The past two seasons has seen Gary Windsor carry the pushrod 5.0 flag into battle in the competitive Richmond Gear Factory Stock wars in the NMRA series. The 1993 Mustang LX coupe belongs to fellow competitor Mike Washington and the duo pieced together a 10-second combination using F/S parts and pieces that were lying around JPC Racing and Washington’s garage. In the month since the NMRA World Finals, Windsor has dumped the pushrod engine and joined the Coyote ranks.
“We busted up a lifter in Bowling Green. It nicked up the camshaft and snapped a pushrod,” explained Washington. The team decided that it was better to go the wave of the future and drop in a Coyote 5.0 engine, rather than repair the damaged one. Washington recently discarded a nearly stock Coyote engine from his strawberry coupe so Race Pages Digital could use that roller for the magazine’s record breaking 5.2L engine. “All the parts and pieces were ready to go for the Coyote conversion, right down to the motor mounts,” Washington proclaimed.
The Coyote is “near stock” as it was originally campaigned in Coyote Stock, by Mark Anderson, before there were some issues. Washington purchased the Coyote and added aftermarket main bearings but stuck with OEM pistons and replacement rings. Other hand-me-down parts included American Racing Headers long-tube headers, Ford Performance Control Pack, JLT Cold Air kit, and a custom calibration from Real Speed to work with the VP Racing Fuels MS109. Winsdor and Washington took just two days to complete conversion.
Windsor pulled out all of the ballast from the coupe as he prepares to run the car in outlaw trim during the World Cup Finals at Maryland International Raceway. The race weight was cut down to just 2,780 pounds, significantly lighter than the 3,200 pound minimum in NMRA competition. He added a Boss 302 intake manifold for some extra power. The Pro-Formance Outlaw C4 transmission and Dynamic Converter 10-inch torque converter back the Coyote engine and the car rolls on Mickey Thompson Pro Bracket Radial slicks. Windsor is part of Team UPR so it is only fitting that those suspension parts sit fore and aft.
The new engine and lightweight proved to be an effective setup as Winsdor dropped a best of 10.11 at 130 mph. The team is making some more changes before next week’s competition in the hopes of securing a 9-second time slip.