Mason’s Mean LS Powered Mustang 5….3?
FAST fuel rails flanking the FAST intake manifold
The FPR feeds these FAST fuel rails that are outfitted with Bosch 60lbs/hr fuel injectors.

Those injectors shoot their fuel into the FAST intake manifold.


MSD plug wires peeking out from behind header and coolant hard lines
Lastly, Taylor wires take spark energy from the stock Chevrolet truck coils to the plugs for the big bang.

Controlling this hybrid of blue oval and bow tie is a stock Chevrolet ECU, which helps the Mustang spin the rollers to the (stock) tune of 556 HP and 506 ft.lbs of torque. The engine internals are surprisingly stock, too.

The short block rotating assembly is almost entirely Chevrolet, aside from the Clevite engine bearings and ARP fasteners. The top-end has an array of Trick Flow components, from the valve springs to the cams and their timing gears. A Felpro head gasket sits between the top and the bottom.


Turbosmart HyperGate 45 above radiator support
Turbosmart’s HyperGate 45 helps control how much exhaust gets converted into boost.


Engine bay with wastegate dumping out of the hood near the radiator
Sometimes the shortest route is the easiest one, and the HyperGate simply dumps through a short exit chute out the hood.

Mason fabricated this trick turbo setup with 4-1 headers that come around the front of the engine and join together to hit the turbo just behind the intercooler. The rest of the exhaust goes under the passenger side of the motor, under the car, and to a turndown out back, ranging in size from 3″ to 3.5″.

The intake charge takes a short trip to the eBay special FMIC and then an equally short one to the intake manifold. On a V8, that, too, is roughly dead center in the engine bay. There’s a certain elegance to the packaging efficiency that a front-mounted big single turbo on a V8 affords.


  1. Great build. Very efficient use of resources.

    I have shocks that extend into the engine bay and I had some tie rods with spherical bearing rod ends that I bolted to the top of the shocks which I triangulated to the firewall. For about 5lbs in weight the increase in steering precision is phenomenal. I have never seen anybody else do that mod but I swear to god it is the best upgrade I have ever done in terms of price. I had to carve out a divet with a angle grinder and reinforce the mounting points on the firewall. Great bang for buck, though.

  2. Swaybar endlinks tied to the rear bumper support? Am I missing something? Maybe it is just the angle of the pic on Pg7.

    Somebody please tell me I am wrong.

    1. The swaybar is mounted to the axle, and the ends are bolted to the chassis.
      Backwards from how it is on most cars, but the end result is the same.

      1. Ah, yes. Thank you. I thought the Mustang was multi-link now, but I must have missed the Chevy live axle part in the build description.

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