The body is actually an '87 LX, but the car now features a Cervini's Auto Designs Stalker
Horse Sense: In addition to instructor Todd Collins, those who helped oversee the Mustang's build include Tony Collins, Brent Daniel, Michael Lampley, David Carroll, Ronnie Christian, Curtis Krueger, William Depriest, and Mickey Harris. "This was a true community effort with numerous contributions," Todd says.
If you took a poll from 5.0&SF staffers about their high school lives, you will get vastly different answers. Editor Turner says he was a B-/C+ student. "I really gave my best effort at chasing girls," he says, "with the same sort of mixed results." Really? Turner's dad taught shop class at his school, so naturally he wanted nothing to do with that. Though he started dreaming of Mustangs around 7th grade, he didn't get serious about making that dream come true till after high school. Tech Editor Jones says he did well enough to graduate. In KJ's day, the legal drinking age was 18, so he partook in plenty of extracurricular activities including as he puts it, "cars, cars, girls, cars, music, drinking, having fun, more girls, and more cars."
As for your author, my family moved several times while I was in high school, so I was unable to plant myself into a school long enough to get any formal automotive training. I "missed" a lot of classes, played a lot of basketball, and failed miserably at girl-chasing. I was however, able to garner a couple of autobody courses at one high school, along with the same as part of a half-day program at a community college while finishing my scholastic career at Palmer High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Of the three of us, Tech Editor Jones has proven he has what it takes to build a Mustang. If it was up to Turner, he would be too busy detailing parts for the car to get done. If a car's build were up to me, I would simply take forever trying.
Editor Turner and I should start sending our project Mustangs to East Hickman High School in Lyles, Tennessee. The Mustang you see here was built by students in the school's Automotive Technology class.
Under the tutelage of instructor Todd Collins, the students at first wanted to simply build a street-legal sleeper, but that plan was shelved for the chance to compete on the show Drag Race High aired on Speed Channel. The car's plans went from street sleeper to the audacious strip brawler seen here. East Hickman's GT was scheduled to battle the Chevy Monza of Fairview High School.
Before doing battle, the students had plenty of work to do. To get started, they stripped the LX to its bare bones, commencing from scratch. Through community effort and volunteer overseers, students performed the bodywork, the paint, all the mechanical, and the rollcage. "This is a true kids' car," Todd says. The car's color, Sikkens Eagle Eye blue, is a custom hue exclusive to East Hickman High School. The color was even mixed there at the school. Mickey Harris finished off the paint with custom airbrushing.
The GT's interior sports Kirkey race seats with tweed covers that make them comfortable fo
To make sure that Monza had zero chance of victory, BES Racing was called on for a built 434ci Windsor using top-shelf components. As insurance, the students employed an Edelbrock nitrous kit, tuned for optimum power and reliability by Induction Solutions' Steve Johnson, to guarantee the Monza a nice view of the Fox taillights. Backing the juiced Windsor is a Wayne Transmissions Powerglide with a PTC converter and 176 Pro Tree valvebody.
Since the car started life as a four-banger, the students went straight past a built 8.8, opting for a Chris Alston's Chassisworks Fab9 rearend setup, including upper and lower control arms--just like KJ's T-top coupe. Once the rear suspension is done doing its job, Aerospace Components' brakes at all four corners brings everything to a halt.
Speaking of stopping, East Hickman students didn't have to worry about stopping the Fairview Monza on the day of the show's taping; it wasn't ready. Steve and I promise we had nothing to do with the Monza's unfinished state. No matter--East Hickman's GT was ready to go. The end result of the students' work is 5.50s in the eighth-mile and 8.60s in the quarter. We give the East Hickman High School students an A+. Great job.
To make sure East Hickman's GT could beat all comers, BES Racing was called upon to screw together a 434ci Windsor using a Dart block, an Eagle crankshaft and rods, and Ross pistons. A Comp Cams grind mandates valve events in a pair of BES-ported Edelbrock Victor heads. BES also massaged an Edelbrock Super Victor intake, and Induction Solutions tuned the runners for optimal nitrous/fuel atomization. A Pro-Systems 4150 series carburetor provides air and fuel to the combination. Induction Solutions and Edelbrock were teamed up again on the GT's nitrous system. The nitrous kit is an Edelbrock system, but Induction Solutions' Steve Johnson tuned the combination, which enables the car to run 8.60s at over 153 mph.
|5.0 Tech Specs|
|ENGINE AND DRIVETRAIN||ELECTRONICS|
|Dart 351W||Stock with Powerworks|
|Crankshaft||MSD 7AL box with coil, Taylor|
|Eagle||spark plug wires, NGK spark plugs|
|Eagle H-beam||Auto Meter|
|Ross w/ Akerly and Childs piston||SUSPENSION AND CHASSIS|
|Comp Cams with corresponding||AJE Racing tubular|
|Cylinder Heads||AJE Racing tubular|
|Edelbrock Victor 7721; BES||Springs|
|Racing-ported 2.125/1.6 valves;||AJE Racing coilover|
|Jesel rockers; Manley||Struts|
|Performance valvesprings||AJE Racing|
|Edelbrock Super Victor, BES||Aerospace Components disc|
|Solutions-tuned||Holeshot Performance Wheels|
|Carburetor||Hole Pro 2|
|Power Adder||Mickey Thompson|
|Edelbrock nitrous system tuned||Rear Suspension|
|by Induction Solutions, 125hp||Springs|
|plate and a 250hp fogger system||Chris Alston's Chassisworks|
|Aeromotive fuel pump and||Shocks|
|fuel lines||Control Arms|
|Exhaust||Chris Alston's Chassisworks|
|Transmission||Aerospace Components disc|
|Powerglide, PTC 5,400-rpm stall||Holeshot Performance Wheels|
|converter and 176 Pro Tree||Hole Pro 2 with bead locks|
|valvebody, B&M Pro Bandit||Tires|
|shifter, Moser aluminum||Mickey Thompson E/T Drag slicks|
|Rearend||Custom rollcage, Chris Alston's|
|Chris Alston's Chassisworks||Chassisworks subframe|
|FAB9 4.30 gears, Moser 35-spline||connectors|