Drew Phillips
January 1, 2009

At this point Scott decided he'd had enough "show" and was ready for some more "go." He began researching the best way to add power to the Three-Valve V-8 and decided on Whipple's high-output supercharger system. In keeping with the show car theme, he ordered the polished version. For installation and tuning, Scott turned to Adam Montague of ST Motorsports in San Bernardino, California. Using a Diablosport Predator, Adam dyno-tuned Scott's Mustang to 465 rwhp and 437 rwtq at 10 psi of boost. "That Whipple awakened the demon in this car," says Scott, who now has no qualms about opening up the hood at car shows.

Scott's Mustang was attracting enough attention from impressed onlookers at car shows that several manufacturers were interested in using his car to promote their products. Trufiber was the first to come on board, providing Scott with one of their custom fiberglass hoods. While various versions have been on the car, the current model is the Trufiber GTS2 hood with a functional ram air system that delivers fresh atmosphere to the air filter. The hood lends to the retro appearance that Scott initially envisioned and provides a more aggressive look as well. He netted a second sponsor after he lent his Mustang for a photoshoot at Raceline Wheels. They were so impressed with the car that they made Scott a custom set of 20-inch, two-piece GT wheels painted to match the stripes on the car. New tires were needed as a result, and Dunlop provided a set of SP Sport Maxx tires, P255/35ZR20 front and P275/35ZR20 rear. While Scott had no complaints about the Magnaflow mufflers, the folks at MAC Performance Products convinced him he needed a full exhaust setup and fitted the car with ceramic-coated shorty headers, off-road Pro Chamber, and their axle-back system. They also supplied the polished radiator cover and fuse box cover to match the supercharger. Finally, Saleen provided much-needed stopping power with their 14-inch big brake kit. Hardcore Mustangs in Santee, California, provided support in the form of installing the aforementioned exhaust system and brake kit.

With the overall look of the Mustang finally coming together, Scott turned his attention to the smaller details. Starting with the exterior, he added a Moroso hoodpin kit, a billet shorty antenna, clear front signals and rear side markers, and painted mirror covers from Pacific Motorsports. Wanting to continue the color scheme he had created with the stripes and wheels, Scott painted the throttle body and valve covers red and added a set of Samco Sport silicone hoses in the same color. Although the interior is relatively untouched, some brushed aluminum pieces from Scott Drake and billet trim pieces from Action Artistry helped to brighten things up. A Hurst short-throw shifter with the classic white-ball shift knob was also added to bring the retro look inside.

Finishing Touches
While Scott's Mustang is relatively close to the version he sketched out the night he and his wife took the car home from the dealership, he still has a wish list of upgrades that he wants to add in the future. First up is a beefier clutch to replace the one that has been in the car since new. "The poor stock clutch is taking a beat-down," says Scott, who admits he is constantly tempted to mash the throttle. He also wants to put more time into the interior and is currently looking for some custom seats and a new sound system. While the supercharged V-8 isn't lacking in power, Scott would love to send the Mustang back to ST Motorsports for a forged rotating assembly so that he can turn up the boost.

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