James Lawrence
March 1, 1999
Contributers: James Lawrence

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The Vortech V-3/V-4 installation kit (PN 4FP218-010), with strut brace (PN 4FP110-010), comes with everything you need to put the Mondo compressor (either in R-, J-, X-, or XX-Trim) on your 5.0 engine. A detailed installation manual with schematics is included. The ASSC guys had one of their stickers on our discharge tube the moment it came out of the bubble wrap.
How easy is it to install? Follow along, brothers and sisters...
The author begins the transformation by removing the stock radiator, fan, and shroud. Straining himself from the manual labor (notice the massive forearms and general Hulk-like physique), Dr. Meyer decided to let Summers take over.
Summers continues the installation by stripping everything from the front of the motor. The battery must be moved to the trunk and the stock air inlet is removed. All the air feeding the Mondo will come from the driver-side fender.
Summers installs the supplied Vortech blower bracket. It bolts to the head and provides a solid foundation for the rest of the kit. This will hold the thick plate that bolts to the Mondo itself.
Here, Summers finishes up the alternator relocation. Again, the Vortech brackets make everything line up and work together perfectly. The alternator bracket also acts as the tensioner on the accessory drive belt.
The huge 72-tooth Vortech crank pulley gets bolted on next. This thing has been used in cars like Summers', Keen's, and Delatorre's. It's a race piece that has big, 50mm-wide cog teeth to completely eliminate any hint of belt slippage.
"Jimbone" Summers lowers the big J-Trim into position. This thing is bad! Want to scare your competition at the local hot spot? Pop your hood and show them one of these suckers! (We're talking about the supercharger, not Summers--although he can be pretty scary after a few cold, frothy drinks.)
The accessory pulleys and companion belt are the next addition to the front of our 5.0. Usually, the biggest load on the crank (the blower) goes closest to the block. But, Vortech's strut brace equalizes this load, as you will see.
The massive cog belt slips over the blower pulley and intimately connects the motor with a power adder that can reliably support 1,000 hp. There is no kidding around with one of these things.
The strut brace is an optional piece to the Vortech kit, but we think it should be considered mandatory. It helps keep your belt in place, your blower happy, and your crank in one piece.
Those in the know are doubled over laughing at this shot. The 28-tooth blower pulley would make something like 40 psi on our mostly stock 5.0 and ensure certain doom for "Project Rod Chucker." A 32-toother is a better starting point for a combination like this.
Summers starts the assembly of the Vortech Mondo 3.5-inch discharge tube. There are two main sections. The first (shown) snakes around the distributor. The second section loops toward the intake and contains the single bypass bung.
Summers holds the Vortech supplied radiator tube in position. It finishes the kit off nicely.
A close-up of the finished Vortech Mondo supercharger installation. Notice the perfect alignment of belts, quality of hardware, and over-all race-worthy construction. James Lawrence and his 10-Inch Terror are in trouble with this monster on board.
The finished product. The GT-40 intake will not make it to the track. A race-ported Hi-Flow Heads truck lower with a Cartech box upper will see some action first. We're looking forward to doing testing with Vortech's Igloo aftercooler once we get this thing on the dyno and down the track.

Vortech's V-3 and V-4 "Mondo" gear-driven superchargers were developed out of necessity. By 1995, the top guns on the supercharger warfront were spinning the snot out of the Vortech R-Trim V-I units. Guys like Craig Radovich, Jimmy LaRocca, and "Nitrous" Pete Misinsky were pushing their 5.0s towards 8,500 rpm and the R-Trims, while hanging tough, were well past the point of diminishing returns. Vortech had to come up with a more efficient blower strictly for race car applications, and their answer was the Mondo. Almost immedi-ately, the Mondo became the race blower of choice. In XX-Trim, the Mondo is able to spin well past 60,000 rpm, produce in excess of 30 psi, support 1,400-plus horsepower, and slam 1,800 cfm down the throat of a small-block Ford. While Paxton's Novi has challenged it at several races, Mustangs equipped with the Vortech Mondo have won more consistently and more often in the "big-daddy" 5.0 classes.

Initially, if you wanted to put a Mondo on your Mustang, you had to rely on a third-party kit because Vortech only built the blower, not an installation kit. Often these third-party kits needed further customization of the brackets or were hindered with diminutive 3-inch discharge tubing that had trouble clearing engine components. The pulleys and belts were often sourced from another company altogether. Vortech has finally released a complete package (PN 4FP218-010; $1,699) which includes everything you need to hang one of their flagship superchargers on the front of your 5.0. This kit includes belts, pulleys, brackets, bolts, discharge tubing, and detailed instructions which really make for a complete and professional-appearing installation.

We wanted to see just how easy it is to add one of these chargers to a Mustang, so we trailered an aspiring little notch (see sidebar "Project Mondo Stocker") out to ASSC in Lake Bluff, Illinois, to have master Mustang craftsman, Jim Summers, work his magic. We already had a Vortech J-Trim Mondo in our possession, so the Mondo installation package was just what the doctor ordered. Summers also installed the Vortech Strut Brace (PN 4FP110-010; $399) and a race bypass valve (PN 8D103-001; $269). What started out as a well-prepared street racer, is now looking just like all of the other big dogs on the shootout circuit. Follow along now as we show you how to add the mother of all bolt-ons to your 5.0 Mustang.