Michael's 04 Mach
I bought this car new on April 1, 2004. It was a 2004 Mustang Mach 1 in Screaming Yellow
and was heavily modified. I have included a list of mods.
Vortech intercooled supercharger with 11 lbs. of boost.
Engine dynoed @ 464 hp @ 6600 rpm
and 419 lb/ft of torque @ 5000 rpm
Steeda full-length subframe connectors
Steeda 4 bolt caster camber plates
Steeda bumsteer kit
Steeda sport springs
Kenny Brown upper & lower rear control arms
31 spline axles
4.30 tac-lok gears with girdle and studs
TIRES & RIMS:
Front: 18" x 9" black bullitts with
BFG 255/45 ZR18 KDW
Rear: 18" x 10" black bullitts with
Nitto 555R 305/35 ZR18 Drag Radials
Painted hood a' la MRT's "Surf Chaser"
MRT white face gauges
Steeda billet door handles
Steeda door switches
Steeda pistol grip shift knob
Steeda tri-ax shifter
Interior changed to jet-black. All pieces dyed or painted
Custom carpets in black with yellow piping front & rear.
Selected interior pieces done in hi-gloss black.
Drilled & slotted rotors
Canton polished overflow tank
Steeda rad cover
MRT hood struts
Ford Racing blue powder-coat cam covers
Ford Racing polished coil covers
The car died on a rainy night Jan 31/06. I was on a causeway with two lanes going in one direction. The left lane was blocked by a slow driver going about 35 mph. I was in 4th gear. I swung right to pass.
I hit the perfect storm.The road was greasy; I was going slightly uphill; I was changing lanes; the car had 4.30 gears, a 464 hp engine and drag radial tires. The tires broke loose and the engine immediately red-lined. The tires were going over 100 mph when they hit the
right-side curb causing a violent loss of control. I hit a steel lamp post with my right front wheel which transmitted the shock of impact directly into the car's platform causing the floor and roof to buckle. The car was unrepairable.
I know what you're thinking. You're thinking: why didn't the traction control shut down the engine? Why, indeed? While that question perplexes me I'm too old to waste any of my remaining time trying to answer it. Sometimes you just have to shrug your shoulders and say to yourself, "C'est la vie."
I sold the remains of the car. It was amazing how many people wanted to buy it. With the proceeds I have purchased my next project car: a midnight blue 1988 Mustang GT with low mileage and never winter driven. Needless to say, I have some big ideas. I'll submit the car to Mustangworld when it's ready.
So, fellow travellers, be careful out there. Life is ready to bite you in a tender spot when you least expect it.
If you have any comments I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.