We began looking around for a nice '67 or '68 fastback that would suit our needs. We finally located a car in Southern California that was being driven by an 18-year-old high school senior who was reluctantly selling the car to support his future college education. We liked what we saw, purchased the car and drove it to our home in Sacramento, California.
We immediately contacted our old friend, Tom Lucas, at FE Specialties
Over the next few months we completely removed everything from the Mustang, down to a rolling chassis, and began tackling the removal of the undercoating. It was a mid-west car that had fortunately been treated with Tuff-Kote Dinol, a black, gooey rust- proofing material that covered the entire unibody, engine compartment and trunk and probably saved its life. Unfortunately, it also completely covered the body panel numbers and frame rails which cleverly disguised previous cutting, welding and replacement of the entire front end from the cowl forward. We knew this car would produce enough horsepower to make compromised frame rails a scary proposition and would require experience and knowledge beyond our skill level so we sought outside expertise. That is when we contacted David Henry at
Henry's Hot Rods
After carefully listening to our description of what we would like for our Mustang, Dave's first suggestion was to put an
Morrison's steel tubular control arms provide precise steering control along with an
Once the Mustang body was removed from the unibody, it was placed on the
Once the body and the sheet metal were secured to the frame, the bodywork began. This included fitting and fiber glassing the Eleanor body kit, the side exhaust and the side pillar gas cap. Leaving the best for last, Dave Henry and Ron Pepper fabricated the hood hinges and hood release pins to allow the hood to pivot open from the passenger side while hiding all of the hardware beneath the inner fender panels. This eliminated any ugly hood springs or prop rods and is truly a work of hot rod art. Massaging the body to meet our specifications required hundreds of man hours to complete, but was well worth the effort since the
black would shamefully reveal the smallest mistake or blemish.
Tom Lucas at
Tom does all of his head work in house and gave the
Since the rack and pinion steering setup made a front oil sump configuration impossible, Tom decided it was best to go with a dry sump system from
Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a
Engine cooling is easily handled by a custom made aluminum radiator from
The task of performing the final assembly was handled by Ron Pepper of Pepper Fabrications . It is obvious that Ron has a passion for his work and he enjoys being challenged. Ron is the type of person that thrives on creativity and his fabrication skills are phenomenal. Our project was very unique and required an extensive and diverse knowledge of all automotive systems and Ron brought it to life with his enthusiasm and skill.
Rodd White and Troy Costa of Gold River Auto Body were responsible for the final appearance and fine detailing of the car. Their years of custom car building made the most challenging problems disappear. Rodd and Troy are very finicky and their workmanship is impeccable. They will only accept perfection and take great pride in their work. We are extremely fortunate to have their services.