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1999 Mustang GT - Office Space
Carlos Garcia Took More Home From Work Than Just Milton's Stapler.
It's one of the many lines from the '99 movie Office Space, uttered by Milton to the inconsiderate Bill Lumbergh, that has become ingrained in movie-goers' brains. The cult classic revolves around a group of unhappy workers and how they try to cheat their boss and their company.
While Carlos Garcia's '99 Mustang GT wasn't beat upon quite as badly as the copy machine that saw the barrel of a baseball bat in the movie, the car was worked over to become what he envisioned it would be while sitting in his own office space.
"My desk at work had a window just to the right of my laptop," Carlos explains about how he got interested in the Mustang scene. "I like to start my day early, so usually I was at my desk before my boss, Bruce, pulled in. His parking space was directly in front of my window, and after listening to the deep sound of his Mustang GT pull up every day, I told him I'd be interested in buying the car if he ever wanted to sell it."
Carlos got the chance when Bruce called from a Ford dealership, offering the car for sale. You see, Bruce had just ordered a brand-new '04 Cobra and didn't need his lowly GT anymore. Carlos was more than happy to take ownership of the SN-95 and began to think about just how he wanted his ride to be when he was done with it.
"Once you start driving a Mustang, it doesn't take long before the high-performance bug kicks in," Carlos says. "I wanted to have the nicest, best performing, and fastest Mustang in town."
With the gauntlet laid down, Carlos embarked on projecting his vision onto his Pony. He enlisted the help of G&S Mustang Performance (Riverside, California) to rebuild the stock 4.6 Two-Valve in preparation for some serious grunt. Each cylinder was bored 0.020 inch over, and the stock bottom-end components were set aside in favor of an '04 Cobra crank, CCR 4340 H-beam rods, and a set of Mahle 16cc pistons. The rotating assembly was balanced, then carefully placed in the block. The bottom end was buttoned up with the installation of a Canton oil pan. The whole thing was then turned over, and final assembly of the oversized modular powerplant began to take shape. A set of Patriot heads were put on top of the cylinders. Underneath the Ford Racing Performance Parts valve covers lie a set of Comp Cams Stage II camshafts, while sitting between the heads is a Professional Products Power-Plus polished intake manifold that had some work done to it by GTR High Performance in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
With the bottom-end components fortified, Carlos had Paxton ship out one of its Novi 2000 centrifugal blowers. Combined with a MAC cold-air kit and mass air meter, the blower stuffs in the needed outside ambiance at 14 pounds of boost to create a thundering 500 rwhp. All of that horsepower wouldn't be made without the right supply of fuel, though. That aspect of the build was handled by the installation of a pair of Cobra fuel pumps, along with a Kenne Bell Boost-A-Pump and a set of 60-pound injectors. The spent mixture of air and fuel is evacuated through a pair of BBK ceramic-coated shorty headers and a full-on Borla exhaust.
A Tremec TKO 500 backs the potent Two-Valve mod motor. Squashed between the aluminum flywheel, and the tranny is a Centerforce 26-spline clutch assembly. Shifting chores are made easier by a Pro-Shifter short-throw knob. An aluminum driveshaft links the trans to the 8.8-inch rear, which now showcases a set of 3.73 gears.
Before Carlos improved upon the looks of the Mustang, he made sure the stance and underpinnings would match the abuse the powerful Two-Valve would dish out. Up front, a set of upper and lower control arms conspire with a set of Eibach lowering springs, a Maximum Motorsports caster/camber kit, and Tokico shocks to get the frontend hunched down. Out back, the same Tokico shocks and Eibach springs are found. Heavy-duty sway bars courtesy of Steeda are found front and rear, and a set of subframe connectors keep the frame straight and true. Stopping power is provided courtesy of a set of Baer 13-inch rotors and four-piston calipers up front, while the stock rear calipers wrench down on a set of 13-inch Baer rotors. The Pony rolls along on TSW Thruxton five-spoke rims. The front wheels are sized 19x8½ inches, while the rears measure 19x9½. Toyo Z-rated hoops are found on all four corners.
Carlos then turned his attention to the exterior and interior of the car, where he put in some major overtime in getting the job done. Front and rear bumpers from an '04 Cobra replace the stock GT pieces, and an '04 Cobra heat extractor hood and rear spoiler were put in place as well. A set of Cobra R taillights now sit where the old GT lights used to be. Once the body changes were made, Dave Etchinson of Etchinson's Custom Paint shot the top of the Mustang in Torch Red and the bottom half of the car in Midnight Black. Combined with the aforementioned TSW wheels, the car is more lit than Milton sipping Mai Tais on the beach.
Internally, a four-point rollcage provides a sense of security for Carlos and his passengers, while the rest of the interior improvements provide style and class. Brothers Performance (Corona, California) replaced the factory chairs with a pair of Flo-Fit custom grey leather buckets and then reworked the dashboard. The final touches come in the way of the full-on Clarion stereo system which Carlos installed himself.
When all was said and done, Carlos was quite happy with the result. "The retro '05s look hot," he says, "but I'll take this look and gladly suffer through it." Of course, if "suffering" means pulling a blown faux Cobra next to your boss' real Terminator, then we'll happily take the pain. Just don't take our stapler.