Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
September 1, 2016

Yes, it is true that even though you can find a Mustang on every corner, finding the one you want can take a minute. For Mark Archila, it took him two years to find the one he wanted, which was this 1991 Fox coupe.

“I bought the car from the original owner’s best friend about 6 years ago,” Mark says. “I owned it for a couple years before I tragically and regrettably sold it,” he adds. Good for Mark he kept in touch with the person who bought it from him, and he was able to buy it back a couple years ago.

Under the hood of Mark’s coupe is a good ol’ fashioned 306ci with a custom cam, GT40 heads and intake, BBK Performance long-tube headers, a Fluidyne radiator, and a 130-amp alternator. Mark’s little brother Danny helped with the wire tuck and battery relocation, and yes, Mark hopes a power adder is in the coupe’s future. For now he’s happy with the sound from an off-road pipe and Flowmasters. Behind the 306ci is a World Class T5, Spec clutch, and a Ford Performance aluminum driveshaft.

Mark’s first stint with the coupe he focused on engine detailing, and after buying it back, he was back to square one with the detailing. The two years it was away from him, the car racked up 52 miles, and pretty much sat untouched that whole time. Matt Smith detailed the car once it was back in Mark’s hands, and Powercurve Motorsports’ Rob Ranucci went over the tune to get it running the way it should.

After the detail and tune, Mark worked on the car’s stance by adding Eibach springs, Maximum Motorsports lower control arms, and Pony R wheels. “Overall, my intent was a subtle, very clean look, without being flashy,” Mark says. He wanted a mix of originality without an overly done look to the car. We’d say he nailed it.

In talking about the coupe, Mark says, “She’s very anti-social, and doesn’t get out very much.” The coupe has seen less than a thousand miles under its tires during Mark’s time with, and without, the car. One thing’s for sure, though, he won’t be without it ever again.

Even though his coupe’s never seen rain, his daily-driven New Edge sees plenty of the wet stuff. Mark also has a Fox T-Top coupe he’s working on, as well.