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.
Who: Scott Chamberlain
'85 LTD LX: $5,000 (Cobra 5.0 engine and trans included)
|MAC cold-air intake
|JBA shorty headers
|Dynomax mufflers and true dual exhaust
|Lincoln Mark VIII fan
|Fiore clutch quadrant
|Five-lug conversion and Cobra brakes
|Ford Racing 3.73:1 ring- and-pinion kit
|Maximum Motorsports camber plates
|Maximum Motorsports strut-tower brace
|Maximum Motorsports front coilover kit
|'04 Cobra steering rack and install kit
|Maximum Motorsports adjustable lower trailing arms
|Maximum Motorsports Panhard bar
|Ford Racing upper trailing arms
|Lincoln Town Car master cylinder
|Lincoln Mark VII rear rotors
|'05 Mustang GT wheels