Gulf Auto Zone

The Black Mamba – 427NAJA

There’s no question that dozens of the cars are being scrapped, but have you ever thought of restoring those. At least, we feel that, and sometimes a thought pops up that how anyone can do such things – magnificence from nothingness.  This one is a similar case.  Right in front of you is Mustang which came all the way along expertise who know how to deal with cars. For us, another such thought came into “How anyone can scrap a great classic car”?

We were particularly thinking about that person who consciously altered a car, regardless of it age, and changed it into a beautifully designed and constructed automobile. Just about all vintage cars and classic cars, there is a hard work and process of change. Today, we have the story of a Mustang – The evolution of restoration.


Engine: Carroll Shelby aluminum 427 block which has been bored and stroked to 490 cubic inches with a 12.4:1 compression ratio and an Aviaid eight quart dry sump oiling system. The Edlebrock aluminum heads are topped with a tunnel wedge 2×4 intake manifold and plumbed with a NOS Pro-Shot fogger nitrous system and two Road Demon Junior 725 cfm carburetors. Custom two inch stainless steel headers and three inch stainless exhaust.

Power: Dynamometer results, without the NOS system, produced 705 horsepower at 6300 rpm and 639 lb-ft of torque at 5000 rpm using Sunoco 110 fuel. Another 200 to 250 horse power is expected with the NOS system activated.

Transmission: A Tremec TKO 600 five speed with a McCloud aluminum flywheel and clutch assembly, a Tilton hydraulic throw out bearing and a Lakewood bell housing.

Rearend: Ford 9 inch housing with a triangulated four bar air suspension containing a Strange Engineering 3:73 posi third member with 35 spline induction hardened axels. With the 0.68:1 fifth gear the final drive ratio is 2.54:1.


Frame: Art Morrison muscle car Max-G frame which was CAD engineered to consider the engine specifications, tire and wheel size, front and rear suspension components and braking requirements. The frame is mandrel-bent 2×4 steel with passages for the side exhaust and driveshaft which allow for a low center of gravity and ride height.

Suspension: The Air Ride Technologies Ride Pro system components using a Thomas compressor with a three-gallon tank and four way solenoids. The car is capable of attaining a ground clearance of less than 2 inches. Art Morrison’s steel tubular control arms provide precise steering control along with an AGR power assisted modified Mustang II rack and pinion system.

Weight Distribution: Total weight is 3280 pounds with 1695 pounds up front (52%) and 1585 pounds in the rear (48%).

Brakes: The braking is being handled by Wilwood SL6 six piston calipers with billet 13” vented rotors and controlled by Wilwood’s aluminum triple master cylinder pedal assembly containing a balance bar to accurately set brake pedal bias.

Wheels: American Racing’s Shelby Cobra 427 polished wheels. Up front are 17 x 8 inch, with a 4.75 inch backspacing, and 17x 9.5 inch, with a 5.75 inch backspacing on the rear.

Tires: BF Goodrich G-Force KDWS T/A’s with 245/45ZR up front and 285/40ZR on the rear.


Body: The only remaining Ford Mustang component of this car is the body shell, and it was extensively modified with an Eleanor style body kit which included the fender flares, upper and lower side scoops, trunk lid, and front fascia. All of these modifications were tediously fiberglassed in to give the car a molded seamless appearance. The hood is custom all carbon fiber with a custom engineered and fabricated side opening mechanism.

Paint: PPG black base coat with candy red over silver metal flake super snake and GT side stripes and five coats of clear coat.

Interior: All interior and trunk panels were custom fabricated and covered with black leather including the upper and lower consoles and upper dash pad. The dash instrument bezel is filled with Classic Instruments Carroll Shelby 200 mph edition gauges. The lower console contains Electric Life window switches and door locks, the Air Ride Technologies air bag control module and the nitrous arming switch. The classic Moto Lita wood grain steering wheel tops off the Flaming River polished stainless steel tilt column and compliments the Shelby signature series leather seats. An Eclipse CD3200 head unit is controlling the  Boston Acoustics GT24 900 watt and GT40 490 watt amplifiers and Boston Acoustics G310-44 subwoofers, SL95 coaxials and Pro60 component speakers.

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