You twist the key on the Mustang and the starter saws away at the flywheel, the engine spins, and fuel fills No. 1. Suddenly, the V-8 out front rumbles to life, and you hear the metallic snap of a ram-air door closing. You blip the throttle for one reason onlyto see the shaker roll slightly right and to hear the ram-air door snap closed again as you suddenly release the throttle. The high-lift cam and cold engine make the shaker jiggle and shake. For some weird reasonknown only to the most primal part of your mindthis is cool.
As weve said before, the ram-air shaker is an option that most performance-minded Mustang owners find fascinating and desirable. Its just plain ol neat to have that big, black hoodscoop poking out of the middle of a 69-70 hood, and we managed to find an abused one through SEMO Mustang in Gordonville, Missouri. Ever since we bought the 70 Mach project, weve been on the lookout for a rough (read inexpensive) example to restore. Jeff Sneathen of SEMO Mustang had one for right around $500, so we snapped it up. What we got for our hard-earned dinero was an abused but completemostly completeunit. Sneathen had some nicer shakers available, but being the cheapskates that we are, we went with the least expensive one he had.