How To Be taught To Love The Cobra II (And Simply Ignore The Rust In The Course of)
We all know, we all know…the Mustang II is the bastard baby of the namesake. Or is it? Effectively, let’s go away that overinflated electrical factor out of the image for a second and focus on a automotive that BangShifters may give half a crap about. For essentially the most half, the 1974-1978 Mustang is the least-loved, even when it was the best automotive on the proper time to maintain the title alive. Sure, the 1974 mannequin didn’t have a V8. Sure, horsepower rankings sucked. Sure, the padded-roof Ghia fashions have been about as butt-ugly as a Mustang may presumably get. However there may be all the time two sides to the argument: Capri V6, V8 energy returned in 1975, the hatchback physique fashion with the Cobra rear spoiler isn’t dangerous trying, the entrance suspension, and the smaller, extra nimble measurement that was a welcome change after the Shire Horse-sized 1971-73 instance. There are the examples that no revered BangShifter may flip down, just like the Gapp and Roush-built “Sudden Demise” street-racer, the Brett Behrens-built “Mustang Evolution” customized that featured a contemporary Ford V-10 swap and main modifications, and the Monroe Handler Mustangs, alongside legit racing examples. And I’m positive there are nonetheless quite a lot of you that may take any Mustang II that had a 1977-edition Farrah Fawcett on the hood. However avenue automobiles? Not a lot.
A construct that I’ve had in my head for years is the “wild beater Ford” setup. Whereas I usually affiliate this plan with a Ford Maverick (because of the authentic inspiration for this construct being a 1973 Mercury Comet GT), there is no such thing as a cause why a Mustang II can’t be tailored to the identical plan. Work up a 302 right into a fury, add handbook transmission, good brakes, a good set of wheels, and a heavy proper foot and go have enjoyable. The Mustang II and Maverick have been the one two Ford automobiles that match this invoice from the Seventies…the Fairmont ushers within the Fox period, each different home Ford mannequin title ought to include “the united statesS.” in entrance of it, and whereas the European-sourced Ford Capri could be constructed as much as this type of psychological affected person, it takes extra work. We do encourage that, although…Perana-inspired Capris rule!
Dylan McCool’s rough-AF Cobra II has gone from rotting yard artwork to a drivable machine in pretty brief order. But it surely hasn’t been “nice”. It now runs, sure. It has seen a dragstrip, sure. However one thing was lacking that turned this Deuce from a sluggish Sticker GT machine right into a wild-assed little stomper. And on this video, you’ll see what it took to repair that little downside.
I need to drive this factor so freaking dangerous…