What started as a project to take an S197 Mustang GT and turn it into an 11-second grocery
It's The backbone phrase of the wedding vows: 'Til death do us part. Unfortunately, it has come time to remember that phrase as we say goodbye to our '06 Mustang GT project car, Project MILF, as this month's installment will be her last appearance in MM&FF-at least for now.
While MILF will be saying goodbye to make room for new projects, by no means are we killing it. The original goal with Project MILF (Mustang I'd Like to Flog or Mommy Is Lightning Fast) was to improve all characteristics of the car and make it a high-11-second ride at the strip using basic bolt-on parts. While that seemed simple enough, we threw a kink in the plan-it must be able to handle weekly trips to the grocery store or to soccer practice. In other words, we didn't want to compromise driveability one ounce. To say we went above and beyond that would be an understatement.
We started by installing Ford Racing Performance Parts' Handling Pack. With the underpinnings of Project MILF squared away, we decided to go for the lungs, so we cruised to Crazy Horse Racing and threw on FRPP's Super Pack. The accompanying Whipple supercharger got the car easily into the 12-second zone, and after a custom tune from JDM Engineering and the installation of a complete Stainless Works exhaust system (with headers), a set of FRPP 4.10 gears, and the company's Big-Boost kit, Project MILF ripped off mid-11-second laps (an 11.54 at 120-plus mph to be exact) at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey.
The gem to this ring is Ford Racing Performance Parts' Super Pack, headlined by a Whipple-
Following the power upgrades, we improved the stopping power of the Legend Lime GT with an AP Racing big-brake kit from Stillen. At the same time, we bolted up a set of MD Drifter 20-inch rims shod in Nitto NT555 rubber, courtesy of Discount Tire Direct. The bigger meats and larger brakes conspired to shorten our braking distances, improve handling, and increase the amount of looks the car received.
While all of the bolt-ons worked together to create one wild child, the ride quality and feasibility of usage did not diminish whatsoever. Project MILF is just as adept to going to the local supermarket for groceries as it is slapping down a pesky Camaro or Corvette at the strip or road course. We could load up the back of the car with slicks and a helmet and make some cash at the local track, or load up a baby seat and take the kid to Chuck E. Cheese. Talk about options.
For a tick over $17,000, we were able to drop our track times from the stock 13.52-second effort to an 11.54, which would mop up most anything on the road under $75,000. In addition, our trap speed increased from 100 mph to a thundering 120 mph. Finally, the power increased from a stock dyno measurement of 251 rwhp and 265 rwtq to 439 rwhp and 422 rwtq. That's an increase of 188 rwhp and 157 rwtq with just bolt-on items.
Not only did we improve the go for Project MILF, but we also improved the whoa and turning
While our lovely lady will be disappearing from these pages, you can still find her on the road or the track. Just make sure you look fast, as this hot momma will be gone in a blinding flash of green if you let her. That's what she does best, after all. In a few months we may up the boost, toss in some race gas, and go for the 10s, so be on the lookout for this green mamba.
The Final Tally
Here it is, the final grocery list. We've been keeping track of our costs to keep us from filing for bankruptcy, and we were quite happy with the amount we spent and the results we received. Keep in mind that this tally includes prices for parts only. In addition, the prices for the tires and wheels are the front two and the rear two combined. To find the individual cost of each wheel and tire, take the price listed and divide by two. The original cost of the car and labor rates are not included as there are variables to both figures.
|Part ||Manufacturer ||Part No. ||Price |
|Handling Pack ||FRPP ||M-2005-FR3 ||$1,299.00 |
|Super Pack ||FRPP ||M-6066-M463V ||$4,899.00 |
|Billet Oil Fill Cap ||FRPP ||M-6766-MP46 ||$44.00 |
|Valve Covers ||FRPP ||M-6582-3VBLK ||$269.00 |
|1 3/4-in Long-Tube Headers ||Stainless Works ||M05H175 ||$1,542.40 |
|3-in After-Cat Exhaust System ||Stainless Works ||M05CB3 ||$880.90 |
|4.10 Gearset ||FRPP ||M-4209-G410 ||$225.00 |
|Rearend Girdle ||FRPP ||M-4033-G2 ||$199.00 |
|75W90 Rearend Fluid ||Royal Purple ||RPO-RP01300* ||$21.90 |
|XCalibrator2 Programmer ||SCT ||946-9415A* ||$379.99 |
|48-lb Injectors ||FRPP ||M-9593-G302 ||$499.00 |
|Big-Boost Kit ||FRPP ||M-9066-M11 ||$2,099.99 |
|1-gal Motorcraft Engine Coolant ||Downs Ford ||VC-7 ||$14.50 |
|Nitto NT555 Extreme Tires 255/35ZR-20 ||Discount Tire Direct ||40184 ||$286.00 |
|Nitto NT555 Extreme Tires 275/35ZR-20 ||Discount Tire Direct ||40211 ||$570.00 |
|MB Drifter 20x8.5 Wheels 45mm Offset ||Discount Tire Direct ||61387 ||$340.00 |
|MB Drifter 20x10 Wheels 50mm Offset ||Discount Tire Direct ||61389 ||$450.00 |
|Wheel Install Kit ||Discount Tire Direct ||80300 ||$45.00 |
|AP Racing Front Six-Piston Brake Kit ||Stillen ||AP4100 ||$3,095.75 |
|Tire Mount and Balance ||B-C Tire Service ||NA ||$181.90 |
|*Priced though Summit Racing Equipment (www.summitracing.com) ||Total: $17,342.34 |