Jeff Ford
November 1, 2004

Real-world-do-ability. That is what struck us about the Hoss when we went over it at the Year One facilities. To be sure, it is not cheap to build a ride like this, but it is something any one of us could handle given enough time and effort. It is also a wealth of ooh and ahhhhh parts and pieces with a good dose of wow thrown in.

Simply put, we were blown away by the car even though it was not as wildly radical as the Ring brothers' flight of fantasy. The Hoss definitely caught our eye at the {{{Mustang}}} Club of America's 40th Anniversary celebration. As restomods go, the Boss Hoss is one that tickles all of our senses, and yet has enough of the original flavor of the '66 fastback it was built from.

The car was the brainchild of the Year One family in Braselton, Georgia. They wanted to put together a ponycar that would knock your socks off, as well as be a functional driver. The action words for the folks at Year One is 100 percent drivability, and we couldn't agree more-the car had 3,000 miles on the odometer as of this writing. We've not had the chance to pilot the beast (if you heard that growl and saw it move, you'd know why we call it a beast), but can attest to the aggressive tendencies that the 4.6 four-valve, supercharged modular V-8 has under foot.

Engine & DrivelineThe engine is an amped-up '03 Cobra V-8 with a Kenne Bell supercharger feeding the 4.6 its dose of squeezed air. With the mods and tweaks that were performed, they are pushing 600 horses through the T56 six-speed transmission. That is as of right now. They have not quite worked all the kinks out of the fuel system, and we're waiting with baited breath for the final numbers. See the sidebar You Could Win Too to find out how you can be a part of the whole dyno roller showdown for Year One. Though we were loath to drive the car prior to the big Street Machine Nats in Columbus, Ohio, we did ride behind the car and in front of it when we were shooting the cover shots. We were impressed with the crisp sound and sudden acceleration it displayed when pushed.

* Modified '03 Mustang Cobra engine (Ford Motorsport)
* Kenne Bell supercharger (909-941-6646, www.kenne-bell.com)
* DEI CO2 Halo Cooling System for Intercooler (800-264-9472, www.designengineering.com)
* Metco pulleys (800-YEARONE, www.yearone.com)* Accufab throttle body (909-930-1751, www.accufabracing.com)
* FAST engine management system (662-224-3495, www.fuelairspark.com)
* T56 six-speed transmission (800-355-0086, www.tremectransmissions.com)
* Kirban shifter mechanism (800-YEARONE, www.yearone.com)
* RAM clutch (800-YEARONE, www.yearone.com)
* DynoTech Metal {{{Matrix}}} driveshaft (800-633-5559, www.dynotecheng.com)
* Moser 9-inch Ford rear axle with 3.73 gear and Detroit Locker differential (800-YEARONE, www.yearone.com)

Wheels & Brakes
The Hoss runs on BFG fats and skinnies-if you can call P215/35R17-inch tires skinny. We definitely like the look and feel of these huge tires. Of course, the rear wheelhouses had to be widened to accommodate that kind of size, but it sure makes for a huge impact when you are looking at the car from the rear.
* 18x10-inch rear Fontana Dish, 17x7-inch front BudnikFontana wheels (714-892-1932, www.budnik.com)
* 295/35/18 BFGoodrich G-force drag radial rear, 215/45/17 G-force T/A radial front (800-YEARONE, www.yearone.com)
* Stainless Steel Brake competition disc brake system,13-inch front rotors, 14-inch rear (800-YEARONE,www.yearone.com)
* Lokar e-brake cables (865-966-2269, www.lokar.com)

Suspension
Year One also used a Martz chassis to give the kind of handling they needed from the fastback. Though we didn't chance driving the car due to intermittent rain showers and a recent squeaky clean given to the car for the Good Guys show we mentioned earlier, we could tell by our follow-on work that the car would haul and handle-even with the BFG Drag Radials. Someday soon we plan to steal the Azure Blue Hoss and take it out for some editorial-style fun.
* Martz Chassis tubular front subframe with tubular control arms and Mustang II type spindles (814-623-9501, www.martzchassis.net)
* Martz Chassis rear four-link with competition rear sway bar
* QA1 adjustable coilover springs in front and rear (800-YEARONE, www.yearone.com)

Body
What can we say about the outside? The car is rock solid with quality bodywork and cool accents everywhere. The stance is right, and the color-'04 Mach 1 Azure blue -just reaches out and slaps you across the face. The whole package is a winner, but the eye candy starts outside on the flanks.
* '66 Fastback* Rear area of body and frame is mini-tubbed for tire clearance* Custom-boxed frame connectors
* Carbon fiber A/FX-inspired hood
* The lower valance is modified with a custom intercooler duct
* Fiberglass spoiler integrated rear deck and quarter endcaps
* Hella driving lights are incorporated behind the grille

Interior
* 87 Mustang {{{GT}}} bucket seats
* Seat upholstery and carpet by Lamar Stevens
* Vintage air-conditioning system (800-YEARONE, www.yearone.com)
* Auto Meter {{{Cobalt}}} prototype in-dash gauges (800-YEARONE, www.yearone.com)
* Rockford Fosgate AM/FM/CD player with 5-inch integrated speakers and 10-inch subs (480-967-3565,www.rockfordfosgate.com)
* Monster Cable audio cables used throughout

Paint
What can we say? The tripod and legs of the author show the reflective nature of the finish. Someone did a whole lot of color sanding on the clear coat finish.
* '04 Mach I Azure blue and black
* Primers and clears by Southern Polyurethane
* Body and paint by WillFab Rod Shop (Jerry and Brian Williams)

The Parts Party
When we asked Pat Staton how many parts came off the Year One shelves to build this labor of love, he said, "hundreds." We know from past experience a car like this requires-and consumes-large amounts of fresh shiny new parts made of plastic, metal, and rubber. Year One ponied up and spent the long green to make it happen.

The Crew
The men responsible for building the Hoss: Kevin King, Dennis Roberts, Phil Brewer Jr., Jeff Georges, Jimmy Kerlin, Kevin Orr, and Johnny McDonald.

You Could Win Too
No, Year One is not giving away the Hoss. But they are giving away a cool $250 gift certificate to the person who gets closest to the final dyno numbers of the Hoss car when they dyno the car sometime in September. We'll give you until December 31, 2004 to get us your pick of the peak horsepower. Please send your best guess for it's ultimate power numbers to: Hoss Power, Mustang and Fords, 3816 Industry Blvd. Lakeland, FL 33811. Or e-mail them to jeff.ford@primedia.com. be sure to put your name, address, and a daytime phone number on your entry so you can be notified.