5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
1986 Ford Mustang T-Top LX Project T-Top Coupe Engine Swap - To The Top
Moving into the four-digit category was on our minds while installing a new bullet
Have you ever known that something really isn’t going to work the way you want it to, but still hold on to a small hope that some way, somehow, a fix will arise at the 11th hour to make the impossible a doable deal?
That was the position we found ourselves in both before and after installing the new Paxton-blown/Mondo-intercooled engine in our project Pony. Sure, we knew that the ’cooler would raise the engine’s overall height considerably. But despite this knowledge, our intent is to try and maintain some semblance of the clean look that the T-top ’Stang had with its Cervini’s 2.5-inch cowl hood.
All roads currently point toward us turning Chris Kephart loose with the fiberglass cutter and letting him modify the Cervini’s piece in as clean a manner as possible for the necessary clearance (see Option A photo). However, at the risk of making our street Mustang appear more racy, we’re also flirting with the idea of bolting on Team Z Motorsports’ all-new 6-inch cowl hood for pre-’87 Fox bodies (see Option B).
Yes, we knew going in that this was going to be a problem. While we’ll certainly get it resolved at some point, we welcome you to dial up our website, www.50mustangandsuperfords.com, and use the message board to give us your thoughts on which way we should go to address this issue.