Joe Greeves
June 26, 2013

Body modifications to the car were kept simple, beginning with a raised steel hood from Ford, Shelby R Model front valance and side scoops, along with the one-piece side glass. For the perfect finishing touch, Randy Hubbard from Palm Coast Auto Hot Rod Shop in Palmetto, Florida, sprayed the Dupont Sparkle Gold and White Pearl stripes. It's a close match to original Mustang Prairie Gold but like the interior, it has that little extra twist that Matt and Sheri were looking for.

They began the project in September 2012 and the photo shoot occurred in November—lightning quick for a build of this complexity. (That could be why the car runs "K OTIC” license plates!) Now that it is complete, Matt plans to "keep it, unless a very large envelope full of cash arrives to change my mind,” he told us with a smile. "I really love it, but I do have another project up my sleeve, so I may part with it in the next few months. I'm going to display it at car shows for a while then have a bit of fun with it.”

Is he happy with the way the car turned out? "This is the fastest, toughest, nicest car I've ever built! I wanted to build this because it's something I've never done before and possibly, it's something that's never been done before. It is the culmination of 25 years of experience in restoring and building cars and I did it just to see what we could accomplish. I think we nailed it.”

MSD ignition, Aeromotive fuel rails, and RC 650cc injectors help to create the current dyno number of 771 rwhp with more to come. Matt plans to dial up the boost to 18 psi in order to achieve 950 hp and match the GTK-950R designation on the car's side stripe.

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The Details

Matt and Sheri Clarke's '65 Mustang K-Code, GT Fastback
Engine
Windsor 351 V-8, now 408 ci
4.030-inch bore
4.00-inch stroke
Eagle nodular cast-iron crank and chrome-moly connecting rods
Summit forged pistons
Comp Cams hydraulic roller tappet camshaft and Ultra Gold roller rockers
Trick Flow 185cc aluminum heads, ported and polished
Edelbrock Victor electronic fuel injection
Twin 82mm Masterpower turbochargers regulated to 10 psi of boost
OBX Racing Sports blow off valves
Aeromotive fuel system
MSD ignition and plug wires
Flex-a-lite Trimline 16-inch fan
Custom engraved billet valve covers
Transmission
Performance Automatic Pro C4 transmission
Pro-Tree type trans brake
PTC converter
Hurst shifter
Rearend
Total Control Products Fab 9 rear with 3.50 gears and 35-spline Strange Engineering axles
Exhaust
Custom turbo headers and dual 3-inch exhaust
Titanium exhaust wrap
Suspension
Front: Total Control Products struts, wishbones, rack-and-pinion steering
Rear: Total Control Products four-link
RidePro e3 Air Pod with reserve tank, compressor, and solenoids in trunk
Brakes
Front: Bear Claw Serious-Street disc, four-piston calipers, 11.35-inch discs
Rear: Bear Claw Serious-Street disc, four-piston calipers, 11-inch discs
Wheels
Front: MB Old School, 18x8
Rear: MB Old School, 20x9.5
Tires
Front: Falken FK452, P225/40ZR18
Rear: Falken FK452, P245/35ZR20
Interior
All white Pony interior; white bucket seats, door panels, headliner, and carpet; custom center console holding Hurst shifter, air suspension controls, additional gauges and 7-inch Power Acoustik head unit; Sony component sets in the kick panels; Sony 10-inch sub in the rear quarter-panel; Two 500-watt, trunk-mounted, Sony amps
Exterior
Ford raised steel hood; Shelby R front valance and side scoops; one-piece side glass; Nitrous bottle and Optima battery in the trunk; Dupont Sparkle Gold and White Pearl stripes sprayed by Randy Hubbard, Palm Coast Auto Hot Rod Shop in Palmetto, Florida; Rendering by Chris Cross