The 7UP/Saleen clone owner was very happy with his powerful toy. It served him well during track events at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Memphis Motorsports Park, Carolina Motorsports Park, and Nashville Superspeedway, but when the chance to own a true '90 Saleen LE came along in 1999 Jeff was on a plane headed east faster than you could say 'Steve Saleen'.
"Mark LaMaskin at Performance Autosport had car number 90-0217 for sale at his shopin Richmond," Jeff remembers. "It was one of three 7UP cars Steve built with the silvergraphics, silver wheels and no extra equipment. The car only had about 30,000 miles on it, and was in great shape. There was no way I was going home without it.
Now the two green convertibles sit side by side in Jeff's garage, teasing the occasional visitor with their unusual histories. They represent Jeff's two distinct philosophies about cars. One is heavily modified and customized to the owner's exacting wishes. The other is a carefully preserved piece of Mustang history, its only deviations from stock being a convertible top headliner and two-chamber Flowmaster mufflers.
"At first, people think the cars are identical," Jeff tells us, "then they get a closer look and have a lot of questions. The cars show really well as a pair, and I enjoy the looks they get when both a friend and I drive them on the street together." No doubt.
Play As Hard As You Work!
Jeff Reasons spends six or seven days a week running his family's construction business, but he squeezes every last minute out of his free time to play with his high-performance toys. When we visited him for our photo session a few months ago, his well-stocked garage included the following fun machines:
1990 Mazda Miata SCCA road racer
2005 Harley V-rod motorcycle
2002 Kawasaki ZX12R Ninja sport bike
1996 Honda XR400 dirt bike
2000 Kawasaki ZR7 motorcycle
Last, but not least, is the 2005 Cessna 182T single-engine airplane Jeff uses to travel to the 20 states in which The Reasons Construction Company does business.
He's attended enough driving schools to get a degree, has a SCUBA certification card, and recently got a taste of skydiving with a tandem jump over Las Vegas. In short, Jeff is our kind of guy.
Interior / Exterior
Jeff Reasons' 1990 7UP Saleen Replica
Six-point custom rollbar, Hotchkis Tuning caster/camber plates, welded-in subframe connectors; 13" Baer rotors (front), 10.5" Baer rotors (rear)
Saleen aerodynamic body panels, rear wing; 2" cowl hood
Autometer gauges for boost, oil pressure and water temperature on the A-pillar, exterior fuel gauge on the cowl; Ford leather bucket seats, Simpson five-point harnesses, non-slip race pedals, custom cloth convertible top headliner
Wheels And Tires
17" aluminum Speedline wheels (7.5" wide in front, 8.5" wide in the rear); 235/45-17 Sumitomos (front) and Nitto 555R drag radials (rear)
Special thanks to Clint Murchison, Rick Anderson, Danny Biggs and Mark LaMaskin
Jeff Reasons' 1990 7UP Saleen Replica
Balanced and blueprinted DSS 306 long block with forged pistons, race-prepped rods and crankshaft, Anderson Ford Motorsports B31 camshaft with double roller timing chain, fuel rails, Vortech aftercooler, Aeromotive fuel system, Eliminator fuel pump; Trick Flow Twisted Wedge heads, a GT40 upper intake manifold with ported lower, 70mm throttle body, 80mm mass airflow sensor, 55-psi injectors, seven-quart Canton Racing Products oil pan, three-core Griffin aluminum radiator, MSD 6AL ignition control box, 8mm Live Wire plug wires, Ford Motorsport sparkplugs, trunk-mounted battery, Bassani 1-3/4" shorty headers and mufflers
Factory ECU, PMS tuned by Anderson Ford
Tremec 3550 five-speed transmission, steel bellhousing; aluminum driveshaft, driveshaft loop; 3.73 gears, Auburn differential, 31-spline Moser axles
Saleen Racecraft components, Tokico five-way adjustable struts