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Not a Single Detail of This One-Owner 1984 Ford Mustang Was Overlooked
OVRHALLD: Not a single detail of this one-owner 1984 Mustang was overlooked in the process of building a mild street car with wild attitude
It’s pretty rare these days to come across a thirty-year-old car that has never changed hands. Rob Hall of Ottawa, Ontario, is one example of a man so in love with his Mustang that he has never let it go. Way back when, Rob was a GM owner when he saw the 1979 Pace Car for the first time. He knew then that he had to own a Mustang. He wasn’t in the position just yet but finally, in April 1984, he ordered his first new car – this 1984 Mustang GT.
“At that point, I sold the GMs and for the last 30 years, I have owned my Mustang GT,” he told us. “I was there when the truck arrived with the car and took delivery the next day.”
He special ordered his Mustang equipped with the CFI engine and AOD transmission, painted silver with a Canyon Red interior. Before it arrived on June 6, 1984, he was contacted by Ford representatives who told him that his seats had been pulled out of the car on the assembly line to be placed in a 20th Anniversary car, so his had been equipped with low-back seats. After enjoying the car in its factory form for about three years, Rob invested in subframe connectors and a G-load brace, and in the spring of 1992, he attended his first car show with the Mustang. This prompted Rob to dive headfirst into detailing and modifying the Fox with the help of his good friend, Steve Burton.
A dual exhaust (void of catalytic converters) was first installed, but after realizing he had a flamethrower on his hands, Rob decided to install high-flow cats instead.
Soon after, in 1995, a friend of Rob’s named Len Bertrand approached him in hopes that he could use the Fox to prototype a new idea for an AOD transmission. Lentech Automatics was born. Old-timers might recall a story about this transmission in a 1996 issue of Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords. Rob tells us that the transmission works flawlessly to this day, thanks to the ingenuity of Len Bertrand and Chris Nugteren. Then in 1997, Rob decided to make the switch from CFI to sequential fuel injection, and he also had a Motorsport 4-lug disc brake kit installed.
As time went on, Rob added a Cervini 2½-inch cowl hood and got ready to install a 1990 roller engine. In preparation, the engine was balanced, bored out, equipped with Keith Black pistons, and topped with GT40 heads and a port-matched Cobra intake with an 80mm throttle-body.
“So, with the new engine in the car making more power, I went to the dragstrip and found the weak link. On my last pass of the day, I blew up the 7.5-inch rear end,” Rob told us.
After finding an 8.8-inch rear end, he had it machined for spherical bearing on the upper mounts, painted it Gloss Black, rebuilt the Trac-Loc limited slip differential, and also installed 4.10 gears, a stud kit and an SVO girdle. The gears were later swapped for 3.73s to allow for more comfort during long trips.
With that piece of the puzzle in place, Rob installed SVO sail panels, Auto Meter gauges, front sport seats and finally a Ford Motorsport supercharger (Powerdyne DB11A). Later, an aluminum radiator, electric fan, 130-amp alternator, air inlet pipe, and an 80mm mass air meter followed.
A suspension including five-way Tokiko struts and shocks, which allow for suspension adjustments, ensures a comfortable ride on the highway while still allowing for easy handling and quick steering response.
In 2003, Rob decided the Mustang was in need of a cosmetic makeover so that its looks might match its newfound power. “I decided that the car would have to be torn down to just a shell and bare metal. In addition, it would have to have new wheels, tires and new license plates to give it a fresh personality. The car was going to be built with many subtle changes requiring people to take a second look to see everything that had been done.”
Delays held him up for two years, but finally, the engine bay and firewall were smoothed and even the K-member was painted to match the car. Door locks, antenna, emblems, and the gas door were shaved down, and the rear fender lips were rolled to allow for bigger tires. The gas tank is now accessed through the rear license plate, and both bumpers and body side moldings were replaced with 1986 LX versions. A Cervini’s body kit and rear wing were added. The custom bodywork and paint were completed by Fiore Guido of “S&G Truck and Auto Body” in Ontario, and Ed Crilly provided his fabrication talents to various parts of the car.
Rob took this opportunity to have the heads redone and the engine and transmission ground smoothed before painting them to match the car and reinstalling. The battery and MSD ignition were relocated to the trunk to further clean up the engine bay.
Cobra brakes with Mach 1 calipers up front and the aforementioned Ford Motorsport rear disc brake kit help the Fox to stop with ease. Inside, Dynamat Xtreme and acoustic foam keeps the Canyon Red and grey interior quiet. TMI seats, installed by Jerry Brady of Got It Covered in Ottawa, and additional Auto Meter gauges were also installed, and a Clarion Pro Audio unit with custom kick panel enclosures housing Blaupunkt speakers (as well as Infiniti rear speakers housed in later Fox-body rear quarter panels) provide the soundtrack. Modern amenities like keyless entry and AutoLoc One Touch modules for the power windows bring the Fox forward thirty years.
Billet Specialties Fast Lane wheels were chosen to offset the beautiful Silverstone paint.
This may be a one-owner Mustang, but not a single detail has been left alone. And we can assure you that the Fox isn’t babied either; last year, Rob made a 1,000-mile round-trip drive to the Carlisle Ford Nationals to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang. He went home with the first place 1979-1986 V8 Mustang Modified award.
“I would have to say that what I like most about the car is the whole experience of owning a Mustang. I have found that it is so much more than just a car,” Rob told us. From meeting new friends at events, to spending time with the likes of Steve Saleen and Carroll Shelby, Rob has had quite the experience since buying his Mustang.
“Most important to me is the ongoing support from my wife, Diane, as she sees all the enjoyment that I get from having the car. This is a car that will never get old. With the winters here, I store the car and every spring, it is like getting a new car all over again.”