From the GRM Vault: Rallying a Mustang with a Huge Engine

By Staff Writer
Mar 27, 2018 | Ford | Posted in Features | From the Feb. 2003 issue | Never miss an article

This article comes from all the way back in 2003, so we had to march back to our archives, pick out the magazine, and dig out the scanner.

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irish44j UltimaDork
3/27/18 4:41 p.m.

The thought of doing stage rally in aluminum kirkeys..... :O

3/28/18 7:40 a.m.

Anyone have any idea where I can find an old rulebook for the SCCA Clubrally?  On a related note, I WAS going to build a roller 5.0 for my rally Mustang...

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ UltraDork
3/28/18 7:43 a.m.

In reply to FIYAPOWA :

I don't know about finding the old rulebook, but I've had two clubrally cars grandfathered into the current ruleset so I'm somewhat familiar with what the standards used to be and how that translates to the current sanctioning bodies, as are some others here.  What did you want to know?

3/28/18 7:50 a.m.

In reply to ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ :

Nothing specific, but one of my projects is a "historic" SCCA rally car which I am trying to restore back to its former glory (within reason).  That being said, since it's kind of a clean slate with most of the original parts missing, I'm willing to take some liberties.  In this article, the "SCCA limit of 389 cubic inches" stuck out to me, so I'm a little curious what a ragged edge of the rule book build would look like...

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ UltraDork
3/28/18 7:57 a.m.

I believe the displacement adjustment chart hasn't changed much, if at all, so for Group 5 you have a maximum of 5100cc with a multiplier of 0.8 for pushrod engines, so up to 6375cc if you keep it pushrod and N/A.  You could do whatever you want to the internals within that displacement.

3/29/18 4:57 a.m.

Great example of a Grassroots build that is well engineered

Rallygorgo New Reader
3/31/18 6:58 p.m.

Anyone have any idea where I can find an old rulebook for the SCCA Clubrally?  On a related note, I WAS going to build a roller 5.0 for my rally Mustang...

I was digging through one of my toolboxes and found a CD of the 2003 SCCA ClubRally/ProRally/RallyCross rules.  I’m pretty sure I’ll never need them so it’s yours if you like it.  Let me know.

Ratchet New Reader
4/4/18 9:17 p.m.

Interesting article about Mike & his Mustang.  I've gotten to know Mike & Rob at S.T.P.R. here in Pennsylvania. Great rally guys !!

PT_SHO New Reader
4/5/18 5:22 p.m.

In reply to irish44j :

< The thought of doing stage rally in aluminum kirkeys..... :O   >

Got THAT right.  I had one in my autocross SHO, then transplanted it to my STI, both with coilovers, and long distances were NOT fun.  Bought some extra pillows but that still didn't make it anywhere near "comfortable".

Run_Away HalfDork
4/5/18 5:43 p.m.

Clutch rated to 3500 lb-in?

That's an odd metric.

snailmont5oh HalfDork
4/5/18 7:44 p.m.

The time I thought about adding light coil-overs to my Fairmont, and keeping springs in the factory location, I got laughed at and people shook their heads. I'm glad I wasn't the idiot everyone thought I was.  I never did do it, but at least it wasn't a bad idea. 

slowbird HalfDork
9/23/19 11:27 a.m.

This car is awesome. I remember reading about a similar notchback rally Mustang way back in the day, but it was yellow. Not sure if repainted or different car.

Anyhow, I would love to build something like this for rallycross or just general hoonage.

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