When Joseph Young of Amarillo, Texas, set out to build the next level street car, he had plenty of experience with past projects to come up with a definitive plan that not only helped him achieve his goals, but also allowed him to complete the build at home in his garage in just three short months.
Having owned numerous Fox-Body Mustangs, Corvettes, an S550 Mustang, and most recently, an LS-powered Trans Am, Young took what he liked about all of them and put it into his grand plan for a street car that he could take to the race track and hopefully be competitive with.
“I do a lot of heads up racing in True Street and Outlaw classes that require a stock suspension and stock front frame rails,” Young explained. “I still wanted an actual street car so I could go cruising and go get some ice cream, though.”
After making a deal with a buyer who had been hot to trot on purchasing the TA for some time, Young parted ways with the F-body, which cleared his garage and provided his pocketbook with the necessary funding for the new build that began with a Fox-Body Mustang.
“I wanted to get something that already had the 25.3/25.5-cert chassis,” Young told us, “and start with a lighter, more capable chassis.” The car he chose was a 1993 Mustang that was powered by a big-block Ford and nitrous combo for the past few owners. Knowing he’d be going a different route with the powertrain, Young convinced the owner to sell it as a bare roller, with no drivetrain or electronics.
“I got it the week before Christmas. The chassis was done already, so I didn’t have to wait on that part of the build.”
For the powertrain, Young chose to go with something LS-based.
“I know LS motors and have worked with those forever. I don’t know that they are necessarily better, but I know them. Stock block classes are gaining some traction out here, too. Originally wanting a twin-turbo setup, Young was steered towards a single 98mm turbo from Forced Inductions to boost the Chevy small-block engine.
As familiar as Young is with the LS family of engines, he turned to Scoggin-Dickey Race Shop to spec out the engine and handle the assembly.
“I worked with Aaron Shoaf at Scoggin-Dickey and went over the goals and what I was wanting to do and they picked out the parts. They finished the engine ahead of schedule,” Young said of the power plant that is expected to produce somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,500 horsepower.
The build started with an iron 5.3 block from a 2001 Chevy Silverado that was machined and fitted with an off-the-shelf rotating assembly. A set of Brodix BR1 cathedral port cylinder heads went on next, and a Lil John Motorsports cam went in. Topping of the engine was a Holley Hi-Ram intake manifold fitted with 16 Bosch 210 fuel injectors that feed the LS a steady diet of VP Racing Fuels M1 Methanol thanks to a Waterman cable-driven fuel pump.
“I want to put a super nice motor in it later this year, so I wanted to future-proof the fuel system,” Young told us. “The cable-driven fuel pump is my first one. It’s not as easy as an electric, that’s for sure.”
While the engine was being assembled, Young was hard at work making several changes and updates to the chassis.
“I had to modify the strut towers and change the front springs. It had Santhuff’s shocks, but I had them re-valved. It still has the factory torque boxes still in it, but has an adjustable TRZ fabricated 9-inch rearend with TRZ upper and lower control arms.”
With the engine finally home, mated to a PTC Powerglide and torque converter, Young was able to bolt on a set of Flowtech turbo headers and finish fabricating the hot and cold sides of the turbo system, which included JGS waste gates.
As you can see in the photos and video from Young’s friend and fellow Mustang enthusiast, David Van Voris, Young also fabricated numerous other brackets, mounts, and a one-off rear-mount radiator setup and a large fuel tank suitable for cruising. From there, Young wired up the entire chassis, including the Holley Dominator EFI system, which is something he was rather familiar with on his previous car.
A set of Weld V-Series wheels looks the part on the exterior, which unfortunately needed a repaint.
“It had a wrap on it and it supposedly had perfect paint underneath,” Young said, “but it peeled up with the wrap so we had to paint the whole car. The hood was for the old big-block setup, and I want to put a stocker on it at some point.”
In just a few short months, Young was able to take this Mustang from roller to rehabilitated rock star. And even if you’re against LS swaps in Mustangs, you have to admit that the car is stunning to look at and probably a blast to drive. Young has already insured and registered it for the street as well.
“You’ve got to be a little bit careful on the bumps, but it’s not terrible,” Young said of the low ride height. “I’m waiting to take it to the track and have been driving it to work and to get groceries for the time being.”
Young said he plans to attend some private rentals in the next couple of weeks to dial in the car before going racing. The goal, aside from fetching groceries and taking the occasional trip to Sonic for ice cream, is 4.50s at 160 in the eighth-mile. Check out David Van Voris’ YouTube channel HERE, where he talks with Young about the build.