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Ford Mustang Mach 1 LX Coupe - The Mach Notch
When Fox-body meets Mach 1, it’s pure greatness.
Let's be honest. Everyone has a little bench racer in them.
It's only natural to seek perfection. We're conditioned at a young age to daydream about combining the best attributes from the field into one superpower.
As a kid, it was probably something like Spider Man's agility with Superman's strength. As we got older, our definition of perfection matured into melding Michael Jordan's shooting ability with Magic Johnson's passing skills. But what do Spider Man and Michael Jordan have in common with this Azure Blue Fox-body coupe?
It's simple. Like fantasy football teams that allow fans to take the best bits to make one superteam, Casey Weber combined his two favorite Mustangs, a Fox-body coupe, aka a notchback, and a New Edge Mach 1 to create his definition of perfection. It's called the Mach Notch.
"It's the best of both worlds. I mean, you get the style and performance of the lightweight notch with the ultra-smooth ride of the IRS and modular motor," Casey explained. But before we delve into the rolling greatness, we must step back to his formative years to truly understand the magnitude of his Mustang obsession.
"I was raised in a Chevy household," Casey admits, "but when I was 17, my cousin took me for a ride in his Fox-body. After a few burnouts, I was hooked; several months later I had my first Mustang." By the time Casey graduated, he'd already owned five Mustangs, slowly fixing, selling and moving up to better examples. He would continue this trend, even fixing and flipping Mustangs as his sole source of income, until he was 21.
Now some years later, he has owned over 50 Mustangs, and while he's built some impressive examples, like a custom-painted Terminator with a built motor, Whipple, and 753 hp, his favorite thus far is the Mach Notch.
"I've owned a lot of Mustangs, but this one is easily my favorite. I love the way it looks and drives," he said. Although Casey has laid hands on and redone just about everything on the car, he didn't perform the swap. "I've built modular swapped Fox-bodies and they're a lot of work. So when I saw this one built by a local guy, Robert Lewis, I knew it was the perfect project because I could fix all the body damage," he said. Unfortunately, the Fox was in wrecked condition, so there was a lot of work to get it up and running.
Lewis hadn't driven the coupe long before it was rear-ended while at a red light. The damage was so severe, Casey wasn't sure he could fix it. "It needed a lot of bodywork. Both rear quarter panels were trashed, the frame needed to be straightened, and the entire car had to be repainted," he explained.
But Casey's dedication never wavered, even when he got the car back from the body shop just one week before the 2013 Fabulous Fords Forever show. In a mad thrash to make the show, he spent every waking hour outside of work reconstructing the coupe. Thankfully he finished it at 3:30 a.m., just 30 minutes before the CAFords.com caravan was leaving for the 450-mile drive to SoCal.
"It had no interior, hood, or fenders; a bad fuel pump; and needed to be reassembled after paint, but I made the show even though I wasn't happy with how it turned out," he said. On one hand, the Mach Notch was cleaner than it had ever been, and the custom 18-inch True Forged Retro wheels pushed it into the realm of the respected.
"I just wasn't happy with the quality of the paint and bodywork, so I had the entire car sprayed again, this time by Jon Plummer at House of Paint in North Highlands, California. It's flawless," he proudly proclaimed. But the end result is nothing short of amazing.
Speaking of amazing, not only is the entire swap BAR and CARB/smog-legal, but when we say it's a complete Mach 1 swap, we mean it. The entire harness, drivetrain and interior were integrated into the Fox-chassis, we're talking my Mach 1 keyless entry along with the stock dome light, Mach 460 stereo system and the autolock feature all work without a check-engine light," Casey said.
Under the Cervinis Cobra R hood with the custom integrated and functional Mach 1 scoop lies a custom intake, with Steeda and C&L pieces, along with an SLP catted X-style mid-pipe and after-cat with Bassani mufflers. The light bolt-on Four-Valve mod motor is backed by the stock Mach 1 4R75W automatic transmission, In the lightweight coupe, it's more than enough to haze the tires. Suspension duties are handled by Bilstein shocks on all corners and an IRS swap that's fortified with plenty of Maximum Motorsports components, while the 10th Anniversary Cobra brakes help it stop short.
Life inside the cabin is tidy thanks to a fully functioning Mach 1 dash and gauges accented by Mach 1 seats, a Samsung Galaxy tablet as a head unit, and Fox door panels with integrated Mach 1 switches.
On the topic of switches, just as this story was going to press, we got wind that Casey is shoehorning a built iron-block mod motor from a Terminator between the rails.—but not before revamping the engine bay with tons more powdercoat, wrinkle blue and show-quality polish. That built Termi motor is also receiving a polished Paxton Novi 1000 blower and a custom front-mount intercooler, while the factory Mach 1 transmission will be backed by a Circle-D billet, triple-disc, 3,600-rpm stall converter.
Although the new round of engine mods are certainly welcome, Casey's Mach Notch is proof you don't need a ton of horsepower to build a cool car. Instead, it takes the right eye and talented hands to turn dreams into reality.