5.0 Mustang & Super FordsNews & Views
5.0 Buzz - December 2013
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I have been following the Cheaper Sleeper project since it's inception, mainly because I too have a '93 5.0 LX hatchback. I have owned this car since 1997 when I bought it in stock/unmolested condition with 30,000 miles.
During the 16 years that I've had the car my intent has always been to maintain a "sleeper" look while maintaining a drivetrain that is both powerful and reliable. About a couple of years ago, I finally reached the point with my car where all of the major drivetrain work is done. It's simply time to sit back and enjoy the car's 500 rwhp and 480 rwtq, and slowly take care of some of the less important, non-mechanical items when time and money allow it.
I realize the term "cheap" is subjective and can mean many things to many people. My experience has taught me that there isn't much about this hobby that I would consider cheap, especially if longevity is as important as e.t. and horsepower numbers. Maintaining these cars and pump gas is something beyond the cost of the original build and is always ongoing. I realize if you turn your own wrenches and find deals on parts you can reduce some of your costs.
I think using the term "cheaper" to describe a performance project in our hobby is almost humorous (ask our wives), and I'm wondering what the total cost of the build is so far. I'll also drop off some photos of what I call the Millersville Sleeper.
Cheap is simply a matter of perspective. Considering you can drop over $60,000 on a new GT500 before you start modding, a Fox that eschews image in favor of streetable performance is a veritable bargain. KJ bought the car for $1,000, and he's put about $6,000 into it so far. In today's world of Mustang projects, that seems like a pretty good deal. When you factor in that the car is reliable and fun to drive, it becomes an even bigger bargain.
Life in the Fast Lane
About six years ago I totaled my baby. It was a black '90 LX 5.0 hatch with red interior and a 25th anniversary badge on the dash. It was stock when I bought it, and my friend had recently removed the motor, freshened it up, and put it back in. The only thing I did was put on Flowmasters.
I had big plans for that car, and to make matters worse, the accident was my fault. Man that car was clean! I was bummed to say the least. Be thankful that you can fix yours.
So what did I do? I purchased a '93 Cobra look-a-like that someone had already started to play with. It was faster and prettier, but I didn't like it as much because someone else started the mods. I had to sell it a couple years ago because my wife and I had a baby boy. I tried to fight it, but I really didn't want to sleep on the couch every nite.
You have a sweet ride, and I know you will appreciate it even more when you get it back. I will get another Fox, and if I win the lotto, it might even grace the pages of your fine magazine.
I read something troubling in your story and I'm gonna give you some advice. Stay out of the slow lane! Only bad things happen in the slow lane. A trooper once told me, and I quote: "You can do 80." (The problem was he clocked me at 96.) I got a lot of tickets in my 'Stangs but if I was doing 80, they left me alone.
I don't know your driving style and I'm not trying to get you in trouble. I just stay out of the slow lane to keep away from the big rigs and the snowbirds that do 55 mph. It is just my opinion—you obviously should drive the way you want. But think about it—fast cars are made to go fast. With a whip like yours, you got no business in the slow lane. I don't care if it is raining.
This is the first time I have ever written about 'Stangs and driving them. It feels good I must say. I just wanted to write to let you know that I feel your pain. Good luck in the future with PVT—and stay outta that right lane.
Palm Beach County, FL
5.0 subscriber, currently 'Stangless
Thanks for continuing to subscribe, Javas. I hope that reading the mag will help you maintain the Mustang fever until you can get another Mustang. I'm also sorry to hear your LX was a loss, but maybe one day you and your offspring can build a Fox together and make it even more special.
As for my lane choices, I was only slowpoking it because of the sudden downpour I was caught in. Obviously playing it safe didn't work out, but I'll try to keep PVT out of the slow lane, weather permitting.
It seems like the 2014 Shelby GT500 might be the last GT500 we see for a while. That's sad, but at least the car is going out on a 662hp high note... Ford is counting down to the Mustang's 50th anniversary with a series of videos posted on its YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/FordMustang.