Northern Raider Photos
Northern Raider is the name given to my1987 Mustang Convertible by the editor of a Mustang Magazine that did a feature of the car. (See Magazine Features). This is my show car and former race car. It has been featured in 6 magazines and is the winner of over 50 awards including two at the World of Wheels in 1996 and one in 2007. I retired it from racing when I built the 1982 Mustang. In summer I drive this car to work as many days as I can. It is NOT a trailer-queen!
Major changes occurred in 1987, 1993, 1996, and 2007
On this page: Drag Racing, Show Car, Engine Bay and Sound System
I raced the 1987 Mustang for about 5 years moving from the stock 15.7 seconds @ 87mph in the 1/4 mile to 12.3 @ 113 mph on a 3800 foot altitude track. I raced in a number of shoot-outs and did a a number of stints of bracket racing. My home track was Race City in Calgary, but I raced a lot at Edmonton racetrack, once in Medicine Hat and once in Spokane, WA.
I showed the car in a number of Mustang International Meets (USA and Canada), and many Show 'n Shines between drag-racing and when I got my other race car. I have participated in up to 15 car shows in one year.
It was unbelievable how rusty the engine got after only a year or two, considering I never drove the car in winter and rarely when it rained.Regardless, when it was time to detail the engine bay, the engine had to come out.I took the engine out 3 times JUST to detail it or around it.
I didn't do much with the interior until 2007. A few years ago I took the backseat out for good in order to put the stereo in, but the rest was stock until 2006 when I did the seats, carpet, stereo and console
It was my significant other that said "the car looks good but the sound is crap" (Don't you love it when your partner says things like that?) and I had Ford's "supreme sound" system! I upgraded to a 500 watt/15 speaker Alpine system which lasted about 5 years, then changed that out a couple years ago to what you see here- 2400 watt stereo system with 2-10" subs in the back and tweets and midrange in the front.