Michael Johnson Associate Editor
October 10, 2013

The efforts of MartyO and Derrick took a little over a year to complete, and Wes headed south once again to retrieve the coupe. "To say the car came out phenomenally would be a gross understatement," Wes says. "Derrick, who is a true Ford enthusiast, went way beyond my expectations," Wes adds. However, with the car back home he realized how big a project he had on his hands. He looked at this perfect shell of a car with the thought that paying for the body work was the easy part. With any project, though, you need people in your corner to help spur you along. For Wes, those people were MartyO and Greg Pintauro. Wes calls both "encyclopedias of Mustang info," eagerly helping out with daily suggestions and recommendations to keep the car on the right path. It didn't hurt that Wes had been stockpiling parts, either, which kept him busy.

Wes reports now that the car is done, it's a pleasure to drive and really has a great following wherever it goes. We met Wes at the 2012 AmericanMuscle show where it came up empty handed in the car show award department. That's the thing about Wes' LX, the car is so well done, and clean, it's really difficult to see the tremendous amount of work that went into building the car. However, through the magic of the interwebs, you can see for yourself by hitting up www.hpmustangs.com, searching '91 coupe resto.

"That thread was my biggest motivator for this project and I thank all the HPM members for their great advice and feedback. Projects like this are a great example of how guys across the country come together, thanks to that damn thing we call the internet..." 5.0

Horse Sense: Derrick Smith is mentioned as painting Wes' coupe—it is the same Derrick Smith who used to run Pro 5.0 in NMRA competition. He has always painted cars, but now he does as owner of Smith's Paint and Restoration in Cartersville, Georgia. Mo's Speed Shop is located in Dallas, Georgia.

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5.0 Tech Specs

Engine and Drivetrain
Block: Stock, bored 0.040-in over
Crankshaft: Stock
Rods: Ford Racing forged
Pistons: SRP w/ JE rings
Camshafts: Anderson Ford Motorsport N-41 w/ Ford Racing lifters
Cylinder heads: Ford Racing X with 1.94/1.54 valves, and Ford Racing 1.6 roller rockers
Intake manifold: Holley SysteMax II w/ Accufab 75mm throttle body, and Pro-M 80mm mass air
Power Adder: Nitrous Works 125hp nitrous kit w/ billet trunk mount
Fuel system: 255-lph fuel pump w/ stock lines and rails, Ford Racing 30-lb/hr injectors, and a Kirban adjustable fuel-pressure regulator
Exhaust: MAC 15⁄8-in equal-length headers w/ MAC H-pipe, and Flowmaster two-chamber after-cat exhaust
Transmission: T-5 five-speed w/ Centerforce Dual Friction clutch, Hurst shifter, and a Ford Racing aluminum driveshaft
Rearend: 8.8-in w/ Ford Racing 4.10 gears, Eaton differential, and Moser Engineering axles

Engine management: Stock
Ignition: MSD w/ Live Wires spark plug wires, and Autolite plugs
Gauges: Stock w/ Auto Meter air/fuel and fuel pressure

Suspension and Chassis
Front suspension
K-member: UPR Products
A-arms: UPR Products
Struts: Tokico w/ Maximum Motorsports caster/camber plates
Springs: Eibach coilover
Brakes: '01 Bullitt
Wheels: SVE 10th Anniversary chrome, 18x9-in
Tires: BFG g-Force T/A KDW2 255/35-18

Rear suspension
Shocks: Strange Engineering adjustable
Springs: Eibach coilover
Control Arms: Steeda Autosports w/ boxed/welded torque boxes
Brakes: '01 Bullitt
Wheels: SVE 10th Anniversary chrome, 18x10-in
Tires: BFG g-Force T/A KDW2 275/35-18