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Minimum-Wage Mustang Part VII: Flowmaster Exhaust
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Well, well, well... our little ol' Minimum Wage Mustang is coming along quite nicely. Although it still looks like a junkyard dog, we've turned it into a nice-driving, good-handling, safe Mustang that's now ready for some modifications aimed at more power! If you're new to 5.0, let's back up and clue you in on this project.
A friend of the 5.0 staff, who has more ambition and know-how than money, bought this ragged, but reasonably sound, '86 GT for less than $2,000 with the goal of turning it into what every Mustang owner wants: an 11-second show car that can be used as a daily driver. Of course, we all know how dreams can warp reality, especially when the checking account is limited by a minimum wage paycheck, as is the case with our pal. So, we've attempted to build a car the way most of you would--a month at a time, as finances allow.
Our mods need to be chosen carefully. Unlike other magazine project cars where all the glorious parts come piling in the door as fast as the UPS guy can unload them, Minimum Wage Mustang is gonna take some time. We started off with a $150 monthly budget to spend on the car, but the minimum wage has increased a bit and the owner has decided to sacrifice some things (who needs a girlfriend, anyway?) to push the budget up to just over $275 per month.
For this installment, we decided to address both performance and image with a free-flowing--and louder--Flowmaster exhaust system. We went with a Flowmaster after-cat American Thunder exhaust system (PN 17113 for an '86 to '93 LX; PN 17116 for an '86 to '93 GT) because, at a street price of $230, it's affordable. This system's two-chamber mufflers bark like junkyard dogs on puppy uppers. As you will see, installing the Flowmaster system can be done in your home garage. Expect to wrestle with it a little bit, but it does bolt on without too much hassle.