In southern California, show-stoppin' hot-rods can be found regularly cruising the streets.
Exotics, low-riders, streetcars, and muscle cars triumph the street scene and grab the peripherals of on-goers. As Mustang enthusiasts, we tend to have a Blue Oval radar built in, noticing every GT, Roush, Saleen, Lightning, or Cobra cruising by. For Jeremy Aliaga, he's created not only a show-stopping menice, but also an asphalt-ripping machine that's sure to twist some heads.
In his late teens, Jeremy got his hands on his first Fox-body. Like most Mustang owners, he couldn't leave his Stang stock and added a new pair of heads, a cam, and intake to his ride. As a daily driver, heavy modifications weren't an option, but that didn't stop him from working on his car. He would typically be in the garage until the early hours of the morning wrenching on his pride and joy. From the occasional oil changes to clutch installs, the only thing important to him was the thrill of doing his own work. Working at a machine shop on the side, Jeremy's mechanical knowledge was strengthened even further. This would be put to the test in his later years.
"My first car when I was 16 was a '68 Mercury Cougar, and that's when I started to learn how to work on cars," Jeremy told us. "It was simple stuff but I was always learning something new. Finally, when I was 18, I was able to buy my first Fox-body and work on that."
While slowly building his mid-to-high-12-second Stang, all of it would soon come to a screeching halt when news came that he was going to be a father. He sold the Stang and purchased an SUV. With a family to feed and take care of, purchasing another Stang wasn't an option for the next eight years. It wasn't until January 2008 that the Fox-body urge would kick up again.
"I searched classified ads online relentlessly for several months, but only found beat-down, neglected Mustangs that needed full restoration," explained Jeremy. "Eventually, I found a mildy modded '90 5.0L LX on Craigslist. I took the chance and drove 200 miles to San Diego to check it out. It turned out to be in excellent condition body-wise, with a fresh pearl-white paint job and a Mach 1 fiberglass hood, but it had the undesirable red interior."
Having scored this gem for $3,500, equipped with bolt-ons such as a Trick Flow Specialties intake and 170cc heads, and a Ford Racing Performance Parts E cam, Jeremy still had his work cut out for him. Initially, he focused on cleaning up the engine bay. Polishing the accessories and hiding the engine wiring was first on the to-do list.
Searching the online classified ads again, Jeremy scored a complete black interior from another Fox-body. He tossed the dreadful red interior in the trash and installed his new interior. Next up, he ditched the four-lug drum brakes for a five-lug Cobra brake swap. A myriad of wheels would come and go until he finally settled on a set of 18-inch Azevs.
Not completely happy with the exterior of his Fox, he had Auto Body 2000 of Rancho Cucamonga, California, paint the side moldings, along with a 3-inch cowl hood and '93 Cobra grille insert, to match the body color.
With his Stang's aesthetics coming along, Jeremy turned his attention to making more power. "When I was a kid with my first Fox-body, I always wanted a blower," Jeremy told us. "When I was making minimum wage—I'm not even sure how much it was back then—I could never afford to buy one. But now, I wanted to finally do it with my LX."
Jeremy accomplished his goal of buying a supercharger, but did so in a trio. When he bought his '90 Fox-body, it came with a built 306. To start, Jeremy purchased a Novi 1220 supercharger and installed it onto his Pony. On 11 pounds of boost, his Stang laid down 475 rwhp.