I want a foxbody as a daily driver. Yeah im aware of other options but this is what i want so please give me some advice.
I see that they started using EFI in '86 but i kind of want a carbureted one. I want that old car feel. Im confident in being able to maintain it and such so that doesnt bother. Also amy year before 87 has those kickass 4 eyed headlights.
I guess my main question is what would be the best year of the foxbody in your opinion and why. And is my decision a shitty one or not.
You want a early 90's 5.0 You think you can style in anything less?
Aw thanks, Anon! I know you're thinking about me!
They were the lightest in '79 and they started getting heavier but also with better engines. My Capri is an '83 but it has a later 5.0 H.O. engine in it, carbureted. Fuel economy isn't THAT bad with a stick if you idle around a lot and you're right that it's easy to maintain. I've been reading the shop manual and everything is just so simple it's a joy to own a real machine with no computer whatsoever.
I gotcha OP...
4 eyes cars are sexy as hell. Here is what you need to know:
79: Underpowered (130hp for the v8), but the pace car was gorgeous and quite rare.
80-81: No 5.0 was available it was a 255ci v8 Automatic OD and it was a piece of shit engine, but you can always replace the drive line.
82: GT was a sexy, sexy car, but only 158HP and a 2 barrel carb. upgrades are not worth it because of shitty pistons and heads. Transmission was a horrible 4 speed OD with terrible gear ratios. Plan on upgrading.
83-84: Not the prettiest cars, and 175 HP out of the v8, but finally a 4bbl carb and 84 got dual exhaust. Good base for bolt ons
85: The best of the 4 eyes. 210HP, 4bbl, the last carbed 5.0 and very upgradable and easy an pie to work on. Was also a roller block, so better cam profile options.
86: You could get CFI (central fuel injection with a auomatic, or proper multiport fuel injection with the 5 speed. Only 205 HP, and a really bad block with flat top pistons and no valve reliefs, so a terrible base for upgrades. Avoid the 86 IMO.
All foxes 79-93 can swap driveline parts, so no mater what you get you can also swap in teh later, better engine, tranny and rear axles, and are dead simple to work on.
Head over to corral.net for a great forum for mustangs.
Any questions let me know :)
I don't think Mustang ever got the CFI. Even the 86 was MFI. Shitty thing on the 86 was the heads. They were good for torque but ran out of breath early. They were shitty enough the pistons didn't require reliefs. 86 was also the first year of the 8.8 rear.
I know OP said carb, but the FI is so good why bother? 86 gets 4-eye, 8.8 rear, dual exhaust. An 87+ engine swaps in with almost nothing to change, and most have been if they've survived this long.
last meet i went to, red one popped for sale recently on my local Kijiji
Got a 90 GT Convertible. Here's my take...
>Not the most reliable car in the world but far from bad and very easy to work on.
>Parts to keep it running are very cheap but cosmetic parts are much more expensive than you would expect.
>Build quality is shit. Worst rattle trap I've ever owned. Tons of plastic parts that crack and snap if they're so much as looked at wrong. (Speaker covers, switches, etc.)
>Cheap springs used to hold cheap plastic parts in place stretch or the plastic mounts snap regularly. (Ash Tray, door handles, hod latch)
>Relays/Fuses fucking suck (Could just be age). My car blows fuses like nothing and both me and my friend with an 89 have had fuel pump relay issues. My problem was the relay wouldn't stop sending a signal so the pump was running with the car off while he had the opposite problem of the pump relay not engaging when trying to start.
>Only buy a 5 speed manual. I've got a 4sp Auto and it's complete trash compared to my friends 5sp. Autos are sloppy as hell and I feel like I'm losing at least 30hp to the wheels compared to my friends car.
>Sounds fucking great
>Fun to drive but not particularly comfortable after an hour or two.
>Damn near no trunk space in notch or convertible. Get a hatch if you plan on carrying anything in the car.
>Cabin is extremely cramped and backseats may as well not exist.
>Terrible in snow. Fun in rain.
desu I love the car but I also have 2 larger cars I use more frequently. I would never recommend one as a DD. Get something more practical as a DD and buy a Fox as a project/fun car.
Every person I know that has, or has had, a Fox Body, was either constantly wrenching on it, or it is sitting in the backyard because of electrical problems, transmission problems, or misc. stuff.
Not true at all.
I've only owned foxes for the last 20 years. The only wrenching has been upgrades/bolt ons. They are ridiculously reliable. Electrical problems are not at all common.