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