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1989 LX Project Car: "Stocker Shock"

 
Sharad
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Posted: 05/15/09 12:53 PM

I was thinking that it might be fun to casually post some updates about this project car right here on the 5.0 message board. If anyone is following the project, you may remember the first article. (Dec 2008 issue?) The car was a fairly stock '89 LX and my daily driver... For the First Phase we threw some tires and suspension on the thing and ran a 12.91 @ 103.7.

We completed the Second Phase of the buildup and we're now working on the Third Phase as we speak. Soooo, without letting the cat out of the bag too much (Phase Two article is set to print in the Sept 09 issue, give or take) we may or may not have added a little bit of power to our stock 302 Wink, and the car is an absolute riot to drive.

I hadn't driven the car for a couple of weeks, but my dad was in town last weekend so I took him for a spin. Mind you, he has a Kenne Bell supercharged H/C/I '93 GT which is pretty stout... but we took the '89 out for a little spin and he was blown away. The car absolutely plants you in your seat!! It is hysterical to drive because it looks like a stock LX with Draglites, but if you stomp on the loud pedal a little too quickly, it annihilates the tires! And we're talking about 275/60-15 Mickey Thompson ET Street Radials!!

I have had a few people recognize the car from the magazine, but for the most part people just think it's a pretty old Mustang when they see it. Then when I start it up, the sky starts falling and little children run for cover! LOL!

Long Live the 5.0 Mustang!!

I need to make one of those motivational posters that says something like "Fox Body Mustang, putting smiles on faces since 1979" or something like that.  
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Sharad Raldiris - 1989 LX 5.0

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Sharad
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Posted: 05/18/09 04:04 PM

drove the car again last night. What a blast. I had my wife and kids in the car with me. My five year old daughter was LOVING it!! (no, I didn't get too crazy) When I'm driving the car, people look at me like I'm in a spaceship. My wife was cracking up because we passed a stray dog on the side of the road and even the dog was looking at us like "WHAT THE HECK IS THAT!?!"  
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Sharad Raldiris - 1989 LX 5.0

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Michael Johnson
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Posted: 05/19/09 10:23 AM

Are you trying to make the rest of us jealous or something? LOL It's working. Haha  
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Sharad
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Posted: 05/19/09 05:00 PM

Yeah right Johnson... "jealous"? Shoot. I'll trade my LX for your Cobra if you trade me jobs!!! LOL!  Wink

How's this for a little preview? Hopefully Turner won't get mad at me since it's not really giving THAT much away...

Direct Link:

A little testing... MAJOR TRACTION PROBLEM! (click me)  
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Sharad Raldiris - 1989 LX 5.0

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Michael Johnson
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Posted: 05/20/09 05:21 AM

How much does it pay? LOL

Nah, Turner won't mind. The only thing your giving away is the fact that the car doesn't transfer the weight. Haha  
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Sharad
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Posted: 05/20/09 05:52 AM

LOW BLOW!!!  Grin  The car didn't transfer weight because that was a track rental at Beech Bend Raceway on DECEMBER 13TH! 40° Day, cloudy, and ABSOLUTELY NO TRACK PREP! It was like driving on ice. (in the video you can hear me get ALL THE WAY out of it in first)

I'm tempted to run it again now that the weather is better, but we're already on Phase Three so...........................  
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Sharad Raldiris - 1989 LX 5.0

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Michael Johnson
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Posted: 05/20/09 10:05 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENWO_hAPwYw

I think that's what you're looking for...minus the exhaust leak. LOL  
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Sharad
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Posted: 05/20/09 12:47 PM

I honestly think the car would launch like that on a 70° day on a prepped track... and that's WITH the stock top-half of the engine running through the stock T5. (do some Code Blue hunting) Alas, we will never know. I'm with Ricky Bobby. I wanna go fast!!!  
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Sharad Raldiris - 1989 LX 5.0

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Sharad
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Posted: 05/20/09 12:55 PM

Here's me going 6.49 on a stock block six years ago. Make fun of the duct tape and I'll beat you down!  Tongue  (racers will do ANYTHING to get in one more pass!)

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=1691269  
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Sharad Raldiris - 1989 LX 5.0

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CMunze89GT
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Posted: 05/22/09 09:28 AM

What were you shiftin at when you had the car out and ran the 12.9  

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Sharad
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Posted: 05/22/09 10:01 AM

The stock tachs are notoriously off on these cars... Some read high and some read low. I think I was shifting around 5500 on the stock tach with no aftermarket tach or shift light.

These stock 302s don't rev. Hope that helps.



Soooooooooooooo, anyway, I'm taking the LX to this cruise in tonight. Should be fun!

http://www.somernitescruise.com/may.html  
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Sharad Raldiris - 1989 LX 5.0

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Sharad
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Posted: 05/24/09 07:49 PM

A couple of pics from the cruise...

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Sharad Raldiris - 1989 LX 5.0

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mynumber1hater
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Posted: 06/30/09 01:05 PM

PM sent>>> How do i get a list of the first(stage) or set of mods done on this car... Back when it went 12.91... Thanks Brain  

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Sharad
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Posted: 07/01/09 12:58 PM

Here is the original article:

http://www.mustang50magazine.com/featuredvehicles/m5lp_0812_1989_ford_mustang_lx/index.html

If you have any other questions just let me know!  
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Sharad Raldiris - 1989 LX 5.0

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mynumber1hater
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Posted: 07/01/09 03:50 PM

Thanks for the link... Very cool of you to help me out..  

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