Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
October 25, 2016

The difficult part of building a Mustang is making it different than the one next to it at a show or event. When it comes to Fox Mustangs, the usual recipe calls for a cowl hood, cool wheels, maybe a rear wing, cool paint, and that’s about it. Yeah, you can have different wheels and paint than the Mustang next to you, but under the paint and aside from the wheels, everything else will look very similar.

In Tim Foreman’s quest to be different, he took a path not many have chosen. Instead of traditional paint, he took a look usually reserved for older cars with a years-earned patina’d look for his 1989 Mustang LX.

In 2004 he purchased a Regatta blue GT, but shortly into the build he discovered it had been wrecked, and poorly repaired. He made a trade with a buddy of his on another Fox Mustang, and started over. The car was a 1989 GT in Scarlet red, and his buddy had purchased the car as a roller, but the car had only 85,000 miles on it.

Tim added a Mach 1 Shaker arrangement to the car at a time when no one really ever thought of doing so. Otherwise, the engine mods are status quo, including a GT40 tubular intake, ported GT40 heads, an E-cam, underdrive pulleys, a Pro-M mass air, 70mm throttle body, and Ford Performance 24-lb/hr injectors. A full Mac exhaust makes up the sound quality, while a Ford Performance aluminum driveshaft transfers power back to a 3.73 geared 8.8.

After making the trade, Tim started transferring parts over to the ’89, but the car’s multi-hued exterior was at the bottom of many jokes. The car had cruise, A/C, managed decent fuel mileage, and ran 13.0s. A simple gear swap landed Tim in the 12s, but still, he was ragged on because of the paint. “I decided to flat black it,” Tim explained, but he also says, “That was the worst decision ever.”

After a short time, Tim and some friends rented a shop, and went to town on the car, sanding off the flat black, and performing a 5-lug swap with Mach 1 wheels. “One day my buddy Lenny joked that I needed to put a Shaker on the car, and the light bulb went off,” Tim says. It was 2006 at this time, so sourcing parts was a little tough. “I found the pieces I needed, and built the hood,” Tim adds.

The interior is one area where Tim didn’t skimp, adding a TMI Products Scarlet red Mach 1 interior kit. Tim says the TMI interior was one of the first Mach 1 kits the manufacturer had in production. Tim almost added TMI’s Pony interior kit, but at the last minute saw that TMI had the Mach 1 interior, and went in that direction instead. The car’s door panels feature 1969 Mustang running horses, while Tim uses a B&M shifter to get to the next gear.

Unfortunately, at this time life got in the way, and the car sat in the woods for several years. Once he realized he needed to get the car back out, he carried a battery up the hill, and hit the key. It started right up, and he drove it into his buddy’s garage. “I cleaned the mold off the car in the rain using Comet and a scuff pad,” Tim says. “That’s when it started to come to life,” he adds. He had two weeks to have it street-worthy, but he was able to get it done in time for the American Muscle show. He was a little leery about driving it, so he and his buddy J.R. towed it to the show. “I was shocked how people reacted to it,” Tim says.

“It has taken on a life of its own,” Tim adds. “It has inspired some to get on their projects, and it also shows you don’t need a $100,000 show car to enjoy the hobby,” Tim says.

This is where the car sat for some six years. The car’s exterior features a 1993 Cobra rear bumper, a Cobra grille insert, SVO taillights, a Saleen rear wing, and Mach 1 wheels. A set of Eibach springs brought the car closer to the earth, and The Mach 1 theme extends to the car’s brakes, as well. The car started life as an LX, but has taken on more of a GT/Cobra persona with the exterior additions.