
Converter/ClutchFord Racing King Cobra clutch
Rear Type8.8, 4.30 gear, Moser 31-spline axles
WheelsCenterline Telstar 15x4 front, 15x10 rear
Tires F/RFutura 165/R15 front, {{{M}}}/T ET Drags 28x10.5 rear
Suspension FrontD&D coilover shocks, Eibach drag springs
Suspension RearStock
Previous Best ET/MPH12.59/107.04