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Updated on Oct 01, 2012
All hail the SHO!
This trophy is from when I won best in show at the Kettering University Car Show for student car in the spring of 2006. I've also received a Silver award at the 19th Annual SHO Convention carSHOw.
This is my '95 Taurus SHO ATX. I picked it up in 2001 with about 75k miles on it and it was 100% stock. It only gets driven in the summer since I've owned it.
This picture ^ is me driving on Ford's High Speed
Test Track at their Dearborn Proving Grounds during
the 19th Annual SHO Convention.
Since I've had it, I have done a bunch of things to help it stick around the bends and go faster.
1) Taylor 8mm spark plug wires 2) Full 60k (not really a mod, but starting to count as one in the SHO world LOL) 3) Bosch platnium single tip plugs
5) Silicon Vacuum hoses
6) Throttle Body and IAC coolant lines delete
Intake & Exhaust: 1) SHOSHOP snorkel cold air intake 2) C&L 73mm MAF 3) Dynomax Super Turbo cat-back exhaust system.
4) SHO Source Big Bore Intake Manifold Butterflies
Chassis & Suspension: 1) Intrax Lowering Springs 2) Koni Adjustable Front and Tokico Rear Shocks
3) 26mm Rear Sway Bar with TPR bushings and endlinks
4) Front & Rear Strut Tower Braces
Body: 1) Complete repaint to Mazda RX-8 Velocity Red 2) CincySHO fiberglass cowl hood 3) 35% Black window tint all around except windshield
4) DDM 5000K HID headlights
5) LED Taillamps
Wheels & Tires: 1) 17" Enkei Pk6 Gunmetal wheels 2) Falken GRBeta 225/45 tires
Brakes: 1) MidWestSHO's Stage II front brake kit (includes aluminum dual piston PBR calipers from a Mustang GT, Carbon metallic Hawk pads and 11.6" Vented Rotors)
Stereo: 1) Sony Xplod MP3 CD player head unit2) 2 Pioneer 6x9" 220W mids hooked to a 340W Jenson amp 4) 2 Farad "Boss" capacitor
My fastest quarter mile time is 15.33sec, but blew the weak differential off the line on my last run because I power braked it too long. That was a few years ago and I don't really take it to the drags. It's mainly tuned for handling and road coarse work.
When I decided to repaint the car it was already red (called Crimson), but I wanted a brighter red and something with some depth. I searched and searched for a color. Then I saw the Mazda RX-8 in velocity red for the first time at the Auto show in 2004. It was a perfect color because from a distance it seems like a plain bright red, but when you come up on it and the light hits it, red pearl bursts out at you. I knew I had to get it.
I powdercoated the intake manifold gunmetal to match the wheels along with getting the lettering pin-striped to match the body. I also swapped my entire interior for something better.
It came stock with mocha cloth/leather combo seats, which were all right, but I wanted to match the rest of the red/black/gunmetal theme, so I found a black '93 SHO ATX in rough shape on the outside, but the interior was almost perfect and it was all black leather. I picked the car up at auction for cheap and did a complete interior swap, excluding the dash because the '93 doesn't have a passenger side airbag and my '95 did. What a difference in appearance.
In the future I plan on rebuilding the motor with stronger and/or new components so I can supercharge or turbo it. I also want to convert it to a manual and put a Quaife LSD in it, but that takes some big bucks and time.
Notice the hint of pearl in the paint:
Yes, the "SHO" is painted on, not a decal. I actually had a stencil used over the red when spraying the gunmetal stripe
Here's a pic of my white faced, indiglo gauges and carbon fiber bezel.
This is a picture put together by the autostitch program. It is actually about 10 pics merged together (obviously before getting the intake powdercoated). I just thought it looked cool.
The above picture is my SHO before I repainted it and with a brand new at the time 2004 10th Aniversery SVT Mustang Cobra Conv. at the dealership I used to work at. This was actually the day right before I started to strip the SHO down and prep it for the repaint.
Look at that Shine! This was taken a week after I finished repainting, buffing and re-assembling the car.
^ This is my car parked next to 3 new SHOs at the Waterford Hills Track day during the 2010 SHO Convention. The New SHO is pretty big huh? (photo credit to Christopher Smith, Autoblog: http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2010-taurus-sho-convention-highlights/full/#3189166)
Chris' article on the 2010 SHO Convention: http://www.autoblog.com/2010/07/20/ford-hints-at-400-hp-taurus-sho-and-more-during-annual-conventio/
Thanks for checkin out my SHO and keep your SHO going!
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Yo man! I used to go to Kettering! lol. Never had a good enough car to put in the show. I hope to start my project focus in a couple years. Im planning on dropping a 3.2 SHO in my zx5.
That's cool. That ZX5 sounds like a sweet project. There's a kit out there to convert Focus hatchbacks to RWD too, you should try to do that with the SHO engine! It would be awesome!
nice sho bro. where did you get some of your parts. i would love to have some of that stuff on my sho.
A lot of those parts are discontinued now unfortunately, but SHOSource.com carries all of the currently availible performance parts for SHOs
5 stars for sure, just because of the lugnut comment
OK you got my attention. Kudos to you 5 stars straight across the board. Look at my SHO and rate.
Nice SHO 5 stars. I really like the rims. You should take car down to Carlisle PA for the all ford meet in july next year. Looks like you changed the tint at one time. Limo in the back 3 then 35% all the way around how come? Check out my rides sometime and please rate them.
Thanks! I changed my tint cause I couldn't see anything backing up and night, plus it was turning a purplish color.
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