Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
July 10, 2014

"The club wanted a 'hot driver’ and we got exactly that. The car idles steady at 900 rpm with a fantastic lope, drives great, and pulls strong through a broad torque curve from the 358ci Windsor," Troy enthused. "It has all of this with the A/C on and the Kicker sound system pumping, without a single squeak or rattle thanks to the undercoating, Dynamat, and fresh weatherstripping. It may have originally left Dearborn in 1989, but it was reborn in 2013."

Reborn indeed. With the completed car leading the Fox cruises to Mustang Week, Troy and the entire Southeastern Foxbodies club pulled off an impressive feat. They had completed the car and sold 2,800 raffle tickets prior to Mustang Week 2013. By the time the drawing came around, the remaining 2,200 tickets had sold. All that was left to do was pick a winner. On the final day of the event at the big cruise-in, the club enlisted a random kid from the audience to walk up and pull one ticket from the tumbler.

"It never even crossed my mind that I would actually win," says raffle winner Andrew. "The car wasn’t even finished, and the pictures I had seen were of this red-and-black shell on a rotisserie. I just wanted to donate to the charities… the call from Troy caught me totally off guard.(My friends) kept saying, 'Who builds a car like this and just gives it away?’ I told them, 'These guys in North Carolina did!’"

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Apparently Andrew wasn’t the only one feeling lucky that day. The club was relieved that a true Fox fan had won the raffle. "The entire club, especially the build committee, worried that the winner would might part the car out or do something contrary to what we intended. We had no control over that aspect, but it weighed heavily in the back of our minds," Troy confessed. "Ironically, Andrew is a Fox fan, and he had sold his ’92 LX hatch just a month earlier as he contemplated his next hot-rod Mustang. We made the decision easy for him, and it couldn’t have gone to a better person."

What began as an idea to reconstruct a Fox from used parts turned into a far more broad-reaching restomod project. In the process, it benefitted three worthy causes and brought the lucky winner a new Fox to enjoy. It really couldn’t have worked out better.

It also stands as a testament to the power Mustang wields not just under the hood, but also as a force to bring people together. Nicely done, Southeastern Foxbodies.

Major kudos to the Southeastern Foxbodies club for revamping this former four-cylinder Fox as a clean, classy 5.0 Mustang. A Cervini’s 3-inch cowl induction hood is the only body deviation, and the entire car was covered in modern Deep Impact Blue. The chrome Pony R wheels provide just enough accent to the DIB paint, and they mesh nicely with the shiny Flowmaster tailpipes.

Tech Specs
Vehicle: 1989 Ford Mustang LX
Owner: Troy Raby
Engine and Drivetrain
Block: 351W roller block
Crankshaft: Stock
Rods: Stock, resized to crankshaft
Pistons: Keith Black Silv-O-Lite hypereutectic
Camshafts: Trick Flow Stage 3
Cylinder Heads: Trick Flow 185cc Twisted Wedge
Intake Manifold: Trick Flow R
Fuel System: Walbro 255-lph fuel pump w/ 30-lb/hr injectors, and a Kirban regulator
Exhaust Kooks 17⁄8-in long-tube headers w/ 3-in X-shape crossover, Kooks high-flow cats, and a Flowmaster AmerIcan Thunder after-cat
Transmission: T-5 (Z-spec) w/ RAM HDX clutch
Rearend: 8.8-in w/ FRPP Traction-Lok, 3.73 gears, and Moser 31-spline axles
Engine Management: Ford A9L EEC-IV w/ SCT plug-in chip
Ignition: Stock w/ MSD distributor, MSD Blaster coil, Ford Racing 9mm wires, and Autolite 3924 spark plugs
Gauges: Auto Meter in Florida 5.0 cluster
Suspension and Chassis
Front Suspension
K-Member: Stock
A-Arms: UPR tubular
Struts: Monroe Monromatic Plus
Springs: UPR coilover
Brakes: Latemodel Restoration SVE 13-in
Wheels: Pony R 17x-9-in, chrome
Tires: Nitto 555 245/45-17
Rear Suspension
Shocks: Monroe Monromatic Plus
Springs: H&R
Control Arms: ’93 Cobra upper and UPR lowers
Brakes: SN-95
Wheels: Pony R 17x10-in
Tires: Nitto 555 285/40

Horse Sense:
Nearly 40 companies helped the club complete this project, including Auto Meter, Boosted Performance, Croftgate USA, Cervini’s Auto Designs, CJ Pony Parts, Daniel Carpenter Mustang Reproductions, Dr. Flush,, Florida 5.0, Flowmaster, Fluidyne, Fox Body Racing, Fox Mustang Restoration, Interstate Batteries, JDS Motorsports, Kannapolis Engine Service, Kicker, Kooks Custom Headers, Latemodel Restoration, McCarthy Tire, MRT Engineered Performance, Mygrant Glass Company, Out To Pasture Pony Parts, Powercurve Motorsports, Pro-5.0, Quarterhorse Performance, Redline Automotive Accessories, Ron Francis Wiring, Royal Purple, Safelite Autoglass, Scott Rod Fabrications, Sealed Air Cryovac, Seat Belt Solutions, Spartanburg Meat Processing, Stifflers Suspension Systems, TMI Products, Toyota West Collision Center, Trick Flow, and UPR Products.