I’ve always loved Fox bodies. — Terry “Beefcake” Reeves, Team Beefcake Racing
“I’ve always loved Fox bodies,” Terry explained. “I have had two GTs, but was searching for a notchback in Reef Blue or Calypso Green (second choice), black interior, and low miles. Not too picky. I got a message from a kid about his dad’s LX hatch (my second body choice) and we talked for three months while I kept looking for a notch, but this car was so clean, I couldn’t let it go.”
This 15,000-mile beauty was a must-have. It was simply too clean. As such, Jasmine was born. It’s a pushrod project and built to embrace the kind of modifications from the era when the Fox Mustang ruled the streets. In fact, a throwback project was a nice change of pace for Terry.
“We have spent so much time with they Coyote cars over the last seven years, that it’s really cool to work on something like this,” he confessed. “Everyone was telling me to do a Coyote transplant, but I really want to be era-correct on this one.”
Of course, just because he was going old-school with a Fox project, didn’t mean it was going to be a resto garage queen. Despite scoring a mint Fox, Terry had absolutely no hesitation in diving right into the mods with Brian Campbell at Finish Line Performance spinning the wrenches.
The headlining power adder was an easy choice for Terry, as he has a long history with these superchargers. It was also an of-the-era mod, as centrifugal superchargers and pushrod 5.0s were fast friends from the moment Ford installed fuel injection on its venerable small-block.
I love the power delivery from the Vortech superchargers. — Terry “Beefcake” Reeves, Team Beefcake Racing
You might thing working on these would feel archaic, to Terry fell right into working on the Fox. It was like riding a bike and probably seemed a bit less complex than what is required on the latest Mustangs.
“It’s not any more difficult, if anything, it was a little easier, especially with the off-the-shelf complete kit,” he added.
In the end, adding the supercharger truly did boost the performance of the low-mile 5.0-liter. In fact, it dropped over a second in e.t. on the quarter mile and picked up over 81 horsepower and 77 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels.
“We picked up 1.3 seconds on a bone-stock, 2.73 auto car,” Terry said. “I don’t think you could ask for much more. Obviously custom tuning, headers, gear, etc. would net a quicker e.t., but were going to dive right into a full-out build over the winter.”
Vortech System Features
• Vortech V-3 Si supercharger
• Cast aluminum supercharger mounting bracket assembly w/ idler and hardware
• Fuel management unit
• T-Rex in-line fuel pump
• Inlet and discharge duct connections w/ heat-resistant silicone sleeves and stainless steel clamps.
• All necessary belts, pulleys and reusable high-flow air filter
“I already have a fully built 347 stroker sitting here waiting go in, which is based on an A4 block, a billet crank, AFR heads, etc.,” Terry said. “I also have Kooks 1 7/8-inch long-tubes, along with a full complement of UPR Products, including K-member, subframe connectors, torque-box kit, caster/camber plates, a rear coilover setup, a bumpsteer kit and a few more goodies. We also are complementing the rear coilover setup with Viking double-adjustable shocks and full front Viking coilover setups.”
It definitely sounds like a fun project and we can’t want to see how it performs, so stay tuned.