Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
September 27, 2005

Peter Attanasio
6th place
12.4/109.5

While the Terminator Cobras of 2003-2004 have received much admiration lately, Peter Attanasio opted to get a Mach I instead. "I testdrove both back in November 2003, and the Mach felt great," he says. "I really liked the retro theme."

In March 2005, the Four-Valve motor suffered an oil pump failure, so Peter had Mustang Magic rebuild the motor with FR500 cams, Cobra rods and crank, and a set of JE forged pistons for a bump in compression. This was his first time out with the new motor, and the results were promising despite the intolerable heat.

Strip Specs
Owner: Peter Attanasio
Hometown: Lindenhurst, New York
Driver: Steve Shaugnessy
Year/Model: '04 Mach I
Weight w/Driver: 3,432 lbs
Engine: 284 ci
Built By: Steve Shaugnessy of Mustang Magic, Deer Park, New York
Intake Manifold: Stock
Cylinder Heads: Stock
Compression Ratio: 11.1:1
Camshafts: FR500, 204/214 duration at 0.050, 0.472/0.472-in lift
Tuner: Joe Lausardo ofMustang Magic, Deer Park, New York
Exhaust: MAC 15/8-in long-tube headers, MAC 2.5-in ProChamber and after-cat system
Transmission: Stock Tremec 3650 five-speed
Converter/Clutch: SPEC Stage II
Rear Type: 8.8 with Auburn differential, 4.30 gear, Moser 31-spline axles
Wheels F/R: Weld Pro Star 15x3.5, 17x9 Weld Pro Star XP, 16x8 stock five star
Tires F/R: M/T front runners, M/T ET 17-inch drag radial, M/T ET Street 26x10
Suspension Front: Lakewood 90/10 front struts
Suspension Rear: 50/50 rear shocks, Steeda control arms
Best ET/MPH: 12.4/109.5

STRIP TUNING LOG

Car #

60-FT

1/4 E.T.

1/4 MPH

6 1.69 12.22 111.66
6 1.70 12.16 112.23
6 1.71 12.12 113.03

Bill Applegate
7th place
11.97/113.10

Having missed his opportunity to buy an affordable early Mach 1, Bill Applegate jumped at the chance to pick up this '03 model. He had sampled the Terminator Cobra, but found the Mach's lighter feel, solid axle, and unique styling more appealing.

The right modifications have made the Mach 11-second worthy, and Bill thanks his wife, Lisa; Mitch Wilson; Bob Cosby; Joe Lynch; and Jeff Schmell for their help and encouragement.

Strip Specs
Owner: William H. Applegate III
Hometown: Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
Driver: William H. Applegate III
Year/Model: '03 Ford Mach 1
Weight w/Driver: 3,240 lbs
Engine: 281 ci
Built By: Ford Motor Company
Intake Manifold: Stock
Cylinder Heads: Stock
Compression Ratio: 10.1:1
Camshafts: Stock Ford
Tuner: Kaufman Motorsports, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
Exhaust: SLP 13/4-in ceramic long-tube headers, SLP off-road X-pipe, MagnaFlow after-cat
Transmission: Stock Tremec 3650 five-speed
Converter/Clutch: Stock
Rear Type: 8.8 with Superior 31-spline axles, Eaton Posi, 4.30 gear
Wheels F/R: 15x4, 15x8.5 Centerline Convo-Pro
Tires F/R: EuroMetric 165R-15, M/T ET Drag 26x10x15
Suspension Front: AJE tubular K-member and A-arms, Tokico drag struts, Maximum Motorsports coilover w/175-lb springs
Suspension Rear: UMI adjustable control arms, QA1 shocks, stock coil springs
Best ET/MPH: 11.97/113.10

STRIP TUNING LOG

Car #

60-FT

1/4 E.T.

1/4 MPH

2 1.63 12.15 111.48
2 1.62 12.14 111.71
2 1.58 12.13 111.31