Mason’s Mean LS Powered Mustang 5….3?
Wide angle of interior with large e-brake handle and shifter in center of frame
Hydraulic e-brake setups are the go-to for most competition drift cars, and Mason’s Mustang is no exception.

Josh fabricated the assembly and attached it to the transmission tunnel to place the handle right near the steering wheel, meaning Josh doesn’t have far to go when the need arises. An ISR shifter is perched atop the T56 transmission. That transmission is equipped with an ACT clutch and flywheel that send power through a Driveshaft Specialties and on to the rear wheels via the differential.

In another swap-meet worthy story, Josh purchased a wrecked 2001 Camaro for $1,200 US that he also parted out for $1,500. He now had a transmission to go with his engine and, for those keeping track, was up $500 total on the exercise.

I assure you that the big red button is neither an ejection seat control nor does it make all the wheels fall off. It does, however actuate his radio so that he can keep in touch with his support team.


Close-up of Wilwood brake proportioning valve
Rounding out the interior controls is this Wilwood brake proportioning valve.

On a setup like this, the proportioning valve simply reduces the line pressure generated by the master cylinder after the valve, allowing for a range of pressures to reach the rear brakes. Josh can simply turn the knob to adjust the brake bias, effectively.


Looking at gutted doors and the driver-side roll cage door bars
Drifting is all about getting sideways, which means that someone is basically driving at your door half the time.

As such, good door bars are a good insurance policy. And, since the door bars are good, the rest of the door is gutted to the max. You can also see the Sparco halo seat that Josh uses to keep himself planted at the controls.


Roll cage gusset and dimples behind driver seat tied into B pillar
Josh Mason built the entire roll cage himself out of 1 1/2 and 1 3/4 DOM tubing.

He also went the extra mile and tied the cage into the chassis with dimpled gussets. And he did it just about everywhere he could. You can also make out the carbon quarter panels that are attached to the car.


  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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