Rollin’ In My 5.0: The Fox Redefined

In the eyes of someone who grew up in the United States, it’s hard to think of 1980s car more iconic than the Fox Body Ford Mustang. It may not have been the fastest, most advanced or sexiest car of the decade, but I don’t think there are many car people in the States that don’t at least have one story that involves a 5.0 Mustang…

It doesn’t matter whether you love or loathe the Fox Body, there’s just no denying the significance of this car. The 5.0 brought the Mustang back to relevance after more than a decade in the dark, and for the first time fuel-injected V8s were being hot rodded and tweaked like their carburated predecessors from the ’60s. An entirely new aftermarket industry quickly sprung up around the car.

Soon, modified 5.0s began appearing and winning at drag strips and stop-light contests across the nation, and it’s been that way ever since. If you preferred corners over quarter-mile ETs, the Fox could also be made to handle very well with the right combination of parts. Better yet, the 5.0 was affordable when new and got even cheaper as the years the went on. The same goes for the thousands of aftermarket parts available for them.

But for all of it’s bona fide credentials as an enthusiast car, the Fox Body Mustang currently exists in a slightly strange place. Last built in ’93 it’s not new enough to be considered ‘modern’ yet it’s not old enough to generate the same nostalgic appeal as, say, a ’69 Mustang fastback. Take a walk around the SEMA Show and you’ll see countless brand new Mustangs and countless 1960s Mustangs, but Fox Bodies are nowhere to be found.

That’s why I was blown away at last year’s SEMA Show when I saw the ‘Top Notch’ Mustang from SoCal’s Creations ‘n Chrome. Not only was it cool just to see a Fox Body Stang on the show floor, but this one was at an entirely new level – a build truly worthy of being a SEMA show-stopper.

Bringing back some of that relevance and sex appeal was a big goal when Creations ‘n Chrome set out to build Top Notch. Beneath the skin the car doesn’t share a whole lot with the ’86 Mustang it’s based on, but they wanted it to be instantly recognizable as a Fox. More than that, they wanted to build one like the world had never seen. This car was to break what they saw as the ‘cookie cutter’ mold of one-dimensional drag cars, road racers and heavy street cruisers. Top Notch would do it all, and do it all in style.

Of course this would be far from the first Mustang build Creations ‘n Chrome had done. Let’s not forget this is the same team behind the Boy Racer Mustang that Sean featured last year. So with plenty of Mustang experience and four and a half months to go before SEMA, they got to work on Top Notch.

Seeing as its architecture that dates back 1979, the chassis would need a lot of work and custom fabrication to get the car up to the ass-kicking level that C&C wanted. For starters, everything on the chassis was seam-welded and reinforced throughout. The original floors were removed and replaced with full length frame rails and new aluminum floors. When all the work was done the wheelbase was extended by 1.5″ and the track widened by 3″.

With the idea to make the Mustang handle as well as any modern performance machine, the car was equipped with an SLE double-wishbone, inboard cantilever front suspension from JME Enterprises. In the rear, the C&C team constructed a custom three-link setup that uses adjustable Hotchkis control arms from an S197 Mustang.

With the chassis and suspension up to spec, it was time to tackle the powerplant. While an original pushrod 5.0 small block could have easily been built to make some wild horsepower numbers, C&C decided to go with a slightly more modern approach in this department.

While it has the same displacement as the proven Ford 5.0 small block, the Ford Racing Aluminator DOHC 32-valve crate motor is a pure exercise in modern V8 muscle. With its lighter weight and placement far back into the chassis, this engine choice also keeps Top Notch as athletically balanced as possible.

In this view you can really see just how far back the engine sits. In fact, six of the eight cylinders sit behind where the firewall originally was. Additions to the crate motor include a Canton Racing accusump, K&N air and oil filters and a full Borla exhaust with long tube headers, X-pipe, and XR-1 mufflers.

While four or five hundred horses of naturally aspirated DOHC V8 power would have been plenty for most sensible people, the motor swap was just the beginning. Dominating the engine bay is an enormous Vortech JT-Trim centrifugal blower with a V-mount type air-to-air intercooler. Of course the engine comes fully prepped for boost, with 9.5:1 Mahle forged pistons and Manley H-beam rods with ARP bolts.

There’s also a Nitrous Express N-tercooler system – just to keep things cool you know.

To handle the power, the thumping powerplant is mated to a G Force GF-5R five-speed transmission and RPS Performance BC3 Clutch with triple carbon disc.

Trimming fat was another crucial goal of the build, with a goal weight of 2,500 pounds for the finished car. Lots of carbon fiber has been used to get there, with CF doors, front end, hood and deck lid sourced from Motor City Solutions.

The aggressive Maier Racing flared fenders in the front and rear are also made from carbon fiber. With all of that carbon, the total weight of all the car’s body panels is just 98.7 pounds combined.

Having a mean but functional stance was another one of the goals for the project. When looking to fill those widened fenders, C&C contacted the folks at HRE who built a custom set of C100 wheels: 18″x11 for the front and 18″x13 for the rear.

For street driving, grip comes from a set of Falken Azenis RT615-Ks: 265-35-18 front and 315-30-18 rear.

Behind the spokes of the HREs, you can catch a glimpse of the Wilwood Superlite brakes (six pot front, four pot rear). The pedal setup and remote master cylinders also come from Wilwood.

What kind of car is this again? There certainly isn’t much Mustang left inside. Instead, we have a completely a stripped down, race-ready cockpit. Like the rest of the chassis work, the rollcage was done in-house at Creations ‘n Chrome.

Sparco buckets are there to keep the driver and lucky passenger firmly planted when it comes time to unleash the car.

When strapped in, the driver will be greeted by this advanced AiM MXL dash unit. The Evo 4 data logger also comes from AiM.

It would also be impossible not to mention the car’s wild paint job. The Spectra Chrome spray on chrome paint and Ballistic Blue Candy topcoat were applied just two days before SEMA began.

While the car looks complete in its current state, C&C actually has lots of work to do before Top Notch is completely ready for action. A flat bottom underbody is in the works, along with a rear diffuser and a Racelogic traction control system. Once that is done, the car will be registered for street use.

Besides being used for fun on the street, the plan is to take Top Notch to as many track events as possible. Everything from autocross and track days to drag strips and standing mile meets. This all goes back to the idea of ‘breaking the mold’ and pushing the Fox Body Mustang to new levels.

There’s always something to be said for getting an incredibly popular platform and taking it to new, groundbreaking levels. With Top Notch, it seems Creation’s ‘n Chrome has taken the iconic Fox Body and done just that. As someone who has owned a couple Fox Mustangs myself, I’m quite excited to see this thing in action.

Mike

Photos by Larry Chen

1980s Week on Speedhunters

Specs -

Top Notch – 1986 Ford Mustang Notchback

Powertrain

* Ford Racing 5.0L Aluminator crate engine for S/C Applications (9.5:1 Mahle forged pistons, Manley H-
beam rods w/ARP bolts)

* Vortech JT-trim Centrifugal Supercharger , BV-57 Bypass valve, and air to air intercooler

* G Force GF-5R 5 speed transmission w/ Long Shifter

* RPS Performance BC3 Clutch, Billet cover w/ triple carbon disc

* Ford Racing Boss 302S controls pack, Reflashed with SCT X3 programmer

* Borla stainless long tube headers, X-pipe, and XR-1 mufflers

* Holley Billet Dominator Fuel pump and regulator w/ Metco fuel rails

* Injector Dynamics ID1000 Fuel injectors

* Canton Racing Product Accusump, oil breather and coolant expansion tanks

* ATI Super Damper

* Ron Davis radiator

* Meziere electric water pump

* K&N Air and Oil Filters

* Nitrous Express N-tercooler system with custom sized spray ring

Chassis

* JME Enterprises front SLA suspension – push rod activated inboard cantilever

* Creations n’ Chrome custom 3 link rear utilizing Hotchkis S197 Mustang adj. control arms

* Creations n’ Chrome sheet metal work, cage, and chassis prep

* JRi double adjustable remote reservoir coil over shocks

* Eibach Springs, front 500 lbs./in. and rear 175 lbs./in.

* Wilwood Brakes Superlite 6-front

* Wilwood Brakes Superlite 4-rear

* Wilwood Brakes clutch/brake pedals with remote master cylinders

* Lee Manufacturing custom valved ’03 Cobra power steering rack

* Lee Manufacturing chain-driven offset steering quickener/reducer

Wheels & Tires

* HRE Wheels C100 18×11 front, 18×13 rear

* Falken Tire RT-615K 265/35/18 front, 315/30/18 rear-street

* track tires-TBD

* Monster Lug extened open end hardened steel lug nuts

Exterior

* Spectra Chrome spray on chrome paint w/ Ballistic Blue Candy topcoat applied by Creations n’ Chrome

* Motor City Solutions carbon fiber front facia, hood, doors, and rear deck lid

* Maier Racing front and rear carbon fiber fenders with 1.5” flares

* APR Performance carbon honeycomb front windsplitter

* APR Performance Formula GT3 mirrors

* Headlights, taillights rear bumper cover and all factory trim supplied by Late Model Restoration

* Pro Glass preformed polycarbonate windows

Interior

*AiM Evo4 Data logger and AiM MXL Dash

*Interior wrapped with UltraFabrics Ultrasuede

Safety

*Sparco seats, harnesses, wheel and driver’s gear

*Fuel Safe 15 gal. fuel Cell

*Fire Safe fire suppression system

* DEI Firesleeve for AN lines and Heat Screen thermal barrier shields

Designed, fabricated, assembled, painted and tuned in house at Creations n’ Chrome, Valencia, CA

Special thanks:

Lance Keck and Bob Endress @ Vortech Superchargers

Julio Mayen @ JME Enterprises

JJ Furillo and Jeff Ryan @ JRi Shocks

Lucio & Bert @ K&N Filters

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1

Badass. Ive always said the foxbody mustang is one of, if not the best bang for the buck racer you can buy. Wanna go fast for cheap and not worry about breaking stuff, get a foxbody and as clearly demonstrated here, with a little or a lot more effort they can be built to be extremely nice.

2

Looks like a R34

3

Looks great. Needs new front overfenders that fit the wheelbase.

4

forgot to point out how much I like the ultrasuede, never seen a complete interior in it. Cantilever suspension is cool too, if you're into flashy lightweight cnc billet aluminum parts :)

5

Fantastic build, but I'm sad to see that despite doing all kinds of unique things to the car, they went the "cookie cutter" route and slapped an aero nose on the car, rather than keeping the much more distinctive (and more '80s, if we're talking theme) four eyed nose.

6

I've been preaching this lately to friends who have asked about building a track car.  Miata is alway first, but when they don't understand that, fox body comes next.  I've seen some post some wicked fast lap times with mild set-ups.

7

when you say 3-link rear, i assume you're talking about a torque arm, panhard bar setup, retaining the solid axle?

8

wow.... and im not a mustang guy.
 
that car is awesome

9

I hope Creations 'n Chrome keep us posted on when they are taking this thing out to track events, because I REALLY want to see it in action.

10

This is what speedhunters is about! fantastic!

11

simply too awesome, love the wheels

12
ChristopherMathes

"hard to think of 1980s car more iconic than the Fox Body Ford Mustang" That's how I feel and I can't tell you how much I love this car! It's like they took all my hopes and dreams for a fox and built it in real life!

13

Fucking coolest Fox Body ever created. Ever.

14

@1100110011 Crack is whack.

15

@FunctionFirst  That body work is courtesy of Maier racing. I have always had a soft spot for Mike's CP car. How cool would it be to make the car look like this but drive it on the road? lol.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2oaVmaOrEY

16

@FunctionFirst But I also have a thing for CP cars. So many 60-90s Americans cars look so badass slammed and widened out. Fun to watch a strong CP group. Always drooling.

17

I used to hate fox bodies. I've grown to appreciate their look over the years. I personally would paint one black with a nice lowered stance. Stunning.

18

I've always liked 5.0's cause they're cheap and fast, but damn I never thought I'd actually see one that I thought looked pretty. That wide body and chrome blue is stunning.

19

@majik16106 Haha, that thing is so wide I'm surprised he doesn't just bowl right over cones just going straight. Those prepared classes are hardcore - too much so for me. I like the top-notch though because they plan on making it street legal - not necessarily a straight race car.

20

This thing is ridiculously awesome, love everything about the build, but that color sticks out the most! Always liked the hatchbacks the most and didn't care much for the notchbacks until now

21

Daaaaamn. All I can say is this is sick, personally I wouldn't run Falken 615s since I used to race with them. They're ok for the street but they lack feedback and there are much better tires out there in the market. Cheap though.
 
What a badass car. Love the color.

22

This is the first 5.0 of this nasty little generation that I can honestly say stopped me in my tracks. Most of these cars look like small piles of dung. Talk about "Wow factor!"

23

Really really cool Mustang. The paint is a bit too flashy for my taste, but a great car nonetheless!

24

loveee it

26

*Drool* ... This is one BADASS MACHINE! Loving it!

27

At first I was like "wow, that's a really clean notchback with a big-ass motor and a race-prepped interior." Then I saw the custom subframe and suspension and my jaw dropped! This car is incredible. More Mustangs like this please; might just be enough to get me liking American cars again!

28

At first I was like "wow, that's a really clean notchback with a big-ass motor and a race-prepped interior." Then I saw the custom subframe and suspension and my jaw dropped! This car is incredible. More Mustangs like this please; might just be enough to get me liking American cars again!

29

again, amazing car and article. thank you speedhunters:)

30

Well done. Epicness all around.

31

I'm an engineering student, and a long time motorhead.  I love this car and the overall quality of the build.  What really made me get weak in the knees was that front suspension shot.  I think I almost had a crisis.

32

Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow!!!!!!!!!!!

33

love it

34

ok, now I'm offically loving all of this 80's stuff: the Volvo, the Legend, now this!!! Keep up the good work!

35

ok, now I'm offically loving all of this 80's stuff: the Volvo, the Legend, now this!!! Keep up the good work!

36

This car is absolutely awesome from tip to toe. Can't wait to see it finished with the diffuser. Reminds me of the Fox body that ran in the DTM.

37

@WarShrike 
so I wasn't the only one ^^

39

I feel the same way. These builds are everything I love about cars.

40

@JDMized So the motor and everything else is not flashy? haha!

41

@markstoys I will do my best to keep you guys updated.

42

@LTDScott I think they went that route for the best top speed aero.

43

This car looks like a modern 1980s Europe Grand Touring Car.  The flairs and colors used just go so well together.  This should shine some light on all the 5.0 owners out there.
 
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44

@Phantom
The 615K's are our street tires and unfortunately 315 is the widest 18" available. Our track tires will be 315 front &345 rear. We haven't settled on a manufacturer and compound yet, but we are leaning towards the Hoosier R6.

45

wow this is simply amazing. one of my favorite builds that I've seen on speedhunters.

46

This is by far the best foxbody i have ever seen, hands down...just...wow..

47

I've always thought fox bodies were ugly.. but this car is amazing. So sick.

48

Seen a few Fox body Mustangs that I quite liked the look of, but this is just something else. Car looks very well engineered and is savage to look at. Absolutely stunning!

49

@ChrisMatye  @Phantom Thats a good choice. Im familiar with the R6 in an autocross setting, not sure how the deal with repeated track abuse. Hopefully well. 
 
Do you notice the same thing with the 615s? When I had them on my Miata they had virtually no feedback. They're a great tire in terms of grip, but they lack some characteristics you want in a performance tire. 
 
Compound choices are always a tough thing to decide on. Are you guys looking to compete or just go to the track for fun? That to me was always what determined what compound I was going with. If I don't have to be concerned with qualifying who cares. Either way, awesome car and honestly the best fox body I've ever seen in my entire life.
 
Hope all is well :)

50

Like the BOY RACER MUSTANG...again wow. That suspension looks like an architect's loft hahaha I think I could lie there with a sleeping bag and a flashlight for hours. With the engine so far back it's almost mid-engined :) hope to see some video when it hits the track.

51

@AaronVenable We felt wrapping the entire interior in Ultrasuede would be a subtle way to enforce that this IS a street car.
-Chris @ Creations n' Chrome

52

@majik16106 We couldn't agree more about the versatility of the Fox Body. It's been proven as a great platform for drag racing, road racing, and in our opinion, a way too underrated candidate for a drift car.

53

@majik16106 We couldn't agree more about the versatility of the Fox Body. It's been proven as a great platform for drag racing, road racing, and in our opinion, a way too underrated candidate for a drift car.
-Chris @ Creations n' Chrome

54

@AaronVenable 
That's in the works. As Mike mentioned in the article, there are still a few items that need to be addressed. The fenders are definitely one of them.
-Chris @ Creations n' Chrome

55

They say foxbody mustangs can handle... whell when you replace about 90% of the car i would agree.. and yes I have owned and driven one myself

56

@LTDScott we had a vision and concept for the car before we ever acquired a chassis. When we finally found a chassis that we were happy with, it was literally a bare shell and thus, had no body panels whatsoever. Since the deadline to debut the car was only 4.5 months, we really had to use the carbon fiber front nose that would allow us to get the front of the car together the fastest. In one day we were able to order all the parts needed for a '90 front end conversion. Also since this will be a standing mile car we needed a front nose that was better suited to the task.
-Chris @ Creations n' Chrome

57

@SeanStott S197 style 3-link, so 2 adjustable lower trailing arms, 1 adjustable upper center link, and a panhard bar. We fabbed up new pickup points in the chassis for all links and shock locations. The rear end housing is a Currie 9 Inch. We did entertain the idea of an IRS, but ultimately decided against it.
-Chris @ Creations n' Chrome

58

@ChrisMatye Alright, that makes sense. I know you bought the car from Julio at JME (he's one of my customers and we talked about your car yesterday), but I wasn't aware that it had no panels on it.
 
There's a "four eyed pride" Jihad who hate nothing more than people who convert their pre-'87 Mustangs to the aero noses, and for the most part I agree. Aero nose cars are dime a dozen (well, maybe not so much anymore) but the earlier cars are much more distinct and getting rarer by the minute.
 
So as much as I'd still like to see an original nose on your car (and with headlight covers they can be just as slick as an aero nose), I can at least see your reasoning.

59

@markstoys We will be in touch with Speedhunters regarding track excursions. You can also follow us on facebook. http://www.facebook.com/creationsnchrome
-Chris @ creations n' Chrome

60

no horsepower/torque figures?

61

@SMRacing Changing the subframe, dampers, arms, and adding a device to control the rear end is hardly 90% of the car.

62

@ChrisMatye  @Phantom Did you run the 615s or 615Ks? Big difference. The original 615s would lose grip after a while and let go unpredictably. The 615Ks are much better in that regard. I have been racing on both for the last 5 years on my LeMons car.

63

That's not a mustang.. 
 
 
 
It's a Millennium Falcon!

64

@SelfMade Millennium Fairmont, at least :)

65

@LTDScott no its not.

66

@FunctionFirst Thank you. When we set out to build this car, we were unsure how it would be a received, Would the Mustang faithful scoff at it for breaking the mold and being so different. Would non-Mustang fans see it as just another Mustang? When the car debuted at SEMA it was very apparent that we had something special by the sheer number of people coming up to the car as well as very heavy hitters in the industry patting me on the back for a job well done. It was very surreal for me. I think true enthusiasts appreciate its engineering and reason for being built.
Chris @ Creations n' Chrome

67

@SelfMade Gary Watson (Cn'C owner) and myself are huge Star wars fans. In fact, we even contemplated painting the Vortech BV-57 Bypass valve like R2-D2 since their shapes are nearly identical.
-Chris @ Creations n' Chrome

68

Need somebody to drive it?

69

@Phantom @LTDScott  We are on the 615K which I think is a great street tire for the majority of high performance street cars. The 615K is absolutely an improvement over the early 615.I've driven a Hoosier A6 in an autox setting and I had no complaints there. The R6 seems to be the go to tire at standing mile events since it is one f the few tires that are easy to get and have received tech approval for 200+ runs. Add to that the wide range of available tire sizes, and it's hard to beat. If we do get to the point where we can find the time to become a competitive T/A car, then we will explore tire options at that point.
-Chris @ Creations n' Chrome

70

@LTDScott It basically came down to, what's available and how fast can I get it. With no windows, no lights, no fenders, no bumper, no core support on the car when we got it, going the route of the 90 was the easiest thing. We had a '90 parts car in the shop which we used to take measurements for all the panel mounting. It was just the easiest thing to do and in no way was it meant to disrespect the lines of the four eye cars.
-Chris @ Creations n' Chrome

71

@ChrisMatye You are forgiven :)

72

@Itchys2 We are not releasing them yet as there are some systems to finish before we go for the big number. I will say that since this car has so many different intended uses, we will have various tunes and horsepower levels available 620hp, 700hp, 850hp, and 1000+. We are even planning to run the car without the blower belt, about 450hp which we would use for a trip around a tight Auto-x course.
-Chris @ Creations n' Chrome

73

@ChrisMatye  Gary Watson  Would look sick!! Little details like that only make it sweeter. Keep up the great work!

74

@GregMilewski Team Falken Formula D driver, Justin Pawlak Time and Time Attack driver Clint Boisdeau have both expressed interest in getting behind the wheel.
-Chris @ Creations n' Chrome

75

@LTDScott  @ChrisMatye  @Phantom I ran 615s, I wasn't aware until you said it just now that there is a 615K. Yes, I had the original 615s and what youre describing is exactly the case. 
 
I'll have to get a set of Ks and try them out!

76

@ChrisMatye  @Phantom  @LTDScott Nice. Will you be filming any runs of this car on the track? I'd love to see it. I ran the original 615s and didn't realize they had improved so much over the years. They were a good tire for the price and a low powered car like my Miata. 
 
I race karts now, but I have a spot for a well built street car and you guys really did a great job with this. Said it before, but I'll say it again: best fox body I've ever seen.

77

@ChrisMatye  @Phantom They'll likely be surpassed by the latest gen of fast tires coming out (Direzza Star Spec Z2 and BFG Rivals), but the 615Ks were MUCH better than the original 615s. With the regular 615s, I would swap new tires on our car for our 2nd day of LeMons racing, whereas the Ks will easy last all weekend and only start to lose grip and feedback at the end.

78

Great work, but I was disappointed to see that with all that amazing suspension trickery in the front they didn't upgrade to an independent rear setup.  I know it's been done in the past and it doesn't seem like money was a problem with this build.

79

Can you explain which IRS suspension they should have gone with? The live axle is fine and the supporting parts make it  comparable to the most modern IRS suspension available. The car was built to be a overall performer and given the IRS weak link in drag racing, they didn't want to make it vulnerable.

80

@uKENinam The 1999-2004 SVT Cobras had IRS, that system could have been modified to work.  It was still basically a fox body car afterall.  Other than that, a custom setup similar to the front could have been fabricated.  Compared to the amount of work they put in on the rest of the car, it wouldn't have been out of the realm of possibility.

81

@uKENinam I feel that IRS can be made plenty strong enough for drag and the benefits for every other form of racing are undeniable.  Look at the reversal in reviewer's opinions on the current Mustang and Camaro when Chevy finally pulled it's head out of it's rear and put a decently tuned spring/strut/shock whathaveyou combo on the Camaro.  Both the ZL1 and 1LE won their respective comparisons to the Mustang's competing variant in the tests I read.

82

@SubieNate  @uKENinam You are missing the fact that they're running a 9" rear end, not the 8.8" that came in all newer Mustangs. The 9" is WAY stronger than the 8.8", and there are no IRS options for the 9" AFAIK. A properly set up solid rear end can handle just as well as an IRS on all but the most bumpiest of tracks.

83

@LTDScott  @SubieNate  @uKENinam I'm sure with an aftermarket pumpkin the 8.8" could be made plenty strong.  I still question the claim that a solid rear can handle "just as well."  There's a reason every purpose built race car in pretty much every series in the world for the last 20+ years has had IRS.

84

@LTDScott  @SubieNate  @uKENinam I'm sure with an aftermarket pumpkin the 8.8" could be made plenty strong.  I still question the claim that a solid rear can handle "just as well."  There's a reason every purpose built race car in pretty much every series in the world for the last 20+ years has had IRS.

85

@LTDScott  @SubieNate  @uKENinam I'm sure with an aftermarket pumpkin the 8.8" could be made plenty strong.  I still question the claim that a solid rear can handle "just as well."  There's a reason every purpose built race car in pretty much every series in the world for the last 20+ years has had IRS.

86

@LTDScott  @SubieNate  @uKENinam I'm sure with an aftermarket pumpkin the 8.8" could be made plenty strong.  I still question the claim that a solid rear can handle "just as well."  There's a reason every purpose built race car in pretty much every series in the world for the last 20+ years has had IRS.

87

@ChrisMatye  @GregMilewski  Clint Boisdeau This should be interesting!

88

JAW DROP FOX :-O

89

@Larry Chen Put the hood on (a cowl hood that clears the blower). Paint the car white, remove the stickers, and your neighbor wouldn't even notice it.

90

@SubieNate Understandable, they could have gone with a watt's link setup as well.  that's something that I have in mind for my F-body later on down the road...

91

@LTDScott  @SubieNate  @uKENinam I personally know a guy who has MADE a 9" fit IRS with double wishbones. If a privateer working out of his garage can do it I'm pretty sure this workshop could have done it. But this isn't an all out time attack car so they probably couldn't see as much benefit in it. Having a universally impressive drag time is better for business than spending all that effort and R&D to pull a track time that will only impress those who know about the track.

92

@LTDScott  @SMRacing You're right, they've replaced about 95% of the car.

93

damn...

94

This is ridiculous, I love it! :D

95

Mother of God, this build is INSANE!!  (fenders need a little work)  I still like the Fox platform and am sad more guys my age dismiss it.  They're cheap and you can get ANY part you want for them.  hmm,  I need to fix up that Fox-Thunderbird I have sitting at home one of these days....

96

Mother of God, this build is INSANE!!  (fenders need a little work)  I still like the Fox platform and am sad more guys my age dismiss it.  They're cheap and you can get ANY part you want for them.  hmm,  I need to fix up that Fox-Thunderbird I have sitting at home one of these days....

97

Mother of God, this build is INSANE!!  (fenders need a little work)  I still like the Fox platform and am sad more guys my age dismiss it.  They're cheap and you can get ANY part you want for them.  hmm,  I need to fix up that Fox-Thunderbird I have sitting at home one of these days....

98

@WarShrike Then be careful clicking on this link to the whole front end assembly.  You might consider this NSFW.  http://www.jmeenterprises.com/JME%20New%20Suspension.shtml

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@WarShrike Then be careful clicking on this link to the whole front end assembly.  You might consider this NSFW.  http://www.jmeenterprises.com/JME%20New%20Suspension.shtml

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@WarShrike Then be careful clicking on this link to the whole front end assembly.  You might consider this NSFW.  http://www.jmeenterprises.com/JME%20New%20Suspension.shtml

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Most beautiful Mustang I've seen. I'm not  a fan of the other looks of the Mustangs, this is fantastic, and the color is crazy. I love it!

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@SVT_Bryan Both F/R fenders to their respective bumpers will be addressed. The caris still not finished yet as the rear diffuser and engine ducting will need to be finished before we address the fenders.

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@SVT_Bryan Both F/R fenders to their respective bumpers will be addressed. The car is still not finished yet as the rear diffuser and engine ducting will need to be finished before we address the fenders.
 
-Chris @ Creations n' Chrome

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@SubieNate Weight, fabrication time, and strength were the major reasons why we chose the 9-inch and 3 link. All pickup points have multiple mounting locations available (5 locations on the lower arms and 3 points on the upper). So there is quite a bit of adjustment available. Add to this the fact that all link lengths are also adjustable, and you can see that many shortcomings of a typical straight axle in street applications have been addressed. Changing rear end ratios is extremely easy with the 9-inch having drop out center sections. Keep in mind, this car was built to serve many different purposes. We felt from a cost to strength point of view, the 9-inch was the clear winner. Also when we acquired the chassis, everything was pretty much already cut out, so using a Cobra IRS cradle would of been difficult since just about everything in the chassis that would of made it bolt-in, was missing. We also wanted to show off our fabrication abilities. Although, the rear half of the suspension may not be shiny billet aluminum like the front, we promise it's just as bit exotic in regards to engineering, fabrication and execution.
-Chris @ Creations n' Chrome

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Gotta say, props to Chris for coming on here and addressing criticisms. Your responses show that this was well thought out.

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Gotta say, props to Chris for coming on here and addressing criticisms. Your responses show that this was well thought out.

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Gotta say, props to Chris for coming on here and addressing criticisms. Your responses show that this was well thought out.

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BRUTAL!!!

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BRUTAL!!!

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BRUTAL!!!

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@ChrisMatye Very cool.  It already looks amazing.  What you guys are doing with this car is just over the top and I'm looking forward to seeing more of it.  Hopefully you guys will get some good video of it at various races.

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@ChrisMatye Very cool.  It already looks amazing.  What you guys are doing with this car is just over the top and I'm looking forward to seeing more of it.  Hopefully you guys will get some good video of it at various races.

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@ChrisMatye Very cool.  It already looks amazing.  What you guys are doing with this car is just over the top and I'm looking forward to seeing more of it.  Hopefully you guys will get some good video of it at various races.

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Awesome. Fox body Stangs are fun! This thing is proper!

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@SVT_Bryan We plan to document everything.
-Chris @ Creations n' Chrome

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@LTDScott Thanks Scott, This car was built in my head long ago. It seems that Gary Watson, my boss also had a very similar idea. When it came time to finally build the car and start collecting parts, it all snowballed into what you see above. We butted heads, disagreed every now and then, but ultimately he made the final decisions when it came to aesthetics, design and packaging decisions, while allowing me to have reign over the engine, drivetrain and suspension. I think it worked out well, and our individual strengths only work to compliment each other.

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Will those fenders ever be reproduced for sale?

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Will those fenders ever be reproduced for sale?

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Will those fenders ever be reproduced for sale?

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Will those fenders ever be reproduced for sale?

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Will those fenders ever be reproduced for sale?

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Will those fenders ever be reproduced for sale?

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Will those fenders ever be reproduced for sale?

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Will those fenders ever be reproduced for sale?

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Will those fenders ever be reproduced for sale?

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@caltemus The fenders are available from Maier Racing. We used the 1.5" flared feders in carbon fiber. They are also available in 3". All pieces are available in carbon fiber, lightweight motorsports fiberglass, and a thicker, more durable fiberglass for street use.
Www.maierracing.com

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@caltemus The fenders are available from Maier Racing. We used the 1.5" flared feders in carbon fiber. They are also available in 3". All pieces are available in carbon fiber, lightweight motorsports fiberglass, and a thicker, more durable fiberglass for street use.
Www.maierracing.com

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@caltemus The fenders are available from Maier Racing. We used the 1.5" flared feders in carbon fiber. They are also available in 3". All pieces are available in carbon fiber, lightweight motorsports fiberglass, and a thicker, more durable fiberglass for street use.
Www.maierracing.com

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@caltemus The fenders are available from Maier Racing. We used the 1.5" flared feders in carbon fiber. They are also available in 3". All pieces are available in carbon fiber, lightweight motorsports fiberglass, and a thicker, more durable fiberglass for street use.
Www.maierracing.com

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@caltemus The fenders are available from Maier Racing. We used the 1.5" flared feders in carbon fiber. They are also available in 3". All pieces are available in carbon fiber, lightweight motorsports fiberglass, and a thicker, more durable fiberglass for street use.
Www.maierracing.com

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@caltemus The fenders are available from Maier Racing. We used the 1.5" flared feders in carbon fiber. They are also available in 3". All pieces are available in carbon fiber, lightweight motorsports fiberglass, and a thicker, more durable fiberglass for street use.
Www.maierracing.com

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This is the best Foxbody ever...

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I swear on my life, I will either track down this build or build a new one that's almost identical in 4-5 years. Iconic and perfect.

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I swear on my life, I will either track down this build or build a new one that's almost identical in 4-5 years. Iconic and perfect.

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Tyler, if you are ever in the Valencia, CA area, give us a call and stop by the shop. If be more than happy to answer and give you a ride along. This car is now registered and we have license plates for it.

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Tyler, if you are ever in the Valencia, CA area, give us a call and stop by the shop. If be more than happy to answer and give you a ride along. This car is now registered and we have license plates for it.

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Tyler, if you are ever in the Valencia, CA area, give us a call and stop by the shop. If be more than happy to answer and give you a ride along. This car is now registered and we have license plates for it.

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Currently building a '83 Fox notch, intend on making it quite similar to this minus the obvious body differences of '79-'83 foxes(rear 1/4 louvers, four eyes, tail lights), suspension,  and  engine. Anyways this Fox is by far the coolest in my books, hope to see some other wicked "Creations"(punpunpun) in the future!

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Id be really interested to see what you guys would do with a panther platform... Crown vic.
In the middle of my build def going to use those fender flares

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pure sex

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ChrisMatye If Tyler doesn't pounce on that opportunity, he's estupid.

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Very sexy notch...  my childhood dream!

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How can I get in touch with Lee Manufacturing?

Wow this looks really sorted.  A "post" Mustang, which just might give the new Z06 "sumpn"

Seriously I am really interested in controlling the steering ratio on my multipurpose car.  Please and thanks.

Axer911

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