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Owner: Doctor DeBo
Year: 1992
Model: Mustang LX
Mods: Heavy
State: GA
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Motorheads are always in search of ways for more power or less weight. When it comes to removing weight from your Mustang, taking it off the front end of the car is preferable to removing it from elsewhere. With this in mind, I decided to remove some weight from the front of my 93 LX coupe using a tubular front-end system and switching to manual steering. Of course there were some "snags" enco...
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[03/05/2001] Getting Wired in Michigan

With the evolution of high tech street car racing, the need for quality electrical and wiring harnesses has grown over the past few years. Carving a niche in this specialized market is Michael Browne of Wires & Pliers. A native of Brighton, MI., Sparky as he is called uses the experience he gained working in the automotive field and at his present employer TRW Automotive Chassis Systems to develop his racecar wiring business. As a Senior Engineering Technician in the R & D area of Slip Control Systems Michael is involved with development of Anti Lock Brakes, Traction Control and Vehicle Stability Enhancement Systems.

Five years ago Michael was approached by close friend Jim Filipowski to help wire his cousin John Wilhelm''s 69 Nova which was being readied for NMCA action at the 1997 Shootout in Memphis. As the car was a pure racecar it needed all the lighting upgrades to legally run in NMCA trim. This first foray into racecar wiring brought interest from hot rodder George Bluga whose ''32 Ford street rod was rapidly approaching completion and was needing a full nose to tail wiring job. Michael took a look at it and the rest as they say is history.

Word of mouth referrals played a big part in Wires & Pliers early history and the big break was no different. George had a friend Kirk Ferris (a.k.a. Howdy) who knew Michigan racer Ross Stomp and as Ross needed his Pro Street Monte Carlo wired ASAP Michael got the call. This job introduced Michael to Steve Grebeck Racecraft Engineering where Ross'' Monte Carlo was in the final stages of an update from Pro Stock to Pro Street specs. Steve knew how he wanted the electrics laid out so Michael took Steve''s thoughts and built a clean, functional setup that impressed Steve so much, he is the only person that wires cars in Steve''s shop. This association with Steve meant Wires & Pliers was introduced to other players in the Fastest Streetcar arena and that led to more work. Today Wires & Pliers performs electrical work exclusively for Steve Grebeck Racecraft Engineering, Skinny Kid Race Cars, TRZ Race Cars, Pat Musi Performance and Pandes Performance. This means Michael gets to work on some of the meanest racecars on the planet. Among the racers who use Wires & Pliers services are Steve Halprin, Greg Blevins Jr, Bill Glidden, Josh McClelland, Erin Cheffer, Don Walsh Jr, Keith and Roger Szabo and Rob Golobo.

This does not mean all work and no play for Michael, he has a ''69 Camaro that is heading into Steve''s shop for updating to round tube back half with 25.1C chassis. Michael intends to use the Camaro in Outlaw 10.5 races that fit into his busy work schedule. Wires & Pliers would like to thank the following people for helping in the formative years, Jim Filipowski, John Wilhelm, George Bulga, Kirk Ferris and Ross Stomp. Extra special thanks goes to Steve Grebeck for referring us to customers and associates and without his help Wires & Pliers would not be what it is today.


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