Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
October 25, 2010

It's been quite a while since we've given you an update on our long-running Project Roadkill. Many of you have most likely never heard of it, and 5.0&SF veterans have probably forgotten about it. Well, we haven't forgotten, and it's time to move this car from the back-burner to the front and turn up the heat.

To refresh your memory, Roadkill is a '91 LX hatch, turned '93 Cobra look-a-like using Cervini's Auto Designs' Stalker/'93 Cobra ground-effects package. Carrying Roadkill's Cobra persona even further is a '96-'98 Four-Valve engine under the hood, urged by a Vortech T-Trim supercharger. We're itching to get this car done and on the road. It's been a long time coming, and we're starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully, it's not a train coming in our direction.

Roadkill has been at MV Performance for a few years now, and in between working on race and street cars, the MV crew accomplished the majority of the mechanical upgrades on the car. However, the next step in its journey to roadworthiness is a trip to a JMS Chip and Performance is Lucedale, Mississippi. We have some new ideas for the car to bring that dream to reality, but for now, let's catch up on the current state of affairs.

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New home
After leaving MV Performance, Project Roadkill's new residence is JMS Chip and Performance in Lucedale, Mississippi, for the next phase of its rebirth. JMS was started by SCT's Chris Johnson, and he still oversees operations on a regular basis.

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Though MV did handle Roadkill's transformation up to this point, there is still much to be done. With JMS' expertise, Roadkill is going to receive a Mach 1 wiring harness [sourced from JMS and MPS Auto Salvage (www.mpsautosalvage.com)] and PCM (from Joe Charles), a new Weldon fuel pump, a new Optima battery, and the like. Roadkill's seating surfaces will be upgraded by TMI Products, and JMS will be sending the seats out to TMI for rejuvenation.

The plan for Roadkill while at JMS is to get the car running so assorted driveability issues can be sorted out, a new heater core and evaporator installed, a custom rollcage, and paint. Of course, Roadkill will also be tuned while at JMS. We're super-psyched to get the car done, and trust JMS to come through with an excellent product we'll be proud to drive.

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