At the time of this writing, Bryan Agee was a busy man. At 19 years old, he started South River Restoration, a disaster restoration company specializing in fire, water, and storm damage, and headquartered in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Holding steady at 33 years old at press time, his company was in the throes of helping Maryland residents dig out of from the freak earthquake and Hurricane Irene. Two natural disasters within a week of each other had the company busier than a Wal-Mart on Black Friday.
Bryan started the company by cleaning carpets, but these days he is certified by the IICRC as a Master Water Restorer and a Master Fire and Smoke Damage Restorer. In the days after the earthquake and hurricane, his company was inundated with service and repair calls, which is good. However, since Bryan owns the Mustang you see here, work always gets in the way of enjoying the car.
That seems to be the theme of Bryan's GT. Building his company has always taken precedence over the car. As you can see, though, that hasn't stopped him from owning the Mustang of his dreams.
Bryan bought the GT at the age of 17 from a neighbor. It was his second car--his first was a Honda CRX, so it was a definite upgrade. The neighbor owned the car just for a short time, but when he mentioned to Bryan it was for sale, Bryan was all over it. Bryan has always been a muscle car fan, so the CRX was obviously just something to get by with until the GT came along.
"I instantly fell in love with the car and its performance," Bryan says. "I started asking around about what modifications I should make on the car, and my first was adding 3.73 gears." Of course, that's what all of us did to our Mustangs, and like us, that satisfaction wore off quick, but Bryan then installed a Flowmaster exhaust, underdrive pulleys, and various other bolt-ons.
After the bolt-ons, Bryan had the car repainted its original color and that satisfied him for several years. "The car sat in my garage for several years while I grew my company," Bryan says. In 2006 Bryan got the itch to do a radical overhaul on the car and had a friend repaint the whole car teal green with some graphics, and replace the original red interior with grey guts along with racing seats.
With the exterior and interior covered, Bryan then contacted Justin Burcham at JPC Racing. "I knew Justin for several years and told him I wanted a radical 9-second street car," Bryan says. Justin gave him several recommendations, one mainly staying with fuel injection, but going with a supercharger for a power adder. They decided on a totally new engine from the ground up, along with new electrical and fuel systems. "I told him to build it like it was his car and call me when you are done," Bryan says.
Knowing Justin like we do, normally we wouldn't recommend that kind of leap of faith. Justin is all about making his cars fast. He's all about the go. Hardly ever are the words nice and fast used to describe the same car. Usually there are varying levels of each. However, with the goal of Bryan's GT being both nice and fast, Justin treated the car to the best care possible.
As you can see, when we shot...
As you can see, when we shot the car it still featured a g-Force T5. However, as you’ve read by now, it currently features a Performance Automatic C4, and Bryan uses a Hurst shifter with a pistol-grip handle to go from gear to gear. To keep track of what’s going on under the hood, Bryan eyes a full set of Stewart Warner gauges and a 5-inch tach. The brake pedal squeezes the pads of a Wilwood disc brake system at all four corners.
Justin received the car as a roller with the freshly painted exterior and rollcage, which was perfect since all JPC had to do was build the engine, and add the rest of the drivetrain, tune it, and call it a day. Rich Groh Racing Engines handled the short-block build, while JPC assembled the upper half of the 331 at its Millersville, Maryland, location. Since Bryan wanted a radical 9-second car, Justin and the boys dialed up ProCharger for one of its D-1SC supercharger systems with a Renegade bracket to keep flex at bay and get the most boost possible.
Evidently, the bracket worked too well for Bryan when the car was first built. With a g-Force T5 initially in the tunnel, Bryan found the car pretty much undriveable. The car was all over the place, on the rev limiter before Bryan could even think about hitting the next gear. The car was simply too violent to enjoy, so to calm it down the car received a Performance Automatic Super Comp C4 with a reverse-manual valvebody. Even with the automatic, Bryan's GT put down 630 hp.
As you can imagine, the Mickey Thompson ET Street radials are still at the mercy of the high winds generated by the ProCharger forces. However, this is one storm that helps Bryan recover from his daily grind.
JPC Racing’s engine builder...
JPC Racing’s engine builder of choice is Rich Groh of RGR fame. Rich knows how to make horsepower, and Bryan’s GT boasts 630 of ‘em. The ProCharger D-1SC has a lot to do with that number, but all is not lost in the preparation for that kind of power. Rich started with a Dart Sportsman block and filled it with a Scat crank, Eagle H-beam rods, custom CP pistons, and an Anderson Ford Motorsport B-451 hydraulic-roller cam. Rich also worked over the combo’s AFR 185 heads before JPC bolted them down, along with the Edelbrock Performer RPM intake. Fluid containment is left up to Cometic head gaskets, a Canton Racing oil pan and aluminum valve covers, and a Fluidyne radiator. The ProCharger ingests air via an Anderson Ford Motorsport Power Pipe, a Pro-M 80mm mass air meter, and an Accufab 75mm throttle body.
5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain
- Block Dart Sportsman
- Crankshaft Scat w/Romac balancer
- Rods Eagle H-beam
- Pistons CP custom
- Camshaft Anderson Ford Motorsport B-451 hydraulic roller w/Trick Flow chrome-moly pushrods, and Crane Cams lifters
- Cylinder Heads Rich Groh-ported AFR 185 w/ARP head studs, Comp Cams 1.6-roller rockers, and Canton Racing Products aluminum valve covers
- Intake Manifold Edelbrock Performer RPM
- Throttle Body Accufab 75mm
- Mass Air Pro-M 80mm
- Power Adder ProCharger D-1SC supercharger, Renegade bracket, air-to-air intercooler, Anderson Ford Motorsport Power Pipe
- Fuel System Behind Bars Race Cars sumped aluminum tank w/Weldon 600A fuel pump, Weldon regulator, JPC Racing polished fuel rails, -8 lines and fittings, 60-lb/hr injectors, and a Metco Motorsports fuel gauge
- Exhaust Bassani Xhaust 1-5/8 to 1-3/4-in stepped headers w/x-shape crossover pipe, and 3-in after-cat exhaust
- Transmission Performance Automatic Super Comp C4 w/reverse manual valvebody, SFI bellhousing, Mark Williams billet-steel yoke, Hurst shifter with pistol-grip handle, Neal Chance custom torque converter, B&M trans cooler, HPMotorsport steel crossmember, and an aluminum driveshaft
- Rearend 8.8 w/9-in ends, Strange Engineering spool and 33-spline axles, 3.73 gears, and LPW rear cover
- Engine Management Stock Computer w/DiabloSport chip
- Ignition MSD 6AL w/Ford Racing spark plug wires
- Gauges Stock w/Stewart Warner
Suspension and Chassis
- K-member UPR Products tubular
- A-Arms UPR Products tubular
- Struts QA1
- Springs QA1
- Brakes Wilwood disc
- Wheels Weld Draglite 15x3-in
- Tires 165R-15
- Shocks QA1
- Springs AutoFab coilover shock conversion
- Control Arms HPMotorsport Megabite lowers w/double- adjustable uppers, and UPR Products spherical housing bushings
- Brakes Wilwood rear disc-brake conversion
- Wheels Weld Racing Draglite 15x8-in
- Tires Mickey Thompson ET Drag Radial