Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
1993 Mustang LX - The Sound Of Muscle
Jeremy Follmer's '93 Coupe Is An Auditory Masterpiece
Car manufacturers go through a lot of research and development when designing an exhaust system, but the one thing they just can't do is tailor each vehicle for the owner. That's where the aftermarket steps in.
Most Fox-body enthusiasts know that Flowmaster's two-chamber mufflers started this trend for the late-model Mustang crowd, but now everyone sells exhaust systems for all late-model Mustangs. And for the most part, all you have to do is go to a manufacturer's website and it will usually have sound and video clips for you to check out.
When it came time to turn up the volume on his '93 Mustang LX, Hammond, Indiana's Jeremy Follmer opted for the tried and true sound that only two-chamber Flowmaster mufflers can offer. An off-road H-pipe and Bassani equal-length shorty headers make sure everyone knows there is a 5.0L on the loose and coming to a piece of asphalt near you.
Jeremy bought the clean coupe some 11 years ago, after being inspired by a ride in a friend's Fox-body Mustang.
"It was going to be a daily driver," says Jeremy of his '93 Mustang. "Now it's a cruiser and I occasionally drive it to work." The Mustang was fairly stock when Jeremy purchased it, and over the years he's made subtle improvements to make it look and perform better than ever.
The 5.0L long-block has been left alone, but it now wears 1.7:1 roller rocker arms and a Ford Racing GT-40 intake manifold. Once the Granatelli 75mm mass air meter and Edelbrock 75mm throttle body have provided the air charge to the factory E7 cylinder heads, an octet of Ford Racing Performance Parts' 30-lb/hr fuel injectors give the mixture its volatility so that the MSD Blaster coil can light it off. The aforementioned exhaust system then provides the exit for the combustion byproducts.
On the outside, Jeremy had Kevin Campbell of Country Collision in South Chicago Height, Illinois, go over the car's faded flanks with a custom red hue that's just a couple shades darker than the factory red tint. A Saleen SR351 wing was added to the decklid, and a Cobra R fiberglass hood flexes the 5.0's muscle up front. Jeremy also had Campbell shave the emblems and wipers, and fill in the trunk key-lock to smooth things out. As you might have deduced from the photos, the Mustang rolls on four-lug Cobra R replica wheels, and a set of Eibach Sportline coil springs lowers the ride height while improving cornering stability.
When Jeremy purchased the car years ago, a previous owner had already installed 3.73 gears to help the AOD automatic get the coupe moving quicker. Unfortunately, something in the rearend gave up, and with the rear axle sounding like someone shaking a bag of marbles, it was time to go back in the 8.8 and make some changes. Once the Traction-Lok differential was cleaned up, a 4.10 ring and pinion gear set was installed.
Here at MM&FF, we're big fans of upgrading parts when the factory pieces check out, and Jeremy did the same thing when the AOD automatic transmission snapped it's input shaft. TPI Transmissions rebuilt the AOD with a hardened input shaft, a Trans-Go shift kit, and a Hughes 3,000-rpm-stall torque converter. Gear changes still happen automatically, but Jeremy can hammer each one with the B&M Megashifter mounted on the center console.
When the authoritative exhaust is done speaking, Jeremy cranks up the sounds from the custom audio system that he installed. Jeremy used to perform custom audio/video vehicle installations for a living, and his much-sought-after black interior features a host of unique improvements, including aftermarket leather bucket seats, flame-infused door panels, and several speaker enclosures.
"The car is always evolving," notes Jeremy, who claims he's on his third set of door panels alone. The Q Forms speaker pods on the doors house MB Quart 6.5-inch woofers, while the kick panels are home to a component set that includes 5.25-inch woofer with a tweeter. The rear package tray supports a pair of 6.5-inch woofers, and the trunk now houses an Infinity six-channel amplifier, which powers the cabin speakers as well as the Kicker 12-inch subwoofer that's enclosed in a special aluminum-lined box. A pair of stiffening capacitors makes sure the bass signal from the Eclipse CD player hits hard every time.
Another custom touch is the relocation of the heating and cooling control panel to the glovebox. This was done so Jeremy could move the head unit up into the now vacant location; the double-din area below is now home to a switch panel that controls the electric fan, as well as added lighting controls for the front and rear strobes, and trunk-enclosure lights.
Jeremy's always-evolving project should soon have a smoothed-out engine bay, as that is next on his list of modifications. In the meantime, this 5.0L wails with the sound of muscle as Jeremy; his wife, Beth; and sons, Jacob and Max, enjoy the ride to the next show or cruise-in.