1984 Ford Mustang SVO-ND

Here are the beginnings of a more complete write-up on the 1984 Ford Mustang SVO-ND. Yes, that's right. Another 'ND' car! This rather beat 1984 SVO was supposed to be my beater car for commuting for work, and in most ways it was. I had no plans to turn this into another project, let alone a ND car. The car was a veritable basket case when I bought it at the end of December 2001. It suffered from tons of neglect, and a previous owner who rigged anything and everything imaginable. I drove it for a few days, and found one too many electrical problems for me to be relying on it to get me to and from work (102 miles, roundtrip). I just couldn't get along with the Ford EEC-IV electronics onboard, not to mention the extreme number of wiring 'repairs'. So in frustration one night, I took the cutters to the main engine control harness. I cut out everything not necessary to make the rest of the car function. I began wiring the car for Chrysler 1990 2.2L Turbo IV electronics (a personal favorite of mine). To make this work, I needed a hybrid distributor to make the engine happy, and make the electronics happy. I thought about the problems of having a workable TPS and AIS, and decided to have the intake modified to accept a Chrysler style throttle body. After these two tasks were completed, I needed a set of custom spark plug wires (Ford 2.3L wires, with Chrysler 2.2L distributor ends), which I ordered from Magnecor.

Here is a shot taken a few days after getting it running on the Chrysler electronics. I had not finished all of the wiring yet, so I had not had a chance to neaten up the appearance, nor had I added on wire looms, etc. As you can see in the picture, the engine is actually running! (See the blur of the alternator?)

In this picture, you can see the mounting of the SBEC on the passenger fender.

Here you can see the hybrid distributor. Notice the non-Ford 2.3L cap ;) Above it is my new Kirban adjustable fuel pressure regulator.

Close up of the distributor.

Side view of the throttle body. I used a 52mm throttle body from a 2001 PT Cruiser. If you intend to leave your intake stock in its orientation, like this, then I would recommend a throttle body from a 2.2/2.5 or 3.0/3.3L V6. The reason is the TPS. Notice the connector hitting the valve cover here. The other throttle bodies will not give this trouble. I chose to use the PT throttle body, because I had planned to chop and rotate my intake for a front mount intercooler. Notice the placement of the throttle cable. A 2.2 style throttle body will have the cable enter from the opposite side. I thought this style would allow more hood clearance when I modified the intake. Also, for a throttle cable, use on for a 2001 PT cruiser. You will have to modify the cable bracket on a 2.2L throttle body (real minor), but the rest of the cable is almost a complete drop in for the SVO. Even the part that hooks into the accelerator pedal is the same as the original! The geometry is about perfect, so no mods are needed there, either. You will have to grind the hole in the firewall out to 0.750" for it to fit.

Here is another view of the throttle body. You can see the TPS clearance problem a little better here.

This car literally rusted itself to death. It led an overly abused life, had at least 10 owners, and 225k miles. Everytime you closed the door, rust hit the ground. The flip side to the rust problem was that this resulted in the car getting faster all of the time! After a bout of frame rot, I parted it out. I kept most of the SVO specific parts as spares for my 86 SVO. I enjoyed this car very much, and am happy that I was able to extend its life by at least two years.