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1996 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
The new engine for the Mustang GT, an SOHC 4.6-liter V-8, invokes technology that the obsolete 5.0 didn't have, yet it arrives at almost identical output. The main reasons for changing the engines were the tougher federal fuel-economy standards and onboard diagnostic system (OBD-II) requirements that both kick in for 1996. Ford knew the aged 5.0 liter was not going to make the cut anymore.
Most of the real improvements brought about by the modular V-8 power plant are aimed not at performance, but rather at refinement. Noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) characteristics are first addressed in the engine structure itself, with lightweight pistons and connecting rods, a deep-skirt block, deep head bolts, and five cross-bolted main bearings. This 1996 Mustang GT is presented for consignment in Crystal White and sporting a 4-speed automatic transmission and a Vortech V1 Supercharger for a little extra kick from this pony car.
Bathed in Crystal White this body presents nicely with well minded gaps and very good paint. A few battle scuffs show on the front neoprene bumper cover and some chips are here and there especially in the seams. A few of the iconic Mustang design cues are still present on this SN-95 Mustang. The first is the hockey stick cove which starts on the front of the rear quarter panel with a faux air inlet duct and runs to the front of the doors and into the front fender well. Second are the triple taillights which now wrap around to the rear of the quarters. An aerodynamic rear spoiler sits atop of the trunk lid. 17-inch dual 5 spoke aluminum alloy wheels are wrapped 255/45ZR17 rubber in front, and 245/45/ZR17's on back
A swing of the door shows us gray leather front bucket seats that show some wear wrinkling on the driver's seat while the passenger seat and rear seats show minimal usage. Another iconic design cue is the dual swooped dash which presents in black and gray and melts into a center console with another rounded bottom curved line. Gray carpet covers all the floors. The iconic curves continue on the door panels in gray and black, with the swoops housing all the power toggles for windows, locks and mirrors. All original instruments and all clean as well showing the driver all necessary engine functions. A centrally located HVAC control keeps the occupants comfortable year round and an aftermarket Kenwood AM/FM/CD player keeps the audiophile in us sated. Also, on the steering column are two smaller round mounted boost and transmission temperature gauges.
A pop of the hood reveals a slightly aged but well kept 4.6L SOHC V8 wedged between the shock towers. A Vortech V1 Supercharger forces air into the engine and mixes with fuel via EFI. We see power steering, air conditioning and hydro-boost power brakes. A 4R70W 4-speed automatic transmission sends power back to a Ford 8.8" rear axle that contains a 3.27 TracLok gear set. Reliability and fun all wrapped up in one.
Seen underneath, a structurally sound undercarriage with independent coil springs upfront, and 4 link with coil springs on the rear. Some surface rust is seen on the usual suspects, but this is surface variety so is mostly harmless. Power disc brakes are all around. A clean and rust free dual exhaust system with Cherrybomb mufflers puts a throaty sound out the back through chromed tips which peek out the bottom of the rear bumper cover.
A quick starter, smooth runner, and very nice handling automobile. The Crystal White paint is fantastic, and the curvaceous interior is beautiful. The 4.6 Liter V8 provides adequate power, and the Vortech V1 Supercharger puts a smile on my face (I love it when I get to kick in these supercharger cars). The Kenwood gives great sound quality even with all the glass down and the roar from the dual Cherry-bomb mufflers and exhaust. A plus!
A Crystal White horse riding across the desert, the gray leather interior blending into the sun-drenched scenery of mesas and saguaro cacti. The engine runs very nicely, putting out smooth power through the 4-speed automatic to the rear wheels. A wild horse that you tame with your braking foot, and let run loose with your right ostrich skin boot!
F-Ford Motor Company
L-Manual Belts, Front Bags
X-4.6L SOHC V8
F-Dearborn, MI Assy Plant
118881-Sequential Unit Number
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