Smiley’s 1970 Mustang Drift Car – Coyote Powered Monster

March 19th, 2024

Fishtailing and eating pavement at will, Smiley’s 1970 Ford Mustang is a family artifact that has finally reached fruition. Grandpa Smiley originally bought the Mustang and handed it down to Smiley’s dad who passed it to Smiley a few years ago (when he was sixteen). Unfortunately, Smiley’s dad has passed away since then. From what we can see, Smiley took a firm hand and set about correcting all those Ford mistakes. What he has created is a daily driver that is a rolling work of art.

Rolling on ESR wheels wrapped in Toyo rubber – they are 19 x 9.5 in the front and 19 x 10.5 in the rear – this Mustang is stopping with a manual brake system from Wilwood. With a handle like Drift Daddy, custom front and rear suspension (from TCI) are almost mandatory. The factory shock towers have also been removed to make room for the motor.

About the motor, it’s a 5.0-liter Coyote crate engine from Ford Performance. With high-performance exhaust and a low degree of performance tuning, the Ford mill is making 440hp to the rear tires. The transmission is a Tremec 6-speed manual, and the rear end is a Ford 9-inch in a four-link setup.

Inside, the beautiful SCAT Procar seating and the unique drifter emergency brake handle are fighting for attention. This is a driver-centric cockpit, for sure.

Hold on to your hat and enjoy the test drive.