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    LX 5.0 (302 CID) V8 1992 151K miles. 5 speed T5 Trans and King Cobra Clutch replaced 123K miles.

    Cold air intake with 70 mm Cobra Mass Airflow Sensor

    H-pipe with flowmaster mufflers

    Drove it home today. The thing is a beast.

    Clutch is kind of like an on/off switch so you get to blip the throttle good every launch which turns a lot of heads.

    I co-own it with my son and it is for having a blast as we each have daily drivers (also manual trans but 4 bangers)

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    Nice! Congrats. Fox Mustangs are in high demand. I'm sure getting one in good condition like this wasn't cheap. I lean towards the understated nature of the Thunderbirds from that era, but the interior of that Mustang looks surprisingly comfortable. The whorehouse red color of the interior certainly reminds me of a long-gone era when interiors had some real colors to them for better or for worse. It's probably for the better in this case.

    So, what kind of oil are you going to use? Motorcraft filters?

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    Thanks. Yeah, I like the T-birds but I don't think they came with manual transmissions. We paid $3200 and it is rough (asking was $3700). Will need some work done on it but overall fairly solid and we drove it home about 20 miles with no issues other than it pegged the temp gauge as there is a coolant leak. Oh I forgot to mention it has 3.55 gear ratios which is perfect considering the standard ratio for that year (per web searching) is 2.73.

    Clutch pedal has very heavy action. Got back in my S10 later and the clutch pedal felt like feather.
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    $3200 isn't bad for that. The body and interior look to be in good condition. The rest can be fixed.

    The Thunderbirds/Mercury Cougars of that time were available with manual transmissions, but only with the supercharged V6 (Thunderbird SC/Cougar XR7).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klassik View Post
    $3200 isn't bad for that. The body and interior look to be in good condition. The rest can be fixed.

    The Thunderbirds/Mercury Cougars of that time were available with manual transmissions, but only with the supercharged V6 (Thunderbird SC/Cougar XR7).
    If I was so inclined I would take the Cougar with the manual and drop a v8 in it. My mother had two Cougars in the late 80s mid 90s. They were pretty nice cars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    If I was so inclined I would take the Cougar with the manual and drop a v8 in it. My mother had two Cougars in the late 80s mid 90s. They were pretty nice cars.
    That would be an interesting project. The supercharged V6 might be a lot of fun, but a normally-aspirated V8 would be more practical. I'm more familiar with the supercharged 3800 V6s from GMs during that era than the Fords so I don't know how reliable those supercharged V6s were. Having a manual helps, Ford/Mazda automatics from that era were dreadfully unreliable.

    The Thunderbirds from that era got a bit of an unfair reputation as being old man cars as they weren't aggressive looking and looked quite a bit like a Taurus from that time. I liked the way those cars looked though. The Taurus of that generation was a groundbreaking design anyway and the bottom-breather grille design looks really sharp in contrast with today's guppy-like huge fake grilles. Those cars, like the Fox Mustang, really weren't overly styled to the point that they look hideous.

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    Ford falcon ute XR8 is what I want
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    The 5.0-litre 'modular V8' engine is currently the Ford Performance Vehicles' V8 engine, released in June 2010. Initially two versions were released, one rated at 315 kilowatts (422 hp) and 545 newton metres (402 lb⋅ft) of torque and the other at 335 kilowatts (449 hp) and 570 newton metres (420 lb⋅ft).
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    Meanwhile here in the UK.........

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    Eddie's car in the real world
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    Well-proven 1725 cc overhead valve petrol engine as a starting point which varied in output from 66 bhp (49 kW) to 88 bhp (66 kW) top speed: 130 km/h (81 mph) (declared by factory);
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    My first car was a Morris Marina.

    What's up with all that buying oils specific to each make and model of car at great cost? I stick in 10w 50 supermarket oil. Never had a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tulse View Post
    My first car was a Morris Marina.

    What's up with all that buying oils specific to each make and model of car at great cost? I stick in 10w 50 supermarket oil. Never had a problem.
    There is a website with forums www.bobistheoilguy.com for people obsess over oil grades, brands, and components. For the Mustang, it will never see enough miles to justify synthetic, so i am running Maxlife 10w30 in it with a Wix filter. The only filters I trust are Wix, Motorcraft, and Baldwin for this application.

    Also a correction to the above info: The car has a 3.08 rear gear ratio, not 3.55. The owner said 3.55 but was wrong. It has a new Ford Racing 3.73 gearset in the box in the trunk but I will sell that. I have no need for that gear unless we are making a drag strip machine, but I want to drive it on the street. And with the 3.08 it is already traction limited, though I don't have great tires on it now.

    Hot Rod Magazine says,
    "Anything greater than 9.5 could be considered overkill for the street. Ever driven a Mustang with a 3.35 First-gear trans and a 3.73 rear? First gear is virtually useless, since the overall ratio is 12.49."
    Mine is about perfect with the 3.08 rear (figures 10.32 overall ratio). Slight overkill, which is perfect for my purpose.

    We have the car in the shop for a good going over to make sure all is good for the longer haul. Main issue is that it overheats. That could be issue, but think it may be stuck thermostat. Hopefully did not buy a pig in a poke, but for $3200 the losses would be minimal vs buying a $10,000 car. I will report back mid week.
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    Here is an article on the 1987 Mustang titled "Five Liters of Fury." This is the same setup through mine in 1992 and same rear gear as mine. Only difference is mine has AC, but I have opened up exhaust and cold air intake. Also, I am not sure someone didn't do some engine top end upgrades. I open the oil filler and the insides are clean as a whistle.

    Article is in 5 separate images for those interested in reading it. The article has a lot of humor and is hard driving with colorful language.

    https://www.stangnet.com/mustang-for...o1-jpg.553220/

    https://www.stangnet.com/mustang-for...o2-jpg.553221/

    https://www.stangnet.com/mustang-for...o3-jpg.553222/

    https://www.stangnet.com/mustang-for...o4-jpg.553223/

    https://www.stangnet.com/mustang-for...o5-jpg.553224/
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