Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
1995 Mustang GT 427 Stroker - Hits Like A Hammer
Jonathan Insley's 427-Powered Pony Pounds On The Competition.
Setting off the crisp red hue is a quartet of chrome-plated Cobra R replica wheels, replete with faux rivets to give them the high-end three-piece look. The 17x9-inch front and 17x10.5 rear wheels are wrapped in Nitto rubber--255/45/17 555s up front and massive 315/30/17 drag radials out back. Braking is handled by a Mach 1 13-inch upgrade up front, while the stock rear discs were left alone.
Giving the chassis optimum weight transfer while maintaining decent street manners are Lakewood 70/30 front struts and Tokico shocks out back. Eibach Pro springs work with the dampers, as well as UPR adjustable upper and Maximum Motorsports lower control arms. To make sure that the suspension components work as well as they can, Jonathan stiffened the chassis with Kenny Brown subframe connectors and Wild Rides' Battle Box reinforcements.
The interior is not without its fair share of modifications either. The factory cloth seats were scrapped in favor of black leather skins, and an Autopower four-point rollbar stiffens up the chassis and offers protection should Jonathan find his ride with the shiny side down. The gauge cluster was adorned with white faces, and the center stack is topped with a matching dual-gauge pod.
Jonathan's sparkling clean '95 Mustang GT caught the MM&FF staff's eye at the NMRA Columbus, Ohio, event, where he was competing in the True Street class. Relying on the 315mm Nittos to get the job done, Jonathan ran a 12.03, 12.05, and 11.95 to average 12.05. However, he missed the 12-second win by just 0.021.
"It hits like a hammer, turns good, stops good, and looks badass," says Jonathan. Since that event, the steed has been sidelined to take care of some home remodeling, but there's a remodeling plan for the Mustang as well. Currently, the GT is torn apart as Jonathan will be installing a custom camshaft from Camshaft Innovations, along with Kooks 1 7/8-inch long-tube headers, a tubular front K-member, and a new clutch.
"I'm hoping to hit 500 rwhp," says Jonathan. Given that the pony has already pounded out 465 hp and 453 lb-ft of torque at the wheels, we think it's very possible, too. A lightweight set of drag wheels with slicks and skinnies is also on the list of upcoming mods, as Jonathan is looking to put down every ounce of power to improve on his best quarter-mile time.
While Jonathan did happen upon his Mustang GT while passing a used car lot, it's his family and friends that foster his passion for Mustang performance. Jonathan would like to thank his father Tom, who owns a '69 Mach 1 and a '66 Fairlane GTA, for getting him into the pony car, as well as his wife, Tiffany, and friends Rob Lauer, the Holland boys, Aaron O'Brien, Ashley Carr, and the guys at Delk Performance.