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1988 Ford Mustang 5.0L Muscle Car - Make 600 HP On Pump Gas

Take A Stock 5.0L Ford Short-Block, Bolt On A Set Of Aluminum Heads, A Roller Cam, And A ProCharger Centrifugal, And You Too Can

Photography by Jeff "Smith,"

With the blower back on, we preloaded the belt to minimize slipping it, and the ProCharger began building boost even at 3,000 rpm. The peak numbers are impressive with 605 hp and 520 lb-ft of torque out of a junkyard 302, but what's really cool is how effortlessly this came together. Remember, this is all on 91-octane pump gas. Adding a splash of 100-octane unleaded Rockett Brand Racing gas to the tank and upping the timing from 28 degrees to 32 degrees was worth 618 hp at the same 6,200 rpm with a total of 12 psi of boost. Clearly this little runner was willing to keep going with never a hint of problems with the short-block. The OE forged pistons obviously helped make this happen. We haven't done a leakdown test, but it would probably be beneficial to tear into the short-block and add rings and bearings. Then again, as strong as this motor runs, we're going to just leave it alone and beat on it some more. It's way too much fun.

PARTS LIST
DESCRIPTION PN SOURCE PRICE
Used 5.0L long-block used junkyard $150.00
ATI ProCharger 5.0 Ford kit 1FX012-P1SC ATI-ProCharger 3,095.00
RHS Pro Action 180cc heads 35004-02 Comp online store* 1,707.76
Comp XE274HR-12 cam 35-518-8 Summit Racing 255.95
Comp dual valvesprings 939-16 Summit Racing 144.39
Comp retainers 741-16 Summit Racing 54.95
Comp Hi-Tech pushrods 7753-16 Summit Racing 155.69
Comp Pro Magnum rockers 1332-16 Summit Racing 275.95
Edelbrock RPM intake 7121 Summit Racing 165.95
Carb Shop blow-through carb 750 Sportsman BT Carb Shop 780.00
BG Race Demon 650 cfm 1282010 Jegs 589.99
MSD Ford distributor 8598 Summit Racing 268.60
ARP head-bolt kit 154-3601 Summit Racing 39.88
ARP intake-manifold bolt kit 154-2001 Summit Racing 22.95
ARP intake-manifold stud kit 354-2103 Summit Racing 58.99
ARP balancer bolt 150-2501 Summit Racing 20.88
Fel-Pro intake gasket 1250 Summit Racing 21.95
Fel-Pro head gasket 1011-2 Summit Racing 35.95
Fel-Pro valve-cover gasket 1645 Summit Racing 32.95
Fel-Pro header gasket 1415 Summit Racing 17.95
Bosch spark plugs 7526 local auto parts 23.60

*The full Web site address is compperformancegroupstores.com

SOURCES
Accessible Technologies Inc
Lenexa
KS
9-13/-338-2886
procharger.com
Comp Cams (RHS)
Memphis
TN
9-01/-795-2400
compcams.com
Carb Shop
Ontario
CA
9-09/-947-3575
customcarbs.com
Edelbrock
Dept. 5.0
2700 California St.
Torrance
CA  90503
310-781-2222
www.edelbrock.com
Automotive Racing Products (ARP)
531 Spectrum Circle
Oxnard
CA  93030
805-278-7223
Autotronic Controls (MSD)
1490 Henry Brennan Dr
El Paso
TX  79936
Federal-Mogul (Fel-Pro)
2-48/-354-7700
federal-mogul.com/en
Demon Carburetion
Dahlonega
Ge
7-06/-864-8544
barrygrant.com
Westech Performance Group
11098 Venture Dr., Unit C
Mira Loma
CA  91752
9-09/-685-4767
www.westechperformance.com
The Supercharger Store
Huachuca City
AZ
5-20/-456-9706
thesuperchargerstore.com
Bosch Auto Parts
Broadview
IL
8-88/-715-3616
boschautoparts.com
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