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Two Fer Throwback Thursday

Yes I know i spelled "Two For" wrong. My little play one words, but this Thursday, I give you two cool articles from The Mustang Source. The first is Classic Mustang searches, and the second is a photo line up of the usual suspects. Happy Thursday!

Throwback Thursday Collection

    It's been awhile, so here is some of my favorite Throwback Thursday articles! Enjoy your Thursday!

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6 Slowest Mustangs

Hard to see those two word in the same sentence. Slow, Mustang. It is true, over the years there have been, many slow, underpowered Mustangs. Checkout the article I found over at The Mustang Source

1. 1964 1/2 Mustang with 170ci six

There is no denying how good those first Mustangs looked, or how dependable the Falcon sourced straight six is, but what it isn't, is quick. With just 101 hp, 156lb-ft of torque, and having to tow around about 2500lbs, the little motor has its work cut out for it. Consumer Reports road test of the base motor, with a 4-speed manual, only managed 0-60 in 16.8 seconds, and the automatic would add several more seconds. Still, Not many people would turn down a good deal on an early Ford pony car because it was slow. From 1965 onward the base motor was the 200ci six, and you got an extra 20 hp, but acceleration was still stately.


Rare 1970 AWD Mustang

Interesting story I found over at The Drive , perfect for throwback thusday?

ust when you think there can't possibly be more hidden gems stashed in barns and garages around the world, something amazing pops up as if to say, "you ain't seen nothing yet." So while the 1970 Ford Mustang featured here for sale may not have starred in any famous movie chases, it still has pretty remarkable secret up its sleeve—"factory" all-wheel-drive, making it quite possibly the only droptop 'Stang so equipped in existence today. It's in rough shape after sitting in a barn for decades, but can you really put a price on a piece of pony car history?

If you're confused right now—there's no such thing as a factory AWD Mustang, right?—it's worth revisiting an important but largely-unknown chapter in the model's history. The Mustang became an overnight success after its launch in 1964, and Ford engineers had to figure out how to keep that momentum going with fresh ideas to expand the line. Meanwhile, a small British company called Ferguson Research had spun out of tractor manufacturer Massey Ferguson a decade prior with the goal of designing the first full-time AWD system for road and race cars.

So in December of 1964, Ford shipped a couple of notchback Mustangs over to England to see if Ferguson's technicians could put it all together and create the world's first AWD pony car. The "Ferguson Formula" system was pretty crude compared to today's computer-driven wizardry, with a planetary center differential and a chain-driven front shaft creating a 37:63 front-to-rear torque split. The cars also gained the company's experimental Maxaret anti-skid braking setup, a mechanical forerunner to the ABS of today.

Though performance and handling were greatly improved—Classic Cars got ahold of one for a driving review in 2000 and compared its sure-footedness in the corners to an Audi Quattro—the modifications required to make everything fit were just too expensive and Ford ultimately decided not to pursue the partnership or develop an AWD system of their own. However, Ferguson continued to test their technology on a whole range of cars, including more Mustangs, and the system later found its way into the Jensen FF, the first production car offered with AWD.

And here's where things get murky—officially, there are those two prototypes, plus a couple 1969 fastbacks, including one built for a Ferguson executive with the 428 7-liter V8 that survives in showroom condition today. So where does this convertible fit in? Being a 1970, it would have been for a private customer, not part of the Ford partnership, and appears to be the only droptop converted to AWD. It's hard to know for sure without an official build count or seeing it in person, but it would be pretty hard to fake one of these.

With all that in mind, its frankly terrible condition after spending decades in a Dutch barn is all the more heartbreaking. The high-riding front end plus a poor internet translation of the listing seem to indicate both the engine and front drive unit are missing, and tracking down those parts or a wrecked Jensen FF to source from would be a tall order.

Then there's the omimous "Ask" price. We know what that usually means... but still, we hope someone finds the time and resources to rescue and restore one of the world's most unique Mustangs.

Throwback Thursday Factory Line

Found this cool photo on Tumblr the other day. Some people may find this picture a bit upsetting. Mustang II's being born.

GT350 at the Ring

Ever wondered what it would be like to have a track day at the Nurburgring? Check out this video. 

Sync3 update

Quick update. Incase you hadn't heard the sync 3 update to version2.2 has now been officially released. Head over the the ford sync site and check it out. As I type this I'm staring at the screen which says "updating". We'll see what happens.

Update 4/28/17: no luck yet, best I can tell is it is very picky about USB drives. 

Update 4/30/17: still no luck. I guess I'll hold off a bit longer until Ford can figure out the problems. 

Throwback Thursday AWD Mustang

I ran across this article on Fox news the other day. I had heard of a AWD prototype but had never seen one. Read the article below from Fox news and be sure to visit the site for more photos and info.

Dodge made ponycar history for 2017 by introducing a Challenger model with all-wheel drive. Although equipped with a V-6, it’s sure to please enthusiasts in Snowbelt states. Might Ford follow suit with the Mustang? The company did, after all, test four-wheel drive in the Mustang 52 years ago. The drivable prototype, which also has an early form of anti-lock brakes, still exists.

As the 1965 Mustang set sales records, Ford product planners were already looking forward with design concepts for two-seaters and even a four-door. Even more radical thinking came from England, however. Ferguson Research, a company funded by Harry Ferguson, of Massey Ferguson tractors, had developed the first full-time four-wheel drive system for passenger cars. Former race drivers Fred Dixon and Tony Rolt were the brains behind it, and they had also adapted Dunlop’s Maxaret anti-skid braking system from aircraft landing gear for automotive use.

Known as Ferguson Formula, the 4WD system got its big test with the Ferguson P99 Formula One racecar in 1961, winning the Oulton Park race with Stirling Moss at the wheel. Ferguson Research, however, was eager to convince carmakers to adopt its sophisticated chassis technology for passenger vehicles. Someone at Ford noticed. In December 1964, the company shipped two identical blue Mustangs, both equipped with the A-code 289-cid V-8 and automatic transmission, to Ferguson in England. One would be converted to 4WD, while the other would remain stock for comparison tests. Alain Cerf, whose Tampa Bay Auto Museum owns the unusual 4WD Mustang prototype, has the paperwork to verify that.

“We don’t know exactly how many were built,” Cerf said. “Ferguson was converting numerous cars in the 1960s for testing.”

Cerf’s company, Polypack, Inc., manufactures high-tech packaging machinery, which inspired a car museum to showcase examples of innovative technology. On display in the Pinellas, Fla., facility are front-wheel-drive Cords and Citroëns, air-cooled Tatras and other vehicles that introduced daring ideas. In addition to the 4WD Mustang, the museum also owns one of the 22 English Ford Zephyr sedans converted to Ferguson Formula 4WD for evaluation by British police forces in the late ’60s.

The Ferguson Formula system employed a planetary center differential to yield a 37:63 front-to-rear torque split. Clutches allowed the front and rear wheels to turn at different speeds, enabling 4WD to remain engaged all the time. The Mustang needed some modifications to accommodate the system, including converting the front suspension from coil springs to torsion bars.

It looked just like any other Mustang but handled much better on all roads, according to published tests, but particularly well on slippery surfaces. The Maxaret anti-skid brake system was purely mechanical and not nearly as sophisticated as the electronic ABS systems that debuted later—but it worked.

If some of that rings a bell, it’s because the same hardware went into the world’s first production car with full-time 4WD, the 1966 Jensen FF, an offshoot of the company’s Interceptor luxury coupe. The “FF” stood for Ferguson Formula.

Whatever Ford thought of the 4WD Mustang’s performance, it likely would have been too expensive to offer as an option, perhaps over $500. At the time, the Mustang’s top engine option, the K-code high-performance 289-cid V-8, cost $328 and was rarely ordered.

The 4WD Mustang returned to the United Kingdom and remained in Ferguson’s museum on the Isle of Wight until 2007. A subsequent owner sold it to the Tampa Bay Auto Museum in 2009, where it remains a drivable testament to forward thinking.


In Case you forgot...

Just incase you forgot how to do a burnout,(like that would happen) check this video out. 

1969-70 Wild Ford Color Names

Saw this cool article Wednesday night over at The Mustang Source, and thought, how awesome would this be for Throwback Thursday?

In 1969 and 1970, Ford attempted to to get hip with the younger crowd by creating unique names to their paint colors. What was just called "medium blue" on the truck, was "There She Blue" for the Maverick and others. Let's take a look....READ MORE