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I’ve been to three cruise nights this year.

At each one my 89 Fox was the oldest and only Foxbody Mustang there.

There’s still a lot of Foxes out there but seems the car scene is just all new cars nowawdays.
 

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Every collectable car goes through a "dark period" where you don't see many of them. I believe the Foxbody is in that period right now. Something happens and they come out of the wood work. Usualy the values start climbing and they start changing hands.

As to the new cars. A lot ff guys that couldn't afford such cars as kids are buying hot cars now. And they don't have to fix them or futz with them. Just drive and wash and wax (mostly wash and wax and power park) them.
 

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Same here with my local club.

Mostly 2015 cars with some bolt ons. Couple foxes really...but i've never felt snubbed really.


However, when i drive mine around, i get enough attention to think there are plenty of people out there that still know and respect a fox body. Seems to be more of a cult following where i'll get thumbs up from guys in Jeeps and trucks and even cops. I rarely get any attention from newer Mustangs.
 

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my local club still stuck in the 50's and 60's thank goodness at any point in time we may have a 56 merc .. 57 ford fairlane... 63 split window vett... a 65 fastback a 62 impala 409 a roadrunner with 440 6 pack a few 67-69 camaros... i'll either bring my 66 mustang.. 66 f100.. or 98 dodge viper

my car club is composed of older and hard core guys...
 

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Also, let's be honest. The cars are 7/8 finished beer cans. They were cheaply made. Many got beaten to death, and crashed, and turned into race cars, and rusted away. They were not a particularly well made, long lasting car. Nothing from the 80's and 90's was. Attrition has taken many. Not to say I don't love the things! LOL!!
 

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Yeah, they aren't the best. My daily driver has more miles than my fox and still rides like a new car and is quiet inside and silent at 90MPH. Can't say that about my 31 year old fox.

I still love it...but it's a crappy 80's car built around a nice engine platform
 

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The one thing that gets lost and never thought about is the state of the hobby before the 85 GT. Think about the people you have met because of the fox. The amount of companies that were started because of the fox, the amount of money generated becuse of the fox, the amount of jobs created. If one could actually document this stuff, the numbers would be staggering. I would argue the fox body is and was the most influential car ever made in terms of this hobby.
 

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The one thing that gets lost and never thought about is the state of the hobby before the 85 GT. Think about the people you have met because of the fox. The amount of companies that were started because of the fox, the amount of money generated becuse of the fox, the amount of jobs created. If one could actually document this stuff, the numbers would be staggering. I would argue the fox body is and was the most influential car ever made in terms of this hobby.
I'd further argue that it single handedly saved the V8 RWD muscle car and made today's astonishingly powerful cars possible. There would be no Hellcat's, GT500's or the like where it not for the Foxbody.

That said, I think the '32 Ford may have it beat as far as influence and industry creating goes. But yeah...FOXBODY!!
 

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I am always asked if I want to sell my 80 Capri no matter where I stop and the answer is no I have had it for 37 years now and I might as well keep it plus it is a lot of fun to drive
That's part of the fun of driving my '88 notch. I could sell it every day I take it out. I get the classic southern "WHAT'LL YA TAKE?!" shout every time I'm out. No one wants to pay what it's worth, but it's still fun to have folks lusting after it.
 

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They are definitely OLD. But the massive aftermarket is what made them great.

A pushrod motor is still the cheapest and easiest way to make power.
 

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A pushrod motor is still the cheapest and easiest way to make power.
Cheapest? Yes. Easiest? ..............The new 5.0 DOHC makes pretty easy power. Stone stock puts equal torque and way more hp to the ground with an extra 1000 rpm up top than my 331. If my 331 let's go, it'll probably be replaced with a 2nd Gen (2015-2017) 5.0 DOHC because they got better heads, rods and cams. But even the 2011-2014 5.0's match my 331 for power.
 

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Same here with my local club.

Mostly 2015 cars with some bolt ons. Couple foxes really...but i've never felt snubbed really.


However, when i drive mine around, i get enough attention to think there are plenty of people out there that still know and respect a fox body. Seems to be more of a cult following where i'll get thumbs up from guys in Jeeps and trucks and even cops. I rarely get any attention from newer Mustangs.
I was filling up the tank last week and a guy in an old S10 pulled in just to tell me cool car, seems to always attract attention.
 

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No doubt over the years hobbyists have dumped oodles of money into the Fox Mustang and Camaros of the 80s

But nowadays the cruise nights are dominated by new cars.


The one thing that gets lost and never thought about is the state of the hobby before the 85 GT. Think about the people you have met because of the fox. The amount of companies that were started because of the fox, the amount of money generated becuse of the fox, the amount of jobs created. If one could actually document this stuff, the numbers would be staggering. I would argue the fox body is and was the most influential car ever made in terms of this hobby.
 

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I would hardly call a Coyote swap an easy project.

If I ever blow up my motor I’ll do a turbo 351W. I’ve actually got a block and some parts as a I’ll stock pile stuff over the next few years to spread the cost out.

Coyote motors are becoming more available but the swap is a lot of work and cost.

A pushrod motor is still the cheapest and easiest way to make power.
Cheapest? Yes. Easiest? ..............The new 5.0 DOHC makes pretty easy power. Stone stock puts equal torque and way more hp to the ground with an extra 1000 rpm up top than my 331. If my 331 let's go, it'll probably be replaced with a 2nd Gen (2015-2017) 5.0 DOHC because they got better heads, rods and cams. But even the 2011-2014 5.0's match my 331 for power.


A pushrod motor is still the cheapest and easiest way to make power.
 

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Cruise nights have become boring because of all the new cars. If I want to see new muscle cars I'll go to the dealership. I go to cruise nights hoping to see something cool and interesting. I see less and less interesting cars these days. Feels like a used and new car lot.
 

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Cruise nights have become boring because of all the new cars. If I want to see new muscle cars I'll go to the dealership. I go to cruise nights hoping to see something cool and interesting. I see less and less interesting cars these days. Feels like a used and new car lot.


lol. I love a good used car lot. I love the fact of where the fox is at this point. Old enough to be cool and cheap but new enough you can still find good used parts. It makes it fun to get out and play with these cars without spending an arm and a leg. I had fun 20 years ago when me and my dad built our Chevelle. It was the same way. Swap meets, big block Chevy stuff was still cheap and all the used parts were cheap. Now a days any of that stuff it’s getting more pricey. I love my fox. It’s my only my second ford I’ve ever owned and I love it. Even though it pissed me off now and then haha


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