I was never a Fox Body Mustang fan, per se. It certainly was a big improvement on the Mustang II, but it never made me want to own one. I would however discover in auto crossing that these cars were far nimbler in the F-Street Class than my Pontiac Firebird. Being here at the ClassicCars.com Journal, I am regularly exposed to them, as it is a growing segment of the collector car market, and now they are growing on me.
Considering Ford built more than 2.6 million examples between 1979 and 1993, there is still a plethora of the cars available and right now they fall into the “cheap speed” category – but not for long. Some are being successfully drifted and club raced. Beautifully restored versions of the Fox Body are finding appeal with the next generation of collectors who loved these cars in high school.
For the DIY owner or a potential or recent buyer of the Fox Body Mustang, here is a very well-written and logical resource for making good decisions: Fox Body Mustang Restoration, written by journalist and Ford expert Jim Smart.
Smart writes about the different techniques and procedures of restoration for body and paint, interior, climate controls, chassis and suspension, engine, driveline, electrical, and more. As mentioned above, the book is a great resource not only for someone who has a car to restore, but an even better resource for those who are looking to buy a Fox Body Mustang. Remember, these cars are up to 40 years old, and knowing what to look for when inspecting a potential purchase is golden.
Fox Body Mustang Restoration provides step by step, illustrated instructions on bringing the car back to whatever level the owner wants. Knowing what goes into these repairs is also a good resource when talking to shops if you decide not to do it yourself.
Chapter subjects include a history of the cars, tools and equipment required; body repair; interior refurbishment; the climate control system; wheels; engine and driveline rebuilding; electrical troubleshooting and repair; and finally a large index of Fox Mustang facts, including paint codes, production numbers, option codes, data plate decoding, and more.
According to a spokesperson for CarTech, “This is the first time Fox Body Mustang restoration has been covered in a full-color instructional format. If you are considering a full-blown restoration or would just like some good advice on how to repair certain sections of your car, this restoration guide is a valuable tool in your toolbox.”
He’s not wrong. Reading more about the history – including how it got its code name: design inspired by the Audi Fox – and the potential, I have come away with a newfound “Like” for this series of Mustangs. Thanks for that, Jim Smart; you made me a believer.
Fox Body Mustang Restoration
Author: Jim Smart
Size: 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Illustrations: 626 color photos
e-Book PDF format $29.95