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The 5.2-liter Voodoo V-8 Made Magic in the Modern Ford Mustang GT350 and GT350R –

The 5.2-liter Voodoo V-8 Made Magic in the Modern Ford Mustang GT350 and GT350R –

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A free-flowing intake and heads, aggressive cams and high compression did a lot of heavy lifting while the exotic flat-plane crank grabbed headlines and helped make lyrical exhaust sounds


The engine produced 526 naturally aspirated horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 429 lb-ft of torque at 4,750 rpm, while making beautiful music up to an 8,000-plus rpm redline. At the heart of its howling exhaust note was a flat-plane crankshaft — so called because its connecting rod journals (and weights) were positioned 180-degrees opposite of each other, instead of at 90-degree intervals like the cross-plane design used in most American V-8s. Flat-plane cranks are not new or unusual. Four-cylinder engines have them and Cadillac’s 314 V-8, which debuted in 1915, used one.
The flat-plane crankshaft from Ford’s 5.2-liter Voodoo V-8.

In theory, the flat-plane design delivers a V-8 with less reciprocating mass, and superior breathing, which should make an engine lighter, more compact and capable of building rpms very quickly. But it also delivers a lot of what’s known as “secondary vibration” and that paint-shaker quality increases in proportion to the size of the pistons and the speed that those pistons are moving. In a race car, it’s a reasonable tradeoff – especially if there’s a performance advantage to be gained. In a 21st-century street car, stickering north of $60,000, customers are likely to complain about shaking steering wheels, buzzing shifters, blurry rearview mirrors, etc. So, Ford incorporated bits on the GT350 that you wouldn’t find on a race car, like exhaust dampers and a dual-mass flywheel, to help smooth things out.

While the Voodoo’s flat-plane crankshaft grabbed all the headlines, this engine would’ve made tremendous horsepower if it had been built with a cross-plane crank. It inhaled through an 87-millimeter throttle body, the largest ever used on a Ford engine. The cams were aggressive, producing .55 inches of lift with 270 degrees duration and using low-friction roller followers to bump the valves. Compression is key to making power and, with a lofty 12:1 compression ratio, the Voodoo had plenty.

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The Fox-body Ford Mustang is the best blank canvas pony car | Buyer’s Guide – @Hagerty

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Hagerty’s Editor-at-Large Sam Smith takes a look at the Fox-body Ford Mustang and offers a general overview of the highly affordable but highly variable third-generation pony car. With an easy-to-modify structure, Sam not only covers the pluses and minuses of the Mustang’s massive aftermarket, but also the nuances of owning, buying, and maintaining this iconic classic.

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Finding America with no particular place to go and a Mustang convertible to take you there – Steve Swanson @Hemmings

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Myrtle’s Café still bears advertising from the days before Henry’s gasoline carriages. Under its antique tinned ceiling, hot coffee and a gratuitous wedge of raspberry pie staved off the after effects of a nine-hour flight. Across the street, my Mustang rental waited in the shade of a red brick store. Princetown, Illinois, is just one small town off the I-80. I reminded myself I had a Mustang and the whole Midwest to go play in.

It created a strong desire to hit the road again.I was back to write a story about a family and a car, but two days before the wheels of my Boeing touched down, that story fell apart. I didn’t have anywhere to be and no plan to follow. Some people would see this as a disaster. I thought otherwise. After all, what does a car guy do with two spare weeks and a rental Mustang?

Sure, it was a convertible, which for some is inexcusable, and no, it wasn’t a 5.0. I say beggars can’t be choosers. Compared to the neutered, heavily taxed, four-cylinder shopping cart I had left on the other side of the Atlantic, this car was an unexpected win, and hardly a slouch. I’ve driven a lot worse rental fodder. I’ve owned some desperate daily beaters. Well then, let’s enjoy!I

Brimmed the tank at Iowa-80 Truck Stop, pausing to admire the serried ranks of long-haul heavy metal waiting like ships in port for their next voyage. A lady trucker, looking like a wartime “Rosie the Riveter” in denim overalls and work boots, sprang up into the driver seat of a bug-splattered Kenworth. I trailed along behind her down the westbound ramp of I-80 before sweeping past, the Mustang mirrored in the chromed wheels of her rig. Unlike her, I had no destination, no timetable to follow. I chose a random exit off the highway and plunged into Iowa.

The first time I visited Iowa was early March of 2019. The state was just recovering from five months of what it called “Hell Winter.” Everything was grey. I mean everything. Trees, grass, snow, skyline. It reminded me of grainy footage of a post-disaster Chernobyl. Now it was August and everything was green. Iowa Green, to be precise. A verdant sea of corn and peas running alongside the interstate for mile upon mile, stretching down every side road for acre upon acre, punctuated at random intervals by a square of trees affording shelter to a farm house, silo, and barn.

Off the Eighty, small towns stretched out like a chain of islands amidst the corn. Each one added a fresh piece of the story of rural America. Danish towns, Norwegian farms, a miniature Holland, all united under the flag. Each barn anointed with the geometric precision of its barn quilt.

I crossed the Mississippi, stopping at Le Claire, to climb the decks of a preserved paddle steamer and stand behind the helm. The great river lay just yards away. Idle thoughts of Twain and Huck Finn were shattered by the dual-tone wail of a locomotive horn. An earlier incarnation of that wail sounded as a death knell for the steamboat’s whistle.

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Ford Will Reprint Original Window Sticker For Fox Body Mustang – Jacob Oliva @Motor1.com

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This might be the missing piece to your Fox-body Mustang rebuild.

In 2019, the Ford Mustang was declared as the best-selling sports coupe in the world for the fourth consecutive time, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the pony car gets the same accolade this year.

new ‘Stang may be due in 2022 buy out of the Mustang generations, the Fox-body Mustang, which was produced from 1979 to 1993 is probably one of the most iconic versions. It was loved for what it was hated for, particularly because of its deviation from the classic look of its predecessors. It’s also substantially smaller than before.

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Visit Mustang Alley – @FordSocial

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If you’re anywhere in the vicinity of Detroit on the third Saturday in August, you’ll get to experience the Woodward Dream Cruise, the largest single-day gathering of gearheads in the world, according to event organizers. Hot rods, musclecars, customs, and every other kind of wheeled conveyance you can think of, in addition to roughly 1.5 million spectators, will invade Woodward Avenue for a day of cruising and hanging out.

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Pangbourne College Classic Car Show

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An excellent well organised car show in a beautiful location, cars of all shapes sizes and ages were present.

 

Here’s the US related contingent of attendees. Classic wise the Galaxy, and the early red Mustang deserve a particular mention. On the modern  front the Bullitt Mustang and the Ford GT stood out. There were also a couple of very nice 32 Hot Rod roadsters.

A KAR KRAFT SPECIAL – 1973 FORD MUSTANG TRANS AM RACE CAR – Ben Branch @Silodrome

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This 1973 Ford Mustang was built to race in the Trans Am series, with a heavy duty tubular frame developed by the Le Mans-winning Ford GT40 veterans at Kar Kraft, a highly modified Windsor 351 V8 built by Jack Roush, a close-ratio 4-speed transmission with a Hurst shifter, and a 4.11:1 locked differential.

From a historic perspective this car is quite significant, it’s one of the very last chassis Kar Kraft designed prior to Ford terminating their factory-supported racing program.

KAR KRAFT – FORD’S UNOFFICIAL SKUNKWORKS DIVISION

Although Kar Kraft was technically an independent company, they were essentially a de facto Ford racing division. When Ford’s plan to buy Ferrari fell apart at the last minute they decided to take the fight to the Maranello racing and sports car manufacturer by challenging them at the most important race in Europe – the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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