January 13, 2004

A look at the cars and the people that share our passion for Mustangs and Fords...

Project Voodoo Stang

Jason Demers of Tarpon Springs, Florida and member of Tampa's Mustang Club, "Modern Mustangs of North America" recently purchased this 2004 Mustang GT Coupe and immediately began doing mods. The "Voodoo Stang" has host of 'em including a Borla Cat-back exhaust; MAC StraightShot Cold Air intake; MAC billet polished 85mm Mass Air Meter; Accufab 75mm polished Throttle Body; Accufab polished upper intake plennum; Boyd Coddington Smoothie II 18" polished wheels/Nitto Extreme 555 tires; Steeda Tri-Ax short throw shifter; PowerMaster chrome alternator; Superchips module; Steeda billet engine dress items; QuickLIFT Elite hood lift; Factory '04 Cobra black power side mirrors; Steeda interior/exterior billet dress items; Razzi body kit; Leather shift and e-brake boots and leather arm rest cover; Mirror Stainless Steel bumper inserts; and JL Audio Subs and amp. Oh, and more are coming like PowerSlot rotors, Steeda Sport Springs/4-bolt caster camber plates, Kenne Bell polished twin screw supercharger w/ Intercooler. That's some vodoo indeed...

The Price is Right

Thomas Price of Clinton, Michigan, is the original owner of this '84 GT that boasts just 19,000 miles. Obviously, Thomas parks the car during the winter months, so for those two nice days he really racks up the miles. The GT features the original tires, wiper blades, and so on, with the only additions being '85 GT headers, an '88 factory H-pipe, '86 GT mufflers and tailpipes, and a Hurst shifter. "I have all the paperwork on the car from the day I ordered it," Thomas says. He is most certainly a member of Tech Editor Houlahan's Mustang Melvin club (not that there's anything wrong with that).

Matt Barnes

We invited Matt Barnes and his '86 GT to compete in our '03 King of the Street competition. We wanted to get a closer look at the car and possibly photograph it for a feature. Unfortunately, Matt was unable to make it to the competition. So, for now, you'll just have to look at the car here in Showcase.

We should all aim so high as to have a Mustang that's as nice and detailed as Matt's. The '86 features a Keith Craft 408 using a Ford Racing Performance Parts block, Edelbrock Victor Jr. heads and intake, a Coast High Performance Spyder elbow, a polished Vortech YS-Trim supercharger, and much more. With a FAST DFI system, the car has made 647 hp and 575 lb-ft of torque with only 16 degrees timing on pump gas. Other features include Baer brakes, Griggs front suspension components, UPR rear suspension components, a Tremec TTC 3550, and FRPP Cobra R wheels wrapped in Nitto NT555 treads.

Does your Mustang have the right stuff for Showcase? Well, proveit. Send your photos and car descriptions to 5.0 Showcase, 9036 Brittany Way, Tampa, FL 33619. Remember when taking photos to fill the frameand watch out for nonsense in the background. And if you're using adigital camera, crank up the resolution.

Home Run

It's a good thing H.R. Zoller lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. If he lived any closer, he'd have Editor Turner knocking on his door in the hopes of taking home his T-topped '86 GT. Even so, we're sure Turner would have a hard time wrestling the keys away from H.R. since he is also the original owner of the car. H.R. has modified the interior of his GT with '88 Saleen seats, an SVO steering wheel, and a B&M Hammer shifter. For performance, the GT boasts FRPP 3.73 gears and spark plug wires, a B&M shift-improvement kit, underdrive pulleys, 1.7 roller rockers, a Kenne Bell ram-air kit, an X-pipe, and DynoMax mufflers. For electrical support, H.R. added a 130-amp alternator, while subframe connectors keep everything sturdy. To match the pristine exterior, he added American Racing wheels wrapped in Yokohama shoes.

Another Original Owner

John Van Kirk of Tioga, Pennsylvania, is the original owner of this '84 GT. (This must be an original-owner record for Showcase.) John bought the car new and two days later picked up his wife and newborn son, David, from the hospital. That son is now in the U.S. Air Force, but John is still driving around in the GT, although David says it will be his someday. In the meantime, John is having a blast tooling around in the original-paint, 10,000-mile GT. He has added an FRPP ignition, an adjustable pinion snubber, underdrive pulleys, 1.7 roller rockers, a three-row radiator, a B&M Ripper shifter, a Holley four-barrel carburetor, FRPP headers, a Ravin after-cat exhaust, ARE wheels, and 3.73 gears. To shore up the underpinnings, the '84 sports FRPP upper and lower control arms, and subframe connectors.

Just One Left

Scott Paradis of Dunn, North Caro-lina, has owned three square-light Mustangs, with this '86 GT being the one left for him to play with. Scott became serious with the performance by adding a 331 built around Eagle and JE rotating assembly components, topped with Edelbrock Victor Jr. heads and a Victor 5.0 intake. A Powerdyne supercharger boosts 11 pounds through the combustion chambers, while MAC long-tube headers, a MAC ProChamber, and a 3-inch Flowmaster after-cat provide the exit for burnt fumes. A Frank Lupo Pro Comp C4 with a 4,200-stall converter and transbrake transmits the power back to a stock-axled 8.8 with 3.55 gears. Aerospace Components brakes reside up front, while a disc brake conversion provides the stopping forces out back. These mods are just the beginning, but to list them all Scott would need his own magazine.