original muscle cars

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Maxter28, May 16, 2004.

  1. Maxter28

    Maxter28 New Member

    i recently bought a 1987 Mustang LX for about $1,200, dont know if its a good price or not, but wow, the motor is awesome. Im thinking of putting a few parts in it and selling it, anyways who from here owns an original muscle car?

    i say original because todays modern "Sport Cars" dont carry the Horse power of the classics. Or am i wrong?
  2. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Welcome to the Gauge Maxter28. I have a 1946 Desoto Street Rod. Does that qualify as a muscle car? FRED
  3. rksstl

    rksstl Member

    Hi Maxter28. How bout a 67 Mustang (in the process of swaping a 302 to a 4.6L).
  4. philip

    philip Guest

    muscle cars rule/ granny cars drool

    Maxter28: Welcome to the gauge ! For sure a 87 Mustang is a muscle car. Wanna race? Cars 1979 & up in my day were considered smog dogs as pollution crap was added. The cars kind of lacked power from 79-84. I guess this Mustang is the 5.0? That moderator (ngauger)/Mikey has a Mustang he chases trains with. He claims it will do 120mph! :D

    philip :cool:

    I have a 65 chevy pick-up with a 350 powerglide ( does that count)
    only thing................................................. I can't afford the gas.
  5. SAL Comet

    SAL Comet Member

    Ha Maxter, I don't know how you define "carrying the housepower" but, Dodge Ram pickups are available with a 500 hp V-10, the 04 Corvettes can be had with 406 hp, and the 05 mustang GT will have an available 550 hp motor. I can't imagine how a mustang can put 550 hp to use but, if you got the bucks, you can own one.
  6. Maxter28

    Maxter28 New Member

    well, i prefer to stick with classic's, doesnt matter how much horsepower the new ones have, my thought is classic's will beat any new model car in the short run.
  7. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I just finished building a 87 Trans Am with a roller cam 350, tuned port injection, and a world class t-5. My car is kind of mild, made for cruising, but other members the car club I belong to have built 1982-1992 Camaros and Firebirds that run mid to high twelves in the quarter mile, and this is with California smog legal cars! The guy that built my engine is a retired pro stock racer. He has said of some of the new stuff that we can do things now that we used to only dream of.
  8. CarlFidy

    CarlFidy Member

    88 Mustang GT

    I've got an 88 Mustang GT 5.0L 5-speed with t-tops sitting in storage awaiting lots spare time and money :rolleyes: :rolleyes: . Speedo goes to 120? I think, and if 70 mph=2000 rpm in 5th, I've seen 4000 rpm in 5th. :eek: :eek: . Wasn't into trains when it was running, but wish it was ready for May 28, when the UP Challenger comes thru Oklahoma again.
  9. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Well, here's my first car. Sadly, I got this before I'd ever even heard of a '69 Daytona Charger, '70 Superbird, or had a clue what 'Cudas, Challengers, Darts, Demons, etc., etc., etc. were...

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  10. Pete

    Pete Member

    I'm currently working on an 89 Firebird Formula; taking a nearly stripped shell, and bringing it back to life. Converted it from the 'missing' Tuned Port Injection system to a carbureted 305 with a five-speed behind it.
    I see Russ posts on TGO, but it never clicked until reading this thread that it was the same person...small world. I go by Petes 84Z28 on that site. My lil' ole LG4 and NWC T5 should be in the high 13/low 14-second range when done. Someday...

  11. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    In it's original form, it was a DOG.

    Now, with a 292/501 cam, 11 to 1 pistons, gear drive, tunnel ram, 2 Holley 390s, 727 and 8 1/4 Posi (3.23 gears), when you step on it, it's stepped on.

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  12. Freelancer

    Freelancer Member

    I've got an 88 Mustang LX, I wouldn't consider it a muscle car because it's just got a 4 cylinder 2.3L. However, I hear that if you put a turbo charger in it, it will perform like a 5.0. If that is true, I don't know, makes me currious though, would love to have some power.

    A classic that has been in my family is a 65 Pontiac Bonneville, with a 389. For most of you it probably doesn't count as a muscle car, but it works for me.

  13. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Part of my past, '68 Mustang 289c.i., traded in on a Mrs. and two beautiful kids...made out like a bandit. Welcome to the Gauge :wave:

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  14. Those things are nifty.

    Only one problem: they can pass everything on the road. Except the gas station!
  15. Jodam

    Jodam Member

    Hi all,
    My contribution to Muscle, was a Mini Beast a Little Renault R10, built to Aust Race Spec's, as a Sport Sedan (by me) 7yrs in total construction.
    It can be seen Here :thumb:

    I sold it in March to fund our N-Gauge change of hobby.
  16. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    I was always a bit jealous of the American youngsters with their muscle cars. Growing up in the years of the first Mustangs, Stingrays, Corvettes etc - there was quite something to dream of...

    In Europe we went the other way: We tried to get as much power as possible out of tiny motors. So we raced the little sports cars like MG Midgets, Triumph Spitfires and souped up little FIATs. The big name associated with FIAT was Abarth!

    I had the chance to race a Abarth Bialbero 1000 in 1965. It was built up on the base of a tiny FIAT 600, bored up to 1 litre, with Weber carbs and of course special suspension and bodywork. The least beast went up to a bit over 100 mph and it was a joy to race. Tiny muscles - but at the right place! :thumb:

    And it wasn't very thirsty - a big advantage with gas prices about five times as high as in the USA (in the sixties!)


    BTW: The car behind the person in the right background is a 1961 Corvette Stingray - and I left him behind in this race. Still a little proud of it! :D :D :D

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  17. philip

    philip Guest


    Ron : Looks like he's waiting on a tow.

    A couple of years back, I had an associate in the army that built Mazda rotary engines. Bad ass rotary's rev 11,500 would pull a wheel stand with slicks. :wave:

  18. DanRaitz

    DanRaitz Member

    I might not have had a true "Muscle Car", it was a 1973 Datsun 240Z that on the winding and twisties would leave my friend and his 1966 GTO far, far, far, far behind.

    Heres a shot my late beauty. Boy I sure miss her.

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  19. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Here's me and my 46 DeSoto 2 door. 350 auto with a 3.90 12 bolt rear end, and Mustang power brakes. FRED[​IMG]
  20. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I took the '87 on a cruise with a bunch of guys from the SC3G club yesterday. We went about 194 miles from an elevation of 3000 feet to over 6000 feet and back to sea level. I refilled the tank when I got home and averaged 22 mpg. My daily driver is a 94 Saturn SC2, so I don't have to worry about the Trans Am's fuel mileage as much as I would if it was my only car.

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