1993 Ford Mustang LX
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Some cars are too special to go to the junk heap in the sky.
This '93 Mustang is just such a car.
The LX is unique for a factory Mustang: It's equipped with Kenny Brown chassis components.
I don't mean a would-be hot rodder added a bunch of randomly installed Kenny Brown parts.
I have the complete history of the car and when it was originally ordered, the Ford dealer installed the parts before it was delivered to the owner.
It's not actually a Kenny Brown car, meaning one that was modded and delivered by Kenny Brown, but it's definitely not a normal factory 5.0, either.
For those of you who don't know, Kenny Brown was a road racer who started his own company and got into the 5.0 modding business ala Saleen, Steeda, and the SAAC.
I have an old Motor Trend article from 1991 that covers the mods and performance of the Kenny Brown Mustangs and it's definitely a cut above the factory 5.0 fair — but this car isn't that. It is, however, a very taught version of a factory 5.0 Hatchback. The only reason I know that is because I drove it briefly before I bought it and it felt great; substantially different from other factory 5.0s I've owned or driven.
I haven't driven it since that day because I got my hands on it after the second owner had begun installing some bolt-on mods and it wasn't drivable any longer.
After I bought it, I went through two separate attempts to get the LX on the road. First, was as a direct replacement for the 347, in which I started modding it to match the 347. That effort was short-lived and, after my failure to get the Survivor on the road in a timely manner, I switched back to the virtually immaculate '93 LX.
The most intelligent and least expensive thing I could do at the time was return the 160,000-mile LX to stock so that I could drive it. I only got part way through before I lost my job as a graphic designer at the height of the recession and wasn't able to get back into the industry as the economy was a shamble.
Now, the '93 has been sitting in pieces for 10 years, awaiting my loving touch to bring it back to life.
Project: Special K isn't as deep or as complex as a complete restoration.
Maintenance & Repairs
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Read on to see how well it performed.
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Follow along with this review to see how I was able to use it and how well it worked for me.
Happy New Year!
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