Modified Mustangs & Fords
1984 Ford Mustang SVO - More Than Skin Deep
In Rebuilding This SVO Mustang, The Owner Found That The Beauty Was...
Currently, Craig estimates that his 144 cid "Iron Duke" inline-four is pumping out around 280 to 300 RWHP - not an uncommon result for that boost level. He's still working to find a tune that will deliver everything he expects from the hardware, and when we last spoke with him, he was going to be visiting a new shop with SVO-specific tuning experience. Yes ... that's one of the consequences of loving unique cars. The average service facility is likely to treat it in an average fashion, and deliver average results. Just ask any SVO Mustang owner and I'm sure they'll tell you that nothing about their experiences or their car is average.
In fact, when they first reviewed the SVO Mustang in 1983 a major buff book said, "this may be the best all-around car for the enthusiast ever produced by the US industry." That's not a bad starting place whether you're 14 or 40.
Craig Gillis'1984 Mustang SVO
PPG Viper red paint, by Scott Lockhart, Bridgewater, MA
Auto Meter boost pressure, fuel pressure gauges; SDS air fuel mixture meter
Wheels And Tires
Eagle Alloy 17" x 8" all around, with Goodyear Eagle 235/45R17 tires
I would like to thank my father and my cousin, Paul Slaney for helping build this car. I would like to thank my dad for the use of his garage for building and storing the car. I would also like to thank my Mom for being understanding during the process.
Craig Gillis' 1984 Mustang SVO
Ford Turbocharged 2.3-liter I4
Block bored .030" over for Wiseco forged aluminum pistons; Ford Motorsport A23Y roller camshaft; Cylinder head ported by Paul Slaney, Plymouth, MA; 1995 Mustang GT 65mm throttle body with adapter; Turbonetics T3/T4 turbocharger; Kirban adjustable fuel pressure regulator; Walbro 255 lph fuel pump; Adapted Isuzu intercooler with own 2.5" piping; Tiny Avenger Bypass valve; MSD 6AL ignition controller; Taylor plug wires; SDS stand-alone engine management system
Pro 5.0 short throw shifter
280 - 300 RWHP (est.)