1992 Ford Mustang Notchback Stroker Coupe
I just got this Mustang from Mesa AZ, what follows is the sellers description, pictures, details, and then my experiance getting the car! "24hr Mustang-Gathering Road Trip" at the bottom of the page
1992 Mustang LX
5.0 coupe. Original white paint and black interior, both in excellent
condition, all original body panels with VIN
tags, rust free Arizona
car from day one. Cold factory air conditioning, P/S, P/B, P/W, PDL, Cruise control, original AM/FM cassette with
premium sound. Always adult owned, never raced, wrecked, or abused, garaged
in a retirement community by 61 year old owner.
Drive train has 24K
miles. Coast 331 stroker built in a Ford Motorsport Sportsman block, Holley Systemax
aluminum heads (made by Brodix) real '93 Cobra
intake, Crane 2031 cam, (fairly mild, very drivable) '93 Cobra F3Z
computer, mass air meter, 24lb injectors, and 65mm throttle body, Centerforce dual friction clutch with aluminum Fidanza flywheel, Motorsport
aluminum drive shaft, 3.55 gears with new Trac-loc
differential. Motorsport stainless headers with Mor-Flow catted H pipe and
Walker Dynomax Cat-back exhaust. Sounds terrific
and not too loud. The T5 five speed transmission is in perfect condition
with new Redline MTL fluid.
New genuine Ford brakes
all around, BF Goodrich Comp T/A tires with 90% tread left. Motorsport aluminum radiator with dual electric fans,
police blue silicone hose kit, 130 amp Motorsport
upgraded alternator and 10 gauge charge wiring, new Optima battery. All new
real Ford front lights. Everything works, including the ashtray door and
I built this car for
fun personal transportation, it is very smooth and easy to drive, and very
fast. It's never been on a drag strip and never powershifted,
I don't believe in abusing my cars and they reward that behavior by lasting
forever. I am restoring a 1964 Fairlane now, so
the collection must be thinned, however regrettably. Any questions call
Curt Buyer pays shipping or drive
it home anywhere. Good luck in bidding.
Mustang LX 5.0 Coupe
||Vehicle does NOT have
an existing warranty
|For sale by:
24hr Mustang-Gathering Road Trip
Started out after midnight July Saturday 11. Drove straight to Mesa AZ in a Hertz-rented Hyundai, no incident. The Mustang: 1992 Coupe 5.0 black interior 5 speed was good, so bought it! The 331 stroker-topped with Systemax heads- engine is willing, the interior immaculate, the AC blows cold!
The oil pressure gauge read quite low compared to previous levels, so my buddy and I purchased and installed a new sensor - the gauge now read 'just a hair over middle' (what it was known to do) more on this later!
We started on the road back, but first needed to drop off the rental at Mesa Airport... As the car left its home of 9 years, the owner looked on...the mustang bid farewell to its gentleman creator; Curt - with a quick roar and squeal of tires.
The car was wonderful, a blast... But the outside air was incredibly oven-like hot, just brutally bright; heavy and dazzling. I kept the AC off to see how the car would react on the way to the airport.
I just looked online to satisfy my curiosity, the national weather service web site http://weather.noaa.gov would you believe that "MAX 114.1 MIN 88.0 In the 24 hours preceding Jul 12, 2009 - 02:51 AM..." - blistering! Also a news channel states: Mesa, AZ Weather Forecast: "3:32 AM MST SUN JUL 12 2009..EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM MST MONDAY..."
On the way, the gent called me to remind me that we had left the steel flywheel in his garage. Though the car was running with an aluminum unit, both had been when balanced when the engine was built. Back from the airport I called him asking that he come out with the unit so I could just roll up and go, sure enough sitting there idling saw the temp gauge jump up out of the 'normal' range I thanked him and rolled off, getting some airflow at about 55 mph allowed the car to gasp in some cooling...
We jumped on the freeway, everything was looking good, the gauges read within limits...until...each single lane was closed one after the other. The freeway traffic was ALL shuttled into a busy clustered jammed up series of intersections. The traffic was now bumper to bumper, a parking lot with nowhere to go. The car quickly heated up to unacceptable ranges - finally - we were able to pull into a parking lot with a bit of shade and quickly shut off the engine. We opened up the hood, let the fans run and poured some water from the distilled jugs we had bought. We topped off the overflow tank and waited. Our drinks in the cooler were HOT, not warm but heated.
We studied the flow of the redirected traffic and it didn’t look too good, but eventually we fired up and jumped back in. It took about 1.5 hours to get back on the damn freeway, we stopped the car and performed the cooling routine 3 times in this period. We finally got back on the road. At about 80 the car was rock solid, quiet and responsive. The amount of airflow at 80, though hot, was quantity enough to keep the car at a stable temp. We feel that we could now try the AC and turn it on. No problem, the cabin quickly cooled and the temp stayed solid! At about 90 mph, repeatable, the car would acquire a vibration of sorts that resonated into the body, unknown at this time.
So my buddy is cruising for a time and his eye is on the oil pressure gauge, as its twitching... Suddenly drops to just about nothing. We immediately pull over on the shoulder and do the cool-down-dance as described. Again I check the oil - its reads on the lowest portion of the dipstick hashed gauge. Hmm, thought it was full! So I fill it up and add a bit extra, I'm thinking its simply eating the oil, the inside the exhaust tips are coated with a heavy and fine carbon dust that pulls of when you swipe your finger. We went about 200 miles - at the guessed rate of consumption the oil should last and we should make it home without a problem.
We drive on with a proper oil pressure level...I am beind the wheel
The sun, bright and brutal as it seems, now dips down - obscuring its might behind a background haze of a greyed-out silloette of a sharp and abrupt ridge line, the foreground stark and white shines in a desolate desert-scape. The sky around the sun is lit with a riot of color...
The sun bids farewell and the Mustang's lights are switched on. The 3g alternator installed by the builder powers the lights, the fans, the blower and computer systems and we motor on... Sucking gasoline and blowing exhaust until the car thirsts... At the gas station, it is noticed that the light switch will not move to the OFF position; it resists gentle finagling - the running lights stay on. No cool-down-dance this time and the car choughed up a bit of coolant..
Back on the road I am driving, the miles flow.. I notice a slow decrease of the oil pressure level as read by the gauge. For the most part, the needle had stayed a 'hair above the middle' but it is slowly but steadly dropping. It gets to 1/4 and lower and I pull off the road, a strangly twisting and upward inclining exit I turn and a large flat pad is described by the headlights and a Harley, a car and two folks are sharing this pad, I turn off the engine and do the cool-down dance in the hot wind of the desert night. This gent had just purhcased this Harley as a replacement for a bike his girlfriend lost when T-Boned... That bike being only 6 weeks old. This one here was just bought in Pheonix and he wanted to drive it to Palm Springs... Something was amiss with its fuel injection, seemingly starved for fuel.
I try the mustang and the oil pressure just dosent climb, the level is not perfeclty 'filled' the car ate the extra padding I had given it. I poured the last little bit of the Valvoline 10W-40 the owner had provided into the crankcase, yet the pressure level on the gauge says there is a problem. I have my buddy fire the engine and I try removing and re-installing the sensor wire. He sees no pressure, then very little as I plug and unplug. I worm my hands up the wiring loom and wiggle them - no change reported. I figure we push on and climb in after saying farewell and good luck to Mr Harley and companion (a tow truck had just pulled up) I fire the engine and POW! The pressure is perfectly: a hair above the middle.
We drive on and reach home at midnight... 24hr Mustang-Gathering Road Trip complete. Hmm now what is the first thing I wanna do to this car? :)
I believe that these are the hyper pistons currently in the car ,,,
Part Number: KB355 FORD 331, V-8 (think these could be in the 1992 mustang 331 stroker engine?)
10cc/ D-cup Effective Head Volume: 10cc (hyper pistons)
Rod Length: 5.4
Note: the following entry are for pistons I currently own NIB (forged, here for comparison)
Part Number: KB747 Ford 302, V-8
Flat Top Effective Head Volume: 4.8cc (forged pistons)
Rod Length: 5.4
Compression Ratios for KB355 hyper piston
Holley Systemax Heads for Ford
* Valve Angle: 17º
* Intake Runner Volume: 165cc
* Combustion Chamber Volume: 63cc
* Intake Valve Diameter: 2.02"
* Exhaust Valve Diameter: 1.60"
* Raised Exhaust Location
* ARP® Rocker Studs
* Maximum lift: ....600"
IF the above is true, then
approx. Compression Ratio is: 09.353