Wayne Cook
November 1, 2009
Photos By: Jim Smart

When the project was finally complete, Karl and his wife Jan didn't waste any time getting the Mustang out on the road. There were only 20 miles on the refurbished Pony when they left on a road trip for Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Car show and auto cross duty were included. Later on, when Karl tried to run the car at the Chandler, Arizona, dragstrip, a spider gear in the 9-inch axle let go. The dyno jet later recorded more than 480 horsepower at the rear wheels, so there's little doubt the car would have performed well in the quarter-mile. After some serious road time, Karl and Jan report that the car is very fast, handles and brakes incredibly, and provides endless big-time enjoyment. They also report that this Mustang generates a lot of interest at car shows, and that the real exclamations come when the hood goes up. We can see why.

The Details
Karl and Jan Moser's '65 Mustang 2+2 fastback

Engine

  • 281 cubic inch 32-valve 4.6L DOHC V-8
  • Vortech E-Trim centrifugal supercharger
  • Rated for 460 hp and 408 lb-ft of torque
  • Owner-built plenum and cold air induction system
  • Owner-built bracketry and engine compartment plumbing
  • '03 Mustang GT radiator and A/C condenser

Transmission

  • Tremec T45 five-speed manual
  • Ford Cobra clutch assembly

Rearend

  • 9-inch axle
  • 3.50 gears
  • Traction-Lok differential

Exhaust

  • Factory Cobra exhaust manifolds
  • 2 1/2-inch exhaust system
  • Flowmaster mufflers

Suspension

  • Front: Heidt's Hot Rod Shop Mustang II suspension, 2-inch drop spindles, tubular control arms, Koni shocks, 1 1/8-inch diameter antisway bar
  • Rear: Five-leaf springs, Koni shocks, owner constructed sub-frame connectors, Traction Master under rider traction bars

Brakes

  • Front: '03 Cobra 13-inch cross-drilled and slotted disc, two-piston caliper
  • Rear: '03 Cobra 11.65-inch cross-drilled and slotted disc, single-piston caliper

Wheels

  • Front: American Racing Torq-Thrust II, 17x8
  • Rear: American Racing Torq-Thrust II, 17x8

Tires

  • Front: BFGoodrich g-Force Sport, P235/45ZR17
  • Rear: BFGoodrich g-Force Sport, P245/45ZR17

Interior

  • Black vinyl standard interior, OE under dash air conditioning, '65 Cobra tachometer, fully restored and upgraded instrumentation, Ray Brown racing front seat belts, optional Ford factory metal spoke wood grained steering wheel

Exterior

  • PPG Black single-stage paint, Shelby GT 350 R fiberglass front valance panel, Shelby sidescoops, functional front brake cooling scoops, engine oil and power steering coolers, owner-fabricated fuel door and exterior trim, matte black Cobra rocker stripes