All posts by Betsy Beyer

Currently the longest running editor of Saleen Alley. The official publication of SOEC. Have owned five generations of Saleen Mustangs through 20 years of active SOEC participation.

BERYLLIUM COPPER S302 BL (16-0009) READY FOR NEW OWNER

VIDEO: CARS & COFFEE CORONA

From our friends at Saleen Automotive.

Here it is in all its glory.

Video: Cars & Coffee Corona

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CALIFORNIA SPECIAL S302 YELLOW LABEL BUILD

Congratulations to Rigo Saldana on purchasing another new Saleen Mustang!
* Read about Rigo’s 16-0094 S302 Yellow Label coupe.

From our friends at Saleen Automotive.

2017 S302 Yellow Label ready for its new home.

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AUTOGUIDE: FOX BODY MUSTANGS COULD BE THE NEXT COLLECTOR CRAZE

By: SAMI HAJ-ASSAAD on January 19, 2017
Original Article: AUTOGUIDE.COM

Fox Body Mustangs Could be the Next Collector Craze

Could the Ford Mustangs from your youth really be worth anything today?

1984 Mustang SVO
1984 Mustang SVO

During the recent Barrett-Jackson auctions in Arizona, a few third-generation Mustangs hit the auction block, and when they came through on the other side of the platform, they were significantly more valuable than you would have thought.

According to Hagerty representative Jonathon Klinger, “Low-mile Fox-bodied Mustangs sold well on Wednesday, with a 16-mile 1990 7 Up Limited Edition convertible selling for $82,500, an as-new 1989 Mustang 5.0 LX hatchback selling for $71,500, and a 7-mile 1985 SVO fetching $63,800.”

1987 Saleen Mustang
1987 Saleen Mustang

But are these models and sales numbers outliers? Could we really see Fox Body Mustangs crest the $100,000 mark anytime soon?

“A $100,000 Fox Body Mustang? Never say never, but it would have to be a truly pristine example of a rare edition—a Cobra R, or an early SSP like a 1982 California Highway Patrol—to hit $100,000” said Klinger. “Maybe the 7UP Edition given yesterday’s $82,500 result, but those seem to be a mixed bag and I think the novelty of a 16-mile time capsule really was the story there.”

In fact, Klinger explained that recent auctions saw that special edition Fox Body Mustangs get far more attention than more common models. “Trends for the special editions are up but the more typical Fox Body Mustangs are holding steady.”

He brings up the results from the Mecum auction in Kissimmee earlier this month. “A 7 UP Edition (just like that $82,500 one sold this week) with 830 miles went for just $25,300. Another with 14,000 miles sold for $16,000. A rare 1993 SVT Cobra R didn’t sell but hammered at $60,000. A 1993 “Special Service Package” (higher performance fox body made for law enforcement) went for $25,000. But higher volume Base, LX, and GT models were all inline with trends. Four sold for between $5,000 and $10,000, two others unsold with $11,000 hammer prices.” Now that’s more reasonable…

Basically, he’s saying that those recent results from Barrett-Jackson were a bit excessive. “But, the fact that a Fox Body Mustang in general generated that much bidding enthusiasm demonstrates these cars are becoming more collectible, especially to the eyes of the younger buyers who lusted after these cars in their youth.” He says that Hagerty expects the market for good condition Fox Body Mustangs to gain more interest, which should increase their value over time. “The key is to find a well persevered example that hasn’t been highly modified or suffered from years of neglect.”

1984 Mustang SVO
1984 Mustang SVO

Third generation Mustangs, which were available between 1979–1993 are called the Fox Body Mustangs because they used Ford’s Fox Platform, which was one of the company’s most used architectures. It was used in compact cars like the Ford Fairmont, and large luxury cars like the Lincoln Continental Mark VII.

The Mustang’s made during this time were popular for a number of reasons. They were made in a number of body styles, including a notchback, coupe and convertible or with t-tops. This generation of Mustang also first introduced the idea of a turbocharged four-cylinder model, called the SVO, which has been resurrected in a way with the modern EcoBoost Mustang.

[Source: AutoGuide.com]

MUSTANG360: TRAVIS SMITH’S 89-0374

By: MICHAEL JOHNSON on January 10, 2017
Original Article: MUSTANGANDFORDS.COM

This 1989 Saleen puts out 691-rwhp, but why stop there?

Travis Smith’s Number 374 Saleen now boasts a T56 transmission, Baer brakes, and True Forged Wheels

89-0374 Saleen Mustang
89-0374 Saleen Mustang

Even when we’re “done” building a Mustang, we’re never truly finished modifying it. Case in point, Travis Smith’s 1989 Saleen already has a boatload of modifications. It features a Vortech-supercharged Kuntz and Co. 337ci combination with a Ford Performance R-block, Roush-prepped AFR 205 heads, a custom Comp cam, a TMoss-ported Saleen intake, an MSD ignition, an Aeromotive fuel system, a Snow Performance meth kit, and a Meziere electric water pump. All told, the boosted small block is good for 691-rwhp thanks to a Powercurve Motorsports tune. However, if these mods are good, more mods won’t hurt, right?

Since Travis bought the car from fellow Southeastern Foxbodies pal Troy Raby, he had to change up a few things to make it his own. To that end, he sent the car over to Boosted Performance’s Donnie Salem for a few drivetrain upgrades.

A Tremec 3550 used to reside behind the Kuntz and Co. 337ci mill, but Boosted Performance’s Donnie Salem changed that out in favor of a Tremec T56 Magnum six-speed. Boosted Performance has done all the work on Travis’ past Mustangs, which include a Coyote-swap Fox GT, a 2003 Cobra that made 650-rwhp, and his other current 2014 Mustang GT. “I wouldn’t trust anyone else with my cars,” Travis says of Donnie.
A Tremec 3550 used to reside behind the Kuntz and Co. 337ci mill, but Boosted Performance’s Donnie Salem changed that out in favor of a Tremec T56 Magnum six-speed. Boosted Performance has done all the work on Travis’ past Mustangs, which include a Coyote-swap Fox GT, a 2003 Cobra that made 650-rwhp, and his other current 2014 Mustang GT. “I wouldn’t trust anyone else with my cars,” Travis says of Donnie.

While at Donnie’s place, in went a Tremec T56 Magnum with a McLeod clutch and an MGW shifter. The car previously had a Tremec 3550 with a 26-spline input shaft. A new Fox-width 8.8 also went in the car, and the car’s Baer brakes were painted to match the car’s new True Forged Victory 18-inch wheels.

With these drivetrain upgrades done, the car has an appointment with Fox Mustang Restoration for an interior overhaul. We’ll have another update once that round of upgrades is complete.

Boosted Performance also added a Fox-length 8.8 so Travis could run an 18x10 True Forged wheel out back. The new rear features a Cobra differential, 3.73 gears, and 31-spline axles. For those measuring from home, that is a Nitto 305/35 drag radial.
Boosted Performance also added a Fox-length 8.8 so Travis could run an 18×10 True Forged wheel out back. The new rear features a Cobra differential, 3.73 gears, and 31-spline axles. For those measuring from home, that is a Nitto 305/35 drag radial.

[Source: Mustang 360 Network]

VIDEO: S550 SALEEN LOWERING SPRINGS REVIEW & INSTALL

From our friend’s AmericanMuscle.

Published on Jan 10, 2017
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Get the most out of your S550 by installing these Saleen S302 Lowering Springs which lower your vehicle’s center of gravity to improve body roll, reduce squat, and minimize nose-diving! Not only do these springs help with performance, but they also lower your Mustang by 1.5 inches in the front and 1.3 inches in the back. http://www.americanmuscle.com/saleen-…

Designed for Performance. If you want to get the most out of your 2015+ Mustang S550 GT, installing these Lowering Springs from Saleen is one of the most effective things you can do. They lower your vehicle’s center of gravity, which will improve body roll when you’re cornering, reduce squat when you’re accelerating and minimize nose-diving when you brake hard. In fact, you’ll notice a difference in handling immediately, whether you use your GT on the track, for street racing or just to run errands.

Improve Your Stance. These S302 Lowering Springs won’t just up your performance, they’ll also add a sleek, streamlined look to your GT. If yours is a fastback, you’ll get 1.5 inches lower in the front and 1.3 inches lower in the back. For the GT Convertible, Saleen’s springs will yield a difference of 1.6 inches in the front and 1.4 inches in the rear, giving it a leaner, more muscle car appearance.

Clears Stock and Aftermarket Wheels & Tires. These lowering springs were engineered to be compatible with your stock size wheels and tires, as well as AmericanMuscle’s pre-configured wheel and tire combo kits (specific to your generation), to assure proper clearance with no rubbing issues.

Made in the USA. Saleen was founded in 1983 in Corona, California and has been dedicated to being an All-American company ever since then. That’s why they make these Lowering Springs right here in the USA.

Application. These Saleen S302 Lowering Springs are an OEM replacement for the Saleen S302, but they’re designed to fit any 2015-2017 S550 Mustang GT 5.0L V8 Convertible or Fastback (Coupe).
Fitment: 2015 2016 2017

Item 390114
MPN# 02-009-00001-01

[Source: AmericanMuscle channel via YouTube]

PAIR OF S302 YL (17-0012 & 17-0013) HEAD TO WOODY FOLSOM FORD

From our friends at Saleen Automotive.

Woody Folsom’s pair of Yellow Labels on the way. Had Steve sign these two cars as a thank you to a new dealer. He still takes time for dealers and customers.

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DELIVERY DAY FOR 16-0026 S302 WL

From our friends at Saleen Automotive.

Steve, one of our great customers, picked up his S302 White Label today. We took some pictures with his 2015 S302 Yellow Label then had Steve and Molly sign the dash of Steve’s new car!

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