American performance vehicles rarely come in AWD form. There’s maybe a handful of times. Like the GMC Syclone/Typhoon pair, or the Dodge Challenger GT. As the snow piles up outside, all-wheel-drive comes in handy, which is probably why the Ford is rumored to break the mold a bit by eventually offering AWD for the next-generation S650 Mustang. But it appears somebody couldn’t wait any longer: the No Production Value Garage channel on YouTube is currently at work converting his 2017 Ford Mustang GT into an all-wheel-drive muscle car.
AWD S550 Ford Mustang GT: Details
There are benefits that can come with converting a Ford Mustang into AWD, the main one being improved traction, which means a faster acceleration off the line. Although it could be more expensive, it also means that you can burn the rubber off all four tires if that’s more to your liking. The brains of the entire operation stated that he had picked up the Mustang back in the fall of 2019 with the intention of converting it to all-wheel drive, but it took him some time before beginning the project. Since the project started, parts from all over had to be sourced to ensure that the swap would work. The transmission, for starters, is a six-speed Tremec TR6060 manual transmission, which is used in several cars, including the Dodge Viper and S197 Mustang GT500. This particular transmission, however, came from a Dodge Challenger, and many parts will need to bolt together to ensure the swap goes on easily.
The front cover has been swapped with a Tremec Magnum XL, which was added to get a normal bolt-on throwout bearing. Meanwhile, a tail housing from a C5/C6 Corvette has been added due to its compact size. Unfortunately, mounting the stock tail housing point interferes with the Mustang’s factory sheet metal. Altogether, the housing was modified by Texas Drivetrain performance to make sure it works properly. Lastly, the transfer case is a BorgWarner 4440, sourced from a Dodge Charger. It’s been adapted to the modified Corvette tail housing with a mounting plate and will send power to the front differential via a half-shaft running down the passenger’s side of the Mustang.
The main shaft is the TR6060, which has been sourced from a GT500, which has some flat unmachined areas at the tail end, which is perfect for formatting it to the transfer case, sealing the main shaft against the modified Corvette tail housing. This Frankenstein build is topped off with a Tremec Magnum bell housing which adapts everything to the 5.0L Coyote V8. The host intends to finish the entire project within six months, which doesn’t seem too far-fetched considering how much planning has gone into the build.