5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
1989 Ford Mustang LX - Fox Buildup
Taking An '89 LX Into The 12-Second Zone On A Stock Engine
For the last pass, we set the tires to 12 psi on the left and 11 psi on the right because the car was body rolling with no antiroll bar. I white-smoked the tires to get them good and hot and tried to leave at 5,000 rpm, but I got a little anxious (no two-step) and actually launched at 5,200 rpm. The car dead-hooked to a new best: a 1.69 60-foot time. It pulled hard while I power-shifted as if my life depended on it. The timing board lit up with a 12.91 at 103.70-success.
We're not the first group to put a stock-motored 5.0 Mustang in the 12s and we won't be the last, but that's not the point of this exercise. The project serves as a reminder of what the 5.0 craze is all about. These cars have so much potential. They're fairly quick in stock form and they respond well to minor modifications. This excellent bang-for-the-buck factor is what fuels the Fox rod movement. People like us, who can't afford a new Mustang, can still go out there, pick up a clean Fox for next to nothing, fix it up however we want, then go out and have a blast with it. The possibilities are almost endless.
We don't know what the future holds for this particular car, but I hope it involves boost, 'cause "10-second stocker" has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?