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Meet Holley's Colin Kinser

By: Todd Veney06/22/2018 < Back to Blog Home
There's not a single bolt on Colin Kinser's completely overhauled Fox-body Mustang that he hasn't turned. He bought the car for $7,000, sold the 306 small-block and all the running gear it came with for exactly that amount, and plunged those funds into improving and upgrading virtually every aspect of the car. The only thing that remains untouched on the vehicle he purchased five years ago is the body itself. Dubbed "Project Rabid Fox," the Mustang is "the car I always wanted," said Kinser, who just took it on the 2018 Hot Rod Power Tour literally the day after he installed the blower. "I've liked Fox body Mustangs from the time I was 9 years old. When I saw this one for sale in Georgia I knew I had to have it." He and his good friend high-tailed it from Kentucky to Georgia to purchase the car, and it's a good thing they did – a slew of would-be buyers were right behind him and would have snatched it up because the Bright Calypso Green paint is the rarest color of all. The LS-swapped '92 Mustang is powered by a 5.3L Aluminum LS with a complete Holley Dominator EFI system, a factory L33 Block with K1 connecting rods, custom .020-over Wiseco pistons, TEA 220cc cathedral-port cylinder heads, a Brian Tooley Racing camshaft, and a Sniper EFI race intake. The fuel system is straight off the Holley website, including an ARCA HydraMat fuel reservoir, external-mount VR1 fuel pump, 460-GPH post filter, pressure regulator, and Earl's -10AN Ultra Pro Feed plumbing with a Vortech YSI-B C5 Corvette FEAD kit. Behind the firewall is an American Powertrain TKO 600 Extreme transmission, American Powertrain Hydramax clutch conversion, Hays Dragon Claw 1150 clutch, 8.8 Ford rear end with 35-spline Strange axles, and an S-Trac helical-gear differential with 3.31:1 Ford Racing gears. The suspension includes 1.5" forward-offset front control arms, XL Series full-length subframe connectors, front and rear coil-over conversion kits, HD rear lower control arms with no spring perch or sway-bar mount, Bilstein HD series struts and shocks, an adjustable rear sway bar, a bump-steer kit, and Maximum Motorsports heavy duty torque arm and panhard bar. Kinser, 30, started at Holley working in tech five years ago and today is Holley's EFI Product Manager. He's run as quick as 12.63 at 118 mph on the Beech Bend Raceway Park quarter-mile, but that was spinning the tires all the way past the 60-foot clocks. "It could go quicker – it's my daily driver and not set up for drag racing – but I'll never get rid of it. I need to fix some boost issues with it next, but no matter what, I'm never getting rid of this car. It's what I always wanted."





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