Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
October 29, 2013
Photos By: Scott Lachenauer

The United States Federal Witness Protection Program was established under Title V of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970. Carried out by the United States Department of Justice and operated by the United States Marshals Service, the program was designed to protect witnesses from being threatened with death, or harassed before, during, and after federal trials.

Since it was part of the Organized Crime Control Act, the witness protection program played a large role in the effort to shut down the mob. Probably the most famous person to be in the witness protection program, mobster Henry Hill's life was dramatized in one of your author's favorite movies, GoodFellas.

Jimmy Chahalis, or Jimmy C., is famous in the New York/New Jersey area for building killer street 'Stangs, and this one was built for an owner who might as well be in the witness protection program. We don't even know his name. We're not trying to get the owner pinched, but he simply doesn't want to be mentioned.

Jimmy C.'s been building Mustangs longer than a sentence for tax evasion, and the owner already knew Jimmy's rep. That's why he called up Jimmy C. upon purchasing an ex-Florida Highway Patrol/SSP car. "He wanted some work done, and he was looking for a lot of power but with good driveability," Jimmy C. explained.

He and the owner spoke of turbocharging the car, but Jimmy C. didn't think it was the right route. "Knowing him and his driving style, I didn't feel a turbo would be best," he said. The notch, after all, is the third build Jimmy C. has completed for this customer, so he knew what would make him the happiest.

The customer's brother, who shall also remain nameless, thought the most interesting combo was a Terminator route. "I also felt that would suit my customer perfectly," Jimmy C. says. To get the ball rolling, he procured a used engine, but before he dropped it into the car for test-fitting, he discovered the engine was better off at the bottom of the Hudson River. Jimmy C. made a couple phone calls to Livernois Motorsports to get a 298ci stroker short-block with ported '04 Cobra Four-Valve heads, and Bullet cams, designed by Brian "Freezy" Friedentag. Next up on the docket was a Whipple 2.9-liter supercharger with a Crusher inlet.

With a 298ci stroker and Whipple 2.9-liter supercharger, Jimmy C. was ready to set this notch on Kill, so he knew the car would need a serious fuel system to meet demands. To that end, he made a call to Glenn's Performance for one of its 1,000hp Sleeper tank fuel systems, which includes a Glenn's Performance Sleeper tank, dual Walbro fuel pumps, PTFE braided fuel lines, an Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator, and all the special fittings Jimmy C. needed to complete the fuel system he wanted. Glenn's Sleeper tanks allow a Fox owner to have the fuel system it needs without snitching the car's performance capabilities.

Once Jimmy C. worked everything over, he and Freezy took it over to Craig Radovich (remember him?) at Radical Racing for a dyno tune. Manipulating the Big Stuff 3, Jimmy C. and Freezy were able to get the notch to talk to the tune of 808 horsepower and 690 lb-ft of torque at the feet.

After driving the car around for a few weeks making sure everything was going to live, Jimmy C. took the notch down to Cecil County Dragway for the 2012 Andrew "Krimpet" Bauer Nationals. Jimmy C. already knew traction would be an issue, and of course, he was right. It ran a traction-limited 11.32 at 139.92 mph, and Jimmy C. was told he needed to add some safety equiment before doing that again. However, we don't think any of that stuff will be added anytime soon.

Out of all the cars he's built—and we can't count that high—Jimmy C. says this one has to be his favorite. That's really saying a lot. "(It's) some of my best work," he says, "I wish I owned it."

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5.0 Tech Specs

Engine and Drivetrain
Block: Aluminum
Crankshaft: Livernois Motorsports forged steel
Rods: Livernois Motorsports/Manley Performance H-beam
Pistons: Livernois Motorsports forged
Camshafts: Bullet, custom designed by Brian Friedentag
Cylinder heads: Livernois Motorsports-ported ‘04 Cobra w/ Pacaloy valvesprings
Intake manifold: Whipple lower
Power Adder: Whipple 2.9-liter supercharger w/ Crusher inlet, custom Stan Bochonski (Late Nite Fab) ram air, 2.75-in upper pulley, AFCO heat exchanger, 21 pounds of boost, and a Snow Performance Stage 3 methanol kit
Fuel system: Glenn's Performance tank w/ Glenn's Performance lines, dual Walbro fuel pumps, DivisionX fuel rails, 85-lb/hr injectors, and an Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator
Exhaust: Kooks ‘04 Cobra headers modified for Fox chassis w/ Kooks X-shape crossover pipe, Magnaflow mufflers, and VRS stainless tailpipes
Transmission: D&D Performance T56 Magnum six-speed manual w/ dual-disc clutch, and a Dynotech driveshaft
Rearend: 8.8-in w/ 31-spline F-150 truck differential, and 3.73 gears

Electronics
Engine management: Big Stuff 3 w/ Jimmy C. & Brian Friedentag tune
Ignition: Stock w/ MSD spark plug wires and NGK spark plugs
Gauges: Auto Meter in Florida 5.0 cluster

Suspension and Chassis
Front suspension
K-member: PA Racing tubular
A-arms: PA Racing tubular
Struts: Tokico w/ Maximum Motorsports caster/camber plates
Springs: 175–in-lb coilover
Brakes: Ford Racing Cobra w/ Hawk pads
Wheels: American Racing
Tires: BFGoodrich g-FORCE T/A KDW 245/40ZR-17

Rear suspension
Shocks: Tokico
Springs: Stock with 3⁄4 coil cut off
Control Arms: Hotchkis uppers and lowers
Brakes: Ford Racing disc-brake conversion, Hawk pads
Wheels: American Racing
Tires: Mickey Thompson ET Street Radial II 295/45-17