Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
September 1, 2009
The underhood area of Jay's coupe is just as understated as the car's exterior. Not much to look at or get overly excited about; just a carbureted small-block. That is, until you find out that small-block is 408 ci of Windsor power, capable of making 536 rwhp and 520 lb-ft of torque, and propelling the coupe to a best of 10.45/131-mph pass at Cecil County Dragway. A.H.M. Performance out of Baltimore, Maryland, built the 408 using a Lightning 351 block, a Scat stroker crankshaft, Eagle connecting rods, and Keith Black forged pistons. Up top resides a pair of Edelbrock Victor Jr. heads with matching intake, and an old Barry Grant 750-cfm carburetor. Relying on nothing but cubic inches, Jay rows a Tremec TKO 600 with a SPEC clutch, and a Pro-5.0 shifter to get the job done

As for Geezer being able to hop right in and go, that hasn't exactly been the case. First off, Geezer is 6-foot, 3-inches, while Jay isn't quite that tall. Well, Jay had installed a Maximum Motorsports rollcage, but one of the bars ran right behind the front seats, keeping Geezer from fitting in the car.

Of course, Geezer can't leave anything alone. Not only is the cage coming out, but Geezer's friend Jason Duggar already has the car all apart. The engine and transmission is out, and the entire front of the car is off. Parts are now all over Atlanta being polished or coated, and boxes of other stuff have been coming in daily containing parts: double-adjustable upper control arms, an antiroll bar, a seat extender, gauges and gauge cages, an alternator, a fan and radiator, back tires, door lock motors, a switch plate for the ashtray, and a nitrous plate kit, just to mention a few.

So much for driving it right now.

5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain
Block
Lightning 351
Displacement
408ci
Crankshaft
Scat
Rods
Eagle I-beam
Pistons
Keith Black forged, Clevite piston ringsCamshaft
Custom grind
Cylinder Heads
Edelbrock Victor Jr., 2.05/1.60 valves, 1.6-ratio roller rockers, Anderson Ford Motorsport Hi-Rev valvesprings
Intake Manifold
Edelbrock Victor Jr.
Carburetor
Barry Grant Demon 750-cfm
Power Adder
No replacement for displacement, babyFuel System
Holley Black fuel pump, 1/2-inch braided fuel lines, sumped fuel tank, Mallory fuel pressure regulator
Exhaust
MAC 13/4-inch long-tube headers, ProChamber H-pipe, and Pro Dump mufflers
Transmission
Tremec TKO 600, SPEC clutch, Pro-5.0 shifter, Ford Racing Performance Parts aluminum driveshaftRearend
8.8, Moser 31-spline axles w/C-clip eliminators, Eaton Posi differential, 4.10 gears

Electronics
Engine Management
In the trash
Ignition
MSD 6AL with Blaster coil, FRPP spark plug wires, Autolite spark plugs
Gauges
Stock, Auto Meter

1993 Fox Coupe
Most Calypso cars we see have a Titanium interior, but Jay's coupe is one of the rare birds featuring our favorite black hides. Knowing the rarity of the combination, Jay kept it tidy and business-like inside. Necessary gauges include an Auto Meter EGT gauge, oil pressure, water temperature, and a Monster tach. No word on if the air freshener is good for a tenth like a 5.0&SF license plate, though.

Chassis and Suspension
Front Suspension
K-member
QA1 tubular
Springs
QA1 tubular
Struts
Lakewood 90/10
Caster/Camber
Hotchkis
Brakes
Stock, slotted rotors
Wheels
Weld Draglite 15x31/2-inch
Tires
Metric 165R15
Rear Suspension
Springs
Eibach Drag Launch with airbag in right rear spring
Shocks
Lakewood 50/50
Control Arms
HP Motorsport Mega-Byte upper and lower
Brakes
Stock
Wheels
Weld Racing Draglite 15x10
Tires
Mickey Thompson E/T Drag 28x10.5
Chassis Stiffening
Maximum Motorsport six-point rollcage with swing-out door bars, Wild Rides Battle Boxes, Kenny Brown Performance subframe connectors