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2007 Ford Mustang GT - Work And Play
Manny Galvan helps customers build dream ’Stangs—creating his own was just for fun
Fitted with a 2.75-inch pulley, the blower is putting out an impressive 17 pounds of boost, so it's no wonder that Manny didn't keep the engine's internals stock. Manley forged aluminum 9.8:1 pistons and forged-steel H-beam connecting rods were installed, as well as a forged-steel crankshaft.
With those in place, Manny added even more upgrades, including Comp's XFI SPR camshafts with beehive springs, 60-lb/hr injectors, JBA ceramic-coated Shorty headers, and a Magnaflow exhaust system.
With the NOS intercooler spray kit engaged, the blown V-8 puts out an impressive 692 hp and 679 lb-ft at the wheels. When asked about how the car drives, Manny simply says, "Like a bat out of hell!" It's one of the cleanest engine bays we've seen, too, with custom carbon fiber and billet trim pieces throughout, a one-off carbon fiber intake tube, and black-painted valve covers.
With that much power Manny knew the drivetrain needed to be upgraded as well, and he set about making sure things would hold together. The stock Tremec five-speed manual remains in place, but an Exedy Stage 3 clutch with aluminum flywheel replaces the factory unit, as well as a one-piece aluminum driveshaft and 31-spline axles. He also added 3.90 gears and a Hurst short-throw shifter for gear-changing duties.
In the suspension department, Manny spared no expense, and the parts list is that of a diehard weekend racer. A Steeda fully adjustable coilover suspension, adjustable sway bars with competition end-links, billet lower control arms front and rear, and a Panhard bar complete the setup.
For tires, he went with BFGoodrich KDW rubber wrapped over lightweight Asanti AF117 forged wheels custom- painted to match the car. A set of AP Racing cross-drilled and slotted rotors with six-piston calipers peek out behind the spokes up front, and Stillen cross-drilled rotors provide stopping power out back.
So now that Manny's latest project car is finished, does he ever get the chance to drive it? Well, not as much as he'd like. "I strictly use it for shows but occasionally drive it to enjoy it a bit," he says. "It's hard to open the garage and look at this beast/beauty and not want to drive it!" When he does drive the car, Manny admits to putting the Mustang's power to full use. "Cops even compliment me after giving me 100-mph speeding tickets."
Of course, like with any build, Manny knows it can't be done with just one person, and he has plenty of people to thank for helping with the Mustang. "First and foremost, I would like to thank my best friend, Manny Pena. Without him, this project would not have come to be what it is today. His love and passion for Mustangs runs as deep as mine." He also credits his many sponsors, as well as Scott Earixson from Gaudin Ford. So what's next for Manny? "We'll be attending several shows outside of Las Vegas. We've got to fill the trophy case!"
Horse Sense: Kenne Bell rates its 2.6-liter supercharger kits for the Three-Valve 4.6 in the range of 501 to 675 hp. Obviously, Manny Galvan's car is maximizing its combination. If he wanted more--and who doesn't--the Stage 3 kit's rating moves the maximum output up to 775 hp courtesy of the 2.8-liter supercharger.