BY THE NUMBERS
'65 MERCURY COMET
Josh Martin, 38 * Alexandria, VA
Total cost to build: $165,000
ENGINE
Type: Ford 5.4L small-block
Block: stock iron with
standard 3.552-inch bore
Oiling: stock
Rotating assembly: factory 4.165-inch
forged crank, steel rods,
and forged 8.4:1 pistons
Cylinder heads: stock 32-valve
aluminum castings
Camshafts: factory DOHC
Valvetrain: stock
Induction: factory Eaton M122H supercharger
and air-to-water intercooler
Exhaust: stock Ford manifolds,
custom X-pipe,
dual Borla 2.5-inch mufflers
Fuel system: Aeromotive pump,
Edelbrock pressure regulator
Ignition: stock
Cooling: Be Cool radiator and fan;
stock water pump
Output: 540 hp at 6,200 rpm
and 510 lb-ft at 4,500 rpm
DRIVETRAIN
Transmission: Tremec T56 six-speed manual,
Ram clutch, MGW billet shifter
Rear axle: Strange 9-inch rear-end housing,
31-spline axles, 3.70:1 gears,
and limited-slip differential
CHASSIS
Front suspension: Art Morrison tubular
control arms, sway bar,
and spindles; Strange coilovers
Rear suspension: Art Morrison four-link,
Panhard rod, and sway bar;
Strange coilovers
Frame: custom Art Morrison Max G frame
Brakes: Wilwood 13-inch discs
with six-piston calipers,
front; 12-inch discs with
six-piston calipers, rear
WHEELS & TIRES
Wheels: Bonspeed Quasar 18x7,
front; 18x8, rear
Tires: BFGoodrich g-Force
225/45R18, front;
255/45R18, rear