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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/1/23 4:12 p.m.
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Back in the day, the cool kids knew the drill: The Mustang GT came saddled with a bit too much weight, a bit too much attention-grabbing bits.

What you really wanted was the LX: 5.0-liter V8, five-speed manual and, ideally, the coupe body. It was the lighter, sleeper option.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/1/23 4:25 p.m.

Paging JG, paging JG. 

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
11/1/23 4:28 p.m.

Are those the original seats? I feel like even the sleeper notchback cars got sportier seats than those.

Still, what a survivor. I can almost feel the rear suspension binding from here.

Kreb (Forum Supporter)
Kreb (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
11/1/23 5:25 p.m.

225/300. After the craptacular 70s that seemed like a revelation.

Ranger50
Ranger50 MegaDork
11/1/23 6:05 p.m.

Had a 89 GT that I got down to 2900 with driver.... 

Abomination.

Started at a 14 something and got down to a 13.24@100 with one engine upgrade which was the 1.7 crane cams cobra rockers.

Overall, I find it a steaming pos.

Cousin_Eddie (Forum Supporter)
Cousin_Eddie (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
11/1/23 6:14 p.m.

My first fast car. A 1990 5 speed coupe. I did all the cool stuff to it. Stroker engine with all the good stuff, deep gears, Tremec, Kenny Brown stuff underneath, Simmons 3 piece wheels. 
 

For the time, it was about as bad as you'd find on the street. 
 

People can talk ugly about them nowadays, but back in the early 90s, I walked tall driving this thing. No one wanted anything to do with it at a red light. 
 

I had to dig out the photo album with paper pictures. 

bmw88rider
bmw88rider GRM+ Memberand UberDork
11/1/23 6:33 p.m.

Man, I drive by Kenny Brown's old shop in Omaha every single day. Then I look at my 85 GT sitting in the garage and keep thinking I need to do something with it. Then something else catches my eye. I swear I'll get to it soon. 

 

And no I don't need that. The only time I was arrested, I was stuffed in the back of a notchback 5.0 for a 40 mile drive. 

rustomatic
rustomatic HalfDork
11/1/23 6:34 p.m.

It's called a trunk.  Who says "notchback?"

Ranger50
Ranger50 MegaDork
11/1/23 6:50 p.m.
rustomatic said:

It's called a trunk.  Who says "notchback?"

People who lived it. You either had a vert, hatchback, or notchback. Heathen.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/1/23 8:05 p.m.
Ranger50 said:
rustomatic said:

It's called a trunk.  Who says "notchback?"

People who lived it. You either had a vert, hatchback, or notchback. Heathen.

QFT

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/1/23 8:09 p.m.

And a related question: 10-hole wheels or five-spokes? 

dyintorace
dyintorace GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
11/1/23 8:45 p.m.

My first car was a 1987 LX 5.0 notchback. Started with 10 hole wheels, moved to 5 spoke. I loved that car!

Cousin_Eddie (Forum Supporter)
Cousin_Eddie (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
11/1/23 8:46 p.m.

Re. wheels....Back then we didn't call them stars or 5 spokes. They were Ponies.

When I wasn't running those Simmons I had a nice set of Weld big n littles.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/2/23 9:59 a.m.

In reply to Cousin_Eddie (Forum Supporter) :

I want to say that most of the 5.0 LXs that I can recall wore 10-holes. That’s how I’d do mine today. :) 

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
11/2/23 10:09 a.m.
rustomatic said:

It's called a trunk.  Who says "notchback?"

Everyone?

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/2/23 10:12 a.m.

Yesterday, while doing some research on this, I found a notchback owner who seems to have a factory luggage rack–at least, those on StangNet believe it’s factory. I just thought that was cool. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/2/23 10:13 a.m.

Of course, not that I can recall ever seeing a Mustang convertible going down the road with luggage strapped to the deck lid. 

mfennell
mfennell HalfDork
11/2/23 10:21 a.m.

I had no idea 17 (or 18?) inch pony wheels were a thing.  Neat.

Aaron_King
Aaron_King GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
11/2/23 10:30 a.m.

When I turned 16 we were living in California and CHP was just starting to sell off some of their LX 5.0 notchbacks.  I wanted one of those soo bad but we moved back to Ohio before I could save up the money for one.

bmw88rider
bmw88rider GRM+ Memberand UberDork
11/2/23 10:32 a.m.

In reply to mfennell :

Yeah, They do a few up sized wheels based on the original designs. I like it as you can keep the classic look but have more rubber choices. 

earlybroncoguy1
earlybroncoguy1 Reader
11/2/23 10:58 a.m.

My Dad took me to a state auction back in the early 90's, he wanted to bid on an ex - TX DPS notchback, but the prices quickly got out of reach.

However, I did end up trading in my '72 Chevelle for an '88 LX 5.0 5 speed hatchback, and drove the ever-living snot out of that car. Drag raced it, autocrossed it (still have the trophies), daily drove it, you name it. Put an "off road" exhaust and Flowmasters on it, God it sounded wonderful. Used to rumble through parking garages setting off car alarms.

Had to let it go once kids came along, still miss it.   

Ranger50
Ranger50 MegaDork
11/2/23 11:09 a.m.
David S. Wallens said:

In reply to Cousin_Eddie (Forum Supporter) :

I want to say that most of the 5.0 LXs that I can recall wore 10-holes. That’s how I’d do mine today. :) 

10 holes or phone dials are an 85-90 deal. 91-93 got ponies along with different front fenders for the inch larger wheels.

Ranger50
Ranger50 MegaDork
11/2/23 11:10 a.m.
David S. Wallens said:

Yesterday, while doing some research on this, I found a notchback owner who seems to have a factory luggage rack–at least, those on StangNet believe it’s factory. I just thought that was cool. 

Rarer option was the factory rear wiper on hatchbacks.

stan
stan GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
11/2/23 12:14 p.m.

 One (of many) of the cars I wish I'd kept. My '83 Notchback (!!) light, desert tan with an '82 GT drivetrain. It's my avatar.

SEADave
SEADave Dork
11/2/23 12:36 p.m.

You guys have it all wrong, the Foxbody to have is the bubble-back Capri:

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