Eric English
May 4, 2010

Until the hood comes up, the exterior will leave you guessing as to the motivation within. Is it a four-cam mod motor? How about a fuelie 5.0L? While either would fit right in with Anthony's blended era effort, the underhood view is decidedly old school. Call it "old-school cool" considering the original 289 is built to Hi Po specs, and topped with a vintage Paxton blower massaged by Craig Conley. Other period pieces include a C90X aluminum high rise, Cobra valve covers and oil pan, and Tri-Y headers. An Engle solid lifter cam, MSD Boost Timing Master, and modified Holley 650 support the effort-all put into play via a World Class T5 five-speed.

As the saying goes "good things come to those who wait," and while Anthony didn't have to wait as long as some for completion of a first-class ride, he clearly exercised patience, hard work, and good judgment. We think there's little doubt that Anthony is a classic enthusiast for life, and part of a younger generation that will help steer our hobby in the years to come. Based on the results of his first effort, the future appears to be in good hands.

The Details
Anthony Fabiano's '65 Mustang fastback

Engine
Original '65 289 block with Hi Po main caps
4.040-inch bore
2.87-inch stroke
Stock 289 crank, prepped
Hi Po 289 connecting rods
TRW forged pistons
Engle solid lifter cam
'65 289 iron cylinder heads, ported and polished, 1.94/1.60-inch stainless valves
Crane roller rocker arms
Ford C90X aluminum high-rise intake manifold
Holley 650 double pumper carburetor, modified for supercharger
Paxton ball-drive supercharger, 6 psi of boost Pertronix and MSD 6AL/BTM

Transmission
'93 World Class T5 five-speed
Hurst shifter

Rearend
Nodular case 9-inch
3.70 gears
Traction-Lok differential

Exhaust
Metallic ceramic coated Tri-Ys
Flowmaster two-chamber mufflers
2 1/2-inch pipe

Suspension
Front: 620 coils, KYB shocks, 1-inch sway bar, GT steering box, Shelby pitman/idler
Rear: 1-inch drop high-rate leaf springs, KYB shocks, subframe connectors

Brakes
Front:
Ford Mustang Cobra, 13-inch disc, two-piston PBR caliper
Rear: Ford Racing, 11-inch disc, single-piston caliper

Wheels
Front:
'01 Ford Mustang Bullitt, 17x8
Rear: '01 Ford Mustang Bullitt, 17x8

Tires
Front:
BFGoodrich G-Force T/A, P245/45ZR17
Rear: BFGoodrich G-Force T/A, P245/45ZR17

Interior
Shelby-style rollbar, Shelby 3-inch seatbelts, Shelby dash pod with Ford Racing gauges, Auto Meter gauges, Deluxe Interior package, LeCarra steering wheel, AM/8-track radio

Exterior
PPG basecoat/clearcoat Pepper Gray Metallic, billet grille, hoodpins, Shelby fiberglass hood, custom 289 fender badges, billet GT gas cap