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I purchased my Cobra in April 2009 from a private owner in Florida. At the time, I wanted to get back into the V-8 Mustang club. When I bought the car, it was stock except for a set of 4.10 gears and pair of Flowmaster mufflers. It was located about two hours from where I lived, so it was a nice trip back home.
I couldn't stand the tall gear on the highway, so the first thing I did when I got home was replace the 4.10s for a set of 3.55s. I had every intention of keeping the car stock other than the gears and exhaust, as the engine and the rest of the car were in immaculate shape. It had 50,000 original miles on it when I bought it. After only six months, I installed a Vortech S-trim supercharger. With the blower, injectors, and H-style mid-pipe, my Cobra was now sporting 430 rwhp and 385 lb-ft of torque on 10 pounds of boost. I was extremely happy with it and drove it in that fashion for the next couple of years.
In 2011, I enlisted into the U.S. Army and was preparing for deployment to Afghanistan. A few months prior, I had installed a T56 six-speed transmission, Zoom Stage 3 clutch, and a set of BBK long-tube headers. While I was deployed, I started planning a drastic overhaul—I wanted a 10- second street car. I originally thought to go with a 4.6 Aluminator block, a set of C heads, Comp supercharger-friendly cams, and keep the Vortech setup, but I ended up going a different route.
When I returned home, I sent my car to Kurgan Motorsports in Braselton, Georgia. My intention was to do the build myself, but at the time, my wife and I lived in a one-bedroom apartment and I had no space for a car build. Kurgan and his crew hooked me up, and my Cobra now sported a built 5.4L DOHC engine, assembled by Manny's Hardcore Performance out of Fantana, California.
The short-block features all forged Manley internals, along with stock Four-Valve navigator heads on top, fitted with new springs, seals, and titanium retainers. The intake is a stock '01 Cobra piece with a set of intake adapters. It has a 13-percent overdrive ATI dampener and a full eight-rib belt conversion.
The supercharger was sent to Vortech for its Si-trim impeller upgrade. The fuel system consists of Aeromotive fuel rails, Ford Racing Performance Parts 60-lb/hr injectors, stainless steel braided fuel lines, and two Kurgan Motorsports in-tank electric fuel pumps. The suspension is fitted with a UPR tubular K-member, tubular A-arms, and adjustable coilovers.
After all was said and done, the new combination made 563 rwhp and 525 ft-lb of torque on 13 pounds of boost. That should be enough to put the car into the 10s. It has a set of Goodyear eagle 275/60-15 drag radials out back and a set of Summit Racing's five-star drag wheels.
I had the car shipped backed to me in Texas. While on the truck, it somehow got hit and the back end was completely smashed in. Go figure—at the time the car had zero street miles on it. I was upset to say the least. The good news is my insurance took care of the repairs and the entire car was treated to a fresh metallic-black paint job. All in all, I am very happy with it.