Michael Galimi
February 1, 2009

Like all good enthusiasts, we possess great bench racing skills and put them to work on this car. If Miele could repeat the 2.00 short-time, then 13.80s wouldn't be out of the question for the Silver Stealth Stang. That leads us into the next slew of problems as we try to go quicker and faster with a high-mileage, budget built Two-Valve Mustang. Why can't we do it? The answer is simple. The car has trouble leaving the starting line and that is directly attributed to the tight torque converter that comes from the factory. We don't know the exact stall speed, but an educated guess is that it is around 2,000-rpm. The rear gear also needs to be numerically larger. Right now, Miele runs a 3.73:1 gear with the 285/40-18 Nitto 555 tires. That tire checks in at nearly 27 inches, and was cutting down on our rear gear.

We are not ones to leave something alone, and just knowing we can go even faster had us scheming and planning for our next set of mods. Next month, we will take advantage of our newfound horsepower. It doesn't do any good if we can't get the car out of the gate quickly and get into that broad powerband that our dyno sheets show. That means we must get a looser torque converter and jump the gear ratio to 4.10:1. Also helping reduce rotating weight and drivetrain vibration will be the addition of an Axle Exchange aluminum driveshaft.

For now, Silver Stealth Stang has a little bite to go along with its newfound bark. Now we just need to help the Stang get out of its own way.