A recurring idea that I can’t let go of goes a little like this: you can get a cheap Fox Mustang shell if you look for longer than three minutes. For every built one there is at least three that are trashed out. A Fox Mustang is nimble, small, and plenty capable of packing V8 power. It makes the perfect pre-runner! Ditch the pointless rear seat in favor of a tire mount, add caging and bracing, fill the engine bay with Windsor goodness, and give the car wacked-out fenders, flares, and rubber capable of handling dirt work. I thought I was mental, and that outside of a couple of rallycross drivers, I’d never see one.
Wish, granted. I’m just going to post up the ad verbatim, the seller knocks it out of the park:
1991 Mustang convertible built as a pre-runner baja fun toy. It started out as a 2.3 / automatic. Almost every conversion part I bought brand new, believe it or not I would be selling at a loss at 10K. Custom 1.5″ lift up front, rear lift is provided by adjustable lower control arms. I just got a front end alignment. The interior has been stripped out (mostly) and covered in bed liner for easy cleaning. The exhaust sounds great and the engine is a very strong runner. Zero issues mechanically as far as the engine / tranny goes.
Look at the pics to see what you get. It’s a fun toy that gets tons of looks. It would be awesome to take camping, go blast down some fire roads, hit the sand dunes, or just cruise around town in something unique. Or lower it back down and have a caged drift car. Or take it off some sweet jumps. Don’t be silly, just send it. If you are looking for a reliable Gambler 500 rig, here you go. There are still plenty of things that could be done to make it yours, but all of the hard work has been done. It just needs some finishing touches… or not, drive it like it is.
For a ton of pictures (and the build thread) see here:
Here are SOME of the parts that went into this thing, not including the little stuff. I must have spent $500 in nuts/bolts, and all the other random little stuff adds up to a number I don’t even want to know.
Chassis – Suspension:
S&W 8 point cage, custom from the main hoop forward.
Maximum Motorsports subframe connectors
MM caster / camber plates
MM bumpsteer kit
MM adjustable lower rear control arms
New rear upper control arms
New front lower control arms / ball joints
New front springs / isolators
New QA1 tubular k-member
New KYB struts / shocks
SN95 (2001 GT) 5-lug front spindles / brakes
SN95 (2001 GT) 5-lug 8.8 axle with Ford Racing 3.73 gears / Trac-Loc / disc brakes
Correct master cylinder / Wilwood proportioning valve for rear
New e-brake cables
Convertible top deleted, custom rear bracing and panels
Side power windows still work
Trunk is still secure for storage while parked
New NRG steering wheel / quick release / hub
New kicker / pioneer speakers in dash / doors
Two 10″ Rockford Fosgate subs
Two Alpine amps in trunk
No head unit, all controlled from phone via Bluetooth
New Corbeau suspension seats
New seat belts
Heater still works!
GPS speedometer. The factory gauge and speedo cable work fine, and it has a new gear on the tranny end of the cable, but doesn’t work. I think the gear inside the tranny is to blame. GPS works great and looks cool.
ZG fiberglass Fender flares
New wheels / tires (less than 200 miles) General Grabber AT in 235/75/15 (rear and spare), 205/75/15 front.
Black Rock 15″ wheels (new)
Custom push bar
Off road lights
I mean just look at it
5.0 / T5 conversion:
Low mile rebuilt 302 with rebuilt GT40 heads.
B303 camshaft, Trick Flow rocker arm / valve spring kit
Edelbrock upper intake
Correct 1991 wiring harness / ECU
All new sensors including MAF
19lb injectors, I’ll include some 24lb ones if you want.
T5 5-speed transmission
New clutch / cable
New aluminum drive shaft
Correct 140mph GT dash cluster
New shorty headers / off road h-pipe / Jones Full Boar mufflers (sounds mean AF)
New power steering pump / alternator / starter
Tons of other little stuff that I replaced (spark plugs, gaskets, fuel injectors, hoses, electrical connectors etc)
New fuel pump
Electric dual radiator fan conversion
It cruises on the freeway just fine and will light up those big meats in at the stop light. It also does rad donuts in the dirt. Do you need something like this in your life?