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Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords

August 2019

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street & strip

I’m just going to jump right into it and throw this out there. Over the years, we’ve had several heads-up shootouts, ranging from radial tire cars to luxo barges and everything in between. And guess what? I think it’s time we do that again. I would begin with the Coyote platform. It doesn’t matter if it’s a vintage, Fox-body, SN95, or a New Edge transplant, as long as it’s Coyote powered. I’m thinking minimal rules, such as tires sizes being limited to a 28x10.5 slick and smaller, including radials. The concept is very basic, with simply two categories: Street and Strip. Think of the Street class as anything with tags and insurance, more or less similar to a True Street class car. For the Strip class I’m talking about dedicated track cars…

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muscle mustangs & fast fords

EDITORIAL NETWORK CONTENT DIRECTOR Doug Glad NETWORK DIRECTOR, MUSTANG 360° GROUP & EDITOR Henry De Los Santos SR. MANAGING EDITOR Craig Johnson TECHNICAL EDITOR Michael Johnson SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR Brandon Scarpelli CONTRIBUTORS Henry DeKuyper, Kevin DiOssi, Weston Duenkel, Michael Galimi, Evan Perkins, Jason Sands, Jim Smart ART DIRECTION & DESIGN ART DIRECTOR Tris Mast CREATIVE DIRECTOR Robert Munoz ADVERTISING GENERAL MANAGER John Viscardo EASTERN SALES DIRECTOR Michael Essex, (863) 860-6023 WESTERN SALES DIRECTOR Scott Timberlake, (310) 531-5969 ADVERTISING OPERATIONS COORDINATOR Gail Burns TEN: PUBLISHING MEDIA, LLC CHAIRMAN Greg Mays PRESIDENT Kevin Mullan SVP, EDITORIAL & ADVERTISING OPERATIONS Amy Diamond GENERAL MANAGER, AFTERMARKET AUTOMOTIVE NETWORK Tim Foss GENERAL MANAGER, IN-MARKET AUTOMOTIVE NETWORK Maria Jamison SENIOR DIRECTOR, FINANCE Catherine Temkin CONSUMER MARKETING, ENTHUSIAST MEDIA SUBSCRIPTION COMPANY, INC. SVP, CIRCULATION Tom Slater VP, RETENTION & OPERATIONS FULFILLMENT Donald T. Robinson III VP, ACQUISITION & DATABASE MARKETING Victoria Linehan VP, NEWSSTAND RETAIL SALES William Carter MOTORTREND GROUP PRESIDENT/GENERAL MANAGER Alex Wellen GROUP SVP, SALES Eric Schwab HEAD OF OPERATIONS Jerry Solomon HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Francis Keeling HEAD OF DIGITAL PRODUCT & TECHNOLOGY Argam DerHartunian SVP, DIGITAL MEDIA SALES Jason Rice SVP, AFTERMARKET MEDIA…

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onward and upward!

“It has been an ongoing build for 20 years, and the combination has always changed. I’ve crashed the car twice.” There was a time when the guy with the best math on his timeslip was king. Nowadays the cool kid is the one who lit the win light and pocketed that same scorecard, never to be seen again. This no-tell tactic is the result of the rise of no-time (also known as lights out) drag racing. Two cars go down the track, one win-light illuminates, then on to the next pair. It’s exciting to watch. It’s as much a head game as a challenge to build the faster machine. Tony Politano, and his Fox-body, Snowflake, are dead in the middle of the scene, and with or without timeslips they are getting noticed.…

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horse of another color

Last month we showed you what needed to be done in order to change the paint color on a New Edge Mustang (“Horse of Another Color,” July 2019). We covered proper paint preparation and how to achieve a perfect foundation for the Axalta Cromax two-stage paint about to go on. We’ve learned from AR Auto Body in Lancaster, California, that the keys to a show-quality paint job are tenacity and diligence. There’s no substitute for elbow grease and lots of it. You have to stay at it until a perfect foundation for the Axalta Cromax is achieved. Ninety percent of show-quality paint is preparation. Nearly anyone can lay down paint and achieve a nice finish. The true test of great paint is methodical preparation—getting a perfect surface to paint. When you…

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stepping up

It is hard to know what influence any of us has on a child or adolescent, but rest assured that it happens with regular frequency. Young people are always watching and learning, which is just one of the reasons to always put your best foot forward. We doubt that Stephanie Strack’s older cousin even realized the influence she was having on 10-year-old Stephanie when she began driving a bright yellow SN95-era Mustang around the year 2000, but influencing her she certainly was. Stephanie explains that it was this car that hooked her on Mustang mania—she even knew it at the time and started thinking, Someday … By driving age, Stephanie’s desire for a Mustang of her own was burning strong, but a car certainly wasn’t going to be handed to her. “When…

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alumin-arms

The rear control arms on 1979-2004 Mustangs have a big job. Not only do the control arms transfer the axle torque to the chassis, but the angled upper arms also locate the rear axle during cornering. Over their lifespan, the rear control arms and their soft rubber bushings get a workout. In the case of our 1991 GT test subject, decades of clutch dumps, burnouts, and hard corners had the control arms begging for mercy. Even on the street, launches were squishy and clunky. The upper control arms’ rubber bushings were damaged so badly that the arms rubbed on the bushing shells. When looking for replacement arms, we chose Steeda’s aluminum rear control arms for 1979-2004 Mustangs. The company’s lower control arms are fabricated from 6061-T6 aluminum and available with two different…

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