In episodes 1 and 2 of Kendall Motor Oil’s custom-car video series “Titanium Garage,” Mecum Auctions commentator Bill Stephens walked viewers through the ’67 Shelby Mustang restomod’s design, as well as its body and frame creation. Episode 3 focuses on the engine, though — needless to say– not just any engine would do. Kendall and Thompson Street Customs in Denver originally thought perhaps they’d use a stock Coyote 5.0-liter crate engine, readily available from Ford Performance. With direct and port fuel injection, variable cam timing and high-flow cylinder heads, the aluminum Coyote cranks out 460 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. That simply wasn’t enough. “We wanted to go with something a little more powerful, so using a factory Coyote engine probably wasn’t gonna cut it,” said Robert Thompson Jr.
So he and his dad, Robert Thompson Sr., turned to turbocharging specialist Vi. Engineered, also in Denver, known for its craftsmanship and attention to detail. Now Kendall’s Mustang is going to house a twin-turbo Coyote V8.
“The car already looked fast just sitting,” Thompson Jr. continued, “but now it has the muscle to back it up. So it’s not just all talk.”
The turbocharger installation is gorgeous, and as Thompson points out, it’s all hand-done. “It looks like a jeweler did it,” he said.
Vi. Engineered’s Jon Vigil says he hand-built the exhaust after he “realized in a hurry there wasn’t a lot of space under the hood.” The task was developing a header system that would fit inside the chassis and frame rails and still have enough room for the turbocharger system.
Additionally, a hand-made, 16-gallon aluminum fuel cell is being installed with an in-tank fuel pump for quieter operation.
When the engine is finished, Vigil figures it should put down 1,200-1,300 hp. “We’ll scale it back to about 1,000 for street use,” he said.
That should do it!
Thompson says that Kendall’s GT-1 Max with Liquid Titanium, designed to provide maximum protection for turbocharged engines, was used specifically for this build because of the turbochargers and the heat they generate. “The Liquid Titanium actually bonds to the turbo bearings and adds another layer of protection,” he said.
Go to TitaniumGarage.com for more information.
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