Power For The People
It's probably fair to say that it was the 1987 5-liter Mustang that really kicked off the whole modifying Ponies thing into the stratosphere. As for the GT model, it made quite an impact of its own. Smoother front end styling and window glass along with a revamped interior were part of the package. For the first time, the GT stood apart from its LX sibling. The grille-less nose was unique to this model as were the front air dam with dual round foglights, side skirts, with scoops ahead of the front and rear wheels, rear valance and a massive spoiler on hatchbacks. GTs also got unique 'Turbine' 16-spoke aluminum wheels mounted with Goodyear Eagle GT 'Gatorback' 225/60VR15 radials. Louvered tailight lenses (dubbed cheesegraters) were a controversial touch at the time.
Under the hood, changes to the 302 V8 included a revised intake with larger runners and 60mm throttle-body (it was 58 mm for 1986), plus a new set of heads. In reality, they weren't that new, but a 1985 truck casting, (E5TE, later E7TE). These were similar to the original 1985 H.O. heads and with unshrouded valves and less restrictive exhaust ports than the 1986 heads, boosted horsepower from 200 to 225 hp and torque from 285 to 300 lb/ft. Incidently, GTs could be equipped with a Borg-Warner T-5 five speed manual gearbox or AOD four-speed automatic. Rear axle ratios were 2.73 or 3.08:1 for five-speed cars and 3.27:1 for automatics. There were additional changes to the steering and suspension for improved handling and 'fun to drive' factor. Upgrades included revised spring and damping rates, new front struts with more travel and negative caster/camber, plus new front spindles and slightly enlarged front disc brakes.
Ford offered both hatchback and convertible bodies for the 1987 GT and this was the last full year that buyers could order T-tops on the hatchback. A total of 47,539 Mustang GTs were produced for the model year, with 37,088 being hatchbacks. In stock form, the 1987-88 GTs were the quickest accelerating of all the factory Fox GT 5.0s, with 14.20 - 14.50 quartermile ETs being the norm. Not a big deal now, but very quick for a $13,000 car back then.
Scott Kendall's 1987 Mustang GT
Block bored .030" over by Doug Maslaritola of Proformance Unlimited, forged steel crank, Eagle H-beam forged steel rods, Keith Black 9.5:1 compression fly cut forged aluminum pistons, Ford Racing X-303 camshaft, chrome oil pan, 1.6:1 roller rockers, 42 lb/hr injectors, 1 5/8" shorty headers; Edelbrock Performer RPM aluminum cylinder heads with 2.02/1.60" intake exhaust valves, Fel-Pro gaskets, ARP head studs, Professional Products Power Plus Typhoon intake assembly, 70mm throttle-body; Holley 255 lph in-tank electric fuel pump, Vortech A-trim centrifugal supercharger/10 psi of boost, Bosch blow-off valve, Anderson Ford Motorsport 4" Power Pipe, custom H-pipe; Flowmaster 2 1/2" mufflers with 3" polished tips, MSD Blaster coil, Pro-Billet distributor, 6AL ignition control box; Optima Red Top battery, Taylor Full Metal Jacket igntion wires, Autolite 23 spark plugs, Fluidyne 3-row aluminum radiator, Innovative System Technologies Super Cool electric fan, Russell braided hoses and plumbing
Borg-Warner World Class T-5 five-speed manual gearbox, Ford Racing flywheel, King Cobra clutch; Ford Racing aluminum adjustable clutch quadrant, UPR firewall adjuster, Richmond 3.73 gears, Eaton 31-spline axle shafts
425 RWHP, 439 RWTQ
Special thanks to Greg Gisbourne of Neighbourhood Upholstery; Matt Matter of MWM Designs; Joe Da Silva and Diago Lopes at Da Silva Racing and most of all, my wife Jody and my parents for their patience and support over the years.