Eric English
December 29, 2009

Scott Wahl's '68 1/2 Cobra Jet fastback
Long-term friendships are most often rooted in a combination of common beliefs, shared interests, and an overall similar outlook on life. Among these, we've observed that a mutual interest in all things automotive is as strong a bond as you're likely to experience. Most of us can identify lasting human connections that have stemmed from our love for cars, and in the case of Scott Wahl and Frank Schultz, we have a prime example.

"I first met Scott when I was 12, as his '66 Shelby was always parked at the Safeway grocery store where he worked" says Frank. "Every chance I got, I either rode my bike or went to Safeway with mom so I could check out the Shelby, which was lowered into the weeds and sounded nasty. I was hooked on Mustangs from that point on." The recollections from more than three decades ago are clear as day for Frank-the impression that a then 18 year-old Scott made on him being immense. It's amusing to think of how far apart the worlds of a 12 and 18 year old were, but how similar life is for the men at age 47 and 53. Amazingly Scott still has that Shelby from so long ago, while other acquisitions indicate the two have more automotive passion than ever.

Scott Wahl's Blue '68 1/2 CJ Fastback
"Back in the late 1990s, I was looking for the right big-block '67 or '68 fastback, as I'd only owned small-block cars to that point-the Shelby, a Boss 302, and so on. I found this car in Hemmings Motor News, and it sounded like what I was looking for," explained Scott. He and his wife Lindy eventually flew to St. Louis to check out the Acapulco blue GT, and ended up driving it back home to Seattle. "Quite the trip with 3.91 gears," says Scott, but all is well that ends well.

Over time, Scott began to effect change as he saw fit. Great as a CJ car is in stock form, Scott's experience with Mustangs of better overall balance directed his efforts. He had West Coast Restoration in Snohomish, Washington, add a Baer four-wheel disc setup along with Vintage Wheel Works V45s-17x8 front, and 17x9.5 in the rear. Scott reveals a traditionalist side when he explained his preference for the look of a 15- or 16-inch rim on a classic Mustang, but such was his desire for stellar braking, that he went with the 17s to clear the 13-inch rotors.

The 428CJ in Scott's car was near stock at the time of our photos, but a stroker 427 was being readied on the stand to take its place. Yep, not only is Scott willing to modify his rare ride, he's willing to drive it with gusto too, so putting the original engine away for safe keeping sounds like a good idea. Either way, the power is directed through a Tremec five-speed to the aforementioned original 3.91 geared 9-inch-equating to plenty of gear bangin' fun in our book.

The Details
Scott Wahl's '68 1/2 Cobra Jet fastback

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Engine

  • 427 center oiler block, 0.030-inch over
  • 4.260-inch bore
  • Scat 4.25-inch stroker crank
  • 485 cubic inches
  • Ported Edelbrock aluminum heads, 2.19/1.73 valves
  • Jesel shaft roller rockers
  • Holley 950 cfm carb
  • Blue Thunder dual plane intake
  • Custom Reed solid roller camshaft

    Transmission

  • Tremec TKO five-speed
  • Hurst shifter

    Rearend

  • 9-inch axle
  • 3.91 gears
  • Traction-Lok differential
  • 31-spline axles

    Exhaust

  • FPA Tri-Y headers
  • 2 1/2-inch pipes
  • Flowmaster three-chamber mufflers

    Suspension

  • Front: Grab-A-Trak 1 1/8-inch swaybar, 620 springs, poly bushings, KYB shocks
  • Rear: Grab-A-Trak 4 1/2 leaf mid-eye springs, heavy-duty shackles, staggered KYB shocks

    Brakes

  • Front: Baer "Track" kit 13-inch slotted/drilled/zinc-washed rotors, two-piston PBR aluminum calipers
  • Rear: Baer "Track" kit 13-inch slotted/drilled/zinc-washed rotors, single-piston PBR aluminum calipers

    Wheels

  • Front: Vintage Wheel Works V45, 17x8, 4.5-inch backspacing
  • Rear: Vintage Wheel Works V45, 17x9.5, 6.25-inch backspacing

    Tires

  • Front: BF Goodrich g-Force T/A, P245/45R17
  • Rear: BF Goodrich g-Force T/A, P255/50R17