Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
December 3, 2010

Unlike his own car, which he could let sit while getting new parts, he had to fix Kelly's car as it was her only mode of transportation. "I added Moser axles, Ford Racing Performance Parts 4.30 gears, a 31-spline Traction-Lok, and a girdle," Joe says. Next up in the trash bin was the 3650's input shaft, but it was replaced with a ProMotion Powertrain 26-spline replacement, along with a SPEC clutch and aluminum flywheel. Each time he broke something, Joe made sure to upgrade the failed components. "Before I knew it, her car was faster than mine had ever been, and mine was still down," Joe says jokingly.

It was about get faster. While working at Parkway Ford, and now at Gene Evans Ford in the parts department, Joe has the inside track on many FRPP goodies. While his car was down, Joe started gathering parts for when he could put his Mach back together. He had gathered enough pieces to put together a FR500C engine, but he still had several FR500 heads/cam/intake components from his own Mach. He decided to "donate" those HCI pieces to Kelly's Mach. The couple purchased an FRPP Aluminator, adding the FR500 pieces up top. Joe's buddy Paul Dishroon helped free the car of its original Four-Valve, and drop in the new powerplant.

In this form, the car made its debut at the inaugural 2010 NMRA Nitto Tire Peach State Nationals, where Joe averaged a 12.0 to win the True Street 12-second award. Before leaving MV, Tim Matherly tuned the Mach to 386 hp on MV's Mustang Dynamometer. However, Joe thinks the Mach's computer is holding back the tune above 6,800 rpm; he hopes to try a different computer, hopefully by the time you're reading this.

Describing her Mach's condition, Kelly says, "She's not clean because I worry about resale value. It's because she's part of the family and that's just how you take care of things that are important to you." Since Joe is known to wax the underside of his Mustang, this was surely a match made in Mustang heaven.

5.0 Tech Specs
'03 Mach 1

Engine And Drivetrain

  • Block Ford Racing Performance Parts Aluminator
  • Crankshaft FRPP Aluminator
  • Rods FRPP Aluminator
  • Pistons FRPP Aluminator
  • Camshafts FR500 high-lift camshaft kit
  • Cylinder Heads FRPP Aluminator, Boss 330 Racing-ported
  • Intake Manifold FR500
  • Throttle Body Stock
  • Mass Air Stock
  • Fuel System Stock w/SVT Focus fuel pump, and FRPP 34-lb/hr injectors
  • Exhaust Bassani Xhaust mid-length headers and off-road X-shape crossover pipe, MagnaFlow MagnaPack mufflers dumped in front of rear axle
  • Transmission Tremec TR3650 w/ProMotion Powertrain 26-spline input shaft, SPEC Stage 1 clutch, SPEC aluminum flywheel, Steeda Autosports Tri-Ax shifter, and FRPP aluminum driveshaft
  • Rearend 8.8 w/FRPP 4.30 gearset, 31-spline Traction-Lok differential, and axle girdle; Moser Engineering 31-spline axles

Electronics

  • Engine Management Stock computer w/Tim Matherly/MV Performance/DiabloSport tune
  • Ignition Stock
  • Gauges MSD shift light

Suspension And Chassis
Front Suspension

  • K-member UPR Products Pro-Series tubular
  • Control Arms UPR Products Pro-Series tubular
  • Caster/Camber Steeda Autosports
  • Struts Lakewood 90/10
  • Springs UPR Products Pro-Series coil-over
  • Brakes New Edge Mustang GT
  • Wheels FR500 replica 18x9-in
  • Tires Kumho Ecsta MX 245/40-18

Rear Suspension

  • Shocks Stock
  • Springs Steeda Autosports Competition
  • Control Arms UPR Products Pro-Series upper and lower
  • Brakes New Edge Mustang GT
  • Wheels FR500 replica 18x10-in
  • Tires Kumho Ecsta MX 295/35-18