“I have always had a great love for Italian automobiles. The style, the lines, the quality, everything about them shows the amount of time, effort and care that went into producing such works of art, which is where I got the inspiration for my 2003 Cobra. I wanted to take my car and make it into a car that handled great, still kept a decent ride quality, looked sleek and had my own twist of mods.” – Michael Mucciaccio
Michael has been into cars his whole life and the modifications he’s done to his Terminator reflect who he is as a person – he’s currently a designer for Dunkin’ Brands doing instructional design work for Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins. Using his design and photography skills has helped transform the car into what it has become today.
“When I bought the car, it had a fair amount of bolt ons.,” says Mucciaccio.
The old school True Forged ported Eaton, 2.93/4# lower combo and supporting mods put down 508 rwhp and 493 rwtq at Performance Dyno in Loudon, NH. This was enough to keep Michael satisfied for a bit, so he moved onto the suspension. Up front, he installed Maximum Motorsports coilovers with their caster/camber plates and solid steering rack bushings. Out back, his car is equipped with the Maximum Motorsports coilovers paired with Bilstein HD shocks, low profile IRS bolts and a Kenny Brown shock tower brace keeping the car glued to the ground. A Stifflers FIT System is in the works to be welded in at the beginning of the 2017 season.
“Another huge part of my car is the interior. I wanted to take the boring interior in my Cobra and turn it into something classy and exotic. I spent hours and hours sketching trying to come up with different ideas for my seats. I finalized the design, ripped out the interior and dropped it off at A1 Upholstery in Waltham, MA. They did an amazing job of bringing my idea to life,” says Mucciaccio.
We’d have to agree – the interior is immaculate and brings this build to a whole new level.
The Retrofit Factory Headlights and LED Retrofit Fog Lights
Custom Side Skirt Splitters
Custom Made Saleen Style C Pillars
Custom refinished seats, door panels, shift boot, ebrake boot and arm rest cover in red leather
Redline Goods Flat Bottom Steering Wheel
AEM Wideband and Aeroforce Interceptor Gauge
Red seat belts
True Forged Ported Eaton
SCT BA2600 MAF
JLT Catch Can
Afco Dual Pass Heat Exchanger with Spal Cooling Fans
UPR Off-Road X-pipe
Bassani 3″ Cat-back
Suspension, Brakes, Tires:
Maximum Motorsports Coilovers
Maximum Motorsports Caster/Camber Plates
Maximum Motorsports Solid Steering Rack Bushings
Bilstein HD Rear Shocks
Low Profile IRS Bolts
Rotorpros Dimpled and Slotted Rotors
265/35/18 Nitto Invos
315/30/18 Toyo R888’s
Future modifications include ARH long tube headers and X-pipe, FTBR Bumpsteer Kit (front & rear), 2.9L Whipple, Fore Fuel System – and much more!
– slammedstangs approved