Miles Cook
September 15, 2016
Photos By: Josh Mishler

Now 2016 is well into its second half, it got me to thinking about my relationship with Mustangs and with Mustang Monthly. And the main point? I have been involved with the cars for more than 30 years and with the web and print title for exactly half that time in some form or another since 2001. Three decades is a long time to have been focused on one model of car. And in that time, I have owned a total of 22 Mustangs. Twelve of those were late-model cars that included six Fox-body 5.0s, an SN-95, and four S197s.

But it’s the vintage cars that make me feel nostalgic as I look back. The car that started it all for me was a 1966 fastback that came into my life in 1986, 30 years ago, for the princely sum of $2,400. Three years later, just a month or two after it got a fresh red repaint, the buzzsaw-289-four-speed-equipped Pony was relieved of my possession from a San Diego State University parking garage. I never saw it again.

The front fender and rear-quarter side scoops are CNC-machined pieces made in house by Goolsby Customs. The door handles are also Goolsby pieces. The custom Gray Metallic paint finish was achieved using BASF Glasurit materials. All of it rides on a complete Detroit Speed Engineering suspension setup with JRI shocks all around and a JRI adjustable hydraulic ride-height system.
Motivation comes by way of a stock 2014 Coyote 5.0 crate engine, which is nothing to sneeze at with 420hp. Behind that is an S197, 2011-2014-style Getrag MT-82 six-speed manual trans connected to a 9-inch rearend with Moser axles and a 3.90 gear set.
Black leather and suede cover everything inside, and the handiwork was done by M&M Hot Rod Interiors. According to Tim Spencer, one of the build goals was to replicate the level of quality and refinement found in today’s cars, such as a new S550 Mustang. You don’t have to squint very hard to picture this as a 1969 interior put together using that same 2016 level of fit and finish. The leather-covered dashpad is the same shape as those found in 1969-1970 Mustangs, but it’s light years beyond in appearance and refinement, easily matching what you would find in a new Mustang.

Bummed out, but not down and out, I got back into the scene with a series of nine other vintage Mustangs, and my love affair continues to this day. Those cars included three other fastbacks, two 1965s and another 1966, and two 1965 convertibles. After that, I had four more fastbacks, including one of each from 1967 to 1970.

So how does this personal history relates to Tim Spencer of Pelham, Alabama, and his unbelievable 1969 SportsRoof? Call me biased, but the Mustang he sent to have built by Goolsby Customs in nearby Hueytown coincides with the one Mustang I have kept for going on 14 years. You guessed it—both cars are 1969 SportsRoofs.

Spencer’s impetus for having this car built was simple but direct. “The car was a total custom build by Goolsby Customs and made its debut at the 2015 SEMA Show. I wanted something with extensive body modifications, but at the same time, I wanted them to be very subtle in order to just modernize it.” He says. “Jonathan [at Goolsby] and I wanted to build it as Ford would have in 1969, but with today’s technology and build quality. It’s nothing visually outrageous and it’s so understated people keep noticing new details every time they look at it. And in addition, it drives and handles just like a new S550 Mustang.”

Ride height is important to the overall look, stance, and vibe of a custom build like this. But the right wheel and tire sizes and the style of wheel are also vital to complete that look. No disappointment here, with the Nutek wheels, 19x10s in front and 20x12s in back. The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires are P265/30ZR19s in front with suitably ginormous P315/30ZR20s in back. Baer six-piston disc brakes at each corner slow it all down.
We like the hood scoop because it’s a close interpretation of a stock 1969-1970 scoop found on many of those cars, including Mach 1s and the 1969 GT. It’s easily recognizable as such, but has a few custom touches. For instance, the back end is on the cowl rather than the hood, and thusly, split into two pieces.

Although the results speak for themselves, the choir also spoke at SEMA last year in multiple accolades received. Those included the Mothers Shine award and a Special Recognition design award for Outstanding Achievement in Design from Ford Motor Company.

Some of the body mods that brought in those prizes include handmade front and rear valence panels and side-ground affects pieces. There are also shaved drip rails, tucked bumpers, and custom exhaust tips. Credit Advanced Plating for the brushed and bright chrome work, while other cool tricks you might overlook include CNC-machined badging, side vents, and taillights with 3D-printed lenses by Greening Auto Company.

This is an absolute piece of rolling art. Art and sculpture that deserves to be on display in just about any museum that celebrates those visual realms anywhere in the world.

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