Strange Combination: 1980 Ford Mustang

This next car is a strange mix of stuff to have in one vehicle, but before we get into the specifics, I learned something from this vehicle. The seller stated that it started life as a turbo-4 powered Mustang…and I thought, but the SVO didn’t come out until 1984 and it wasn’t a notchback, but I learned that Ford introduced a turbo-4 version of the Fox body in 1979 (or 1980) that made 132 horsepower. This might seem like a paltry amount of power to push around a Mustang, but the 255 cubic inch V8 from the same year made only 120 horsepower in stock trim…so nobody was going anywhere fast. But somewhere along the way this next car had all of that junk removed and it is powered by a tri-power (like what’d you find on an old Pontiac) carb fed small block Chevrolet V8. Find this 1980 Ford Mustang offered for $11,000 in North Jersey via craigslist. Tip from Cory.

From the seller:

1980 mustang
condition: excellent
cylinders: 8 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 57000
paint color: white
title status: clean
transmission: manual

1980 Mustang Garage kept for its entire life. Car never tracked or raced. Car kept in a climate controlled garage. NO RUST on body or underbody. Car started life as a 4 cylinder Turbo. Car had an engine swap to a balanced and blueprinted Chevy 283 with Tri-Power 300hp, 5 speed transmission, 10 bolt rear, weld racing rims, sub frame connectors. Engine trans and rear have very low hours. odometer reads 57000 miles. I have original rims and all original paperwork from new. Interior is original dash is perfect. carpet has a rip seats are faded due to year but in good condition, Car has not seen snow or rain. Please call or text. I don’t respond to email.

See a better way to drive something with a strange swap?