DEARBORN - It’s no secret that racers and hot-rodders are usually natural-born tinkerers who can make a fast car out of whatever spare parts they find. But when we got a note from Stan Lewis about which Ford cars he cannibalized to create the “Mustang Mini Stock” station wagon that he races at Crawford County Speedway in Van Buren, Arkansas – well, we simply had to share it with you. Read his email to us below to hear which Mustangs and Fords make up Stan’s “FrankenStang” racing wagon:
“Hello, Ford Performance! My name is Stanley A. Lewis and I call my Ford a ‘Mustang Mini Stock station wagon.’ The chassis is from a 1981 Fox Body Mustang. The front part of the wagon roof is made out of sheet metal from a 1988 Fox Body Mustang, and the back part of the roof is fashioned from a 1986 Fox Body Mustang. The rest of the body is made from sheet aluminum. The original race wagon chassis was built in 2003. I have raced it every year since to the present at Crawford County Speedway in Van Buren, Arkansas.
“The engine is a 2.3-liter SOHC Ford four-cylinder. I use stock parts in the short-block. The head is factory stock head with oversize valves and a solid-lift camshaft. The carb is a 500 CFM Holley and the exhaust exits through a Custom Craft Racing header. The wagon has a narrowed 9-inch Ford rear end that was made using a 1969 Ford station wagon differential, plus the 8-inch housing ends from a Pinto rear end and the 8-inch Pinto axles that have been re-drilled for the Ford 5 x 4.5-inch bolt pattern. The brake system is a disc brake set up that uses rotors adapted from a 1986 Ford Ranger.
“So why did I build this Mustang Mini Stock Wagon? I had wanted to race a Ford Fairmont Wagon, but just haven’t been able to find one, so my friend and I built the closest thing to it.”
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