Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
November 1, 2012

This lead to the Cobra's current combination of a FordStrokers 347 Liberator short-block, to which he added his existing Holley SysteMax heads, this time with a matching Holley SysteMax II intake, an Anderson Ford Motorsport N61 cam and Power Pipe, and an SCT BA-2600 mass air meter. The car laid down a satisfying 342 hp and 408 lb-ft of torque on a Mustang Dyno thanks again to Don LaSota's tuning prowess. To clean up the engine compartment, Dan added sheetmetal valve covers, billet pulleys, a polished alternator, and battery relocation kit. He also performed a Fox throttle-body conversion to straighten the air intake path.

Of course, with Dan, what would a round of modifications be without another wheel swap? Yep, the chrome '00 Cobra R wheels were pitched in favor of a set of HRE 542R wheels. Truthfully, the HRE wheels are what got the wheels rolling for this feature. When we first rolled into Columbus, Ohio's National Trail Raceway for the 2011 NMRA race, Dan's Cobra was sitting in the car show field, largely by itself. The car had a wickedly imposing stance, calling out to us for a closer look.

We could tell right away this Cobra had been treated like a member of the family.

Horse Sense: Dan thanks his supportive fiance, Andrea; Tim Rodeheaver of Rodeheaver's Hot Rods; his local buddies; and his parents for helping to make his Mustang dreams come true.

5.0 Tech Specs

'95 Cobra Engine and Drivetrain
Block Stock
Crankshaft Scat 9000
Rods Scat 4340 forged I-beam
Pistons Probe SRS 2618 forged
Camshaft Anderson Ford Motorsport N61 w/ Comp Cams lifters
Cylinder Heads Holley SystMax w/ 1.90/1.60 valves, converted to Scorpion 1.6 stud-mount roller rockers, Anderson Ford Motorsport Hi-Rev valvesprings
Intake Manifold Holley SyseMax, Fox Mustang throttle-body conversion, Accufab 75mm throttle body, SCT BA-2600 meter, Anderson Ford Motorsport Power Pipe
Fuel System Walbro 255-lph fuel pump, Russell lines, stock rails, FRPP 30-lb/hr fuel injectors
Exhaust MAC 1-5/8-in long-tube headers, custom X-shape crossover pipe, Borla Stinger mufflers, custom side exhaust using Borla tips
Transmission Stock T5, Ram HD clutch, MGW shifter
Rearend 8.8 w/ Eaton Posi differential and 3.55 gears

Engine Management Stock J4J1 computer w/ SCT four-bank Eliminator chip tuned by Don Lasota
Ignition Performance Distributors Screamin’ Demon coil w/ Taylor spark plug wires and Autolite plugs
Gauges Auto Meter C2 w/ SINIS cluster rings

Suspension and Chassis
Front Suspension
K-member Stock
A-Arms Team Z w/ UPR Products bumpsteer kit and Energy Suspension swaybar end-links
Struts Tokico D-Spec w/ Maximum Motorsports caster/camber plates
Springs Ground Pounder Team Z coilovers
Brakes 10th Anniversary Cobra w/ Baer rotors and Hawk ceramic brake pads
Wheels HRE 542R 19x9-in
Tires Toyo Proxes 4 265/30-19
Rear Suspension
Shocks Tokico D-Spec
Springs Eibach Pro-Kit
Control Arms SVE Weight Jacker lowers w/ UPR Products adjustable uppers and Eibach sway bar
Brakes Stock, Bear rotors, Hawk ceramic pads
Wheels HRE 542R 19x11-in
Tires Toyo Proxes 4 295/30-19