1994 Ford Mustang Duramax - Maximum Effort Photo Gallery
An 800HP, 35MPG, Duramax-Powered Mustang
Jason Sands –
Jan 1, 2009
Photo 1/16 | 1994 Ford Mustang Duramax right Side Angle | 1994 Ford Mustang Duramax - Maximum Effort
Photo 2/16 | 1994 Ford Mustang Duramax right Side Angle | 1994 Ford Mustang Duramax - Maximum Effort
Photo 3/16 | 1994 Ford Mustang Duramax left Front Angle | 1994 Ford Mustang Duramax - Maximum Effort
Photo 4/16 | 1994 Ford Mustang Duramax diesel | "Hey you're putting diesel in that thing!" Mike hears that one a lot. "Don't worry, it's my race car," he says, leaving people even more confused.
Photo 5/16 | 1994 Ford Mustang Duramax right Front Angle | Wheels-up launches and 1.3-second 60-foot times are the norm for Mike's Mustang. Not bad, considering there's 800 pounds of engine up front.
Photo 6/16 | 1994 Ford Mustang Duramax meziere Radiator | To help keep the Duramax cool, a trick Meziere radiator was added, along with an in-tank water pump, eliminating the need for an engine-driven one.
Photo 7/16 | 1994 Ford Mustang Duramax rollcage | It's a tight squeeze past the jungle-gym rollcage, but Mike has no problem getting comfortable once he is inside. Other than the noise level of the vehicle, it's actually quite comfortable to ride and drive in when going down the highway.
Photo 8/16 | 1994 Ford Mustang Duramax duramax Engine | A Glasstec fiberglass front clip is used to make the 6.6L Duramax engine easy to work on. Not that it takes much work, all the maintenance that has been required of the Duramax engine so far has been an oil change after 4,000 miles.
Photo 9/16 | 1994 Ford Mustang Duramax turbocharger | Mucho airflow is provided by an Industrial Injection Phat Shaft 71 turbocharger. Although the turbo Mike chose is rather large, he has no problem with spooling thanks to a high-stall converter combined with a transbrake.
Photo 10/16 | 1994 Ford Mustang Duramax nitrous Jets | So far, Mike has made his best pass with a tow tune and two .093 jets in the nitrous system. With a larger tune and bigger nitrous jets, look out!
Photo 11/16 | 1994 Ford Mustang Duramax fabricated Scoop | Notice something funny? The Mustang's fiberglass front end has no grille opening for cooling purposes. A scoop underneath the front of the car (arrow) was fabricated after the car started running a little hot at freeway speeds.
Photo 12/16 | 1994 Ford Mustang Duramax water Methanol Injection | Mike uses a bottle heater to maintain proper bottle pressure for each run, along with some trick quick-release billet brackets from NX. The two black boxes in back are the battery box and a tank for Mike's water-methanol injection.
Photo 13/16 | 1994 Ford Mustang Duramax mickey Thompson Tires | Out back, Mike runs a set of 325-series Mickey Thompson drag radials that have so far yielded a best 60-foot time of 1.36 seconds.
Photo 14/16 | 1994 Ford Mustang Duramax weld Racing Wheels | A set of 5-inch-wide Mickey Thompson tires provide the steering, while some super-light Weld Racing wheels handle the looks department. Up front, Wilwood disc brakes provide stopping power, while the rear has a set of Strange non-vented rotors.
Photo 15/16 | 1994 Ford Mustang Duramax rear Axle | Much of the awesome fabrication work is hidden underneath the car. A reinforced rear axle, custom fuel tank, custom engine and transmission crossmembers, a FASS fuel system, and twin Spin Tech mufflers are all hidden key parts to making this Mustang work. Although he had a lot of help building the car, Mike also fabricated many of these parts himself.
Photo 16/16 | 1994 Ford Mustang Duramax 4l80e Transmission | To help find the right gear, a full-manual valvebody is used in the 4L80E transmission. This shifter has since been replaced with a B&M version. All the lights, switches, and buttons work with the diesel engine thanks to a Painless Wiring harness.