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1988 Ford Mustang GT - Green Vibrations
From Wreck To Righteous, This '88 Mustang GT Has Been Winning Hearts And Minds Across Central Florida And Beyond
I was pretty annoyed. I had a look at the damage and it seemed like this car had somehow landed on a telephone pole. There were two big humps on the rocker panels. When Christina and I stripped the car down, we decided to keep the ground effects, because they hid the humps (I didn't want to try and hammer them out because it would probably only make things worse." Now Vince readily admits that he doesn't really like late Fox GTs. "All the ground effects stuff is gaudy - I really prefer the LX, but because of those bumps the car wouldn't look right without the skirts, so I got an ABC 'Cobra' body kit." With the car in bits, Vince and Christina sanded and smoothed the body, cut out and replaced the rotten floors, sourced a new hatch, front fenders and hood among other things. "The roof is about the only thing still original or untouched on this car," laughs Vince "I remember the ABC body extensions weren't good quality pieces so I had to spend a lot of time smoothing them out to make them look good - that's why you don't see the center molding." As for the exterior color? "That came about when Christina saw a VW Beetle one day. It was painted that Cyber Green and we both thought that it would be neat to paint [this Mustang] the same color. We wanted the car to stand out and this was one sure-fire way." So green it was and Green it became via the hands of Rick Farmer. "Our friends thought we were nuts, but now they love it," remarks Mojzak. Originally the plan was to just build a 'beach cruiser' as the Mojzak's dubbed it - a car with T-tops to take them cruising around and to and from the beach - wind in the hair and all that. "That was the plan at least," says Vince, "but in the end it just turned out too pretty." In fact when Green was more or less completed, some eight months after the Mojzak's originally took it home, the car turned out to be nothing less than a show stealer.
"We had the body done and the car was on the road by December 2002. We took it to a show in Ocala and people just loved it. There was a crowd around the car and they voted for it. We came home with our first trophy and it was cool because everything on this car was a joint effort, including all the welding and prep. Because it's a T-top car I wanted to prevent flexing as much as possible. It's got subframe connectors and a strut brace, but I added extra bracing along the rocker panels and underneath with W cross sections. I also installed a roll bar and now, every Mustang I build gets a strut tower brace and that roll bar - it makes such a difference." Although Green turned out to be quite the crowd pleaser, Vince and Christina have never been afraid of driving the wheels off it. "That was our intention, to have fun with it. The motor isn't that radical. When we first built the car - I kept the stock bottom end - it's still a 302, but I got my hands on some Ford Racing GT40P heads and Nathan Marler in Kissimmee did a port job on them and open up the bowls." One thing Vince is kind of particular about is the intake assembly. "I've got this Cartech upper, GT40 lower setup on the car. People tell me its junk - I know, but I just like the way it looks and no matter what I do to this car, it's going to be one of the last things I'll change." Not that Green is sluggish by anybody's standards, despite being loaded with the body extensions, roll cage, T-tops and full interior. The '88 has 24-lb fuel injectors, Accufab 75mm throttle body, Bosch fuel pump, MSD ignition, Ford Racing shorty headers, BBK 2 1/2-inch X-type pipe and good ol' Flowmasters, but the real kick is a 75 horse Nitrous Oxide Systems kit with a 10-lb bottle. With a World Class T-5 five-speed tranny, put together by Tony Baugh and 3.55 gears in the 8.8, Green has turned a best of 12.20 @ 112 mph in the quarter, at Orlando Speed World Dragway - not bad at all when you consider that with Vince in the driver's seat, the thing weighs about 3,800 lbs. However his first experience going down the track is the one he remembers most. "I'd put it together but it still had the stock brakes on the car - I almost went into the trees at the end of the track!" That was the last time he ran on the stock brakes - from that point on it was a five-lug conversion all the way. Being the resourceful chap he is, Mojzak scrounged some SN95 brakes and put those on, along with Bullitt 17-inch rims and BFG treads (drag radials out back of course). Both he and Christina however, view Green as a long-term project. "I know it's mostly done," says Vince, "but there is always something you can do and that's the approach we're taking with this car. The way we figure, it's kinda boring if you just build the car once and are done with it - for example, this winter we did the motor - I've still got that intake on it, but upgraded to a 90 horsepower nitrous kit. With the heads, intake and Ford Racing B-cam, it's probably now good for the 11s, but I haven't taken it down the track yet." Regardless, Green was built to be a cruiser and the Mojzaks go driving as often as possible, in fact, Vince even took it on the Hot Rod Power Tour, but that episode happened almost by accident. "I had originally planned to take my Olds, but I couldn't get it ready in time, so I took this and you know what? It was probably about the only car that didn't break on the trip. I just put gas in it and it went. I even managed a couple of passes on the track at Englishtown, NJ and got my picture taken, now that was awesome."