Evan J. Smith
Mustang360 Network Content Director
April 30, 2014
Contributers: John McBride

Fox fans are forever dreaming about their beloved Fairmont, Capri, Mustang or T-Bird builds. The versatile Fox platform (which also encompassed the Cougar, Lincoln Mark VII, LTD, Mercury Zephyr and Marquis, and Granada), is affordable, lightweight, and fully supported by the aftermarket—making it the perfect choice for any high-performance build, or to design Fox Ford & Mustang concepts.

We’ve seen ’em assembled for show, road and drag racing, and mainly street cruising, and we’ve designed and built quite a few ourselves. In fact, there have been more Fox MM&FF projects than any other body style.

Fox Fords, Mercs and Lincolns, too, are easy to wrench on and you can snake just about any Ford engine between the shock towers for your own Mustang or alternative Fox.

Not so long ago, finding a clean Fox for a project build was easy—they were everywhere. But with the last Fox being built a decade ago, in 1993, they have become harder to procure. Even four-cylinders models are not seen on the road as much, but in the overall scheme of car building, they are still plentiful. Today, all you need is a shell, thanks to companies like Latemodel Restoration, NPD and a few others.

You can now replace all the goodies including seals, glass, moldings and interior to complete that quality machine you’ve dreamed of. This also includes all the nuts, bolts, lights, hardware, handles, seals and switches to make your ride solid once more.

Starting with a Fox Ford & Mustang concept and a stripped or running “driver” you can go in any direction and achieve rocket-like acceleration, with cornering and braking to match.

Dreaming up your own idea is half the fun. So with that, we put pen to paper (well, we worked in Photoshop to computer, anyway), and designed eight Fox flyers that anyone could copy, or use as a starting point for your own platform. We hope you like our concepts and that you become inspired to create your own wild machine.


Boss Fox

This Boss Fox concept starts out as a 1987-’93 Mustang LX hatchback. Power would be supplied by Ford’s new Boss Coyote 5.0 engine backed up with the factory six-speed transmission. Go wild with the suspension and bolt up a full tubular K-frame system, coil overs, and a Watt’s Link rear to help keep this Pony planted in the corners. A 5-lug conversion and a big brake kit will be in order. A staggered-width wheel and tire combo with throwback styling feel right at home on this Boss concept. Exterior modifications include deleting the factory side moldings and adding a set of custom smoothed LX front and rear bumpers covers. Other exterior mods include a unique front chin spoiler, rear duck-tail spoiler, and a satin black hood treatment to finish off the look. This pony will perform like a Boss!

Trans Am Fox

This concept pays tribute to the early Mustang race cars, particularly the Shelby Trans Am 1967-’68 notchbacks. The typical look of these cars captured on our Fox notchback is the satin black hood and fender tops. A center stripe on the lower front, roof and over the rear is also carried over. A more modern lightweight 17-inch or 18-inch forged 3-piece wheel is in favor of a vintage style wheel. Continuing with the competition theme, the power plant of choice is a fuel injected pushrod 302 topped off with individual throttle bodies, of which a few are currently available. Exhaust gases are expelled through a side exiting exhaust.

X-Factor Fox

The street fighter build style is becoming increasingly popular. A philosophy of form follows function. The X-Factor Fox concept follows this philosophy with its sinister satin black paint, fastened-on wide fender flares, and monster-wide wheels and tires at all four corners. Under the hood would be a twin-turbo small-block stroker making crazy amounts of boost backed up with a T56 6-speed and a heavy duty aftermarket rear end. Forget about a cozy interior, there’s two racing bucket seats, a roll cage with gusseted A-pillar bars, a steering wheel and a shifter. A complete chassis overhaul would be in order with the entire competition suspension catalog thrown at it.

Cobra Jet Fairmont

The Ford Fairmont is probably the least exciting of the Fox chassis body styles, but this concept would be the ultimate example of a wolf sheep’s clothing. They are boxy, unassuming and light. This Fairmont 500 is inspired by the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet race car, with a touch of ’66 Fairlane 427. From the supercharged 5.4L and the C4 racing transmission (of course there is an optional stick), to the all-business interior with cage, and full drag racing suspension, wheels and tires, this is one quarter-mile killer that would run 9s or 8s “out of the box.” The only modification that may alert you to something not quite right about this Fox-body at first glance would be the functional 427 Fairlane-style hood scoop. The CJ Fairmont will not only raise the front tires but a few eyebrows too!

Euro Muscle Merc

The Capri RS concept embraces it’s European roots and goes the direction of a world class modern touring sport brute. An EcoBoost twin turbo 6-cylinder would fit nicely under the bonnet, and the 356 hp would motivate this Merc. Visions of a paddle shift-style automatic transmission would get the Capri through the gears in short order. To help keep the European offerings off your back in the corners, a tubular front suspension combines with a 2003-04 Cobra independent rear suspension mounted out back to take care of handling duties. Forged 3-piece wheels are bolted over a BIG 5-lug 4-wheel-disc brake conversion. An ASC McLaren body kit and a lower front splitter lip add aero styling and function, while an ’87-93 Mustang GT rear wing and flat hatch finish up the looks and aero out back. A bright orange “RS” lower rocker stripe and a dark hue of blue cover the exterior.

King Snake

This Cobra concept is more than just a wheel and stripe package. A GT500KR-themed 1993 Cobra build would be a real show stopper! If the silver and blue paint scheme doesn’t catch your eye, then maybe the 2008 Shelby GT500KR supercharged powerplant under the modified Cobra-style hood with ram air will. Other modifications include staggered fitment 18-inch wheels and tires, six-speed transmission, full array of suspension mods and a fully outfitted Shelby-themed leather interior.

Street Machine

It’d truly be difficult to come up with something new and different when you’re talkin’ about building a Mustang LX Notchback drag car. The main focus of this concept is building a truly streetable drag Mustang with more of a street machine flavor. Forget about going with the same old 15-inch drag wheel and tire combo that everyone else has run—how about a custom set of 18x4.5 and 18x12 inch big ‘n’ littles under the tubbed, raked, and dropped Fox chassis! Keepin’ things clean on the outside will be a bright candy paint scheme and a mildly modified 4-inch cowl induction to give it the right attitude. Instead of a completely gutted interior, a rear seat delete, roll bar, you’d need a 6-point with removable side bars, articulated bucket seats and plenty of custom wrapped leather.

ThunderFox

To many Americans, nothing gets your heart pumpin’ more than 43 Stock Cars thunder along at a NASCAR race. Some people dream about racing a NASCAR, or at least getting a taste of the fun. Wouldn’t it be cool to tool down the highway or participate in some open-track fun with a NASCAR-inspired Fox, like the T-Bird? What better way to bring NASCAR into your own garage then with a 1983-’88 Thunderbird? Under the hood would be a prepped 351 (of course it would be a stroker with 408-plus cubes), with a heavy duty five- or six-speed and a 9-inch out back. The interior could be mild for comfortable cruising, or go full tilt with custom fabricated aluminum parts and racing seats. Other modifications include a set of Bassett black steel wheels, a huge fiberglass front air dam and an adjustable aluminum rear spoiler. The only thing that’ll get your neighbor’s attention more than the loud rumble of the side-exit exhaust would be the visually arresting racing paint scheme complete with racing numbers, high contrast paint scheme and graphics. You could copy your favorite Ford Stock Car or create one of your own.