Drew Phillips
January 4, 2010

While the custom-built motor and suspension make his Mustang a blast to drive, Steve's favorite part of the car is actually the exterior. "I love the subtle modifications that most people don't notice until they are pointed out," he told us. The custom details in the bodywork are everywhere, from the custom rear valance and taillight bezels to the extended rocker panels. If you look closely you can also see a carbon-fiber taillight panel and smoothed bumpers. The paint is eye-catching as well, although its source is rather unexpected. The Red Salsa Pearl comes from (drum roll, please) . . . a Toyota Prius. While we probably never would have thought twice about the color on the Japanese hybrid, it looks stellar on Steve's Pony car.

As you might expect, the interior of Steve's Mustang is just as clean as the outside. A mix of components combines for a look that is modern, classic, and functional all at the same time. A set of Corbeau black microsuede and leather seats with four-point harnesses keep the driver and passenger securely in place, while matching rear seats can fold down if needed. Keefer also added a Flaming River steering wheel, Wilwood pedal assembly, and a custom-painted Year One gauge panel that houses Auto Meter silver face gauges. For the audio system Steve knew that anything but custom wouldn't do, and built unique enclosures for the Image Dynamics 10-inch subwoofer and Alpine amp in the trunk as well as the Pioneer component speakers just behind the front seats. All of that is controlled via a Pioneer touchscreen DVD system that provides quite a bit more convenience than the standard AM/FM radio that originally was there. The interior is finished off with a set of sill plates custom-built by Steve.

As you can imagine, this Mustang took quite a bit of Steve's time to build. He told us it took nearly a full year of full-time work from start to finish, and that paying for it wasn't easy either! Still, he will be sure to tell you that every minute and dollar spent has been completely worth it. Steve has taken his Mustang to both local and nationally recognized car shows and rarely fails to bring home some hardware. In fact, we're told he has yet to not win an award at every single show he's entered. Are we surprised? Not at all. After all, when someone endowed with such an incredible aptitude for building cars as Steve sets out to create something, you know it's going to be good. We can't think of a better way for him to show off his abilities, and we're glad he expressed his talent on a Mustang.

The Details
Steve Keefer's '70 Ford Mustang

  • 304ci V-8
  • 4.020-inch bore
  • 3.00-inch stroke
  • Venolia forged 11.0:1 pistons
  • Boss 302 polished crankshaft
  • Boss 302 connecting rods
  • Childs and Albert Total Seal rings
  • Ultradyne solid roller camshaft
  • Manley valves
  • Crane roller rocker arms
  • Barry Grant Might Demon 750cfm carburetor
  • Edelbrock Victor Jr intake
  • NOS 150-shot Sportsman Fogger nitrous system
  • Holley fuel pump
  • Roush air cleaner cover
  • MSD distributor
  • MSD 6A ignition control system
  • 500 horsepower (650 with nitrous system)


  • Ford Top Loader four-speed
  • Hurst four-speed shifter


  • 9-inch axle narrowed 4 inches
  • Traction-Lok differential
  • 31-spline Moser axles
  • Richmond 3.89 gears


  • JBA 1 5/8-inch shorty headers
  • SuperTrapp 3-inch mufflers
  • Custom mandrel-bent and TIG-welded tubing


  • Front: TCP adjustable coilover system modified by EBMC, Maier Racing sway bar, Welded and reinforced shock towers, TCP strut-tower braces, Steeroids rack-and-pinion steering system, ididit tilt steering column
  • Rear: TCP g-Bar Canted-4-Bar coilover system, Global West subframe connectors


  • Front: Wilwood, 13-inch drilled and slotted disc, four-piston caliper
  • Rear: Wilwood, 12-inch drilled and slotted disc, two-piston caliper
  • Wilwood pedal assembly and master cylinder


  • Front: Budnik Cannon, 18x9
  • Rear: Budnik Cannon, 19x10