Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
May 16, 2017

It is said it takes a village to raise a child, but in the case of Tim Matherly’s 2001 Mustang Bullitt NMRA G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock race car, the same is going to be true. After a fire at MV Performance, which Tim co-owns with Shane “Biggie me” Cannon, the Coyote Stock car suffered major damage. Tim’s friend, Craig Baldwin, loaned him his Fox hatch Coyote Stock car in the interim, but a small village will help get the Bullitt back in fighting shape.

The car was heavily damaged, as were others in the shop that day. The Coyote Stock car will need work from the B-pillars forward, including a new roof. MPS Auto Salvage helped Tim out with a parts car to pillage for many of the body parts, but the body and paint is undecided at this point. If Jason Carnes from Carnes Customs can paint it, Tim’s thinking of doing Teal scallops over blue, but that is still up in the air at the moment.

Tim will be using Optic Armor for the windshield, but the rest of the glass will need to be replaced as well. Much of the car forward of the B-pillar will need work and replacement body parts. Of course, the engine is a melted mess, which is why the car is getting a 2016 Sealed Coyote engine from Ford Performance.

What’s not up in the air is the powertrain. The engine, which is owned by fellow Coyote Stock racer Jacob Lamb, is a 2016 Sealed Coyote engine and controls pack. Behind the sealed engine will be the class standard G-Force Racing Transmissions G101A transmission with a Ram clutch. The car will wear Strange Engineering struts up front, to go along with the existing Strange shocks out back. The rear suspension, which did not suffer damage, will still consist of Metco upper and lower control arms, along with a Chassis Engineering anti-roll bar.

With Tim driving Craig Baldwin’s Fox for 2017, the goal is still to have the car ready for the NMRA All Ford World Finals at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky. That race takes place September 28-October 1, 2017. Craig’s car is for sale, and Tim will once again take the wheel of his Bullitt for the 2018 season. He’ll be looking for another championship, and the car’s sixth championship. Tim has won four NMRA Real Street championships in this car, and Joe Charles won a Coyote Stock championship with this very car back in 2012. This car’s home is on the track, and we will bring you updates on the car as the rebuild continues, so stay tuned.

The car is partially torn down in preparation for body work, and roof replacement. A parts car was sourced from MPS Auto Salvage, and there won’t be much left of that parts car once Tim and the MV Performance crew is done with it. The paint scheme is still up in the air, but DiabloSport will once again have a prominent spot on the car as the tuning company continues its support of Tim’s program.