Monthly Archive: January 2014

Jan 17

Barrett-Jackson 2014: Gene Simmons’ 1956 Ford F-100 Snakebit custom truck sells for $450k [w/video]

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1956 Ford F-100 Snakebit

We first saw Gene Simmons' 1956 Ford F100 custom truck, nicknamed Snakebit, at last year's SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The truck was built with factory support from Ford, and it just went up for auction here at the 2014 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, accompanied, as you'd expect, with a ton of fanfare.

Sporting a 550-horsepower, supercharged, 5.4-liter V8 engine and a six-speed manual transmission borrowed from a Shelby GT500, this custom truck has been modeled to resemble a Shelby Mustang with an all-steel front fascia, headlights and hood. The rest of it has been suitably modified, too, with a custom independent front suspension system, a wheelbase stretched five inches and a billet machined bed treatment made to look like wood.

Regardless of what you think of the truck's looks or provenance, at least we can all agree that it was built and auctioned off for a good cause. The gavel fell with a high bid of $450,000, and all proceeds will go toward The Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan, the home province of the family of Shannon Tweed-Simmons, wife of the previously mentioned rock star.

Check out our high-res gallery of live images above, and read the truck's official auction description below. For some extra fun while you're watching, play along online with Fox Sports' Fantasy Bid game.

UPDATE: Video of the live auction proceedings can now be seen below. Check it out!

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Jan 17

Injector Dynamics’ ID1000 Fuel Injectors: Taking Modern Technology to The Next Level

Injector Dynamics Mustang Fuel Injectors

These aren’t your average set of injectors. The ID1000s by Injector Dynamics are widely considered by the aftermarket world to be one of, if not the very best injector you can get for the 2005+ GT and GT500.

ID1000 Mustang Fuel InjectorAnyone who has modified their Mustang extensively knows at some point in the process they are going to need more fuel. But that issue in itself begs asking the question, “how much fuel is enough for my setup, and when will I need to upgrade again?”

Injector Dynamics’ 96 lbs./hr. ID1000 fuel injectors solve all those issues. Even more mildly modified 2005-2014 Mustang GT/GT500s can use these huge injectors and still have perfectly smooth daily driven cars with the ability for bigger mods down the road. The secret? The ID1000s have solved the age-old issue of fuel regulation in motors that make boatloads of power at wide open throttle (WOT), but at cruising speeds and idle, demand only a fraction of that fuel delivery capability.

ID1000 96lb Injectors are perfect for the 200rwhp – 900rwhp Mustang, and everything in-between

The idea is a simple one–provide an injector that can handle the fuel needs of a built and blown motor while also providing the optimal fuel for a more mildly modded build. This gives you the ability to slap on a set of ID1000s and as you continue to mod, you’ll never have to worry about upgrading your fuel injectors again. And while the idea may be a simple one, only Injector Dynamics has perfected the science behind accomplishing this feat.

8 ID1000 Mustang Fuel InjectorsShop: Injector Dynamics EV14 High Impedance ID1000 Injectors – 96 lb (2011-2014 Mustang GT)

EV14 High Impedance ID1000 Injectors – 96 lb (2005-2010 Mustang GT)

EV14 High Impedance ID1000 Injectors – 96 lb (2007-2012 Shelby GT500)

Yes, they are “expensive” when comparing them to other injectors out there, but comparing these to other injectors is a mistake in itself. They should not be compared to any other injector out there.

Frankly speaking, if you are making a lot more power than stock and want the best, ID1000s are second to none. This is just one of those mods that you’re going to have to pay for the quality you demand, but your Mustang will be rewarded handsomely by running smoothly at all rpms and will receive the optimum amount of fuel delivery in the most effective way possible.

Jan 17

Gallery: 2015 Mustang EcoBoost Underhood Photographs

2015 Mustang 4 Cylinder 2.3L Engine Photo 3

The Detroit Auto Show has already brought us a Triple Yellow 2015 GT, now we have the first underhood shots of the Mustang’s new 2015 4 cylinder Ecoboost engine.

It’s not pretty, but this is the first glimpse at the 2015 Mustang’s 4 cylinder engine, courtesy of a Hooniverse insider. Ford had deliberately removed the hood latches from these prototypes prior to the show, but somehow, someone was able to pop it open for a few closeups and even a short video.

If it looks rough to you, that’s because Ford likely has this car no where near where it would be if it was a production model. What could be viewed as a giant pile of plastic right now will hopefully see a nice overhaul before final production. Let’s hope for a nicer engine cover and a more aesthetically pleasing coolant reservoir. And while final specs on the 2015 Mustang’s 2.3L EcoBoost engine are nearly final, actual horsepower and torque numbers are not verified. Ford has said they would come in somewhere at or greater than 305HP, but the exact figure is yet to be determined.

2015 Mustang 2.3L Enigne Underhood 2015 Mustang 4 Cylinder 2.3L Engine Photo 3 2015 Mustang 4 Cylinder Engine Photo 1 2015 Mustang 4 Cylinder Engine Photo 2

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