Mustang Driven

News, information and my adventures with America's favorite pony car.

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


Burnout on a Thermal Camera

I saw this last week over on The Mustang Source. Pretty cool video. Click the link below for the article.


Throwback Thursday 1969 Mustang

Very nice video I found on You Tube. Enjoy your Thursday!

Check this out!

So if you follow me on instagram (@mustang_driven), you'll see I don't post much, ( I'll try and fix that in the upcoming year.) but I do follow some really cool and interesting people.  One of them is Nathan Brummer (@nathanbrummer).  He takes awesome pics of his mustang, as well as some cool photoshop work. Nathan also has a You Tube channel, where he shows how he does the voodoo he does. Now I don't know Nathan, but i thought you might be interested to see some of his stuff. Check out the pictues and videos below and then check out his youtube channel, and instagram for more!

Not for the Faint of Heart

     If you haven't seen John Wick: Chapter 2, don't feel bad, I haven't either. At least not yet. In it John wants his Mustang back. (It was stolen in the first movie) What happens next is not for the faint of heart. I found this clip and a nice article over at The Mustang Source. Be sure to check it out. 

Mustang GT on the Autobahn

What's it like driving a Mustang GT at max speed? checkout the video and see...

Throwback Thursday 1982 Mustang

This week, I bring you the archived review from Car and Driver on the 1982 Mustang.


1982 Ford Mustang 5-Speed

Ford's unfinished fifth.

From the July 1981 Issue of Car and Driver


This should have been a simple story to write. The Ford Motor Company brings out its first five-speed transmission in the popular Mustang/Capri at a time when no other domestic manufacturer save Volkswagen offers one (and VW’s gearbox is made in Germany). We write some lines about what a fine car the Mustang still is, with its super TRX tires-and-suspension package. We probably mention that the turbo option is no longer available on the 2.3-liter engine. We talk about the merits of five-speed transmissions versus four-speeds in the performance field. Then we scrutinize the new transmission, pass final judgment, and wrap up the whole shot with a few words on the State of the Mustang, 1981. Simple story.

But Ford engineers did something really strange when they threw in this new gearbox. They didn’t just add a fifth gear to the tail end of the old four-speed Ford “hummer” transmission. Noooo. They put the dude in upside down. With this transmission, you have to shift up into neutral from fourth, then back down into fifth. Not just different, but unnatural, we say.

It’s no easy task replacing the old, familiar patterns in your life, and unfortunately this particular one must be learned forward and backward. You’ll find that going up through the gears comes easy. You bang away at the spot where you figure fifth should naturally be. When nothing happens, you automatically try going down and find it there. But when you start backstroking through the box, signals get crossed.



It’s very easy to lose your way in the neutral zone the first few times you pop out of fifth seeking torque for a fly-by maneuver on the highway. But it’s guaranteed: one teeth-grinding shift into second at 60 miles an hour will cure you of roughhousing the shifter. (Maybe that’s why there’s no redline on the tach.) The trick is to let the stick find its own way through the maze; it’s spring-loaded to settle naturally into the three-four gate.

Paul McKee, executive engineer of Ford’s manual-transmission engineering department, says that one of the main reasons was to facilitate the five-three downshift. According to McKee, Ford transmission engineers feel this is the most common progression down from fifth gear. We hastened to inform him that his view of reality, Ford Division, may be a bit distorted.

Simple ergonomics was the other reason given by McKee for the odd placement of fifth gear. If Ford would have gone up with it, driver reach would have been excessive. McKee added that the unique position of fifth calls attention to the overdrive aspect of the new transmission.

So Ford thinks it’s reasonable and we think it’s illogical. We’ll get over it, but we just wish they’d stop throwing curve balls at us so we could concentrate on what’s important—the transmission. The transmission itself is probably the best thing to happen to the 2.3-liter un-powerplant it’s been paired with. With the four-speed, the big, noisy four-banger would never have been our choice of engines to drive the sexy Mustang around. You wouldn’t dress in an Yves St. Laurent creation and then lace on a pair of K mart construction boots, would you?


The new five-speed uses the same first four ratios as the four-speed box—4.05 in first, 2.43 in second, 1.48 in third, and 1.00 in fourth—but upshift speeds happen a lot faster, thanks to an axle-ratio change from 3.08:1 to 3.45:1. The five-speed’s effectively shorter gearing runs the engine up the torque curve at a much quicker rate than the four-speed’s. So now you get a bit of vitality for all the engine roar you have to live with.

The regearing does just what you’d expect in EPA terms. City mileage in the five-speed is off a full mpg, to 22 mpg. And the tall 0.82:1 fifth cruiser gear boosts highway mileage from 34 to 37 mpg. For a 2720-pound car, the mileage figures are reasonable.

After its introduction in 1979, the redesigned Mustang won the Car and Driver Reader’s Choice Poll Award. The C/D staff called it the second-best-handling American car, behind the Pontiac Trans Am (September, 1979). When all is said and done, the Mustang is still a good car, but it deserves an ongoing refinement program to keep it fresh. In addition to unscrambling the shift pattern, we’d suggest more modern graphics for the nicely laid-out instrumentation. And, really, a redline on a tachometer isn’t too much to ask for these days.

The addition of the new five-speed transmission is a sign that Ford is taking steps to see that the Mustang remains updated. It’s just that they move in mysterious ways sometimes. As long as they keep moving forward, though, we can’t complain too much.


Throwback Thursday Favorites!

     This week I'm picking some of my favorite throwback articles.  Check them out and let me know what some of your favorites were. Maybe I'll post up those suggestions next week.

2018 Mustang

   Ok so by now you've heard that Ford has announced the 2018 Mustang. If you haven't seen it head over to the Ford site or click below.

2018 Mustang

    Now for my own 2 cents, I like it.  On first glance I want it. I like the new hood, and the redesigned nose, but the increase in HP, transmission and new digital dash I think are the really awesome bits! Though no information on the HP gains, it looks like the v-6 is gone. 

    Like always, everyone has an opinion, check out some of articles below for more information. 

Motor Trend

Car and Driver

Road and Track