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(Narrator)>> Today on Detroit Muscle Tommy and Marc start work on a new project car. How does 750 horsepower and a killer exhaust sound?

(Tommy)>> Hey y'all welcome to Detroit Muscle. If you've been following along with us you know that we've been making some pretty decent headway on our '80's era rides, and ole "Project Sydewinder". That 600 plus horse Cobra is dangerously close to being all finished up and ready to hit the track and the street. So with that said it's time for a new project.

(Marc)>> So it's out with the old Mustang and in with the new one. Well it's not brand new. It's a 2016 Mustang GT. It's got that five liter Coyote under the hood, six speed manual gear box. This thing is gonna be plenty quick and fun to drive even in stock form. Not only that it's a lot more refined than that '81 Cobra. Now we've teamed up with EBC Brakes on this build, and we're gonna be installing some better stopping power of course but more power under the hood as well. We're gonna make it handle better and look better, but before we get into all that I want to introduce you to James with EBC Brakes. You may recognize him because he was on the show last year when we made a trip over the pond to go see their manufacturing processes. James thanks for making the long trip.

(James)>> Good to see you again Marc.

(Marc)>> You too. Now let's talk about why we've teamed up for a build like this.

(James)>> Okay well as you know Marc for many years now we've been making brake pads and rotors for a whole suite of American cars, and just recently we've introduced big brake kits with making our own calipers, stainless steel brake lines, and many upgrades. So we wanted to showcase them on this particular car here.

(Marc)>> Yeah that's big news. Now this is actually gonna be the first kit on an American car then?

(James)>> Absolutely Marc.

(Marc)>> That's exciting. Let's talk specifically about which parts we're gonna be installing.

(James)>> Okay Marc well let's start with the rear. Here we have the rear calipers, and what we've done for you. They're the standard Ford calipers but we've color coded them to match the front calipers, which we're gonna use for this build. We've also customized them slightly by putting in EBC plaque on there.

(Marc)>> Very cool!

(James)>> For the pads on this one we're gonna use our yellow stuff pads, which are available all across the US. We've solid millions of sets of these, and they're used primarily for spirited street style driving.

(Marc)>> Well we definitely like doing that.

(James)>> Absolutely, and on the rear rotors they're fairly similar to what we sell in the US right now but we've used our swept groove pattern to match the front.

(Marc)>> Okay so let's talk about the front brakes James.

(James)>> Okay well we're still developing for this particular Mustang Marc. We've got one in our center of excellence in the UK right now but of course the steering wheel's on the other side. So what we're doing is six piston brake calipers for the front, stainless steel braided brake lines, and fully floating brake rotors.

(Marc)>> Okay so this isn't the stuff that's going on the car. What are these?

(James)>> No, well I brought these along today Marc. These are our Apollo four piston calipers but they share many of the same features and benefits as the six piston ones, which we're developing right now. So for example you have aluminum castellated pistons.

(Marc)>> What does that mean?

(James)>> Well the castellation is like a top of castle, and that reduces heat transfer into the fluid. We also have high temperature rubber seals, and we have staggered piston sizes to stop uneven pad wear. Also we have stainless steel hardware to stop any rust and corrosion, and a single pin here for removal and replacement of the brake pads, which makes it very quick and easy, especially when you're at the race track and you can change the pads really quickly.

(Marc)>> Excellent, and I see these are yellow but you have other colors as well right?

(James)>> We do, we have yellow, blue, black, and red.

(Marc)>> Okay cool, let's talk about the pads.

(James)>> So I brought you these pads today Marc. These actually fit the Apollo four piston caliper but they're gonna be very similar in construction to the six piston caliper brake pads. They're just gonna be slightly larger. So what you have here, you have the stainless steel backing plate. We've done these laser etched specially for you guys in Detroit Muscle, and this particular friction material here is our new RPOne grade which is a full race brake pad. Not to be used on the street at all. Purely for the race track. I think for this build we're gonna supply you with our yellow stuff brake pads, but we're also gonna send you a set of these because I'm sure you're gonna track the car at some time in the future.

(Marc)>> I hope so. Well that takes care of this. This is awesome, but come over here. Tommy's got something we want to show you.

(James)>> Great. So Tommy what have you got for us today then?

(Tommy)>> We have a few renderings here of what your car could look like, and you may love them or you may hate them, but either way it gives us something to kinda go on and I hope you like them. I know we do.

(James)>> Wow, look at that. That looks amazing!

(Tommy)>> Anything you don't like about it.

(James)>> I love all of it. Look at those wheels, they're stunning.

(Marc)>> So what do you notice about it?

(James)>> Lovin' the US and the UK flag together. That's fantastic. EBC Brakes all over the roof. Look at the roof. That looks amazing, and the wheels just blend in perfectly.

(Tommy)>> Now I know it's a lot to take in but we've got a few more for you. Now the white helps to brighten the car up a little bit but it could be too much. It all depends on the person.

(James)>> I think I prefer the stealth look Tommy. I think the one before is just a little bit stealthier.

(Tommy)>> Alright we'll keep going. This one goes to the two stripe on the hood and on the nose of it. You lose everything on the roof, and then with the flags there's a left and a right.

(James)>> I like that. Which one's your favorite Tommy?

(Tommy)>> Which flag? To be honest with you I'm a fan of a few of them because they all kind of play off of each other, and a lot of them too depends on a person's personality. Some people are all about the stealth and then other people are all about in your face.

(James)>> And the more you look at this one the more I'm liking this one actually. At first glance it didn't grow on me but now it's looking good. It's not looking cheap. It's looking really subtle, and expensive, and stealthy. I like it.

(Tommy)>> I believe we've got one more.

(James)>> I think that's the one Tommy. That's the one. It's a stealthy look, it's the right color wheels, EBC Brakes in the center of the windshield, the two flags blend in nicely. I think it looks perfect.

(Marc)>> You'd go with that one just the way it is?

(James)>> Absolutely. I love the Detroit Muscle in sort of silvery gray on the, I was gonna say the bonnet but you say the.

(Tommy)>> We'll call it a hood. Wow, you even did my accent. That's a pretty good job. So you're digging on this one the most?

(James)>> This is it Tommy. This is the one we like.

(Tommy)>> Now it's gonna be quite a bit of work but it's gonna look killer sitting in your driveway.

(James)>> Now it doesn't need to be in my driveway. It needs to be on one of your viewer's driveways. Let's give it away.

(Marc)>> Really?

(James)>> 100 percent.

(Marc)>> Oh that's gonna be awesome.

(Tommy)>> Absolutely.

(Marc)>> Hopefully I can win it. Come on let's get you out of here. We've got to get busy.

(James)>> Thanks guys.

(Tommy)>> See ya man. Killer ride!

(Narrator)>> Don't go anywhere. We start adding some serious ponies to our EBC Mustang giveaway project.

(Tommy)>> Hey y'all, welcome back to the shop. We've been all over our Mustang like a duck on June bug making some preparations for some high horsepower.

(Marc)>> Yeah and we're not wasting any time doing it either. While you were gone we got the intake manifold off. We got the front fascia out of the way, and we drained the coolant. So you might be able to guess what we're getting ready to install.

(Tommy)>> That would be a supercharger. I want to introduce you guys to Nick from Edelbrock. Man you brought us a table full of goodies. What do we got?

(Nick)>> Thanks Tommy. What we have here is our all new stage two supercharger system for the 2015 through 2017 model year Mustang GT. Now this system features our latest two point six-five liter TVS supercharger, which has our dual pass three core intercooler technology. Now this supercharger looks a little bit different than some others you may be used to. The supercharger rotors are hung down low in the valley giving us plenty of room up top for a big ole intercooler that fits under the factory hood. Now the supercharger rotors expel upwards making the first pass through the intercooler, fills the space underneath the lid, and then is forced back down through the intercooler for the second pass, through the runners, into the cylinder so you get a nice, cool, dense air charge, which means what? More horsepower!

(Tommy)>> That's right. The inlet on this jewel looks different than the ones in the past.

(Nick)>> That's right Tommy. This system features our all new modular supercharger inlet. Now the modular supercharger inlet uses a series of adapters so you can use different sized throttle bodies. This stage two system uses that billet aluminum 103 millimeter throttle body, which connects to our stage two air intake system that has a 113 millimeter mass air flow housing for increased air flow.

(Tommy)>> Sounds like this kit's gonna make some pretty serious power, and having an upgraded fuel system that's a pretty good indication.

(Nick)>> Yeah right here is our drop in ready fuel pump cartridge which has a 400 liter per hour fuel pump in it and we upgrade the injectors with these 78 pound per hour fuel injectors.

(Tommy)>> So what kind of power does this thing make?

(Nick)>> Good question. It's gonna take that Mustang from 435 horsepower up to 750.

(Tommy)>> Wow, and this thing's still 50 state legal?

(Nick)>> Absolutely, this stage two system is 50 state legal and backed by Edelbrock's three year, 36,000 mile powertrain warranty.

(Tommy)>> I know this kit's pretty easy to install. What's first?

(Nick)>> We're gonna install this tensioner bracket right here, and I'll show you how it works. Well the first thing we have to do is drill and tap this hole right here, and we take away all the guess work and supply the drill bit and the tap for you in the kit.

(Marc)>> These right here?

(Tommy)>> You gonna let some chips fly?

(Marc)>> Yeah. We'll just drill it out to the desired depth, cut the threads with the tap, and blow off the shavings.

(Tommy)>> Then we can get the bracket installed, use some Permatex blue thread locker on the bolts, and get them tight. After that the idler pulleys go on and they can be cinched down.

Next we have to remove these tabs on the valve covers to make room for the supercharger.

(Marc)>> We'll get the supercharger prepped by installing the factory O-ring gaskets and get the new fuel rails assembled. We need to get the new injectors lubed up and installed in the rails as well.

(Tommy)>> You about ready boss?

(Marc)>> Yes!

(Tommy)>> Is it heavy?

(Marc)>> A little bit.

(Tommy)>> You alright?

(Marc)>> Yeah.

Oh there we go. That's it.

(Narrator)>> Stay with us as we finish our supercharger install.

(Tommy)>> Hey y'all welcome back to the shop. We're making some pretty good progress. We got our supercharger installed, fuel system all buttoned up. The next thing we're gonna be doing is getting busy up here installing that heat exchanger.

(Marc)>> So Nick being this is an air to water intercooler system I know we need this heat exchanger here right?

(Nick)>> Right Marc, yeah, the heart of the system is that oversized heat exchanger and high capacity water pump. We provide all the brackets, hoses, plug and play wiring for a nice, easy install.

(Marc)>> Yeah I see you've already got the brackets installed here. I guess we can just go ahead and get this on the car.

(Nick)>> Let's get it done.

(Marc)>> Alright, the heat exchanger slides up between the impact brace and the a/c condenser, and installs with the factory hardware. Then the support braces go in and everything gets tightened down. [ drill spinning ] [ saw buzzing ]

(Tommy)>> The shroud needs to be trimmed to make room for the intercooler plumbing.

Then the intercooler pump goes in, tightened down, the hoses can be installed, and the clamps put in place.

The reservoir goes in from the top and we can attach the rest of the hoses and clamps.

Alright go ahead. Awesome!

The evap solenoid gets installed on the strut tower and the hoses connect it.

Alright you ready for the harness now?

(Tommy)>> Yep!

(Marc)>> This wiring harness is nice and simple. It's labeled and just clips into the factory location.

(Tommy)>> That big ole throttle body goes in next and gets connected to the harness.

One final thing that we need to do is install our air box up here under the hood, and then we can move on to recalibrating that computer and we can fire this thing up. This air box installs in the factory location. Then the elbow gets attached to it and clamped down.

The mass air flow sensor gets plugged in and tucked away nicely.

All that's left now are the air filter and lid, and just like that this thing's ready to go.

(Nick)>> Now that everything's all hooked up all that's left to do is load the Edelbrock supplied calibration and fire it up.

[ engine starts ]

(Tommy)>> Hey man I want to say thanks for all your hard work. I can't wait to get this thing out on the road and stretch its legs.

(Marc)>> Yeah but we can't do that just yet because we've got some more things we need to do to this car, but we want to thank you for coming and helping out.

(Nick)>> Thanks for having guys, really appreciate it.

(Tommy)>> Sure thing, sure thing.

(Marc)>> Well our '81 Ford Mustang Cobra "Project Sydewinder" is getting really close to being completely finished. Now I know we've been saying that for a while but the longer it sits here the more things we find to do to the car, like recently Tommy painted this cobra on the hood. It looks really cool. I found something else that I wanted to do that I really like on these four eyed fox body Mustangs and that is the headlight covers. Now you could get the kit and install them like or you could make them yourself like I did on this side here, and I riveted it on. I'm gonna show you how to do that here on this other side. What I'm gonna use is this piece of Lexan right here. This is actually polycarbonate. Lexan's actually a brand. This is 12 inches by 24 inches. This is what they use to make windshields for race cars and things like that. It's really great for automotive applications cause it won't shatter. This stuff's really durable. It's ideal for this type of thing. Now what I need to do is get it here in place and figure out where I need to trim it, and then we can just rivet it down. It's pretty simple, but in order to do that I need to make a template. I'm just gonna use some masking paper and a big piece of chalk to shade the outline of the headlight bucket.

Alright well now that I've got the template made I just need to get it off, get it cut out, transfer it onto the Lexan.

Alright yeah, it's a little bigger than I need it to be but that's okay cause I want to be able to trim it a little bit. Always good to have a little extra rather than it being too small. Just need to mark it here, cut it out.

Just gonna mark it with a permanent marker and then we'll head to the band saw. Once we get the cuts made we'll clean them up a bit with the belt sander. [ sander spinning ]

(Marc)>> I'm gonna open up the four existing holes and use those to get the installation started. We'll mark the Lexan, drill them out, and get it in place with our Cleecos. Then we can lay out our edges with some masking tape, and mark the lines to indicate where the rest of our holes need to be drilled. We'll space them out evenly, get it back on the car, and drill them all out. It comes off.

The back gets peeled off and it can go on permanently with the rivets.

And just like that you can have your own homemade headlight lenses.

(Narrator)>> Stick around, with all that power now we need an exhaust system to match.

(Marc)>> Hey folks welcome back. Well we're plugging away on our 2016 Mustang GT that we're building with EBC Brakes. We just finished up that supercharger install under the hood.

(Tommy)>> And it's doing a really good job of forcing the air in. So now we need to address where it comes out, that exhaust.

(Marc)>> So in order to accomplish that we went to Borla. They spend a lot of time engineering their exhaust systems to get rid of the bad exhaust tones like drone and enhance the good ones. They've got several different levels. They've got touring, which is pretty mild and quiet. Then more aggressive is the S-type, and then even beyond that is "The Attack", and that's super loud and aggressive. We decided to go with that middle of the road S-type and we did that with this cat back kit. It's all stainless steel construction, two and a half inches in diameter. It comes with the hardware to get it installed. This mid pipe has an "X" build in here and it'll attach to the factory stuff right here, and of course the mufflers. That's where all the magic happens right there. These come with polished four inch tips. So it's gonna look really nice on the car but in order to get this stuff on the car as you know we've got to get the old stuff out of the way first.

The car has to go up in the air so we can get the factory exhaust unbolted. [ drill spinning ]

(Marc)>> We'll support the system with a few pole jacks and start taking it out.

We can unbolt the hangers out back. [ drill spinning ]

(Marc)>> And then it can just slide out. The new mid pipe goes in first and attaches using the factory band clamps. We'll get it supported with a pole jack and move on to the lead pipes. Once they both get installed we can get the mufflers hung.

All of this stuff just bolts into the factory location, nice and easy. Now we can start getting it adjusted and getting the clamps tightened. [ drill spinning ]

(Marc)>> Let's get it back on the ground to hear it growl. Here's what it sounded like stock. [ engine revving ]

(Marc)>> And here it is now. [ engine revving ]

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