Eddie Maloney
March 30, 2017

Krystal Earl hails from the wine country in Temecula, California, where temperatures are generally mild all year around. Having grown up around fast cars, she knew she had to build one her way. Her body style of choice? The coveted New Edge body Mustang Cobra. If you can imagine it, Krystal has customized it.

“As the president of the Rebel Stangs club for the past seven years, I wanted my Cobra to stand out.” Krystal explains. The original 4.6L Four-Valve powerplant was replaced for a 2004 version, which has been stroked to a 5.0L. The engine was built around the twin Garrett 55mm turbochargers. The cylinder heads were freshened and rotating assembly was upgraded with CP dished pistons, Oliver billet rods, Kellogg crankshaft, and an upgraded Melling billet oiling system. Next to be installed were 60 lb/hr injectors and a Walbro in-tank fuel pump system, and has a 91-octane tune from Last Call racing.

Custom air ride suspension combined with the fabricated wide body kit makes for a killer stance on this snake. Not only does it look good, it performs, and puts out 600 horsepower.
Under the hood may not look like much, but plenty of work has gone into this area. The twin turbochargers are tucked down low and hidden just behind the front headlights. Exhaust modifications include a set of shorty headers, X-pipe, and MagnaFlow mufflers.

The original suspension remained on the car until early 2017, however an AFCO tubular K-member was recently added for handling and stability. The interior was next to be upgraded with Recaro front seats and a four-point roll bar.

When it came to aesthetics, Custom Auto Lab fabricated a 4-inch wider then stock body kit that included skirts, a ducktail spoiler, and a front lip. “These aren’t your typical bolted on panels, they are custom fabricated,” says Krystal. A VIS carbon fiber Terminator hood was also installed. Did we say custom? This Cobra was originally black but Krystal wasn’t satisfied with that either. She had it painted with seven coats of factory three stage Ford Ruby Red.

Krystal went on to say, “I like shifting gears, so I wanted to stay with the factory T-45 transmission.” Krystal also upgraded the clutch assembly to a McLeod RST twin disk with a MGW Short throw shifter.

When you are low and wide nothing stands out more than a set of fancy wheels. Krystal installed a set of 20-inch Concept One CS-55 Concave series rollers wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tires. The concave design of the wheels and the custom molded panels helped her fit the 11-inch rears and 10-inch fronts.

This was a seven year build in the making and a dream that finally came true. But is anything this customized ever done? Per Krystal, not at all and she is far from being finished. Plans still include a gear change, a T-56 six-speed, and new Concept One Concave CF 4s with painted accents. While Krystal loves everything about her ride, the license plate might be her favorite part.

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