I can't argue with any of this. But as a Fox chassis fanatic myself, and after writing this, I really, really, reeeeealllly want a Mustang Ghia notchback with a vinyl top. Or maybe a 1982 GT, because the boss is indeed back.
More HP and TQ compared to 1986, yes. I'd rather have a 1986 and put 1987 heads on it, and stomp all over a 1985 with 300 lb-ft of torque thanks to that gargantuan upper plenum on a short stroke V8. 🙂
I don't think a 5 liter is considered as such since a 302 is a moderately stroked 289 w/ the same bore.
That's a perspective thing, I guess. In my eyes the 5.0 has a short stroke compared Chevy 350, and especially compared to the 4.6L motors that replaced them.
Thanks for your input!
1. I added the GT Turbo for 1983, and it makes sense since the Thunderbird Turbo came out the same year.
2. Changing SVO back to 1984 not 1984.5.
3. I briefly mentioned the Capri in the 1979 section now, mostly because it deserves to be its own buyer's guide...and this beast is too long already.
I had a 79 Capri - 1st year of the little Fox - which had MUCH nicer lines than the Mustang. In fact, I would argue that these early Capris (with the flat rear window) were the styling sweet spot of the entire Foxtang/Foxpri range. I ordered it loaded: 5.0, 4 speed with OD, AC, moonroof, tilt wheel, rear wiper, TRX wheels/tires/suspension, black lower body paint, pinstripes and Ghia interior. Pretty sure the PS and PDB were standard. THANKS for reminding me about the stalk mounted horn that I hated!
The 302 2BBL was not particularly powerful (same 140 ponies as my Miata), but these cars were light - maybe the lightest stangs other than the Pinto-based, ugly as sin, fake-stang Mustang IIs. With the CAFE rules they could not guaranty my car would be built, but it was. 4 spd stick with OD was not as good as a 5, but that's all they had back then.
Put 100k miles on it and sold it to the new owner with something like 250 miles on the clock in 1986. It looked like it just rolled out of the showroom. Only maintenance besides filters, oil, brakes and tires was a set of 4 KYB gas-filled shocks.
Very well balanced and a joy to drive on twisty roads or the highway. NOT good in the snow!
SO sorry I sold that one. 😞
- Coulda upgraded the drivetrain bigly and easily!!!
I just remembered that I ordered this car while waiting for delivery of a white 79 RX-7. When that car FINALLY came in I sold my delivery position to someone else. That one woulda been a keeper too.
V-6 (3.8 Litre "Essex") wasn't available until 1983. '79s would have the in-line six.
How long did that Arrow last? Those balance-shaft Mitsubishis are notorious for trouble; the balance-shaft chains would stretch and break, leading to loss of oil pressure; the carburetors would wear beyond repair, and the head gaskets would blow at around 80k miles, unless the head was re-torqued at regular intervals (and what American re-torques head bolts?). My brother and his friends put themselves through college buying used, low-mileage Colts, Arrows, and Mitsubishi-engined K-cars, replacing the head gaskets, and flipping them.
Thank you for your kind words! You clearly know your stuff, so I am glad to see you enjoyed my article. That said: