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Old 06-22-2004, 01:35 PM   #1
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I know most of you want nothing to do with ford but I am looking at buying something to satisfy my power needs...... Its a 1983 Ford Mustang 5.0 manual with 122k has new clutch new white top new exhaust new brakes he wants $1,500 for it is it worth it.......are they reliable and would my leather front seats on my 88 cutlass match up with the bolt pattern
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I am a Ford guy, especially the 351 Cleveland , but I will tell you, stay clear away from early to mid -80'* Mustangs. Bad. Very Bad. '89 or newer is much better, especially the notch-back 5.0'*.
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I am a Ford guy, especially the 351 Cleveland , but I will tell you, stay clear away from early to mid -80'* Mustangs. Bad. Very Bad. '89 or newer is much better, especially the notch-back 5.0'*.
What was bad about them engines transmissions (its a manual) ???
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The early 80'* can be made to make a lot of power. My friend has an 84 5.0 that he and his father worked on. It'* pushing 320hp.
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I am a Ford guy, especially the 351 Cleveland , but I will tell you, stay clear away from early to mid -80'* Mustangs. Bad. Very Bad. '89 or newer is much better, especially the notch-back 5.0'*.
What was bad about them engines transmissions (its a manual) ???
Drivetrains were great, it'* the rest of the car that fell apart.
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There should be anything wrong with them, besides the point I think early model fox bodies are ugly. 302 is a great engine, T5 transmission which I cant say anything bad about but I cant say anything good about it either.

http://xbins.org/~spiral/stang/
Those are pictures of a 302 me and my cousin put together to put in his 92 mustang LX, and in about a month or so Im getting a 1988 GT and putting Gt-40p heads, and cobra lower and upper intake on it
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and it carburated i dont perfer carbed motors
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80'* stangs are poor man'* fast car. The are a dime a dozen. You wont to check for blow back with the engine. Will the vehicle is off take off the oil fill, put your hand over the oil fill, have someone start the car. If you feel pressure that pushes outward the engine is on the way out. Try doing this if you are seroius about the car. I learned this from a ford nut.
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Cutlass seats would not line up. I have a 85 that is all tricked up! I will have pictures up soon. I ran a 8.89 in the 1/8 that was before I cut the roof and put the T-roof onm.
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Hmm, a poor mans car eh? try finding a mint 87-93 5.0 for under $3,000
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