Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
November 7, 2013


Long on Power

Ford Racing Performance Parts' [(800) 367-3788; www.fordracingparts.com] line of pushrod short-blocks (from $4,899) are anything but short on power. You can choose from a 347 (M-6009-347), a 363 (M-6009-363), or a 427 (M-6009-427F) to power your Mustang. Each block is precision-machined, and each rotating assembly is balanced to ensure smooth high-speed power. The 347 and 363 feature an 8.2-inch deck height, while the 427 boasts a 9.5-inch deck height. These short-blocks serve as the foundation for FRPP's crate engines of the same displacement designations. The short-blocks feature Scat cranks, Scat connecting rods, and Mahle pistons. Of course, they rely on FRPP's Boss block as the cornerstone for durable power.


Hump Kit

You won't have to wait for a Wednesday to install Latemodel Restoration's [(866) 507-3786; www.latemodelrestoration.com] tunnel hump kit for Fox Mustangs. This kit is ideal for those performing a T5 swap, or perhaps completing a restoration. It comes with everything needed to finish the job the right way.


Alloy Clip

If you're going to launch your Mustang at the dragstrip, you definitely need to look into swapping your factory axles for these Strange Engineering [(847) 663-1701; www.strangeengineering.net] C-clip units. These are stronger-than-stock 31-spline examples, available for '94-'13 Mustangs. The axles are part of Strange's Alloy Axle lineup and are forged from alloy steel. Thanks to a deeper heat treatment that increases torsional strength, Strange reports the axles can reliably handle the power and torque of your Mustang. However, these affordable axles do not require any modification to the factory 8.8 housing. They will, of course, need a 31-spline differential installed with them in '94-'04 Mustang applications. These axles will also work with factory bearings, seals, and studs.


On-Car Adjustment

There are so many plays-on-words we could come up with for Stiffler's [(317) 837-2444; www.buystifflers.com] new adjustable Panhard rod ($145), but this is a family show so we'll keep it clean. This adjustable Panhard rod provides easy, on-car adjustability to center and keep the rearend in place under the most demanding driving conditions. The race-inspired tube offers improved stiffness and weight savings, while the CNC-machined, 3⁄4-inch threaded adjuster provides additional strength. Greasable fluted polyurethane bushings minimize side-to-side movement and ensure quiet operation. Stiffler's adjustable Panhard rod is powdercoated for long-lasting good looks.


Hey Sport

Judging by looking at a some of the Mustangs out there, it looks like a few of you could benefit from a call to TMI Products [(951) 272-1996; www.tmiproducts.com] for a pair of its Sport R seats. These seats install using your factory seat frames and are available for '87-'04 Mustangs. Increased side bolsters and lumbar support will hold you in your seat better during spirited driving, while Unisuede inserts highlight the black vinyl or leather upholstery. Additionally, a contrast stitch adorns the perimeter of the Sport seat, which is available in red, white, blue, or black. The Sport R houses the stock headrest inside the Sport R foam, keeping your Mustang's safety features intact.


KJ-Approved

Dickies [(800) DICKIES; www.dickies.com], the unofficial clothing line for your favorite Tech Editor KJ Jones, has this new Unlined Eisenhower jacket, which would be right at home at the track during cooler and wetter times of the year. The jacket is water-resistant and water-repellent to keep you dry—water simply beads up on the surface and rolls off, just like it should on your Mustang. The jacket also features adjustable tabs at the waistband for a secure fit, a pencil pocket on the left sleeve, and a heavy-duty brass zipper-front closure. The jacket is durable through multiple washes, and it's only $39.99.


Smarter and faster

Fool those around you into thinking you're smarter and faster by using KRC Racing's Cyclone power socket wrench kit from Summit Racing [(800) 230-3030; www.summitracing.com]. The air-powered Cyclone wrench has a head and socket assembly that is 30-percent smaller than conventional systems. Plus, the wrench features 85 lb-ft of bolt-busting torque and a through-hole design to permit bolts and studs to pass right through. The Cyclone includes adapters so you can use your existing 3⁄8-inch and 1⁄2-inch sockets. It also offers a double-pawl, positive-lock system to eliminate slippage. The 29-piece kit includes corrosion-resistant metric and SAE impact sockets with laser-etched sizes; two 3-inch extensions; 3⁄8-inch and 1⁄2-inch conventional socket adapters; a pneumatic wrench; and a sturdy storage case.