1986 Ford Mustang LX T-Top Coupe

by Kaje

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These are "before" and "after" photos of my extremely rare, 1986 Ford Mustang LX. Why is it "rare," you ask? The car is one of very few '86 Mustang coupe models that were produced with a "T"-style roof, and equipped with a 5.0-Liter engine/5-speed transmission combination. I don't have the actual numbers, but it's safe to say that the car is one of 500 or fewer coupes that were configured this way in 1986.

I acquired this car through the Internet, and brought it home with no drivetrain, a hammered interior and extensive body damage that was covered up by bondo and a cheap paint job.

Over the course of 11 months, the car was fully "Fox-rod" restored, with full bodywork and a custom Ultra Black w/Charcoal Grey paint job, a completely redone interior w/custom 600-watt stereo, an 830 rear-wheel-horsepower, Paxton Novi 2000-supercharged, 350 cubic-inch, small-block Ford engine done by A.R.E Performance and Machine of Simi Valley, CA, w/Performance Automatic Super Comp AODE transmission, Racecraft front suspension and Chris Alston's Chassisworks "FAB9" rear end, rear suspension w/VariShock double-adjustable shocks and a T-top-specific 12-point roll cage by Chris Alston's Chassisworks. For more details on the car, see the feature story titled, "Top This," that appeared in 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords magazine (

My coupe has won many first-place awards at Southern California Ford car shows, and on the drag strip, the Mustang has run a best e.t. of 9.79 seconds at 142 miles-per-hour. That's all fine and well. The BEST thing about my rare coupe is the fact that it's registered and insured..."street legal"...and I can take it out for cruises any time I want to...with the stereo blasting, of course!  

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427Boss 01/17/2015

I've been seriously looking for a coupe...would you consider selling ? Thanks.

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32Tudor 06/25/2009

Very cool project. You definitely built a ground pounder. 830RWHP is very impressive. Too bad you couldn't keep the 5 speed, but with that kind of HP, I see why you switched.

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aprice88 06/25/2009

That video is awesome. Although...maybe there is a better, more secluded, road to try that out on next time?! I like how the last run triggers a car alarm. Sweet ride.

Thanks! Yeah, I know that the narrow confines of my neighborhood really isn't the best place for that. In all honesty, that was the only time I've done that...but, as we all know, it only takes "one time" for something fun to turn into a disaster. That video was taken literally minutes after the glass technician installed the front windshield. It was the first time I had driven the car farther than in and out of the garage, so you can imagine how hyped I was!

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