Dennis Aungst shares the story on this 1965 Ford Mustang 2+2, "Our ride is a kind of different twist on the Mustang. We wanted something that stands out from the herd with so many cookie cutter Mustangs out there. We started with a vintage "Trans Am" race car style build believing that pony cars were built to handle well. Most cars seem to be built around the engine, but ours wasn't. We designed the suspension and built around that. Many people also use the word unique in their build, but we do have a chassis that is one of a kind. This unique road racing style tube chassis was designed for a rear sump engine and to be completely bolt on with minimal body modification. It incorporates front steer spindles, manual rack and pinion steering, manual SSBC 4 wheel disc brakes with cross drilled rotors, 17" Billet Specialties Apex G wheels, and Afco adjustable coil over racing shocks. To compliment the handling and braking package, no ordinary engine would do. We wanted something with a vintage road racing feel so we started with a 5.0 out of a 93 fox body and stroked it to a 347 cubic inch rear sump engine. With 9.5 to 1 compression, this car was built to drive one pump gas as well. A Weber quad IDF with isolated runner induction, Holman/Moody Valve Covers, and custom plug wire routing through the carbs are the real attention getter of the engine compartment. The four carburetors and velocity stacks reminiscent of the cobras and GT40s providing people with the opportunity to ask many tuning questions and us with a very stout low end torque for autocross events. Brodix ST 5.0 aluminum cnc ported heads, a Comp Cams "Xtreme Energy" EFI roller cam with "Ultra Gold" aluminum roller rockers, MSD Street Fire ignition, JBA 1 5/8" tube shorty stainless headers, add to the engine to produce a healthy 450 horsepower powerplant. Backing the engine is a custom built G-Force Strengthened 26 spline T5 5 speed manual transmission, a McLeod Super Street Pro Clutch and flywheel package, Quicktime bell housing, and Modern Driveline Cable clutch conversion for smooth operation. The 1963 Galaxie 9" rear differential housing is narrowed to '65 Mustang specs with a 31 spline carrier, Moser Axles, Large torino style axle bearings, and 4 wheel SSBC disc brake conversion. In the racing theme, we wanted the interior to represent the look as well, but didn't want to lose the original feel. That meant a custom upholstery which not only looked great, but worked well. We changed the seat padding and upholstery materials, so the seats looked like a very nice original style interior, but sit like race buckets when you get in the car to hold the driver while cornering. These are complimented with 3" Shelby style race belts. The interior is black and tan vinyl that appears to be a leather material. There is a full New Vintage dash and gauge package to monitor all the action under the hood. A radio delete plate cleans up the dash and a solitary replica locking floor shift comes through the round shift boot between the front seats. The Ididit tilt steering column allowed the use of the original steering wheel. The wiring was upgraded to a American Autowire Classic Update series harness that was modified for the vehicle for a clean look and safe operation. The car was painted with a Lesonal Ivy Green Metallic close to the original Ivy green paint of the car after an extensive body reconstruction. It was also debadged and Stripe Delete for the stripped down race car effect. All LED exterior lighting was used for night time visibility including all LED headlamps and driving lights in the GT grill. This car is driven everywhere rain or shine and our plans are to participate in the Hot Rod power Tour. Hope you enjoyed my submission. Many more photos of the build are available."
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