T_Bone said:96-98 GT's are dogs. Sorry. I had a 96 5-speed. Sold it after 10 months to buy a Cobra. Autos are even worse. If you want to keep the car, the best NA mod you can do is a 99+GT PI head and intake swap. You will gain 35-45 HP by doing this. When you go to the track, rip everything out that you can to lighten it up.
Or sell it and get a 4V, or do a 4V engine swap into your car and run 12's w/ just gears, slicks and o/r H-pipe.