The Fox Mustang changed the much-reviled (however big-selling) Pinto-based Mustang II for the 1979 mannequin 12 months, and manufacturing continued by way of 1993 (or 2004, in the event you think about the Fox-based SN-95 platform to be a real Fox).
In the present day’s Junkyard Discover, noticed in Denver, is a triple rarity: it’s a first-year Fox Mustang, it’s a notchback, and it has the 200-cubic-inch straight-six engine. Let’s have a look.
The bottom engine for the 1979 Mustang was Ford’s ubiquitous “Pinto” 2300 four-cylinder, good for 88 horsepower. Efficiency-minded patrons may get a 140 hp turbocharged model of the 2300 or the 302-cubic-inch/5.Zero-liter Windsor V8, additionally rated at 140 hp. The center-of-the-road engine choice was a 2.Eight-liter model of the “Cologne” V6, already acquainted to Individuals because the engine used within the 1971-1978 Capri; Ford ran out of the Colognes late within the 1979 mannequin 12 months and switched to the nice previous 200-cubic-inch pushrod straight-six. That’s the engine we see on this automotive. Just a few years later, Ford sliced two cylinders off this engine and created the HSC, which powered Tempos, Topazes, Tauruses, and Sables.
The longer term was closing in quick in 1979, and so Mustang patrons may get this non-obligatory science-fictiony Graphic Warning Module of their vehicles. I purchased this one, to be used at my subsequent Junkyard Boombox Constructing Social gathering.
This automotive obtained many of the medium-grade choices, together with the automated transmission, blacked-out trim, pinstripes, air con, the Inside Accent Group, and these Turbine wheel covers on 14-inch metal wheels. The true excessive rollers obtained the Cobra or Ghia variations, including the leather-and-vinyl inside and a extra highly effective engine.
A lot of the early Fox Mustangs had been hatchbacks; the notchbacks are a bit lighter and thus extra fascinating for the multitudes who need to construct race vehicles. This one isn’t rusty, however good sheet metallic wasn’t sufficient to put it aside from a junkyard destiny.
“It’s time to fall in love once more, with a fantastic new breed of Mustang.” True sufficient. Be aware the marginally Muzaked model of “Swingtown” by the Steve Miller Band, the usage of which in all probability value Ford a couple of bucks.
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