Rod Short
February 1, 2000

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The ad itself was pretty simple: "For Sale - '88 Mustang LX, supercharged, 11-second car, low mileage, $6,800." It was everything that Greg Staufer of Midlothian, Virginia, had been hoping for.

"I must have looked at 30 different cars before I finally came across this one," Greg says about his LX. Despite being over 10 years old, the Mustang's paint and interior looked immaculate. After hearing the engine roar to life for the very first time, Greg knew he was on to something special. It wasn't long before the deal was closed and the LX was on its way to a new home. Greg followed the paper trail of receipts and time-slips that came with the car in order to discover how the previous owner had gotten this Mustang into the 11s.

Lakewood 90/10 struts and 50/50 shocks on the rear had optimized suspension for better weight transfer, while a driveshaft loop and special wheel alignment provided an extra margin of safety for running down the track. While the car was run with Centerlines shod with Mickey Thompsons on the track, factory 10-hole rims with 235-60VR15 Comp T/A's kept the car looking stock on the street.

The stock 5.0 short-block had been treated to a GT-40 manifold, the lower part of which was ported and gasket-matched. Handling the air/fuel mixture was a speed density metering system that used a 65mm throttle body, 110-lph fuel pump, and 24-lb/hr fuel injectors. A Powerdyne blower set to provide 6 pounds of boost gave extra cylinder pressure while the exhaust ports were scavenged by a pair of MAC short-tube headers, and two-chamber Flowmasters.

While this provided a more-than-pleasing combination, Greg set out immediately to improve the engine's combination, like switching from speed density to mass air, with a Pro-M 77mm meter. Blower boost was turned up to 9 psi, which was helped greatly by the addition of a Digicon Smart Spark ignition-timing computer. An Auto Meter Pro-Comp 2 tach with dual range and a two-stage shifter light also proved to be useful aids to the driver. All of this has produced a best elapsed time of 11.52 at 118 mph.

"I take the family out to dinner in the car and drive it all around town," Greg says.

"It drives well on the street and even gets pretty good gas mileage. However, I do want to put in a Tremec with a Pro 5.0 shifter, do something about a roll cage, and maybe even go to an A4 block so I can get more out of my blower."

Maybe warmed over second helpings aren't bad after all!