Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
With today's focus on bling, wing, and other tacked-on stuff that doesn't make a car go faster, it's hard to remember that cars like this weaponized 1986 Ford Mustang GT Supercharged coupe were once the most feared machines on the road. That low-key look hides some serious blasting powder under the hood, including a 306 V8 and a Kenne Bell supercharger, making this the automotive version of "walk softly and carry a big stick."
For a lot of Mustang guys, the 5.0 GT hatchback coupes were pure hardcore mayhem. No frills, just the lightest possible curb weight and a strong, streamlined body to handle some pretty gnarly power. The '86 models have an almost austere look and in basic Silver, it looks like it sprang from the same kind of insane minds that gave the FBI turbocharged Buick Regals, specifically the Turbo-T versions. The Silver finish is actually quite good, shiny enough to let everyone know this car has been well-maintained, but not so shiny that potential victims spot the high-dollar paint and figure that an even bigger sum was spent on the hardware underneath. No, this car definitely nails the look. There's not much chrome on any Fox Body Mustang, save for a little trim around the windows, but that's how the factory did it and there's not much sense in trying to change it. The urethane bumpers are in great condition and now that the 5.0 has made a big comeback, those badges on the fenders will once again strike fear into street racers' hearts.
You'd be forgiven for not recognizing the Mustang's interior, which has been extensively upgraded to cope with the new horsepower now on tap. Thankfully, they resisted the urge to install some obtrusive 6-point roll cage that would make the already small cabin even more cramped, although the back seat was removed to reduce weight. Racing seats with black upholstery and bright red stitching were added, and after you see what this car can do on the road, you'll realize that adding supportive seats was a smart upgrade. The original dash is intact, with the stock gauges surrounded by industrial-looking bezels that look like they belong in a fighter jet, and the gauges themselves are backlit with red lighting for a really cool look. There's also a fuel pressure gauge mounted outside the front windshield (a la the hood-mounted tachometers that classic Pontiacs used to boast), along with Roush and Innovative Motorsports gauges inside the reworked center console that keep an eye on the supercharger and the boost. A methanol module was installed inside the glove box, but despite all these radical changes that account for the new explosive drivetrain, the original dash is still crack-free and in fantastic shape. That trick Grant steering wheel feels great in the hands of a white-knuckle driver, and oddly enough the tilt wheel lever is now on the right side of the column. Even with these sporty changes you still get stock Mustang door panels, fresh carpet, and a headliner that all feel like 1986, and even the shifter for the transmission is the original, non-descript unit from the factory. Options include power windows and locks, factory A/C with upgraded R134a refrigerant that works but only blows cold air out of the defrost vent, LED dome lights, and a modern Sony AM/FM/CD/AUX head unit that handles the music. With the backseat gone, the cargo area is expanded, although behind the passenger's seat a methanol injection tank was installed inside a custom compartment, and the parts of the bommin' stereo are visible as well.
Given the car's featherweight curb weight, speed is easy thanks to the built 302 V8 (punched out to a 306 V8 in the recent rebuild) fuel-injected motor augmented with some pretty big deal parts. The biggest upgrade is obviously the Kenne Bell supercharger, but you also get forged internals in the motor, Scorpion roller rockers, a Crower camshaft, GT40 heads, a MegaSquirt ECU tuner, and a Cobra intake just to name a few performance attributes. Currently tuned to output about 450HP, it can do way more than that when the full 'Blowzilla' set-up is turned up to 11, with the methanol boost flowing through the engine's veins. But the only reason this car should ever be tuned to full capacity would be for a track day, in which case we'd recommend the addition of a few extra safety features. Or just drive it as-is, because it's certainly got the pedigree to tussle with anything out in the streets in its current configuration. A Grant aluminum radiator with an electric fan keeps the engine cool, while the AOD 4-speed automatic transmission was built up with a shift kit to handle all the extra power, and it spins an 8.8-inch rear end with 3.55 gears. An X-pipe dual exhaust gives it a nasty engine note, but lest you think this is just a straight-line car, note the giant sway bars, upgraded springs, and Bilstein shocks underneath, making this a tidy little handler, too. Power 4-wheel dis
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