1979-1993 Fox Body Mustang Engine

Engine

The Fox Body Mustang was responsible for the everlasting fame of the Ford 5.0L V8 but during the 15 year run of this body style, a great many engines were offered. There were multiple 4-cylinder options, several V6 options and even the rare 4.2L V8. There were also multiple 5.0L V8s offered during the Fox Body Generation including carbureted, fuel injected, and a pair of high performance models in 1993 and you can read about all of them here.

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1979-1993 Fox Body Mustang Exterior

Exterior

Whether you are building a car to drag race, road race or just look great at a car show, there is a huge aftermarket available to customize the exterior of your Fox Body Mustang to perfectly fit your needs. This section features articles about the newest products and projects covering exterior modification and customization.

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1979-1993 Fox Body Mustang Specs

Specs

This section includes vehicle specifications for all of the Fox Body Mustangs. Everything from MSRP to engine options to trimlines is listed here for quick referencing. From the base model 4-cylinder Mustang to the turbocharged SVO to the Mustang GT with the 5.0L V8, you can learn more about the specs and features of the Fox Body Mustang here.

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1979-1993 Fox Body Mustang

  By Phillip Ferrini   Here's a blast from the past: MotorWeek's original review of the 1988 Saleen Mustang and the ASC McLaren Mustang. I'm a fan of the ASC cars, but I really like Saleen Fox-bodies, so it was a treat to see one put through its paces back when it ruled the roost. You'll have to watch the entire flick, but here are some golden excerpts: "Steve Saleen says the massive whale-tail

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  By Phillip Ferrini   The NMRA Coyote Stock class is one of the most exciting classes in all of drag racing because not only does it offer some of the closest racing you'll ever see, but also the class uses sealed Ford Racing Coyote engines. This makes NMRA both fun and affordable for racing hopefuls.  If I may be upfront with you, though, the real reason NMRA is so awesome is because of

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  -- By Justin Banner   I've been involved with drifting for over seven years now as media, so I've gotten a wide variety of views on how to build a drift car thanks to in-depth feature car articles, talking to drivers, and watching them drift. Being a Ford fan at heart, I've always wanted to build a Fox Body Mustang to go drifting. Here is what I would recommend if I were to

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  -- By Detroit Steel   Classic, in every sense of the word and a reminder that the new 2015 Mustang with the EcoBoost engine really isn't as groundbreaking as a lot of people think.   Sure, the new four-cylinder S550 is well deserving of all the attention it's getting. However, let's not forget the '84 SVO, which also featured a four-cylinder turbo engine as highlighted in this Throwback Thursday video posted by MotorWeek.  

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  -- by Phillip Ferrini   I'm not the biggest fan of the stance movement, but I can still appreciate a well-executed car no matter the style, especially when it's as wicked as the SINIS-Built 1979 Pace Car! What the heck does SINIS stand for? According to the owner, it's short for sinister. Now that we've got that out of the way, let's highlight this unique Pony. For starters, it wears most of its

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  -- by Adam Pockross   As much as it might pain you to admit, perhaps no performer ever made folks sing the praises of Mustangs more than Vanilla Ice. How many of YOU have rapped this particular verse: "Rolling, in my 5.0 with my ragtop down so my hair can blow"? Hell, I didn't even have to look that up.   That Vanilla Ice has become somewhat of a joke since then is

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by Phillip Ferrini   This, my friends, is automotive gold! Seriously, we should celebrate manuscripts like this backed with cinematography this grand. The stars of this 1985 Motorweek comparo that pits the Mustang GT 5.0 against the IROC Z-28 Camaro and Pontiac Trans Am epitomize 80s old school cool ... or should I say, radical?   Here are some excerpts to wet your whistle. When praising the Pontiac Trans Am, here's what they had

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-- by Phillip FerriniThe video quality isn't great and there are no cinematographic tricks, pretty models or big-buck cars...heck, he doesn't even make a full pass. He does, however, have the testicular fortitude to not only throw his stick-driven Fox-body on the bumper, but he also goes for the power-shift with the plastic derrière still dragging. He misses his first attempt, but finds second with the front wheels still in the air and catches

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--by Phillip Ferrini By today's standards, Fox Bodies, and most muscle cars for that matter, aren't considered safe. No airbags, no ABS, questionable seat belts, but hey: they had padded steering wheels, right? Well, having them, and having them stay in place during a crash is a different story as you'll see. According to the test notes of this NHTSA 35-mph frontal impact test of a 1979 Ford Mustang coupe the, "Steering wheel hub cover came

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--by Phillip Ferrini Brute horsepower is awe-inspiring. We're not talking 600, 700 or even 800 hp; we're talking 1,500+ hp at the tires. That kind of power is enough to make any gearhead weak in his/her knees. Take, for example, this X275 drag radial racer that pegs the dyno at 1,500 hp with just 17 psi of boost from its Vortech-charged small-block Ford. According to some Internet searching, the car looks to be owned by David

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One of the last things I worked on before leaving Roush was a 5.8L Twin-Turbo 1988 Mustang. Ford's then SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) group commissioned the car. They had learned about Chevrolet's plans to introduce the Corvette ZR-1. Rumors put the price of the new Corvette variant at about $60,000. It was rumored to be one of the fastest production cars of its time. SVO wanted to sell this Mustang for $30,000, and have it fast enough

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Here's one that'll definitely have Mustang fans dreaming of hitting the lottery - a collection of Boss Mustangs known as the Calypso Coral Boss Quartet. The four Mustangs, which include a 1970 Mustang Boss 429 Fastback, a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Fastback, a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Fastback and a 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Patriot Edition, will all be up for auction at Mecum's upcoming inaugural auction in Seattle. Featured in the factory Calypso Coral

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There's no such thing as boring battles when it comes to street racing. Generally, those who tend to compete feel they've got enough goods under the hood to put on a show. The latest race we've stumbled on is a showdown between a 900-horsepower turbo Fox-body Saleen Mustang and That Racing Channel's own 850-horsepower 2JZ Nissan 240SX. It likely would have made for an even better matchup had it not been for one of

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It's a common saying that opposites tend to attract. They certainly do make for the most interesting pairings. The "Mitsubishi Mustang," as it's been dubbed by Dragzine, has pulled off personal bests of 5.39 at 135 mph in the 1/8th and 8.45 at 160 mph in the ¼, according to a Dragzine.com report. Jesse Abele dyno'd his Fox-body Ford dragster at 950hp after dropping in a 122ci 4G63 Mitsubishi motor. First introduced in the U.S. in '89,

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What does 2000 horsepower, a short wheelbase, no wheelie bars and a sticky track get you? A wheelie so high that the term, "bumper dragger" just doesn't do it justice. Really, watch as David Measell takes a wild ride in this 2000hp Fox-body Mustang as it runs over 100 feet down the strip at South Georgia Motorsports Park on it's rear bumper, nearly flying over the wall. Watch and be amazed! Originally on The

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If you haven't seen the videos of this ridiculously clean 900 HP Fox-body Saleen Mustang then you're missing out, because it's as clean and fast as they come. The big and little Weld RTS wheels and fresh paint look great and it's also got the power to back up the pose. Apparently it makes 901 WHP on 21 psi thanks to an 80 MM turbo feeding boost into a built 331 cubic motor and

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Little is know about this nitrous-huffing small-block Ford (SBF) powered Fox-body other than it's here to roll heads. Seriously, in a day and age of Coyote and even GM LS swaps it's nice to see some good ol' SBF power getting it done at the track. True, he doesn't win every race in the video, but he does get his fair share of kills and doesn't go down without a fight. There's also something

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Phillip Ferrini The Mustang Source American Muscle's Project: Fox-body reaches into its 4th stage with some exciting results like new dyno numbers of 466 hp and 450 lb-ft at the wheels and 11.63 @ 120 mph at the track. The stock bottom-end and T5-equipped Fox-body convertible is one clean car and American Muscle really brought it back from dead! Want proof, watch Part 1! Speaking of coming along way, the original dyno numbers stared

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Correct me if I'm wrong but... I think that if you drive a Mustang, there's a pretty good chance that you enjoy the occasional burnout. It's a pleasure as old as rear-wheel-drive. I can understand not doing them though. They're not exactly easy on the tires. So instead of putting your own rubber at risk, enjoy this five minute ode to the burnout. The only soundtrack you'll need is thrum of a Ford V8

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There's just something special about an ultra clean Fox-body that's still being raced at the track. Maybe it's because I'd consider it a survivor, or possibly it's because a fast Fox is just plain cool. Either way, this 10-second LX hatch with a 306 huffing on 14 psi from a Vortech S-trim blower just made me smile. Thanks to plenty of boost and a 28x10.5 slick, the stick-equipped Fox is knocking off high 10s

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Phillip Ferrini The Mustang Source It just doesn't get any better than this: A street driven, pump gas badass that's unassuming and brings new meaning to the adage, walks softly but carries a big stick! This Fox-body coupe has the heart of a Coyote and tows a trailer to the track, snaps off a best pass of 10.75 @ 127 mph on 1.41 60-foot and then hooks up his trailer and drives home. How's

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Phillip FerriniThe Mustang Source Little is known about this ultra clean Fox-body coupe with the heart of a GT500, but there's no missing the fact it's one bad ride! It not only packs a GT500 motor under the hood, but it's force-fed by a Lysholm Vortech 3.3L blower sipping on E85 and pushing it all through an automatic. We're not even sure what it made on the pulls, but just look at that thing!

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Phillip FerriniThe Mustang Source I've seen a ton of Imports with Domestic V8 swaps, but rarely do you see a Muscle Car with an import four cylinder swap, let alone a fast one! But the DSM 4G63 motor is an infamous beast that is synonymous with serious power. So as much as it's taboo, when you look at its reliability, lack of weight and performance capabilities it certainly makes sense, especially stuffed in a

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TMS EditorThe Mustang Source Not that I have anything against an automatic, but there's something epic about wheeling a fast stick-car down the strip. It takes a ton of skill not only at the launch, but with each subsequent shift because after all, every shift is an opportunity to miss a gear and completely blow the run. And this incredibly difficult task only gets harder the faster the car is. So it should come

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Take one wrecked 2007 GT500. Take one super clean Fox body notch. The take virtually everything from the S197 except for the body and suspension. And you get this: a totally wicked sleeper built by Jason Hall of Mississippi. Oh, and did I mention that Jason did it with a friend outside under a carport? Yeah, we've seen a lot of Fox body Coyote swaps recently. But this takes it to another level.   Read the

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Phillip Ferrini The Mustang Source Talk about quality time with your family. Really, what's better than laying rubber in your Mustang side by side with another family member in theirs? While we don't exactly condone such shenanigans on the street, at least they did it in the middle of nowhere! Have you ever done a burnout with your family or friends? If so, share your story, post a pic or show us the video!

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Article courtesy of MustangsDaily.com, your source for all the latest Ford Mustang news and articles. Very few shops are taking on extensive Fox Body Mustang projects these days, but Creations n' Chrome, is used to bucking the trend. After building S197 Mustangs for the SEMA Show in 2010 and 2011 as well as creating the aviation-based Mustangs that were auctioned off at EAA AirVenture the past two years, the Valencia, CA-based company decided to

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One of the most distinguishable Mustangs of all time, the Fox Body, represented an era in Ford history that encompassed the first year Ford's Special Vehicle's Team (SVT) produced the Cobra. This iconic Mustang was a formidable warrior in its day and, to many, is still one of the baddest cars on the road. The only regret is that Ford did not offer the '93 Cobras in convertible form. Not to worry, the gear

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Marcus Slater Mustang Forums Say what you want about chrome painted cars. They're flashy. They're ugly. They're gaudy. Whatever. The indisputable fact is that Creations 'n Chrome's notchback fox body is a damn cool, incredibly well done build. It's pretty to look at, sure, but it's also a full-on race car. C&C tucked Ford Racing's Aluminator crate engine pushed back into the firewall. And then they strapped a Vortech JT-Trim blower to it. I'm

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Here's a quick and easy recipe for a great street racing video: 1 Blacked out, bad-ass fox-body Mustang 1 Equally bad-ass Chevelle 1 Long, wide, empty well lit strip of street Mix with a healthy amount of attitude and boom. Instant Youtube gold. The video has some strong language, so i wouldn't suggest blasting it over your speakers at work or in front of some impressionable youth. Then again, this is a street race

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It's easy to paint this video as a tale of good versus evil. On the one hand, you have a classic '67 GT500. It's a gorgeous car and a classic. This car is the one that cemented the Mustang into automotive history as a monstrous performance machine. It's 2012 and people are still out there racing them on the street. It's deserving of reverence and respect. ... And then you have the dark horse. The car

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Marcus SlaterMustang Forums Most of the attention was on the newer Mustangs this year, but that doesn't mean that the venerable fox body was overlooked completely. We saw this one customized by Creations in Chrome at SEMA right next to the grave digger monster truck. And, from the look of that wide body kit and matching tires, we'd say that it fits right in. The thing about Creations in Chrome is that their name

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by John Coyle MustangForums  The Fox Body Mustang is awesome. You can pick one up for like five bucks, there's typical Mustang durability, and they can be used for practically anything. Check out this video of the Drift Alliance guys--including Vaughn Gitten Jr.--flogging this old Fox out on the track. Looks like a hell of a good time to me.

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by Aimee WilliamsMustang ForumsWhen it comes to racing, you better go through that checklist of safety features because you'll never know when it will come in handy and save you from injury or, worse yet, death. Some things can happen in the blink of an eye. As much of a hassle it may be, it's better to be safe than sorry.One of the safety equipment that can save you is the roll cage. Although, it's

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by Amie WilliamsMustangForumsPeople are interested in the Ford Mustang for various reasons. Whether it's the aesthetic appeal or the power it is capable of putting down with a few bolt on's here and there. With aftermarket parts as common as donuts are to cops, it's easy and fairly cheap to get one haulin'. If you're into the performance side of things and you're looking for one hell of a race car, this 1993 Fox Body might

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Article courtesy of MustangsDaily.com, your source for all the latest Ford Mustang news and articles Here's your chance obtain a little bit of Saleen history. Performance Autosport has put a 1988 Saleen Mustang R up for sale on eBay for one of their clients, giving someone the chance to own one of just eight race cars built to race in the SCCA Escort Endurance Series between 1987 and 1989. This particular car is chassis

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The Mustang went through some growing pains when the eighties rolled around. Ford saw fit to redesign the car with an appeal to the mass market, and not just muscle heads. The end result was... Well, the Fox Body mustang. New modern styling, and a wealth of engines from the well regarded Windsor V8 to the terrible 2.3L Pinto straight 4, made this car a mixed bag over it's life time... That goes double for

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Marcus Slater Mustang Forums Wheel-stands are awesome. Being in control of a vehicle with enough power to look up is a great feeling... until you lose control. Kevin Neal, the driver of this Mustang, knew that feeling better than anyone when his rear end hit the track, sending him skidding on his side down the quarter. Ouch. Know where he went wrong? Tell us what you think in the forums!

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By Marcus Slater Mustang Forums Big engine. Small car. It's a simple formula really, and the results are almost always excellent. This 1993 Cobra switches alters the equation a little bit, by substituting a 358 Nascar truck series motor for it's comparatively anemic Windsor V8. They didn't stop there though. Because the Nascar racing engine wasn't good enough, they strapped an F2 Procharger to the top. They also hooked it up with water/meth injection in case

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Article courtesy of Mustangs Daily, your source for all the latest Ford Mustang news and article Yesterday Ford debuted the new 2013 Shelby GT500 Convertible, but in our opinion the real star of the show is this 1993 Mustang SVT Cobra R. Ford brought out the car to celebrate the 20th anniversary of SVT, a fitting tribute since the 1993 SVT Cobra made its debut at the Chicago Auto Show exactly two decades ago. Although

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by John CoyleMustang ForumsIs drifting the fastest way to get up a hill? Probably not. But you have to admit it looks pretty damn cool, and driver Yves Faber clearly knows what he's doing. Look closely, and you might be able to tell this baby has some mods. Personally, I like how the pipes exit in the spot where the license plate should be. This was shot back in 2010 at the Hill Climb

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By Teddy FieldBack in 1985, shoulder pads and penny loafers were in vogue. Michael J. Fox took us Back to the Future in his DeLorean, and we all prayed that Ronald Regan would be able to keep us safe from Mikhail Gorbachev and his fearsome nuclear arsenal. Compared to today, 1985 seemed downright simple. There was no eBay or Facebook, 12 year-olds didn't have cell phones and cars still had carburetors.In 1985, the idea of

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