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    SmokinStang's Project: SMOKIN - a 1995 DECH Mustang (Features a Turbo Build)

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    Well some of you may have seen my latest project Mustang this past weekend up at NE Dragway. I am excited about this Mustang as it fills a gap in my collection of convertible Mustangs. As this car was prepped back in the day by DECH Motorsports out of Canada to run SCCA. DECH was very similar to Saleen, with regard to their offerings. The body kit installed is one of the most solid that I have come across, and extremely well integrated.




    1995 Mustang

    Full DECH Functional Aerodynamics & Appearance Package to Include Rare Wing
    Opal Frost w/ Painted Graphics
    5.0L Engine
    Auto w/ AOD
    10 Point Roll Cage
    E303 Cam
    Cobra Intake
    Aluminum Heads
    3:55 Gears
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    DECH Motorsports ... A Canadian 'Saleen' Story

    DECH Motorsports was founded in 1985 by Derek Hanson, seeking to provide an attainable high performance vehicle for racing enthusiasts, at an affordable price, the search was focused on the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro. The Mustang proved to be the victor, chosen for durability, weight and value, it would prove to be the ideal candidate for Derek's suspension tunning ability. Starting out with just a few dedicated customers, DECH set out to change the face of affordable high performance automobiles throughout Canada, and eventually all of North America.



    Utilizing a vast knowledge of suspension, DECH set out to analyze all the performance parameters of the car, and evaluate which modifications would best elicit the desired level of handling neccassary to out perform everything else on the street, and the track. Designing and testing numerous types of coil springs ( using spring rate test equipment not just seat of the pants testing ) and combing the damping attributes of Koni struts and shocks, the net result was a car that could lap the track with ease and still comfortably convey their owners to and from the course, without shattering vertebrae. These early DECH Mustangs were custom built to owner specifications, and came with a base horsepower rating of 240 HP, many were destined for S.C.C.A. roadcourse events that DECH was soon to be dominant in.

    Around this same time in the United States, a man named Steve Saleen was starting to put together his own SALEEN Mustangs, he had also recognized the potential of the FORD ponycar and with a background in SCCA racing he attacked the Mustang converting it into a world class super car. Although suspension, braking and aerodynamic modifications set the car apart from the rest of the pack, the car still lacked any significant power improvements. These were to be the cars directly compared to DECH Mustangs, and many would go head to head in competion. In fact, DECH would provide Steve Saleen with a pit crew for his first race at Mosport Park in Toronto and DECH would use a modified version of the Saleen ground effects package on their first run of production cars for dealer distribution.

    Soon afterward DECH decided to invest in designing, wind tunnel testing and producing their own aerodynamics system for all future production and customer vehicles, to further differentiate themselves from other aftermarket Mustang companies. The look alone would set the cars apart from the now very popular crowd, but what lay beneath the surface would elevate the car to cult stature in the circles of performance automobiles. Regularly whipping past exotics and other performance cars at open roadcourse events put on by DECH and other companies and car clubs. One ride around the course at Shannonville's Fabi track with Derek or his son, and cheif of research and development, Van Peter Hanson and all the potential of the cars become glowingly apartent. Continueous research and development through on track and on bench testing led the team at DECH to develope the SPEEDDRIVE Spring package, GRABBERS, Strut tower mount bearing assembly, Lower chassis stiffening member, and the DECH ASG rear suspension system, along with their own front disc braking system (unfortunately very expensive and soon outdated by the FORD Motorsport Cobra R m-2300-k package) all proving their determination to produce the best possible machine and products without re-inventing the wheel.

    The philosophy of the development team was " less is more ", by allowing the car to work as designed, they didn't need to re-balance the car for every small change applied to it - thus allowing the parts to be of highest quality since not every part on the car would be replaced and overall cost could be controlled. Typically the 1987-1993 DECH Mustang could be purchased for around $35,000 Canadian, very reasonable compared to vehicles of equal or lesser capabilities. Serviceable by any FORD dealer while being completely emissions legal, these performance machines became very popular on the SCCA circuit in Canada and the United States.

    Selling both complete cars, through their select dealers, and individual parts for customer improvement the team at DECH soon moved their sites to the new SN95 chassis of the 1994 redesigned Mustang. A briefing by Ford representatives showed all the improvements that would allow DECH to further refine the car into a total thoroughbred. New capabilities built into the car allowed the fine tuning of the chassis to a new level while keeping the drivability exceptional. A new concept was utilized in the design and production of a rear wing for the car, the AFD-IV would improve air flow around the vehicle while improving traction at speed, by eliminating high speed lift. Complementing the wing was a new splitter style air dam, the AD-I would help hold the front tires to the road and deflect air towards the front brakes. Of course it looked great as well, a selling point all on it's own. The DECH ASG debued on the track with this car and would soon go into full production for the 1997 product year. Customers raved about the systems ability to control the rear axle, and the body weight transfer during braking, acceleration and cornering.

    Power was also a important part of the development team's plan to elevate the car's status. The well known K&N air filter leads the list of modifications on all cars, DECH designed underdrive pullies, either a Walker Dynomax or Borla cat-back exhaust system, retooled stock exhaust headers, ported stock heads, 1.6 ratio roller rockers and modified intake track boosted power on the 5.0 Litre engine. The new 4.6 L cars soon got similar modifications with the SVO/Borla side exhaust kit being very popular. A supercharger from VORTECH would further enhance power producion for those so inclined.

    DECH Motorsports officially ceased operations in 2000.
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    Bob,
    What are your plans for the car (mods, road racing, cruising, etc.)?
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    Nice addition to your Stable Sir.

    I see some type of forced induction in the future for this Dech
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    Those who know better choose 94-98!!!!
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    I saw this car at Eds day up close and it a real nice setup its got all the toys Bob just one thing stay away from those Ford Expeditions

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    Very nice Bob nice to see i'm not the only one with a habbit.........:):):) you might need a bigger garage or another lift..??;)

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    What are your plans for the car (mods, road racing, cruising, etc.)?
    Now that's a great question Michael...

    Currently I'm still trying to dig up additional history on the car before I make any drastic changes. Overall this would be a track duty car. Ultimately, I'd like to make it a Turbo car, for several reasons. One being that I already have the two other Supercharged Mustangs, one roots style and the other centrifugal, and would like to try them all...if you will. The other is that a turbo car would be more conducive to drag duties (as you know).

    Honestly though, I'm having trouble deciding which track application though at this point, as basically I'd like to be able to do any/all, at will. I find all track related activities to be pretty enticing overall, and have my thoughts and decisions pulling at me all different ways. It would be great to have a universal combo for Drag and Road Course but plain and simple they both can't co-exist to be competitive either way. As my collection of Mustangs grows, I realize that you can't expect one to do it all. I laugh at this all the time in my head, as a car/Mustang used to be just a means of transportation back in the day.

    I will say that the leading cause for purchasing this Mustang was for the Hard Top & Automatic, as these are also qualities in a Mustang that I currently didn't have either. Years past, I did, but not late day, based upon my my two keeper Mustangs...which are both, of the convertible, stick flavor. I enjoy the Verts big time, for many reasons, but they do have limiting factors...especially with regard to drag racing. Another deciding factor for purchasing the 95 model, was for the fact that these SN95 models are very pivotal, IMO, as well as other Mustang connoisseurs. Plus they have a SMOKIN body style. It's very neat to be low slung inside of it, looking at the dash assembly that is so reminiscent of classic Mustangs. Black on Black interior didn't hurt either...as that is the theme for all my Mustangs.



    Once I discovered it was a DECH...I was sold!!

    At this point when I think of track needs (more-so with regard to drag racing), I often contemplate where would I stop, and how much will it cost me to get there, and after that...then what?

    One thing is very clear to me though...that is the fact that I would like to see SmokinStangs.com ultimately, having some form of representation at the track!!

    Sorry for digressing a bit, but the lead up to the purchase almost tells the general tale.
    I plan to start picking up additional site Sponsors, at which point, this could all be smoothed out quite easily & decisively!
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    I would like to note that this 95 Mustang is much more well rounded than I initially expected. Owning many foxbody's in the past, and being so used to them...I really was expecting the same type of driving sensation and feedback.

    I was pleasantly surprised to learn how integrated the 5.0L pushrod engine , drivetrain, and body style were, and how well they all work together. I'm not sure if this is a result of the customizing performed by DECH, or if this is true for SN95's in general...but I like it! Currently this combo is around 280rwhp, w/ similar torque. I'm so used to Mustangs in the 550hp range, but admittedly have to say that this machine is a ton of fun.

    PS: Perhaps the Foxbody Mustang is the bastard child of all Mustangs
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