Saturday, January 9, 2016

Needs More Coyote: 1986 Ford Mustang LX

The Fox generation Ford Mustang was built from 1979 through 1993 on a unibody chassis that was used for most of Ford's dealer lineup in the 80s/90s from the basic Fairmont to the Lincoln Continental.  Of course, the best Fox to get is probably the Mustang because it combines a relatively low curb weight with many different engine options and a sporty 2-door look.  Find this 1986 Ford Mustang LX here on eBay bidding for $3,550 with a few hours to go, located in Livermore, CA.

What we have today is the LX "notchback" Fox that when new was the cheapest way into a new Mustang.  The LX mustangs have become collectible in their own right and are worth a few more bucks than the average (more expensive when new) hatchback GT/GLX stang, although today's example isn't the desireable 5.0 version.

Under the hood is a 3.8 liter overhead valve Essex V6 that was rated at around 120 horsepower and 205 ft-lbs of torque when new.  However, a modified 5.0 V8 would fit nicely and look right at home under the hood; a newer overhead cam Coyote V8 would also fit with some massaging.

The biggest problem with swapping in a newer V8 into this thing is the fact that it only has 7000 miles on the odometer, so you'd feel bad about hacking up such a minty original time capsule...until the first smokey burnout...

 See another car waiting for some new power?


  1. Drinkingsomeofyourgrandpa'scoughmedicineeh?January 9, 2016 at 12:25 PM

    I applaud your efforts, this will be in the top 10 submissions of 2016.

    1. Because nobody knows what I'm talking about, DT's default template for listings was here, and it was quite good.

    2. I refuse to confirm or deny these allegations.

    3. Think we can't handle the truth, eh?

    4. You're damn right I drank the code red. And it was delicious.

    5. the fox drives at midnight - try to keep up doc

  2. Replies
    1. I was thinking eco-boost, but had a 3.5 in mind.
      24 minuets to go and bidding at 4,175.00, Heck of a deal to me if it goes within 5K of that number....

    2. Sold 4,605.00. Good deal I think...

  3. I will beg to differ. To me, the ultimate Fox would be a Fairmont Wagon, into which had been installed all the good bits (engine, gearbox, suspension, wheels, tires and interior) from a late 80s Mustang 5.0 GT 5-speed. And it all fits together like Lego. That is a car that I think I would keep forever.

    There was a time when both donors for such a project were readily available in junk yards. But I was too busy to take advantage of it. What was I thinking?

    1. Xactly! Why were there so many of these vaunted classics in the bone yard so early?

      The ones I drove felt like they had the torsional rigidity of a Lego car.

      My rather thoughtless guess is that these are one of those that folks get misty-eyed about having nothing to do with the quality (?) of the actual car.

      Maybe just pining away over one's youth gone gray and paunchy? I live to learn folks.

    2. Hi Tom McG - actually the Fox platform was quite pleasant to drive. Honest, simple RWD platform. Weight was kept in check. Brakes were competent. Rack and pinion steering was reasonably weighted. Axle hop was an issue on the lesser variants, but the Mustang GT addressed that. Fabulous to work on - one of the few cars I have owned where I could really see that someone had thought about that at the design phase. So, misty-eyed maybe, but with at least some reason.

  4. The seller of this Mustang is the same seller with the 1985 LTD that was profiled here on 12/24/15. That car didn't sell on eBay and is still up for sale on CL.


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