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My 1993 Ford Mustang LX Hatchback

1993 Ford Mustang LX

The LX

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Introduction

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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.

Projects

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Special K

Project: Special K isn't as deep or as complex as a complete restoration.

Updated: 8/9/20

Notes

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Weld Like a Pro

If you're doing anything more than bolting and unbolting parts on your car projects, then welding becomes an essential skill for your car hobby — cuz most of the other parts are welded.

Almost all of my project cars are in need of some welding, so, it's a critical skill for the success of my hobby. That's why I picked up a copy of Weld Like a Pro by author and welding expert, Jerry Uttrachi.

To see if this book can help you in your own automotive adventure, check out my review!

Posted: 9/20

The LX Covered in Media Dust

Media Blasting Advice

If you're thinking about setting up a small-scale media blasting outfit, let me offer you some free advice: there's a good chance it's going take more than you think.

Posted: 9/6/20

Media Blasting & Metal Preparation Front Cover

Media Blasting & Metal Preparation

One of the biggest challenges to achieving a quality finish is substrate preparation. I'm facing that same dilemma myself with the El Camino.

To help get the results I'm looking for — and do it as quickly and inexpensively as possible — I picked up a copy of Media Blasting & Metal Preparation.

To find out if this book can help you do the same, check out the review!

Posted: 8/20

Grandpa's Chevy 283

Advanced Carb Refinishing

Recently, after doing a search for information on plating I discovered that, today, the term plating is commonly referred to in cooking circles for the artistic presentation of meals on plates.

Posted: 6/28/20

1995 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Engine

Summer Wrenching

Summer's fast approaching and if you're still stuck at home, it might be time to get wrenching on that project you've been meaning to work on.

Posted: 6/7/20

Fat 5.0 Mustang

The Fat 5.0

I don't know, maybe "big boned" is more socially acceptable nowadays?

Posted: 5/31/20

Old Ford 5.0 Mustang

Chasing Gremlins

Way back when I bought the 347my first '87 Mustang LX — I attempted to improve the ignition.

Posted: 5/17/20

Fox Body Mustang Restoration: 1979-1993 Front Cover

Fox Body Mustang Restoration: 1979-1993

Third generation Mustangs — those built from 1979 to 1993 — may very well be history's most popular performance car. After all, they were immortalized in pop culture and spent more than a decade at the top of the performance food chain.

In Fox Body Mustang Restoration: 1979-1993, author Jim Smart gives you a brief history of these cars before showing you an inside look at what it takes to return one of these automotive icons to the road.

Check out this review to see if this book has been what you're looking for to get you rolling in your own 5.0.

Posted: 5/20

Dirty Garage Interior

Space Planning

One of the more difficult aspects of building a structure is figuring out how much space is needed.

Posted: 4/5/20

Old Classics and Performance

Freezing on the Floor

The other night I was in the Old Classics and Performance Garage and it was damned cold.

Posted: 3/1/20

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High-Performance Differentials, Axles and Drivelines

Rear ends and drivelines are often poorly understood by automotive enthusiasts and professionals alike and author Joseph Palazzolo understands that.

In his book High-Performance Differentials, Axles and Drivelines he packs 144 pages full of interesting and relevant information on the subject.

If you're looking to understand your rear end or rear ends in general, then take a look at my review of High-Performance Differentials, Axles and Drivelines to see if this is the book for you.

Posted: 2/20

Ford 8.8" Ring and Pinion Gear Set-Up

Car Butts

I like car butts and I cannot lie.

Posted: 2/9/20

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Auld Lang Syne

The end of 2019 has made me a smidge nostalgic — not for 2019, but for the cars like my '95 Mustang GT.

Posted: 12/29/19

Abandoned Barn in the Snow

Winter Is Coming

Like me, most of the cars I like don't do well in winter weather.

Posted: 12/15/19

Airplane Arriving

Arriving

Guess what?

Posted: 10/13/19

Ryobi 18V One+ Dual Function Inflator/Deflator Title Image

Ryobi 18V One+ Dual Function Inflator/Deflator

I've needed a convenient way to pump up the tires on my cars for years, but haven't ever gotten around to doing anything about it.

The persnickety nature of the Cobalt's tires have finally gotten me to do the deed and I chose this Ryobi 18V One+ Dual Function Inflator/Deflator to do it.

Read on to see how well it performed.

Posted: 7/19

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Adventure Coffee

I've picked up a new habit: Adventure Coffee.

Posted: 4/14/19

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OTC OBD I & II Scan Tool 3211

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.

Posted: 1/19

Happy New Year 2016 Title Image

Happy New Year, 2016 Edition

Happy New Year!

Posted: 1/3/16

MAF Connector Replacement Title Image

MAF Connector Replacement

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.

Posted: 5/09

How to Rebuild and Modify Your Manual Transmission

How to Rebuild and Modify Your Manual Transmission

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.

Posted: 1/09

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Losing My Idol

It finally happened.

Posted: 10/6/08

Craftsman 1000w Halogen Worklight Title Image

Craftsman 1000w Halogen Worklight

An easy, cost effective, and efficient way to throw some light on a project.

Posted: 9/06

GreaseMaster and Rusteco Title Image

GreaseMaster and Rusteco

Environment, people, and substrate safe degreaser/all-purpose cleaner and rust removers.

Posted: 5/06

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My Speed Demon

My Speed Demon makes me do things that other people don't understand.

Posted: 2/27/06

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