September 1, 2007

As with any self-respecting Modified Mustang owner, Martinez felt the car should also incorporate its own custom cosmetic signature. To that end, he enlisted the help of Mark Marion at Marion's Custom Finishes in Waterford, MI, to sparkle up the exterior a little. What resulted was a subtle, but clean combination of white and Saleen style Fox stripes. Taking a slightly different route than many do with these cars, Martinez also decided to have a 2000 Cobra R style wing mounted on the rear deck, which gives this particular horse a rather unique look. Although Francisco confesses that he was "a little impatient" when the whole project began, by the time the car rolled out into the sunlight once a more, a year after the whole personalization program began, the lad was actually a pretty happy camper. "I went into Nelson's shop with $3,000 for a supercharger. By the time my car was done and on the road again, the total was close to $40,000, but you know what? When I got in that driver's seat and took it for a drive - I knew it was worth it." However, Martinez felt that there was still something missing - a little je ne sais quoi. "I felt the Mustang needed some custom upholstery. My cousin, Temo Chavez works at a shop here in Waterford and he got to work on it. He did the seats, door panels - everything. It now has custom leather and suede and he embroidered GT in the custom door panels - that's one of the things I really like about this car."

Although he's been delighted with his '90 ragtop, Francisco hasn't had a lot of opportunity to show it off. "My work schedule, being self-employed and stuff, means that I don't have much time to enjoy the car, but I make the most of it when I can." Having said that, he let his uncle Salvador take it to the Woodward Dream Cruise last year. "He took it out and went cruising up and down Woodward. The car got a lot of attention and people complemented him a lot. It's a nice feeling when you see that." Let's hope that Francisco himself can get this thing out to an event or two this year, as we feel, this is one Fox convertible that's most definitely worth a second look.

Francisco Martinez' 1990 Mustang GT

D.S.S. Racing 331 Stroker V8

Engine Modifications
D.S.S. Racing 331 Super Pro Bullet shortblock; with 2-bolt Main Support system; CNC machined; Scat 4340 stroker crank; Eagle H-beam rods; Pro X forged pistons; Trick Flow Specialities hydraulic roller camshaft; D.S.S. aluminum roller rockers; Trick Flow Specialities Twisted Wedge Heads; CNC machined and ported by D.S.S. Racing; ARP head bolts; Cometic gaskets; Holley Systemax upper and lower port matched intake assembly; Accufab 70 mm throttle body; Ford Racing 42 lb/hr injectors; Aeromotive A1000 electric fuel pump; Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator; Aeromotive fuel filters; Vortech S-trim supercharger; 3.3' pulley (set for 9 psi of boost); MAC Products' 1 5/8" shorty headers; MAC Products 2.5" off-road H-pipe; MSD billet distributor; MSD Digital 6 ignition control box; NGK sparkplugs; Canton 7-quart steel oil pan; Fram HP1 oil filter; Fluidyne aluminum radiator; dual Flex-a-Lite electric fans

Engine Management
Ford EEC-IV processor with SCT custom 4-program tune by Dave Nelson

Tremec TKO 600 five-speed manual gearbox; Fidanza 16-ounce aluminum flywheel; McCleod Street twin dual disc composite clutch; Sonny's 45.5" aluminum drivershaft; Moser 31-spline axles; Ford Racing 3.73:1 ring and pinion; Eaton Positraction limited slip differential

Steeda 4-point chromemoly rollcage

551 RWHP, 484 RWTQ

Francisco Martinez' 1990 Mustang GT

Custom white finish with Saleen striping by Mark Marion of Marion's Custom Finishes; 2000 Cobra R fiberglass rear deck wing

Custom upholstered seats and door panels by Temo Chavez; Steeda Tri-Ax shifter; Autometer 2 1/16" boost gauge; Autometer 2 1/16" fuel and oil pressure gauges

Wheels And Tires
Ford Racing Cobra R wheels 17x8" (f) 17x9" (r); Nitto NT555 245/45-17 (f); Mickey Thompson 275/40-17 (r)

Steeda adjustable rear control arms; Steeda comp springs (front and rear); Tokico Illumina adjustable front struts and rear shocks; SSBC 13" front disc brake conversion; SSBC 11" rear disc brake conversion

Special thanks to Dave Nelson of Nelson's Performance; Mark Marion of Marion's Custom Finishes and my cousin Temo Chavez