This black Ford Lynx has secrets waiting to be uncovered
The first time we saw this car at a friend’s car shop, our eyes were immediately drawn to the 5x114 bolt pattern of the wheels. The Lynx was originally sold with a 4x100 bolt pattern, so we immediately knew something was up. There appeared to be something different with the front of the car, too. Upon further scrutiny, we realized there were parts from at least four car brands on this Ford. So, we sat down with 35-year-old Louie Dulay to get the scoop on his ride.
The black 2000 Ford Lynx has been with him for 15 years now. It started life as a daily driver, but after it was inundated in 2010 by Typhoon Ondoy, the engine was replaced because the overhaul on the stock 1.6-liter ZM-DE never really put the old mill back in top shape. Louie eventually got hold of a new engine, courtesy of a friend from Protege Tech (the local Mazda club, know known as Mazda Tech).
What lurks under the hood now is a 2.0-liter Mazda KF-ZE. The V6, sourced from a Lantis Type R, pumps out 170hp and 190Nm, and gives the 1,200kg car plenty of forward oomph. Stock headers drive exhaust gases through a 2.5in stainless exhaust system, terminating in a 2.5in Fujitsubo Legalis R muffler. The cooling system is a one-row, all-copper radiator custom-made by MASIV Performance, and elegantly solves the problem of a now-tight engine bay.
The transmission is also from a Lantis Type R, with ratios from a 626, and uses an open differential. Louie sourced axles from a Mazda Protege MP3, but since the spline configuration on the V6 tranny is different, he had the axles machined to match up.
With things sorted out in the power-transfer department, the wheel hubs, the brakes, and the rotors were replaced with upgrades sourced from another family member, the Familia MP3 Sport 20. These are connected to the handling depart- ment by way of 32-level adjustable Yellow Speed Racing coilovers. Continuing the theme of knitting brands together, Louie decided that groundcontrol duties were to be handled by a set of 16in Mitsubishi FTO wheels, wrapped in Yokohama A.drive R1 205/50 tires.
Looking inside, you might get this nagging feeling that you’ve seen the front seats somewhere else before. And you’re not mistaken— they’re custom-fitted Toyota AE111 Levin seats, while the beautiful Nardi steering wheel is from a Mazda Miata. Eagle-eyed and knowledgeable gearheads will have noticed, too, that the bumpers are Honda bits, the rear being an EK SIR unit, and the front being a replica Backyard Special EK bumper. Both have received minimal work to be retrofitted to the Lynx. The side skirts are replica Mazda 323 items.
You could say this Lynx is a hodgepodge of parts, but we believe there’s something there that is undetectable and will only reveal itself once you ask about the car and how it was built. Is it a matter of taste? A brash disregard for cultural norms, perhaps? Or maybe a big “f*ck you” and a middle finger to all the purists?
Personally, we think it’s all three. What we have here is the spirit of true hot-rodding manifesting itself in our time. Louie has managed to put together a badass sleeper rod, with modifications reminiscent of what people used to do with ’49 Shoebox Fords, or any vintage hot rod for that matter. Here’s proof that not giving a rat’s ass about what anyone thinks can creatively fuel a build way past mediocrity. With Louie’s taste for parts, and devoid of any creative boundaries brought about by brand loyalty, this car is only geared to get better.
Those seats belong on a Toyota, right? it works out well