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30-YEAR OLD FORD MUSTANG GETS A GODZILLA-SIZED HEART TRANSPLANT

A Difficult Task, But An Awesome One

Ford Mustang Fox Body Godzilla V8

When you think of “Godzilla,” your first thought may be directed at the giant lizard that can shoot lasers out of its face. But for car enthusiasts, the first thing that comes to mind is the eight-cylinder 7.3L V8 engine that’s exclusively used in the Ford Super Duty lineup. However, in 2020, Ford decided to offer the Godzilla V8 as part of its crate engine portfolio, and holds the distinction of being Ford’s largest displacement engine available for purchase. But what happens if you put one of these high-displacement cast iron pushrod engines between the front fenders of a rather diminutive Ford Mustang Fox Body?

Ford Performance crammed a Godzilla into a GT350, resulting in a massive bulge for the hood to ensure proper fitment. Of course, cars have gotten larger over the years, so putting a 7.3L crate engine under the hood of a Fox Body Mustang is no easy feat. But that didn’t stop Late Model Restoration (LMR) from YouTube from accepting the challenge. After getting their hands on a Godzilla engine last year, they knew it would take a unique project to do the engine justice, which is why they got their hands on a 1992 Calypso Green Fox Body version of the Ford Mustang for the job.

Ford Mustang Fox Body With Godzilla V8

Ford Mustang Fox Body With Godzilla V8: Details

LMR is now in episode four of the project “Green Goblin,” The guys at LMR have regretfully admitted that the build has taken much longer than they had anticipated delivering the final episode. They even took a six-month hiatus to complete other projects. However, they remain passionate and excited about what they have brewing in their garage as the final touches are being applied to the car. Again, it’s no surprise that the project is taking some time as they likely have encountered difficulties fitting the massive engine into the vehicle.

They’ve managed to start the car and have it idle relatively easily. Still, it was a hard road to get to that point as the group quickly discovered the amount of engine mapping required to get the brand-new crate engine to work correctly in the 30-year-old muscle car, which means we still have to wait a bit for some burnouts. The LMR crew extensively used their dedicated aftermarket parts company to transform the Mustang’s entire existence, other than the beautifully patina-rich exterior. From a new cowl hood to its Wilwood big brake kit and drag radials, LMR has left no stone unturned for the build, including updating the Mustang’s aging window and trim characteristics.

The restoration doesn’t stop there as LMR also fitted a brand-new exhaust kit, Corbeau seats, harnesses, and a freshly mounted roll-cage for this future drag racing king. To properly handle the 430 horsepower engine meant for trucks, most, if not all, components need to meet 21st-century safety standards. LMR promises to keep its viewers updated on the completion of the build and will have isolated videos for the rest of the installations. We can’t wait to see it racing and converting rubber into smoke.

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Ford Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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