Most people would be happy with one supercharger, and even two should do the trick for 99 percent of us. But then there is Ken Everett, who still felt his Cobra Mustang didn’t quite stand out enough, and he not only added a third supercharger, but two turbochargers, as well.
The Turkey Rod Run held in Daytona, Florida, every year is a destination for car enthusiasts from all over the world. Greenfield, New Hampshire’s Ken Everett had always wanted to attend, but had never ventured past Connecticut. After suffering three heart attacks in January of 2023 and a small stroke later in August, he and his wife Melanie decided it was time for a long vacation and headed south on I-95 with his wld creation.
Everett has owned the 1977 Mustang Cobra II for about 10 years, and had it repainted in none other than Chevy’s Hugger Orange to make sure it grabbed everyone’s attention. He then had a local craftsman fabricate the custom front and rear spoilers out of aluminum.
“I started doing the motor about three years ago and added one blower,” Everett tells us. “The following year I saw an article with a GTO in California that had two. I put the second one on, and then last year I had it apart and I put the third blower on it with the twin turbos. I couldn’t find three blowers stacked anywhere. My friend tried to talk me out of it, but I want something different, something crazy.”
Everett has performed most of the work on the Mustang himself, but his friend Dave Tavares is the one who figures out how to make Everett’s crazy ideas work. Tavares worked out the belt-drive configuration, and the two of them realized that the 347 cubic inch, small-block Ford stroker engine needed a high-torque starter and two batteries to supply enough juice to start the monstrosity sitting between the front fenders.
Perhaps the question that is on everyone’s mind is, how much boost does it make?
“I built it for show and it makes 6-7 psi of boost,” Everette says. It might just be enough to compensate for the 280-plus physical pounds of boost-makers sitting atop the Mustang II front suspension.
While you might think there couldn’t be more for Everett to do to the car, he left the Rod Run with a Ford 9-inch rearend in-hand and plans to tub out the Top Loader four-speed-equipped pony car, as well as repaint the aging Hugger Orange hue.
Everett named the Mustang “Cardiac Arrest,” as he spent most of this year working on it during his recovery, and after back-halving the car he is planning on attending the Turkey Rod Run again in 2024.