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> TUFF MOUNTS SETS OUT TO BARRA THE WORLD – ONE MUS­TANG AT A TIME!

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JA­SON Waye from Tuff Mounts is no stranger to en­gine swaps that walk on the wild side. For Street Ma­chine Drag Chal­lenge 2017, Ja­son built a VS Com­modore ute pow­ered by a Ford Barra turbo mo­tor that has run deep into the 10s. His Tuff Mounts busi­ness sells en­gine mounts for just about any main­stream car and en­gine combo, too.

Ja­son’s lat­est project could be his most ex­cit­ing yet: a Ford Barra mo­tor into a Fox­body Mus­tang.

“I was talk­ing to Richard Shu­mack from Hal­tech at Sum­mer­nats 31, and we had the idea to put the Ford six into the Fox-body,” Ja­son says. “We know in­ter­est in the Barra is grow­ing over­seas, and the Fox-body is a hugely pop­u­lar race car, so we want to keep it Ford and of­fer a dif­fer­ent av­enue to an LS while still be­ing dif­fer­ent.

“When we’re fin­ished we’ll have a com­plete kit to sell to cus­tomers, in­clud­ing en­gine mounts, gear­box cross­mem­ber and mount to suit a cou­ple of dif­fer­ent ’boxes, and a mod­i­fied sump. We’re ex­cited to of­fer some­thing dif­fer­ent and open up to a world­wide au­di­ence – I al­ready have 10 or­ders from the USA!”

Ja­son’s re­search-and-de­vel­op­ment car is an ’89 Muzzy that orig­i­nally had the 2.3-litre four­cylin­der mo­tor, mak­ing it ar­guably Ford’s most pa­thetic pony car. Be­fore Ja­son pulled it apart to make way for the Barra he threw it on the dyno at MPW Per­for­mance, where it made a measly 42rwkw, de­spite hav­ing just 12,000 gen­uine miles on the clock.

At the time of writ­ing Ja­son has al­ready made pro­to­type en­gine mounts, gear­box cross­mem­ber and mount for the BTR four­speed. The best part is he didn’t have to cut any sheet metal out of the en­gine bay, and the fac­tory ex­haust man­i­fold, turbo and dump pipe all fit with­out any dra­mas.

In the com­ing weeks he’ll have a rollcage, chrome-moly tubu­lar front end and a nineinch diff sorted for the thing. The tubu­lar front end is a com­mon Fox-body mod and should free up some real es­tate for tur­bocharger and dump pipe up­grades, but the Tuff Mounts kit will work with both fac­tory and after­mar­ket front ends. Ja­son hopes to run into the nine-sec­ond range down the quar­ter-mile at Drag Chal­lenge 2019, and pos­si­bly Drag Week in Amer­ica af­ter that. Now that would freak the Yanks out!

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