Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
2008 Ford Mustang GT/CS - My Muscle Mustang - November 2013
Dan Mulvihill • Stuart, FL
Presented by CJ’s PonyParts.com
My story is short. After driving my ’86 Mustang over 229,000 miles, I was offered $1,800 and it was time for a new car. I had my heart set on a ’09 Camaro because I always loved the ’69 Camaro, but it wouldn’t be available for about one year at the time. Being a little impatient, I bought an ’08 Mustang GT/CS and figured I would trade it in for the Camaro in a year or two. As fate would have it, I fell in love with my Mustang and was glad I did because I didn’t like the Camaro after seeing it.
I started with the usual mods, such as a Steeda CAI and sport springs. Appearance mods were limited to window tinting and a SilverHorse Racing lower grille, as I wanted the car to retain the stock look.
One day I noticed an auction for an STS twin-turbo setup on eBay. I bid as much as I could afford, never really expecting to win the auction, but somehow I did. I panicked because I had to scrape together the money. Since the STS is a rear-mount turbo system, I had no need for my aftermarket mufflers. A three-way deal was struck, and I traded the mufflers and my CAI for a nitrous system. Still using the stock motor, I could only use the nitrous to spool the turbo. A nice tune by Kevin MacDonald yielded 530 rwhp.
I loved the new power, but the car needed a little better traction, so I sent it to Steeda to ensure the pinion angle and other adjustments were spot on. The stock rims were shipped off to Weldcraft Wheels in Michigan to be widened inward by 1 inch. This really helped with traction. It was fun for a while, but I wanted more.
After noticing a good deal on a used Ford Racing Performance Parts Aluminator, which was fitted with 3V heads by Mobile Mod Performance located in Miami, I decided to go for the forged internals, up the boost, and add a 100 shot of nitrous. What a blast to drive at 730 rwhp.
The car ran great for a couple of years, but I always seemed to be turning the boost up by 1 psi and eventually cracked two pistons in the ring land area. A trip to Tim Eichhorn at Mustang Performance Racing confirmed the cracks with a leak-down check. I pulled the motor and dropped it off for Eichhorn to work his magic. He fitted it with Diamond pistons; we added a ceramic coating on the top of the pistons for hardness, moly coating to the piston skirts for wear, and nitrous ports in the top of the pistons that help pressurize the rings quickly when injecting. Tim also sent the heads out for a valve job and porting.
Now, the car is back on the road and I’m very pleased with how it has turned out. It doesn’t need any more mods … for now.
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