For years, the 5.0, has been a mainstay of Mustang performance. This same engine worked well in late-model Mustangs, and with the wonders of fuel injection, this one runs better than any carbureted V8 could. The hardware should look familiar and the installation is very professionally done, looking like it was built this way by the factory. All the original electronics are in place, so it starts instantly and idles properly, hot or cold, and you already know the wide, flat torque curve that the long-runner intake manifold creates. A serpentine belt drive system and a big aluminum radiator enhance reliability, and this car is fitted with power steering, so it’s easy to handle. The original C4 3-speed automatic transmission doesn’t mind the 5.0’s torque and makes this ragtop feel quick around town, and it’s enhanced by the 8.8-inch rear end from a T-Bird Turbo Coupe, which has 3.73 gears and disc brakes.

Lithia Springs, Georgia, United States