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post #16 of 33 (permalink) Old 09-28-2008, 11:34 AM
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If you want fuel injection, go with '89 and up, due to the mass-air, as stated previously. I don't know who came up with the fact that the airbag cars weigh 200 lbs more, it's just the extra weight of the bag and the 2 sensors and a few wires... my '92 only weights 85 lbs more than my old '89 did, and my '92 has a sunroof.

The 5.0's had forged pistons up through the '92 model year, so if you're planning on throwing in a little nitrous or forced induction, that'd be your best bet.

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Originally Posted by monkeystash
I'd go with a '92 LX. It was the last year for forged pistons and the first year for body color molding. It had the 16" "Pony" wheels to which came on '91-'93s. Overall, my favorite Fox year.

You just made my day! I have a '92 5.0 LX and my name is also Ryan..

Also guys the 93 5.0 had added smog equipment that choked it up so it was rated at 205 HP...
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Originally Posted by 1970 mustang
Also guys the 93 5.0 had added smog equipment that choked it up so it was rated at 205 HP...
It actually was just re-rated with all the accessories attached, the smog equipment was the same...

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I have a '91 5.0 LX Coupe that's still in pretty good shape It's fun to drive and parts (performance or otherwise) are plentiful.

I put a 3:73 rear in with a close ratio T5. It was AOD
Some nice Z rated tires, equal shorties with a Bassani catted X pipe, bigger MAF...

I have some GT40P's with an Explorer intake and a BBK 75 mm throttle body on the bench for it as well.

No wonder I can't get anything done on my 66....

FWIW, the GT's are a bit heavier than the LX's with the same engine and handling packages...

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My late '89 has the 140 MPH speedo and the 25 Years dash emblem.

For something different I prefer an '85 or '86. If you want the best Foxbody I'd go with a '93 Cobra.

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I had a 85 GT. It was silver with black decal on the hood. I loved the fact that I had something different in the fox body. (4 headlights) I put GT-40 cast heads, e303 cam, 3:55 gears, RPM intake, and underdrive pulleys on it and ran 12.63's at the local track. By the way, the 85 fox is starting to increase in value now.

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The SVO was pretty wicked looking. I've seen those turned into real monsters. They look like a bit of a sleeper to me, though still enough to make you wonder.

As far as body style, I liked them best when they where "quad-eyes"


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Originally Posted by midpack
FWIW, the GT's are a bit heavier than the LX's with the same engine and handling packages...

That's good to know thanks

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'85 GT if you are a carb guy that likes the "4-eyes"
'86 GT if you are an EFI guy that likes the "4-eyes"

'87-'89 if you want no airbag and a tilt column. Like was said, '89 has a 140mph speedo and mass air, but both are easy to add to the earlier cars.

My '87 Saleen is my personal favorite. Always wanted one in high school, and finally bought it a few years back. Now I drive the wheels off of it. Saleen is more than just a set of ground effects and silly graphics package. Had drop springs and Konis at the corners, and the best 4-wheel disc brakes this side of the pizza platter Cobra brakes on the SN95 cars. Flofit seats also.

Bottom line: You can't go wrong with just about any Fox body as a daily driver. Cheap, too.

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When I get money/space I plan on buying a '89 GT hatchback, with the no airbag/tilt column thing being the main differentiators for me.

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The tilt column and neat ratcheting map light make the '89 model Mustang my favorite. I owned a '93 GT and that column with the airbag really turned me off. The wider fenders of the '93 and the cool interior lamp were nice touches, however.

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Originally Posted by gt40racing View Post
I am partial to my 1990 LX 5.0 coupe and my 89 Saleen Convertible. 89-93 are the best years... I would also go for a 85GT... Last carb...
I like my son's '90 LX 5.0 Notch, standard. Think 90 was start of mass air.
Recent collectable Fox article has the Notch as a little more collectable. These cars are what the police chose to use as pursuit cars. Because they were ~ 200 lbs lighter stock than the more popular GT Fox's.

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Mass air started in 88 for California cars and 89 for the rest of the country.
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Wow....another ZOMBIE post arises from the dead. Later model Foxes with the fuel injection were a little stronger runners and sleeker looking but I still have fond memories of my 85, last of the carbed Stangs. Loved the T-tops, guess I got lucky, never had leaks from them. Loved blasting the curves through the Kentucky hills on a cold evening, sun going down, T-tops out, leather jacket and heater on, moan of the 4 barrel as I worked the 5 speed.
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