1993 Ford Mustang LX
The LX is a 1993 Ford Mustang LX Hatchback with a 5.0 V8 and a Borg-Warner T-5 5-speed manual transmission that came to me as a project car and that I've never had on the road.
I'm a rather stubborn, determined individual, and little shows that as clearly as my journey with the LX project.
Purchased in September of 2005, this '93 LX was bought as the previous owner had begun to modify it, but not yet completed it. Although I had test driven it at one point, it has never run while I've owned it.
My first goal with this 160,000-mile beauty is to get it back on the road in stock form, assess its driving characteristics, then begin the process of modifying it to my liking.
Although, originally the LX project was intended to be an extensively modified street bruiser, what I will do with it now is up in the air — and only time will tell what happens to it.
Some cars are too special to go to the junk heap in the sky.
Maintenance & Repairs
I've picked up a new habit: Adventure Coffee.
For years I avoided cars that require a scan tool for diagnostic work.
Once I was forced to buy them (I've owned three, so far), I avoided working on them.
Only recently have I run into a problem with the Cobalt SS/SC that I actually benefitted from having a scan tool, so I broke down and bought one.
After extensive research, the tool I chose to purchase was an OTC OBD I & II Scan Tool (P/N 3211). It straddles the line between cost and professional capabilities.
Follow along with this review to see how I was able to use it and how well it worked for me.
Happy New Year!
Ever spliced a connector onto an otherwise good harness because the original broke? Do you need to do it to an '87-'93 5.0 Mustang? How about the MAF connector? You don't have to splice one in — they can be replaced without cutting or damaging the wiring. Here's how.
The manual transmission is a fairly simple device, but even understanding how one works isn't enough to know how to properly rebuild or modify it. This book provides a great deal of knowledge that will help you with everything from a T5 behind a plebeian four-cylinder to a Muncie “Rock Crusher” channeling the power of a big block used for drag or road racing.
It finally happened.
Environment, people, and substrate safe degreaser/all-purpose cleaner and rust removers.
My Speed Demon makes me do things that other people don't understand.