1984 Mustang with a Turbo Mercury Flathead V8

1984 Mustang with a Turbo Mercury Flathead V8

Phillip Landry built this 1984 Mustang called “Scrap Iron II” for land speed racing with help from his brother John Landry and friend Damon Braus. The team holds a Bonneville record in XF/BFALT class with a 142.822 mph. The Mustang is powered by a turbocharged 276 ci Mercury flathead V8 making 279 horsepower to the wheels. They built the engine with Scat crank and connection rods, Ross coated pistons, Schneider Racing Cams camshaft, Tony Baron heads, and an eBay turbocharger. Behind the engine sits a modified T5 five-speed manual transmission and Ford 9-inch rear end.

1984 Mustang with a Turbo Mercury Flathead V8

1984 Mustang with a Turbo Mercury Flathead V8

1984 Mustang with a Turbo Mercury Flathead V8

Source: Phil Landry and HotRod via Piotr

3 Comments

  1. Jim

    …and people told me I was stupid when I wanted to put a flathead in a fox body.

    I also considered a 300 straight six, or a Barra.

  2. Fred

    In before someone makes a comment along the lines of ‘what, only 279 hp from a turbo 4.5l v8?’.
    The ‘48 mercury flathead only made a claimed 110 hp, and the ‘53 made 125 hp, so 279 isn’t bad at all.

    • Jim

      Very true. It’s like trying to hot rod 8 old lawnmower engines at once.

      I really just wanted a flathead, because they made the best sounds at idle.

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