Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
April 1, 2003
Photos By: E. John Thawley III

Dennis is particularly proud of the polished bits under his hood. Included in the shiny crowd is the radiator cover and the entire radiator overflow tank and power-steering pump reservoir. If that weren't enough flash to keep Wenol in business, the strut brace, the alternator, and, of course, the Vortech S-Trim all sport a mirror finish, as does the mandrel-bent inlet pipe for the supercharger. The Vortech in question was spooled up to 15 pounds of boost courtesy of a 3.125-inch pulley. That boost travels through a Sean Hyland Motorsport/Spearco air-to-air intercooler en route to a Ford Racing Performance Parts 70mm throttle body. When it's not cranking out boost, the extra air is funneled back to the inlet via a Vortech Racing Bypass.

Obviously, profiling is as big a part of Dennis' Mustang experience as performance. Though the stock seats still hold court, much of the rest of the interior was augmented with aftermarket assistance. Enough Auto Meter gauges to keep tabs on an F-15 share space with billet-aluminum accents from UPR and carbon-fiber trim from California Mustang. The B&M Hammer shifter with the polished T handle is attached to an Art Carr-prepped 4R70W automatic with a 2,200-stall converter. Schroth harness belts keep Dennis from sliding off those leather seats when he makes the most of his brakes and suspension.

Obviously, carrying four passengers isn't a priority for Dennis, but a stiff, squeak-free chassis is. Part of that solid foundation is this six-point, chrome-moly rollbar from Scott Performance in Irvine, Cali-fornia. It extends through the floor to mate with custom "tri-ladder" subframe connectors, also from Scott Performance. In addition to the cage and subframes, Scott welded and reinforced the torque boxes and bolstered the front suspension's tubular A-arms. "Through a conscientious and tenacious approach over time," Dennis enthuses, "we've chased down and eliminated any squeaks, leaks, or rattles. That's saying something for a Fox-4 with a full cage, urethane throughout, low-profile rubber, and a sick amount of custom pieces and systems."

5.0 TECH SPECS
ENGINE AND DRIVETRAIN
Block Stock
Displacement 281 ci
Heads Stock
Camshafts Stock
Intake Stock
Throttle Body FRPP 70mm
Mass Air Pro-M 80mm
Fuel System Fuel Safe 22-gal Cobra R fuel cell, Vortech T-Rex inline pump,
255-lph in-tank pump, Paxton regulator,
UPR fuel rails, 42-lb/hr injectors
Exhaust XMP custom headers, Bassani X-pipe, Borla Cat-Back w/turndowns
Power Adder Vortech V-1 SQ S-Trim
Transmission Art Carr 4R70W
Rearend 8.8 with FRPP diff, TA girdle, Moser 31-spline axles, and 4.10 gears