Joe Greeves
August 7, 2015

Playing with cars and trucks has always been a great hobby, but there are a few lucky guys out there who get to make a living doing what they love. You may recognize the name Jeremy Bumpus, the owner and builder of this 1967 Mustang. He’s also the new host on PowerNation TV’s Truck Tech series and he brings a lot to the table. Before he landed the TV slot, he established his credentials as a paint and body man. Over the years, he’s built several hot rods and trucks, doing everything himself, including paint, electrical, and upholstery. Initially working for the Hot Rod Shop in Corinth, Mississippi, Jeremy later began working from his well-equipped home shop where he quickly earned a reputation for high-quality work.

He wanted a project that would properly showcase his talents and he didn’t have to look very far for a suitable vehicle since his mother had a 1967 Mustang that had been sidelined for some time with body damage. It was the perfect project vehicle since it was a plain Jane, six-cylinder car with no options and had more than a few scrapes and bruises. Before he could make it better, however, he had to make it solid. The first step was putting it on a frame machine to undo the rear end damage. New rear quarter-panels were added and for that personal touch, Jeremy eliminated the drip rails, door handles, locks, emblems, quarter vents, and antenna. The gas filler cap was relocated inside the trunk and the rear valance was molded in as well. The billet grille was accented with smoked projector beam headlights, and a steel turn signal–style hood replaced the original.

There is nothing quite like a slick, vintage Mustang, ridin’ low on big wheels. Bags and chassis mods bring it down while the shaved exterior catches your eye. Choosing Midnight Black paint was a gamble since nothing highlights mistakes quicker, but this car is as smooth as glass.

In a further attempt to show his talents, Jeremy decided to paint his rejuvenated Mustang a mile-deep PPG Midnight Black, a color certain to highlight anything less than perfection. Getting all the gaps properly aligned was the first step, followed by multiple sessions of filler work, priming, and blocking to get the body as straight as possible. And pursuant to our Homebuilt section, all of the work on the car was done in Jeremy’s two-car garage to include building the engine, the bodywork, and the paint. He told us, “I was the only one to touch the car from the ground up as far as the build, paint, interior, and so on, other than just having a hand here and there from my cousin, Andy White, when I needed a hand hanging heavy parts like doors and throwing the engine in.”

Once the exterior of the car was to his liking, Jeremy turned his attention to the suspension, knowing that for the car to attract the right amount of attention, it had to sport an appropriately low profile. He began with a Mustang II front end from Speedway Motors, incorporating new control arms, drop spindles, and 2,500-pound bags from RideTech. The rear was back halved and he redid the floor from the back seat to the trunk, replacing the original gas tank with a fuel cell. The Ford Explorer 8.8-inch rear, narrowed 3 inches and fitted with 3.73 gears, is held in place with a two-link setup and Panhard bar, along with a pair of 2,600-pound RideTech bags. The air suspension package uses a 3-gallon reserve tank and a Viair 380 compressor along with 3/8-inch lines and a two-switch setup to raise and lower the car. As part of its new lower stance, Jeremy had to reconfigure the transmission tunnel, raising it 2 inches and, while everything was apart, it was the right time to create a new center console. The Pony became a roller thanks to Foose Legend rims, 18x8s up front and 20x9s in the rear, with BFGoodrich 35-series tires. Gabriel shocks provide autocross-level handling while the 11-inch disc brakes provide modern stopping power.

Jeremy did all of the custom bodywork and paint prep in his home garage.
The entire body of the car was sprayed in Jeremy’s garage, but he didn’t have room to spray all the other parts, like the hood, fenders, and decklid, in the same garage so he sprayed those in a paint booth. That was the only part of the entire project that he didn’t do in the garage.
Jeremy replaced the stock front suspension with a Mustang II kit from Speedway Motors that uses 11-inch disc brakes, and RideTech airbags in place of coil springs.
The Mustang II setup allowed Jeremy to lose the shock towers. He also detailed the entire engine compartment.

Under the hood is a 5.0L pushrod V-8 scrounged from a 1989 Mustang, rebuilt by Jeremy with good parts that make decent power without being an undriveable animal. The transmission is a T-5 five-speed with a Mach 350 Stage 1 clutch. Jeremy spent a lot of time in the engine compartment to make the engine look as good as possible by shaving the firewall of anything that was unnecessary and eliminating the shock towers (thanks to the Mustang II suspension). The interior is a re-creation of the stock Ford package with new vinyl upholstery and a custom center console.

It took about four years to complete the job but his efforts paid off with the arrow-straight car making a great first impression, capturing the Goodguys Ford Muscle Car award shortly after it was completed. It has since become a regular winner at shows and was no doubt instrumental in Jeremy landing his new job as PowerNation’s Truck Tech TV host. What’s on the agenda for the future? The car will soon be sporting a new Currie 9-inch rear with a four-link, an all-new camel interior, and maybe even a fuel-injected 5.0L Coyote to replace the pushrod 5.0 that’s in it now. This budget build just keeps getting better.

Foose Legend wheels, 18s and 20s, fill the wheelwells to capacity. The airbag suspension allows this in-the-weeds stance but we don’t think it’s very driveable at this ride height.
The original-style interior was recovered in black vinyl, covering the seats, door panels, and dash. Jeremy created the new raised center console to hold additional gauges, the Hurst shifter, and provide trans clearance when the car is slammed.
The instruments on the dash are stock but Jeremy refurbished them inside and out. Providing a great tactile connection, the Flaming River steering wheel sits on a chrome column. To ensure the rejuvenated Mustang is fun on a long trip, the stereo is a vintage-inspired, Custom Auto Sound unit with a connection for an iPod and Jeremy’s extensive music collection. Twin 6-1/2-inch component speaker sets reside in the kick panels.
Jeremy scored a 5.0L from a 1989 Mustang and rebuilt it from the inside out using forged pistons, roller rockers, and a Ford Racing E303 hydraulic roller cam. The air/fuel mix is metered by a polished Holley 600-cfm carb on an Edelbrock intake while spark is provided by a stock Ford ignition and Flame Thrower coil. Chrome shorty headers lead to a pair of Flowmaster 40-series mufflers in a 2-1/4-inch-diameter system. A SPAL electric fan keeps temps in the green and a 140-amp one-wire alternator provides plenty of juice.
Jeremy and his wife, Kim, enjoy their show-winning Mustang as a great weekend driver, but even more for the career opportunities the car has created.