Through a twist of fate I am about to take ownership of my first Mustang, an
'85 that is by no means (well, in my opinion) average. Purchased from a
good friend who is out of work for a price that I just could not pass up.
It went something like this ...*ring*
.... "Hey friends Dad, do yo
know how much friend wants for his Mustang? I know it's been sitting for a
while." "3700.00." "Really? Wow gee I'm surprised he hasn't sold it.
Well, I'll call back later, thanks friends Dad"
......later that day......"Yo, friend, how's things? Yeah, I'm interested
in it....your Dad said you wanted 3700 for it?" "WHHAAAA???!??!!? NO
FSCKING WAY!!!blah blah rant rant" "Oh, geez.... I'm sorry....look man I
was only looking to spend 3 grand on something for myself anyway...so that
was a stretch...but for 3700 I figured I would take it off your hands."
"How soon can you send me the money?"
So now I own a Mustang and friend doesn't <grin>
While I'm a "general car guy" (I have an idea what year Stangs had what
engines, suspension changes, last year for carbs, when disc brakes appeared,
etc. the basics of the Fox platform) I grew my wrench turning abilities on
VW's. I've done engines, trannies, clutches, drivetrain suspension brakes,
I can weld and do body work etc etc but I don't know the fine nuances of RWD
cars, or Mustangs. I'm going to have to learn to drive again too I guess.
So on to the car... I went with friend to look at it initially 2 years ago.
This particular car had been built bumper to bumper and the craftsmanship
was absolutely outstanding. Every clamp, bolt, grommet, wire
wrap...everything, all in place and installed with obviously deft care.. No
overspray. 100 percent devoid of cheese. And this car pulled - past 7
grand - it *sang*
. Friend stood on the throttle for 3 gears and I was flat
I don't know off hand the details of the drive train other than its a
"balanced and blue printed 302" and pulls "high 13's". That being said, I
based my purchase on the build quality. The car morphed into it's present
state in the mid 90's after spending the first part of its life as a garaged
automatic 4 cyl...(a whopping 85 horse those cars had, if memory serves) so
the body lacks the appearance of having given birth as I've seen on other
Fox-Stangs. The car had about 60k on it, and the build less than 5. The
thing was perfect, the paint, the interior, the undercarriage, thing was
totally impeccable. It's decayed somewhat over 2 years under poor care of
friend, but he put less than 10k on it and its nothing I cant undo.
I've been googling a lot to learn about my new car but I could use some
1) Pending some research, the drivetrain itself will likely remain
2) In the interest of preservation and structural enhancement, it occurs to
me that the first thing this car needs is some sub frame connectors, G-Trac
bar, strut tower brace, etc, etc? What is the thinking on this stuff? Am I
tracking here? I've been picking around Steedas sight and they have what
looks to be some good, fairly priced apparatus to do this.
3) Once this is done, the car will need brakes. Call me crazy, but 11"
front rotors and rear drums (4 lug) on a car with a claimed 385 horse (is
that a little far out for a naturally aspirated 302?) is a recipe for death.
My 2500 lb VR6 VW had 11.7's on the front so I would like my Mustang to have
braking that is on par with that. From what I can tell the asking price
would be around 2 grand to achieve this.
4) Suspension. To the best of my knowledge, it basically has stock '85 GT
suspension with lowering springs and 15" wheels with whatever tires. The
car may be called upon for daily duty at times so I don't want to go with
anything too radical. The roads where I live right now are shitty, too.
I'd also like it to handle fairly decent and put the power to the ground (as
opposed to simply converting the tires into a airborn particulates). I'm
thinking 17" wheels/tires and a nice suspension upgrade.
Fortunately I will not have to drive the car in rain or otherwise poor
weather, and the car will be kept under a cover in a garage when I am not
driving (any suggestions on a decent fairly priced cover?).
I'm sure I'll have more questions as I get into the thing. Thoughts?
Thanks in advance,