Huw Evans
January 1, 2009

Although he hasn't had the opportunity to take the Mach out much since completing it, when he has, Fernando has found that the car gets mobbed by admirers: "It attracts attention everywhere it goes, especially here in this part of Mexico. I've only taken it to three car shows so far, but it's won awards at all of them, including two Best in Class and one special merit award."

Because the Mustang is protected from the outside world in a climate-controlled garage along with a selection of other fine motorcars, including vintage Mercedes, the images in this magazine are likely the first any of us enthusiasts North of the Border have ever seen. On a final note, if anybody in Hollywood is reading and thinking about doing another Gone in 60 Seconds movie, please give a '73 Mustang a starring role. It just wouldn't be right otherwise.

The Details
Fernando Gomez's '73 Mustang Mach 1 "Eleanor Beast"

Engine
Ford 514-cid V-8
460 block bored 0.040 over
Eagle stroker crankshaft
SRP Forged 10.1:1 alloy pistons
Trick Flow Specialties aluminum cylinder heads
2.02-/1.7-inch intake/exhaust valves
Hydraulic roller camshaft
MSD Ignition
Edelbrock Victor Jr. intake
Holley 650-cfm four-barrel carburetor
Billet Specialties air cleaner
Ford Racing valve covers
Edelbrock aluminum water pump
Summit Competition Series aluminum radiator

Transmission
TCI Super Street Fighter three-speed automatic
Ratios: First: 2.46:1, Second: 1.46:1, Third:
1.00:1B&M shifter

Rearend
Ford 9-inch
3.70 gears
Traction-Lok differential

Exhaust
Custom-made full-length exhaust headers (polished stainless steel)
Dual 21/2-inch pipes and mufflers with trumpets

Brakes
Front: Wilwood 13-inch vented disc, six-piston caliper
Rear: Wilwood 13-inch vented disc, single-piston caliper

Wheels
Front: Team III aluminum, 17x9.5
Rear: Team III aluminum, 17x11

Tires
Front: Michelin Pilot, P275/40ZR17
Rear: Michelin Pilot, P335/35ZR17

Interior
Custom-made dashboard, center console, and door panels, trimmed in gray leather; modified factory high-back bucket seats, trimmed in gray leather; Simpson racing seatbelts, Auto Meter 4-inch speedometer and tach, 21/16-inch voltmeter, oil, water temperature, and fuel gauges with custom "Eleanor Beast" script; Flaming River tilt steering column, Flaming River four-spoke steering wheel, Painless 14-circuit wiring, Blaupunkt "ET"-style stereo head unit, Dakota Digital shift indicator

Exterior
Painted in blue/silver with green pinstripe, custom shaped and formed front fenders, vented rear fenders, perimeter body extensions, front spoiler, and rear spoiler; smoothed Kamm-style tailpanel, custom-fitted grille, molded and smoothed front end, sunroof, aero side mirrors, '67 Cougar taillights with sequential signals, PIAA-style headlights and driving lights