Is there a cooler car from the 1980s and early 90s to mod than a Fox-Body Ford Mustang? No, there isn't. If you disagree with us, we suggest you have a look at this 1990 Mustang Coupe, which just might change your mind. Although considering just how extensively modified this car - the Top Notch Mustang from Creations n' Chrome - is, we wonder just how much Ford is left in this old pony.

It rides on a custom race tube chassis that weighs a scant 700 pounds, while carbon-fiber bits and bobs help lower the overall curb weight to a mere 2,400 pounds. When paired with supercharged, 5.0-liter, Aluminator V8 from Ford Racing, the results are, doubtlessly, exciting. 855 horsepower at the rear wheels and 667 pound-feet of torque are available from that force-fed V8 should be just plenty for this car's intended purpose of running in standing-mile competitions.

The Top Notch Mustang is more extreme than just weight savings and a big engine, though. That 5.0-liter is essentially in what's known as a front-mid layout - where the engine is actually behind the front axle. In this case, the 5.0-liter V8 is 17 inches further back than a factory Fox-body, for better weight distribution. As a result, the cabin has been completely overhauled. An SLA front suspension, wheels from HRE, Wilwood brakes and Sparco interior items round out the extensive list of mods.

Take a look up top for a gallery of this one-of-a-kind pony car at the 2013 SEMA Show.


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      k_m94
      • 1 Year Ago
      855whp (pretty much 1000hp at the crank) in a 2400lb car is pretty freaking insane. And this isn't even a straight line only drag racer either.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @k_m94
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      J-Hova
      • 1 Year Ago
      Foxbodies FTW. Fuhuck a hater. The cars are possible the best platform out there to mod for whatever forum of racing you want it to do. Plus the 87-93 Foxbody is pretty much the car that wrote the book on how we mod modern day EFI cars and invented the aftermarket for them.
        Karl_T
        • 1 Year Ago
        @J-Hova
        J-Hova, I don't many people remember/realize what you say is exactly true. The Fox platform was to V8 RWD cars what the Honda Civic was to FWD. Starting in the mid/late 80's you could find about 7 different magazines dealing either exclusively or primarily with the Fox cars, modifications, etc. Camaros/Firebirds were popular, but nowhere near the level of the Mustang. And with no RWD coupe, Chrysler put time & $ into their FWD and AWD shared platforms with Mitsubishi.
        GARRET
        • 1 Year Ago
        @J-Hova
        acutely the EFI was introduced in 1986 also the true dule exhaust was introduced this year
          Karl_T
          • 1 Year Ago
          @GARRET
          Starting in '85 the GT and SVO both had seperate driver/passenger outlets. The GT was truly dual, the SVO was just dual outlet. (prior to that they both had the sistered pipes exiting the driver's side)
      THOMAS
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love this thing, you bunch of losers. I dare you all call this car gay. Ok, so maybe that giant wing is a lil gay, but so what if you own one and yours is a POS, nobody cares about you. I love the widebody kits on these 89-93 models too. Would love to have a black notchback, no wings or ground effects, just widebodied and some awesome wheels to set it off, possibly some Vossen concave five stars in the rear and flush up front. Brakes, suspension and plenty of work under the hood would make that a real dream car for me. I can see it now...
        mustang6984
        • 1 Year Ago
        @THOMAS
        That wing isn't the least bit gay. It has a job to do, and trust me, it DOES do the job! Having been in one of those cars set up for race, I can tell you that the wing in needed. there is a reason Saleen put them on his cars. (I have one of those as well.)
        Fresh
        • 1 Year Ago
        @THOMAS
        You would've loved my old black on black '93 notch. But this widebody kit is garbage. The fit and finish of it is just donwright aweful.
      Bandit5317
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why don't production cars use tube chassis' if the weight savings are so immense? I'm thinking it has to do with the lack of crumple zones, but the safety a tube chassis gives you on the track is undisputed. So, why wouldn't it work on the road?
        Sean Thompson
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bandit5317
        It's too expensive to manufacture.
        Fresh
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bandit5317
        Who said they are light? Unless it's a full on racecar with a fibeglass body, or no body at all, a tube chassis car will never be as light as a (properly designed) unibody car and meet all of the NVH requirements of modern road cars. Of course that unibody car won't be anywhere near as stiff, but that's another story. Also, tube frame cars don't have crumple zones. They are designed to be very rigid. This doesn't jive well with the federal crash regs.
      George Strickland
      • 1 Year Ago
      always been a chevy man but you gotta love any of the muscle cars from Americas big 3,go gm ford and chysler.
      Alan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gay!!! Not! I want ONE. it is fast and looks great! Ok you can't drive on the road but you can just don't stop! lol , it is all just fun and mostly I wish I just had the money they put in this car!
      Barry
      • 1 Year Ago
      That Mustang looks cool! Like the one that I want to build myself. I'm going to get a 2001 Mustang and make a hotrod out of it! Going to be the fastest thing on the street when I'm finished.
      Technoir
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks good but lets keep it real...this is no longer the original, 90% of it has been replaced with new parts.
      Eddie
      • 1 Year Ago
      pull your pants up amd talk like a man!
      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is this really the first SEMA this car's been too? The car's been around a while, I remember when it had the blue chrome vinyl on, not that it makes it any less impressive. I forget where but there's a video spotlighting it. The custom front suspension/front frame work alone makes it outstanding.
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Is there a cooler car from the 1980s and early 90s to mod than a Fox-body. . ." Uh, yeah, I can think of about 12. Thousand. Anyone into cars has built a 'Stang. Move on. It's boring. Played out.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RetrogradE
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          Cool Disco Dan
          • 1 Year Ago
          I modded a 1980 AMC Spirit. 450hp 406 ci SBC 2004r 4.10 Ford 8.8 rear. No one ever thinks its just an AMC Spirit move on its boring. I actually get a lot of " oh thats a nice Pinto " and have to correct them.
          Chris
          • 1 Year Ago
          "To answer your question: I'd rather modify a CITROEN from the 80s because it's different. So suq it." Good luck finding parts for that. You'd basically be spending a lot more just to modify some old economy car, and for what? To be different? Different strokes for different folks I suppose. I think it's safe to say that you are on a different wave length than someone who is into old Mustangs as they were not similar to a Citreon in any way. The cars served different purposes as one is a performance model while the other is just point A to point B transportation. Buy hey, it's your time and money, so move along now troll. And yes I did call you a troll because you were doing exactly what you described by saying things that you knew would get plenty of negative reactions just to ruffle feathers for your own amusement. That's essentially what a troll is.
          RetrogradE
          • 1 Year Ago
          I'm confused these days. . . what's the definition of "troll"? From the comments on see on AB, a "troll" is defined by most as "anyone who disagrees with the norm." In my experience, a site troll is just someone who posts comments to create a stir--to be incendiary. I have not (and am not) that guy. I just think the Mustang is played out. To answer your question: I'd rather modify a CITROEN from the 80s because it's different. So suq it.
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RetrogradE
        12,000? Did they even make 12,000 different kinds of cars from the 80s, not to mention the kind that an average guy could transform into a real beast on a low budget? They are popular cars to modify because they are small, light, plentiful, and have a huge aftermarket following to this day. Excluding exotics and a few high end luxury cars, there wasn't much else to get excited about in the 80s and early 90s when the Fox Body was in production, and those old luxury cars and exotics aren't exactly cheap to work on and maintain. So, go ahead and start ringing off those 12,000 cars from that era that you would modify before a Fox Body Mustang. Someone else told you to do the same, but still all I am hearing is crickets.
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RetrogradE
        Start listing them. I won't make you list all 12,000, just 1200.
        EvilTollMan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RetrogradE
        You can go eat a *ick, sir
          Red-eye
          • 1 Year Ago
          @EvilTollMan
          Why the name calling? You do not agree? Then thumbs down and move on.
      Donny Wang
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmmm, completely gay, so it's not a mustang just a modded horse. Who cares. Show me a mustang not somebody's dream of what it could have been which no care ever is. I have a modded 91, same color and would never put this kind of effort into it. Too much time and once again, gay.
        mustang6984
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Donny Wang
        Spoken like someone who is overwhelmingly IGNORANT!
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Donny Wang
        Gay? No, gay is an older VW "New" Beetle with a bunch of girly appearance mods such as those flowery shaped aftermarket taillight covers and the fake eye lashes over the headlights.
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