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Horsepower! - 1,000hp 347ci Ford

Lalo / Lynwood, CA

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He's got a name, but everyone knows him as Lalo. We first met him during a shoot for our L.A. Street Racers article (Aug. '08) where we photographed his '72 Ford Courier and some of his friends' cars in their club, Mexican Juice. Since then, Lalo purchased this '91 Mustang. When he bought the car, it had already been plumbed with twin turbos. Lalo replaced the previous owner's engine with his own short-block, and welder friend Ricky Arias modified some of the brackets and plumbing to make it run better. Better is, of course, an understatement, considering this Mustang now delivers 1,000 hp to the wheels with a fairly conservative tune on just 10 psi of boost. Lalo can turn it up to 18 psi (and maybe more!) with his electronic boost controller, and the power can likely jump by an additional 400 hp. We're just speculating here, though. Lalo would only cough up power numbers on the low boost tune-up. If it weren't for the turbochargers showing through the holes in the hood, you'd probably never guess this car made so much power.

The Car

At Irwindale, our local eighth-mile track, Lalo hits the 60-foot mark in 1.3 seconds and has run a best of 5.70, letting off before the finish line. 8-year-old Lolito is an even bigger fan of Fords than his father is.


Drivetrain

Lalo recently replaced the C4 that was in the car when he bought it with a transbrake-equipped Powerglide built my Mike's Transmission. The torque converter is from Continental and has a stall rating of about 3,200. The rear is a production 8.8 with a spool.

Fuel Delivery

An Aeromotive A1000 pump is mounted in the trunk-mounted fuel cell. When Lalo switches to E85, he'll need to switch his fuel lines to ones compatible with alcohol and change the fuel injectors to ones with a higher flow rating.

Engine

Under all that plumbing is a (claimed) 347ci small-block assembled by Manny Rodriguez, owner of Manny's Hardcore Performance in Fontana, California. It consists of a Dart engine block, a forged rotating assembly, a Lunati roller cam, and ported Trick Flow Twisted Wedge cylinder heads. The aftermarket block is necessary because the production stuff couldn't stand up to the amount of cylinder pressure the turbos are capable of generating. He claims it's a small motor, but note the intake spacers that belie a tall deck block.

Exhaust

For a while, Lalo ran with open exhaust, but now, the downpipes lead to a pair of mufflers and out the back of the car in a pair of stock-looking tailpipes. This car is stealthy-quiet.

EFI and Ignition

Lalo's small-block runs on ACCEL's DFI Gen 7 port fuel-injection system, which was tuned by Eddie Rios, owner of Addiction Motorsports in Canoga Park, California. The mild cam means that around-town driveability is still good, too. Because of the moderate compression ratio, the engine has to run on C16 race fuel—although he's thinking of switching to E85 soon. An MSD coil and distributor light the fire.

Turbochargers and Induction

Those are a pair of 72mm Turbonetics turbochargers, which are fed via a pair of custom-made headers. The intake charge is plumbed into a front-mounted air-to-air intercooler. Lalo's conservative tune-up sets the boost at 10 psi, but he can go to 18-plus by changing the settings of his MSD boost controller. Past the intercooler, air flows into a custom-built plenum that bolts to an old-school, carburetor-style mini ram intake manifold that was modified to accept fuel injectors in the intake runners. A pair of Tial wastegates and one ProCharger blow-off valve control the boost levels.

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62 comments
Ira Bailey
Ira Bailey

U all can suck one the new Indys are running a 1.6l turbocharged engine pushing 900hp that's half the size and put in that same car would turn the same numbers if the post ford can keep its rear end in one piece and not twist into a pretzel

Oscar Cordova
Oscar Cordova

Angelo come to holly springs I will show you what small block ford do out there 2000 2500 horsepower and more

Mark Furgal
Mark Furgal

whats that a flowmaster as a carb hat

Mark Ward
Mark Ward

Interesting I'm thinking about 347 and put it in 88 Stang SHELBY REAREND

Peter Romvig
Peter Romvig

Building a 85 Volvo 240 with a Ford 9" rear end, and engine is a Ford 460 twin turbo. Hope to race it in Sweden next year.

Oscar Cordova
Oscar Cordova

hey Ed that's the top of the exhaust just wrapped up

Oscar Cordova
Oscar Cordova

Ed intercooler. that's right it's at 347 meaning it's a 302 block pushing 1000 horsepower.

Chris May
Chris May

LOL. Brand groupies always crack me up. You'd think people were getting paid by these companies with the ignorant things they spout off.

Savior Theboss
Savior Theboss

Twin turbo 's are HELL TO PAY......and Ryan Ball, the whole turbo charging thing was an IMPORT thing adopted by muscle V8's cars are cars imports can beat muscle and vica verca

Angelo Voltura
Angelo Voltura

inb4theblockexplodes There's no way a 302 block will hold that

Liam Knight
Liam Knight

Chad is probably 16 and drives a Honda.. ROFL.. It's a Ford.. It was fast before the adders.

Liam Knight
Liam Knight

It's a Ford.. You don't need to replace the block and lower end until you're over 800HP. Unlike a POS chevy that will blow apart over 400HP.

Liam Knight
Liam Knight

Oh? You put a Ford V8 into your volvo? Awesome!

Liam Knight
Liam Knight

LOL.. The LS engine is based on old discontinued Ford designs.

Ed Rhodes
Ed Rhodes

why is the tube comin from fire wall to turbo

Chad Shepard
Chad Shepard

just becuz it has all that power adders don't mean it's gonna go faster. just saying

Fletch Bryan
Fletch Bryan

Its no surprise gm has been scamming the people in this and several other countries ever since Mr. Chevrolet found out he could not drive his race car out of site on a dark night.... He decided to join a few other behind the blue oval ball idiots and build cars instead.. No explanation needed I hope!!!!!

stormy69
stormy69

not only does it have spacers for the 8.5 deck intake manifold, you can also see the raised 9.5 deck in the picture as well. more likely its in the 400 + range for displacement...  makes it a lame article as well

Joseph Summers
Joseph Summers

people who say a ford small block cant make 1000 hp. screw them lol

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