Wayne Cook
June 1, 2009
Photos By: Paul Rosner

Josh Besore's '04 Mustang SVT Cobra Coupe
Josh Besore, who hails out of Louisville, Kentucky, was raised with an automotive restoration background, as his father was very interested in vintage Corvettes. As a young man Josh started out his automotive life with a Merkur XR4TI. Like many of us, his interests were soon focused on Mustangs, and his first one came in the form of a '94 GT. He hopped up the GT's 5.0 engine in many significant areas, but still yearned for more in the way of performance. Josh says that he gets a lot of support and enthusiasm for his Ford fanaticism from his wife Amanda, who, for many years piloted their '04 F-150 Lightning pickup.

When you buy a Cobra all of the good stuff comes with it. The leather seats and white faced SVT gauges don't warrant replacement but rather preservation.

The '94 GT ran fine, and so did the Lightning, but the truck was really too heavy to get with the program in the way Josh wanted. Getting the truck to go 12s was one thing--getting an F-150 to go 10s in the quarter-mile and still be a street-drivable vehicle was quite another. Finally, one day a good friend said to Josh why don't you focus on just one good car that will run the way you want it to instead of working on three vehicles? It was a suggestion that rang true to him and soon all three Fords in the stable were for sale. Of course the Mustang sold first. Then an interested buyer was found for the truck.

The beautiful CCW three-piece wheels certainly fill the wheelhouses nicely and give the car a stance that means business. We're kind of wondering which vehicle would give the best thrill ride: the Cobra or the roller coaster.

When the word went out that Josh was looking for an '04 "Terminator" he was soon connected with Brad Birri of West Chester, Ohio. Brad owned an '04 Cobra and already had the car in an advanced state of tune. Initially, Josh was worried because he generally likes to do all of his own work. However the Cobra was in such nice condition that he decided to go ahead and purchase the snake. When he got the Cobra home, the CCW custom three-piece wheels were the only additions made to the car before having it carefully tuned to run reliably on pump gas. Using 22 pounds of boost, the Cobra was pumping out 626 rwhp and 630 lb-ft of torque on 100-octane racing fuel. Then tuning wizard Ken Bjonnes at Modular Depot of Southgate, Kentucky, was able to tune the car to run reliably on 93-octane pump fuel and still produce 585 rwhp.

Obviously, Josh wanted a car that ran hard, and he was willing to work very hard toward that end once he got it. However, when he discovered this car, he had to settle for perfection already delivered. We think he found what he was looking for as the Cobra has so far turned a best time of 10.81 at 132 mph on BFG Drag Radials. The car has never been run on slicks but Josh says that with them he'd be hangin' the hoops for sure.

Cooling The Snake
As most Terminator Cobra owners know, the driver-side cylinder head on the 4.6-liter DOHC engine doesn't have the same coolant drain back arrangement as the cylinder head on the righthand side of the engine. On the righthand side, coolant can escape the rear of the head on its way back to the radiator while on the left cylinder head, the coolant must exit at the front of the engine. Therefore the coolant can pool around the rear cylinders on the left side until it's forced by accumulation to exit at the front of the cylinder head. While not a problem on normally aspirated engines, the extra heat created by the supercharger can create problems during hard use, such as overheating the rear of the left cylinder head and back pistons on the lefthand side of the engine. To counteract this condition, Josh installed an LDC Chicago cooling mod sold through D'agostino Racing (www.drisales.com). The upgrade uses a fitting installed in the rear freeze plug location on the driver-side cylinder head. The coolant can then flow from the rear of the driver-side head where it then merges with the passenger-side coolant flow and routed back to the water pump.

The Details
Josh Besore's '04 Mustang SVT Cobra Coupe

Engine

  • 4.6L DOHC 32-valve V-8
  • 3.55-in bore
  • 3.54-in stroke
  • Polished Whipple supercharger with RR 3.0 pulley
  • Metco 4lb lower pulley
  • Kenne Bell Boost-a-Pump
  • SD 60lb Injectors
  • Modular Depot fuel line upgrade
  • SCT BA2400 mass air meter
  • Accufab throttle body
  • Xtreme heat exchanger
  • Steeda cold air intake w/ polished shield
  • Whipple adjustable idler
  • LDC cooling modification
  • Polished "Powered by Ford" coil covers
  • Polished stock belt guard
  • Custom painted cam covers

Under the hood it's mostly motor as the engine bay is crowded with cam covers from tower to tower. Technical prowess and rev potential aside, we love the eye appeal of these 32V engines and they have the same visual impact as a Boss 429 or 427 SOHC.

Transmission

  • Tremec T56 6-speed
  • Centerforce LMC disc
  • Centerforce Dual Friction pressure plate
  • Fidanza aluminum flywheel
  • Liberty 26-spline input shaft
  • Fiore firewall adjuster and quadrant
  • MGW shifter
  • SLP Line Loc

Rearend

  • 8.8-in
  • 3.55 gears
  • DSS Level 2 axles

Exhaust

  • Bassani mid-length headers
  • Bassani cross-pipe exhaust system with removable cats
  • Borla Cat-Back system

Suspension

  • Front: H&R SS Springs, Maximum Motorsports aluminum steering rack bushings, full-length sub-frame connectors, subframe bushings
  • Rear: Stock Cobra IRS, Billetflow Zone 5 IRS brace, Delrin upper and lower control arm and rear differential mount bushings, aluminum front differential mount bushings

Brakes

  • Front: Stock 13-in disc, two-piston PBR caliper
  • Rear: Stock 11.65-in disc, single-piston caliper

Wheels

  • Front: CCW Modular Classic 3-piece, 18x9.5
  • Rear: CCW Modular Classic 3-piece, 18x11, ½-inch LFP wheel spacers

Tires

  • Front: BFGoodrich KDW 2, P275/35R18
  • Rear: BFGoodrich Drag Radials, P315/30R18

Interior

  • Dark Charcoal leather interior
  • OE instrumentation
  • wideband O2 gauge

Exterior

  • Original Torch Red paint