Patrick Ford - 1983 Ford Mustang
This is my 1983 Mustang GLX convertible. It came from the factory with a 302 and a 4 speed. It was one of the last cars to come with a 4 speed before the T5 came into play. It was special ordered; it had all of the features of a GLX (chrome trim and buttons, 6K tach, simulated wood grain on the dash, etc.) and all of the performance of the GT. In March of 2011, the engine, transmission, and rear end were swapped out with newer, improved parts. It now has a 5.0 from a 1990 GT with catback exhaust and Flowmaster 40's, a rebuilt T5 from a mid-80's GT (Not sure specifically what year) and a rear end that was given 3.55 gears from the same cosmetically thrashed '90 that we took the engine from. The swap took about 3 months - every step we took forward, we took two steps back... Around June the car was actually driveable and has gained the status of "failry reliable." My father and I are the third owners of the car. The first owner was friends with the second owner, and the second owner had the car for over 20 years until he gave my father the car for me to have as my first car. The second owner and my father had been friends for decades and I've been told that my mom and dad had even ridden around town in the back seat in the 80's before they were married! Anyways, enough with the history. I don't know what it would run in the 1/4 mile, and as far as parts are concerned, it doesn't have much other than 3.55 gears and the Flowmasters... It has been a great first car, especially for a guy like me who has spent countless nights in the garage until 2AM fixing things, adding things, taking care of noise issues, painting faded interior parts, etc. I'll do whatever it takes to keep my ride in the family and hopefully pass it on to my children one day. I guess by then it'll need another engine swap though!