Wayne Cook
September 1, 2001

We've seen a 427 SOHC NASCAR engine in a Fairmont. We've seen Triton V-10 engines in Fox 4 platform Mustangs. We have buddies with fuel-injected '62 Galaxies and 351 Cleveland Pintos. Windsor 427 strokers in vintage Mustangs have become almost common.

Just when we think we've seen it all, the folks at Windsor-Fox Performance Engineering come along and top everything. This time, they've really done it-a project so outrageous we never could have imagined it.

The animal engine we're talking about is the supercharged and intercooled 5.4L engine found in the new Ford F-150 Lightning pickup. This engine is rated at 380 hp at 4,750 rpm with 450 lb-ft of torque at 3,250 rpm. The Eaton-made Roots-type supercharger is set for a relatively modest 8 psi. The car is a '65 Mustang convertible. Sound like an unlikely combination? It does to us, and we're not even going to think about a hood.

To hear them tell it, it's easy. Just go to your local Ford dealer and purchase a blown 5.4 Lightning engine and transmission over the counter, still in the crate. Of course, the EEC V wiring and processor will be needed to control the mill, so order that too-everything including the ignition key. Next, take a cherry Springtime Yellow '65 ragtop Mustang, combine with the engine, and shake well. The end result is a convertible that will get you more than a suntan.

Actually, it's a little more complicated than that. At this point, it's a work in progress, but we've got enough for you to see where this project is going.

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