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by Bruce Caldwell  More from Author

Eddie Stringer's Mix'n'Match '82 GT

Eddie Stringer’s 1982 Mustang GT is a great example of the tremendous potential in early eighties 5.0-liter Mustangs. This car has been through a lot of ups and downs having been modified by a friend and then set aside for years before Eddie resurrected it. That shows how much life these early eighties Mustangs have left in them. Aftermarket performance and cosmetic parts are like the cars themselves—plentiful and affordable.

One of the first things people notice about the car besides its House of Kolor black paint and Ferrari Red stripes is the ’81 nose. The original ’82 GT snout was too damaged and a replacement nose wasn’t readily available so the ’81 parts were substituted. Other non-’82 parts from the giant 5.0 parts bin include 1991 LX taillights and an ’85 Mustang rear spoiler. A ’95 Mustang GT supplied the bucket seats. This potpourri of parts illustrates one of the great things about 5.0 Mustangs—their interchangeability.

Global West subframe connectors were installed to stiffen the car for all the additional horsepower. The wheels are replica 2004 SVT Cobra 17x9-inch wheels with Kumbo 245/40ZR17 and 275/40ZR17 tires. The Ford Racing 11-inch front brakes use SVO calipers. Ford Racing lowering springs are used with KYB struts and shocks. Lakewood traction bars help get the horsepower to the ground. The rearend houses 3.73:1 Ford Motorsports gears.

The engine is where Eddie put a lot of his efforts. The machined 347 block houses a Scat 4340 stroker crank, forged steel rods, flat top 10.7:1 pistons, a Comp Cams Magnum camshaft, roller rockers, AFR 1387 cylinder heads, an Edelbrock Victor Jr. intake with a Barry Grant Demon 650 cfm carb, BBK long tube headers, MSD ignition components, and an Edelbrock Performer Nitrous Oxide 75 hp wet system with a 10 lb bottle. The total package produces 495 rear wheel horsepower and 485 lb-ft of rear wheel torque.

The original transmission was upgraded with a built T-5 Z-Spec manual that’s used with an aluminum flywheel, Centerforce dual friction clutch, Lakewood scattershield, Ford Racing aluminum driveshaft and a Pro 5.0 shifter.

Eddie is very pleased with his ’82 GT. It’s tractable enough for cruising and car shows, but when he hits the nitrous bottle it’s a real rocket.

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