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2003 Ford Mustang GT - Cool Beans
No roadblock could stop Derek Beans from building a 669hp Two-Valve
Derek Beans' passion for Fords started right out of high school.
Throughout the '90s, he owned several Fox-bodies, and in 2003 purchased his first modular Stang, a '00 Dark Highland Green Mustang GT. This is where his love for New Edge bodies started. He added the basic bolt-ons as money would allow. He even made his way up to a 1.7L Kenne Bell Twin-Screw supercharger. But as luck would have it, one rainy night, after returning home from dinner with his wife, Derek was involved in an accident, totaling his beloved Stang.
"In 2007, I began to search for another New Edge Stang," Derek explained. "I always liked black, but most of the ones I looked at were beat up and faded. I then looked for another Dark Highland Green model, but couldn't find one. So I made up my mind that I wanted a Competition Orange one. But of course, I couldn't find that color either. Then in 2008, I found a Zinc Yellow one in Tampa for sale on Autotrader.com."
"I wasn't sure if I liked it by just looking at the pictures," he said. "The salesman at the dealership assured me it was in mint shape, so my wife and I decided to drive across the state to take a look. It was perfect, so we bought it."
Not wasting any time, Derek got to work on modifying his new ride. Salvaging performance parts from his last Stang, he immediately installed Steeda Sport lowering springs, '03 Cobra wheels, UPR Products upper and lower control arms, and a Magnaflow exhaust. Unfortunately, the pleasure of driving his new GT came to an abrupt stop, just four months later.
"In 2009, I was injured in a jet ski accident that shattered my left ankle," Derek explained. "This left me on crutches and in a cast for almost two years, constantly being in and out of surgeries. I wasn't able to drive my car."
Derek's new ride remained in the garage collecting dust. However, he wasn't just going to sit by and watch. Over the two years, he added components such as a Kennan cowl hood, BBK shorty headers, a Steeda Triax shifter, Spec clutch, and a FRPP aluminum driveshaft. All the work was performed in his home garage using a floor jack and stands.
"One day while I was laying in bed, my wife had just left the house to go to work and was adamant about me resting my ankle," Derek told us. "When she left, I snuck out into the garage with crutches and all, and decided to install my old 1.7L Kenne Bell blower. It took me most of the day, but I reinstalled all the parts, and snuck up stairs and back into bed just before she came home from work. She asked me how my day was, I told her I had just stayed in bed. She happened to go in to the garage and noticed the blower was not on the workbench. She asked me where it had gone, and right there and then I was caught. Let's just say she wasn't too happy."
A broken ankle wasn't going to stop Derek from building what he wanted. After some heavy rehabilitation and physical therapy, he finally started to drive his GT. In 2012, he decided it was time to up the ante and look for more power. After speaking with Tim Eichorn from Modular Performance Racing of Boynton Beach, Florida, Derek soon had a Teksid aluminum block prepped and filled with forged components. A set of TFS aluminum heads and Bullitt Racing cams were installed atop the new short-block for better airflow. With the engine complete, Derek dropped the new powerplant in at home.
Wanting a Stang that could also handle on the street, he added a Maximum Motorsports K-member, A-arms, full-length subframe connectors, and Bilstein coilover shocks and struts.
On 17 psi, Derek's Two-Valve terror laid down a stout 505 rwhp and 468 lb-ft of torque. Having maxed out the tiny 1.7L supercharger, he wanted more power. Next up was a new 2.6L KB blower.
"Once the new blower arrived, the lower manifold didn't fit due to the casting on the TFS heads," Derek explained. "My friends Jason, Jessie, and Dan watched as I took a cutoff wheel to a set of $2,000 heads and an almost $6,000 blower. They couldn't believe it. Eventually everything meshed together and we got it all to fit."
Fuel is supplied thanks to a Fore fuel hat and twin-255-lb/hr fuel pumps placed in an '03 Cobra fuel tank. Kevin MacDonald tuned the newly refined Stang to the likes of 669 rwhp and 572 lb-ft. At the track, Derek's bested an 11.50 at 124 mph, utilizing the stock tranny.
With over 650 horsepower at his disposal, Derek was finally happy, and turned his attention to the exterior. Though his ride might sport a slew of Terminator exterior parts such as wheels, side skirts, side mirrors, and front and rear bumpers, Derek wanted to make sure that he stuck to his GT's roots. He kept the original GT badges, rear spoiler, and had the rear bumper shaved and filled for a smooth finish.
At this point in time, Derek told us that he's happy with where the car is, and enjoys taking his family to car shows and events. He would like to thank his wife Lisa, for the constant support she showed throughout the build. He also told us that he's about to swap in a T-56 6-speed transmission and revisit the track in search of a 10-second slip.
No matter how many roadblocks Derek hit along the way, he preserved and in the process, has built one clean New Edge.