Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
August 1, 2004
Photos By: Steve Turner

Knowing what it would take to stay competitive in NMRA Pure Street, however, Mike sold the car you see here during the winter of 2003. But there were to be other losses for Mike as well. His father passed away in 2003. And at the age of just 33, his brother, John, died on February 14, 2004. "It's been a rough winter," Mike says.

With all that's happened recently, Mike says his fortune may be taking a turn for the better. He has put a lot of things back on track, including getting back in the driver seat of Lisa Reffert's NMRA Real Street car, which should be ready for the '04 Columbus race.

Be sure to catch the next season of This Old Houser scheduled for the summer of 2004 and beyond. Check 5.0&SF for local listings.

5.0 TECH SPECS
ENGINE AND DRIVETRAIN
Block Stock 5.0
Bore 4.060
Stroke 3.00
Displacement 310 ci
Rotating Assembly {{{Eagle}}} crankshaft, and rods, Diamond pistons,
Total Seal piston rings
Cam Comp Cams
Heads AFR 165, SS
Performance and Machining–ported, 2.02/1.60 valves, Comp Cams rockers,
K-Motion valvesprings, stock lifters
Intake Holley SysteMAX II, Extrude Honed
Throttle Body Accufab 75mm
Mass Air Pro-{{{M}}} 80mm, Anderson {{{Ford}}}
Motorsport Power Pipe
Fuel System Aeromotive fuel pump and
regulator, Russell lines, Vortech fuel rails, Ford Racing Performance Parts
30-lb/hr injectors
Exhaust Kooks headers, Dr. Gas X-pipe,
DynoMax mufflers
Transmission TTC-Tremec TKO,
Spec clutch, Hurst Billet Plus shifter
Rearend 8.8, Moser spool and
33-spline axles, 4.30 gears
ELECTRONICS
Engine Management Stock computer,
Anderson Ford Motorsport PMS
Ignition MSD
Gauges Auto Meter