I used to be a member, but it was so long ago I have no idea what the user name/pw were, so F it. I'll start fresh. I recognize some old friends from here and StangNet days 10-12 years ago and I look forward to catching up with you old coots.
On to the car. It was the first fastback I had ever seen in person, and I hassled the owner for 3 years before he relented and sold it to me. That was March 19, 1996. The car was 30 years old and I was 20.
It began as a blue/blue car delivered to the New Orleans DSO with only 2 options: C code 289 and 2+2 roof. Those are the only two I cared about, so we're off to the races.
Here I am complete with ponytail and Hawaiian shirt. (It was the 90's). I ditched the ponytail but still have the shirt.
The colors had changed to black/red at some point in its life as well as a C4 swapped in, but was otherwise stock. It immediately got an edelbrock 4bbl setup, new suspension and Granada front brakes for its daily driver duties getting me to college.
Around 03/04 I did a ton of work to it, including changing to black interior, bodywork and new paint and the flame job. It was at this time that I started plans for the 5.0/T-5 swap. It didn't drive again until 09, but when it did it was powered by that '91 5.0, freshly built with forged internals, aluminum WP heads, TFS stage 2 cam and a bunch of other go-fast goodies.
Every inch of the car has been cleaned and restored or replaced since I've owned it except for the peg leg 8" rear that's about to get replaced with an Explorer 8.8 that I have, but haven't installed yet.
The best mods I've made to date (aside from a much more powerful engine) include the T-5 swap with modern driveline crossmember and Mustang Steve roller clutch pedal, power brake retrofit and clutch cable stuff. Honorable mention goes to the Acura RSX seats and customized stock console to accommodate the tunnel-mounted E brake.
Body mods include the Shelby scoop and removing 15 pieces of chrome (bumper guards, grille pony, shaved antenna and more).
I'm sure I'm forgetting a million details, but that's enough for now. I'd be happy to answer any questions if you want to know anything else.
It sits lower than this on even ground. The grass gave me a bit of a 4x4 look on the sunlit side when I shot these this week:
Console includes a tiny amp that runs the speakers and has a Bluetooth module so I can run tunes off my phone.
The go-fast part.
This is my co-pilot. :-)
And just for giggles, my daily driver: 05 vert with a ton of Roush goodies and 442rwhp worth of Edelbrock E-force supercharger.
Makes for a nice view in the garage: