1989 Ford Mustang 4BT Cummins Turbo Diesel Swap Notchback
Price: - Item location: Owings, Maryland, United States
- Condition: Used
- Make: Ford
- Model: Mustang
- Type: Coupe
- Trim: LX Sedan 2-Door
- Engine size:4BT Cummins
- Power options:Power Windows
- Drive type: RWD
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1989 Ford MustangUp for sale is my personal 1989 Ford Mustang which has been swapped with a 4BT Cummins diesel engine.
Why might you ask? Because America. This car boasts both masculinity and independence. It is being offered for sale in excellent running and driving shape, ready to hit the road as a daily driver and/or show car. Buy it today and drive it across country averaging high 20 MPG.
A little background on the car -
I picked it up in the farm country of Pennsylvania, known for their rust this car is a true survivor (to an extent). A guy had owned the car for 6 years with the Cummins engine installed, once began a daily driver and ended being driven ~200 miles a year. He had bought the car 6 years prior from the Amish owner who built the car. Yes I said Amish. No expense was spared. The fella I bought the car from said the engine was overhauled and serviced prior to installing. The motor and transmission came out of a bread truck, a common donor candidate. The car has been running and driving for 6 years with a Cummins powered drivetrain with little to no hiccups. The engine is all stock and has remained that way. I did adjust the fuel screw on top of the injection pump to allow for more black soot, which it has no problem laying out. The car does have an A/C compressor installed, however it is not hooked up and I cannot tell you if it works. The heater core has been blocked off. When I found the car online it was poorly painted black, had outdated wheels and accessories, and needed my attention.
Continuing on, what we have here is a '89 NOTCHBACK Mustang with little to no rust on the car. Only rust being the drivers rear quarter panel behind wheel which includes a few bubbles that will need attention before long. The car was originally white. I had the car sprayed in a bright white to match the jams and engine compartment. If you're a painter or body guy, you will criticize the paint, but it's not bad for a paint job I didn't spend $7,000 on. Minor scrapes and scratches can be seen, but it's overall a pretty sweet job. The body itself is straight with no major dents. The motor/transmission are in PERFECT running order. The engine purrs right down the road and the transmission shifts smooth. I tuned the pump to allow the car to blow black smoke when you want, but its very controllable. The car will shift into overdrive at about 65 and running at about 1200-1300 rpm this thing gets amazing mileage. The mileage on the odometer shows 46,xxx I am guessing this equates to 146,xxx as it is a 5 digits odometer. The swap has many less miles, probably under 25,000. The wheels are 4-lug '93 Cobra Replica's wrapped in virtually new BFGoodwrich tires. The rears are 275/40/17 and the fronts are 245/45/17. The car is on stock suspension. With the weight of the engine it gives the car a raked, mean looking attitude. Lastly, I added 3 piece smoked headlights to accent the white paint. The interior could be touched up if you plan to have a show car. The front seats, while very comfortable, do not match the rear bench. All of the gauges work (speedometer, oil pressure, fuel, battery, water temp) and are mostly accurate. The dash lights are finicky and work when they want. The radio I have not messed with but it's dated and probably doesn't work. The interior is the weak point of the car. It is original and hasn't been altered to look good or flashy, spend a few bucks and get it to match the outside of the car. The interior is what you would expect from a late 80s car, and maybe I am being a little harsh on it.
Overall, I can almost guarantee that you won't get a car that gets so many awesome mixed emotions. Most people absolutely love it and can't get enough of it, few people don't understand it, and the Mustang purists hate it " why did someone hack up a perfectly good notchback ." Well I will say this, this car gets more attention than most all high end cars or fancy imports, it's plain awesome and you will be hard pressed to find a cooler swap for the money, in my opinion. I love the car and really don't want to let it go. My only reason for selling is I just started a business and with my other projects at hand, something had to be let go. This really is an AWESOME car. I have a clean and clear title in my name ready to go!
All sales are final. The car is sold as is with no warranties expressed or implied. I highly advise you to come look at the car before bidding and ask every last question you have until you are blue in the face. Please feel free to message me, I will answer any questions as quickly as possible. Once the hammer drops and the auction ends I expect the winning buyer to pay a non refundable $500 deposit within 24 hours and arrange a time to pickup the car. I can pick you up at a local airport or meet you locally.On Aug-16-16 at 08:15:20 PDT, seller added the following information:
To answer a few questions I have been receiving quite frequently -
1. Is it fast?
It gets out of its own way. Its not Mustang GT fast, but it isn't a total sloucheither. The 4BT Cummins has a ton of potential to make high HP, and this is a perfect candidate as it is in a light chassis. As this is a stock 4BT, you won't take it to the track and win drag week. I've never taken it to the track.
2. How does it drive?
I probably forgot to touch on this subject and should warn someone whodoesn't knowmuch about a Cummins. These motors are noisy and loud. When the RPMs get higher, the noise inside the car gets higher. Dash pieces and panels start to rattle (as a late 80's interior would) untilyou're up to cruising speed. There is a slight squeak in the tensioner/belt occasionally. It drives pretty smooth. The newly added tires have something to do with this i'm quite sure. There is a little play in the steering wheel, something thats never bothered me as I drive trucks every day (but should be noted).
The car wasoriginally a pretty loaded 4cyl Mustang, cruise control, power locks, windows, etc etc. All of this stuff still retains in the car, and most works with the exception of cruise control. I don't think it would be hard to hook up if needed. The front door speakers have been removed somewhere along the line.
The cars hood latch has a mind of its own, I will probablyfix itbefore theauction ends. Sometimes it will shut and sometimes it gets hung up.This is all I can think of. Thank you for all of your questions, interest, and kind words! Happy bidding.