Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
June 1, 2002
Photos By: Steve Turner

Horse Sense: Jason's car marks the second Mustang painted by Richie Jones of Jones Custom Creations to be featured in 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords. And Brad Carrol detailed Brian Thorpe's car, which graced our March '01 cover. Do you see a trend here?

When we attend events, it's sometimes difficult for us to find time to check out the car-show area. Between shooting race features, launches, burnouts, pit action, catching up on the latest race gossip, mooching off the Svinickis for lunch, and getting razzed by the TTC guys before they buy our dinner, there's not much time to visit the car show. For that reason, a show car has to stop us in our tracks to make us take notice. Fortunately for Jason Lindsey of Bee Springs, Kentucky, his buddy Brian Thorpe (Mar. '01 cover car/June '01 feature car owner) pointed us in the direction of Jason's tribal hatch at last year's NMRA finals at Bowling Green, Kentucky. Once we saw the car, the hook was set, and we decided to throw out the anchor and set up our cameras.

Of course, the paint hooked us right off the boat, but Jason tells us the car wasn't always this nice. "The day I bought it, I discovered someone was just white happy," he says. It shouldn't be surprising to know Jason bought the car off a repo lot. Basically, everything but the glass was painted white. This theme was also carried over to the Pony wheels. Jason had the car repainted white with a single red stripe over the top. It stayed that way for a year and a half, when he decided to update the paint scheme.

Jason's plan was to add ghost flames on the front end, but the night before the paint was to be applied, a different direction was decided upon. Utilizing the talents of Richie Jones and Brad Carrol of Jones Custom Creations [(270) 597-3178] and the aforementioned Brian Thorpe of Brian's Signs and Auto Graphics [(270) 879-4338], the car would wear this tribal flame paint scheme using PPG '91 Capri Polar White as a basecoat. The boys laid out the flames that night and painted it the next day. It took Richie, Brad, and Brian just a couple hours to tape off the flames. The result looks like it should've taken at least a day. "We have a system going to where it doesn't take long at all to lay something out," Richie says.

Jason purchased his first Mustang as a senior in high school. This hatch is his fifth. The car's current paint scheme was born the night before painting. Ghost flames were initially on the drawing board, but some last-minute thinking brought the tribal scheme to the forefront. This theme seems to be hot right now, and Jason decided to capitalize on that via the talents of Richie Jones, Brian Thorpe, and Brad Carrol.

During the paint process, Jason removed the engine for a once-over, which included new gaskets and painting the block and heads red to match the exterior and interior. He polished every component that wasn't painted, except for the Powerdyne supercharger which was handled by his buddy Jeff Smith. Jason also hid various solenoids and relays in the fenderwells for a cleaner-looking underhood appearance. Once the car was back together, Brad Carrol helped Jason with final detailing before hitting the show circuit. Speaking of which, right before the NMRA World Finals at Bowling, the transmission's First gear and Reverse went out.

Proving the car is all show, Jason hasn't driven it since our photo shoot. As of this writing, the transmission has yet to be fixed. But it will be addressed, along with adding ever-popular interior billet hardware, an eight-point cage, and ceramic-coated BBK headers, which can only mean one thing-it's show-hunting season again.

The engine is mostly stock, save for worked-over heads, a Ford Racing Performance Parts E303 camshaft, and an Edelbrock Performer intake. But the Powerdyne supercharger takes up the slack in the power department. Jason lived by the "If it wasn't painted, it was polished" moniker to guarantee show-field success. Since he won Best Paint at the NMRA Finals at Bowling Green, Kentucky, and several Best of Show awards, we'd say he has done quite well.
Block Stock '91 5.0
Crank Stock
Cam FRPP E303
Heads Stock, w/triple valvesprings and FRPP 1.6 rockers
Intake Edelbrock Performer, Edelbrock 70mm throttle body
Mass Air Pro-{{{M}}} 75 mm
Power Adder Powerdyne supercharger (6 psi)
Fuel System BBK 155-lph in-tank pump, external pusher pump,stock fuel rails, 24-lb/hr injectors
Exhaust MAC headers, MAC off-road H-pipe, Flowmaster mufflers
Transmission C4, GER 3,500-stall converter, manual valvebody
Driveshaft Stock
Rearend 8.8, 3.55 gears, Auburn Pro differential

Engine Management Stock
Ignition MSD 6AL
Gauges Auto Meter Rich/Lean gauge

Jason never could keep a five-speed in use, so he threw in a C4 with a 3,500-stall converter. The transmission features a manual valvebody, although Jason doesn't remember the name of the manufacturer. When behind the wheel, he manipulates a Hurst Quarter Stick shifter to change the C4's gears.

Shocks/Struts Stock
Springs Stock
Control Arms Southside Machine lowers, adjustable uppers
Brakes Stock
Wheels Speedware Cobra R
Tires Nitto