Craigslist Find: Creations n’ Chrome’s Top Notch 1986 Fox Body

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Top Notch Fox-Body 4If familiar with SEMA builds over the past few years, you may be well acquainted wiht this craigslist find – Creations n’ Chrome build dubbed Top Notch. This insane Fox body is now for sale on Craigslist out of L.A for $90,000.

What started life as a 1986 notch, and now resembles a 1990 Mustang, was built in just 11 months back in 2012. Over the past two and a half years, the car still continued development, and is easily recognizable for anyone who has ever laid eyes on it.

Top Notch, a fully built road racing car designed to pull double duty at standing mile events, sits on a chromoly tube chassis covered by carbon fiber body work. Maier Racing 1.5-inch wide body which widens the body 3-inches total. Other modifications include a JME billet aluminum cantilever front suspension, JRi remote reservoir coil overs, optimized S197-style rear suspension geometry with a Currie 9-inch rear end complete with 35-spline axles. Stopping power comes from huge Wilwood disc brakes.

The car is powered by a Ford Racing Coyote Aluminator crate engine topped with a Vortech Superchargers JT Trim blower with a v-mount intercooler/radiator setup and a Nitrous Express spray ring on the intercooler. Power is then routed to a G Force “Dog Box” transmission. The exhaust is a custom one-off Magnaflow fabricated at the Magnaflow facility.

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It features a full APR Performance CF Aero Package with aluminum sheet metal interior wrapped in fire resistant aviation ultra suede. The interior also features Sparco seats, harnesses and steering wheel. HRE wheels (18×11 front, 18×13 rear) grace the exterior wrapped with Toyo R888 rubber (295/35/18 front, 335/30/18 rear).

An insane $200,000 has been put into the car over the past 3 years. The Coyote engine was set back 18 inches to perfect weight distribution in the car. No hose clamps were used on the car except on the intercooler meaning that $10,000 was spent on AN fittings. Technically, it’s not a street legal ride, but has been used on the street on several occasions.

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Photo by author Amie Williams

People who have spent time with Top Notch include Mike Maier, Michael Essa and Vaughn Gittin Jr., who actually took it for a spin during the Ford 50 Years of fun video produced for the 50th anniversary celebration last March. The car is ready to roll; just add race gas.

We’ve featured Top Notch numerous times here, and you can do a quick search on StangTV.com for more details.

About the author

Amie Williams

Amie's love and appreciation for fine machinery began when she was a kid spending summers with her father, a pilot and skydiving instructor. Her passion for everything automotive, and especially American muscle, continued after her dad passed. It was then Amie decided to become a journalist and photographer. She currently is a freelance contributor for Power Automedia.
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