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Tool Box Tour | Paul Conner @ Pro-Dyno | Matco Awesomeness
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Tool Box Tour | Paul Conner @ Pro-Dyno | Matco Awesomeness

You can tell a lot about a mechanic’s work by the manner in which he keeps his toolbox. If it’s neat and orderly there’s a good chance that any work he does on your vehicle will be performed in the same manner. If it’s a mess, well that’s a different story. It’s all a matter of pride. A man who has pride in the tools of his trade will generally have pride in his work. That’s just one of the little things I notice when visiting shops, and in all my travels there’s one Ford mechanic that always stood out to me a man who personifies that trope.

Paul Conner has been the head technician at Pro-Dyno in Fort Mill, SC for as long as I can remember. He’s turned wrenches on several of my vehicles over the years and the work has always been exemplary. I’ve also always been a bit...
Shop Tour | We Visit VMP Performance
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A trip to FL wouldn't be complete without dropping in to visit the crew over at VMP Performance. Justin and the team are always working on new parts (in various stages of development) to help members of the Ford Powered Community get the performance advantage they are looking for. This time we thought it would be fun to give you guys a full facility tour.

I know not everyone can easily make the trip to check out their favorite shops/manufacturers in person, so we here at SVTP are going to try to do that for you. Over the next few months we will be releasing a several new Shop Tour videos. Please subscribe to our SVTPerformance YouTube Channel so you don't miss out on any of the content.
7.3L Godzilla Swapped S-197 Mustang Drag Car | What's Not To Love???
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7.3L Godzilla Swapped S-197 Mustang Drag Car | What's Not To Love???

We all knew it was just a matter of time. The 7.3L Godzilla is the forbidden fruit of modern cubic inches that many in the Ford community have been lusting for since the last 385 Series rolled off the lines in the late 90’s. Sure; there was the Modular V10, but the exterior dimensions and weight of that engine precluded it ever being anything beyond a novelty in a vehicle that wasn’t truck based. Conversely, the 7.3L V8 is compact and relatively lightweight. Side-by-side, a Coyote based V8 appears physically massive next to a ‘Zilla. That means Godzilla may develop into a very popular swap consideration.

Still, for every new venture you’re going to need a few trail-blazers to clear the hurdles and illuminate the challenges for everyone else. That’s...
This Thing Just Keeps Getting Better | 2020 Ford Ranger FX4 Review
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This Thing Just Keeps Getting Better | 2020 Ford Ranger FX4 Review

I have to admit, the more I drive the Ford Ranger the more I like it. The Ranger is currently Ford’s smallest pickup truck (keep an eye out for the upcoming Maverick), and it excellently combines throwback style ride and handling with modern safety and convenience. A bit over a year ago we had the opportunity to spend a week with a Sport Appearance Pack equipped Ranger Lariat, and we really enjoyed our time with it. Fast forward ~13 months and we were once again placed behind the wheel of 2020 Ranger FX4, but this time we got to let it flex its off road abilities quite a bit more.

First, I have to say that every positive aspect we noted in our previous Ranger review has only improved. The Ranger is one of those vehicles where the more time you’re given to...
Strong Start | Lethal Performance’s 1st Annual Car Show/Meet Draws Impressive Crowd
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Strong Start | Lethal Performance’s 1st Annual Car Show/Meet Draws Impressive Crowd

First year car events can always be a crap-shoot, but when you throw in December weather and a global pandemic things can get even more dicey. However, the crew at Lethal Performance and their loyal customers weren’t going to let anything stand in their way of having a good time. By any measure, Lethal’s 1st Annual Car Show/Meet was a resounding success. And for a company that is synonymous with modern Ford performance vehicle parts, that was to be expected.

Rough estimates have the car count at around 130, but I think that count may be a little low as cars were in and out all day. Attendees were treated to some of the finest modded Fords in South Florida and dietary support from the Chick-fil-A food truck...
A Look Back at Something to Look Forward To | ModNats 2019
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A Look Back at Something to Look Forward To | ModNats 2019

In a world of uncertainty and canceled events, it’s nice to look back at a race that weekend from a few months back and look forward to the future. Mod Nationals 2019 was an amazing event, even though it kicked off with a rainy start. It was a gathering of like-minded Ford fanatics, fast cars, and some of the best vendors the aftermarket has to offer.

So what makes Mod Nats different? First, it feels like a much tighter group of racers. There’s a very real sense of comradery in the pits. We saw more than one racer helping a competitor fix his broken car to get back out on the track. You really don’t see that everywhere. The payouts for winning a class also tends to be higher at ModNats than we typically see elsewhere. Running a lean operation allows the organizers to...
SVTP Drives a Tuned 7.3L 2020 F-250 | HP-Tuners & 5 Star Tuning
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SVTP Drives a Tuned 7.3L 2020 F-250 | HP-Tuners & 5 Star Tuning

The wait is finally over. The engine no one ever expected to see Ford building in the 2020s, the Brand-New 7.3L ‘Godzilla’ Pushrod V8, is finally making its way into the hands of the Super Duty buying public. And even better than that, the aftermarket is already hard at work making improvements. The usually suspects are already starting to crank out cold air intakes and exhaust system, but we were lucky enough to get our hands on something really special.

That fine folks at 5 Star Tuning in Florence, SC invited us out to take a look at and drive one of their 2020 Super Duty test trucks. This particular model was an STX F-250 4x4 equipped with the new 7.3L gas engine and 3.55 gears. More importantly, it had an early version of 5 Star’s yet-to-be-released 87-Octane...
Is it Time for Ford to Build a New F-650 Super CrewZer?
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Is it Time for Ford to Build a New F-650 Super CrewZer?

The American love affair with ever larger and more powerful trucks seems to be unending. While Sub-$3.00/Gallon gasoline hasn't led to Ford releasing a new Excursion (likely due to fear from the PR fallout), but there's another Mega-Sized Ford from the past that could easily see a reemergence. That would be the Ford F-650 Super Crewzer from circa-2002.

For those of you who may not remember, the turn of the century was a time of 250HP diesels and 4-Speed auto transmissions. If you wanted to tow something that tipped the scales beyond the capabilities of a 1-Ton Dually your options were fairly limited. Ford saw that gap in the market and seized the opportunity by building a 7-Ton monster.
Ate The Yellow Snow... Raptor Content...
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Ate The Yellow Snow... Raptor Content...

Winter is here, and there's no better way to enjoy some fresh powder than hitting the slopes in a new Ford F-150 Raptor. For one SVTP Member that means heading out to Lake Tahoe for some 4X4 Action in the snow. It looks like a great way to spend a cold afternoon.
Supply is Running Out | Go Buy a New Fiesta ST Now!!!
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Supply is Running Out | Go Buy a New Fiesta ST Now!!!

I’m going to let you guys in on a little secret. The Ford Fiesta ST is dollar for dollar one of the most fun new cars you can buy today. However, that isn’t going to be true for much longer. The sad fact is that in a few short weeks the supply for brand new Fiesta STs on dealer lots in the US will be gone. According to SVTP Member @13COBRA, as of 11/12/19 there are only 195 new ones out there. In Ford’s infinite wisdom they have made the decision that the Stateside crowd will not be getting the updated 2020 Fiesta ST model with its heavily revamped interior. So if you want a new one, time is running out and here is why you should care.

“Life is too short to drive a car that sucks.” That simple maxim is just a fact. So why would you waste your time in something mundane when you...
2020 Shelby GT500 Mustang - [email protected] MPH - Press Drive Articles/Vids
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2020 Shelby GT500 Mustang - [email protected] MPH - Press Drive Articles/Vids

Today is going to be a pretty busy one for those with a huger for 2020 GT500 news. Last week Ford held its first official Press Drive for it's latest Snake Car in Las Vegas. Those in attendance were sworn to secrecy until today. In this thread we're going to try to aggregate all the best articles and videos in one place for you to enjoy:
Killing Time with an Unlikely Race | GT350 Vs. EcoBoost | Torque Matters
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Killing Time with an Unlikely Race | GT350 Vs. EcoBoost | Torque Matters

Torque and acceleration, to me those are the sensations that define what a fun street car is. Sure, there are other things at work as well. However, there's not much a car can do to put a bigger smile on your face than slam you back in your seat from light to light. That's not to say that a tight suspension and the ability to out corner an F-16 aren't impressive. It's just that on a day to day basis, you're more likely to get the opportunity to lean a bit on the skinny pedal than peg the lateral G meter. That's why I believe the Shelby GT350 Mustang from Ford Performance leaves a little to be desired as fun street car. There's no denying it's supreme ability on a road course, but on the street it's not that much more exciting than a Performance...
Watch Out - It Can Get Away From You
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Watch Out - It Can Get Away From You

High-Horsepower Mustang and inexperienced drivers seem like a match made in the salvage yard. At least that seems to be where to pair often winds up. You know the story; someone buys more car than they can handle, they decide to put on a show, and destruction ensues. I first noticed the phenomenon becoming more common when the 2007 SVT GT500 Mustangs started hitting the lots.

Those cars tended to bring a less performance experienced buyer into the showroom than the previous generation Terminator Cobras. In fact, one of the first GT500s that I remember seeing on the street nearly ended up in the wall at the Myrtle Beach Speedway during Mustang Week over a decade ago.
#PITS 2019 | Three Years Strong and Growing
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#PITS 2019 | Three Years Strong and Growing

It's hard to believe it's been three years; but #PITS 2019 has come and gone, and now the Third Annual Ponies in the Smokies (#PITS) Show is in the record books. #PITS is easily one of the fastest growing Ford Centric events around, and if you take a look at the bones of the meet it's easy to see why. #PITS is a professionally ran event, held in a beautiful resort location during an affordable time of the year, and is supported by some of the best vendors in the industry.

As with most large automotive gatherings such as #PITS, my favorite part is getting to hang out with friends I don't get to see that often. Discussions abound concerning the highlights of the show field. Everyone I spoke with was pleased by the quality of the builds on display. Two in particular stood out to me. First was Ben...
SVTP's "Man on the Ground" Perspective of NMRA Bradenton 2019
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SVTP's "Man on the Ground" Perspective of NMRA Bradenton 2019

Let me guess, if you're on the East Coast and live anywhere north of Georgia you're sick of winter at this point. I know I'm ready for it to warm up a bit. Luckily, the weather in Bradenton, FL was fantastic for the Annual NMRA Spring Break Shootout last weekend. That race is always a welcome break from the chilly boredom of winter, and an opportunity to hang out with friends you haven't seen for a few months.

That's what always sticks in my mind about any NMRA race, the since of camaraderie. You'll see guys locked in a battle to climb through the standings offering help to their competitors to keep running. I personally saw a racer loan a fuel pump to a another racer he was going to have to face in the next round. Shit like that helps restore your faith in humanity...
Video | SVTP Tours Livernois Motorsports
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Video | SVTP Tours Livernois Motorsports

It's no secret that I've long been a fan of Livernois Motorsports in Deaborn, MI. Dan and the guys run one of the most complete and capable shops in the domestic performance industry. As you'll see in the video below, with the exception of body work Livernois can pretty much do it all. Not only do they turn wrenches and tune, they also develop and manufacture some unique high performance parts. If you're looking for some 3V Cam Phaser Lock-Outs[/URL] or a Coyote Cam Timing Control Kit, Livernois is the place to go.

So when the Livernois crew invited me over to give you guys an inside look at their facilities I couldn't RSVP quick enough. I mean, where else are you going to find a shop with 4 Chassis Dynos and that also develops its own tuning software? In fact, we happened to catch Dan testing out a new...
20 Years Later - This 2000 SVT Cobra R is Still Highly Desirable - And Available
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20 Years Later - This 2000 SVT Cobra R is Still Highly Desirable - And Available

I may be telling my age a bit here. but the first Mustang I really remember lusting for was the 2000 SVT Cobra R. I spent countless hours pour over the pages of Motor Trend, Car & Driver, Road & Track, etc. just to absorb every tidbit of information possible about the beastliest of all Modern Mustangs. Friends and family just didn't understand. How could a Mustang with no radio or air conditioning cost over $50,000? We all now know the answer to that.
No Replacement for Displacement | Is it Time for a 5.7L Tall-Deck Coyote???
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No Replacement for Displacement | Is it Time for a 5.7L Tall-Deck Coyote???

Let’s face it, the 5.0 Coyote V8 has introduced an era of Ford Pony Car dominance the likes of which we’ve never really seen. The Terminator absolutely crushed the competition in its day, but that was a time where Mustang was really the only active pony car offering. Coyote has had challengers from both Mopar and Chevy during its three (so far) generation run. In the GT class the competition doesn’t really touch if, and when you start adding mods the dominance is even more apparent...
Coyote Swapped 03 Cobra Update
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Coyote Swapped 03 Cobra Update

Been away from the forums for a while, figured I would post a brief update. Last I was on here my car was a TVS 4R70W car. In the fall of 2015 I began transitioning the car over to more of a track car. My goals were 7 second quarter mile times, 4 second 1/8 mile times, 180+ mph, and 1.1X 60' times, all while still being able to drive the car on the street. Anyone that knows me knows that I am extremely OCD, especially when it comes to working on cars. I wanted the car to be able to drive the car to the local car cruise in, win a car show, and bust off a 7 second pass. So I set out to build the car I dreamed of...
Behind the Scenes: The Dealership Finance Department
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Behind the Scenes: The Dealership Finance Department

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?

Dealerships contain multiply profit centers under one roof that operate together (for the most part), like most businesses. The finance department is just one of the many departments within the dealership that is in place to turn a profit and streamline the customer experience...


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