Eric English
September 9, 2013

Red convertibles are among Linda's favorite, and so her direction turned out to be of little surprise. The bright hue is a custom Glasurit mix, and it's surely an attention getter no matter who's behind the wheel. Linda enjoys the power of the big-inch Windsor, but her '66 is more the cruiser of the two. The interior is more entertaining, what with the Alpine touchscreen and sound system, and the '67/'68 dash architecture is something we haven't seen in a '66 to our recollection. CAR's Mark Schwartz says the swap was straightforward to accomplish, and helps move the car further from its simpleton Falcon origins. Likewise helping the cause are heated and power-operated Recaro seats, a wood-rimmed Nardi steering wheel, and custom carpet and upholstery throughout.

It's almost a shame that one of the most noteworthy aspects of Linda's convertible, is that which is most difficult to see. The aft-mounted Edelbrock mufflers hint at it, but tucked neatly underneath the rear of the car is a completely custom rear suspension as fabbed by the guys at CAR. Whereas Len's fastback features a more traditional leaf sprung rear with Panhard bar, the convertible has a trick lever-style lay-down coilover setup, fully adjustable of course.

Linda's convertible was fresh out the doors of CAR when we shot it, while Len's fastback had already garnered several thousand miles down the road, aptly demonstrating that the stated reason for the builds hasn't been sidetracked. No, the Perhams are fully committed to slamming gears whenever the opportunity presents, and with good California weather, that should be often. Rest assured, the double takes are about to begin!

The Details
Len Perham's '65 Mustang fastback

Engine
Roush 427IR, 589 hp/561 lb-ft of torque
Dart block
4.125-inch bore
4.00-inch stroke
Forged steel crank, internally balanced
Forged steel H-beam connecting rods
Wiseco forged aluminum pistons
Aluminum cylinder heads, CNC ported, 205cc intake runner, 2.08-inch intake/1.60-inch exhaust valves
TWM throttle bodies
42-lb/hr injectors
Roush hydraulic roller camshaft
Accel dual-sync distributor
Accel GEN 7 DFI
10.25:1 compression ratio
Exhaust
Custom long-tube headers by Lemons Headers, 1¾-inch primary tubes
3-inch side exit exhaust
Bassani mufflers
Transmission
T56 six-speed manual
McLeod twin-disc clutch
B&M shifter
Rearend
Ford 9-inch
31-spline axles
3.70 Richmond gears
Torsen differential
Suspension
Front: Total Control Products coilover/rack-and-pinion
Rear: Custom leaf springs and Panhard bar, double-adjustable Alston Varishocks
Brakes
Front: Baer disc, six-piston monoblock calipers, 14-inch rotors
Rear: Baer disc, six-piston monoblock calipers, 14-inch rotors
Wheels
Front: Budnik GTB, forged aluminum, 17x8 inches
Rear: Budnik GTB, forged aluminum, 18x9.5 inches
Tires
Front: Goodyear Eagle F1, P265/40ZR17
Rear: Goodyear Eagle F1, P295/35ZR18
Interior
Custom interior by CAR; Stewart Warner gauges; ididit tilt column; Momo steering wheel; Recaro "Speed" seats; rollbar; Vintage Air; custom carpeting, console, door panels, headliner, and rear seat delete components
Exterior
Body and paint by CAR, Glasurit two-stage acrylic urethane, widened steel fenders, resized wheel openings, steel sidescoops, 3⁄16-inch body gaps, custom R-model front apron and rear bumper

The Details
Linda Perham's '66 Mustang convertible
Engine

Roush 427IR, 592 hp/563 lb-ft of torque
Dart block
4.125-inch bore
4.00-inch stroke
Forged steel crank, internally balanced
Forged steel H-beam connecting rods
Wiseco forged pistons
Aluminum cylinder heads, CNC ported, 205cc intake runner, 2.08-inch intake/1.60-inch exhaust valves
TWM throttle bodies
42-lb/hr injectors
Roush hydraulic roller
Accel dual-sync distributor
Accel GEN 7 DFI
10.25:1 compression ratio
Exhaust
Custom long-tube headers by Lemons Headers, 1¾-inch primary tubes
3-inch exhaust
Bassani mufflers
Transmission
T56 six-speed manual
McLeod twin-disc clutch
B&M shifter
Rearend
Ford 9-inch
31-spline axles
3.70 Richmond gears
Torsen differential
Suspension
Front: Total Control Products coilover/rack-and-pinion
Rear: CAR custom pushrod-style laydown coilover, double-adjustable Alston Varishocks
Brakes
Front: Baer disc, six-piston monoblock calipers, 14-inch rotors
Rear: Baer disc, six-piston monoblock calipers, 14-inch rotors
Wheels
Front: Budnik GTB, forged aluminum, 17x8 inches
Rear: Budnik GTB, forged aluminum, 18x9.5 inches
Tires
Front: Michelin PS2, P265/40ZR17
Rear: Michelin PS2, P295/35ZR18
Interior
Custom interior by CAR; '67-'68 dashboard; Auto Meter Cobalt gauges; Alpine touchscreen stereo/DVD; ididit tilt column; Nardi steering wheel; Recaro "Trend Topline" seats; Vintage Air components; custom carpeting, console, and door panels
Exterior
Body and paint by CAR, Glasurit two-stage acrylic urethane, widened steel fenders, resized wheel openings, 3⁄16-inch body gaps, custom R-model apron and rear bumper

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