ModularFords Ride of the Month Winner - MisterGadget - Modular Fords

  • ModularFords Ride of the Month Winner - MisterGadget

    One sweet truck accurately describes this ride! Matias, also known as MisterGadget out of Miami, built his Ford Lightning right in his garage. The project started as a dream of one of his dearest friends and fellow Lightning owner, VinnieP. Vinnie passed away before the project got underway, and for that reason, it's affectionately dedicated to him. The build itself took nearly 3 years so I think it's safe to say that Matias was very passionate about this project.
    The truck was purchased brand new in 2003 after ordering it in late 2002. It spent the first few years of its life as the owner's daily driver, and had the usual bolt-ons, intake, chip, pulley, exhaust, and eventually nitrous. With that combo the truck ran a best of [email protected] with the stock motor. That wasn't quite enough for MisterGadget so he decided to take the performance to the next level.

    Here are all the details on this Lightning. It has made 625rwhp on only 12psi, stay tuned for numbers and track times when the boost gets turned up!

    Engine:
    32v 5.4L built by Al Pappito
    Iron Block
    Manley Billet Rods
    Diamond Pistons
    Ford GT heads and valvetrain
    Ford GT intake and Intercooler
    Custom made intake hat designed by me
    Moroso aluminum oil pan & transmission pan

    Turbo System:
    Custom built turbo kit, designed by Matias, welded by a friend

    Borg Warner S480 turbo with a custom 1.10 backhousing
    5 downpipe, narrows down to 4 exhaust the whole way back
    Turbosmart Pro-Gate 48mm wastegate
    Turbosmart Race Port BOV
    Turbosmart Eboost 2 boost controller

    Supporting modifications:
    Custom tuned by Torrie @ Unleashed Tuning with an SCT Livewire
    Fore Performance fuel pump hanger with 3 Walbro 255 pumps
    -10 feed line, -8 return
    RPS Billet Fuel Filter
    Wilson manifolds custom fuel rails
    16 42-lb injectors (two per cylinder)
    Aeromotive Regulator
    OEM Ford GT ignition
    Odyssey battery
    High output alternator
    Aluminum intercooler tank with Meziere pump in the bed
    Racetested nitrous system
    Factory tech valvebody
    Dirty Dog Performance custom stall converter

    Suspension/Brakes/Tires:
    Front TCE Wilwood 4-piston big brake kit
    Belltech front coils and rear leafs
    Belltech shock extenders
    Hotchkis Bilstein shocks
    Hotchkis swaybars
    Competition Engineering driveshaft loop
    Competition Engineering endlinks
    Competition engineering slide-a-link traction bars
    Nitto NT555/555R's street
    Bogart racing wheels with slicks/skinnies setup for the track

    Exterior/Appearance:
    Bedrug
    Sylvania Xenarc HID headlights
    KC daylighter driving lamps behind the grill
    LED taillamps
    Yellow foglamps
    White powercoated wheels
    Custom twin 5 exhaust tips

    Interior:
    Bucket seats
    Expedition console with custom lid
    Alpine headunit, Boston Acoustics door speakers, PPI amp, two JL 10 subs
    Fully dynomat covered
    Autometer NV gauges

    It took many people to make this project happen - special thanks to: Accelerated Race Technologies, Boss330 Racing, FastPartsNetwork, Mike Turbo, Race Parts Solutions, Spray It Racing, and VMP Tuning.
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