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1985 Kenny Brown Mustang

Discussion in 'Fox Body Mustangs' started by Rare R, Apr 21, 2019.

  1. Rare R

    Rare R Member Established Member

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    I am looking for a top quality Ford performance shop near St. Charles IL.
    I am looking at an 85 mustang GT that I believe the motor and suspension was built by Kenny Brown prior to Kenny Brown performance.
    (Still gathering documentation)
    I would also be interested in any knowledge of Kenny Brown's work prior to Kenny Brown performance.
     
  2. PaxtonShelby

    PaxtonShelby TKSDABOD Established Member

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    Wasn’t KB around before ‘85? I love 4-eyes. I hope your deal works out.
     
  3. Rare R

    Rare R Member Established Member

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    I believe he worked with saleen for a while during this time.
    I believe he work or was involved in a company called Project Industries when this motor was built.
     
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  4. CobraBob

    CobraBob Authorized Vendor Premium Member Established Member

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    About Kenny Brown (from KennyBrown.com)
    The seeds of what has turned out to be a brilliant career were sown way back in Philadelphia in 1962 when pictures of the original Mustang I first appeared in magazines. This was about the coolest thing Kenny had ever seen and vowed to have a Mustang someday. Those seeds started to germinate in 1964 when he changed his first set of sparkplugs in the family station wagon. A few years later watching his boyhood hero Jim Clark win the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, a career or at least the intent of a career was born. Shortly after Kenny applied for and was hired as an apprentice mechanic at a local import dealership. Kenny quickly rose to master mechanic and even through his college years made his living out of his tool box.

    Through the 70’s and 80’s Kenny’s experience and reputation with European sports cars and racecars grew. Admittedly one of his most favorite periods was in the early 80’s when he had the rare and privileged opportunity while working for March building S-2000 sports racers, to work along side and learn from at that time were some of the best English racecar mechanics and engineers in the world. Kenny was reunited with Mustang in 1986 when a little known west coast racecar driver by the name of Steve Saleen with a fledgling car company asked Kenny to make his Mustangs winners in the Escort Endurance Racing Series.

    Kenny applied his many years of experience road racing, car building and tuning, and winning, to create the original race versions of the Saleen Mustang and manage the Saleen Race Team. With the fall of the checkered flag at the last race of the ’87 season at Sebring, Team Saleen walked away as Champions. The 1987 Kenny Brown prepared and managed Saleen Mustangs made a clean sweep in the Escort Endurance Series beating Porsche to capture the Drivers Championship, Team Championship, Manufactures Cup, and Tire Manufactures Championship.

    The rest as they say is history, Steve Saleen and the Saleen Mustangs were Champions and after two grueling years Kenny was pooped. With his mission completed, Kenny and Steve went their separate ways. Almost instantly, customers with Mustangs started showing up at Kenny’s door looking for “the master” of Mustang performance to work his magic on their cars. By the time Kenny started to work on high-performance street Mustangs, he had already logged two years and over 100,000 miles of building testing, developing, racing and winning at the professional level with the Mustang platform.
     
  5. ashleyroachclip

    ashleyroachclip Well-Known Member Established Member

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    So after reading Bob's post , I have to believe there were no 85 Kenny Brown Mustang
     
  6. Tob

    Tob Salut! Staff Member Super Moderator

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    His Fox body panhard bar kit was one of the worst designs I have ever seen. When they failed it was miserably.
     
  7. Rare R

    Rare R Member Established Member

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    Kenny Brown was around before Kenny Brown performance, building a lot of mustangs for road racing. I stated I believe this work was done when he was involved with Project Industries. But after reading Bob's post, I agree there are probably no Kenny Brown serial number cars in 1985.
    I've known about the car since 1987. The story goes the car was built for an unknown customer. He traded it in on a family car and one of the salesmen bought the car after driving it and realizing it was much quicker and handled better than a stock mustang. The car is still in the possession of that salesman.
    At that time the name Kenny Brown didn't mean a whole lot. Fast forward 35 years and he's one of the bigger names in the mustang world.
    Not sure how much value it would add to the car if Kenny Brown built the car. I am just looking to find a quality Ford mechanic to work on a carbureted car and might be able to give me some information about what was done to the car. It may be an urban myth. But if it was actually built by Kenny Brown it would be an interesting part of mustang history in my thoughts.
    Thanks for all the feedback.
     
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  8. ashleyroachclip

    ashleyroachclip Well-Known Member Established Member

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    I understand your view , and it is quite interesting .
    I may have missed where you are located , and it is not in your profile .
    Good luck with your search ,I may suggest you try posting over on foureyedpride.com
    Particularly ask foxchassis , as he has a wealth of Information on the different variations of 79-86 Mustangs .
     

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