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1998 Ford Mustang Cobra - Fabulous Finish
After Having His Offer On A Brand New '98 Snake Turned Down, Larry Wilmot Felt A Little Disappointed.
Remember Larry's a car guy and a Mustang guy to boot, so naturally once he had his new car, he couldn't help but start playing with it. "You can probably blame my brother-in-law Anderson Lowrie - he was quite an influence on me turning this car into what it is today." The '98 soon morphed into a project and we're not just talking about a few bolt-ons either. Have a look at the front bumper, or more specifically what's behind it - that's right an intercooler. Have a look at those back tires - look a little wider than stock don't they? That's because Wilmot runs Nitto NT555 drag radials (315/35-17s) on 10.5-inch wide stock-looking '98 Cobra wheels. Peeking under the hood reveals a Ford strut brace (but it's not factory). "The '98s didn't actually come with them," says Wilmot, "but I ordered one up, painted it to match the exterior color and put it on - a lot of people think it's factory." As I'm sure they would. There are other things we should probably talk about, like the Moser 31-spline axles, T/A aluminum diff cover, Steeda Tri-Ax shifter, March Underdrive pulleys and suspension upgrades (which run to Megabite Jr. lower and Sr. upper control arms, LG Motorsports Subframe connectors, Eibach springs and Tokico five-way adjustable shocks, plus lots of D&D Motorsports stuff up front), but it is in fact, that stuff up front which clues you in that something a bit more than just a few bolt-ons can be found in the engine bay. See the front K-member is a D&D tubular piece, and the lower control arms follow a similar format.
There's also coilover shocks up front instead of modified Mac struts. You're probably wondering why somebody would go to all this trouble when the car is powered by a stock 4.6 liter Cobra motor? Well, it isn't exactly. Granted, it is the original engine in the car and a lot of the things inside are as they were put together at the Romeo plant, but those front suspension mods were done primarily to provide clearance for a custom fabricated turbo system - ah yes. Wilmot's '98 is a blown Cobra, but of the different kind. "We were working on my brother-in-law's Camaro. He was building a turbo system for it and I thought it would be neat to do one on my car. I'd done a bit of research and Anderson pushed me to start doing my own fabrication work." What resulted was a true street sleeper. A Garrett GT40 (courtesy of Precision Turbo), has been rigged up via home-fabricated ducting that Larry and Anderson did themselves. There's also a Tial 38mm wastegate. Mitsubishi blow-off valve and a 3-core air-to-air bar and plate intercooler to cool the intake charge to help make the quad cam revver put down a healthy dose of power.