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  • JasonQuartermile
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    I know you should never race a gypsy that drives a 5.0 Mustang. Those guys can get those cars to haul a$$......I had a buddy that had a bascially stock 5.0 with gears, slicks, nitrous, and little tricks (underdrive pulley, etc.) and it ran 11.60s all day long, track or street. Car looked pretty much stock. If you get a decent block girdle, and a trans that will live, 9 seconds can be had for cheap....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cC-Nyg7ZHE


    and they can still get 20mpg...and have a warmup cycle, etc.....I like em.

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  • Scott Liggett
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    Take the unrebuilt shortblock, add a big cam, nice heads, GT 40 Intake, Keep the efi, and then add a blower or nitrous.

    Then do something that no one else has done. Put it into a Mustang II. Beat the snot out of it until the shortblock explodes, then go to the junkyard and get another for a $100 bucks.

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  • whiplash
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    after you get your mustang done Dave, pull it up in the next lane next to this Camaro ;D

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  • ratrap1964
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    Here's one I've had for a couple months. Its my 5th fox body. My second former Highway Patrol car. So I guess I like them. Fun, cheap and gas friendly (24mpg).

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  • min301
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    Originally posted by HoosierGTA
    I'm not interested if it's a hatchback. The ones with the little trunk look all buisness though. To me the 5.0 ford is cool out of the box ( stock ) but like the 5.0 chevy not worth building. You can build a bigger small block just as cheep. So FE it and cannonball it or 351 c or w it and road race it .

    The other reasons for a "trunk", as we call em, is lighter weight, and a stiffer chassis. Add cage, and subframe connectors, and it will be quite strong.
    As is standard practice with unibody cars, you'd want to weld up the spot welds, and add gussets to the torque boxes.

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  • thevic24
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    i had one 8 years ago and had little over 300hp with the 302. it was ok but after a 351 swap it was much better in a straight line. however i found out how weak the frames are and had even worse traction problem but it was lots of fun

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  • Woodward_Dreams
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    Im not sure if id ever actually buy one, but with out the 5.0 stang, there would be a lot less hot rodders around. i feel that il's impact was huge on the automotive aftermarket. companies are still to this day making new speed parts for them. love it, hate it, or dont care about it, the 5.0 stangs kept detroit alive in the 80s. it was also the start of SVT (93 cobra/cobra r). it may have prompted GM to build better 4th gen f-bodies too.

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  • covertolds
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    I own one, so I guess I like 'em.

    I don't care for most of the young kids that seem to have them though. But on the other hand, the young kids are pretty bright on what makes them run real strong.

    Parts are affordable and plentiful which makes these cars fun to own.

    Ride quality is harsh. Build quality is so-so. Drivetrain is above average.

    I bought mine because it was completley unmolested(minus stripes)which is hard to find on these cars.

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  • Two Lane Blacktop
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    MY

    EYES!!!

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  • Canadianzed
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    They're okay as long as the owner doesn't over do it, ;D

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  • Two Lane Blacktop
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    Make it the most scienced out (old school/non-technoglitter)

    & subdued stealth-city Foxoid street car ever conceived.

    Technology is GREAT...just so long as its presence is only found by X-ray!

    (Electronic traction control, transbrake, progressive nitrous...only if undetectable)


    Make it as anti-poseur & SILENT as possible, unlike the vast majority seen daily.


    NO FLOWBASTAGE MUFFLERS -- Make a 2.5" exhaust system quieter than a Nuclear
    sub using every efficient & least-restrictive decibel-lowering trick/technique possible.

    NO 10G - 5" TACHS w/Shift lights -- Please, no totally UN-necessary, UN-stealthy "tacky" tachs

    NO CHROMED 18" RIMS -- (Let the gang at "UNIQUE" do their own.) Poverty caps
    on custom-made lightweight billet powdercoated replicas of the 15" Ford steel stockers.
    Determine the stickiest brand/diameter of rear tire, but no DRs.

    UNDERHOOD STEALTH --- Engine w/max stroked cubes, mega-heads w/no visible aluminum/brand names.
    Lots of cars have the stealth-look outside, but their cover is blown when the hood goes up.

    Build it as if your entire income was dependent upon driving the car from town-to-town,
    successfully luring the local "MacDaddy" (s) into running for $$$, & waxin' 'em..."Rubes-to Riches".

    (A PG-tranny w/the stock AOD-appearing shifter? Yea...dats de tikkit for even more traction!!)


    We'd all learn a heckuva lot of USEFUL info from all the integral projects within this build.


    Never seen it done and it's wayyyyyyyyyyy overdue. --------------





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  • Huskinhano
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    Originally posted by Freiburger
    Basically you've all confirmed what my impressions were. So let's shift the conversation to what we could do with a 5.0 that would make it interesting and different to YOU.

    Some options:
    - Put a small-block Mopar in it, just because we can.
    - Stick an FE in it, just because we can.
    - Rallye race it (as we've discussed doing with the '72 Nova or '74 Duster)
    - Cannonball it cross-country
    - See how quick we can make it while looking/sounding bone stock. Sleeper street racer.
    - Go open-road racing with it as cheaply as possible

    Or come up with your own ideas and tell us how a mundane 5.0 can be Car Junkie worthy. Get creative but realistic.

    A planter?

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  • steveb
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    I was the president of a local Mustang club for 10 years through the '90's and I can say I got a little tired of looking at them,stepped away for 4 years and started noticing a new trend, the young import guys have now gotten away from their Hondas and are starting to embrace the power of rear wheel drive.I've owned several versions of the Fox body cars and loved them all,my brother and own an'85 four-eyed coupe that runs 10's with a 351C,but my current street car project is a '64 Comet Cyclone, I just bring myself to build another 5.0L mustang.

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  • HoosierGTA
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    I'm not interested if it's a hatchback. The ones with the little trunk look all buisness though. To me the 5.0 ford is cool out of the box ( stock ) but like the 5.0 chevy not worth building. You can build a bigger small block just as cheep. So FE it and cannonball it or 351 c or w it and road race it .

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  • Two Lane Blacktop
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    The Fox-body Mustangs were the most affordable, most prolific, most-modded

    and easily among the quickest-for-the-buck vehicles of the '80's & early '90's.


    Let's NEVER forget what slim pickin's Detroit foisted on us during those years.


    These cars kept hope alive for a horrific decade that Detroit really could still

    build a LIGHT, AFFORDABLE, EASILY/CHEAPLY-MODDED car.


    With 2-ton GTOs, 2-ton Camaros & 2-ton Challengers in the 40K range coming...

    totallly swollen techno-nightmare "bloatmobiles"...will any one build the equivalent

    of a 1993 Mustang 5.0 coupe EVER again?




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