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This Home-Grown GM Boy Falls For A Fox Mustang, ’Cause They’re...
As the saying goes, you can pick your enemies and you can pick your friends, but you can't pick your family's car preference... or something like that. It's a tough thing growing up in a GM family, particularly when your dad worked there and your brothers marry into other GM families. Sounds a little like hill country to me, but for Scott Walker there was a happy ending that had nothing to do with his cousin.
There are a few skeletons in Scott's closet, though. A 1967 Chevy Nova with a 421 cid stroker motor is one that'll rattle your teeth. There was also a slammed 1979 Blazer and a 1971 4 x 4 pickup. However, since Scott got hooked up with a Mustang, he's seen the light. "There has been a conversion here," he told us. "I will always have a Fox body."
Scott hails from Gainesville, GA, and just happened to be hanging around Milton Robson's place the same day when our columnist, Brad Bowling, stopped by. If you read Brad's story last month, about the Mighty Mouse Mustang, you might appreciate that there's not too many junkers to be found in the vicinity of Milt's place. And, so it is with this Pony that started out life as a 1989 GT. With the extensive help of J.J. Classic Mustang in Soddy-Daisy, TN, the car has morphed into a 1993 Cobra clone ... a clone of some repute, mind you.
Soddy-Daisy? What the... OK, wait. Just so you know, Soddy-Daisy is a small town a little north of Chattanooga, TN. Lying between the foot of the mountains and Chickamauga Lake, it is the merging of two villages - Soddy and Daisy. Soddy is believed to come from the Cherokee word "Tsati" which means homeplace.
This Mustang was originally white and, unless you look in the spare tire well, you'd never know it. J.J.'s rotisserie paint job is that good, according to Scott. The white paint in the tire well was intentionally left white. Before the paint went on, though, a whole raft of original Ford parts were sourced, so that the exterior transformation could proceed. All that work was completed using NOS parts, also known as "new, old stock" pieces ... and you thought we were talking about nitrous oxide. NOS pieces are the holy grail of classic restoration because they are original parts and they fit right the first time. Later, when it came time to put the interior together, the same approach was used. At this point in time, fewer than 4,000 miles have been put on the car since its rebirth.
If you've done subframe connectors on your Mustang, you might wonder why this owner chose to have a set custom made from 2 x 3-inch rectangular steel tubing. Those subframes certainly aren't going far when tied together by that structural profile. Well, the other point of note about Scott's car is that he dropped in a Ford Racing crate engine. When he chose it, he went straight to the big block column and picked out a 460 cid V8. That 550 flywheel HP monster came with aluminum Super Cobra Jet heads that feature 2.2-inch intake valves and 1.76-inch exhaust valves. As supplied by Ford Racing, the wedge motor also comes with an MSD billet distributor, Edelbrock Victor intake manifold and 545 ft-lb of stump pulling torque.
Now, for Scott that was the beginning of the engine story, not the end. Into this old school motor, he also added a new camshaft that dials out at .588-inch lift on the intake and .614-inch on the exit side. The original intake was swapped out for a dual plane Edelbrock Performer RPM unit, so that the Holley 850 carburetor could feed that monster cam appropriately. Only thing, there was a slight issue with the manifold because when you put it on top of a 460 engine, there's no way you'll get the hood closed. No problem, really. The old school rules say "cut a hole" and that's exactly how this Mustang got its signature look. If ever you look in your rearview mirror and see that kind of hardware poking out through the fiberglass ram air hood, you'll know that this is not your day for bragging rights.