Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
1983 Ford Mustang LX - My Muscle Stang
1983 Mustang • Tony Jones • Harrogate, TN
My name is Tony Jones. I’m 37 years old and from a small town called Harrogate, Tennessee. I am a long-time fan and subscriber of MM&FF, and love what you guys are doing. My grandfather and uncle all worked for our local Ford dealership and my father is a retired ASE Master Tech. Ford vehicles are all we drive.
I found this ’83 Mustang LX sitting in a field in Virginia about four years ago and thought it would be a great car for the engine we were building. I picked the LX up for $300. It had been sitting for a while due to a blown head gasket. The owner had bought the car new and her husband drove it to work in the coalmines toward the end of its days. It had studded snow tires on it when I brought it home. It was originally a four-cylinder, four-speed car, so I hit the junkyards and found an 8.8-inch rearend. The same car I got the rearend from had all the body parts I needed to change the car to look like an ’87-’93 Mustang. I already had a good ’72 model 351 Windsor block bored 0.030 over and hot tanked to drop in. I also had a friend build me a C4 automatic transmission. I built the car in six months from top to bottom with some help from my father.
My father and I had painted the car, and built and installed the engine, rearend, and rollcage ourselves. My father has taught me a lot, and I’m grateful for it. The car is finished and sports a 393ci stroker with a 10.4:1 compression ratio and World Windsor Sr. iron heads. Other modifications include: an Edelbrock Performer RPM air-gap intake, Holley 750 double-pump carburetor, Comp Extreme Energy 576/600-lift hydraulic-roller camshaft, Mac long-tube headers, MSD ignition, 3,500 stall converter, shift kit, 4.30 gears, and Moser axles. I also have a NOS nitrous kit with 175 jets for when I want to really rock.
The car is driven on the street and has run 6.89 on the motor in the eighth-mile and 6.50s on spray with traction issues. I am currently getting rid of the factory K-member and replacing it with a UPR tubular K-member kit. The rear suspension has adjustable upper and lowers control arms, an air bag in the rear right spring, and drag shocks all the way around the car.
I’ve lightened the car up a bit and it currently weighs 2,650 pounds without me in it. The car still has full interior including door panels, headliner, and all.
I’ve built this little monster from a field car to what it is now for about $10,000. I hope you guys find my Mustang interesting enough to put it in the mag.
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