June 11, 2007

You'll notice the red '85 outlasted all the Mustangs mentioned in this story. The '93 Cobra remains, but it's unbelievably clean, and it's the latest Mustang to take up residence at Casa Richichi. The Jalapeo Red '85 has lasted as long as it has thanks to John's son, John Jr., who was 2 years old when it entered Dad's garage. "He went nuts about it," John says. John Jr. always wanted to help wash, wax, and tinker with it. One day, he proclaimed the red car "his." Who could resist their child uttering those words?

As of this writing, the red '85 has 28,500 miles, so you know the car is sparingly driven on nice days and to local cruise-ins. That number probably won't grow too much until March 24, 2016. That's the day John Jr. turns 16. Then there will be a new problem: keeping tires on the car.

5.0 Tech Specs'85 Jalapeo Red GTEngine And DrivetrainBlock StockDisplacement 302ciRotating AssemblyStock '85 GTCylinder Heads J302 aluminum, 1.6 roller rockerCamFRPP E303Intake Manifold Edelbrock Performer RPM Air Gap Carburetor Holley 650-cfmFuel System Stock '85 GT Exhaust FRPP short-tube headers, Bassani Xhaust X-shape crossover, Flowmaster two-chamber mufflersTransmission Stock T-5, FRPP King Cobra clutch, Hurst Competition Plus shifterRearend Ford 8.8 w/3.73 gears

ElectronicsIgnition MSD 6AL w/Blaster coil, FRPP spark plug wiresGauges Stock

Suspension And ChassisFront SuspensionK-member StockControl Arms StockStrutsStockSprings StockBrakes StockWheelsStock 10-holeTires BFGoodrich Comp T/ARear SuspensionShocksStockSprings StockControl Arms StockBrakes Stock Wheels Stock 10-holeTires BFGoodrich 255/60 drag radial

5.0 Tech Specs'85 Gray GTEngine And DrivetrainBlockStockDisplacement 331ciRotating AssemblyCoast High PerformanceCylinder Heads J302 aluminum heads, ported and polished, FRPP 1.6 roller rockersCamAnderson Ford Motorsport B4 Intake Manifold Trick Flow StreetThrottle Body Accufab 75mmMass Air Pro-M 83mmPower Adder Vortech T-Trim w/Race Bypass, 15 pounds of boost, custom intercooler, Anderson Ford Motorsport Power PipeFuel System Aeromotive pump, tank, rails; 72-lb/hr injectorsExhaust Kooks 131/44-inch long-tube headers, custom H-pipe, Flowmaster mufflers w/dumpsTransmission Tremec 3550, FRPP King Cobra clutch, Pro-5.0 shifterRearend Ford 8.8 w/4.10 gears, Auburn Pro differential, Moser Engineering 31-spline axles and spool

ElectronicsEngine Management Anderson Ford Motor-sport PMSIgnition MSD 6AL w/Blaster coil, FRPP spark plug wires Gauges Auto Meter

Suspension And ChassisFront SuspensionK-member D&D tubularControl Arms D&D tubularStrutsLakewood 90/10Springs CoiloverBrakes Aerospace ComponentsWheelsWeld Racing Draglite 15x3-inTires 165R/15Rear SuspensionShocksLakewood 50/50Springs EibachControl Arms TRZ MotorsportsBrakes StockWheels Weld Racing 15x8-inTires Mickey Thompson 275/50Chassis StiffeningBehind Bars Race Cars six-point rollbar, subframe connectors