Dollars and Cents
The secrets behind auto financing.
Every dealership has a finance department; some are made up of a single individual, while others have a director or directors with several producers under each. Have you ever wondered why you are more or less herded to their office even if you are stroking a check for your newer vehicle?
V8 > I-4
Big engine in a little truck.
It’s a simple formula dictated by basic physics: High Power + Low Weight = Fun. Doesn’t get much easier than that; and when it comes to Ford trucks they don’t come much lighter than a Regular Cab 2WD Ranger. Further, we all know that the 5.0 Coyote V8 is the Ford mill of choice for modern motor swappers. So the combination of those two would seem to be a logical pairing, though one with some unique challenges.
Classic SVT Upgrades Abound.
The 1996 SN-95 Cobra saw the introduction of the 4-Valve 4.6L all-aluminum Modular V8. At the time, these free-breathing engines were revolutionary. However, as time has marched on the 305HP Cobra engines have become a bit tame for many’s tastes. Luckily, with a few popular modifications you can add a new level of performance to your ‘soon-to-be-classic’ SVT.
Bullitt Mustang Gets Big-Cube 4V .
When it comes to subtle styling the Bullitt Mustangs have to take the award for being the most instantly recognizable. Other than the unique Dark Highland Green paint (among select other choices) the Bullitts may be best known for the parts that were omitted in order to achieve a clean, yet menacing, look; items such as a spoiler and fog lights. The two modern interpretations (2001 and 2008) of the 1968 orginal also came with a modest power bump over their GT counterparts.
Hurt Motor = Build Oportunity.
Most don’t know it, but I have a pretty big soft-spot for SN-95 SVT Cobra Mustangs. As luck would have it, we seems to be going through a small surge in interest in these cars. I’ve seen several really nice ones popping up a shows recently, and was honored to award the SVTPerformance.com Editor’s Choice Award at the inaugural Ponies in the Smokies show to Jonathan Catapano’s highly modified Orange 1998 Cobra. So when I saw that SVTP Member SVT GI (“Jason”) was saving an injured ’97 Cobra I took notice.