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1986 Ford Mustang - Driving Sideways

Building the 12-second street slider

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TECH NOTES
What: This '86 Ford Mustang gave Chris "a really good vibe," so he drove to Oklahoma and bought it.

Owner: Christian France

Hometown: Mission Viejo, California, 50 miles south of L.A.

Engine: The engine is a '93 Ford Thunderbird long-block from Pick Your Part in Wilmington, California. It has unported E7TE cylinder heads and a complete intake manifold and throttle body from an '87-'93 H.O. engine.

Transmission: It's a stock Borg-Warner T-5 with an FMS aluminum driveline.

Rearend: In the rear Chris upgraded to 11.35-inch Lincoln Mark VII LSC discs and Cobra axles with a 3:73:1 Ford Motorsport Traction-Lok differential. He says this is the best ratio he's tried because it doesn't over-rev the engine or destroy the fuel mileage while still improving acceleration.

Suspension: He's been lucky in his scrounging and found a set of '94-'95 Cobra spindles and calipers for 13-inch front brakes. He then installed a Maximum Motorsports coilover conversion with 350-pound springs, caster/camber plates, and a new set of tubular lower control arms. All of this improved the turning radius, widened the track width, and allows Chris to control the car in a sideways drift.

Exhaust: Chris says it's easy to find used Flowmasters and underdrive pulleys in the yard, but not headers. He purchased the 1 5/8-inch BBK long-tube headers off the Internet.

Body: Chris likes the four-headlight arrangement on the '79-'86 body styles. He didn't strip the interior for weight, but he did take out the steel bumper support. He's looking for an aluminum replacement.

Interior: It's stock expect for the FloFit seats and always meticulously maintained.

Rollers: The wheels are '01-'04 Bullitt-style with Goodyear 245/45ZR17 tires. For the track he uses a set of Mickey Thompson 28x8 ET Drag tires.

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