When choosing a car for the trip, I wanted to get away from my ever predictable Ford roots. I even test drove a 1981 Corvete. That, of course, drove me right back into the familiar arms of my one true love : The 1985 Mustang GT!
I was quite lucky in finding a low mileage survivor car for exceptional money. It had 27,015 miles, and it drove and looked the part. The owner had set about changing belts, hoses, and other items that had been aging poorly. I got it with the original wheels and Gatorback tires. Of course, the best description of driving on those would be “chunky” at highway speeds!
I went with new, period correct looking, 16″ wheels and tires, and I set about finishing up the things that had not yet been updated to make this a great driving car. So far we have repaired/replaced:
Front and rear springs, shocks, and struts
New aftermarket carburetor – the original has some issues I haven’t been able to sort out yet so I opted for some easier driveability
Charged the AC with R12, and she blows 42 degrees out of the vents
Replaced the distributor as the original seemed to have some issues with advance hurting the driveability. I went with a Performance Distributors custom curved Duraspark unit so it plugs into the car’s Motorsport MSD box!
I have done other small replacement items just to make it like new!
Interesting items on the car:
The car came with a Paxton supercharger and all of the accompanying hardware. The blower was on the car from 1986 until 2012 when the person I bought it from put it all back to stock. Still debating on the reinstall!
Since I have owned it, I have received two first in class show awards. She’s a looker!
More to come!