Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
May 1, 2012

Of course, like any Mustang project, Michael's creation is never really done. Since we pointed our cameras at it, the car has changed quite a bit, including a new theme and color scheme under the hood. He converted the car to five-lug and added Centerline billet wheels. Inside, Auto Meter Cruzer gauges in a custom wood dash supplanted the digital units. It even gained a new wood dashpad, and Michael's not finished yet.

"I will keep modifying this project until I get to a point where I say that's enough," Michael adds. "But, as long as I keep staring at it..."

Obviously we can only scratch the surface of such a comprehensive project build. Michael posted a series of updates on you can check out the build at

5.0 Tech Specs

'89 Mach 1

Engine and Drivetrain
Block Stock '02 Two-Valve 4.6 iron
Crankshaft Stock '02 Two-Valve 4.6
Rods Stock '02 Two-Valve 4.6
Pistons Stock '02 Two-Valve 4.6
Camshafts Patriot Performance Stage 1
Cylinder Heads Patriot Performance Stage II CNC-ported Two-Valve
Intake Manifold Edelbrock Victor
Carburetor Summit 600-cfm vacuum secondary
Fuel System Holley HP 125 pump with 3/8-in hard line
Exhaust Custom-built headers w/ Flowmaster and Thrush mufflers
Transmission Tremec TR-3650 w/ Centerforce Dual Friction clutch and Summit Racing shifter
Rearend 8.8-in w/3.73 gears

Ignition MSD
Gauges Nordskog Digital

Suspension and Chassis
Front Suspension
K-member Custom K-member
A-arms Stock
Struts Stock
Springs UPR Products
Brakes Stock
Wheels 17x6.5-in Mavromont Pony R
Tires Nitto 450 225/50-17

Rear Suspension
Shocks Strange Engineering aluminum coilover
Springs Strange Engineering
Control Arms Stock
Brakes Stock
Wheels 17x10-in Mavromont Pony R
Tires Nitto 450 275/50-17