Jim Smart
May 30, 2007

The 430hp Smeding engine starts with a CNC-machined Ford Racing Sportsman block with 4.030-inch bores, a 9.500-inch deck height, and non-siamesed bores for improved cooling. It's then fitted with a 4340-steel crank, H-beam rods, forged pistons, a custom-ground roller hydraulic cam, and Edelbrock aluminum heads with a Victor Jr. intake topped by a Proform 750-cfm carb. Webb added an MSD ignition and a Griffin radiator.

All the technical jargon translates to an unwieldy amount of dyno-tested horsepower and torque. The Mustang Shop was concerned about the Smeding stroker's power, so it built a platform designed to take the twist. The shop's custom subframe connectors keep things in alignment. A late-model Mustang Cobra front suspension system was also installed for improved stability. Believe it or not, this is easy to do with one of the company's conversion kits. In back, five-leaf, reverse-eye springs get the job done, resulting in a 2-inch body drop in conjunction with the Cobra front suspension.

Inside, Webb added Scat Procar Elite bucket seats with custom pony logos fabricated by Sonny's Custom Upholstery, with the rear seat upholstered to match. The Grant 14-inch, shallow-dish, leather-wrapped steering wheel feels good. He decided to go for the street-rod look with a center billet air-conditioning outlet that's striking-again, on black vinyl. Because Webb likes the escape of great audio, he opted for a Clarion 200-amp system with four 4x6-inch speakers, complemented by a pair of rear-facing 13-inch subwoofers in the trunk.

Webb tells us the only regret he has in 20 years of ownership is not being able to share the outcome of this car-building project with his father. We're convinced his dad is with him in spirit every time Webb saddles up.