Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
February 16, 2017
Photos By: JLT Performance

When it comes to Fox Mustangs, it’s largely accepted that the 1993 Cobra was the pinnacle of the breed. With a factory rating of 235 horsepower thanks to GT-40 heads, a Cobra intake, a revised camshaft, 24 lb/hr injectors, a 70mm mass air meter, and a 65mm throttle body, along with other small performance upgrades, the Cobra also featured exterior appointments designed to differentiate it from GT and LX models. Exclusivity also plays a key role in the desirability of the 1993 Cobra. Only 5,100 were built, with the rarest being the race-bred Cobra R with only 107 built.

Jay Tucker’s isn’t a Cobra R, obviously, but he has a Cobra and we don’t, so we’re automatically envious. The JLT Performance main man picked up the car in decent shape, but there were past repairs that spelled out previous damage, and those repairs weren’t the best. Jay and the JLT crew cleaned up the repairs, and straightened out any other body issues before applying new paint.

Jay Tucker and the JLT staff left nothing to chance in painting the Cobra. The car was blown apart, and shoddy repairs fixed before applying the 10-ft deep black paint. The Cobra’s headlights, fog lights, and side markers were also tinted to match the car’s dark exterior.

However, Jay and the JLT crew didn’t just stop at new paint. Jay sourced CJ Pony Parts for a steel cowl hood, Bilstein shocks and struts, Eibach springs, Maximum Motorsports caster/camber plates, a Flowmaster exhaust, and various interior trim pieces and hardware. The Cobra was treated to a five-lug swap with Latemodel Restoration Cobra wheels, which Jay had powder coated black chrome for a unique look. Jay added Nitto NT-05 treads to finish off the Cobra wheels.

To make listening to Motley Crue that much sweeter, Jay replaced the factory audio system with a Sony head unit, Infinity speakers, and a sub/amp combo. Jay’s immediate plan is to simply have fun with the Cobra, but a 363ci or 408ci Windsor, or perhaps a Coyote swap, will be in the car’s future.

If you know Jay, you know there would be a new JLT Performance part to come from the Cobra’s rebirth. One such product is this front splitter, which will be available around April for 1987-1993 Mustang GTs and 1993 Cobra models. We’re sure more JLT parts will come from the build, but the splitter is the first.