Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
1989 Mustang LX Coupe American Thunder
The Sound Of A Fuel-Injected Generation.
A short while after these modifications, Brian scored a deal on a Vortech S-trim. "I bought it because of the whistle," Brian tells us. "I could care less about the power difference." The loud whistle from the old-school compressor certainly garners its share of attention, but we're certain that Brian doesn't mind the extra 100 hp that the 12 psi of boost provides.
Awhile after the power upgrades, the stock T-5 transmission started to show itself as the weak link. Brian pulled it out and replaced it with a G-Force-modified T5 transmission. While he was at it, the stock clutch was swapped out in favor of a McLeod Super Streetpro unit, coupled with a resurfaced stock flywheel and a Pro 5.0 billet shifter.
Over the next few years, Brian spent most of his time detailing the Mustang from top to bottom. It wasn't uncommon to see the car up on jackstands once a month for a thorough cleaning. From the inside of the rims to the polished window moldings, the Mustang has always stood out, no doubt due to Brian's dedication and penchant for spotlessness.
During this time, the cowl hood was traded out in favor of a stock metal hood, and the Konig wheels gave way to a set of ROH ZS hoops, sized 17x8.5. Kumho Ecsta 235/40/17 front tires offer the needed fender clearance for the slammed ride height, and a set of sticky BFGoodrich 275/40/17 drag radials allow the boosted power to be put down to the pavement.
A decade ago, no one really cared about having black-cloth interior. If memory serves us correctly, it was grey leather that was in high demand at the time. Not so anymore, as people buy four-cylinder cars just to get their hands on the black-cloth upholstery. Brian's coupe features the much sought-after black tweed, and the Mustang's interior has received numerous upgrades, including a complement of Auto Meter Phantom Series gauges and billet aluminum interior accents from UPR Products. Though the dash cluster features white-faced gauges, Brianted went a step further by painting the needles to match the Auto Meter dials. When the opportunity arose, he changed out the '89 "batwing" steering wheel for a newer airbag-equipped model.
Last year, after saving a bit and deciding what direction to take, Brian chose to give the Mustang another update and took the coupe back to its notchback roots by removing the GT ground effects and Saleen wing. He pulled the car apart and procured LX front and rear fascias, as well as a new decklid and a 4-inch, fiberglass cowl-induction hood.
Brian called on good friend Mark Johnson to handle the bodywork and spray the BASF base/clearcoat Viper Blue Pearl Coat hue, which gave the Mustang a unique look. Depending on the lighting, the coupe can change from blue to purple-a dynamic-looking paint job that always draws attention. Mark also color-matched the stock aluminum valve covers to the exterior, and he tinted the taillight lenses using a mixture of black paint and clearcoat. Having a slightly red glow through the dark haze gives the lenses a factory look.
His family and friends have all been through multiple Mustangs over the years, but Brian has held onto his and stayed the course. Eleven years later, his persistence has paid off. He has captured the sound of a fuel-injected generation.