Our Vortech supercharged 96 V-6 Mustang has been on hiatus for a few months while other projects moved around on the burners, but we are happy to report that we are beginning a string of new V-6 performance articles using our Vortech-boosted six banger as the base. For this article, we contacted California Mustang for its new Hooker/DynoMax combo V-6 dual exhaust conversion kit. The system is comprised of Hooker 2-½-inch mandrel-bent flow tubes with your choice of plain or chrome tailpipes and a pair of Walker DynoMax Super Turbo mufflers. We arent sure why Hooker does not include its own mufflers in this systemthough it is suggested in the instructionsbut California Mustang prefers the sound of the DynoMax mufflers, and were fine with that.
The installation is just a bit tricky, and the worst part is having the patience to line up everything. But the results are well worth the hassle. We didnt have time to Dynojet the package, but the owner now tells us his supercharged V-6 runs much better on the top end. A recent bout against a stock 4.6 GT proves it, where he kept pace with the GT up to 100 mph, when he had to back off due to some pingingwhich we will address shortly with a custom computer chip.
Looking ahead into our editorial crystal ball, we hope to bring you how-to articles on a ported intake and larger throttle body, stouter gears with a differential upgrade, the aforementioned computer chip, and we might even get the car off its stilts and add some decent wheels to the mix. Stay tuned for more updates and full dyno numbers as we progress.