August 2001
Richard Nagle's
1993 Mustang GT
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Name: Richard Nagle
Screen Name: AODfrom9T3  (SSOTN BBS) - NASTY93 (#SSOTN)
Born where: Passaic New Jersey
Reside where: Hatfield, Pennsylvania since 1989.
I’d eventually like to move some place that does not require emissions testing!
Pets: Silverfish
Family: Chalfont, Pennsylvania – since 1970.
2 brothers, both younger than me. The youngest is a Z28 owner.
What modifications? Currently at 133,000 miles:
- BBK Cold Air System with a 9” K&N Cone
- C&L 73mm Mass Air Meter (thanks Bill)
- BBK 65mm “whistling” Throttle Body
- Cobra Intake
- ASP Pullies (thanks Eric)
- Modine Copper/Brass Radiator
- MAC Shorty Headers
- BBK Off-road H Pipe
- Dynomax Cat-back exhaust
- FMS 3.55:1 Gears
- Jasper remanufactured AOD w/ shift kit
- KYB Shocks and Struts
- Repainted in 1997
- Cervini’s Ram-air Hood
- FMS 16” Chrome “Pony” Wheels
- Pioneer CD player
- Autogage 5” Tach
What mods do you plan in the future? Well there are so many opinions out there as to what my car needs to go faster. I think I’m making decent power but the transmission is slowing me down, so I have to get serious about convertor shopping. If the engine stays together and I don’t need a replacement crate motor, I plan on eventually getting:
- sub frame connectors
- 3.73:1 Gears
- 190 fuel pump
- rear disk brake conversion
- Reducing driver weight (lite beer? Yuk)
- and yes Chris….Heads
What was the original goal for the car? The original goal was to win car shows….and that’s what I did from 1993 to 1999. Then……..I met Tumas (QWIK HUH), and my car took a new direction. I got a taste of drag racing and after my initial pass of 15.5, all I wanted was 14’s.
What is the present goal for car? A mid 13 second street car that can still win show trophies.
Why did you buy the car? I wanted the fastest car I could afford.  Back in 1992, the Mustang out-performed the Chevrolet IROC Camaro and I couldn’t afford a Corvette.
What other cars have you considered buying? I was assaulted at a young age by a 1987 Buick Grand National.  I came close to buying one in 1992 but all the GN’s in this area were beaten and ready for the junkyard – this is before the invention of ebay!

I love those 1970 Mach 1’s and Boss 302’s  I see at car shows and I would like to own a classic someday.

Car/Driver Achievements? Nothing serious.  Racing (torturing) a 133,000 mile engine without the use of AAA?
It sounds silly, but breaking into the 14’s was a big day for me. I’ll eventually go 13’s, and when I do, you’re all invited to the party.
Best Time? 60’ = 2.123
14.07 @ 99.09
Do you have any regrets along the way? - Ordering a car with an AOD
I know the fastest guys in SSOTN drive AOD’s but I’ve added almost every bolt-on to my car just to keep up with stock 5 speeds. I can’t help feeling that if my car was a stick, I’d be in the mid 13’s already.
- Using a Jasper replacement transmission.
Shoulda went Lentech, but in 1996, I had no clue.
- Buying a BBK Throttle Body
It whistles at half throttle and that just bothers me.
- Paying money to see the movie “Driven”
What was or is your favorite vehicle to this day and why? I am in love with the 87-93 Mustangs. I will always own one, hopefully not as a daily driver! The look, the sound and the response you get from a few bolt-ons make this my favorite car of all time. I’ve had mine for 9 years and I still enjoy climbing inside it every morning. This is a car that I can drag race, road race, enter in a judged car show and drive (carefully) in a Pennsylvania winter! Total strangers constantly tell me how nice the car is….that’s a feeling I can’t describe.
What does Rich Nagle do for enjoyment besides racing? I am the total motorhead. I am doing something with that car every weekend and I think I set a record this year attending cruise nights and car shows. When I can get the time off from work, I try to get to the beach as much as possible. I recently enrolled in the Website Design program at Montgomery County Community College. I am also addicted to the SSOTN BBS and #SSOTN!
What was your main reason was for becoming a part of the Internet's first and best Mustang club? Bill Tumas introduced me to Adam Dugger and Jim Vaccaro at Englishtown and they didn’t laugh when I told them I had a Mustang with an automatic. So I joined that night. 
Who is your biggest rival on the track, and why? Well, it was Jules….but he went bolt-on crazy.
Then it was Jeff Clarke, but he went blown.
Then it was NOS Stang93GT, but he evolved into lil Qwik.
Actually it’s the women of SSOTN that are my closest rivals….Angela DeCillis is in the high 13’s and Judy Dugger is in the low 14’s.
If Alex (a.k.a. sludge) ever makes it to Cecil, we’ll be door handle to door handle.
I’d actually like to race Tumas’s SHO for the hell of it.
What type of events would you like to see the club do in the future? Road course racing would be cool I think.  Maybe Summit Point or Pocono
Shout-Outs? Well most of you have given me advice or encouragement at some point, and I appreciate it. In particular, I’d like to thank some guys that actually take me serious – Jim Vaccaro, Spence, Chris Purvis and Adam. Thanks to Eric Berman for the parts and those late night #SSOTN discussions.

Without sounding like too much of a kiss-up, most of all I gotta thank Bill Tumas.
If it wasn’t for this guy, I wouldn’t be racing and I wouldn’t be in this club. Bill, I appreciate all the free parts, free labor, advice and constant encouragement. I still owe you.

One last question,  What's the best thing about your car to you, and why? I’m still happy with the way it looks. It may be a slow 14 second ride, but for those 14 seconds, I look good.
We thank you for your time, and wish you the best in whatever you decide to do in the future.
Much thanks to Rich Nagle for being the SSOTN Featured Member for August 2001.
Interview conducted by :   John Paulson - Founder
Web Site Production:   Matt DeCillis - SSOTN Administrator