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Check out the SuperSwap: 2012 Shelby that Looks Like a 1967 Mustang Fastback
It takes a lot of guts to cut into a new car, but Dan Burback didn't hesitate when he made the first slice into his 2012 Shelby, just weeks after bringing it home from the dealer. Burback knew from the beginning that he wanted to transform the 2012 Shelby into a 1967 Fastback, after spending more than a year carefully measuring new Mustangs and comparing.
After what his wife, Laura, described as four years of nights and weekends, the finished product, which Burback calls the "SuperSwap" is finally ready to roll. Burback cut away the stock 2012 body, replacing all of the exterior panels with Dynacorn '67 replacement panels. While there's more than enough 1967 Mustang to get the Shelby retitled, Burback said that he hasn't had a chance to do that yet because he's still making payments on it. It takes plenty of skill and confidence to cut up a new car you haven't paid off yet.
It wasn't all a cut and paste job, though. Burback had to do plenty of fabrication work to meld the two Ponies together. He had to account for a difference in track width, since the new Mustang is substantially wider than the '67. Every body panel on the SuperSwap required some kind of massaging in order to get all of the proportions to look right.
Burback isn't a body and fender man by trade, but does have a pretty well equipped shop to work in while he sliced and diced on his Shelby. He also left a camera running in his shop the entire time, resulting in a time lapse that's fascinating to watch.
The only part of the build that Burback farmed out was the final paint on the car; everything else he did in a well-equipped home shop. Many of the parts, such as the grille, which was made using a 3D printer, are completely custom one of parts that Burback created.
The first thing you notice about the SuperSwap as you approach it is that it seems a little "off" compared to your average '67 Mustang. If you're looking at the back, you'll notice the huge diffuser poking out from underneath what looks like a fairly stock looking '67 Shelby. As you get closer to the car, it's the fit and finish that really begins to shine. Everywhere you look, the details are just right.
Burback made an effort to leave everything in the same position, right down to the tank for the windshield washer fluid under the hood. His hard work didn't go unnoticed however, as he won several awards at the Car Craft Summer Nationals, the first show he's entered with the SuperSwap. Keep an eye out in a future issue of Car Craft for a full feature on this head turner!