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My 1987 Ford Mustang LX Notchback, the Survivor

1987 Ford Mustang LX

The Survivor

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Introduction

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The Survivor is a 1987 Ford Mustang LX Sedan with a 5.0 V8, a Borg-Warner T-5 manual transmission, 14,000 original miles, and a heap o' rust underneath.

I brought home this low-mileage gem in September of 2006, and other than a short trip home from the shipping terminal and a drive to get an emissions test, it hasn't been on the road since I've owned it.

As I've noted in the Survivor's entry in the About section, when I purchased this car, I did so on eBay and the owner swore it was in great shape.

It wasn't.

A severely rusted underbelly was my reward for taking a chance.

That's what the Survivor project is all about: saving an otherwise pristine, low-mileage 5.0 Mustang from car cancer.

Projects

The Survivor Project: Car Cancer Title Image

Car Cancer

Car cancer — it's all too real and if you're a serious car enthusiast, the diagnosis can be devastating.

Updated: 9/8/19

Notes

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

Modern Mustang

The Ideal Muscle Car?

While reviewing Fox Body Mustang Restoration: 1979-1993, I was reminded just how amazing the 5.0 Mustang really is.

Posted: 5/24/20

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

High-Performance Differentials, Axles and Drivelines Front Cover

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

Pumpkin Farm

Fall Project(s)

Where's the Facebook page for the Survivor?

Posted: 10/6/19

Welding Gun Title Image

Preparing for Success

This week's update sure came down to the wire.

Posted: 3/31/19

OTC OBD I & II Scan Tool 3211 Title Image

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

Kevin Tetz's Paintucation Title Image

Kevin Tetz's Paintucation

This five-disc DVD educational series on paint and body repair is a great and inexpensive way to introduce yourself to the complex and often misunderstood field of automotive body repair.

Posted: 5/07

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