9 Second Nitrous Inhaling 93 5.0 Mustang

It all began in 1995, when I got my '93 LX. By '98 it was a bolt-on 11 sec car, driven daily... and by '02 it was a 10 sec. dragstrip-only car thanks to a Jerico DR4 drag racing 4-speed. I had gotten good at rebuilding T5's and the Tremec 3550's but they just don't shift well (and this was before G-force offered gear sets for internal rail transmissions). I've never missed a gear w/ the Jerico, Long V-gate shifter combo and have logged over 200 1/4 mile passes without a rebuild... I've been through a few different motor combinations over the years, starting with a bone-stock 5.0L that transitioned into a showcase for just about every, relatively simple, bolt-on mustang part available at the time. It all started getting out of hand once I was introduced to the world of nitrous oxide. It wasn't until then that I had really gotten into the internals of the stock 5.0L since I had developed a habit of popping head gaskets. Once the stock heads come off, they received a home-porting job via Bill Skaggs (my dad) and we picked up a Cobra intake and did some port work on that as well (I handled that task). Throw into the mix a Griggs tubular K-member setup and we had a daily driven 11 sec. combo. I was out cruising one day and broke an exhaust valve, which took the piston with it. So then it was time to build a new shortblock... I pieced together a rotating assembly to build a 306 combo, along with a set of Edelbrock Perf. RPM heads that were also treated to some porting by my dad. I drove that combo on the street for a year or better, until my clutch exploded while racing an SS Camaro (I was a few cars ahead). We already had the Jerico sitting on the self, waiting for winter time to do the install, but it was time; that is, considering the consequences. The Jerico was ready to test by the beginning of '02. 2002 was a good year, as my father and I spent most every Wed. and Fri. @ Cordova, testing the combination. By the end of '02 it was going 10.oh's but the stock block decided to let go around that same time. It was nice that the bottom end girdle held the two halves of the block together, which saved the rotating assembly. The crank and rods were re-used, transplanted into a FRPP R-block w/ higher compression pistons and a solid roller cam, among other goodies that were added to the mix. That combo was ready to rock at the beginning of '04... just in time to make it to the WFC, only to find that the car had alot of bugs to be worked out. Fast forward to Oct. 2005 and that combo was running consistant mid-9 second ET's w/ a 300hp EFI plate system sandwiched between an un-ported Victor5.0 intake. I got greedy with the tune-up for an attempt at 9.30's and melted the #1 slug. With that, I decided it was time to get a serious combo together which brings us to the current build... a 347cid combo using the same R-block, new crank, rods, and pistons, and a fresh set of CNC ported FRPP Z304 cylinder heads. This new combo made just under 600bhp on an engine dyno and went 9.99 in a 1/4 mile without nitrous. The car has gone 9.20's @ nearly 150mph w/ a 200hp hit of nitrous oxide... the car will eventually run into the 8's w/ more tuning and nitrous. It's been a learning experience and continues as such. I've met many great people along the way, and currently enjoy the company of other auto enthusiasts at www.CentralStreetScene.org

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Frank says ... on Friday, Dec 4 at 11:40 AM

I got a 92 but its only runnin a 11 without NOS.. maybe i will take the dare.. but very nice

chris says ... on Tuesday, Apr 8 at 10:23 PM

sweet ride dude, you totally have my vote

keith says ... on Monday, Apr 7 at 12:36 PM

Hey Ryan it a nice car hope you win

dennis says ... on Monday, Apr 7 at 10:00 AM

looks good you have our vote

josh says ... on Thursday, Apr 3 at 10:11 PM

oh my god that was awesome! you got my vote

natalie says ... on Thursday, Apr 3 at 5:09 PM

Sweet ride Ryan. you got my vote

Tina says ... on Thursday, Apr 3 at 4:03 PM

Good luck Ryan--my vote goes to you and your car.

robert burchfield thinks.... says ... on Thursday, Apr 3 at 1:35 AM

ryan, good luck on the contest. i'v seen your work and the attention to detail is superb! later on........

Judy says ... on Wednesday, Apr 2 at 2:57 PM

Nice ride Ryan. I'd like to make one of your races this year. Good luck with the contest - you have my vote!

1953lynda says ... on Wednesday, Apr 2 at 9:28 AM

this is a supper cool car and Ryan is a cool guy that show that this a love for this car in the way he keeps it

ONEWORLD says ... on Wednesday, Apr 2 at 8:42 AM

Well you have my vote Ryan....the car looks "Great" your many enjoyed hours on the Mustang have sure paid off. Good luck and we'll see you at the track ") Ladylavender

03civic says ... on Monday, Mar 24 at 7:55 PM

I can't wait to see that thing run this year. Thanks again for the awesome exuast work Ryan. www.centralstreetscene.org rules!!!!!!!!!!

Drake says ... on Monday, Mar 24 at 6:28 PM

Man you still got that. Looks a little faster than high school though. Good to see your still running it. Hope your doing good and stayin out of trouble. See ya man.

262-S10 says ... on Saturday, Mar 22 at 12:30 AM

very clean well built car alot of time and dedication went into making the car what it is today.

rlsracing says ... on Friday, Mar 21 at 9:03 PM

The video is from 2002, btw... first time ever for the car to do a wheelie like that. I've more videos, pics, and specs/info posted @ http://members.mustangworks.com/sites/ultraflo Thank You

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