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1968 1/2 Cobra Jet Fastback - Common Bond
A Pair Of Rare '68 1/2 Cobra Jet Mustangs Reflects Two Owners' Mutual Passion
Predominately stock, except for aftermarket stereo, console, Hurst shifter, and '67 GT500 style steering wheel (Scott explained that he always liked Steve McQueen's leather wrapped Shelby wheel in the original Bullitt, and duplicated it here)
Stock Acapulco Blue w/black stripes, front and rear fenderlips rolled for tire clearance
Frank Schultz's White '68 1/2
Unlike Scott Wahl's experience with high strung small-blocks, Frank's been a big-block guy since his very first Mustang at age 15-an R-code '70 CJ Mach 1. "Scott called me up in 1999 to tell me about his latest purchase, the '68 1/2. To be honest, I didn't even know Ford made a '68 1/2 R-code at the time, but all it took was one ride to know I wanted one." It would be several years until the timing was right, but in 2005, Frank scored the Wimbledon White beauty you see here, which had been fully restored by Paul's Automotive Engineering in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Frank never intended to purchase a car that had been taken to such a high level, as his desire from the outset was to modify a '68 1/2 to reflect his own performance passion. As you can see, any guilt was fleeting, but all original parts have been carefully stored away for the future. Right out of the gate, the original C6 was swapped for a five-speed-a Tremec TKO to be specific, which is paired with the car's original 4.30 geared 31-spline 9-inch. Talk about a First gear traction problem! At least the power is more modest compared to Scott's stroker FE, as there are currently no plans to alter the virtually stock CJ. Paul's rebuilt the torque monster 428 to near factory specs, deviating only with a mild Comp Cams hydraulic grind, roller rockers, and basic cylinder head massaging. Why mess with a good thing?
Where Frank strayed far from stock is in the suspension, brake, and rolling stock departments. Clearly visible are the Wheel Vintiques billet Magnums, measuring in width the same large proportions as Scott's. Hidden beneath at all corners are more Baer discs, paired with substantial suspension upgrades thanks to the handiwork of Shawn Carlson and Zach Thureson at West Coast. Said crew did its best to turn the nose-heavy big-block Pony into a corner carver, bolting in Global West tubular upper and lower control arms, adjustable strut rods, Koni shocks, and a big front sway bar. It's certainly no Boss 302, but Frank reports it now "drives beautifully." No doubt!
Frank and Scott have been buddies for more than three decades now, and the similarities in their Cobra Jet Mustangs indicate how similarly they see the world. For these two, cars are meant to be driven, meant to be improved, and meant to be tastefully personalized to their individual inclination. We have to admit to not seeing many of the 1,044 '68 1/2 fastbacks whose owners will take such liberties, so to Scott and Frank, we say kudos for blazing their own path.
But lest you think these owners are two peas in a pod, it turns out all isn't parallel in their universe. Frank admits to also owning a '70 LS5 Chevelle and a Pro Street '56 Chevrolet pickup, transgressions we're assured Scott bears no responsibility for. We're left to think that despite Scott's influential guidance, poor Frank must have fallen in with the wrong crowd at some point in his life. But hey, we'll cut him some slack in the end-for his pick to represent a Ford in his garage could hardly be any sweeter!
Frank Schultz '68 1/2 Cobra Jet fastback
- 433 cubic inches
- Stock block, 0.030-inch overbore
- 4.160-inch bore
- 3.980-inch stroke
- Stock head castings, prepped by Paul's Automotive Engineering
- Stock Holley 735cfm carb
- Stock cast iron intake
- Comp Cams hydraulic cam
- Comp Cams roller rockers
- Tremec TKO five-speed
- Lakewood bellhousing
- McLeod clutch and billet flywheel
- 9-inch axle
- 4.30 gears
- Traction-Lok differential
- 31-spline axles