5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
1986 T-Top Coupe LX - Plan Beast
Our '86 T-Top Coupe Is Back In Action With Bigger Steam And Lower 9-Second Potential
On the Dragstrip
We made it to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Thursday, one day before qualifying for SCSN V began. After spending the day registering to run in the Ford Racing Performance Parts Mustang Maddness class, getting our 'Stang tech'd, setting up the pit area, and mounting new slicks on the T-top coupe's Weld Alumastar rear wheels, we were confident the race weekend would be successful. As the saying goes, "So much for the best-laid plans."
During the first round of qualifying on Friday, a freak engine mishap put an end to our hopes of reaching the winner's circle at SCSN V. However, there are highlights to the ill-fated pass. It was the first time we used the transbrake in the coupe's Performance Automatic Super Comp AODE transmission, and it performed flawlessly, launching the 3,500-pound Mustang like a bullet from a gun. Also important, the timeslip data indicates an improvement on our previous best e.t. and mph had the car made it through the quarter-mile under full power.