Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
1988 Ford Mustang GT Project Hypersilver - Introduction
Introducing Hypersilver, our 25th Anniversary build -- and it’s going to be awesome
As you may know by now, MM&FF is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2013. We'll be holding a few events throughout the year to help us celebrate 25 years. We held our Open House on March 7, and we're sponsoring a special ladies-only shootout and 25th Anniversary party in Norwalk in June.
More importantly, though, we're building a project car -- a really cool project car. There's nothing wrong with by-the-book projects, especially those that most of our readers can use to help them with their own builds. Heck, we've done plenty of those, and intend to do more in the future. But this project is going to be different.
We struggle every month to find a balance between real-life cars that most can afford, and over-the-top Stangs that most will never be able to afford. On one hand, if we do the budget-minded tech, more will benefit. But if we do wild, expensive, or outside-of-the-box builds, maybe we could set a trend or two and entertain the readers in the process.
Although it may be slightly tacky, we're playing on the 25th being the silver anniversary of MM&FF. The name we've chosen is Hypersilver. The pre-fix hyper- means excessively, incredibly, or totally. That's not to say we're going to plate this car in silver. Actually, we're going to make it completely over the top, unique, and one of a kind.
And since the mag started in 1988, we've decided to build an '88 GT. The one we purchased is a bare -- and we mean bare -- shell. It's been completely sandblasted and primed with etching primer and mounted to a rotisserie. Talk about a blank slate. Its first stop will be the chassis shop, but before we start cutting and welding, let's go over our plans for the entire build and get you acquainted with our newest project.
Since we're planning on unveiling this project at SEMA this year, we want something that stands out from the rest. As many Mustangs that are seen at the SEMA show every year, very few are Fox-bodies. In fact, we only saw one Fox-body in the entire show -- out of roughly 80 Mustangs present. So we want this thing to be show-stopping inside, outside, and under the hood.
So what's the theme? Well, we want a Mustang that not only wins trophies at car shows, but also is able to tear up the dragstrip, road course or autocross, and the street-all with ease. Granted, we know the Jack-of-all-trades is the master of none. But if Hypersilver is good at what it does on all fronts, then we've succeeded.
Starting with powertrain, we’re going with a 427ci P-38 powerplant from Jon Kaase Racing Engines. It will be based on an FRPP Boss 351 block, DSS Racing internals, Comp Cams valvetrain, and a wicked-looking JKRE cross-ram intake. Fuel supply will be compliments of Aero Tech Laboratories (ATL) and Aeromotive, and fuel management will be handled by a FAST engine management system.
Sending power to a six-speed manual transmission will be a twin-disc Centerforce clutch, and power will travel through a custom Axle Exchange driveshaft to a Moser 9-inch rearend. Steeda will handle suspension duties, and bringing everything to a safe stop will be the job of Wilwood Engineering.
Inside will be Corbeau seats, a six-point custom rollbar, and a full sound system from Kicker. TMI Products will be doing a full custom interior. We will be using ISIS wiring, as well as Restomod A/C.
Outside, a mix of body parts from Cervini’s will give our Fox a unique look, including the Stalker front fascia, Saleen-style wing, and cowl hood.
There will be other touches like custom wheels, mini-tubs from Wolfe Racecraft, a smooth engine bay from Scott Rod Fabrication, and a custom radiator from Flex-a-lite. We don’t want to give everything away now, but you get the idea.
We're looking forward to bringing you this entire project in the magazine and on our site over the next 12-14 months, so keep checking back.