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1993 Ford Mustang GT - Right Place, Right Time
Dustin Morse was waiting for the right Mustang to cross his path. When it did, he wasted no time.
Ever heard the saying that goes something like this?
"I'm not sure what I'm looking for, but I'll know it when I see it." For Dustin Morse, that sentiment came true when he encountered this '93 GT on a website in early 2013. Morse's last Fox was of the ragtop type, but he wanted a more solid foundation for his next build.
Fox 'verts are plenty of fun, but hardly known for chassis stiffness, and so Morse knew his next car would include a fixed roof. Well, he also knew it would be a Mustang. Beyond that, he was pretty open to what might come his way, so when this particular Fox hatch turned up for sale in California, everything seemed to line up. Advertised as 9-second capable, and with just 40,000 original miles, the '93 definitely perked Morse's interest—but would it always be a car that had been built by someone else? Digging deeper, Morse saw a bunch of work that had yet to be accomplished to his exacting standards, and thus realized there was plenty of room left to comfortably make it his own.
We had the pleasure of seeing before and after pictures of the engine compartment in particular, and can assuredly say that Morse has plenty of sweat equity in this one. Once he'd carted the thing north to his British Columbia digs, Morse immediately pulled the engine and trans, and went to work. While the engine was being torn down to the reciprocating assembly for evaluation, he went on a wire tuck-and-hole filling binge in the engine compartment, preparing it for a shiny new coat of Bright Blue Metallic. Turning to the outside of the car, the paint was made to look like new with a careful cut and polish by the crew at Mega Autobody. When all was said and done, a factory two-toned paint treatment has seldom looked better.
Back at the engine shop, the teardown showed all was in good condition. In the meantime, virtually everything bolted to the long-block was sent out for either metallic ceramic coating, or polishing, but below the sheen is an impressive list of hardware. It all begins with a Dart block based 347, using a 4.125x3.25-inch bore and stroke. By itself, we figure the engine would be plenty of fun in a lightweight '93 chassis, but in this case it receives up to 25 pounds of boost thanks to the giant 80mm Borg Warner turbo that dominates the underhood landscape. A fully prepped C4 sits right behind the stroker Windsor, and it's all put in play with the expected and properly fortified 8.8-inch axle assembly.
Morse has yet to make a pass at the strip with his reassembled and obviously drag-worthy GT, but in preparation he had Pro Gas Engineering weld up a 10-point rollcage for safety's sake, and outfitted the pristine stock seats with G-Force harnesses. While there may be a few more lingering items to address, it's "done" by any practical standard. Well done, we might add! Now all that's left to do is get it out to the track to do what couldn't be done in the '91 convertible. We're all ears to hear how it goes!