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1965 Ford Mustang Fastback - 10-Year Itch
For his entire life, Jason Frazer wanted a classic Mustang. Then, in 2002, he was finally able to purchase the car of his dreams—the '65 Mustang Fastback seen here. He drove it on and off for a few months until the evident rust issues sent one of the rear spring shackles through the floor. Instead of taking it to a shop to be repaired or restored, Jason decided to tackle the project himself.
"I am by no means a professional," said Jason modestly, "so it was a learning process along the way. The final product and all the great people I have met along the way have made it all worth it."
He originally wanted to do a stock-style "driver" resto, but as he tore into the body, media blasting as he went, he realized this poor Pony had been cut up at some point in its life and needed a full ground-up restoration.
"I decided to just go for it and build the car to show, but also drive," he said. "I replaced the full floors, rear framerails, inner and outer quarter-panels, repaired the doors and fenders, and replaced a few fender aprons, core support, and crossmember." Then he installed torque boxes and subframe connectors to stiffen the chassis.
Having the benefit of a blank, clean slate, Jason decided on a silver/black two-tone color combination with red accents. "The body was sprayed the black/silver combo with plenty of clear to cut and buff. Undercarriage is coated with bed liner tinted to the same silver that was used on the body."
The silver/black theme was carried to the interior where all the panels were smoothed and painted to match. Also in the interior resides a custom console, rear-seat delete, rollbar, six-point harnesses, TMI Products upholstery, Auto Meter gauges, flush-mount stereo, and power windows/locks.
For the engine, Jason went with a 331ci stroker, which was built with forged Eagle internals and fitted with a Comp Cams custom cam and roller rockers. It was then topped with Edelbrock intake and carb and backed by a T-5 transmission, aluminum driveshaft, and a modified rearend with 4.11 gears and Moser axles. Bringing the Fastback to a quick and safe stop are 13-inch Mach 1 discs in the front and 11.5-inch SVO discs in the rear.
"We have put about 5,000 miles on the car since it was finished. We have taken the car on the Power Tour and many cruises and shows in the past two years." Jason had a son last year, and hooked him up with his own Mustang, a mini version of the '65. It took him 10 years, but Jason will surely enjoy this Steed for many more decades to come!
|Vehicle:||1965 Ford Mustang Fastback|
|331ci stroker, Eagle rotating assembly|
|Edelbrock intake and carb|
|Custom Comp camshaft|
|Mandrel-bent exhaust, X-style mid-pipe, Dynomax mufflers, 2.5-inch|
|13- and 11.5-inch disc brakes|
|MB wheels, 17x8 front and 17x9.5 rear|
|Auto Meter gauges|
|TMI Products upholstery, black and silver|
|Power windows and locks|
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