Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
March 1, 2013
Photos By: Steve Turner

Horse Sense: Southeastern Fox-Bodies Mustang Club (www.southeasternfoxbodies.com) was formed because of the lack of a Fox-only group and to keep later model Mustangs from taking over. Basically, the club gives Fox owners the chance to come together and organize shows, cruises, and the like.

"Croftgate Auto Detail Products keeps the GT's paint in pristine condition," Ricky tells us. The paint has helped Ricky bring home several car show awards, including Best '87-'93 Mustang at Mustang Week in both 2011 and 2012. Ricky thanks his wife, Terri, for supporting his Mustang habit, which sounds like a full-time job. He also thanks former owner Jason Putnam for the trade offer, and his fellow SoutheasternFoxBodies.com members. "Owning this car wouldn't be as much fun without other Mustang enthusiasts to share and hang out with," Ricky says.

The Ricky Williams most 5.0&SF readers know was a powerful and fast running back at the University of Texas, and then in the National Football League. The Ricky Williams that owns this '90 GT fell in love with a different kind of power and speed.

This Ricky Williams was just 11 years old when his uncle stopped by the house to show off his new '86 GT. "Riding in the car was unlike anything I had ever ridden in at at my young age," Ricky says. After being exposed to his uncle's GT, he knew one day he would have his own Mustang.

It would take Ricky 10 years to fulfill that dream in the form of a "beautiful black '93 LX." Of course, speed is the name of the game, so he added the usual bolt-ons, along with a Compucar 150hp nitrous kit. Ricky raced the LX for several years at tracks near his local Red Springs, North Carolina-hometown, but like the other Ricky Williams, he needed a break in the action. Ricky sold the LX in 2005. However, he also couldn't stay away from the game forever.

Ricky got back in the game in 2010 with a '91 LX coupe. He wanted a project car and the LX perfectly fit the bill. Unfortunately, work and family commitments kept Ricky from devoting the time needed to take the LX from project to street. He sold the LX to find a more suitabl e -- and running -- 'Stang. What a replacement he found, too! Ricky ran across a nice high-mileage, Vibrant Red '93 Cobra. "I purchased the Cobra with the intention of doing some tasteful mods and the addition of a turbo," Ricky says. For the latter, he purchased a B&G Custom Turbo 68mm Stage 1 kit.

While gathering parts to complete the turbo install, Ricky became a member of the Southeastern Fox-Bodies Mustang Club. Before Ricky could commence with the installation, fellow club member Jason Putnam offered an interesting proposition -- his '90 GT for Ricky's Cobra. "I was shocked," Ricky says. "I had to ask him a few times if he was serious." The GT you see here was the car offered in trade. Ricky had seen the car at a few club meets and knew the GT's outstanding condition. "I knew Jason had put a lot into the car, so I was interested," Ricky added.

Ricky tells us Jason bought the GT as a shell on wheels for $100 and a pair of Flowmasters. It didn't have an interior, engine, transmission, hood, bumpers, or ground effects on it. The car had been wrecked and was destined for the junkyard. Jason saved the car, installing an interior, and getting help from his dad, David, on the bodywork and paint. The father/son duo painted the car in the scheme you see here, but painted the engine compartment flat black.

Jason and his friend Tim Poole threw in a mildly modified 302 to get it running again, but out came the engine after just a few months to bring the engine compartment up to par. They welded in a pair of Scott Rod Fabrications' inner fender panels, and smoothed the rest of the engine compartment. At this point, they matched the engine compartment to the car's exterior.

A pair of P-heads, a GT-40 intake, a Trick Flow Stage 1 cam, and Ford Racing 1.7 roller rockers found their way onto the aforementioned mildly modified 302 before it went back into the freshly painted engine compartment. The GT ran in that form roughly a year when the engine came out again to be sent to HP Engines in Norwood, North Carolina. HP bored the block 0.030-inch over, and machined it to accept an Eagle 347 stroker kit with Ross forged flat-top pistons.

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"The plan was to add a nitrous kit to the car, so the engine was filled with forged internals," Ricky tells us. With a pair of RHS 200cc aluminum heads up top, final compression came in at a boisterous 10.3:1. During this time, Ricky says Jason came upon a great deal on a Vortech V1 S-Trim supercharger, so a Comp Cams blower cam joined the party. Thanks to the boisterous 10.3:1 compression ratio, Jason capped the boost at 8 pounds.

With the car running under its own power again, Jason took the car to Stable Performance in Greer, South Carolina, for the tune. Utilizing the legendary A9L computer, Stable Performance achieved 522 hp and 497 lb-ft of torque at the feet.

Alas, boost can be a troublesome beast, and sure enough, the engine kept blowing head gaskets. A teardown of the top end revealed the heads were moving around under boost, which -- this just in -- is not good. Out went the factory head bolts, and in their place went ARP head studs for increased clamping force. At this time, a Saleen/Vortech polished upper intake was added to the mix, but not before being port- and gasket-matched to the RHS heads.

Yeah, most of us would've made the trade, and as you know by now, Ricky's no dummy. Since trading for the car, he added the Saleen replica wheels wrapped in Nitto NT05s out back. The car had '94-'95 Tri-bar wheels on it when Ricky got it, and we know Editor Turner probably wouldn't have shot the car in that form, so that was a smart move.

"I knew it had to have a set of black Saleens on it," Ricky says. The wheels could just be the 10-yard line for Ricky and this GT. Future plans call for a Dart block upgrade, a Tremec Magnum six-speed, and perhaps a Vortech T-Trim or YSi setup, and a custom grind cam to go for the 700-800hp mark.

Run Ricky, run.