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1969 Ford Mustang Wins Best Ford in Ford at Shades 2016
When Tim Spencer of Pelham, Alabama decided to build his latest hot rod he knew it would be based on a Ford product. You see there really was no choice since Tim's dad was a long time Ford mechanic, the Blue Oval DNA runs deep. Tim was always a Mustang guy so it was only natural that his next project would be a 1969 Mustang. It didn't take long for Tim to collaborate with the team at Goolsby Customs in Hueytown, Alabama. The concept was simple; build this Mustang as if Ford was building it with the technology available today. That would include enhanced suspension, modern driveline and a series of subtle yet effective body modifications.
The front suspension was the first thing to go with the forty-seven year old suspension being replaced by a complete Detroit Speed Aluma-frame. The rear suspension was also sourced from Detroit Speed this time using the Detroit Speed Quadra-Link system. Big Baer brakes are found on all four corners and rolling stock consists of Nutek wheels that measure 19x10 up front and 20x12 on the rear wrapped with Michelin rubber sized 265/30-19 and 305/30-20, front and rear respectively. With the chassis set up to handle modern power a brand new 5.0 Coyote crate motor was hooked to a Getrag six-speed and transplanted into the Mustang. The chassis and power train was now thoroughly modern, resulting in power and handling far surpassing the original 1969 offerings.
Next attention was turned the body. The 1969 Mustang is an exceedingly good looking car in stock form. That means any modifications must be excellent design and flawless execution. There was no need for big, sweeping changes to the original design, rather team Goolsby focused on simplifying the car and adding modern textures and styling accents. The rear of the car is a study in sanitary modifications. From the form-fitted bumper to the flush exhaust ports the look is still pure Mustang yet obviously improved. The rear pan holding the exhaust ports extends around the corner to add depth the quarter panels behind the rear wheels. Advanced Plating handled the brushed chrome finish that provides a modern touch in metal finishing.
The subtle modifications continue with machined inserts in the front fenders and the tops of the quarter panels. Once again the combination of polished and brushed chrome plating accents the machined inserts. The original door handles have been replaced with handles that are shaped to echo the center bar of the machined inserts. The rain gutters have been shaved completing the smooth profile. From the front the spirit of the '69 Mustang remains but once again is has been cleaned up. The bumper is brushed chrome and tucked tight to the body. A custom chin spoiler completes the aggressive look. When the body was super straight and the panel gaps fitted to perfection the body was covered in a color simply called Goolsby Gray. A matte Mach I style graphic graces the hood and deck lid, once again providing the perfect understated contrast. Since the Mustang flavor was so strong there was no need to leave any of the factory emblems on the car, the only emblems simply say GT.
The last step in completing the transformation was finishing the interior. A Bowler shifter mixes the gears as it protrudes through a custom console. The dash is filled with Classic Instruments and Vintage Air makes a cool car cooler. Bucket seats are covered in black leather with red base all stitching. Custom aluminum panels grace the dash and door panels and aluminum pedal covers provide a performance vibe. With the car completed there was only one thing left to do, drive! And to that end Tim Spencer has been wheeling this high performance Mustang and enjoying every mile. Those miles are a bit limited right now as the car is scheduled to show at SEMA this year, but after that commitment is met the plan is the rack up lots of miles on a Mustang with vintage flavor and modern performance.