Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Reader Ride: Foxy Lady In White

Time for another edition of DT's Reader Ride feature, which keeps coming back and won't go away, like a fishhook boomerang.  This next feature comes from reader Zach H. who found this Fox Body Mustang after narrowing his potential rides list down to a Miata, E30 or Fox Mustang.  I think he made the right choice with this bodacious Fox body.



Year / Make / Model / Trim: 1988 Ford Mustang GT

How long have you owned it? A little over a year.

Why did you buy it?
(Might be a little long winded but is important). I remember the day I became a car guy (or kid) around 11 years ago, as I am only 19 currently. A coworker of my dad’s had a Wired magazine article showing the Ferrari Enzo, and broke down the important bits as well as the price and everything else. It was laminated, and I looked at it and was fascinated by the car. From that point on, I studied cars on a daily basis; beginning with reading autoblog.com and continuing on to the day long wikipedia/craigslist odysseys I go on today. As I got older, I really wanted to get my own car to work on and make my own. By the time I was seriously shopping around some, I narrowed it down to 3 cars (as cliche as they may be); an NA miata, E30 BMW, or a fox body mustang. Long story short, teenage testosterone and hormones got the best of me and I decided on the fox body. After a month or so of searching, I found this one for the right price and decided this was the car.


What do you use it for (commute, fun, racing...etc)?
It is my only car. So far, I have only used it for commuting and general street fun. I would love to take it drag racing and get out to a real road course like summit point (the nearest track to me), but need to save up some funds to really do that.

Is it stock or modified? If modified, please list some modifications.
It is fairly modified.
Engine Stuff:
Valvetrain/Fiddly Witchcraft: unknown cam, Cobra Heads
Intake: Fenderwell cold air intake (hate that term just a cheapy cone filter), explorer intake manifold, EGR delete


Exhaust: Aftermarket Shorty headers, Mac Pro Dump mufflers
Ignition: MSD cap + rotor (alright it was flashy and red, only a few bucks more than the motorcraft grey one; MSD adds quality snake oil to their components so I’m sure it adds at least 200 hp)
Drivetrain Stuff:
Rear End: 4.10 gears so that any highway jaunt will have your ears ringing for hours
Short throw shifter with an 8 ball knob for maximum manliness


Suspension Stuff:
Shocks/Struts: Koni STR.T currently being installed to replace the ancient KYB’s that came on the car, hopefully will sort some of the bounciness
Springs: Unknown lowering springs, probably about a 1.5 inch drop resulting in terrifying scrapes over any speed bumps
Odds and ends: Maximum motorsports Pinion snubber, tubular rear control arms being installed currently
Miscellaneous
Appearance: smoked headlights, LX taillights, T/A stripes because racecar
Interior: Had to replace carpet and door panels as well as other odds and ends, when I bought the car it was extremely tattered.


What was the most memorable day in your car (proposed to wife, 3rd child born in back seat...etc)?
The day my dad and I drove 3 hours to check out and buy the car, theres nothing like the first time driving your car. Also very memorable because I had a random seizure after we dropped off the car at my grandparents house while my dad was driving us home. All the build up and excitement to get your first car, and then hours after getting it going to the hospital at 2am and learning that I will not be able to drive said car or any car for 3 months.


What was the most catastrophic failure of parts/components?
None so far! (knock on wood!)

What makes you want to keep owning this car?
Just the experience of driving it is enough for me. That 1st to 2nd gear shift when I am really getting on it is so perfect; a little chirp of the rear end, it hunkers down, and goes. It fits like a glove, and I am only beginning to break it in.






Will you ever sell it?
No. The most common sentiment I hear from people when I talk about cars is that they regret selling their first one, and how they would love to track it down. I will have to make sacrifices in order to hold onto it, but I am willing to do that.


Fun Facts: The green line on the speedometer is to indicate where ~40 mph really is, as the speedometer is really borked and new speedometer gears did not alleviate that issue. Replacing the interior lighting fuse is a great way to add smoke to the cabin! Aftermarket steering wheels installed by terrible previous owners will come loose while driving resulting in previously white shorts turning brown! Apparently sticky tack is the best way to hold on various trim pieces so that they begin falling off in the summer months, thanks previous owner!


DT Vince: Wow, what a great first car for a youngster to drive every day, sure beats the pants off a used Camry, a Nissan Versa, or the bus.  Enjoy it!


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What makes you want to keep owning this car?
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7 comments:

  1. Cool car Zach. My first car (also a Fox body, but 4-cyl powered) couldn't do burnouts like this one, and I hope you keep it. I bet that exhaust sounds great.

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    1. Thanks! It is pretty drony in the cabin as it sits, I'm hoping the tailpipes out the back will keep it sounding great while keeping the exhaust from leaking in (as it does currently)!

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  2. Nice Zach H! Good to see a young gun with cool car. I have always wanted a notch back 5.0. Maybe some day.
    I had the privilege of going to college when Ken Okuyama (designer of the Enzo) was a department chair. Really cool guy. I would take the Enzo over most other Ferraris. My friend who is a car designer worked for mitsubishi, designed the eclipse and ended up working for Jesse James. One day Jesse got a new Enzo (through sources because he was not approved). He and my friend hopped in it and ripped to Las Vegas. He says it was the most unbelievable ride, 200mph and multiple pull-overs with no tickets.
    Anyway, back to your Mustang. Be safe, keep up the good work and enjoy it!

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    1. Wow those are some fantastic stories! I love Okyuama's designs, the kode7 really captured my fascination as one of his independent design projects. The Enzo is still one of my favorite street designs, as well as the Enzo based Birdcage concept is one of the great concept cars of the last decade. Man I really need to try to get employed with an automaker.

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    2. The ironic thing about the Birdcage is that it came from a student under Ken that got hired out of school before graduating. He also did the Pininfarina P4. Crazy good designer.

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  3. There is something intoxicating about the sound of that 302 and that 1st:2nd shift. It never gets tiring.

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    1. At a nearby cruise night, the locals turn their backs to the street and guess the car by its sound. Mustangs are notoriously easy to identify.
      Zach, love that Mustang. Keep using parts from others in the Ford family to save cash for gas!

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