Huw Evans
July 16, 2008
Photos By: Tracy Stocker

Although Slaney really makes the most of the time he has to cruise and race the '85, he's also been making further improvements. The biggest of which concerns the engine. "My GT went a quickest of 12.49 at 110 miles per hour with the 306 under the hood, but last year I got the speed itch again, so over the summer I pulled the 306 and dropped in a 337 stroker." This engine uses a 1970 Windsor 302 block, which Paul bored .060 inches over and set up with DSS internal goodies, a Comp Cams 294 solid roller bumpstick and a set of AFR 185 cc aluminum heads, Edlebrock RPM Air gap intake and Holley 650 cfm double pumper four-barrel carburetor. When the T-5 gearbox let go, Slaney swapped it for a Tremec 3550 five-speed manual and since that time he's been more than happy. "When I got it all back together I strapped the car to the dyno. It made a big difference. I gained an extra 80 horsepower and when I took it to New England Dragway, the car went from being a solid mid 12-second runner to deep into the 11s."

But, before you start thinking that he's planning to go the all-out drag car route, Paul had this to say. "As much as I love taking it to the track I think I've just about reached the limit with this car. I like driving it on the street and I don't want to cut it up to put a cage in - so it won't go beyond an 11.60 car. I've had this GT so long that it's special - it's a great, clean car and I just like driving it and taking it to the track. Besides, I've got my hands full with other projects anyway." Said projects include the '88 GT convertible and also building a 347 cube stroker that's going in his brother's car. "I really enjoy doing this stuff, it keeps me busy and myself, along with my brother and cousin just love these cars. When the weather breaks for the spring and summer we enjoy getting together and going to car shows, cruises and the track. We'll be out and about this year, doing the Mustangs Unlimited shows down in Connecticut as well as going to New England Dragway and probably the Fun {{{Ford}}} Weekend event up there in August. There's nothing quite like it." Indeed, and, as well, there's probably nothing like prowling New England streets in a car like this and dispatching a few jokers who think they can take you on.

Paul Slaney's 1985 Mustang GT

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Ford 337 ci V8

Engine Modifications
1970 Ford Windsor 302 block bored .060, align honed and decked by Paul Slaney of Mid Cape Auto Machine; ARP main studs; screw-in oil galley plugs; DSS cast steel stroker crankshaft; DSS cast steel 5.315 connecting rods; DSS Pro-Lite forged aluminum fl at top 10.86:1 compression pistons; Comp Cams 294 solid roller camshaft with 250/250* duration and .569/.569" lift; AFR 185cc aluminum heads with 2.02/1.60" valves; Comp Cams chromoly valve retainers; Comp Cams springs; Summit polished aluminum valve covers; Edelbrock Air Gap gasket matched intake; Holley 650 cfm double pumper carburetor; Ford in-tank electric fuel pump: MAC 1 3/4" long-tube headers; MAC 2 1/2" H-pipe; Dynomax 2 1/2" Ultra Flow muffl ers; MSD distributor; MSD 6AL ignition control box; Sears battery; Autolite 3924 spark plugs; Taylor 8mm ignition wires: Milodon oil pan, ARP bolts; FelPro gaskets

Borg-Warner World Class T-5 fi ve-speed manual gearbox; CenterForce Dual-Friction clutch; CenterForce pressure plate; Ford Motorsport aluminum driveshaft; Superior 31-spline axles; Richmond 4.33:1 ring and pinion; Detroit Locker differential

Competition Engineering 90/10 front struts; Compeition Engineering 50/50 rear shocks; Ford 4-cylinder front sway bar (removed for drag racing)

Wheels And Tires
Weld Draglite 15 x 7" wheels (front); 15 x 8" (rear); BF Goodrich P215/65/R15 tires (front); P295/50R15 tires (rear)

390 RWHP; 362 RWTQ

Autometer 5" tach; Autometer 2 1/16" tachometer; water; oil pressure and voltmeter gauges

1982 Mustang GT hoodscoop; 1987 Mustang LX tailight lenses; exterior re-sprayed 1994 Ford Ranger Lapis blue by Scott Lockhard in Bridgewater, MA, black trim accents

Thanks to my wife for understanding my obsession and also my boss for letting me use the machine shop equipment.