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1994 Ford Mustang GT - Show Stopper
Southeastern Racing Development dares to be different in the Mustang World.
Being unique is a major requirement for a show car to be successful, and in today's world it gets harder and harder-especially in the Mustang segment where everyone works with a similar platform. MM&FF comes across many different cars each year as we hit the biggest events in the country.
Last year, Kevin Williams dazzled us with his SR500 ("So Smooth Show Pony," Mar. '06). It's the kind of car that's meant to be a feature. The attention to detail is outstanding, and Kevin's subtle touches make a big impact. This year's project from Kevin's side business, Southeastern Racing Development (SRD), tops last year's. He and his friends use SRD to build cool cars and trucks for themselves and a select clientele of enthusiasts.
"We took the SN-95 chassis and improved on every corner-taking bits and pieces from different companies-and continually tweaked the car, turning it into the ultimate tuner car," Kevin says. Inside and out, SRD's '94 Stang is a true representation of taking the car's elements to a higher level. Kevin selected all the minor parts for this project, while the SR500 we featured last year was more of a build by committee, so to speak, amongst the SRD team (Kevin Williams, Max Williams, Jason Kitchens, and Brandon Nicols).
The SR500 was sold over the winter of 2005 and the team picked up this '94 Mustang GT in December of that year. The crew began work on the Stang immediately and didn't stop until late February 2006 when they put the finishing touches on it. The SN-95 was torn apart as all body components came off for modifications and a special blend of Sonic Blue paint. Converting the Stang from yellow to the '03 Cobra color was quite an undertaking, but they managed to shoot the fancy blue hue over every nook and cranny.
Once the unibody was sprayed, the quartet of car enthusiasts turned their attention to new body components. The front chin now sports an '00 Cobra R air splitter from Cervini's Auto Design. Rearward, the side skirts and rear bumper were sourced from Saleen, while SRD modified the trunk by smoothing out the area between the brake lights and painted that section black, similar to the '03-'04 Mach 1 cars. A Cobra rear wing was bolted to the rear deck. SN-95 cars have sidescoops, so the scoops were augmented with larger ones from Classic Design Concepts. Export fender flares were added to give this Stang an American Iron racer look. The factory hood was also covered in blue paint, except for the center-section, which was treated to black. The hood has been enhanced thanks to a hood skin, giving it a slight rise and Mach 1-style Shaker hood. As far as we know, this is the only SN-95-style Mustang to feature a Shaker hood, one that SRD fabricated.
The team continued to combine parts and pieces from other companies like the BMW M3 vents on the front fenders. These vents were carefully grafted and integrated to look as if Ford intended to put them on there from day one. More BMW enhancements came in the form of M3 side mirrors. Like we said before, the subtle additions on this Mustang make a big difference in the overall picture. A pair of quarter-glass louvers found their way on to SRD's Stang as well. Carefully mounted on the billet grille is an American flag-painted Pony that Kevin says he painted in 2001 after September 11. That piece is not a permanent component and will be removed if they decide to sell this hot rod. A couple of chrome gauge pods were added to the cowl to finish off the body mods.
Rolling stock is nothing but the finest as SSR GT-3 wheels sit at all four corners. They were custom made to fit this application and come to the party at a hefty 18x9.5 inches. Kumho tires were the rubber of choice for this project. Custom-made 1-inch spacers were used to help clear the suspension upgrades. Factory brakes were ditched in favor of five-lug Cobra binders with cross-drilled rotors.
Suspension is a key element as the perfect stance is needed to make the car look good. Tokico struts and Lakewood shocks were used, as were BBK upper and lower control arms out back. All suspension components were powder-coated a dark shade of red to help them stand out. The front end is lighter due to a UPR K-member and A-arm kit, and a UPR coilover kit allows the front-end height to be adjusted properly. An MMR rear coilover kit was added, and that helps drop the backside down from the factory 4x4 stance to a sleeker, racy one. Other suspension mods include a custom SRD rear shock-tower brace, a Cobra rear antisway bar, a Mach 1 chrome sway bar, and custom SRD subframe connectors.
The car looks great from the outside and handles great thanks to the host of suspension modifications. It was time to turn attention to the engine compartment and interior. The stock 5-liter's upper half of the engine received most of the attention. A pair of GT-40 heads was added to help get the boosted air into the cylinders. MAC headers, a Bassani x pipe system, and Flowmaster mufflers whoosh away the spent gases. Chrome and polished goods run rampant through the engine compartment. A Powerdyne BD11 blower has been polished and goes nicely with the polished GT-40 intake manifold. The SRD Shaker scoop hooks to the intake tract through a series of chrome tubes. The underside of the hood was finished off in a highly polished aluminum plate to help enhance the engine when the Stang is sitting on the show grounds.
A dry nitrous kit (complete with polished solenoids, bottle, and brackets) help pick up the pace when the heat is on. The drivetrain benefits from a King Cobra clutch, a stock T5 transmis-sion, and 3.73:1 cogs.
The interior is nothing short of spectacular, and the SRD crew spared no expense on it. Sights and sounds from the audio system are amazing, with TV monitors in the visors, a Pioneer TV/DVD/CD and equalizer head unit, a PPI chrome amplifier, a JL Audio 10-inch stealth subwoofer, and an assortment of speakers. The stock seats have been replaced with custom bucket seats, while a multicolor interior theme has been utilized, with black and grey making up the dominant colors. A Sonic Blue-painted two-point rollbar and blue neon lights brighten up the cabin.
If there's one thing we've learned, it's that the SRD crew doesn't mess around when it comes to building show-quality Mustangs. We can't wait to see what this group has in store for us next year.