Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
June 1, 2005

It is said a car is an extension of its owner and you can tell a lot about that person by just looking at his/her car. One such person we know who wears American pride on his wheels is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's Mike Clifford. His '94 Mustang GT is a rolling tribute to those who have fought for the freedoms we all enjoy as Americans.

Mike has owned other Mustangs-a '92 Saleen and a '96 Saleen, to be specific-but he wanted to build a car that would express his ideas. "I have been in the United States Air Force for over 7 years," he says. "This country, the flag, and the people who have fought for it, mean a lot to me." Mike was inspired by what people have sacrificed for our freedom, and he thought of no better way to pay tribute than to do his part in the military and to build his Mustang with those people in mind.

To get the look he wanted for the car, Mike took a trip to Killer Creations in Philadelphia. Known for producing some wicked paint schemes, Killer Creations took Mike's ideas and brought them to life. Building on the American flag theme, Mike wanted to tie in some Captain America, a symbol of liberty and justice. To personalize the scheme, Mike had Killer Creations molecularly bond USAF symbols on Captain America's chest and behind his image on the hood. Before the car left the vita-ray chamber (the paint booth), it received 50 stars and the American flag design administered into the Mustang letters found in the rear bumper cover.

Though '94-'95 Mustang GTs seem to be labeled as the frail, redheaded-stepchildren for their perceived lack of performance, Staff Sergeant Mike Clifford made sure his GT's abilities mirrored those of Captain America. The car's tight suspension means it's agile in the turns and on the straights. Obviously, with a power-adder engine under the hood, it no doubt has the strength and the speed to handle just about anything that crosses its path. Built with solid mechanical components, this GT has no problem with endurance either. With all that underhood power, 3.73 gears, a TTC-Tremec TKO, and BFGoodrich drag radials out back, Mike's GT is ready to pounce at a moment's notice and go wheel-to-wheel in combat. Professor Reinstein would be proud.

5.0 Tech SpecsEngine And DrivetrainBlock DartDisplacement 306 ciRotating AssemblyStock crankshaft, Eagle H-beam connecting rods, JE pistonsCylinder Heads Air Flow Research, Proform 1.6 pedestal-mount roller rockers CamshaftStockIntake Manifold Trick Flow Track Heat, 70mm throttle bodyMass Air MeterPro-M 80mmPower Adder Vortech S-Trim superchargerExhaust MAC long-tube headers, Pypes Performance X-pipe w/cut-outs and mufflers, Classic Design Concepts side exhaustFuel SystemWalbro 255-lph in-tank fuel pump, Vortech T-Rex inline fuel pump, stock lines and railsTransmission TTC-Tremec TKO, McLeod Twin Friction clutch, Pro-5.0 shifterRearend8.8, Ford Racing Performance Parts 3.73 gears, Moser 28-spline axles

ElectronicsEngine Management Stock computer, Autologic chipIgnition Mallory HyFire, Taylor plug wiresGaugesAuto Meter fuel pressure, boost, oil pressure, and air/fuel

Suspension And ChassisFront SuspensionK-Member StockA-Arms StockSprings EibachStruts KYBWheels '03 CobraTiresBFGoodrich BrakesBaerRear SuspensionSprings EibachShocksKYBTraction DevicesGranatelli Motor Sports Weight Jacker lower control armsWheels'03 CobraTires BFGoodrich Drag RadialBrakes Stock, cross-drilled/slotted rotors