Kristian Grimsland
Associate Editor, Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
January 22, 2013
Photos By: John Machaqueiro

As a late-model Mustang source, MM&FF prides itself in delivering you, the reader, some of the baddest Stangs on the planet.

Sometimes it’s easy finding cool feature rides, and other days, it’s a little more challenging. But when Matt Schelkopf sent us a submission for My Muscle Mustang, this feature ride literally fell in our lap.

Matt included several photos attached to an email of his Teal ’93 Cobra and a brief description. We scrolled through the email, content with his description of the Cobra, but we took notice of his ’93 GT that just happened to be included. Curious, we requested more photos from Matt of his GT. He replied, and we were hooked. We set up a time and place to shoot the car, and here it is today, on these very pages.

Matt’s story began in the spring of 1994, right as he graduated high school and was making his way into college. Having always been a Ford enthusiast, Matt purchased his first Stang, a black ’93 GT with 18,000 miles. He worked part time while attending school to afford the typical bolt-ons for a Fox—K&N air filter, shifter, exhaust, pulleys, and so on, and eventually made his way up to a Vortech blower and a Tremec TKO transmission.

After graduating college, Matt pursued a law degree. The Mustang sat quietly in his parents’ garage as he continued schooling for another three years. Matt entered the workforce in 2002 and was finally able to upgrade his beloved Stang.

One day while surfing the interweb in 2006, Matt came across a Teal ’93 Cobra for sale not far from where he lived. Having always admired the Teal Cobras, Matt saw a perfect opportunity to purchase the car he always wanted. The deal was made, and the ’93 took the back seat for the next few years, as Matt slowly restored his Cobra to show room condition.

In 2009, Matt and two other friends attended Mustang Week. “I was amazed at the horsepower some of these guys were pushing out on the mod motors with a simple pulley swap and tune,” Matt told us. “I started thinking about my next plan. Should I sell my Fox cars and look at buying a Terminator or Shelby? I realized I had too much sentimental attachment to my GT and could never get rid of it. I also knew it would be somewhat sinful to take my ’93 Cobra and do an engine swap. So in 2010, I researched options and started leaning towards a Terminator conversion for my GT.”

Over the years, Matt had continuously done his own work, but he knew a swap of this stature should be left to the professionals. He contacted Paul’s High Performance out of Jackson, Michigan.

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“I had several conversations with Paul Svinicki and he helped me come up with a game plan for my GT,” Matt explained. “Unfortunately, the ’93 Cobra had to hit the market in order to fund the project. I ended up selling it to someone local 20 minutes from where I lived.”

Matt’s project took two years to complete. While at Paul’s High Performance, it received a Terminator long-block, along with a Tremec T56 Magnum six-speed transmission. The C-style cylinder heads feature Ford GT Supercar camshafts and an assortment of Comp Cams valvetrain components. Fuel is supplied thanks to two Division X 340-lb/hr Stryker fuel pumps and 60-lb/hr injectors. A FRPP Whipple 2.9L supercharger force-feeds a massive amount of air, delivering 22 pounds of boost and helping Matt’s ride crank out 644 rwhp.

The suspension has also been upgraded, thanks to a Maximum Motorsports tubular frontend, and Bilstein HD front and rear shocks are in charge of dampening. The rearend has been upgraded ultilizing an Eaton True-Trac differential, Ford 9-inch housing ends, and 31-spline axles. Outside, he’s also added a staggered set of powdercoated Hyper Black chrome BBS Plasma wheels and a Harwood 3-inch cowl hood.

“I wanted to build an amazing street car and this surpasses my original goal,” Matt told us. “It’s just an amazing car to drive. The suspension is very comfortable, and the engine is super smooth, but it changes to an evil beast when pressing on the go-fast pedal.”

Matt would like to thank the crew at PHP for an amazing job on the engine swap, as well as his wife, Maureen; his parents; and his best friend, Chris Raymond, for being so supportive and understanding throughout the whole build.

“About one month before I picked up my GT from Paul’s, I got a call from Eric, the guy who had purchased my Cobra,” Matt said. “ He had been keeping the car in his parents’ garage and was told that he had to sell it. He was giving me first option to buy it back. We met up, I looked at the car, and I fell in love with it all over again. I had no choice but to buy it back.”

“I now own both cars again. The GT has about 69,000 miles on it, and the Cobra has 59,000. This time, they are both here to stay.”