|It started normally enough. Just a need to go fast all the time,|
so a simple 03 Mustang GT was purchased and slightly modded. Little stuff
like big brakes, subframe connectors, seats, etc... All the little mods really
made a drivability difference and exposed the real power deficit that the little
281cid OHC engine suffered from.
|Trying to get maximum use of the power that was on tap an independant rear|
suspension and bilstein coil overs were added all the way around. The IRS was
a great feeling and decent handling setup but there were shortcomings.
|I wasn't happy with the fragility of the IRS, and after breaking it |
severely 3 times I said the heck with it and went back to the 8.8"
solid axle but now with a Maximum Motorsports torque arm and panhard bar.
I decided that it was time for a power upgrade and I initially looked
to N2O. I thought maybe a 4.6 and 125hp of nitrous would be enough. Wrong.
Note to self, there's no such thing as "enough".
|Then it hit me. Why not just drop in a 5.4L? It'll make more power|
than the 4.6 and be easier on the motor than nitrous or a blower. So parts began
to accumulate. First intake adapter plates and intakes were collected.
|And another intake and all kinds of little intake tract parts, fuel|
system parts and some custom roll bar work to seal up loose ends. The car was
finally approaching a state that I could install the tall deck motor.
|Then more motor parts, more fuel system parts and a Oil Air Separator of my |
own design and construction found their way in to the project. OHC cars aerate a lot
of oil and drink it into the intake. This is bad, so the OAS is a very important
component to keeping the new high compression engine breathing clean pure air.
|3 sets of ported heads and a pair of 5.4L blocks gave me parts to build from|
and parts to use for all the mockup work for new parts designs. I would have been
happy with any one of the block/head combos but the extra bits made the ideal pairings
much easier to come by. I added a nice set of Comp cams to make the heads worth it
and we are off to the races.
|Porting my HPS Hardball'R intake was intended to shorten the runners|
and open up the inlets. After the big stuff a simple port match to the runner
exits for the heads and adapter plates.
|Engine completed on the stand and just about to go in. A very exciting time|
for a lot of people. The motor went in without any real hassle despite the size
and mounted up just like the 4.6L. The hardest part was really the waiting.
|Engine going in with all the little bits being installed.|
| Finally got all the parts hooked up and the hood clearanced and it's ALIVE!|
|Some Pics of the whole car. You'll want to know it for when it runs you down.|