Reader Ride: Foxy Lady In White

Time for another edition of DT’s Reader Ride feature, which keeps coming back and won’t go away, like a fishhook boomerang.  This next feature comes
from reader Zach H. who found this Fox Body Mustang after narrowing his potential rides list down to a Miata, E30 or Fox Mustang.  I think he made the right choice with this bodacious Fox body.

Year / Make / Model / Trim: 1988 Ford Mustang GT

How long have you owned it? A little over a year.



Why did you buy it?

(Might be a little long winded but is important). I remember the day I became a car guy (or kid) around 11 years ago, as I am only 19 currently. A coworker of my dad’s had a Wired magazine article showing the Ferrari Enzo, and broke down the important bits as well as the price and everything else. It was laminated, and I looked at it and was fascinated by the car. From that point on, I studied cars on a daily basis; beginning with reading autoblog.com and continuing on to the day long wikipedia/craigslist odysseys I go on today. As I got older, I really wanted to get my own car to work on and make my own. By the time I was seriously shopping around some, I narrowed it down to 3 cars (as cliche as they may be); an NA miata, E30 BMW, or a fox body mustang. Long story short, teenage testosterone and hormones got the best of me and I decided on the fox body. After a month or so of searching, I found this one for the right price and decided this was the car.

What do you use it for (commute, fun, racing…etc)?

It is my only car. So far, I have only used it for commuting and general street fun. I would love to take it drag racing and get out to a real road course like summit point (the nearest track to me), but need to save up some funds to really do that.



Is it stock or modified? If modified, please list some modifications.

It is fairly modified.

Engine Stuff:

Valvetrain/Fiddly Witchcraft: unknown cam, Cobra Heads

Intake: Fenderwell cold air intake (hate that term just a cheapy cone filter), explorer intake manifold, EGR delete

Exhaust: Aftermarket Shorty headers, Mac Pro Dump mufflers

Ignition: MSD cap + rotor (alright it was flashy and red, only a few bucks more than the motorcraft grey one; MSD adds quality snake oil to their components so I’m sure it adds at least 200 hp)

Drivetrain Stuff:

Rear End: 4.10 gears so that any highway jaunt will have your ears ringing for hours

Short throw shifter with an 8 ball knob for maximum manliness

Suspension Stuff:

Shocks/Struts: Koni STR.T currently being installed to replace the ancient KYB’s that came on the car, hopefully will sort some of the bounciness

Springs: Unknown lowering springs, probably about a 1.5 inch drop resulting in terrifying scrapes over any speed bumps

Odds and ends: Maximum motorsports Pinion snubber, tubular rear control arms being installed currently

Miscellaneous

Appearance: smoked headlights, LX taillights, T/A stripes because racecar

Interior: Had to replace carpet and door panels as well as other odds and ends, when I bought the car it was extremely tattered.

What was the most memorable day in your car (proposed to wife, 3rd child born in back seat…etc)?

The day my dad and I drove 3 hours to check out and buy the car, theres nothing like the first time driving your car. Also very memorable because I had a random seizure after we dropped off the car at my grandparents house while my dad was driving us home. All the build up and excitement to get your first car, and then hours after getting it going to the hospital at 2am and learning that I will not be able to drive said car or any car for 3 months.

What was the most catastrophic failure of parts/components?

None so far! (knock on wood!)

What makes you want to keep owning this car?

Just the experience of driving it is enough for me. That 1st to 2nd gear shift when I am really getting on it is so perfect; a little chirp of the rear end, it hunkers down, and goes. It fits like a glove, and I am only beginning to break it in.

Will you ever sell it?

No. The most common sentiment I hear from people when I talk about cars is that they regret selling their first one, and how they would love to track it down. I will have to make sacrifices in order to hold onto it, but I am willing to do that.

Fun Facts: The green line on the speedometer is to indicate where ~40 mph really is, as the speedometer is really borked and new speedometer gears did not alleviate that issue. Replacing the interior lighting fuse is a great way to add smoke to the cabin! Aftermarket steering wheels installed by terrible previous owners will come loose while driving resulting in previously white shorts turning brown! Apparently sticky tack is the best way to hold on various trim pieces so that they begin falling off in the summer months, thanks previous owner!

DT Vince: Wow, what a great first car for a youngster to drive every day, sure beats the pants off a used Camry, a Nissan Versa, or the bus.  Enjoy it!

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How long have you owned it?

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What do you use it for (commute, fun, racing…etc)?

Is it stock or modified? If modified, please list some modifications.

What was the most memorable day in your car (proposed to wife, 3rd child born in back seat…etc)?

What was the most catastrophic failure of parts/components?

What makes you want to keep owning this car?

Will you ever sell it?