With fordguy's (John) recent success at the Final NPD Ford and Mustang Roundup at Silver Springs, FL, I felt it worthy to highlight his car for this months Ride. I met John at the show with several other members, and got the chance to peruse his car. Certainly a no frills kind of build (in-progress)...but man does it sound good. I believe John's car won awards to from different vendors at the show. I wouldn't be surprised if his car (of 850+) wasn't the only car to achieve this honor. Congratulations John. Anyway, below is John's story and pics of his car. Enjoy!
I bought my car in Oct 2010 off craigslist for $900 as a completely bare shell with a good title.it was only about 10 minutes from my house. Car was advertised as “rusty” and there were no pictures so I think that kept people from looking at the car. When I pulled up to my house with it on the dolly, my wife came out and asked me where the rest of the car was , then said “ you paid $900 for that?!” Lol. Car had solid floors and cowl, has typical lower Ľ rust, and had a small rust hole under the batt tray. As you can see it was missing almost everything. i had the drivetrain that I was going to use in my 86 mustang coupe but everything else I had to buy. Being on a pretty tight budget I bought as many good used parts that I could, and sourced the rest from NPD and CJ’s ( both excellent company’s to deal with).so after working on it on and off for five years, I got the car officially on the road in 2015 and as of now I’ve only put 1000 miles on it. I’ve done everything on the car myself except for the rear gear setup, had a buddy help me with that as I had never done one. The engine is a late model 302 roller block with a set of ’70 58cc 302 heads with 1.84 and 1.54 stainless valves and are home ported, lots of bowl work and exhaust port work, with just a cleanup on the intake ports. Has a TFS 1 cam, weiand stealth intake, holley 570 street avenger, and a factory forged bottom end. The ignition is a ford duraspark distributor with a small dia cap off an IH 354 and is fired by a MSD digital 6al box. I used a set of the cheap ebay stainless tri y’s and got lucky as they fit my car prefect without and mods. The trans is a T5z with a king cobra clutch, a UPR blue thuder shifter with a hurst handle, and a daze cars hydraulic clutch setup. The 8” rear has a Yukon billet trac lok with 3.80’s. the suspension is all new and has 1” lowering springs up front with a 1” dia sway bar, Arning drop, and a set of std eye 1” drop eaton leafs out back with a set of cal tracs. The wheels are 14x6 USA made AR torque thrust d’s with 235-60-14 cooper cobras on all four corners. Has stock rebuilt drums out back and a set of maverick discs up front. Has all new brake and fuel lines, fuel tank/ sender/ filler tube, etc. the interior has custom ripped up seats 😊
, a factory “woodgrain” wheel , a fox leather shift boot with a mr gasket trim ring. Even with the way the car looks I get tons of complements on it ( and that’s a good feeling), with a lot of people telling me not to paint it ‘cause it looks cool like it is lol. If it ever gets painted it will be the factory antique bronze because it’s an awesome color. My car was in the march 2014 issue of modified mustangs and fords magazine as a tech feature, that’s where the bracing in the engine bay came from. The car runs great and cruises 2000 rpm at 60. At this point I’m happy with it and just enjoy driving it, and that’s all that counts to me. If it never gets painted I’m alright with it.