Ed Moss' 1967 Ford Mustang | 2013 OUSCI Preview

Ultimate Streetcar
OPTIMA Batteries
Pahrump, NV

Thousands of cars and trucks converge on Las Vegas each year for the SEMA Show, but only a handful are selected to compete in the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational(OUSCI), presented by Royal Purple and K&N Filters. For those fortunate few, it can be a very stressful experience, although we always encourage them to enjoy the moment. For many of these vehicle owners and builders, the thought of tracking their car never entered their mind when they prepared it for the SEMA Show. For some, it was the furthest thing from their mind. Case in point is Ed Moss' '67 Ford Mustang, which had exactly one mile on the build heading into the 2013 SEMA Show.

When OPTIMA comes calling, those who accept the call realize what a unique and rare opportunity they have to prove the streetworthiness of their build on an international stage and in front of a nationally-televised audience. Ed's Mustang was one of the fortunate few to be selected in 2013 and from everything we've seen, it looks like both the car and driver are up for the challenge.

Moss has been building chassis and suspension systems for street rods, classic trucks and muscle cars for more than 40 years at TCI Engineering, so we think he probably knows a thing or two about how to set up a car to handle. His 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback has been a five-year project for Total Cost Involved Engineering. In early-2012, Ed and TCI Engineering General Manager, Sal Solorzano,started a business relationship with Richard Waitas and Magnaflow Exhaust. During their initial meetings, Richard presented an opportunity to sponsor the Total Cost Involved Engineering 1967 Ford Mustang at the 2013 SEMA Show and have it be included as one of Magnaflow's official vehicles.

Ed & Sal gladly accepted the opportunity and took on the challenge to have the Mustang finished in time for the 2013 SEMA Show. So what went into the build? The front and rear suspension are obviously from TCI and the exhaust is from Magnaflow. Beyond that, the engine is a 351 Windsor now displacing 427 cubic inches, thanks to the work of Smeding Performance and it now generates 540 horsepower at 6000 rpms, lubricated by Red Line Oil.

The transmission is a Tremec six-speed from Modern Driveline and it sends power with the help of a McLeod clutch, through an Inland Empire driveline and into a Currie nine-inch rear end, packed with 3.70 gears. Michelin rubber puts the power to the pavement with 295-series tires on the front and massive 335-series tires out back, all of them surrounding 18-inch LeMans wheels from Billet Specialties. Wilwood six-piston calipers and 14-inch rotors can be found on all four corners. Other components include the following:

Fuel System: Holley
Radiator: US Radiator
Gauges: Auto Meter
Air Filter: K&N Filters
Hoses and Fittings: Bonaco
Steering Column: Ididit
Steering Components: Borgeson
Air Conditioning: Vintage Air
Gas Tank: Ricks Stainless Tanks
Powder Coating: Inland Powder Coating
Trick Aluminum Components: Eddie Motor Sports
Throttle Shifter: Lokar
Wiring: Pomona Valley Customs
Stang- Aholics: Fiberglass Hood and Trunk Shocks
Ignition: MSD
Steel: EMJ
Paint Body: Danny’s Paint Shop
Westech Performance Group: Dyno
Polishing Chrome: Atlas Polishing Chrome
Headlights: Red Line Tronix – Halo Headlines
Upholstery: Ron Mangus
The Mustang weighs in at 3500 pounds, thanks in part to a fiberglass hood and trunk (the rest of the body is steel). The last time Ed was behind the wheel driving competitively was in 2007 at the Fontana drag strip. That doesn't mean he is only a straight line guy though. Moss has won championships in the NASCAR six-cylinder series at Irwindale, as well as the six-cylinder division at Saugus, California. He has also taken home two Goodguys championships in the Blown AA/Gas class, driving his '37 Ford. in addition to spending some time in the NASCAR Sportsman Division at Riverside, Ontario and several other tracks in Southern California.
Ed thinks his Mustang will shine in the Lingenfelter Performance Design & Engineering Challenge and we'd have to agree, given the track record of other SEMA invitees in that event. He also hopes to show well in the Wilwood Speed Stop Challenge. He is more concerned about how the car will hold up in the BFGoodrich Hot Lap Challenge, given that it literally only has one mile under it's belt heading into the Detroit Speed Road Rally.
We've only scratched the surface of Moss' incredible ride and look forward to seeing it on the street and track this weekend. If you'd like to see more in-depth coverage of Ed's Ford, be sure to check out StangTV.com's feature on the car. You can also see TCI Engineering's dyno video on the 427, as well as a video of their first time firing up the Mustang. You can also view the build thread on the Mustang starting at the beginning on Pro-Touring.com.