1991 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 - Livin' The Dream - Street/Strip Foxes
CJ Williams Has One Mustang For The Dragstrip And One For The Show
From the July, 2009 issue of 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
By Michael Johnson
Photography by Michael Johnson
If all of us could have two Mustangs instead of just one, many of our problems would be solved. When we have just one Mustang, we're caught up in making it faster, and faster, and faster, until it's basically a track-only car that's living on the ragged edge. We get frustrated and sell the car so we can start all over and get something streetable and fun. Don't argue with us, you know you've done exactly the same thing a time or two.
What we all need are two Mustangs like Palatine, Illinois' CJ Williams. He has this '91 GT for the street and show field, while his '93 Cobra cures his need for speed: truly the best of both worlds. CJ is a custom home builder by profession, and he's done plenty of building on both his GT and Cobra in order to get them on these pages. The GT has been redone from the ground up, while the Cobra didn't need quite that much work.
Pretty much everything on the GT has been replaced or painted to look better than new. CJ says he spent $24,000 on just the body and paint, and the results speak for themselves. Incaudo's Auto Body applied the House of Kolors Wild Strawberry paint, adding Candy Orange flames. The exterior was treated to a Cervini's Auto Designs Stalker front bumper cover and cowl hood. Plus, the door handles were shaved to give the car a smooth look--CJ just has to remember to keep the remote's battery in good working order or he'll have to climb in the back hatch again (I still have those pictures, too). The interior received new leather upholstery, carpet, a headliner, and several billet items thanks to Goldstar Automotive.
Under the Cervini's cowl hood lives an Automotive Engine Specialties-built 347, based on a Sportsman 5.0 block with an Eagle crank and rods, JE pistons, and custom cam from Comp Cams. Up top are a pair of Edelbrock Victor Jr. heads with a Trick Flow R Series intake, a BBK 75mm throttle body, and a Pro-M 80mm mass air meter. That would be more than enough for some people, but not CJ. For more go, nitrous was added to the mix with NOS solenoids and an NX Shark nozzle for an extra 125 hp.
Seeing the exterior of CJ's,...
Seeing the exterior of CJ's, it shouldn't be a shock to hear he has a lot of money just in the body work and paint. The car features a Cervini's Auto Designs' cowl hood and Stalker front bumper cover, and shaved door handles. Covering the panels is an Incaudo's Auto Body House of Kolors Wild Strawberry paint scheme with Candy Orange flames. Weld Racing Magnum wheels sit at each corner with 15x9-inch, custom-made examples out back. The same Nitto Tire Extreme Drag radials CJ received as part of competing in the 2007 King of the Street still remain. The stellar braking comes courtesy of a Wilwood disc brake system.
We liked the GT so much we invited CJ to the 2007 King of the Street competition. Even though the GT made 512 hp to the wheels, CJ's ride finished dead last in the hotly contested Horsepower segment. Transmission shifting issues hampered quarter-mile performance, as well, negatively impacting the Drag Race score. In the other four categories, CJ's GT scored well, representing the Fox crowd strongly.
Representing the Fox crowd in an overwhelming way is CJ's '93 Cobra. The car was a quarter-mile bracket car, and it already featured a four-link rear suspension when CJ bought it. Along with the rear suspension, the chassis and 'cage were certified to 8.50, and harnessed a 363ci alcohol combination.
However, that just wouldn't do for CJ. "It was still a great buy and a solid car when I bought it," CJ says. The Cobra's body is as you see it, in great shape, but CJ saw room for improvement in many other areas. First order of business was the chassis. Out came the old 'cage and four-link, and in its place went a Duncan Race Cars 25.5 chassis with a Jerry Bickel Race Cars four-link setup. For safety, CJ equipped the GT with a Safecraft fire-suppression system should the unthinkable happen, and a parachute to help slow things down on the big end.
CJ also stepped up the Cobra's power enough to mandate a parachute. He summoned Fast Times Motorworks to build a 363ci, alcohol-powered small-block. Not only that, but a NOS Pro Shot Fogger was added as well. With the proper support from upgraded fuel and ignition systems the new combo propelled the Cobra to 8.50s at more than 158 mph.
CJ had upgrades planned for both cars, but the major economic downturn has really put a damper on custom home builds, CJ's profession. As such, CJ is sticking with what he's got for the moment. Even so, we'd enjoy coming in for the real thing from these two Foxes any day of the week.
An Automotive Engine Specialties-built...
An Automotive Engine Specialties-built 347 sits under the cowl hood, and features an Eagle crankshaft and rods, JE pistons, a Comp Cams custom grind camshaft, Edelbrock Victor Jr. heads, and a Trick Flow intake. For even more power at the flick of a switch, NOS solenoids work together with an NX Shark nozzle to provide 125 horsepower's worth of the good stuff. An Astro Performance Warehouse A5 five-speed transmission lives behind the stroker with a QuickTime SFI-approved bellhousing, a SPEC Stage II clutch and flywheel, and a Pro-5.0 shifter. The GT's best time is a 10.26 at 134 mph.
The interior of CJ's GT is...
The interior of CJ's GT is familiar Fox, but thanks to Goldstar Automotive it wears new carpet, leather seats, a new headliner, and several billet items. Various Auto Meter gauges keep CJ abreast of mechanical happenings, while he works a Pro-5.0 shifter connected to an Astro Performance Warehouse A-5 transmission.
Yes, that's a '93 Cobra, and...
Yes, that's a '93 Cobra, and we're sure there are plenty of Melvins crying foul in CJ's direction. However, don't hate CJ--the car already boasted a four-link rear suspension at time he purchased it. These days, the car features a Jerry Bickel Race Cars four-link, a Duncan Race Cars 25.5 chassis and rollcage, and a Funny Car hoop. The Cobra wears Bogart skinnies up front with Weld Racing Alumastars out back, all wrapped in Hoosier boots.
1991 Mustang GT
- Engine and Drivetrain
- Block Sportsman 5.0
- Displacement 347 ci
- Rotating Assembly Eagle crankshaft and H-beam connecting rods, JE pistons
- Camshaft Comp Cams custom
- Cylinder Heads Edelbrock Victor Jr., Automotive Engine Specialties-ported, Harland Sharp 1.7 ratio roller rockers, Cometic gaskets
- Intake Manifold Trick Flow R series, ported
- Throttle Body BBK 75mm
- Mass Air Pro-M 80mm
- Power Adder NOS solenoids, NX Shark nozzle, 125hp shot
- Fuel System 255-lph fuel pump, stock lines and rails, 30-lb/hr injectors, Aeromotive regulator
- Exhaust Custom headers and 3½-inch cross-pipe exhaust system, Flowmaster 40-series mufflers with Pro Dumps
- Transmission Astro Performance A-5 transmission, SPEC Stage II clutch and flywheel, Pro-5.0 shifter, QuickTime SFI scattershield
- Rearend 8.8, Strange Engineering 33-spline axles and differential, 4.10 gears, TA girdle
- Engine Management Stock computer, SCT tune by Bob Kurgan
- Ignition MSD 6AL w/Blaster coil and Pro Billet distributor, Autolite spark plugs
- Gauges Stock, Auto Meter Phantom air/fuel, oil pressure, nitrous pressure, fuel pressure, water temperature
Chassis and Suspension
- Front Suspension K-member Ground Pounder tubular
- Springs Coilover QA1
- Struts QA1
- Caster/Camber Hotchkis
- Brakes Wilwood, vented and slotted rotors
- Wheels Weld Racing Magnum 15x3½-inch
- Tires Mickey Thompson Sportsman front 26x7x15LT
- Springs QA1
- Shocks Competition Engineering single-adjustable
- Control Arms Competition Engineering chrome-moly upper and lower control arms, antiroll bar
- Brakes Wilwood, vented and slotted rotors
- Wheels Weld Racing Magnum 15x9-inch
- Tires Nitto 555R Extreme Drag radial 275/60
- Chassis Stiffening Mike Miller Performance subframe connectors and torque box reinforcements
CJ's Cobra features a more...
CJ's Cobra features a more serious powerplant with a Fast Times Motorworks-built 363ci Windsor outfitted with a top-secret Comp Cams grind, Trick Flow High Port heads, an Edelbrock Super Victor intake, and a Barry Grant Demon 850-cfm carburetor. Fast Times started with a Dart block, adding a Ford Racing Performance Parts crankshaft, Eagle H-beam connecting rods, and JE gas-ported pistons with Childs & Albert Z-Gap piston rings. The combination runs on alcohol, but it also gets a big kick in the pants thanks to a NOS Pro Shot Fogger nitrous system. Behind the healthy Windsor is a DRC Transmissions-built Powerglide with a Coan converter and a Hurst Quarter Stick shifter. CJ's best time with the Cobra is an 8.54 at 158 mph.
Like the powerplant, the Cobra's...
Like the powerplant, the Cobra's interior is a little more serious. The ever-present rollcage encompasses the factory black insides, and it was in good shape when CJ bought the Cobra. He did add new carpet, a new center console, and a few other trim parts. Going with the race theme, the Cobra boasts a Kirkey seat, an A.R.T. steering wheel featuring a Mark Williams quick release hub, and a Stroud five-point harness and window net. To protect his investment and himself in the event of the unthinkable, CJ added a Safecraft rise suppression system.
1993 CobraEngine and Drivetrain
- Block Dart 351-based
- Displacement 363 ci
- Rotating Assembly Ford Racing Performance Parts crankshaft, Eagle H-beam connecting rods, JE gas-ported pistons, Childs & Albert Z-Gap piston rings
- Camshaft Comp Cams custom grind
- Cylinder Heads Trick Flow High-Port, Indy Cylinder Heads-ported, Harland Sharp roller rockers, Manley Performance valve
- Intake Manifold Edelbrock Super Victor 8.7
- Carburetor Barry Grant Demon 850cfm, custom alky setup
- Power Adder NOS Pro Shot Fogger nitrous system
- Fuel System Barry Grant 400-lph fuel pump for the alky, Aeromotive regulators, Barry Grant 280-lph for the nitrous system, Aeroquip fuel lines
- Exhaust Kooks long-tube headers
- Transmission DRC Transmissions Powerglide, Coan torque converter, Hurst Quarter-Stick shifter
- Rearend Strange Engineering Fab9 housing with 35-spline axles, Pro carrier, and 4.56 gear
- Engine Management FAST Wideband, Computech EGT Plus
- Ignition MSD 7531 with Pro Billet distributor and coil, Taylor 409 spark plug wires, Autolite AR3932 spark plugs
- Gauges Auto Meter
Chassis and Suspension
- Front Suspension K-member Custom tubular chrome-moly K-member
- Springs QA1
- Struts QA1
- Caster/Camber QA1
- Brakes Aerospace Components
- Wheels Bogart
- Tires Hoosier
- Springs QA1
- Shocks QA1
- Traction Device Jerry Bickel Race Cars four-link
- Aerospace Components
- Wheels Weld Racing Alumastar
- Tires Hoosier 14x31x15-in drag slick
- Chassis Stiffening Duncan Race Cars 25.5 chrome-moly 'cage with Funny Car hoop