Buddy’s ’87 LX Mustang
Photography & Words: Zac Carter | Edit: Kenneth Midgett
These days owning a car for more than a few months in the automotive enthusiast world is a rare occasion. Some enthusiasts like the experience of owning many diverse cars with diverse characters while others look to do a few upgrades and make a quick sale for relatively easy money. Most of my fellow tuner friends are likely to keep a car for less than just a couple weeks. Buddy’s 1987 Mustang LX coupe is an exception to the car flipping lifestyle. Purchased when he was 16 years old, Buddy began the journey of molding and shaping the car into what you see today. With a stance set up for drag racing, every part and modification has been selected carefully not only for driveability but also for a winning combination to cut perfect lights at the strip.
The teal paint fits the era perfectly almost like the car came from the factory this way, and it turns heads for sure. The monster cowl hood isn’t just for looks, but we’ll get to that later…
Buddy has a mini tub welded into his ‘Stang to insure he can fit the massive Mickey Thompson slicks within either quarter panel. Measuring in at 325 mm’s wide, the slicks are fitted to 12″ wide Billet Specialty wheels. Suspension is just as important when it comes to getting off the line, so Buddy has fitted Strange single adjustable coilovers in the rear along with Moser Axles and a full spool differential.
Up front the car is siting on 15″x3″ Billet Specialties Street Lites along with Mickey Thompson skinnies. A UPR K-member holds the comp engineering coilovers and UPR control arms together.
By now you might be wondering what’s up with the massive hood. Last summer Buddy was in the process of trying to decide what power adder he wanted utilize. After tinkering with his camshaft selection, he had the unfortunate task of tearing down the engine block due to a small internal malfunction. While the engine was being disassembled, Buddy found himself a great deal for a comlete Vortech Procharger kit that couldn’t be passed up.
In this modernized day and age, one might think fuel injection to be the most likely upgrade. Instead, Buddy chose a blow through carburetor keeping things simpler while avoiding the wiring and extra parts. The Vortech setup was sourced with all necessary parts, so after reassembling the block followed a straightforward installation.
The engine started out as a 351ci block which has now been punched and stroked out to 393ci using a Scat rotating assembly. Topped with Victor Jr. heads, an Anderson Ford Motorsport cam keeps the valvetrain at optimal lift. A CSU blow through carburetor regulates the necessary fuel supplied to the engine by an Aeromotive A1000 fuel pump. On the exhaust side, Kooks long tube headers flow into a custom x-pipe and Dynatech race mufflers. A 5-speed Tremec 3550 is linked up to the rear end via an all-aluminum driveshaft. The tune is still a work in progress, but Buddy estimates it should put around 600hp to the rear wheels once it’s all said and done.
The Mustang’s interior is all business. A six point cage and factory seats with four point harnesses keep safety in check at the track. A Grant GT steering wheel tosses the factory garbage for a classic sporty look.
An AEM wideband gauge and Autometer Tach and boost gauge keep an eye on critical engine parameters.
Due to the space issues created by the mini tub, the stock fuel tank was tossed and in its place is an aluminum fuel cell. The battery has also been relocated to the rear just over the axle for better weight distribution.
A classic Ford build with power to back it up. It certainly has bite to match the bark, and fast times are sure to follow. Hopefully we’ll get to watch Buddy’s Mustang laying down some rubber at Knox Dragway before cold weather rolls in. I can promise you with the sound this car made at the photo shoot you are in for a show.
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