Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
January 6, 2014

A common theme we find amongst many classic Ford owners is that their car has been in the family for a long time and has great sentimental value. Sometimes this means the car sits beside a barn not for sale, and all we can do is watch it slowly return to the earth. However, the good stories are the ones where the car is still not for sale, but instead of the "I'll restore it someday" comments from the owner, the car is actually brought back to life for the family to enjoy once again. Kristie's Dream is one of these stories we like to hear about.

Kristie is Kristie Heal of Hale, Michigan. Her parents purchased the 1967 Mustang and restored it in 1995, and then gave Kristie the coupe as a high school graduation gift. The restoration was done to stock specs and she was quite happy with the six-cylinder coupe for weekend shows and club functions. Kristie married her husband, Ron, in 2000 and the Mustang was placed in their garage, where it sat for the next 11 years as they concentrated on finances and raising a family. It wasn't until 2011 that Ron, a Master ASE collision repair refinish technician, decided it was time to pull the Mustang out and make it over for her again, but with a decidedly restomod slant.

First up was the bodywork. Ron spent five months with help from his father, Ron Sr., making the body as smooth as glass. Several Shelby styling cues, like sidescoops and a decklid with spoiler, were at the top of the shopping list. Ron also ordered a 3-inch cowl hood and new fenders and doors. It took him untold hours to get the body and the new panels to play nice together and be something he'd be proud to show as his own work. Other body mods included shaving the trunk lock and all emblems, and adding Shelby-style inboard driving lights in a custom billet grille. After Ron Sr. scraped off the old undercoating and applied POR-15 to the underside, homemade subframe connectors were added as well. Final touches include hoodpins, a chin spoiler, and custom projector headlights.

Don't think Ron and his father simply put a pretty face on Kristie's Dream, as it was affectionately tagged. No, the sharp looking coupe was also treated to all new interior, fresh wiring, a five-lug conversion with disc brakes and rack-and-pinion steering as well. Underhood sits a mild small-block Ford V-8 with Dart Iron Eagle heads now with a Holley carb, and more. Ron says, "It was a fun project that we did for my wife, and the great thing was, I had the chance of a lifetime to do it with my dad at my side. Everything on this car was done by us in our little 24x32 garage that we call Outlaw Garage!"

Quick Specs
307ci small-block
0.040-inch overbore
Dart Iron Eagle heads
2.02-inch intake, 1.60-inch exhaust valves
Comp Cams Mutha Thumpr camshaft
Holley 650-cfm carburetor
Custom-fabricated cold air plenum/filter housing
Gilmer-style 3-inch drivebelt and pulleys
Flowmaster 44 mufflers with dual exhaust
Monte Carlo bar
Trunk-mounted battery
15-gallon polished aluminum fuel cell
5-lug V-8 spec suspension
Vehicle lowered 3-inches all around
All suspension components powdercoated
1¼-inch front antisway bar
Front disc brakes
17x9 American Racing wheels with Nexen tires
Unisteer rack-and-pinion steering
All new interior including headliner and carpet
Custom gauge cluster with Auto Meter gauges
Custom sound system
All new wiring with custom relays for subsystems
Shelby fiberglass trunk lid and endcaps
Shelby lower quarterscoops
3-inch cowl induction hood
H-4 inboard headlight conversion
Custom billet grille

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