Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
June 1, 2013

Yeah, even when you start with a simple Fox, you can't go that far without spending a bit of cash on it. That said, people spend that and more on newer Mustangs that don't stand out quite like this car. Charles summed it up perfectly with his estimation of the car's rear visage: "From the side it looks normal, but from the rear, the sumped tank and 345/40-18s scream ‘pure sick.'"

As much as he loved the car, Charles lost his sister shortly after its completion. Eventually he associated the time spent on its build with time he could have spent with her. It made it difficult to enjoy the car, so he ended up parting ways with it and picking up a Terminator droptop in the process.

Though he moved on from this Fox, he hasn't moved on from loving Fox projects. He is planning another build to debut at Mustang Week 2013. He also hopes to move forward with his own shop, Fox by Design. He wants what he calls a "community shop," where he can help fellow enthusiasts with their projects. If it blossoms into a business, he will run with it—but if not, he can simply continue with the hobby he loves.

Horse Sense: Charles makes his living as a commercial beekeeper. He and a partner raise, care for, and supply bees for agricultural use. They deliver their bees as far away as California and Maine to facilitate crops that need pollination.

The polished fuel sump and pumps are but a hint of the attention to detail paid outside, inside, and underneath of Charles’ stunning coupe. “I had been sitting on a set of factory Carlite coupe windows for years, so now it was time for them to shine,” Charles said of the project.

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5.0 Tech Specs

Engine and Drivetrain

Block
2003 Mustang Cobra iron
Crankshaft
2003 Mustang Cobra forged
Rods
2003 Mustang Cobra Manley forged
Pistons
2003 Mustang Cobra
Camshafts
2003 Mustang Cobra
Cylinder heads
2003 Mustang Cobra Four-Valve aluminum
Intake manifold
Sullivan sheetmetal w/ Accufab monoblade throttle body
Power Adder
Turbonetics 76mm turbo w/ Hellion intercooler and Zex 75 shot
Fuel system
Aeromotive Pro Series fuel pump w/ -12 feed, -10 return lines, Sullivan fuel rails, and 80-lb/hr injectors
Exhaust
Jet Hot-coated '03 Mustang Cobra manifolds w/ SLP mufflers and tailpipes
Transmission
ProMotion-prepped Tremec T-56 six-speed manual w/ McLeod Racing RXT twin-disc clutch, aluminum driveshaft, and Pro-5.0 shifter
Rearend
8.8-in w/ Shelby GT500 differential, 3.27 gears, and 31-spline axles

Electronics

Engine management
'03 Mustang Cobra PCM w/ Ron Francis wiring harness and an SCT tune
Ignition
MSD w/ NGK spark plugs
Gauges
Auto Meter

Suspension and Chassis

Front suspension
K-member
UPR Products
A-arms
UPR Products
Struts
QA1
Springs
UPR Products
Brakes
Mustang Cobra 13-in
Wheels
True Forged Chicanes, 18x8-in
Tires
Nitto 555, 225/40-18
Rear suspension
Shocks
QA1
Springs
UPR Products
Control Arms
Stock
Brakes
Cobra 11.5-in
Wheels
True Forged Chicane, 18x13-in
Tires
BFGoodrich Drag Radial, 345/30-18
'91 Mustang LX