Marc Christ
Brand Manager, Modified Mustangs & Fords
June 30, 2014

Growing up, Austin Keech's favorite car was the '67 Mustang. When he was in the 6th grade, he told his teacher how much he loved the Blue Oval ponycar and how he wanted to one day have one of his own. Sadly, the teacher's husband had passed away in the early '90s. He left behind a '67 Mustang Fastback, and she had kept it in storage since throughout the years since his death.

One day a few years later, Austin's old teacher stopped by Austin's dad Steve's machine shop. The two worked out a deal on the stored 'Stang, and devised a plan to surprise Austin with his very own '67 Mustang on his 15th birthday. The plan worked. And Austin, now 16 years old, has been working tirelessly on the Fastback for the past year every day after school.

“I let him go and let him build it the way he wanted,” Steve tells us. “I don't know why, but he has old-school in his blood. Just his taste I guess.”

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This classic isn't the beater that it appears to be, though. Steve led Austin along in building the 289 to HiPo specs, ditched the C4 and replaced it with a T5 five-speed from a Fox Mustang, and replace the rear with an 8.8-inch out of an Explorer, complete with 31-spline axles and 4.10 gears. Austin modded the axle and installed the rear all by himself.

Austin even gave the Fastback its unique aged Cobra Jet-like appearance, designing and executing the paint scheme himself. The engine bay is squeaky clean, and the exterior was made to look weathered on purpose, by Austin. He even sanded through the custom letters to give them the vintage look he was looking for.

We absolutely love the look, which is rare to see, but especially love it coming from a 16-year-old. Way to go, Austin! We're anxious to see what you come up with next.


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