June Calendar Car: Jim Sweener’s 1988 Ford Mustang GT

Click Here to Begin Slideshow A few summers ago, I wrote here about selling my 1966 Plymouth Fury to buy a Miata for my girlfriend and me to enjoy together, a decision I stand behind to this day. Based on the fact that my 40th birthday was coming up at the end of that year and she knew how much I missed having a muscle car in the garage, however, my girlfriend made arrangements to surprise me with a car of my own - the 1988 Ford Mustang GT you see on the June pages of our very own 2018 RacingJunk calendar. The Mustang came to us with a big helping hand from our good friends at Crawford's in Pittsfield, Mass., who were familiar with the car, having done some work on it for the previous owner. Crawford's has also helped us on two of our giveaway builds, so I had seen the car at the shop and the owner knew I liked it. From there it was just a matter of Julia negotiating the deal and bringing her home for my birthday. In addition to being one of cleanest examples of a fox-body Mustang in the area, the car came with a host of goodies already installed: • Strange 3-way adjustable shocks • Lowering springs • Frame connectors • Hotchkis adjustable caster/camber plates • Ford Motorsports clutch and 3:55 rear • Functional Cervini's ram air hood & cold air intake • Short-throw shifter • BBK headers and Flowmaster exhaust • Underdrive pulleys • Old-school tuning via upgraded chip • Ford factory 17" chrome Cobra wheels While not a monster in a straight line due to the mostly-stock mill, the suspension upgrades help the car handle far better than a stock 5.0 and make it a joy to drive hard on the back roads here in New England. The car has made its way to several shows, including the three-hour drive to the famed Bass-Pro Cruise Night at Gillette Stadium, and has served as an almost daily driver back and forth to the office for a couple of summers. When it came time to shoot the calendar, the gang at Crawford’s came through again, giving up the shop for a day so we could shoot indoors on an unseasonably rainy June day. With several of the cars we anticipated not arriving due to the weather, we pressed the Mustang into service for the shoot, an unexpected honor that has made owning this fox even sweeter. If this fine fox-body leaves you wanting even more lovely auto action, we've got just the thing for you – check out the 2018 RJ calendar, which you can pick up over here on our store!

June Calendar Car: Jim Sweener's 1988 Ford Mustang GT

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A few summers ago, I wrote here about selling my 1966 Plymouth Fury to buy a Miata for my girlfriend and me to enjoy together, a decision I stand behind to this day.

Based on the fact that my 40th birthday was coming up at the end of that year and she knew how much I missed having a muscle car in the garage, however, my girlfriend made arrangements to surprise me with a car of my own - the 1988 Ford Mustang GT you see on the June pages of our very own 2018 RacingJunk calendar.

The Mustang came to us with a big helping hand from our good friends at Crawford's in Pittsfield, Mass., who were familiar with the car, having done some work on it for the previous owner. Crawford's has also helped us on two of our giveaway builds, so I had seen the car at the shop and the owner knew I liked it. From there it was just a matter of Julia negotiating the deal and bringing her home for my birthday.

In addition to being one of cleanest examples of a fox-body Mustang in the area, the car came with a host of goodies already installed:

• Strange 3-way adjustable shocks
• Lowering springs
• Frame connectors
• Hotchkis adjustable caster/camber plates
• Ford Motorsports clutch and 3:55 rear
• Functional Cervini's ram air hood & cold air intake
• Short-throw shifter
• BBK headers and Flowmaster exhaust
• Underdrive pulleys
• Old-school tuning via upgraded chip
• Ford factory 17" chrome Cobra wheels

While not a monster in a straight line due to the mostly-stock mill, the suspension upgrades help the car handle far better than a stock 5.0 and make it a joy to drive hard on the back roads here in New England. The car has made its way to several shows, including the three-hour drive to the famed Bass-Pro Cruise Night at Gillette Stadium, and has served as an almost daily driver back and forth to the office for a couple of summers.

When it came time to shoot the calendar, the gang at Crawford’s came through again, giving up the shop for a day so we could shoot indoors on an unseasonably rainy June day. With several of the cars we anticipated not arriving due to the weather, we pressed the Mustang into service for the shoot, an unexpected honor that has made owning this fox even sweeter.

If this fine fox-body leaves you wanting even more lovely auto action, we've got just the thing for you – check out the 2018 RJ calendar, which you can pick up over here on our store!

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