LTD/Fairmont We're surprised we don't see more people building these cars. You can buy them for next to nothing, and most of the Fox-body Mustang performance parts will bolt on. Scott Chamberlain's '85 LTD LX is a perfect example of what we'd do to this body style if we had one. Scott's car has the drivetrain of a '93 Mustang Cobra—a fuel-injected 5.0L engine, T5 transmission, and a Traction-Lok–equipped 8.8 rear axle. He also did the five-lug conversion, popular among the 5.0 Mustang guys, which opens the door to wheel options. Next, Scott upgraded to SN-95 Mustang front control arms, Ford Racing upper rear trailing arms, and a host of Maximum Motorsports parts: front coilers, caster/camber plates, strut tower brace, Panhard bar, and adjustable lower rear trailing arms. Other cool tricks include a quick-ratio steering rack from an '04 Mustang Cobra, 13-inch front rotors from a '94 Cobra, Lincoln Mark VII rear discs, a Town Car master cylinder, and taillights from a Mercury Marquis. The '05 Mustang GT wheels look like they were made for the car. "I'm from Australia, where hot sedans are popular. This is my homage." His homage is also a street-legal, California BAR-approved engine swap car that always passes its biannual tailpipe tests. At just under 3,300 pounds, it is only slightly heavier than a Fox Mustang, so this LTD's performance is close to a similarly built Mustang. Scott is a regular participant at NASA track days and local autocrosses. "This is the fifth Fox LTD I've owned —I am sick." Scott Chamberlain. Tech Notes Who: Scott Chamberlain '85 LTD LX: $5,000 (Cobra 5.0 engine and trans included) MAC cold-air intake $149 JBA shorty headers 371 Dynomax mufflers and true dual exhaust 355 Lincoln Mark VIII fan 40 MGW shifter 179 Fiore clutch quadrant 40 Five-lug conversion and Cobra brakes 1300 Ford Racing 3.73:1 ring- and-pinion kit 325 Maximum Motorsports camber plates 200 Maximum Motorsports strut-tower brace 160 Maximum Motorsports front coilover kit 375 '04 Cobra steering rack and install kit 630 Maximum Motorsports adjustable lower trailing arms 380 Maximum Motorsports Panhard bar 350 Ford Racing upper trailing arms 120 Lincoln Town Car master cylinder 47 Lincoln Mark VII rear rotors 106 '05 Mustang GT wheels 400 Total $10,527 « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | View Full Article By John McGann Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!