Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
June 25, 2010

Another non-Mach 1 addition is the car's transmission. As mentioned, the couple's project Cobra donated this part of this equation as well, but it's not a run-of-the-mill TR3650-it's a '00 Cobra R T56. The Cobra had the six-speed and supporting gear, but Jeff went a step further by installing a 26-spline input shaft with a RAM HDT clutch before mating it to the fresh Four-Valve. He left the Mach's 8.8 rearend as is, so that's the last stock piece to the puzzle.

OK, so many of you reading this may be scratching your head trying to figure out Jeff's method to building this car. Jeff built the car for the street and open-track action. He wanted a lightweight '03 Cobra. This is his hybrid version. Jeff blended a Twin-Screw Cobra with an aluminum block, a built six-speed transmission, a solid axle, and slightly used Maximum Motorsports suspension additions.

Jeff figures he saved probably $10K by purchasing stuff used, or through wheelin' and dealin'. We'd take Jeff's thrifty hybrid over a Prius any day of the week. Sudden acceleration would always be commanded by our right foot.

5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain
Block 4.6-liter aluminum
Displacement 283 ci
Crankshaft Stock Cobra
Rods Manley Performance
Pistons CP w/Akerly & Childs rings
Camshafts Ford GT
Cylinder Heads Stock '03-'04 Cobra, Comp Cams valvesprings
Intake Manifold Stock '03-'04 Cobra, JLT Performance cold air intake
Power Adder Whipple 2.3-liter 140AX supercharger; 17 pounds of boost
Mass Air SCT BA2400
Throttle Body Accufab
Fuel System Twin Ford GT Supercar fuel pumps, stock lines and fuel rails, 60-lb/hr injectors
Exhaust American Racing Headers 1 5/8- to 1 3/4-in stepped headers, custom 3-in X-shape crossover pipe, and Magnaflow mufflers
Transmission 2000 Cobra R-spec T56 with 26-spline input shaft, Ram HDT clutch, Pro-5.0 shifter, Dynotech aluminum driveshaft
Rearend Stock 8.8 w/3.55 gears, stock differential and axles

Electronics
Engine Management
Stock computer, SCT-tuned
Ignition Stock, NGK TR6 spark plugs
Gauges Stock, SCT LiveWire digital display

Chassis and Suspension
Front Suspension K-member Maximum Motorsports tubular
Control Arms Maximum Motorsports tubular
Struts Bilstein
Springs Maximum Motorsports coilovers
Camber Plates Maximum Motorsports Swaybar Steeda Autosports
Brakes Stock Mach 1, Hawk pads
Wheels 18x9 1/2-in Forgeline GT3
Tires Pirelli P-Zero
Rear Suspension
Shocks Bilstein
Springs Steeda Autosports
Control Arms Steeda Autosports aluminum uppers and lowers
Brakes Stock
Wheels 18x10 1/2-in Forgeline GT3
Tires Pirelli P-Zero
Chassis Stiffening Subframe connectors