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Yes...I recently removed the turbos and am currently waiting to get it into a shop in Ocala for header fabrication. Once done, then I'll be finishing the fuel system restoration under hood, restoring the ignition system, floor shifter, gauge cluster and finally the rear suspension. In between all that, I'll get the hood modified to match the original and back on the car.

 

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Been a long time since I posted on the car, so thought I'd give an update.

I've gotten quite a bit done in the past 4 months.

Header fabrication done using Hedman components, 2 1/8" primaries, 3 1/2" collectors, saved the original 3" JR header mufflers and G&R pipes, ceramic coated the entire setup from flange to tip in the original flat black

Busted seat repaired
Seat covers repaired
Wiring cleaned up under dash (Oh,, the horror!)
Wiring cleaned up under hood, voltage regulator back to original location
Fuel system finished under hood back to original configuration
Trans temp gauge installed
New trans oil cooler installed
Fuel level gauge installed
Re-routed speedometer cable back to the original setup
Removed Winters shifter and installed original style setup shifter, custom heim joint linkage
Installed proportioning valve, re-routed and installed all new brake lines
Installed the old Roush Accel dual point/tach drive, Jones mechanical tach now working
Original SK water pump rebuilt/restored
All new correct radiator hoses
New thermostat (it was missing)
Battery box repaired/rebuilt
Missing dzus fasteners in rear under hatch area repaired/replaced
Hood mods completed to duplicate original setup (Harder than it looked!), hinges, latch, release cable done
Air cleaner modified to use until original can be duplicated
New comp engineering adjustable shocks installed in front

Also completed all needed repairs to horn, lights, wipers, etc to make it street legal again.

Now collecting/fabricating necessary parts for the rear suspension restoration back to the original setup.

Once the rear is done, then finally cosmetics...paint, etc.

Also waiting on a mint 69/70 Mach scoop to modify to match the original.





 

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Boy is that looking correct and cool. Makes me want to take a ride past the Mustang's old home in Lathrup Villlage and do a dry hop or two. Joe used to live right off of 11 Mile east of Evergreen - Rainbow Circle IIRC. Really nice neighborhood at the time, and nearly around the block from my high school. The 'stang obviously held my attention. It got replaced by a Cleveland powered early Fox that everybody's forgotten about by now. Joe told me the "new" car was faster but nowhere near as cool - too much like a race car.The Mustang II was awesome but subtle. First time I saw the Liske car I was stunned. Sitting on the front wall at Burger King on Woodward. Darn thing looked like a comic book with those huge tires and scoop, & sounded like the end of the friggin' world with that race Hemi & Lenco crackin' the tires on every shift. You have to realize just how insane that was to see on the street in the middle 70's when the majority of badass cars still had L60s and air shocks. I don't think the realized it - but those two guys pretty much redefined street cars for a generation.
 

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I've often wondered what happened to the fox body car he built. It was a midnight blue, 81 hatchback, 14x32's, with coil overs that time around. Most outstanding thing about the car appearance wise, was they used Centerline outer rims with the original TRX centers welded in. That car must be still around somewhere?

I thought the same thing, the Mustang II had something that set it apart. Everything was just "right" about it. I can't count how many times I've read that Hot Rod article.

I'm amazed that the Mustang was able to be as close to the Challenger as it was, given how radical the Dodge was and how mild the engine is in this car compared to a tunnel rammed, dual dominator, race hemi with a lenco and serious gears in the rear.
 

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Anyone know of any former owners of the "Sudden Death" Mustang II? I know it was sold by Joe Ruggirello to someone in Florida, but I haven't been able to uncover any info on who that might have been.

I know it was sold in 1995 here in Florida when seen for sale at Gainesville Raceway. Its believed that buyer may have the original rear suspension components removed from the car.

It also spent some time in or near Ft. Wayne, Indiana. It still has a decal on the drivers door from a place called "Vital Wax" detail shop in Ft. Wayne, IN.

Guy I got it from is from New Jersey, so maybe someone else in NJ owned it before him?

Just trying to see if someone out there knows someone who owned it or come connection for a former owner. I'd even pay a reward to information leading to contact with a former owner or old photos of the car in its prime!

Thanks in hopes someone can help me with the missing history on the car.

Tom
 

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Took the car out today for a couple of pics. The hood/scoop turned out great. I used original articles/photos to duplicate what they did when building it. Maybe the pics will stir some memory in someone who has seen the car or knows someone who owned it.





 

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I believe it was October of 1983 Hot Rod Magazine...article titled "Flashback"...it was a dark blue, 1981 hatchback...395" Cleveland with a bottle, tubbed, coil overs. The most striking thing were the wheels...centerlines with TRX centers welded in. I've love to find that car!
 

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Found this photo of the car today. Taken the same cold January day in 1977 as the other Sudden Death photos, but not published until the July 1998 issue of Hot Rod Mag.

Jack Roush behind the wheel. Looks to be hammering on it a bit. Great photo.

 

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Underside now painted, front suspension details done, should be painting the engine compartment/firewall this coming weekend. Outer body almost there and most of it now in final primer.

 

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Frickin' AWESOME!!!:)
When I was a teenager we'd drive by Lisk Standard at the corner of Telegraph and long lake rd on our way to Sunday morning church.

That car was so wicked to see just sitting there over the years. I was never lucky to see it in action but Lisk was the talk all around Pontiac up at Northside Auto Supply with Carter, Mac, and Page during 1977-1978.
 

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I remember seeing this on gratiot about 1981, though it was the baddest ride in the world. Always heard stories about it, it was like like an urban legend!
Back around 1981 I watched that car on Gratiot at 12 mile road leave on the chip wheels up right through the intersection... That car was no joke!
 
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