Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
September 1, 2009

Bell Chassis' Joey Bell and Joseph Lawrence also spent some quality time under Mike's GT. The guys added mini-tubs, welded stainless steel S-plates to strengthen the torque boxes, and fortified the previously installed Kenny Brown Performance subframe connectors. To make sure the rear could handle the power, a 9-inch with a Strange Engineering spool, Moser 35-spline axles, and 3.73 gears joined the party. Up front resides a D&D Motorsports tubular K-member and A-arms, lowered spindles, coilover struts, and a Flaming River manual steering conversion. Aerospace Components double throwdown disc brakes take up residence inside SSR GT3 wheels.

Mike says he made a lot of mistakes during the car's build, and someone else currently owns the GT. Mike now owns a different Mustang and he's trying not to make the same mistakes twice-which is exactly why we ditched the tight-rolled look a long time ago.

5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain
Block Ford Racing Performance Parts R block
Bore 4.030-in
Stroke 3.250-in
Displacement 331ci
Rotating Assembly Scat crankshaft and H-beam connecting rods, JE pistons
Compression Ratio 8.5:1
Camshaft Comp Cams hydraulic roller
Heads Edelbrock Victor Jr., Jon Kaase Racing Engines-ported and polished, 2.02/1.60 valves, Lunati valvesprings, Crane lifters, 1.6 roller rockers
Intake Holley SysteMAX II, chrome upper, powdercoated lower
Throttle Body 75mm
Power Adder Turbonetics twin 67mm turbochargers, Precision Turbo air-to-air intercooler
Fuel System Barry Grant King Sumo fuel pump, braided fuel lines, Best Products fuel rails, Siemens-Deka 160-lb/hr fuel injectors
Exhaust System Bell Chassis & Fabrication custom-built manifolds and pipes with Magnaflow mufflers
Transmission Powerglide with transbrake, line-lock and PTC 4,600-rpm stall converter, Pistol Grip Hurst shifter, aluminum driveshaft
Rearend Ford 9-inch, Moser Engineering 35-spline axles, Strange Engineering spool, 3.73 gears

Electronics
Engine Management Fast
Ignition MSD 7AL2, HVC II coil, 10mm spark plug wires, NGK TR6 spark plugs
Gauges Florida 5.0 gauge package

Chassis and Suspension
Front Suspension
K-member D&D Motorsports tubular
Control arms D&D Motorsports tubular
Struts D&D Motorsports
Springs D&D Motorsports
Caster/Camber D&D Motorsports
Brakes Aerospace Components
Wheels SSR GT3 18x8
Tires General 215/35-18

Rear Suspension
Springs QA-1
Shocks QA-1
Brakes Aerospace Components
Wheels SSR GT3 18x12
Tires Nitto 305/35-18 Extreme Drag radial

Chassis Stiffening Bell Chassis & Fabrication 10-point rollcage and torque box S-plates, Wolfe Racecraft mini-tubs, Kenny Brown Performance subframe connectors