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Pony Express: Reader Feedback - September 2014
I found the letter in the July Pony Express column addressing “right car at the right time” interesting and then started thinking about the ’66 Mustang I have owned for over 45 years. My car now has a few pieces of many different eras of Mustangs. I have the original ’66 body and interior. I have a Mustang II front suspension with power steering now and I have a late-model (2007) Ford Racing 5.0L engine with some of the performance enhancements you might find in a Fox-era Mustang, plus disc brakes all around. It also has a five-speed Tremec transmission with an aluminum driveshaft and four-link rear suspension. I guess you could say my Mustang is an “all-era” Mustang.
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Cold Air Octane
In the June ’14 issue of Mustang Monthly Jim Smart wrote an article on a cold-air intake upgrade on an ’07 Mustang (How-To: ’05-’10 Induction Upgrades). In the sidebar article the before and after horsepower gains were mentioned. Are the horsepower numbers and the gain based on regular gasoline or premium gasoline? I’m considering doing the upgrade to my ’08 GT, but I want to know if I can get the horsepower gains without increasing my fuel costs.
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We reached out to Jim Smart for an answer and Jim confirmed with us that Mustang at GMS was tuned using premium fuel (91-octane in California) for the dyno testing. That said, if you’re going to be using a handheld programmer or having your GT tuned along with the cold-air induction installation you can have the tune made for 87-octane fuel. You won’t see as much improvement naturally, but you can continue to use regular gasoline in your Mustang with no additional fuel cost to you.
Throwback Thursday Moment
I found this post card in a box of my treasures, a confirmation of my first subscription to Mustang Monthly back in 1982. Though my subscription was not continuous, I did buy from a newsstand for a couple of years; I do have every issue from September 1982 to present and am back as a subscriber. I created my own database, which has been invaluable whilst restoring our ’65 convertible and our ’70 coupe. I especially like the How-To articles as-well-as Resto Roundup, Beyond the Basics, and Late-Model Corral columns. Mustang Monthly and the Mustang are true classics of our times.
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Thanks for the flashback Al! Wow, $20 for 12 issues and 32 years later it’s just five bucks more ($24.97) for the same subscription (now in full color! Ha!). Thanks for reading all these years!
Rags to Rare Sunroof
I was reading your article on the Mexico-built Mustang with interest (“Rags to Rare,” July ’14 issue). Looking at the pictures and description, the sliding roof may have been made by Webasto in the United Kingdom. I have had two classic cars with this roof installed and they were very popular in the ’60s and ’70s and were often seen in Ford Capris and Cortinas, MGB GTs, etc. Whilst they were sold as an aftermarket add-on I believe they were also available as a dealer-installed option, so some cars left the showroom with them from new. Webasto are still in business today—and still make this style of roof—and spares do come up on Internet auction sites from time to time. Hope this helps.
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