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Jeff Weilert’s 1990 Fox Notch LX Ford Mustang Started Life as a Salvage Title Four Banger
School Car Gone Wild: From Rags To Riches, Jeff Weilert’s 1990 Notch Lx Started Life As A Salvage-Title Four-Banger
When Jeff Weilert first acquired this 1990 LX Notch, it had seen much brighter days. Despite its salvage title due to a big fire and a hard hit to the right front, he still thought it had potential to make a great school car for his son, Tim.
After offering $1,200, Jeff hauled home the wrecked notch. Jeff and his son wasted no time tearing apart the multicolored car as soon as it hit the driveway.
Not only was the exterior in bad shape, but the interior also left much to be desired. “My son wasn’t sure if he wanted the car, but I told him we could make it into a nice school car,” Jeff tells us.
After a few months of bodywork and replacing both front and rear bumper covers, hood, right fender, and windshield, the car was finally ready for paint. The custom light blue paint alone cost more than the car, but $1,300 was still a cheap price for the job. Both were bracing themselves for a botched paint job, but when the car came back they were blown away.
“I have seen cars with $10,000 paint that didn’t look that good,” Jeff says. “That’s when what we call ‘School Car Gone Wild’ got started.”
Jeff and Tim then cleaned up the motor and redid the interior together. After that, they lowered it, installed a killer sound system, and added a nice set of drag wheels. With the Notch now looking better than expected, the duo entered it into a local car show, where it won its class and additionally the Best Ford award. That’s when the mod bug bit even harder.
To give the Notch an even cleaner appearance, Jeff and Tim ordered every aftermarket bolt-on chrome part and cover billet piece they could find. With the success of the first show, they entered eight more shows over the summer and brought home something at every event.
“So much for an everyday school car!” Jeff says. Tim purchased a beater car to drive around and would occasionally drove the Mustang on nice days.
Although Jeff and Tim loved showing the car at local car shows, people were always ready to ask how fast it was and for e.t.’s. “A lot of other people said we needed a blower on it. Over the next year we saved for a Vortech S-Trim blower.”
With the new supercharger providing that addicting whine, the stock 5.0 motor didn’t agree with the added boost. The pair soon ordered a new 327ci and T5 transmission, exhaust, fuel system, and more. With the car now feeling a bit more spirited, they decided to do a test run at the dragstrip. It ran 11.28 seconds at 127 mph on its very first pass.
After some tweaking, the car soon made it into the 10-second range. However, the stock motor wasn’t going to last long, and they both knew it was time for another upgrade. Tim and Jeff met another father-son team, Shane and Brendan Mock, who were in the process of building their own Mustang project.
“We have now put in four different motors and installed four different transmissions, five different sets of wheels, and seven different sets of valve covers, and the list goes on,” says Jeff. “The car doesn’t even have a radio in it anymore. The sweet sound of the motor is all we need.” This sweet notch is now capable of a mighty 1,200 hp and 980 lb-ft of torque.
Sitting under a H.O. Fibertrend 4-inch cowl is a Dart 351 block by Bennett Racing bored and stroked to a 427-cube with a compression ratio of 9:1 and topped with a Vortech V-7 YSi supercharger maxing out at 22 psi, and it also features a three-nozzle meth kit by Alcohol Injection Systems.
Bennett Racing filled the bores with Diamond/Bennett custom dish pistons and Oliver rods, which are set into motion by a K1 Technologies crankshaft. Aluminum AFR 225 heads and the ported, enlarged pushrod bore machine work and assembly all performed by Quarter Mile Performance of Chatsworth, California. AFR intake and exhaust valves measure 2.100 and 1.570 inches.
Also outfitting the block is a roller Comp camshaft spec’d by Bennett racing, an Edelbrock Super Victor intake manifold, and a 90mm Accufab throttle body. Everything was tuned together by Shane Mock of Witchita. Rumbly exhaust notes and added airflow come from Kooks headers and midpipe, and Dynamax Bullet mufflers. Fuel is fed through Aeromotive A2000 regulator and twin A1000 fuel pumps, and 160-lb/hr injectors. The ignition consists of MSD components such as a 6AL-2 ignition box, distributor, and coils, as well as Taylor wiring and NGK plugs.
Power is routed through a Flip-O-Matic Powerglide transmission with a 4,500-stall speed and a Neil Chance converter, which spins a chromoly driveshaft. A Bennett-modified Melling oil pump and Moroso oil pan help seal the bottom.
An 8.8-inch rear was built by Mike Duffy Race Cars out of Moore, Oklahoma. The chassis is UPR with Strange front shocks/struts and QA1 front springs, AFCO rear shocks and springs, and Wolfe subframe connectors.
Gracing the exterior are Champion Cap5 wheels with the rear wrapped with 275 Mickey Thompson ET Street Pros. That once-salvage interior features tweed and vinyl a console delete and is now full of custom dyed plastic and carbon fiber accents. For safety, they installed a Wolfe 12-point rollcage made of chromoly tubing and carbon fiber and a Simpson 5-point safety harness.
After the car made it into the 10-second range, they mini-tubbed it and added a rollcage, a parachute, and a Team-Z aluminum wing. The duo has invested about $65,000 over the past 14 years of ownership. The car’s fastest pass so far has been 8.72 seconds at 153 mph.
“Thanks to Shane Mock and his son, Brendan, both longtime drag racers, the car now looks fast and IS fast,” Jeff exclaims. “We can’t wait to see where we go next with the car. Maybe a low 8-second quarter-mile pass and then drive it to a car show the same day.”