Don Roy
July 20, 2010
Photos By: Joe Magro

This Bright Calypso Green Pony Keeps Its Owner Dancing. You'll Love The Tune.
Some of us remember our first Mustang with fond memories and regrets that we sold it. Not Jeff langdon, though. At the tender age of 18, he was driving his 'dream car' - a modded 1988 Mustang coupe. That particular car featured a Saleen wing, tinted glass, a loud exhaust, ram air kit and lowered springs. Since the springs had been cut rather than replaced with job-specific parts, Jeff told us that the car "rode like a hay wagon."

The car also attracted the lowest portion of humanity and, as a result, the car was stolen ... twice. Both times, it was recovered and Jeff faced the job of putting it back together again. After the second time, he decided to sell the Mustang and get out of the game. A brand new econobox was acquired to provide daily driver duties and we all know the rest of the story from there. personality change, combustion envy and many attempts, both futile and ineffective, to hide it all from his spouse.

In her wisdom, Jeff's wife suggested that they look for another project car and the timing was perfect. A good friend of Jeff's had just dropped a 'For Sale' sign on the windshield of a 1992 LX notchback Mustang. The car was well maintained and bone stock. It was exactly the thing Jeff wanted. In his own words, it was "... something that you could just get in and drive." Once the car was bought, his resolution to keep the notch in its original condition lasted about as long as the glide path of a manhole cover. The changes began with a new CD player, tint on the windows and an underhood cleanup. Still bearing the scars from previous experiences with the dregs of humanity, Jeff embraced a 'sleeper' theme with the car. The only attention he wanted would be when the car was in motion.

That theme began a legacy which has seen this Bright calypso Green Mustang bring home national awards and be featured in ScT merchandising materials. however, we are jumping ahead of ourselves here. The first step in the sleeper build was the installation of a 75-shot of nitrous oxide and, with that, the pony became 'BOTTlFED.' The original factory exhaust was left in place, but Jeff and his car were firmly embarked on a journey that, by now, is close to finished. But then, we all know that epic journeys like this are never completed. Check out one of Jeff's more recent upgrades in our photos. he had the alternator rebuilt, but also powdercoated - portions in gleaming silver and others in a shade of green exactly matching the car's signature exterior paint.

Now, this Mustang has its share of performance parts and those include ported stock cylinder heads and ported intake manifold, an Frpp replacement throttle body in the 65 mm size and a Moroso cold Air Intake kit. Ford racing's ceramic coated 'shorty' headers help out with evacuation of the motor's spent gases. The central performance feature, though, is a NOS 5115-II, single stage, dry nitrous system jetted for a 125 horsepower addition. The 10- pound capacity bottle starts sharing its love when a wOT (wide open throttle) switch is triggered. The car has turned in a 12.98 second performance at 109 mph, so it's no stranger to the quarter mile.

Now, we won't say that Jeff lives in the sticks, but with a local population of about 34,000, his home city isn't exactly a clone of charlotte or Mo'town. That's where his familiarity with the Internet has been a blessing and not just for the car, but in making many new friendships throughout the Mustang community. Jeff is quick to mention an E-buddy by the name of Dave Stinson, who helped out with advice while Jeff was 'smoothing' the engine bay and hiding the underhood wiring harness - always a slick modification and one that separates the players from the pretenders on any show field. when you decide to move up from local to state and then national shows, it is always helpful to have an experienced mentor or a couple. Jeff also named Brent Spencer, from 2koolperformance.com, and Scott winger from StainlessBumperletters.com, as people who contributed a lot of experience, having national level show cars of their own.