Mustang enthusiast Bill Barnes wanted a Cobra Jet, unfortunately for Bill, the limited production racecars sold out before he had a chance to order one. Determined to own a Cobra Jet in some form or fashion, he decided to build a clone.
Bill set out on a mission to build a street legal clone with parts made available from Ford Racing and other aftermarket manufacturers. Bill started his CJ clone project with a base 2011 Mustang GT with the new 5.0L engine and 6 speed automatic.
On August 31, 2010 the new car was delivered to John DesOrmeau at Bill Brown Ford in Livonia, Michigan and Bill was “off to the races” with the Cobra Jet clone project. Bill called Mike at Diversified Products (Ford Racing dealer) and had all the CJ parts delivered to Bill Brown Ford. The car was sent to Bill Brown’s body shop for the Cobra Jet cowl induction hood and front grille to be installed. On September 9th the car was sent to Competition graphics in Farmington Hills, Michigan, they installed the red, white and blue Cobra Jet graphics.
For the performance updates, Bill worked with Blue Collar Performance in Westland, Michigan to build a street and strip Mustang. For rear suspension updates, a CHE Performance rear system was installed along with Ford Racing Cobra Jet shocks and springs. To handle the hard launches at the strip, a Shaftmaster 3.5-inch aluminum one-piece driveshaft was added. While the suspension is built for the strip, Bill says the car is comfortable to drive around the unforgiving roads of Southeast Michigan.
To improve acceleration, Blue Collar Performance installed a Detroit Locker with a 3.73 rear gear and a Circle D Specialties 6R80 pro series stage III torque converter. The 2011 mustang 5.0L is very quiet stock; working with Keith’s muffler in Westland, Michigan they cut off the factory mufflers and replaced them with 3-inch tailpipes. To mimic the Cobra Jet stance, Bill worked with Harlow tire in Westland, Michigan and selected Mickey Thompson 295/55R15 ET street radial for the rear and Sportsman S/R 26×6x15 tires for the front. Race Star Industries 15×10 rear and 15×3.75 front wheels.
While at a recent trip(11/5/2010) to Lapeer Dragway, Bill ran a personal best 11.60 ET at 119.5 mph, with just a 93-octane tune. Not bad for a street legal CJ clone that can drive home without investing in a truck and trailer.
Next Modifications include a supercharger and a roll cage. Can’t wait for spring and 10 second ET’s.