Published on 2013-07-30
Jonathan McDonald, AKA Jmac, owns an amazing Fox Body Mustang. This project car has graced the covers of our past Latemodel Restoration catalogs and has been featured in 5.0 Mustang Magazine. He built this project around a true Texas DPS Mustang Coupe. After multiple motor swaps, the final configuration is 4.6L 4V Cobra motor. Check out the video for all the details on car and how Jmac ended up at www.LatemodelRestoration.com.
I ended up here at Latemodel probably, well
no, it was in April 2003.
I actually had a couple of opportunities um...
I went to uh... college up here in waco and
needed some parts
and a buddy of mine worked over at the
other Mustang place. Well they didn't have what I needed
so he said hey, go talk to Shannon over at Latemodel, so i did.
And he hooked me up. He had the clutch fork and pivot stud which
is what was holding me up, and...
he offered me a job at that point. Well I had already had everything lined up, I was going back
home to my home town of Victoria.
I got a call from
my buddy Scott
who I actually bought this car from
uh... which is the car I was buying parts
uh... said hey we have a a sales
position open here at Latemodel and we'd
thought you'd fit perfectly
Not too long after I came to work here
there was another guy that they had hired in to sales at the desk right behind
um... started calling me johnny mac
and somehow or another that morphed in to Jmac and it just stuck.
I was probably about
fourteen, a buddy mine took me for a ride in his 88 GT
and that just sold me on the Fox Mustang.
Just the looks, the feel, the power.
It was a very good package for
the time and, you know, a few years few
years later when I turned 17, I bought my first Mustang,
which was also an 88 GT.
Well, I grew up on a farm
doing all your own
maintenance and repairing
everything. That was just something I grew
up with. Buying that first Mustang I did
all my own repair work to it
uh... the group the guys that i was
hanging around in high school
they started bringing me they're
cars and before you know was all
said and done i pretty much worked on every
late model Mustang
in that area. and then
you know after uh... I graduated high
I got the typical parental talk: go to college, get a job
Well, I decided to go to college but
in my mind I took a little bit of an easy
way out. I went to TSTC and got my
Associates degree in Automotive
Granted it kind of work out for me. I
worked in uh...
uh... mechanical industrial maintenance
for a plastics plant for about a year,
and then after that I went to work for a
uh... for a couple years. Got master
certified. I worked there until um...
early 2003 before I came here to Latemodel.
Wow, there's a lot we can talk about on
I bought it in 1999
uh... from Scott, which is our general
kind of the whole way that I got mixed into
It's been through
three or four different motors uh...
couple different transmissions couple of different
rear ends uh... this is the third paint job
thats been on it uh...
Whenever i originally tore it down and you
know painted it back uh... to the black and
white color scheme
uh... this last go around it was
intended to be a drag car and I had a
Windsor that i was going to
put in it. Fuel injected and it was going to
have full suspension and it was just
gonna go fast in straight-line. Well,
after coming to work at Latemodel and
uh... Shannon kind of introduced me to takeing
corners at speed
and I was hooked on that
from that point and shortly after an 01 Cobra
motor landed in my lap, pretty much, so
the car took a whole different
direction. It ended up with a mod motor.
Ended up with a full corner carving
suspension. Full on Cobra Brake setup. Big wheels and tires, I mean it's like
driving a 300 horsepower go-cart.
There's been just a few Mustangs
granted this is the longest i've ever
owned a vehicle
is this 93 coupe here, but I've also owned uh...
01 GT - bought it new, and a 92 Calypso Green coupe that i converted
from a four cylinder to a 5.0. Then I
had a uh... 93 Reef Blue coupe
uh... which is one of the few cars
I really regret selling. Had a
98 GT. Bought an 07 GT and had
a lot of fun with it on the track. I mean,
those newer body styles are so capable right out of the box.
um... haven't owned a coyote yet. I've been eyeing those with the evil eye.
as of yet
nothing newer in the stable. Worked on plenty of them but uh... i just haven't uh...
convinced wife that putting one in the garage
is the right thing to do yet.
Check out this awesome Fox Body Mustang built front to back with parts from LatemodelRestoration.com!