Marc Christ
Brand Manager, Modified Mustangs & Fords
May 25, 2010
Photos By: Staff, Jim Campisano

With the inception of the Two-Valve in 1996, the Mustang world was turned upside down. The all-new engine was alien and anemic, yet modern and sophisticated. The pushrod 5-liter that brought the Mustang its popularity was gone-in its place was a smaller-displacement, yet bulkier SOHC powerplant. At only 215 hp, many hardcore Mustang enthusiasts were let down.

When the New Edge SN-95 was introduced in 1999, so was the Performance Improved (PI) Two-Valve, and to a degree, the Mustang was revived. Though the bottom end remained the same, the new head design and intake manifold brought the output to 260 hp, far beyond the old 5.0-liter. Though not completely redeemed, however, the improvement was enough to rekindle the flame. With increased interest, the aftermarket began to increase its offering of products to improve the breed.

Laying the Groundwork
The Two-Valve has continued to be a steadfast player in the performance industry, and new parts are still being developed and released. In true MM&FF style, we've decided to give 'Box yet another overhaul. We've chosen to build a new powerplant utilizing some of the latest products available for the Two-Valve Mustang.

Over the next few months, we will assemble and test Tork Tech's new TVS-blown setup with Trick Flow Specialties' heads and cams to yield an estimated 700 rwhp-a milestone for the 8-year-old project car. The key, however, is to make it streetable as well.

This month, we follow along as the guys at Blow-By Racing (Boca Raton, Florida) build an aluminum short-block capable of handling upwards of 1,000 hp, according to Chris Jones of BBR. Not that we're going for 1,000 ponies, but it's nice to know the short-block can take it.

Check back next month as we finish the engine build with a pair of Trick Flow Specialties Track Heat heads, a pair of blower cams, and the hot Tork Tech blower.

A Brief History OF PROJECT Icebox
Enter Project Icebox, MM&FF's '01 GT, which over the last decade has undergone a string of enhancements, modifications, and complete overhauls. From its roots as a 13-second stock GT to 10-second Cobra killer, Icebox has kept you, the reader, on the cutting edge of Two-Valve tech.

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The latest (although not-so-recent) and most intense performance modifications included a fortified CHP 300ci short-block, ported PI heads, a ported Bullitt intake, and a Vortech T-trim centrifugal supercharger. The JDM-tuned combination yielded 621 rwhp and 541 lb-ft of torque through a stock five-speed and 3.73s. At Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey, Project Icebox made its best track appearance ever: 10.701 at 132.78 mph on Mickey Thompson ET Streets.

Lately, though, it has become more of a thorn in the side of the staff since the relocation to Tampa. It was initially used as a daily driver; then one day after summer rains flooded the parking lot in our office complex, a mysterious death knock began. With little room in the warehouse, it was parked outside and sat there for almost a year. Shame on us.

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