Dennis Hall's 97 GT Show car
Can you believe it? I can’t either … I’m actually selling the blue-flamed one. Never thought I would but it’s just about one thing: time for a change even though it’s painful thinking about giving up this ride. Keeping an eye on the next Cobra coming in ’06 … and considering what them German fellas’ have got going on these days. I used to have a few Porsches in the 1970s including several 911s and 914s. Dug ’em all and the latest itinerations are amazing sports cars.
First up: Many thanks to Glenn and Mustangworld.com for the publicity over the years including right now when this beauty is going on the market.
Well, all the fun with this show-stopping, road rocket started about this time in ’97 when I bought the black but stock beauty. That didn’t last long. The blower was on within a month after checking out what was available which pretty much came down to Vortech and a trick setup from Allen Engineering in Oxnard. I went with the “V” guys and based on my participation in car shows that summer with a spanking new S-trim, I believe I had one of the few, if not one of the first, blown GT’s of ’96-’97 vintage in the Southern California area. For one thing, Vortech had just started making a blower for the new Stang mod motors and those had only been out a year.
Since then, the festivities have not stopped. This has been a project car of intensity, details and a grip of $$$. About $60,000 in aftermarket gear as of right now. Everything took longer than expected and cost more than anticipated. That was all good most of the time however, because the ride was a project hobby, “weekend car,” cruiser, and show runner — but not trailer queen.
The modification process was always part of a larger plan. For example, when I added power, the brakes and suspension were addressed before more power. And so on. It’s all come together thanks to — in the beginning — Steve at Powertrain Dynamics, Joe at Chicane Sport Tuning, then later, and for quite a few years now, Eric at Xtreme Mustang Performance.
Now, I’m not gonna’ sit here and say it’s the “coolest” car around. But I know what has been put into this vehicle: the time, money, planning, detailing, overall TLC. Honestly: I’ve not seen many late-model Stangs that continued to look showroom new over the years while covering all the modification bases tastefully and thoroughly (3,000 stickers all over a car and a 10-foot whale tale immediately disqualifies your wheels from the coolness sweepstakes. Sorry but is it your personal street car or does it belong to the sponsors and Rice crowd? I say, you gotta’ choose.)
There is a reason 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords did a lengthy feature on the car and put it on its cover a few years ago in addition to running numerous other pics in various car show articles over the years. That was in addition to another small profile on the car early on. And there is a reason Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords has done several articles on the car including an extensive profile in 2002. MM&FF also showcased the car in its 2002 Calendar of Hot Stangs. And I think 40-some odd trophies including Best of Shows, plus a few street dances over the years have proven to me that the car rocks — in both appearance and performance.
The mods are exhaustive and frankly, they don’t even tell the entire story, in particular, the attention to detail. And it’s street legal: passed smog on May 13. Check out the upgrades and photos. If you’re seriously interested in acquiring an extreme street Stang in near concours condition that has not been beaten on, abused or raced (a few low-key street skirmishes don’t count; that’s just playin’) and has been kept out of the rain, email me. Sacrifice at $25,000 OBO.
ENGINE, ELECTRONICS, COOLING AND LUBRICATION:
Vortech S-Trim supercharger with Generation-3 upgrade; Powertrain Dynamics custom-fabricated, polished power pipe
Pro-M 80-mm mass air meter
Art Carr race-prepped 4R70W auto transmission with 2750 stall speed torque converter; B&M hammer shifter
JBA Racing Cat4Ward high-temp, black ceramic metallic-coated headers; Ford tri-metal gaskets; Stage 8 locking header bolts
WHEELS, TIRES AND BRAKES:
HRE Forged Limited Edition 540 custom-fabricated 3-piece alloy wheels; 18 x 9.5 (front) 18 x 11 (rear)
Modifications and tuning by XMP (Aliso Viejo, Ca.) and Autologic
Paint: “Flames” by Southern California Artist Jeff Styles; Exterior and rollcage (Sikkens and PPG) by AutoReconUSA (Irvine, Ca.)
Recaro Sport “Topline” custom-made seats; black leather/blue suede; with Schroth Rallye Cross 4-point seat harnesses
SAFETY and SECURITY:
Scott Performance custom-fabricated, 1½ inch, chrome-moly, 6-point rollcage (painted titanium metallic silver) with crossbar that