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1989 Ford Mustang by LeftofLucky
Well, this got out of hand quickly.
That there is a 1989 Ford Mustang LX with the much coveted Secretary Package. NA 2.3 four cylinder, four-speed automatic. I purchased the car from my father for the lofty sum of $400 with the intent of converting it into a beater mountain carver/track rat. Why $400? The car hadn't moved with any regularity since '03, lost its side glass in '05 and had been Casa del Gato ever since. A small ecosystem had blossomed indoors, with everything from small trees growing in the back floorboard to a variety of fungi, rodents, insects and felines calling the cabin home.
The good news was that the car came with a turbo 2.3 out of an '87 T-Bird with a T-5 to match. The original plan was to stick some stiff as hell springs under it, drop the ride height a bit, go with the stickiest tires possible and commence to flogging once the turbo mill and five-speed were tucked safely in the chassis.
Then I bought a set of front brakes from an '03 Mach 1. I get off on brakes like most pony fans get off on displacement. With 13-inches of total rotor diameter and dual-piston calipers, the stoppers were more than any 2.3 will ever be able to overcome. In hind sight, those brakes were the start of a slippery slope.
1989 Ford Mustang, '04 Mustang Cobra IRS by LeftofLucky
The same guy who tossed me the brakes also happened to have an IRS from an '04 Cobra laying around his shop, too. It followed me home. Supposedly the swap is fairly simple, with just a bit of drilling to make everything fit in place. My rear happens to boast 4.10 gears, a limited slip and 10.65-inch ventilated rear discs mashed by single-piston calipers. Win.
As it stands, the car is drivable and legal thanks to a new fuel tank and the associated components, and I've completed the five-speed swap as well.
The only thing stopping the IRS from going to its home is the fact that no one will sell me the inner CV boots, which have commenced to shitting grease everywhere. If anyone knows where to find those pieces, I'm all ears. Stay tuned for more updates.
"Then you're trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you." ~Chuck Palahniuk