Huw Evans
December 1, 2006
Photos By: Tracy Stocker

So apparently the girlfriend still has the ring, and Mike has yet another 'built' SVO to go and play with and play with it he does. "My other car is on stands right now so I make the most driving the snot out of this one." Most recently, well as you read this at least, Paruleski had just returned from the Mustang Club of America 30th Anniversary Grand Stampede at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL. "It was awesome - I drove it down there, and went open tracking. SVOs were well represented, there were like, 50 cars and I went out there and tore up the track. At the beginning not many guys were giving me a whole lotta respect, but when I got out on the track and spanked a brand new 2006 GT with a 20-year-old car, after that, people started paying attention. For me it was totally priceless." And that is what the SVO is all about. "It's a true American underdog," says Mike. "These cars were great performers in their day, but just under appreciated, even more so now and it's important that people recognise these cars for what they are and what they can be. I've collected tons of literature on SVOs over the years and just love 'em." Any mention of a V8? "Look, there's a real myth out there that says it takes V8 displacement to make power," he says, "but I'll tell ya, these little 2.3 four-cylinder motors are tough. With the stock bottom end and a few adjustments here and there, like a replacement turbo and stand alone engine management you can make over 300 horsepower to the tires and it will hook up. Hey, look what happened at Barber!" But he says, "you have to look at it from an integral standpoint, not a bolt-on mentality like a lot of guys have. That's the key - once you figure that out you'll probably have more fun driving an SVO than doing anything else with your clothes on, there's no other Fox Mustang and not many cars that come close to these in my book." So clearly this guy has an infatuation with SVOs. Can't say we blame him really. What about you?

Interior / Exterior
Mike Paruleski's 1986 Mustang SVO

Driveline
Hurst shifter, Ford Motorsport aluminum driveshaft, 3.73 rear gears

Exterior
HO Fibertrends fiberglass hood

Suspension
Independent rear suspension from a 1999 SVT Cobra, updated to 2003 specs; poly bushings throughout, Kenny Brown caster/camber plates, subframe connectors

Wheels And Tires
Weds Sport SA-90 wheels, 17 x 8" all around; Nitto 555 tires, 235/45-17 all around

Specifications
Mike Paruleski's 1986 Mustang SVO

Engine
1986 Ford 2.3-liter Turbocharged I-4

Engine Modifications
Ford Motorsport A-237 camshaft, roller cam followers, lifters; Ferrea 1.59" intake valves, 1.89" exhaust valves, triple coil valve springs; Fully ported stock intake manifold, 1994 Mustang GT throttle body, Forced4 60mm Body adapter, Walbro 255 lph fuel pump, Accufab fuel pressure regulator, Garrett T3/4 turbocharger from Turbo Specialties, Homemade custom intercooler, S.P.E.C. aluminum flywheel, Stage 3 clutch

Acknowledgements
Daren Kravec, Craig Nolty, Ray Blatnik, Lewis Lukanic, Nick Zazzi, SVO Club of America

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