Jim Smart
June 23, 2011

The ’79-’95 Fox-body Mustangs are hot, plentiful, and cheap right now, which makes them excellent project cars. Gil Ruiz at Mustangs Etc. found his ’89 GT convertible waiting for a buyer at the grand larceny price of $500.

We know what you’re thinking. However, this is a running, drivable GT drop-top for 500 bucks just to get it out of someone’s driveway. Sure, the car needs cosmetic work and its share of mechanical repairs. However, it was a smoking deal, freeing up cash for restoration and mechanical work that will turn this classic Fox into a reliable fun car. Gil’s GT has a Tremec World Class T-5 transmission in good shape, coupled to a 5.0L High Output engine with Edelbrock Performer heads.

When Gil was accelerating onto the freeway recently, his engine revved but his Mustang didn’t accelerate, followed by the aroma of burning friction material and the realization that his 5.0 needed a new clutch. We contacted Will Baty at Centerforce, who recommended a Centerforce Dual-Friction clutch and pressure plate, along with a 50-ounce offset balance steel flywheel designed specifically for late-model 5.0L engines. Made from steel billet, not iron, the flywheel is ready for just about any kind of driving.

Centerforce’s patented Dual-Friction clutch comes with a matched pressure plate for feather-light pedal effort coupled with solid hookup as engine revs increase. The Centerforce traditional diaphragm clutch design is married to centrifugal weights that apply more pressure as rpms rise. Gone is that leg-taxing pressure from those old three-finger clutches.

While Gil had his T-5 out of the car, he also added a BBK short-throw shifter (#BBK-2701) and heavy-duty T-5 front bearing retainer (#7050A) from Mustangs Unlimited to improve both durability and his daily driving experience.

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