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Dennis Hall's 97 GT
Cypress, Calif

A long overdue MW feature, we've known Dennis for years and seen him at many shows. His car has been featured in Mustang calendars and all the larger magazines. We finally got him here in select stangs with some pics we'e taken over the years. - MW

Modifying my GT has been a slow but steady process for five years, but of course, it's never done. In addition to the traditional madness such as an intercooled blower and full Griggs Racing suspension, there are many one-off items that have been built for the car including the latest: a custom differential/rear-end cooler that is trunk mounted and inspired by some race cars out running recently at California Speedway. Often, it seems as if the "mod mission" becomes the old "two steps forward, one step back" routine with setback and delays but when the car is out and running correct — which it is now in mid-2002 — it's a road rocket.

Have never timed it in the quarter although I know it will hold its own. However, it's set up more for road-course racing rage anyway. Meanwhile, it fares well on the car show circuit in Southern California every year since buying it new in '97. Dozens of trophies have been won. The cool flame job and HRE wheels really help it stand out. Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords magazine recently did a multi-page article on the car and it is currently featured in that magazine's 2002 Calendar.

MW Speedshop Girl Elise posing at the 01 Wings and Wheels show


Vortech S-Trim supercharger; polished with Generation-3 upgrade; 12-15 lbs. of boost; steel-braided lines/AN fittings
Powertrain Dynamics custom-fabricated, polished power pipe
Sean Hyland Motorsports/Spearco air-to-air intercooler system with Vortech Racing Bypass Valve
Fluidyne Racing Products polished aluminum radiator with custom-fabricated polished alloy cover
Ford Racing Performance Parts steel pulleys and steel tensioner
Canton Racing Products Cobra R road racing oil pan and windage tray; Ford Racing gaskets
TD Performance Products oil cooling dual-filter relocation system: stainless steel lines/-6AN fittings; Ford Racing filters
Ford Racing oil cooler with steel-braided lines and -6AN fittings
1998 PCM and main wiring harness; Autologic chip; MSD DIS-4 ignition with dual tach adapters; ACCEL coil packs
Taylor Pro 409 10.4-mm spark plug wires with Taylor dividers; NGK plugs
Interstate Extreme Performance/Optima HD Red Top battery in trunk-mounted, polished aluminum Taylor box
Gates drive belt
Fluids: all synthetic (Mobil 1, Red Line and Motul DOT 5)


Pro-M 80-mm mass air meter
Ford Racing 42-lb. injectors
Ford Racing 70-mm polished throttle body
Vortech fuel pumps: T-Rex 255 external/255 LPH in-tank; steel-braided/Gates lines front-back
Paxton adjustable fuel pressure regulator
Prototype UPR custom fabricated, anodized high-volume fuel rails; steel-braided lines/AN fittings
Fuel Safe Cobra R 22-gallon black powdercoated racing fuel cell
Pro-fit polished aluminum linear fuel door


Complete Griggs Racing GR-40 Street System (powdercoated “Ford Atlantic metallic blue”):

Tubular “K” member
Bump steer adjustment kit
Severe duty tubular control arms cross-braced and enhanced by Scott Performance; urethane bushings
Caster/camber plate kit
Coilover springs with double-adjustable Konis yellow struts
Severe duty urethane motor mount
Severe duty torque arm
Heavy duty panhard bar
Severe duty lower control arms with urethane bushings
Coilover springs with double-adjustable Konis yellow shocks
-----Other suspension mods:
Scott Peformance custom-fabricated, full-length tri-ladder subframe connectors welded through floor into rollcage
Torque boxes enhanced and welded by Scott Performance
Eibach anti-roll bars front and rear (also powdercoated Ford Atlantic Metallic Blue)
Urethane bushings in front sway bar endlinks, rear sway bar and steering rack
Saleen anti-roll bar endlinks


Art Carr race-prepped 4R70W auto transmission with 2750 stall speed torque converter; B&M hammer shifter
Setrab 13.75x12.5x1 transmission cooler with Flex-a-lite fan, -6 steel-braided lines and -6AN fittings
Superior 31-spline 8.8 ABS alloy axles; ARP racing wheel studs
Ford Racing 4.10 gears and Eaton posi-traction differential
Timken carrier, pinion and axle bearings, rear-end seal kit; T/A aluminum differential cover
XMP custom-fabricated, racing duty differential/rear end cooling system (trunk mounted)
Griggs Racing custom-built aluminum driveshaft; Lakewood driveshaft loop


JBA Racing Cat4Ward high-temp, black ceramic metallic-coated headers; Ford tri-metal gaskets; Stage 8 locking header bolts
Bassani X-pipe
Borla catback with turn-downs


HRE Forged Limited Edition 540 custom-fabricated 3-piece alloy wheels; 18 x 9.5 (front) 18 x 11 (rear)
Michelin Pilot SX MXX3 tires: 265 x 35ZR x 18 (front); 295 x 35ZR x 18 (rear)
Baer Pro-Race+ System: Alcon 4-piston calipers; 13.5 x 1.25-inch, 2-piece, cross-drilled, slotted, zinc-washed, cryogenically treated anodized rotors; Porterfield Racing carbon kevlar R4-S pads; Motul Dot 5 synthetic fluid


Modifications and tuning by XMP (Aliso Viejo, Ca.) and Autologic
Numerous one-off components and polished aluminum pieces plus a thousand little tricks and tweaks


Paint: “Flames” by Southern California Artist Jeff Styles; Exterior and rollcage (Sikkens and PPG) by AutoReconUSA (Irvine, Ca.)
Cobra OEM diamond cut headlight lenses; APC Euro Clear corner lenses
UPR billet aluminum windshield wiper delete pieces
APC Plasma Super White xenon gas bulbs in headlights
APC Plasma blue bulbs in side corners
PIAA 1700X Platinum Series fog light system (Plasma Blue Fog)
Scott Winger polished aluminum raised rear bumper letters


Auto Meter gauges: boost, air-fuel ratio, fuel pressure, water, oil, transmission and 2-stage intake-intercooler temps
Ford Racing FR500 steering wheel
UPR Racing Products brushed billet aluminum trim
Cal Mustang carbon fiber trim (instrument bezel, center console, door sections, vents and emergency brake handle)
Sullivan Products polished aluminum pedal covers and brushed aluminum door sills


Scott Performance custom-fabricated, 1½ inch, chrome-moly, 6-point rollcage (painted titanium metallic silver) with crossbar:
-----welds through floor into jacking rails and tri-ladder custom subframes; shock towers connected in trunk
Schroth Rallye 4-point seat harnesses (black with silver trim)
Halon Marketing fire extinguisher (polished chrome finish; attached to rollbar’s cross-brace)
Karr Security Systems alarm

MW Speedshop Girl Elise posing at the 01 Show up and show off show



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